Lisa Grayson, the Cumberland County register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court, Monday morning announced her candidacy for one of two open judge seats on the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.
Grayson, a Carlisle attorney, said she has 20 years of experience practicing law, beginning with an internship at the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office and the Prison Clinic at Dickinson School of Law. She spent more than a decade in private practice in trial and appellate court cases before working pro se and death penalty cases as a federal court staff attorney at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Grayson also had a career in the U.S. Air Force and Pennsylvania Air National Guard, as well as a judge advocate general, which allowed her to practice law in many states and countries.
She was elected to her current county position in 2013.
“Being elected judge will allow me to serve my community and bring together my greatest passions for protecting the rights of vulnerable people, guiding families through difficult times and helping my fellow military service members who have hit rock bottom,” Grayson said in an announcement.
Grayson said she wants to see the creation of an Orphans’ Court and family law judgeship that will focus on cases involving families dealing with divorce, custody, abuse and adoption, as well as elder guardianship. She also wants to establish a Veterans Court to help prevent veterans from entering the criminal justice system.
Cumberland County will have two open county judge seats in the 2019 election. One is a vacancy created after M.L. “Skip” Ebert was appointed the county district attorney, and the other is a new seat created due to the county’s growing population.
Camp Hill attorney Kirk Sohonage has also announced his campaign for one of the seats.
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