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The Bar Association Of Lehigh County Judicial Evaluation Committee Releases 2021 Ratings for Potential Candidates to Fill Seats on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

The Bar Association of Lehigh County Judicial Evaluation Committee (BALC JEC) today released its ratings of potential judicial candidates seeking to fill three (3) open seats on the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. In the 2021 election, voters will choose three (3) persons out of a field of nine (9) candidates who are currently running for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.


Candidates campaign for three open judiciary seats on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

Three judges on the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas have retired this year, leaving three out of 10 seats open on the bench. The race to fill these openings will have an impact on Lehigh Valley citizens as judges decide the outcome of a variety of civil and criminal cases.


Maraleen D. Shields Named to Healthcare Power Players List by Lehigh Valley Business

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba shareholder Maraleen D. Shields was recently named to the 2020 Lehigh Valley Business Healthcare Power Players list. Honorees were selected by the publication’s reporters and editors based on their reporting and in consultation with knowledgeable people in their fields.


Maraleen D. Shields Named to Joint Task Force on Continuity of Delivery of Legal Services

Maraleen D. Shields, a shareholder in Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba’s Litigation and Healthcare practices was named to the Joint Task Force on Continuity of Delivery of Legal Services by Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) President David E. Schwager. 


Lehigh Valley with Love Podcast

Choosing Lehigh Valley

You may know the Braddock area of the state from Pennsylvania Senate conentendor John Fetterman, but the Lehigh Valley also has someone with western PA steel roots looking to make a difference in the Lehigh Valley.

In this episode we talk with Maraleen Shields who is running for Lehigh County Judge. If elected, she’d be the first African-American judge and only the second to speak Spanish in the county’s long history.

We talk about hot dogs for an extended period of time as well. 😛


Maraleen Shields Secures Another Win for City of Allentown On Appeal

Shareholder Maraleen D. Shields secured another appellate victory for the City of Allentown. The case stemmed from a 2015 slip and fall on a pedestrian bridge in Joseph Daddona Park.


South Whitehall attorney joins 2021 Lehigh County Judge race

A South Whitehall civil attorney who is active in community programs that promote diversity and inclusion has joined the 2021 race for Lehigh County Judge.​


Maraleen D. Shields Honored with the 2020 Lynette Norton Award

Shareholder Maraleen D. Shields was selected by The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Commission on Women in the Profession as the recipient of the 2020 Lynette Norton Award.

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Emerge Woman Magazine Podcast: Episode 26

Every woman's journey matters.
The Emerge Woman Magazine Podcast is a multi-generational, personal and business development platform featuring trailblazing women and social innovators making a difference in our world.

Episode 26: Special Guest Maraleen Shields


Maraleen D. Shields Named to National Black Lawyers

Top 100 List

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba shareholder Maraleen D. Shields was named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 list in Pennsylvania, an honor given only to select lawyers in each state who promote diversity and equality in the legal system.


Attorney Maraleen Shields Announces Bid for Lehigh County Judge

Today, Maraleen D. Shields Esq. officially announces her candidacy for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Lehigh County.