Waynesburg University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Convocation will take place Monday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. in Roberts Chapel. Cheryl Lynn Allen, Superior Court Judge, will present the convocation. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.
Judge Allen will also present a lecture Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall titled “Meet the Judge.”
Beginning her career as an elementary school teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Judge Allen was elected to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in November 2007.
After graduating from law school, the Pittsburgh native worked as an attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Allegheny County Law Department. She also maintained a small civil practice.
In the spring of 1990, Judge Allen earned a merit selection appointment to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, where she served in the Criminal Division. She was then elected to a ten-year term in November of 1991 and was assigned to the Juvenile Section of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. The voters retained Judge Allen for a second ten-year term in November 2001, and she continued to serve in the Juvenile Section until April 2004.
While serving in Juvenile Court, Judge Allen was appointed to the Supreme Court’s Juvenile Court Judges Commission. On April 12, 2004, she returned to the Criminal Division, where she served until her election to the Superior Court.
She holds degrees from Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
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