Craig Stedman for Judge


Proven Prosecutor and Veteran

Craig Stedman

Lancaster Court of Common Pleas

Craig Stedman is the elected District Attorney of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  He has spent his career fighting for victims of crime and public safety as a county and federal prosecutor.  Mr. Stedman has served in the role of District Attorney since January 2008 supervising all criminal prosecutions in Lancaster County. In this role, DA Stedman also oversees 88 employees including prosecutors, detectives and victim advocates. 

DA Stedman wants to become a part of the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County to serve the citizens of our county and apply the law fairly and with equal justice for everyone. He believes in the rule of law. He recognizes that our institutions are greater than any one individual or issue and we must respect the law and the foundations upon which it rests. The concepts of fairness and equal justice are not just words to him and he is committed to interpreting the law with integrity, honor, and common sense. Craig absolutely understands that the role of a judge is to follow the law fairly and impartially rather than make or change it. An appointment to the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County is as an opportunity for Craig to make our county a better place for everyone by directly serving the residents with character, respect, intelligence, and wisdom.

As DA, he has been driven to protect the most vulnerable and created the first ever countywide Elder Abuse Unit as well as greatly enhanced the Child Abuse Unit, which has received statewide recognition.  He collaborated with the courts and reduced the prison population with targeted strategies and increased efficiency.  He created the office’s first Outreach Coordinator to focus on outreach, prevention and education and built one of the top Computer Forensic Units in the state.  DA Stedman is a strong supporter of Veteran’s Court and routinely works with the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association on legislation and improvements.

Prior to his election, DA Stedman served as Assistant District Attorney in Lancaster for seventeen years as a trial and appellate lawyer.  DA Stedman eventually specialized in homicide prosecutions and successfully handled the most complicated and serious cases.  He took over as the Chief of the Lancaster County Major Crimes Unit 2000 and worked hand in hand with police on the front lines to solve murders.  All of his trial convictions have withstood appellate scrutiny and none have been overturned.

DA Stedman also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2002-06 as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a President Bush initiative, and prosecuted gun crimes in federal court.

DA Stedman received his law degree from the Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from University of Delaware, Magna Cum Laude and with Distinction.

He attended the University of Delaware on a ROTC scholarship and served as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army Reserves upon graduating from the United States Army Intelligence Center and School in Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  He remains a member of the Military Officer’s Association of America.

DA Stedman has served the party for many years as a member of the Manheim Township Republican Committee and the Republican Party of Pennsylvania State Committee.

In addition to his role as District Attorney, DA Stedman serves as a member of numerous boards to include the Lancaster County Prison Board, Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association Executive Committee, Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association Best Practices Committee, the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Strategic Planning Work Group, Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, and the Historic Rock Ford Plantation. DA Stedman was a member of the Lancaster Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Class and the Advisory Council. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Lancaster and now instructs their annual session on Law and Justice.

DA Stedman is fifty-four (54), was born in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  He is married and the father of a son and a daughter.

Education

Law School 

Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

– Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 1991
– Class Rank:  3/173
– The President’s Award
– Dickinson Law Review, Appellate Moot Court Board, Woolsack Society
– Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, Harrisburg, PA
– Office of the Secretary of Defense Honors Legal Internship, Washington, DC
– Todd, Gemmel, Nugent and Fitzgerald, Linwood, NJ

Undergraduate University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

B.A., Honors Degree in History, Magna Cum Laude and with Distinction, 1986

– GPA: 3.82
– Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Phi Alpha Phi Honor Society  
– Louis E. Larsen Award for top graduate in history, 1986
– Phi Alpha Theta, Honor Society in History, National Slavic Honor Society

Military 

United States Army Intelligence Center and School

– Officer Basic Course, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, 1987
– Graduated first in class in academics
– ROTC Scholarship, University of Delaware, 1983-86
– General J. Ernest Smith Prize for highest grades in military science, 1986
– Distinguished Military Student Award
– Scabbard and Blade Honor Society, Retired Officer Association ROTC Medal

Career

COURT ADMISSIONS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

– Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1991
– United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002
– Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1991
– Lancaster Bar Association, 1991
– Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, 1991
– National District Attorney’s Association, 1991

POLITICAL

– Endorsed Republican Candidate for Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 2017
– Endorsed 2017: PA State Troopers Association
          PA Fraternal Order of Police
          PA Medical Society
          PA State Corrections Association
          PA State Education Association
          Firearms Owners Against Crime
          Associated Builders and Contractors, PA
          Humane PA
– Recommended: PA Pro-Life Federation, 2017
– Republican Party of Pennsylvania State Committee, 2014-16
– Republican Party of Pennsylvania State Committee, Resolutions Committee, 2014-16
– Lancaster County ACTION, 2012-16, 2018
– Republican Committee of Lancaster County, Lincoln Club Member, 2006-16
– Committee to Elect Scott Martin (PA Senate), Chairman, 2015-16
– Endorsed Fraternal Order of Police Red Rose Lodge 16, Lancaster, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2017
– Manheim Township Republican Committee, Committeeman, 21st District, 2005-16, Treasurer (2006-07)

MILITARY SERVICE

– Tactical Intelligence Officer, Captain, United States Army Reserves, 1986-96
– Army Achievement Medal, 1988
– Top Secret- SCI Clearance, 1986
– Military Officers Association of America, Lancaster, PA Chapter, 2006 to present

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

– Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, Executive Committee, 2016 to present
– Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association Best Practices Committee, 2014 to present
– Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute, Board of Directors, 2014-16, Instructor
– Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Strategic Planning Work Group, 2014-17
– Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Instructor, 2015 to present
– Lancaster County Prison Board, 2008 to present
– Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team Advisory Board, 2008 to present
– Lancaster County Chiefs of Police Association, 2008 to present
– Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center, 2008 to present
– Lancaster County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, 2008 to present
– Lancaster County Victim/Witness Policy Board, Chairman, 2008-15
– Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing State Parole Guidelines Work Group, 2013-14
– Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, Lancaster County Representative, 2006.
– Lancaster Bar Association. Vice President, 2006, Secretary, 2005
– Instructor: People’s Law School, Criminal Law, 1999 and 2003; multiple CLE classes 2008-16
– Lancaster Alliance, Anti-Crime Initiative Advisor, 2005-13
– Lancaster City Quality of Life Task Force, Sub-Committee Chairman, 2001-03
– Lancaster Crime Commission, Advisor representing District Attorney’s Office, 2000-03
– Lancaster County Criminal Court Task Force, 2000-03, 2010 to present
– Pennsylvania State University Paralegal Program, Instructor- Criminal Law, 1996
– American Inns of Court, W. Hensel Brown Chapter, 1993-97

-Adjunct Assistant Professor of Government, Criminal Justice, Franklin and Marshall College, 2019

JUDICIAL RATINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

– Selected and Recommended for appointment to the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County
– Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martin, 2018
– Highly Recommended by Lancaster Bar Association, Court of Common Pleas, 2018
– Highly Recommended by Pennsylvania Bar Association, PA Superior Court, 2017

-Endorsed by Red Rose FOP Lodge #16, 2019

-Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, 2019

COMMUNITY SERVICE

– Fight Crime Invest in Kids, 2011 to present
– Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet, 2008 to present
– Historic Rock Ford Plantation, Board of Directors, 2006 to present
– Lancaster Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Class of 2005, Advisory Council, 2006
– Lancaster County Community Foundation Grant Review Team, 2004-07
– Spalding Program in Leadership, Franklin and Marshall College, Mentor, 2004-05, 2007
– Leadership Lancaster, Instructor/Coordinator, Law and Justice Day, 2004 to present. Graduate, Class of 2004
– Manheim Township High School Mock Trial Team, Attorney Advisor, 1999-2006
– Lancaster County Law Explorers, Boys Scouts of America, Advisor, 1992-95
– Volunteer Admissions Support Team, University of Delaware, 1988-2006
– Guest Lecturer: PSU- Dickinson School of Law; Franklin and Marshall College, Millersville University, Cheney University; numerous churches, high schools, and retirement communities Lancaster County; Lancaster General Hospital

AWARDS

– Humane Law Enforcement Award, The Humane Society of the United States, 2017
– Lifetime Award, In the Light Ministries, 2016
– Team DUI Award, PA DUI Association, 2016
– Large County Award- Prison Overcrowding Task Force Lancaster County, CCAP, 2015
– Video Evidence Litigator of the Year Award, Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, 2015
– Criminal Justice System Best Practices Award-Juvenile Justice Lancaster County, CCAP, 2014
– Award of Excellence, PA Tactical Officer Association, 2012
– Northeast Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Award, 2012
– Restorative Justice Award, Lancaster Area Victim Offender Reconciliation Program, 2011
– National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Award, 2009