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Philly Elects 2 Black Female Judges for 1st Time

For the first time in the history of the Philadelphia court system, two Black females will serve as top judges.

The high court appointed Judge Jacqueline F. Allen as administrative judge of the trial division of Common Pleas Court. Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper will chair the system’s administrative governing board, Philly.com reports.

Judge Jacqueline F. Allen, Photo: Philadelphia City Hall

Judge Jacqueline F. Allen, Photo: Philadelphia City Hall

Together, the two women will help control a system with a $110 million annual budget and a 2,400-member workforce of employees who have no civil service protection.

 Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper, Photo: Philadelphia Bar

Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper, Photo: Philadelphia Bar

On Wednesday, Allen, 63, said that her immediate priority will be responding to Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave those serving life sentences for murders they committed as teens a chance for release. 300 inmates in the city are likely to file appeals.

Outstanding.