Judge Richard B. Klein (Ret.)
The Dispute Resolution Institute, Philadelphia
Judge Richard B. Klein was elected to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in 2001. He received a “highly recommended” rating from the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the endorsement of every major newspaper in the State that made judicial endorsements. He was a trial judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia since 1971, when he was the youngest judge in the history of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Supreme Court Appellate Rules Committee. He is the vice-chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Pennsylvania Futures Commission for Justice in the 21st Century. He serves as co-chair with Justice Eakin of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Plain English Committee and is a member of the House of Delegates of the PBA. He is co-author of the West Publication book, Trial Communication Skills, written with Body Language author Julius Fast and international lawyer Roberto Aron. He frequently lectures on Effective Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate Advocacy. He served for fifteen years as an adjunct lecturer at Temple University Law School teaching trial advocacy and legal writing. He received mediation training at the National Judicial College and is a member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar ADR committees. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and an honors graduate of Harvard Law School. He also is the drummer and leader of the jazz groups, “The Reading Terminals” and "The Fifth Amendment."