Hon. M. Teresa Sarmina
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, Philadelphia
Judge M. Teresa Sarmina presently sits in the Homicide Program of the Criminal Trial Section of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, having been assigned there since June, 2003. Prior to that, between 1998 and 2003, Judge Sarmina had been assigned to Major Trials Program, to the Track Program, and to the Waiver Program. Judge Sarmina was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in November, 1997 and was commissioned for a ten year term commencing January 5, 1998. Prior to her election, Judge Sarmina had been an attorney in Philadelphia for 15 years, as a law clerk, as an Assistant District Attorney, and as a Deputy and Senior Deputy Attorney General. Judge Sarmina received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., while working in Congress as a legislative aide. She also holds a Masters degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago, and received her Bachelor degree from St. Mary’s College (Indiana). Judge Sarmina has long been involved in community service, particularly in the Latino community. She is a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the National Association of Women Judges. The Judge has also participated in the Philadelphia Reads Program, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Free Library of Philadelphia.