Hon. Robert A. Graci
Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board, Harrisburg
Judge Graci is a retired Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge currently serving as Chief Counsel to the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania. As Chief Counsel, Judge Graci is chief legal adviser to the Board and is responsible for supervision of the Boardís staff, and investigations and prosecutions before the Court of Judicial Discipline. Before assuming his current position, he was a Member in the Harrisburg offices of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, where he headed the firm's Appellate Practice Group, focusing his practice on appeals, white collar criminal defense, general litigation, regulatory and administrative law, and governmental relations. Before joining Eckert Seamans, Judge Graci served on the Superior Court from 2002 to 2004. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Graci was the Assistant Executive Deputy Attorney General for Law and Appeals of the Criminal Law Division of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General for almost 18 years, he argued several cases in all of the state and federal appellate courts in Pennsylvania, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Graci is active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He previously served as Chair of the PBA Criminal Law Section and founding Co-chair of the PBA Post-Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee. Until December 2012, he served on the founding Board of Governors of the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit. Judge Graci has served on a number of judicial committees and was twice appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Criminal Procedural Rules Committee. He currently serves as member of the Supreme Courtís Lawyers Fund for Client Security. Judge Graci has lectured for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Minor Judiciary Education Board, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, Delaware State Bar Association and other forums. He has authored several articles and CLE course materials and has been recognized for his accomplishments by the PBA and the several Attorneys General he served. In addition to the PBA, Judge Graci is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and Florida and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fourth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and his undergraduate degree from West Chester State College (now West Chester University of the State System of Higher Education).