Hon. Mark I. Bernstein

Philadelphia Ct. C.P.

JUDGE MARK I. BERNSTEIN has served as a Judge of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania since April, 1987.  He teaches evidence and civil procedure on the faculty of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University. He is the author of comprehensive comments on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence published by Gann Law Books. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has appointed Judge Bernstein to serve on important committees concerned with the quality of Justice, including the Civil Jury Instruction Committee which publishes Standard Jury Instructions, and the Medical Malpractice Mediation Task Force encouraging alternatives to litigation in malpractice claims.  In 1995, Judge Bernstein designed and implemented the case management system for all Civil Major Jury cases, as a result of which there is no backlog of civil cases in Philadelphia County. Judge Bernstein is the recipient of the Foundation for Improvement of Justice Annual Award, for innovative court programs. He was named one of the 500 leading Judges in America by Lawdragon Magazine.  Judge Bernstein writes extensively on the law particularly in the area of expert testimony.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and before taking the bench in 1987, Judge Bernstein was in the private practice of law specializing in litigation.