Judge Joe Cosgrove for Commonwealth Court
Uniquely Qualified To Serve
Of all the candidates running for Commonwealth Court,
Judge Joe Cosgrove is uniquely qualified.
Since July 2016, Cosgrove, a Democrat, has been serving on the Commonwealth Court, having been appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf and confirmed unanimously by Democratic and Republican members of the state Senate. He is running for an elected term on the court this year, and since he’s already in office, he will be ready to continue working for the citizens of Pennsylvania on day one. Prior to taking his seat on the state appellate court, Cosgrove served on the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas from 2010 to 2012. He was appointed by then-Gov. Ed Rendell to help restore integrity to the court in the wake of the infamous “Kids for Cash” corruption scandal.
In addition to his experience on the bench, his practice as an attorney included many areas of the law that fall under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth Court. Those included work before the appellate courts of Pennsylvania, including the Commonwealth Court, zoning, municipal and election law, and civil and constitutional rights. He was named a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” by Philadelphia Magazine on numerous occasions.
As a young lawyer and activist, Cosgrove’s passion for civil rights and social justice took him to the national and even international stage. His well-publicized friendships with Mother Teresa of Calcutta (now St. Teresa) and award-winning actor Martin Sheen, who considers Cosgrove among his closest personal friends, have been a part of his tireless work for the less fortunate and the cause of justice. Cosgrove remained in close touch with St. Teresa during the last decade of her life and participated with her on a number of cases involving people in need here and abroad.
“Highly Recommended” by the PA Bar Association
Cosgrove and Sheen met through a mutual friend nearly 40 years ago and have remained as close as family ever since. The two have collaborated on many projects involving social justice issues, as well as television and cinema. In the early 90’s, Cosgrove produced several videos with Sheen regarding domestic violence, which received special achievement awards from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, Cosgrove has appeared in several films, and along with serving as a consultant, had a role in several episodes of the Emmy Award-winning TV series, “The West Wing,” in which Sheen played the president of the United States.
“In our democracy, the law is what gives all of us the chance to be free, to pursue our dreams and live a productive life, and we get to set the rules and have a say in how those laws are made…”
“The judiciary is in a unique position to help veterans, which can best be accomplished through Veterans Courts and related initiatives. We must not leave our veterans on the battlefield.”
“From an early age, I was taught that everyone matters, that no one is more valuable than anyone else, and that justice and the law are the instruments by which we, as a society, bring about that equality.”