Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
You Be The Judge!
Judge Yeager Interview
The Judicial System is a very confusing thing that no one understands. I personally think that I know a lot about government, and I am a complete idiot about the Judicial System. Because of this minimal information that students have and since I definitely need to get smarter, I interviewed Dr. S Michael Yeager, Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge. Hopefully you learn something about this cluster of a system and the people that help run it.
Q: What are your responsibilities as a Judge?
A: I hear half of all Civil cases in Butler County, with the exception of family law matters. I am also responsible for all matters emanate from Orphans’ Court, with the exception of adoptions. Such matters include disputes arising from estates, trusts, and guardianship in Butler County.
Q:What education do you have?
A: Bachelor of Science in Psychology – University of Pittsburgh,
Master of Arts in Industrial Relations- St. Francis College Loretto, Pennsylvania
Juris Doctorate – Ohio Northern University
Master of Judicial Studies, Trial Judges – University of Nevada, Reno
Doctorate of Philosophy, Judicial Studies-University of Nevada, Reno
Master of Judicial Studies, Juvenile and Family Court Judges- University of Nevada, Reno
Summary: He is pretty smart.
Q: What was your profession before you were a Judge?
A: Practicing Attorney, 1979-July 5, 2001, with a short period of being a Trust Officer for banking institution from September, 1981-November, 1981.
Q: What is you favorite thing about being a Judge?
A: Impartial dispute resolution whereby I have no role in advocating on behalf of any party.
Summary: Bias is bad.
Q: What is the craziest case that you have ever heard?
A: In a summary criminal appeal, the Defendant was charged with harassment for spray painting the eyeglasses of a complaining witness, while said eye glasses were affixed on the complaining witness’ face.
Q: What advice would you give to students that want to go into law?
A: To choose an undergraduate school major that will provide a diversified educational background. This will enable you to better synthesize legal thinking with different patterns of deductive reasoning.
Summary: Don’t pick something stupid to go to college for. Also, prepare for the dreaded STUDENT LOANS.