Judge Ellen Ceisler

Endorsed by the Delaware County Democratic Committee

Dedicated Public Servant

After graduating from Temple University Law School in 1986, Ellen served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, where she specialized in the prosecution of crimes of domestic violence.

Following her tenure in the District Attorney’s Office, Ellen worked as an investigative producer for CBS News in Philadelphia, where she developed, researched, and produced in-depth investigative series on issues related to the mental health, foster care, and day care systems; government mismanagement and waste; consumer fraud; and abuses of the elderly and immigrants.

From 1997-2005, Ellen served as Deputy Director and then Director of the Integrity and Accountability Office for the Philadelphia Police Department. In that capacity Ellen audited the operations, policies, and practices of the Police Department to minimize misconduct, improve the effectiveness of the Department’s operations, and enhance public confidence in the Department. Despite the sensitivity of this position, Ellen received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police in her successful bid for judge in 2007.

In 2005, Ellen served as a consultant for the Philadelphia School District on issues pertaining to student disciplinary policies and procedures, in an effort to make the public schools safer for the teachers and students. She then served as the Director of the Special Investigations Unit of the Philadelphia City Controller’s Office where she initiated and oversaw investigations into municipal waste and fraud.

​She is running statewide as a Democrat in the Pennsylvania Primary Election to become the party’s nominee for one of two open seats on Commonwealth Court. The election will be held on May 16, 2017 and if successful, she will run in the General Election to be held on November 7, 2017.

Respected Judge

In 2007, Ellen was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. She spent her first six years in the Criminal Division presiding over major felony trials.

In February 2013, Ellen was assigned to the Civil Motions Court, regarded as one of the busiest and most diverse Common Pleas Courts in Pennsylvania. Much like the Commonwealth Court, Judge Ceisler handled appeals from Governmental Agencies and Authorities of the City of Philadelphia, including the Zoning Board, Board of Licenses and Inspections, Human Relations Commission, Civil Service Commission, Liquor Control Board, Board of Revision of Taxes, Parking Authority, Housing Authority, Pension Board, Freedom of Information Act, governmental labor unions, among others.
Ellen is currently serving in the Major Civil Trials Division.

Throughout her tenure on the bench, Ellen established an excellent reputation for her work ethic, thoroughness, fairness, independence, and integrity, traits that she will bring to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Active Member of the Community

Ellen has been involved in various non-profit organizations, including:

The Support Center for Child Advocates, an agency that provides legal and social services to abused and neglected children in Philadelphia. 

The Anti-Defamation League, a national civil rights/human relations organization that combats all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred, bullying, and prejudice and works to insure fair and equal treatment for all people through educational, legislative, and advocacy initiatives.

New Leash on Life USA, former board member and active member for this non-profit prison inmate dog-training program that saves the lives of shelter dogs at-risk of euthanasia and gives incarcerated inmates a chance for redemption. New Leash teaches inmates to train and socialize the dogs assigned to live with them 24/7, enabling these rejected animals to become highly desirable for adoption and creating real-world employment opportunities for our inmate participants upon parole.

Ellen also served as a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which was responsible for hearing matters pertaining to allegations of misconduct by attorneys.

Ellen is the proud mother of her son Daniel, an Army Veteran who is currently attending Temple Law School, her daughter Hannah, who is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, and her dog Joey.
Active Member of the Community