James M. Munley

James M. Munley

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FJA Remembers Judge James M. Munley

Judge James M. Munley, of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, passed away in Scranton on March 22, 2020, at the age of 83.

Judge Munley was elected in 1977 to the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas and was retained as judge in 1987 and 1997. He served as a county judge until the U.S. Senate confirmed him as a federal judge in 1998 following his nomination to the federal bench by President William J. Clinton. During his years on the federal bench, Judge Munley had the opportunity on a few occasions to sit as a visiting judge to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan hearing complex civil and criminal cases. Before law school, Jim proudly served in the United States Army for two years.

Judge Munley loved and respected his work on both the county and federal courts. He lived each day by the credo he had established for his service in his first campaign in 1977 - "I Promise to be a Good Judge." For more than 40 years he truly was a good judge, treating the parties and the lawyers in his court with fairness and dignity, always.