Lisa Middleman

District Attorney, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

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Lisa Middleman is the lifelong public defender, criminal defense attorney, and devoted mother of two who will overhaul our broken District Attorney’s office. A Highland Park native, she graduated early from Duke University in 1983 before returning home to attend the University of Pittsburgh Law School. While studying law, she worked as a Law Clerk in our Public Defender’s office. By her third year, she was promoted to full-time Chief Law Clerk, studying around work before graduating and passing the bar exam in 1987. She continued working in our Public Defender’s office, now as an attorney. She helped organize her union through the Steelworkers union and is the current grievance officer. Today, Lisa is assigned the most difficult and complex cases – including death-penalty cases – because she is one of Allegheny County’s most qualified criminal defense attorneys.

Lisa is running to be our District Attorney because the incumbent’s years of poor judgement have harmed victims, cost taxpayers millions, and torn apart families. As District Attorney, she’ll apply three decades of courtroom experience to save lives, save money, and join the effort to heal communities harmed by decades of disengagement.

I’ve been a public defender and defense attorney for 32 years. If you read my platform, you’ll see my commitment to tearing down structural racism through the end of mass incarceration, fighting against inequality by eliminating cash bail, and reforming the DA’s office for a focus on public safety, not incarceration. I’m running a campaign that included over 200 volunteers collecting over 11,000 signatures to get on the ballot as an Independent, and I’m going everywhere in Allegheny County to talk with everyone. I’ve been fighting for justice one case at a time, and now I’m fighting to overhaul our whole criminal justice system.

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