Why Beth

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EXPERIENCED. INTEGRITY. COMPASSIONATE.
Beth’s Mission

Crime doesn’t care where you live or to which political party you belong; nor does Beth. What Beth cares about is restoring integrity and the public’s trust in the District Attorney’s Office and improving public safety and quality of life for all Philadelphians.  This includes ensuring that cases are prosecuted fairly, justly and ethically, victims and survivors of crime are treated with compassion, and sentences sought are fair and appropriate.  Under Beth, the District Attorney’s Office will uphold our laws while safeguarding the constitutional rights of all people.

Beth and Philadelphia

Beth is a fourth-generation Philadelphian.  Her maternal grandparents grew up across the street from one another on the 3200 block of Clifford Street and her paternal grandmother lived one block over on West Berks Street, both in Strawberry Mansion.  After marrying, both sets of grandparents moved to Oxford Circle.  Her mother grew up on Levick Street and attended Olney High School while her father was raised on Robbins Street and graduated from Lincoln.  They both attended and graduated from Temple University.  They married and moved right off of Verree Road where Beth was born.  Beth’s father owned and operated a candy store on Kensington Avenue and one at 5th and Olney.  Her mother taught second grade at the William H. Harrison Elementary School in Yorktown and Clara Barton Elementary School in Feltonville.  

Beth and her family moved to Huntingdon Valley where she graduated from Lower Moreland High School in 1986.  She then earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University at Main Campus, University Park in 1990.  Wanting to live and pursue a legal career in Philadelphia, Beth attended and received her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1993, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  While a law student, Beth interned in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.  After graduating from law school, Beth began her legal career in the District Attorney’s Office in September 1993.  

Prosecutorial Experience

For over 21 ½ years, Beth served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. She proudly served in every division of the office, including Trials, Juvenile, Law, Investigations and Narcotics.  Her diverse experience, which includes over ten years of supervisory and management experience, includes:

Chief Assistant District Attorney – Public Nuisance Task Force

  • Worked with community groups and city agencies to abate public nuisances in neighborhoods all throughout Philadelphia.  These nuisances included drug houses and businesses, dangerous bars, abandoned lots, negligent landlords and other quality of life issues that harm neighborhoods.
  • Conducted a two-year grand jury investigation of a large warehouse fire that resulted in the tragic deaths of two firefighters.

Chief Assistant District Attorney – Dangerous Drug Offender Unit        

  • Oversaw the investigation and prosecution of mid to upper-level drug dealers, using all investigatory tools including wiretaps.

Assistant Chief Assistant District Attorney – Municipal Court Unit

  • Trained and supervised entry-level prosecutors responsible for prosecuting thousands of misdemeanor trials and felony preliminary hearings a year.

Assistant District Attorney – Special Investigations Unit

  • Investigated and prosecuted cases involving municipal corruption and other crimes committed by city employees.

Assistant District Attorney – Civil Litigation Unit

  • Represented the District Attorney’s Office and its employees in civil matters.

Assistant District Attorney – Municipal Court, Juvenile and Trial Units

  • Tried hundreds of cases, including robberies, assaults, and child sexual abuse cases.

In April of 2015, Beth resigned from the District Attorney’s Office to become Chief of Staff at the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, where she gained experience in overseeing and managing a large city department.  During her tenure there, Beth oversaw the implementation of new demolition contractor license legislation and requirements to ensure that incidents like the demolition tragedy that occurred at 22nd and Market do not happen again.  At Licenses and Inspections, Beth also worked with city agencies including the Commerce Department in addressing public nuisances and improving residential and commercial corridors.

 

Beth is now in private practice, representing individuals in both civil and criminal cases.