Alice Dubow

Judge, 1st Judicial District

Hon. Alice Beck Dubow is a judge of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Court of Commone Pleas, 1st Judicial District in Philadelpia. Judge Dubow started her legal career in 1984 as a law clerk for a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Bucks County before taking a position with Duane Morris and Heckscher, practicing commercial litigation.  In 1987, she joined the firm Fineman & Bach as an associate and carved out a niche as both a trial and appellate court litigator.

In 1992, Judge Dubow began her public service as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia. She was eventually promoted to Divisional Deputy City Solicitor and developed an expertise in tax law.  In 1997 she joined the firm Wolf Block and specialized in local and state tax law for two years. In addition to representing a variety of clients, she co-authored a book on Pennsylvania Corporate Tax.  In 2000, she left Wolf Block to become a lawyer for Drexel University, eventually becoming Deputy General Counsel.  

In 2007, Judge Dubow was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Her judicial tenure includes presiding over cases concerning abused and neglected children; personal injury and malpractice cases; and criminal trials.

In family court she developed a keen understanding of the effects that trauma causes children, the biological attachment children have to their parents, and the impact drug addiction and mental health issues have on families. Drawing from her judicial experience, she co-authored a book for judges compiling research on childhood trauma.

In criminal cases, Judge Dubow has found that making difficult sentencing decisions is predicated on the distinction between defendants who show a pattern of criminal behavior and are a threat to the community and those defendants who had lived productive lives before committing a crime, deserving a measure of consideration and compassion.

As an attorney, Judge Dubow performed pro bono work representing indigent clients through Volunteers for Indigent Persons (VIP), an organization that provides training for lawyers performing pro bono work. When she was elected Judge, VIP recruited her to be a board member.

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (1984)
Bachelor’s Degree, University of Pennsylvania (1981) cum laude

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