Adjunct Professor of Law
J.D., The Dickinson School of Law
B.A., Rutgers University
Judge Richard A. Lewis was first elected to the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in November 1993 and retained in November 2003. He currently serves as the county's president judge and previously served as juvenile court judge and a member of the Supreme Court’s Rules of Evidence Committee, and he recently completed a six-year term as a member of the Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. His judicial assignments have included civil and criminal matters as well as family court cases.
Prior to his current position, Judge Lewis served as Dauphin County district attorney for fourteen years. During his tenure as district attorney, he was elected president of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and served on the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing for seven years. He prosecuted more than 100 jury trials, including fifteen homicide trials, seven of which were capital cases.
In addition to his service as an adjunct professor at the Law School, where he teaches Pennsylvania Criminal Law Practice, Lewis teaches students at Pennsylvania State Harrisburg. He has lectured extensively at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, Harrisburg Area Community College Police Cadet School and the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Institute. He presented programs on Criminal Procedure to the New Judges’ Conference in 1988, 1990 and 1992 and occasionally presents Continuing Legal Education programs on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.