Former District Attorney Lynne Abraham served as the chief law enforcement officer for the City of Philadelphia since 1991. As DA, she was responsible for the prosecution of over 70,000 criminal cases yearly and oversaw a professional staff of 300 Assistant District Attorneys and 275 support staff.
Since graduating from law school, Judge Abraham has served the public in a variety of elected and appointed positions. Among those are as an attorney in the Regional Counsel’s office of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia; Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority; Legislative Consultant for Philadelphia City Council; and Judge of the Municipal Court of Philadelphia. Immediately prior to election to District Attorney, she was a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia where she presided over homicide and major felony trials.
Because of her love of teaching, Judge Abraham served as a lecturer at Temple Law School from 1974 to 1994, as well as, lecturer at Temple University, Villanova University, the Institute of Paralegal Studies and La Salle University. She has also spoken thousands of times on subjects as wide ranging as Urban Terrorism, Leadership and Politics and Women’s Health Issues. The District Attorney belongs to many professional associations. For the past 16 years she has been the Legislative Chairperson of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. She is co-founder and Board Chair of I-LEAD, a community-based nonprofit institution of higher education, and has also served on the Boards of the Police Athletic League, Komen for the Cure, the National District Attorneys Association. Judge Abraham has received many awards and commendations for her dedication to the public good.