Hon. Karoline Mehalchick, Director

Hon. Karoline Mehalchick is a U.S. magistrate judge in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she was appointed to the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on July 15, 2013. Prior to joining the court, she was a partner with a small law firm in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, where she represented a broad range of clients in both state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a graduate of Schreyer Honors College of Pennsylvania State University (1998, B.S., geosciences) and Tulane University School of Law (2001, J.D.). After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to Hon. Trish Corbett, Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County. Judge Mehalchick was an adjunct professor at Marywood University from 2003 until 2012, where she taught Legal and Clinical Aspects of Health Care to graduate students studying nursing and health administration.

Judge Mehalchick has been active in the FBA for over 10 years. She is a past president of the Middle District of Pennsylvania Chapter, previously serving as its secretary, vice president, and president-elect. She currently serves as the chapter’s ECF coordinator and civics liaison and works closely with the chapter’s community outreach chair to implement programs with local schools and the court. Judge Mehalchick served as an FBA Third Circuit Vice President for five years. She is a judicial profiles editor for The Federal Lawyer, chairs the Bench Bar Committee, is a member of the Judiciary Division and the Community Outreach Committee, and has previously served on the Professional Ethics Committee.

Within her court, Judge Mehalchick serves as a co-chair of the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Litigation Settlement Program, sits on the Criminal Law Committee, and recently served as a co-chair of the court’s employee conference. She also serves in the Administrative Office of the U.S. Court’s Magistrate Judges Advisory Group. Judge Mehalchick actively participates in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and is a member of the Executive Council of the Commission. She is also a past president of the Younger Lawyers Division of the Lackawanna Bar Association.

Beyond her work in the legal community, Judge Mehalchick sits on the comprehensive planning committee of the Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School in Scranton, is vice president of production for the Ballet Theatre of Scranton and is president of the Board of Directors for the Abington Gators Swim Team.