Profile of Steven Chanenson '92, Candidate for Delaware County (PA) Court of Common Pleas

From the Delaware County Times:

Four candidates — two Republicans and two Democrats – are running for two seats on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas in the Nov. 5 election...

Steven Chanenson

Chanenson, 47, of Radnor, is a registered Democrat. He graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School outside of Chicago, Ill., in 1984. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and a master’s degree in criminology, also from the University of Pennsylvania, in 1988. He earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992. He is married with three children. 

Chanenson clerked for two U.S. Supreme Court judges and was comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. He has been a Villanova University School of Law professor for more than 12 years. His background is in criminal law but he also has extensive experience in civil law. 

Chanenson, a former federal prosecutor, has been a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing since January 2002 and is currently the chairman of the commission. The commission helps create a consistent statewide sentencing policy, according to Chanenson. He was appointed to the commission by three successive Pennsylvania governors.

If elected, Chanenson said he would want “to be sure to provide a neutral forum where everyone who comes before me gets a fair shake and understands they will be treated with respect and where my only goal is to follow the law and the constitution.” He also thinks it’s important to better support problem-solving courts like the drug court and the veterans’ treatment court.

“I’m running for county judge because I want to continue to serve my community and to continue to help improve the legal system,” he said.