Jill Beck has dedicated her career to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have access to justice. Now she hopes to serve on the Pennsylvania Superior Court to continue her fight for fairness in our judicial system.
Raised in Pittsburgh, Jill knew from a young age that she wanted to be an advocate for the underserved. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from The George Washington University, she served as a counselor at a residential facility for adjudicated delinquent girls and later as an assistant forensic interviewer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Child Advocacy Center. After graduating with honors, she served as an AmeriCorps Fellow working with adolescents on probation. These experiences fueled her passion for protecting those without a voice and drew her to the practice of law.
After graduating at the top of her class from Duquesne University School of Law, Jill chose to work for the nonprofit organization KidsVoice, where she represented abused and neglected children in court proceedings. Jill’s service at KidsVoice involved not only ensuring that the legal rights of her young clients were protected, but that their basic human needs were met.
Jill represented up to 225 children at a given time before magisterial district judges, the Court of Common Pleas, and the Pennsylvania Superior Court. KidsVoice honored her for her advocacy in 2008. In 2010, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Allegheny County gave her their Children’s Voice Award.
Jill’s experience advocating for children led her to want to serve from the other side of the bench in Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. She spent 10 years in public service as a law clerk under the Honorable Christine Donohue on the Superior Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Jill drafted decisions for criminal, civil, family, juvenile, and orphans’ court cases that were grounded in the law and achieved substantial justice for individuals, families, and businesses across the Commonwealth.
In the fall of 2019 Jill became a civil litigator at Blank Rome, a law firm she selected because of its commitment to providing free legal services to those who cannot afford them. In addition to her busy practice, she continues to help the underserved in Pennsylvania’s legal system.
Jill lives with her husband, two children, and rescue dog in Squirrel Hill. she is an active volunteer in her children’s classrooms and in her community. She also directed Sue’s run4kids, a charity event she founded with her father to honor the life of her mother and to raise money for Pennsylvania teens in the foster care system.
Jill knows firsthand that justice is served only when every person – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or income – has fair and equal access to the courts.