The Symposium Keynote Speaker for 2019, is the Honorable Judge Joy Flowers Conti & Richard Garland

Judge Conti 


49th Commissioned Judge,
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania


Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Nominated by George W. Bush on January 23, 2002, to a seat vacated by Alan N. Bloch; Confirmed by the Senate on July 29, 2002; received commission on July 31, 2002; sworn in on August 30, 2002.

Served as Chief Judge 2013 - present






  Assistant Professor of Public Health Practice

Phone: 412-624-4631


I devote most of my time to working with troubled youth, especially those involved in gangs and violence. I frequently work with police departments throughout the state of Pennsylvania, and I provide trainings to police departments and community-based organizations. I head the Center’s Violence Prevention Project. As part of these efforts, I oversee training, data collection and outreach efforts aimed at reducing crime and violence. I completed my master’s degree in Social Work in 1996, specializing in Community Organization. I have also received several awards, including the Lucien E. Blackwell award from Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter, for contributions to the greater community in 2009, and the Courage to Comeback Award from the St. Francis Foundation on Overcoming Economic Diversity in 1998.