Judge Patricia Jenkins ’84 Confirmed to the Pennsylvania Superior Court


On December 11, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed Governor Tom Corbett’s nomination of Judge Patricia Jenkins ’84 LLM, to fill an open seat on the state’s Superior Court. Judge Jenkins, an alumna of Villanova Law’s renowned Graduate Tax Program, has spent the last 20 years on the bench of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. In her new role with the Superior Court, she will handle appeals from civil and criminal cases coming out of Pennsylvania’s Common Pleas Courts or trial division. The Superior Court is one of two intermediate appellate courts under the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court.

In addition to her decades of service to the Delaware County Court, Judge Jenkins brings a wealth of legal experience from the private and public sectors. Before becoming a judge, she worked as a partner at the Media, Pa., law firm of Kassab Archbold Jackson & O’Brien and served as the solicitor for the Delaware County Department of Human Services, where she represented the county in hundreds of hearings each year in various aspects of state and federal litigation. 

Judge Jenkins has taught paralegal studies at Villanova University and sits on the advisory board of the University’s Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good, named in honor of her late husband, longtime Pennsylvania state representative Matthew J. Ryan ’54 VSB ’59 VLS. The Law School also honored her husband by establishing the Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum.