A Tribute to the
Legendary Judge Butler
Todd has had the great honor of being endorsed for District Judge by the late Johnny J. Butler, a former Commonwealth Court Judge and so much more.
Born in 1946, Judge Butler overcame the racism of the segregated South, making his way to Howard University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968, and a law degree in 1971. After earning a Master of Laws from Columbia University, he started his legal career as Assistant Counsel for the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. With the NAACP, he had the amazing opportunity to return to his hometown in Georgia “in the tradition of Dean Charles Hamilton Houston and Justice Thurgood Marshall,” to continue the fight for desegregation in public schools. He later served 20 years with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, achieving various ranks including Acting General Counsel, working to secure equal employment opportunities for all, followed by 8 years as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry.
In 2008, Johnny Butler was appointed to serve as a Commonwealth Court judge. There, he chose none other than Todd Barnes, Esquire, to serve as his right hand -- his Chief Judicial Clerk. In Judge Butler’s words, “Todd is a ‘valuable leader’ who is ‘very knowledgeable’ regarding the legal process, and who has demonstrated considerable competence and judicial management abilities.”
Judge Butler believed in bettering the lives of people in the world around him through “fidelity to the rule of law and the cause of justice,” i.e., “fundamental fairness, due process, equal protection and freedom.” Although he departed this life in 2022, his judicial legacy remains. Todd would be honored to carry that legacy forward in Norristown, the very heart of Judge Butler’s own Montgomery County, PA.
Endorsed by Chief Justice Castille
Todd is endorsed by former Chief Justice Ronald Castille. After his service under Judge Johnny Butler, the Chief Justice at the time, being very familiar with Judge Butler’s work, was pleased to hire Todd to serve two years in the Chief Justice’s Office until his retirement.
"Todd Barnes was an excellent Supreme Court legal researcher in my judicial office. He knows the law and he is a person of integrity. Todd has all the personal qualifications to make a great Magisterial District Judge for the citizens in Norristown."
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