Judge Dan Sulman is an ENDORSED DEMOCRATIC candidate for the Court of Common Pleas in the May 16, 2017 Philadelphia primary election who has dedicated his legal career to public service and the protection of families and children. Judge Sulman has earned a RECOMMENDED rating from the PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION. In 2016, Judge Sulman was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and confirmed to the bench by a unanimous vote of the Pennsylvania Senate. Judge Sulman currently serves in the Family Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas where he presides over child custody, divorce, child support and protection from abuse matters. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Judge Sulman is a graduate of Philadelphia public schools and a magna cum laude graduate of Temple University, where he earned a B.A. in political science. As an undergraduate, he earned a University Honors Program Certificate and, among other honors, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Judge Sulman then earned a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law where he participated in the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program. After graduating from law school, Judge Sulman was admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Sulman has dedicated his career to public service, serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Summers in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Family Division and subsequently serving for more than twelve years as a full-time Master in Support in the Domestic Relations Branch of Philadelphia Family Court before being appointed to the bench. Judge Sulman has served as a faculty member at numerous continuing legal education courses offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a charter member and a current executive board member of the Nicholas A. Cipriani American Inn of Court, where he previously served four years as chapter secretary. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, where he serves as a co-chair of the Family Law Section’s Support and Alimony Committee. Judge Sulman is a member of the Temple University Political Science Advisory Board. He also is a former Democratic Committeeperson in the 53rd Ward, 15th Division. Throughout his legal career, Judge Sulman has handled and presided over a demanding workload of critically important and highly sensitive family law matters, earning a reputation within the legal community for fairness, independence and integrity. Judge Sulman currently lives in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia with his wife Shelby and their two children.
In addition to earning a RECOMMENDED rating from the PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION and being ENDORSED for election to the Court of Common Pleas by THE PHILADELPHIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, Judge Sulman is also ENDORSED by PHILADELPHIA COUNCIL AFL-CIO, LIBERTY CITY LGBT DEMOCRATIC CLUB, PHILADELPHIA BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL, PHILADELPHIA CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW), AFSCME DISTRICT COUNCIL 47, TEAMSTERS LOCAL 830, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 22, PLUMBERS UNION LOCAL 690, TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION LOCAL 234, TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 53, TEAMSTERS LOCAL 115 and MILLENIALS IN ACTION.