Amwell Republican hopes to succeed Christiana

Joyce A. Hatfield Wise

Attorney Joyce A. Hatfield Wise, former solicitor for the Washington County Children and Youth Services agency, plans a second run for Common Pleas Court judge.

She also ran in 2017.

Wise, 54, graduated from Chartiers-Houston High School and magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh.

She then earned a master’s degree in psychological services from the University of Pennsylvania and continued her studies in family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.

She eventually became program director at Try-Again Homes and earned a post-graduate certificate in family therapy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Wise was responsible for the development, licensing, and work of two drug and alcohol treatment programs within public housing neighborhoods and worked with delinquent youth.

While a full-time Washington County court crier, she attended Duquesne University law school at night and completed her degree with honors over a period of four years.

She immediately accepted a position as the first full-time attorney for Washington County Children and Youth Services.

Wise retired from the county in September 2016 after more than 20 years of service. She accepts Washington County appointments in orphan’s court and juvenile delinquency matters while maintaining a private law practice. In January through June of last year, she provided part-time legal services to Greene County Children and Youth.

Wise has been an elected executive board member of the Washington County Bar Association and has chaired or co-chaired the county’s Law Day committee for at least 15 years.

A founding incorporator of the state Children and Youth Solicitors Association, she was named Government Lawyer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2011.

In 2008, she co-founded ChildFirst Pennsylvania, a forensic interview and court preparation training program that was certified in 2012.

Wise has argued extensively before state appellate courts. She has taught continuing legal education through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and Community College of Allegheny County, among others.

Wise is the daughter of the late Earl and Dorothy Hatfield. She and her husband, Don, have lived in Amwell Township, Washington County, for 27 years. They have two children, Ean Donald, 21, and Zoe Grace, 18.

The current salary for a Common Pleas Court judge is $180,299. Cecil Township District Judge Traci McDonald announced her candidacy for Common Pleas Court late last year. Both McDonald and Wise plan to cross-file.

Staff Writer

Staff Writer Barbara S. Miller is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College. She covers Washington County government, courts and general assignments.

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