A panel of three Pennsylvania Superior Court judges traveled from their chambers in Pittsburgh to Jim Thorpe recently to hold a special two-day session of the Superior Court.

Below is a biography from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania's website on Carbon County native, Judge Christine L. Donohue, who presided over the special panel.

Judge Christine L. Donohue was born in Coaldale on Dec. 24, 1952, and raised in Lansford.

She graduated from Marian Catholic High School, and went on to receive a bachelor of arts in political science from East Stroudburg University in 1974. She then earned her Juris Doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law before serving on the Duquesne Law Review.

Prior to taking the bench in January 2008, Donohue was listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and was in the Top 50 Attorneys of Pittsburgh. She is an elected member of the Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Donohue is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations. She was on the Board of Governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association and was also the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division. She is a charter member of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and served as a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association from 1986-2007. She has been twice recognized, most recently in 2008, in Pennsylvania Law Weekly as one of the States Women Leaders in the Legal Profession. Donohue is also a recipient of the Celebrate and Share Women of Achievement Award.

Donohue is a current member of the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania. She is also a former judge on the statewide Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline, a former chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners and she served for six years on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

She has taught ethics for attorneys at the Duquesne University School of Law and has served on the board of directors of the Hill House Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Turtle Creek Valley Mental Health/Mental Retardation, Inc. and is a former member of the board of directors of the National Aviary of Pittsburgh.