Monday, January 07, 2013

Grifo Poised to Seek Elwell's Seat

Easton attorney Antonia M. Grifo will meet the press this afternoon at her law offices. I presume she'll announce her intentions concerning the Magisterial District Judge position that became vacant when Judge Gay Elwell died unexpectedly.

A 1982 grad of Fordham law school, Grifo practices law with her husband, Ron Shipman. She is a former law clerk to the late Judge Isaac Garb, and spent two years as an Assistant District Attorney. She also teaches Italian, part time, at East Stoudsburg University.

Grifo's father, the late Richard D. Grifo, was a fixture on Northampton County's bench for twenty-five years.

He was an avid fly fisherman.

She plays the harpsichord.

Two other candidates - Code Enforcement Officer Sharbel Koorie and Constable Lance Wheeler - have already announced.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice glasses.

Mark Baker said...

took the words right out of my mouth

Juan Luis Pedro Felipo de Huevos Epstein said...

Actually, if her husband or her step-son ran, they would be a shoe-in. And for the record, I like the glasses.

Anonymous said...




She needs Vision benefits from the State.

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Did you photoshop those glasses?
They can't be real.

Anonymous said...

No more lawyers in these positions. The magesterial judge is the last bastion for a generally qualified person to preside as judge in a legal setting with no JD degree. Let the common man or woman run and get elected.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

No more lawyers in these positions. The magesterial judge is the last bastion for a generally qualified person to preside as judge in a legal setting with no JD degree. Let the common man or woman run and get elected.

6:33 AM

This writer may be on to something.

Anonymous said...

Last week huge local case cited courage of "common sense" district
judge.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Potato Head called. She wants her glasses back.

Anonymous said...

The choice of eyewear must not be allowed to distract voters. Glasses, extreme hairstyles, visible tatoos can be deal breakers, Ms. Griffo.


VOR

Bernie O'Hare said...

I had no idea that something as innocuous as eyewear could be a dealbreaker in the minds of some people, although the Mrs. Potato Head joke was funny.

Bernie O'Hare said...

6:48, Which case was this?

Anonymous said...

Mezzacappa vs. commonwealth

Anonymous said...

Disapointing post, Bernie, although maybe you will follow up after the press conf. You mention nothing about her qualifications for the position. The fact that she's an attorney isn't enough. The fact that she's a lifelong resident of downtown Easton, has her office downtown, and has much practical knowledge and common sense for this very, very busy MDJ office begins to fill out the picture.

Bernie O'Hare said...

What would you like me to say? Did she cure cancer or something? She's a lawyer who practices law in Easton. She seems like a very decent person, more than qualified, but I see no reason to genuflect at the mere mention of her name.

Anonymous said...

Bernie O'Hare said...
I had no idea that something as innocuous as eyewear could be a dealbreaker in the minds of some people, although the Mrs. Potato Head joke was funny.

Bernie:

I keep picturing Dukakis with that ridiculous Army helmet photo op. It certainly did not help him. The glasses are " a little out there",you'd have to say. All of the comments seem to indicate this. Let me ask you this - If you stand before a judge, even the minor judiciary, and the person deciding your case sits there wearing clown glasses, what are your thoughts about professionalism, fairness, competency?

Mr. Potato Head said...

White is the new black when you've got Bieber Fever:

http://cdn2.mamapop.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/justin-bieber-white-sunglasses.jpg

Bernie O'Hare said...

Her mom wears white glasses, too. This must be, as you note, the latest trend. I'm a little more concerned about what is behind those glasses, and judging from her announcement today, I'd say quite a bit. I'll have more later.