She knows hardship. She lost her father when she was a seven year old girl.
She knows discrimination. Her high school was created as the result of court-ordered integration.
She excelled as a student. She graduated magnum cum laude from University of Pittsburgh. While she was there, she was a member of the Law Review, an honor bestowed upon a law school's top students.
She has had a brilliant career as a lawyer. She is a partner with Fitzpatick, Lentz and Bubba, one of the Lehigh Valley's most prestigious law firms.
In America, a lawyer is a lawyer. In England, a lawyer can be a solicitor or a barrister. The barrister is the one who argues cases in court. Shields would qualify as a barrister, which strikes me as a skill one would like to see in a judge. In fact, she is a recipient of the Lynette Norton award, which recognizes female attorneys who excel in litigation and have served as mentors for women who practice law.
She is driven. Not only does she push herself in her legal career, but also in her personal fitness.
Someone with her intellect and life's experience deserves a seat on the bench.