Ridge Wants Schiller Back On Court The Montco Lawyer Had Been Filling A Vacancy On The Superior Court.

Posted: January 29, 1998

HARRISBURG — Gov. Ridge yesterday nominated Montgomery County lawyer Berle M. Schiller, who just completed an interim appointment to the state Superior Court, to fill another vacancy on the court.

Schiller, a close, longtime friend of Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.), last year ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Supreme Court. His Superior Court term expired this month.

If confirmed by the Senate, Schiller, 53, would serve until January 2000. An election for a full, 10-year term would be held in November 1999.

From 1972 to 1994, Schiller, nephew of the late Gov. Milton J. Shapp, served at the Philadelphia law firm of Astor, Weiss & Newman, where Fumo also practiced law for a time.

Schiller then was chief counsel to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration until 1996.

Schiller was director of the state Justice Department's Narcotics Strike Force from 1971 to 1972. The Justice Department became part of the independently elected Office of Attorney General in 1980.

A 1965 graduate of Bowdoin College, Schiller earned a law degree from New York University Law School in 1968. He was a captain in the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves from 1969 to 1971. From 1972 to 1976, he served in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

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