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The Honorable Earlene Green

Bachelor of Social Work 1988,
Master of Social Work 1989

Earlene Green is one of seven judges authorized to sit as the Philadelphia Traffic Court Judiciary. She uses this opportunity to administer fair, but firm justice, and she tries to keep in mind the lessons from her background in social work.

Judge Green has a long history as public servant and community organizer in Philadelphia. She serves as an elected committee person for her division of the city, helping people connect to the city services they need.

After returning to Temple University and completing her bachelorĀ“s and masterĀ“s degree in social work, Judge Green began a fifteen-year career as a licensed social worker, primarily in administrative positions. She also earned a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling from Villanova. In 1990, she founded and directed Agape House, a transitional living facility for women recovering from substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS.

In 2002, Judge Green took leave of absence from her social work position and, with the support of her ward leader and advisors, began to campaign for Traffic Court judge. She won by an overwhelming majority in November 2003, and she holds the position for a six-year term. She was trained by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Judiciary Education Board to preside over and adjudicate traffic citations issues within Philadelphia.

Judge Green maintains her LSW license and CAC credential, along with an active membership in the National Association of Social Workers. She sits on the board of directors of several Philadelphia area providers, including New Journeys in Recovery and Reconstruction, Inc. She also serves on the Temple University Alumni Board and she holds an associate pastorship at her church. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and grandson.