Cateria R. McCabe
for Common Pleas Court Judge
Recommended by the Philadelphia Bar Association
Cateria R. McCabe is currently a judge in the Juvenile Branch of Family Court. She hears dependency cases of abused, neglected or truant children. Her job is to protect children and preserve families. Attempts are made to avoid foster care by seeking family and other kin to care for children when parents are unable. When foster care is needed, the goal is to implement services, so children return to their families as soon as possible.
Immediately prior to her appointment to the bench in 2019, she was an Arraignment Court Magistrate. Preceding that she practiced law almost 30 years. She has worked in private practice, public interest, and for the City of Philadelphia. Additionally, she has served as an arbitrator. Her areas of practice have varied including drafting personal planning documents such as wills, living wills, and power of attorney, residential real estate, family law (divorce, custody, support, protection from abuse, adoption, guardianship, dependency) as well as landlord and tenant actions.
In the public interest sector, Cateria was the Director of Veterans, Kinship Care and Tenant Rights at SeniorLAW Center. Here, all of her clients were seniors age 60 and above. As a proud Army veteran, she was the project director for legal services for veterans who were victims of crime. Her veterans work also included a discharge upgrade clinic in collaboration with other organizations.
Additionally, Cateria gave advice, information and referrals to seniors through a HelpLine available to all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. She also was one of the first attorneys to provide free legal representation to tenants facing eviction as the Lawyer of the Day through the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Program.
Besides her work responsibilities, Cateria was active in the Philadelphia Bar Association. Here, she participated on the Civil Gideon Task Force, the Municipal Court Committee and co-chaired the Family Law Section Diversity Committee.
Cateria has been and remains active in community service.
She is a long-time church trustee where she also is the president of a service ministry. In March 2018, Cateria went on a mission trip to Haiti where they took supplies, taught at a school and provided medical assistance to over 300 patients.
Cateria is committed to justice and to being fair.
Whether in her personal or professional activities, Cateria is committed to making a positive difference in peoples’ lives. She wants to continue serving as a judge. If elected, her goal is to exercise wisdom to make the right decisions in the matters before her. She respectfully asks for your support.