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Dear Friends,

 I have withdrawn from the May 21, 2013 primary election for Judge. There were relatively few judicial vacancies this year, and my ballot position — 15th in a field of 36 candidates — was just not strong enough. As a result, I was also unable to secure the endorsement of the Democratic Party. 

I truly appreciate and value the strong support that you have given me. It’s important to me and Bill that we be the best possible stewards of your campaign contributions. We have determined that this year, the best strategy is to withdraw from the race now and begin working to building a broad base of support for the 2015 election. There are sure to be more positions open in that year, and by starting now we can build on all of the support and relationships that we established this year. 

For now, I will continue to work to improve the justice system by helping prosecutors, judges, lawyers, and law enforcement officers to improve the criminal justice response to sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking as an Attorney Advisor at AEquitas: the Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women. I will also continue to participate in the events of Philadelphia’s political family and work with the members of Philadelphia Democratic City Committee to keep our party strong and to elect qualified candidates.  

Thank you again for your friendship and support. They mean a great deal to me. 


Vote for Chris on May 21, 2013.

Chris Mallios is a lifelong Philadelphia resident and public servant who has dedicated his career to working for justice. He is a candidate for Judge in the Philadelphia primary election on May 21, 2013 and he needs your vote.  

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Chris attended Philadelphia public schools and put himself through Penn State University and Temple Law School by working in retail jobs and delivering pizza. Chris has enjoyed serving the people of Philadelphia as a prosecutor, law clerk and teacher and he now works primarily as a teacher and trainer for prosecutors throughout the country. 

As a Philadelphia-based Attorney-Advisor at AEquitas: The Prosecutor's Resource on Violence Against Women, he is part of a small but select group of former prosecutors who travel throughout the United States training prosecutors, police, judges and other professionals in the response to rape, domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking. The U.S. Justice Department trusts Chris to conduct training sessions for FBI agents and federal prosecutors, and the Department of Defense has relied on his expertise in teaching the Judge Advocate General Corps how to improve the U.S. military’s response to violence against women. Chris has also traveled to the African Republic of Liberia, where he taught judges and lawyers how to work on the most difficult and sensitive cases of sexual violence.  AEquitas is a project of the Pennsylvania Coaltion Against Rape.

In addition to earning a national reputation as an expert in his field, Chris has taught law students as an Adjunct Professor at Temple Law School. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice where he is an affiliate of the Ortner Center for Family Violence. 

After graduating from law school in 1987, Chris received an appointment as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia where he prosecuted thousands of cases involving almost every type of crime. He later worked as a criminal defense attorney, representing indigent defendants as a court-appointed lawyer in criminal trials including death penalty cases. He has also served as a judicial clerk on Pennsylvania's Commonwealth and Supreme Courts, and he presided as a Hearing Officer in the Mental Health Court of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. 

Chris then returned to the District Attorney's Office where he specialized in the prosecution of rape, child abuse, and domestic violence cases. The District Attorney appointed Chris to serve as Chief of the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit. As Chief, he supervised prosecutors and detectives and worked closely with the police department to seek justice for victims and hold offenders accountable. He was the District Attorney's liaison to the LGBT Community and also oversaw the prosecution of hate crimes for the city.  To promote an effective criminal justice response to these violent and impactful crimes, he developed and implemented a hate crimes training program for police, prosecutors and human relations staff in Philadelphia and throughout the state.  

The District Attorney also sent Chris to Harrisburg to help with the drafting of new laws to help victims. In that role, he helped to win passage of a package of child protection laws that was recommended by the Philadelphia grand jury investigating clergy sexual abuse in Philadelphia.

In recognition of his work to bring justice to the lives of the citizens of Philadelphia, Chris has received awards from Women Organized Against Rape, the Philadelphia Children's Alliance, and the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations.  Chris lives with his partner, Dr. Bill McNett in Center City.

  • Recommended by the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Practicing attorney for 25 years 
  • Prosecutor for 16 years 
  • Chief of the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit 
  • Chief of the Elder Justice Project 
  • Hate crimes prosecutor  
  • Personally tried and supervised thousands of cases 
  • Criminal defense attorney 
  • Judicial Clerk: Pa. Supreme and Commonwealth Courts 
  • Adjunct Professor: University of Pennsylvania and Temple Beasley School of Law 
  • Visiting Faculty: Naval Justice School, Newport, RI

Chris Mallios for Judge
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas


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