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About the Candidate

Born and raised in Southside Bethlehem, she attended Fountain Hill Elementary School, Broughal Middle School and Liberty High School. Jordan went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware in 2012 and her Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law in 2015. After graduation she returned to Bethlehem and continues to live on the Southside.

While in law school, Jordan worked as a certified legal intern for the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office, preparing legal briefs, conducting hearings and interviewing crime victims. Upon earning her law degree, she served as a judicial law clerk in Northampton County for the Honorable Emil Giordano for two years. During her tenure as a judicial law clerk, she assisted the judge with trial duties in numerous complex civil trials and multiple felony jury trials, including a capital homicide. In this role, Jordan authored numerous judicial opinions and learned the importance of treating every single litigant with courtesy, patience and understanding, regardless of his or her background or station in life.

In July 2017, Jordan joined the part-time staff of the Northampton County Public Defenders’ Office where she passionately advocates for indigent defendants while continuing to cement her reputation for credibility and diligence with her clients, judges and opposing counsel. She also has been named the Managing Attorney of Northampton County’s Recovery Court, a program which redirects non‐violent offenders from incarceration to treatment and education. Participants in the program are required to abstain from substance use and to be accountable for their behavior while fulfilling their legal obligations.

In conjunction with her Public Defender responsibilities, Jordan has been an Associate at the Law Offices of Harold J.J. DeWalt, Jr. in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, since August, 2017. In her private practice Jordan represents criminal defendants, custody and divorce litigants, plaintiffs and defendants in contract and landlord-tenant disputes, and victims of personal injury accidents, such as motor vehicle collisions and slips and falls.

Jordan is also active in her community and regularly volunteers her time with the Northampton County Bar Association (NCBA). Jordan served as the NCBA’s Service to the Public Committee Chairwoman in 2019 and 2020. This Committee is responsible for organizing and presenting The People’s Law School, an eight-session program at Northampton County Community College which educates community participants on various legal topics. In addition, she served on the NCBA’s Foundation Committee in 2019, holding the position of Silent Auction Co-Chairwoman to raise money for the NCBA’s Charitable Fund that supports the charitable and educational purposes of the NCBA. Further, Jordan has served as the NCBA’s Holiday Hope Chest Chairwoman. The Holiday Hope Chest is a project organized through The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, which collects donations and wraps and delivers hundred of shoeboxes filled with toys and necessities to Lehigh Valley children during the holidays.

Her Southside Bethlehem roots, her broad legal knowledge and experience and her dedication to equal justice for all have motivated Jordan to seek the office of District Judge so that she can serve her home community and all its residents with compassion, respect and integrity.

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