In 1999, Jimmie Moore was elected judge to the Philadelphia Municipal Court in Pennsylvania. He co-chairs the Municipal Court Conference Committee and serves on the Criminal and Civil Rules committees. Moore holds a BA in political science from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in urban education from the University of Massachusetts, and a JD from Rutgers University School of Law. He was appointed the first black assistant attorney general for the State of Delaware in 1977, and later established a law firm in Philadelphia.
Growing up in federal housing projects and living on welfare, Moore learned firsthand about the struggles of inner-city life. As a gang member, he learned the importance of critical thinking and the art of persuasion and multi-level organizing. An insightful high school counselor saw potential in him and helped him get a scholarship to college.
Grateful for the opportunity he was given, Moore has committed himself to improving policies and programs that impact individuals with limited opportunities. He founded and directed a community-based diploma program in Philadelphia, providing individuals and ex-offenders a chance to become legal secretaries and paralegals. He is currently working on a housing model to provide shelter for individuals re-entering the community to live crime-free, productive lives.
Moore has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware, Peirce College, and Eastern University. Currently, he sits on the boards of the Sustainable Business Network and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, and on the Ellis Fund advisory committee. He is also a mentor for the Green For All incubator program.