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Samuel Jacob Roberts, state justice. Bar: Pennsylvania 1931. Recipient 16th annual Max C. Currick Brotherhood award, Merit award Erie County Social Agencies, Pennsylvania Society's Distinguished Citizen of Commonwealth award, 1986; named Man of Year, 11th annual award Erie Teachers Association.


Roberts, Samuel Jacob was born on February 18, 1907 in Brooklyn. Son of Jacob and Anna (Wexler) Roberts.


Bachelor of Science in Economics, University Pennsylvania, 1928. Bachelor of Laws, University Pennsylvania, 1930. Doctor of Laws, Gannon University, 1963.

Doctor of Laws, Dickinson School Law, 1966. Doctor of Laws, Villa Maria College, 1968. Postgraduate, Philadelphia College Osteopathic Medicine, 1972.

Postgraduate, Allegheny College, 1983.


Private practice, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1931-1952;assistant district attorney, Erie County, 1935-1938;referee in unemployment compensations, also special department attorney general, Commonwealth Pennsylvania, 1939-1952;judge, Orphans Court, Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1952-1963;presiding judge, Orphans Court, Erie County, Pennsylvania, 1953-1963;justice, Supreme Court Pennsylvania, 1963-1983;chief justice, Supreme Court Pennsylvania, 1983-1987;board commissioner, Uniform State Laws, 1981-1987. Member of faculty Appellate Judges Seminar, Institute Judicial Administration, New York University, 1966-1987.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania 1931.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor to various legal publications.


Trustee Gannon University. Board overseers University Pennsylvania Law School. Board visitors University Pittsburgh Law School.

Board trustees Philadelphia College Osteopathic Medicine. Board incorporators Hamot Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital. Chairman Commonwealth Pennsylvania Commission Bicentennial United States Constitution Served to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946.

Member American Bar Association (council, chairman section legal education and admission to bar 1984-1985, committee appellate advocacy), American Bar Foundation (fellows advisory research committee), Masons (32 degree). Clubs: Kahkwa Country, Erie, Erie County Motor (board directors), University, Aviation. Concordia (Pittsburgh).

Franklin Inn (Philadelphia).


Married Helen G. Blumberg, December 14, 1934 (deceased 1963). 1 child, Barbara; married Marian S. Zurn, December 12, 1970.

Jacob Roberts

Anna (Wexler) Roberts

Helen G. Blumberg

Marian S. Zurn

Barbara Roberts