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Like many boys, Emil Giordano ’82 wanted to be a musician when he grew up and work in his family’s pizza business. Giordano’s father saw education as the way to escape the long hours required of the restaurant business and steered his son toward college instead.
“My father inspired me to seek higher education and taught me the value of hard work at a young age,” says Giordano, a political science major at Moravian who earned his J.D. at Villanova Law School in 1985. “He was right.”
He credits his political science professors with expanding his worldview and teaching him intangible skills vital in his role as judge of the court of common pleas of Northampton County. Sworn into office in 2004, Giordano presides over civil and criminal trials. The father of two and Little League baseball coach especially enjoys custody cases in which he helps parents reach resolutions in the best interests of their children.
To complement his duties on the bench, Giordano is an adjunct professor at Moravian College and DeSales University, teaching classes in constitutional, criminal, and family law, and corrections.
“I truly enjoy the academic environment and being around young, fresh minds and helping them learn how to think and solve problems, as opposed to my other work as a judge where much of the work is damage control and punishment,” he says. “Teaching is a very constructive activity.”
Giordano’s Moravian connections are a strong. His brother, Joseph graduated in 1995 and sister, Margaret graduated in 1984. A member of Omicron Gamma Omega, he counts several of his fraternity brothers as his “best friends in the world.” He also regularly hosts Moravian students as interns and hired his present law clerk, Kendall Barsony ’06, because of her excellent work during her internship.
“There are probably 30 to 35 people in the court who are Moravian graduates,” says Giordano. “Moravian grads do a great job.”
"Moravian grads do a great job."