The Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, earned the Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker and Title IX Hearing Chairs Certification through the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).
“As the judicial fight against discrimination and harassment continues, I felt it crucial to my practice to be able to offer these additional services and hope to help those who have fallen victim to these needless crimes,” said Judge Giordano.
About the Association of Title IX Administrators Certifications
Title IX protects individuals in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from sex and gender discrimination. By earning these certifications, Judge Giordano now serves as a Title IX Coordinator for Lafayette College through their Title IX: Reporting, Resources, & Information initiative. Lafayette College is committed to providing a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and, therefore, offers comprehensive resources that stop, prevent, and remedy sexual misconduct and sexual and gender-based harassment.
About Judge Giordano
Judge Giordano served as a presiding judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Third Judicial District, from 2004 through 2018. He was Northampton County’s first administrative judge of the Orphans’ Court County Division, overseeing estates and trusts of the county; and was named to the Statewide Orphans’ Court Task Force, an organization charged with implementing changes to Orphans’ Court. He was also the first judge in Pennsylvania to institute guardianship certification requirements for the protection of senior citizens.
For 15 years, Judge Giordano presided over many jury trials and non-jury trials, hearings and motions, and a wide range of disputes under Pennsylvania and federal law, including construction, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, CERCLA, Civil Rights, condemnations, labor and land use appeals, criminal, and domestic relations.
As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Giordano is certified through Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute in Advanced Mediation. He is a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators; is affiliated with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediation; has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) as a Diplomate Member for mediation; and has been selected to serve as an arbitrator and mediator to the Judicial Roster, Real Estate, and Pennsylvania at Large ADR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.
Judge Giordano serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Guardianship Certification. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame CYO and the Board of Governors for Saint Thomas More Society. Judge Giordano is a recognized member of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia and is the Northampton County Bar Association Wills and Trusts Committee Lecturer. In 2005, he was the first judicial recipient of the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victims’ Rights. On January 1, 2020, Judge Giordano was designated Vice-Chair of the statewide Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Judge Giordano earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1985 and his B.A. from Moravian College in 1982. A proud Moravian College alumnus, he serves as an Adjunct Professor for undergraduate classes.