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 DISTRICT ATTORNEY BACKGROUND

Francis J. Schultz has served as District Attorney of Crawford County since 2000.

He was first elected to office on November 2, 1999. Prior to becoming District Attorney, he served as a Crawford County assistant district attorney from 1995-1998.  He is currently serving his third term as District Attorney.

As District Attorney, he is designated by law as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Crawford County. He supervises six Assistant District Attorneys and seven support personnel.

He is an active member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association and is currently the President of the Association.


In 2000, he was the President of the Crawford County Bar Association.  He is also a member of the National District Attorney’s Association.

DA Schultz is the Chairman of the Crawford County Victim/Witness Policy Board and the Crawford County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advisory Board. He also serves as Chairman of the Crawford County Prison Board and is a member of the Child Death Review Team and the Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

DA Schultz volunteers his time to Crawford County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and serves as a member of the Board of Directors.  He is a past President of CASA.  Additionally, he is a former member of the board of directors of both the Meadville Little Gridder and the Saegertown Little Gridder football programs.  He coached in the Saegertown program for six years and is currently an assistant coach for the Saegertown Jr. High football team.
 
In September of 2009, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett appointed DA Schultz to the Attorney General’s Medical/Legal Advisory Board.  

Mr. Schultz graduated from Duquesne University in 1990 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and was a member of the Duquesne Duke football team.  He graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1995.  He currently serves as a faculty member of the National District Attorney’s Association’s at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

   ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BACKGROUNDS


Paula C. DiGiacomo has served as First Assistant District Attorney of Crawford County since 1996. 

She first became an Assistant District Attorney in 1994.  Ms. DiGiacomo handles the majority of child sexual and physical abuse cases as well as homicides and other felony and misdemeanor cases.

She is a member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, National District Attorney's Association and formerly the President of the Crawford County Bar Association.

Ms. DiGiacomo graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1993 and graduated from Fordham University in 1990 with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.

Additionally she serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Crawford County CASA.


Ms. Erde graduated from Duquesne University in 1998 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Secondary Education and graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 2005.

Prior to coming to the District Attorney’s office, she served a clerkship with the Honorable John F. Spataro. Ms. Erde is the Secretary of the Crawford County Bar Association.


Craig A. Howe has served as a Crawford County Assistant District Attorney since 2005. 

Mr. Howe graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science and graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2003.  He is a member of the Crawford County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers representative.


Doug Ferguson has been with the Crawford County District Attorney's office since January 1976.

Mr. Ferguson graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  He received a JD from the University of Toledo College of Law.  He has been admitted to practice in all Courts in Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Ferguson served clerkship with the Honorable P. Richard Thomas.

He has been in private practice since 1972.  He has served as both District Attorney and part-time Assistant District Attorney since 1976.


Christopher Mitchell received a B.S.B.A. concentrating in Economics from Duquesne University in 2005 and received a J.D. cum laude from Duquesne University School of Law in 2008. 

While in law school, Mr. Mitchell completed a legal internship for the City of Pittsburgh and clerked for a Pittsburgh based law firm.  He is a member of the Crawford County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

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