Raphael F. Castro earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University in 2011. He earned his law degree from Widener University School of Law, graduating in 2014 with pro bono distinction. While earning his Juris Doctor, Mr. Castro worked for both the Defender Association’s Juvenile Special Defense Unit and the First Judicial District Complex Civil Litigation Division for the Honorable Paul Panepinto.
After graduating, Mr. Castro served in the chambers of the Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, where he drafted opinions related to ineffectiveness of counsel, capital Post Conviction Relief Act cases, and police corruption claims. He went on to work as an Assistant District Attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, litigating both violent and property crime in Philadelphia’s East Division, identified as the highest volume of crime, including the areas of Kensington, Port Richmond, Juanita Park, Feltonville, Fishtown, and Northern Liberties.
Mr. Castro currently serves on the boards of SEAMAAC, a non-profit supporting immigrants and youth, and the 26th PDAC, a monthly council meeting with police and community residents addressing quality of life and enhancing public safety. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.
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