Judge Carolyn H. Nichols, was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2011, and is assigned to the Criminal Trial Division, Major Trials.


She is a native Philadelphian, public schools graduate; and holds Temple University JD, LLM degrees, and an MBA from Eastern University.

“I’m running for Superior Court to bring my years of experience, balanced approach, and a firm committment to integrity.”


Carolyn has 20 years of public service, including Legislative Assistant to former Councilwoman Augusta Clarke; Assistant City Solicitor, General Counsel for the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Deputy Secretary of External Affairs for the Mayor’s Office, and Deputy Finance Director, Director of MBEC (Minority Business Enterprise Council). Carolyn was co-counsel for the Huntingdon Valley swimming pool racial discrimination case that received international attention in 2009. Carolyn received the City Office of Economic Opportunity’s Guardian of Economic Inclusion Award for her service as MBEC Director (2014). Judge Nichols was awarded the Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential African Americans’ Award.