George Zanic was sworn in as Huntingdon County’s President Judge on January 7, 2014. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata College in 1989 and his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law in 1992.
Prior to his election to the bench, Judge Zanic served as Huntingdon County’s District Attorney from 2008 through 2013. From 1992 through 2007, Judge Zanic worked in private practice handling a wide variety of litigation matters. During that time period he also worked as an assistant public defender and as a solicitor for several municipalities. In addition, Judge Zanic served as the solicitor for the Huntingdon/Bedford/Fulton Area Agency on Aging.
Judge Zanic was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Elder Law Task Force in 2013, which issued an extensive report and 130 recommendations in an effort to enhance elder justice in Pennsylvania. Judge Zanic was subsequently appointed to the Supreme Court’s Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts in 2014 where he currently serves as the Co-Chairman of the Advisory Council’s Elder Abuse and Neglect Committee.
Judge Zanic has lectured on issues relating to elder justice for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Temple University’s Institute on Protective Services, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges and the American Bar Association’s National Conference on Aging.
In 2017 Judge Zanic was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as one of seven members of the Investigating Grand Jury Task Force. In 2019 the Task Force issued a report with recommendations to the Supreme Court for reforming the investigating grand jury system in Pennsylvania.
Judge Zanic previously was the head baseball coach at Juniata College from 2001 through 2007, and he was the head baseball coach at Huntingdon Area High School from 2013 through 2018.