READING, Pa. -

An attorney who has long advocated for the mediation of conflicts outside the courtroom is now hoping to put her experience to work as a judge.

Madelyn Fudeman announced Monday her campaign for a seat on the bench in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

Fudeman's 25 years of counseling clients and advocating for them in civil, family, juvenile and probate courts qualify her to serve as a judge in any division of the court, she said.

"You deserve judges with well-rounded experience and a strong commitment to the legal process to ensure fair and prompt justice," Fudeman said. "I am uniquely capable of hitting the ground running to provide you as a taxpayer with cost-efficient, sound, and impartial judgment based on the law."

Fudeman practices primarily in civil litigation, real estate, zoning and land use, and commercial transactions. She is president of her law firm, Essig, Valeriano, & Fudeman, which she joined in 1993 when the firm was DeSantis, DeSantis, & Essig.

Fudeman was instrumental in creating the Family Mediation Program, implemented by the Berks County Court in 2005. A director of the Berks County Bar Association, she has chaired the association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for several years.

Before entering legal practice, Fudeman was a legal producer and reporter at WSVN-TV in Miami, Fla. She also served as an assistant state attorney in Florida.

Common pleas judges are elected to serve 10-year terms.