Judge Sierra Street graduated from Howard University with Honors, majoring in Political Science and English. Judge Street is also a graduate of Temple University School of Law where she served as President of the Black Law Students Association and participated in a summer abroad law program at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Judge Street also interned at the United States Department of State while in college and at The White House while in law school.
Following law school, Judge Street worked for several years as a law clerk in the First Judicial District and then a Hearing Officer in Philadelphia Family Court while simultaneously representing union workers in both criminal and civil matters. In her next position, Judge Street worked as a trial attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia for several years where she represented indigent juveniles and adults in hundreds, if not thousands, of hearings and trials daily. After leaving the Defenders’ Association, Judge Street became Chief Counsel at Friends Rehabilitation Program Inc., a non-profit organization which provides affordable housing and social services to low- and moderate-income families and to families who had been homeless. At FRP, she prepared development applications, supervised development projects, and represented the agency in all legal matters, primarily civil matters.
In 2013, Judge Street was elected to the Court of Common Pleas in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. She is assigned to the Civil Trial Division Complex Litigation Center where she handles statutory appeals involving government entities. Previously, Judge Street was assigned to the Major Trials Program in the Criminal Division where she conducted both bench and jury trials in serious felony matters including but not limited to Attempted Murder, Rape, Robbery, and Family Violence. Judge Street currently serves as Lead Supervising Judge in the Philadelphia Indicting Grand Jury Program. She is also a co-founder of the Jobs, Training, Employment and Education (JTEE) Re-Entry Program. In 2018, Judge Street was selected to participate in the Safe Surrender Program held at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. She also co-planned the 2019 FJD Educational Retreat for the Court of Common Pleas.
Judge Street is the immediate past Chair of the National Bar Association Clifford Scott Green Chapter of Judicial Council. Before being elected as Chair by her peers, she served on the Executive Committee and formed the Judicial Council College Mentoring Program in local area high schools. From 2015-2020, Judge Street served as Chair of the Board of Judges Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee which develops and executes annual community service projects for the entire First Judicial District, staff and judges alike. She has also served as a member of the Board of Judges Local Criminal Rules Committee and the Communication and Community Affairs Committee.
A member of the Historic Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for over 15 years, Judge Street served as Vice-President of the Hospitality Committee and as a volunteer with the Surviving to Thriving Program. Currently, she is an officer on the Board of Trustees and a member of the Finance Committee. Judge Street is also on the Board of the Stephen Smith Towers Apartment for the Elderly Inc.