Jonathan Kurland represents Berks County as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where he facilitates cooperation between various county and federal law enforcement agencies to identify local cases which are appropriate for federal prosecution. He is also involved with litigating homicide and other complex cases as well as working with Berks County law enforcement to use the local investigating grand jury and Pennsylvania wiretap laws to prosecute open investigations.
Since Jonathan has been with the Berks County District Attorney's Office, he has tried approximately 100 felony and misdemeanor jury trials involving murder, homicide by vehicle, rape, drug trafficking, child molestation and abuse, forgery, domestic violence, property crimes and assault.
Jonathan was hired in 2001 and was initially assigned to a variety of criminal courtrooms. From 2006 to 2008, he worked in the Appellate Unit, which involved post-trial litigation in areas of brief writing and oral argument to Pennsylvania appellate courts, federal habeas corpus relief and post-conviction collateral relief petitions. In 2012, Jonathan was promoted to a Chief of Trials supervising the Child Abuse / Domestic Violence Unit and the Forfeiture Unit.
Since 2007, Jonathan has worked as a class instructor at Reading Police Academy in subjects of criminal procedure, evidence and courtroom demeanor. He also teaches as an adjunct professor for Criminal Justice at Reading Area Community College and Alvernia University.
He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. In 1997, he graduated from Duquesne University School of Law. He served as a law clerk in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas from 1997 to 1999. He also worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, from 1999 to 2001.
Jonathan lives in Berks County with his wife and son.