Judge Searer, a native of Lewistown, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1977 and his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in 1980. He was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1980, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 1985 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1991. He had his private legal practice in Mifflin County from 1980 to 1994.
He served as Mifflin County solicitor from 1984 to 1988 and as District Attorney from 1988 to 1994. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, the Mifflin County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He attended the General Jurisdiction Course at the National Judicial College, University of Nevada-Reno in 1994 and has served as a panel member for several programs of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the educational arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
He was elected to the bench in 1993 and re-elected in 2003.
Judge Searer was the first judge outside of Centre County to serve as Chief Administrative Judge of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Administrative Unit #2. This two-year appointment in 2009 came from the 18 judges and 7 District Court Administrators in Central Pennsylvania counties comprising the Unit.
Judge Searer and his wife, Susan (Zewe) Searer, are the parents of two daughters and a son. Over the years, Judge Searer has remained actively involved in community and civic affairs. He is a past president of the Lewistown Kiwanis Club and former board member of the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata. He is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ and a past president of the Church Council. He has actively supported various community, youth and school activities and has coached youth baseball and basketball.