Rashid was born and raised in the City of Allentown and was a student in the Allentown School District until the end of his freshman year at William Allen High School. At that time, he was fortunate to be accepted into George School, a private Quaker boarding school in Newtown, PA. After graduating from George School, Rashid attended Gwynedd Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, PA.
At Gwynedd Mercy, he was a four year starter (at point guard) on the men’s basketball team and led the team to the winningest season (final record of 26-3) in school history in 2003-2004 season when the team advanced to the “sweet sixteen” of the Division III NCAA tournament. In addition, Rashid served as a team captain for two consecutive seasons and was named the school’s Male Scholar Athlete his senior year. In 2014, Rashid was inducted into Gwynedd Mercy's Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2018, the Alumni Association of Gwynedd Mercy University awarded Rashid the Anne Fitzpatrick Murray Alumni Award for Distinguished Service.
While in high school and college, Rashid spent his summers working for the City of Allentown as a playground instructor. In addition, throughout college, he worked as a support counselor to individuals with developmental disabilities at LifePath, Inc.
Rashid graduated cum laude from Gwynedd Mercy College with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He then attended Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. While in law school, he held internships at the Widener Veterans Law Clinic, Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, P.C., and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.
Rashid is admitted to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. From August 2011 until 2013, Rashid served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable John A. Boccabella of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. In November 2013, Rashid was elected Magisterial District Judge in Lehigh County (District Court 31-1-02). Since January 2014, Santiago has presided over 40,000 cases as a Magisterial District Judge.
Rashid is actively involved in his local community. He has served as a volunteer coach in youth basketball and youth soccer. Rashid also teaches as an adjunct instructor at Lehigh Carbon Community College as a part of the Criminal Justice program. Understanding how his own success is a testament to the positive influences that others have had on him, Rashid embraces the opportunity to share his story by speaking at local schools and youth organizations.
Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Bar Association Member
Bar Association of Lehigh County Member
New Jersey Bar Association Member
Allentown School District Foundation Board Member
LCCC Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Taskforce
Rashid and his wife, Shellie (Remmel), were both born and raised in Allentown where they continue to reside with their three children: ages 9, 7, and 3.
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