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Dean Gormley on proposed state constitutional amendment to raise Pennsylvania judges’ retirement age

"Times have changed, our society has changed," said Dean Ken Gormley of a proposed state constitutional amendment to raise Pennsylvania judges' retirement age to 75. "More women have entered the legal profession, and both men and women are physically and mentally capable of performing judicial functions at a much higher level for much longer. The amendment process is designed for precisely these sorts of changes in our fundamental charter."

In this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, Dean Gormley says the retirement age, determined at the constitutional convention in 1967 and 1968, was not meant to stand forever and that the rule is particularly limiting to women.

Read more at post-gazette.com, "Move advances to extend Pa. judges' retirement age"

A constitional law scholar, Dean Gormley has been interviewed on the topic by:

  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • WESA-FM
  • PAMatters.com
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • The Legal Intelligencer
  • and other media