Gormley Named Interim Law Dean
Duquesne University today named Ken Gormley interim dean of the School of Law. Gormley has served as a professor of law on Duquesne's faculty since 1994 and is also associate vice president for interdisciplinary scholarship and special projects for the University. He recently made local legal history by becoming the first academic to serve as president of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
His expert opinion has been sought in the U.S. Congress and the Pennsylvania Senate, where he has testified on wiretapping, obscenity law, presidential pardons and the independent counsel law. A prolific, award-winning writer, Gormley's current book project on the Clinton-Starr investigation is scheduled to be published by Crown Publishers (a division of Random House) next year. His book, Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation won the 1999 Bruce K. Gould Book Award for best publication relating to the law.
Gormley has succeeded in drawing the community together to discuss historical and contemporary legal issues through a variety of programs that have attracted high-profile, world renown figures such as Julian Bond, who served as co-moderator with Gormley for the award-winning Brown v. Board of Education: A 50-year Commemoration; Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master of the 9/11 Victims' Compensation Fund; then-Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and more recently, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. His work has been recognized by the Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium Award and other honors.
A repeat speaker at the Chautauqua Institution, drawing crowds as large as 2,500, Gormley has shared his expertise and opinions at university and legal gatherings in the U.S. and abroad, including Oxford University, Harvard Law School, Pennsylvania State Trial Judges' Conference, the National Council of Jewish Women, Hofstra University, the Aspen Institute, Boston University School of Law, the Federal Bar Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and the R.I.Z. Law Centre for European and International Cooperation in Cologne, Germany.
Active in community as well as professional and academic areas, Gormley is former mayor of Forest Hills, serves on the Forest Hills Community Development Corporation board and previously coached recreational soccer. Additionally, he sits on board of trustees at St. Francis University, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Historical Society, and the Pittsburgh 250 Commission. President of the Harvard Law School Association of Western Pennsylvania, Gormley also sits on the advisory board of the Bernard G. Segal Appellate Advocacy Institute and numerous other legal advisory boards.
Gormley is of-counsel with the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP based in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Previously, he served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reappointment Commission and was a litigation attorney with the firm of Cindrich & Titus in Pittsburgh. As a special clerk to state Supreme Court Justice Ralph Cappy, he consulted on and drafted opinions dealing with Constitutional issues.
Before coming to Duquesne, Gormley taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was director and founder of the Mellon Writing Program in legal research and writing. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh summa cum laude and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Gormley replaces Don Guter, who will remain on the faculty.
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