President Gormley Biography
President Ken Gormley is a former Dean and Professor at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977, summa cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Gormley received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1980, serving as a teaching assistant to Professor Archibald Cox. Following graduation from law school, Gormley served as Senior Law Clerk to Honorable Donald E. Ziegler in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. He then taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, serving as the Founding Director of the Mellon Writing Program (providing academic support for minority students and women returning to law school after raising their families). Thereafter, Gormley practiced law at the firm of Mansmann, Cindrich & Titus. He also served as a Special Clerk to Justice Ralph J. Cappy of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1990-91), and as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Reapportionment Commission (1991-92).
In 1994, Gormley joined the faculty at Duquesne University School of Law as associate professor, and was promoted to full professor in 1997. He taught courses in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Litigation, State Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law, First Amendment and a new inter-disciplinary course for undergraduate students titled American Presidents and the Constitution. He was appointed Interim Dean of Duquesne School of Law in 2008 and was named the 11th Dean of the Law School in 2010.
During his 24 years at Duquesne, Gormley has served on the Editorial Board of Duquesne University Press (2001-2005); as Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Special Projects for the University (2007-2008); as Chair of the President Search Committee for the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business (2012-2013); and as organizer of numerous high-profile programs featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the Attorney General of the United States, the President of Costa Rica, and other events that garnered national attention. Gormley was named to the Office of Research's "Hall of Fame" for obtaining grants and achieving success in fundraising (2010). As Dean of the law school, Gormley completed the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the school as part of its Centennial Campaign; hosted alumni events across the country; moved the Law School up dramatically in U.S. News & World Report and other rankings; appointed more females to key administrative positions than any Dean in the history of the Law School; worked with the University to obtain government grants and private funding to establish a free-standing Law Clinic— The Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education—in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh to assist poor and underserved clients in the region; worked collaboratively with the faculty to support its research and dramatically increase its scholarly output; and overhauled the Law School's curriculum, international programs and student organizations to better serve its students.
A renowned author, Gormley is the editor of The Pennsylvania Constitution: A Treatise on Rights and Liberties (Bisel 2004 and Supp. 2015). He authored Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation (Perseus Books 1997), which was awarded the 1999 Bruce K. Gould Book Award for an outstanding publication relating to the law. Gormley also published The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr (Crown 2010), a New York Times bestseller that received the American Bar Association's prestigious Silver Gavel Award (Honorable Mention) as well as critical acclaim in the New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice), Washington Post Book World, and other publications. In 2016, NYU Press published Gormley's edited book The Presidents and the Constitution: A Living History, which features a chapter on each U.S. President (through Barack Obama) contributed by Gormley and some of the nation's most renowned experts on the American presidency and the constitution. Gormley has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, NPR's Fresh Air, and hundreds of television and radio shows in the United States and worldwide.
Gormley has testified in the U. S. Senate three times, as well as in the Pennsylvania Senate. Gormley also served as President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the first academic to hold that position in the organization's 137-year history. From 1998-2002, he served as Mayor of his community in Forest Hills, PA for a 4-year term. His wife, Laura Kozler Gormley, is a 1982 graduate of Bucknell University with a B.A. in Psychology. She participates in US Masters swimming and is interested in assisting students from disadvantaged high schools obtain opportunities in higher education. Married for 29 years, the couple has four children: Carolyn (age 26); Luke (age 24 - a 2015 graduate of the School of Pharmacy); Rebecca (age 21 - a 2016 graduate of the McAnulty College); and Madeleine (age 15).