Awards and Affiliations


Bruce K. Gould Book Award for outstanding publication relating to the law (1999) for Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation (Perseus Books 1997)

American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award - Honorable Mention (2011) for The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr (Crown 2010)

Duquesne Univeristy Research Hall of Fame (2010)


Bar Memberships: Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

President, Allegheny County Bar Association, Pittsburgh, PA (2007-2008)

Board of Governors, Allegheny County Bar Association (2002-2009); Chair of Legislative Committee

Board Member, Gender Equality Institute Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association (2009- )

Vice Chair, Gender Equality Task Force, Allegheny County Bar Association (2006-2007)

Member, Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association (2006-2007)

Silver Gavel Award Committee, American Bar Association (appointment by President, ABA), (2013-2015)

Member, Task Force on the Pennsylvania Judicial System, Pennsylvania Bar Association (2006-2007)

Academic Consultant, Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Commission on Judicial Independence (2013-2014)

Board Member, Pennsylvania Judicial Society (2012-2013)

Member, Court Administration Vision Team, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (appointed by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald),(2012)

Board Member, Pennsylvania Policy Forum (2010- )

Advisory Committee, Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy (Pittsburgh, PA) (2008- )

District Attorney's Working Group on Use of Force, appointed by District Attorney Steven Zappala, Jr. (blue-ribbon panel studying use of Tasers by police officers) (Allegheny County, PA, 2008-2009)

Advisory Board, Bernard G. Segal Institute for Appellate Advocacy, Philadelphia, PA (2006-2008)

Steering Committee, Pittsburgh 250th Anniversary Commission (2007-2008)

Board of Trustees, Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA (2006-2009)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Curriculum Committee (2005-2007)

Board, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Historical Society (appointment by Chief Justice) (2004-2008)

Editorial Board, Duquesne University Press (2001 - 05)

Editorial Advisory Board, Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round-Table (Urbana, Illinois) (2006- )

Board of Editors, Albany Law Review, State Constitutional Commentary (2004- )

Advisory Board, State Justice Institute/National Association of Attorneys General, Project on State Constitutional Law (1993-2003)