Jeffrey Manning

Adjunct Professor
School of Law

Law School Offices, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.6300


Duquesne University School of Law

On December 13, 2013 the board of judges of the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania unanimously elected Judge Jeffrey A. Manning to serve a five-year term as its president judge. The Fifth Judicial District comprises 43 judges, 10 senior judges, 46 magisterial district judges, and 1,200 personnel. It is the second largest court system in Pennsylvania.

Manning served as administrative judge of the Criminal Division for the previous five years, began his 26-year judicial career as a merit selection appointee in 1988, won election in 1989, and was retained for two additional 10-year terms in 1999 and 2009. He has presided over thousands of criminal cases including more than 400 jury trials and 21 death penalty cases, in addition to more than 50 civil jury trials involving personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, and sexual harassment claims.

He earned his B.A. at Dickinson College in 1969 and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1972. Prior to his judicial tenure, he served as Allegheny County assistant district attorney (1973-1976), homicide prosecutor and supervisor of the Violent Crimes Unit and assistant U.S. attorney (1976-1988), and first assistant United States attorney, where he was responsible for the supervision of 30 lawyers handling criminal and civil matters on behalf of the United States. Manning handled the most significant federal criminal cases from 1976 to 1988 involving international narcotics trafficking, complex fraud, organized crime and racketeering and public corruption cases. He was designated senior litigation counsel by the attorney general of the United States in 1986.

Manning has served over 25 years as an adjunct professor of law for Duquesne University teaching Trial Evidence and Advocacy and in 2011, and again in 2014, was awarded the Student Bar Association's Adjunct Professor Award for "outstanding contributions in teaching."

He presently is chairman of the Supreme Court's Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court to a second three-year term and served for seven years as a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing (2002 to 2009).

For 23 years, Manning has been an elected member of the board of governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association, and was the 2002 recipient of its Philip Werner Amram Award for "outstanding contribution to the legal profession, the bar association, and the community."

In 2011, he was the recipient of Amen Corner's Judge Robert E. Dauer Award for "Judicial Leadership and Excellence."

In July 2014, the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges awarded Manning its 2014 Golden Crowbar Award, for "significantly furthering the goal of the judicial system by implementing innovative programs and by alleviating backlogs in the court system."

In the spring of 2013 he was named a "Significant Sig" by the Sigma Chi National Fraternity for his "remarkable contributions to the law."

In addition, Manning was the recipient of the Olbum Award as chairman of the Allegheny County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference (1985); an elected member, House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (1990 - 1993); an elected member, LaRoche College - Board of Regents (1996 - 2001); a member of Amen Corner, its Board of Governors (1986 to present); and its president (1993 - 1994); and a member of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh (1982 - 1991), and a Paul Harris Fellow.


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