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Meet the Kline Center's interim director

Joy G. McNally is the interim director of the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education of Duquesne University School of Law. Throughout her legal career, McNally has served Pennsylvania's most distinguished jurists. She served as a law clerk to the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph Cappy, Jr., as well as to former Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and current Justice Debra M. Todd. Additionally, she clerked for Judge Maureen E. Lally-Green (now dean of Duquesne University School of Law) on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and earlier in her career, for the late Judge Carol Los Mansmann on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

In each of these roles, McNally researched and analyzed the issues that came before the court, prepared memoranda of law and other legal documents, assisted in opinion writing, and worked extensively with court personnel and fellow clerks to help jurists produce work product of the highest caliber.

Prior to her clerkships in state and federal court, McNally practiced law for 10 years at the firms of Cindrich & Titus, Cohen and Grigsby and Buchanan Ingersoll.

She earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, in 1983 from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and was topics editor for the Pitt Law Review. She earned both an M.A. in special education and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Most recently, McNally taught as an adjunct professor in the Duquesne University School of Law, where she also served as a special advisor to then Law Dean Ken Gormley and assisted him in editing his latest book, The Presidents and the Constitution: A Living History (2016).

McNally and her husband reside in Edgewood, Pa., Her community roles include serving as an alternate member of the Edgewood Borough Civil Service Commission.