Dean to receive honorary doctor of laws degree

The Hon. Maureen Lally-Green will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, at the 2019 Saint Vincent College Spring Honors Convocation, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Saint Vincent Basilica. 

A Distinguished Career

Judge Lally-Green has enjoyed a distinguished law career, having worked as a private attorney, professor of law, consultant to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and judge of the state’s Superior Court, while being known as a forceful advocate for gender and ethnic fairness.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/secondary education from Duquesne University, Lally-Green went on to graduate from the Duquesne University School of Law, where she served a one-year stint on its Law Review.

In the early stages of her career, she worked as an associate with a private law firm in Pittsburgh, as counsel to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Lally-Green would then spend more than a decade as a full-time professor in Duquesne’s School of Law, while also serving as research associate and consultant to the judges of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

In 1998, she earned an appointment as judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania by Gov. Tom Ridge and was elected to a full 10-year term on the court in 1999. While on the bench, she was one of the Supreme Court’s inaugural members of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Commission on Race, Gender and Ethnic Fairness, chairing a committee that developed a non-discrimination policy and procedures that was adopted for Pennsylvania’s entire judiciary. She would also serve as chair of the Supreme Court’s Gender Fairness Implementation Committee in 2002, while remaining active as an adjunct professor at Duquesne.

After retiring from the bench in 2009, she worked as director of the Office for Church Relations for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, before returning to Duquesne University in 2016, when she was named acting dean of the Duquesne School of Law. She was officially promoted to permanent dean in July 2017, becoming the first female dean in the law school’s history.


Lally-Green has earned a host of accolades over the course of her distinguished career. She is an inductee into the Century Club of Duquesne University, and has been a recipient of the Anne X. Alpern Award, the highest honor given by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession. She has also been awarded the Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award, given by the Allegheny County Bar Association to a member of the bar who has been an exemplary mentor to others through continued support, counsel, friendship and leadership.

She is also the recipient of the Presidents’ Award, awarded jointly by the presidents of Duquesne University and Saint Francis University, the Saint Thomas More Award of the Saint Thomas More Society and Duquesne University School of Law’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Lally-Green previously sat on the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors, and currently, she is a member of the board of Saint Vincent Seminary 

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