Distinguished alumnus speaks about career, importance of philanthropy

Ken Gormley, April Barton, Thomas Kline, Maureen Lally-GreenThe School of Law hosted distinguished alumnus Thomas R. Kline L'78 on October 6. Kline discussed his career path with law students and the importance of giving back as an attorney.

Kline has been deeply committed to philanthropy and education. Equity and opportunity for all was the cornerstone of his 2017 gift of $7.5 million to the School of Law for the establishment of the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education. His commitment to the center paves the way for the development and delivery of continuing judicial education courses throughout Pennsylvania.

Kline's career has been noteworthy as well. He is a founding partner at Kline & Specter, P.C., whose firm has offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA, and three other states. The business holds impressive settlement records such as the largest settlement in state history and two of the largest contested liability case verdicts. In 2021, he was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the eighteenth consecutive year and received the distinction as the number one lawyer in the state of Pennsylvania

Kline has achieved notable success and credits the School of Law for laying the groundwork for the successful professional career he designed. Earlier in the year, he said, "My law school education at Duquesne provided the foundation and bedrock for everything I have accomplished in my 43 years at the bar."

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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