Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education
The Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education supports the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in its ongoing efforts to enhance the administration of justice through high-quality continuing education for judges of the commonwealth. In partnership with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts' (AOPC) Judicial Education Department, the Center provides administrative assistance and organizational support in the development and delivery of continuing judicial education courses throughout Pennsylvania.
All trial and appellate court judges in the commonwealth are required to take, annually, 12 hours of continuing education pursuant to a December 2016 order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The AOPC's Judicial Education Department is working with law schools across the Pennsylvania to develop multi-disciplinary courses for judges, capitalizing on the wealth of legal scholars, as well as experts in social and physical science, technology, and ethics, to develop and staff judicial education courses that meet the rapidly changing needs of the more than 600 trial and appellate court judges.
Duquesne Law alumnus Thomas R. Kline gave $7.5 million - the largest individual gift in the School of Law's history - in 2017 to establish the innovative center at his alma mater. Kline is a 1978 Duquesne Law graduate, founding partner of the firm Kline & Specter, PC, in Philadelphia, and one of Pennsylvania's most successful trial attorneys.