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Duquesne Law Professor Gormley Named President-Elect of Allegheny County Bar Association

Gormley Breaks Ground as First President from Academia

Duquesne University Law School Professor Kenneth G. Gormley has been named president-elect of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Gormley will be the first president from academia in the 136-year history of the Allegheny County Bar Association and will be the only full-time academician to serve as president of a major metropolitan bar association in the United States.

He will serve as president-elect for one year under current president Hon. Kim Berkeley Clark before assuming the presidency in July 2007.

“I am delighted to be working with Ken during my presidency, and I know he will make significant contributions to the bar association during his terms as president-elect and president,” said Clark, administrative judge with the family division in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. “He brings to the bar association a wealth of experience in areas of litigation, legislative affairs and community service in addition to the area of education, which will help continue to push forward the important programs we are addressing.”

Gormley said his four years on the bar association’s Board of Governors has given him even greater insight into the excellent work the association continues to do for the legal community and the Allegheny County residents.

“This is probably known more outside Pennsylvania than locally,” he said, “but the Allegheny County Bar Association is one of the most respected bar associations in the country due to our innovative legal and educational programs, the efficient and effective management strategies, and the long-term commitment to answering the legal needs of the community.”

According to Gormley, his background in education will nicely complement many of the current programs that the bar is championing.

“Some of the key issues we are working can have a direct link to legal education such as our diversity initiative, research into gender bias, and our school loan relief program for attorneys who have committed themselves to working in public service positions,” he said.

“Ken Gormley’s election to this position will even further strengthen the bond between Duquesne and the surrounding community,” said Dean Donald J. Guter of Duquesne’s School of Law.

“It is important for all segments of the legal profession to be active in bar associations,” said Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a former professor at Duquesne’s School of Law. “The Allegheny County Bar Association presently has a well-known administrative judge as president. Ken Gormley, a nationally known scholar, author and law professor, who has also proven his dedication and commitment to the bar, will be another in a long line of distinguished presidents and the first full-time academician to hold that position.”

Gormley assumes this leadership position in the bar association with a wide array of experience in the legal arena. He has clerked for U.S. District Judge Donald E. Ziegler; served as a special clerk to Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; practiced law in the field of civil litigation for the firm of Mansmann, Cindrich & Titus; served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Reapportionment Commission; taught at University of Pittsburgh School of Law, University of Pittsburgh Department of Political Science, and Duquesne University School of Law, where he has specialized in Constitutional subjects since 1994; and serves as of-counsel with the firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis in its litigation and appellate sections.

Gormley was twice elected to serve on the bar association’s Board of Governors, and has chaired its Legislative Committee for four years.

Clark, Baldwin and Guter are alumni of Duquesne’s School of Law.

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