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Duquesne Law School Hosting Pa. Supreme Court Special Session

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will convene a special session at Duquesne University, during which the School of Law will honor retiring Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and recognize his many contributions to jurisprudence in Pennsylvania during his tenure on the court.

The event, which is open to members of the bench and bar, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. A reception with Castille and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices will follow.

"It is a significant honor to host the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as part of this special tribute to the contributions of Chief Justice Castille," said Law Dean Ken Gormley. "It is extremely rare for the Supreme Court to sit in special session in this fashion-we are privileged that they are joining us on Duquesne's campus."

As part of the program, Castille will be presented with the law school's Carol Los Mansmann Award for Distinguished Public Service in honor of his commitment to equal access to justice for all citizens. The Hon. Joy Flowers Conti, chief judge of the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania, will present the award along with Patrick Sorek of the Federal Bar Association's Western District of Pennsylvania Chapter.

"Chief Justice Castille will be recognized for his tireless work in support of access to justice for the underserved-a cause that goes directly to the heart of our mission at the University and law school," said Gormley.

Speakers at the event will include incoming Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Gormley; Professor Robert F. Williams of Rutgers School of Law/Camden; Professor John C. Dernbach of Widener Law School/Harrisburg; Professor Bruce Ledewitz of Duquesne's School of Law; and Laura Veith, editor in chief of Duquesne Law Review.

Castille, who was elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 1993, was sworn in as chief justice of the court in January 2008. Prior to his service to the supreme court, he served in various roles, including as a private practice attorney and as district attorney of Philadelphia. Castille's numerous awards and achievements include The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award (2011 and 2013); the 2013 Philadelphia Bar Association William J. Brennan Distinguished Jurist Award; the Justinian Society 2008 Outstanding Service Award; and the 2002 Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Award, among others.

Registration is required to attend this special session. For more information, call the law school at 412.396.6300.

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