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Gormley to Lead New Scholarly Initiatives at Duquesne

Duquesne University has named Kenneth G. Gormley Associate Vice President for Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Special Projects. Gormley, who has taught at the Duquesne University School of Law since 1994, will continue teaching as he takes on new responsibilities aimed at promoting interdisciplinary scholarship, facilitating exchange among scholars and collaboration with other academic institutions. He will report to the Office of the Provost.

This month, Gormley became the first president from academia to head the 136-year-old Allegheny County Bar Association. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the Pennsylvania legislature on wiretapping, obscenity law, presidential pardons and independent counsel.

A prolific, award-winning writer, Gormley is writing a book on the Clinton-Starr investigation that is expected to be completed next year. His past books, articles and documentary films have tackled the 50-year anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, the Pennsylvania Constitution, and legislative reapportionment, among other topics.

Gormley has succeeded in drawing the community together to discuss historical and contemporary legal issues through a variety of programs that have also attracted high-profile figures such as NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, who served as co-moderator with Gormley for the award-winning Brown v. Board of Education: A 50-year Commemoration; Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master of the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund; then-Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and more recently, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Many of these programs have been broadcast on C-SPAN television.

His work has been recognized with the Dr. Samuel Francis School Law Symposium Award and the Bruce K. Gould Book Award from the Touro Law Center, New York.

Gormley has spoken numerous times at the Chautauqua Institution and shared his expertise and opinions at university and legal gatherings in the U.S. and abroad, including Oxford University, Harvard Law School, Pennsylvania State Trial Judges’ Conference, the National Council of Jewish Women, Hofstra University, the Aspen Institute, Boston University School of Law, the Federal Bar Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and the R.I.Z. Law Centre for European and International Cooperation in Cologne, Germany.

Active in community as well as professional and academic areas, Gormley is former mayor of Forest Hills and serves on the Forest Hills Community Development Corporation board. He is a member of the board of trustees of St. Francis University and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Historical Society.

Gormley taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was director and founder of Pitt’s Mellon Writing Program in legal research. He remains involved in legal practice, serving of-counsel to the firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal and Lewis.

His appointment is effective July 16.

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