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Penn State General Counsel to Speak about The Responsibility of Ethical Leadership

The Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin, vice president and general counsel at The Pennsylvania State University, will speak about The Responsibility of Ethical Leadership at a luncheon presented by Duquesne University's Beard Institute on Thursday, April 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Duquesne Club.

"Ethics cannot be taken for granted in any profession," said James J. Byrne, executive director of The Beard Institute. "It needs constant reinforcement."

Baldwin graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1980 and became Allegheny County's first African-American female judge and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's second. In January 2010, she was appointed the first in-house general counsel at Penn State.

A member of Law Review at Duquesne Law School, a Fulbright lecturer and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, Baldwin was a trial judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for 16 years before being appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She previously served as attorney-in-charge and deputy attorney general of the Western Regional Office of Attorney General for the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Baldwin is a member of and formerly chaired the board of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C., a member of the board of directors of Koppers Holdings Inc. (chairing its Nominating and Governance Committee) and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Three Rivers Chapter.

She has lectured and taught extensively in the United States and internationally. Among her many awards are the History Makers Award in Government from the Senator John Heinz History Center in 2010, the International Women's Forum Women Who Make a Difference award in 2009 and the Athena Award in 2007. Baldwin was inducted into the Duquesne University Century Club of Distinguished Alumni in 2011.

The cost for the event, which includes lunch, is $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight and registration is available online. It is presented by the Beard Institute in partnership with the Duquesne University School of Law and Duane Morris LLP.

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