Allegheny County Bar Association announces judiciary rating for law professor Kenneth G. Gormley

Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaMarch 20, 2008.  The Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that its Judiciary Committee has released its judiciary rating for Kenneth G. Gormley, who has been nominated by Governor Ed Rendell for a seat on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Gormley is a law professor at the Duquesne University School of Law and is also currently serving as the president of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

According to Jay Blechman, President-Elect of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “The bar association has the obligation to the citizens of Allegheny County to provide as much information as possible on candidates or nominees for seats on the PA Superior Court, PA Supreme Court, PA Commonwealth Court, and the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.”

The Committee has given the following rating:

Name Court Rating
Kenneth G. Gormley PA Commonwealth Highly Recommended

Candidates are evaluated in the areas of temperament, experience in the field of law, academic achievement, honesty and integrity, reputation, general community interest, and contributions to the profession.

The 24-member Judiciary Committee is elected at large by the 6,500-member bar association.

Explanation of ratings:

Highly Recommended
The candidate:

  1. Exhibits pre-eminence in the law by way of outstanding legal ability and a wide range of experience, either in a specialized field of law or a more varied practice, and has a reputation in the legal community as standing at the top of his/her profession.
  2. Possesses the highest reputation for integrity and temperament.
  3. Exhibits outstanding citizenship by way of community and professional contributions.
  4. Is an exceptional individual who will enhance or has enhanced the competence, dignity, and public perception of the bench.


The candidate possesses the highest reputation for integrity, and the legal ability, experience, and temperament to excel as a judge of the court for which he/she is a candidate.

Not recommended at this time

The candidate’s legal ability, experience, and reputation indicate that, at some future time in his/her legal career, he/she may have the potential to excel as a judge, but the candidate is not yet at that stage.


The candidate does not now possess and is not likely to acquire the ability, reputation, or temperament necessary for a judicial position.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,500 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators, and paralegals.