Duquesne Law School Professor Kenneth G. Gormley to become President the Allegheny County Bar Association on July 1, 2007

Gormley will be the first president from academia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 12, 2007. Officials of the Allegheny County Bar Association have announced that Duquesne University Law School Professor Kenneth G. Gormley will be introduced as President of the Allegheny County Bar Association at the association’s annual conference on June 15. Gormley, who will officially take office July 1, is the first president in the 136-year history of the bar association from academia.

According to outgoing president Hon. Kim Berkeley Clark, “I know Ken will make significant contributions to the bar association during his term as president. 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 says his four years working on the bar association’s Board of Governors and this past year serving as President Elect has given him even greater insight into the excellent work the association continues to do for the legal community and the residents of Allegheny County. “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.”

Gormley assumes this leadership position on 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.

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. For more information, visit the association’s website at www.acba.org.