Duquesne Law Alumni Contributions Recognized With Judges Wall
The Duquesne University School of Law, in conjunction with its yearlong Centennial Celebration, will honor its alumni who have and are serving on the bench at a special dedication of its new Judges Wall on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of the law school.
The Hon. Ronald D. Castille, chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and the Honorable Michael E. McCarthy, judge for the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, will each give special remarks at the dedication. Duquesne Law School Dean Ken Gormley and President Charles J. Dougherty will speak at the event and the Rev. James McCloskey, C.S.Sp., vice president for mission and identity, will give the blessing for the unveiling of the Judges Wall.
With such a notable number of its graduates having served as judges at the local, state and federal levels, including the highest courts, appellate courts and trial courts in more than 20 states, Gormley said it is very appropriate for the law school to recognize their contributions with the Judges Wall.
“We are very proud of the fact that we continue to lead all law schools in this region in terms of producing a large number of judges on the bench in Pennsylvania and that we have so many alumni serving as judges around the nation,” said Gormley, who will give welcoming remarks at the dedication. “The Judges Wall is a very fitting and tangible way to recognize their service and to remind others that it is possible to follow in their footsteps.”
The names of 136 law alumni who have served as judges on a court of record will be featured on individual plaques on the Judges Wall, with the names going back as early as 1915. Additionally, the names of law alumni who have served as district magistrates, military judges and administrative judges will have their contributions recognized on a plaque in the School of Law.
The Judges Wall will constitute another wonderful gift to the law school during its Centennial year, serving as an ongoing source of inspiration for current and future law students at Duquesne, according to Gormley. “Our law students will see every day as they walk into the law school that it is possible to rise to the pinnacle of the profession by working hard and committing yourself to learning the law and learning how to practice in an ethical and professional fashion,” said Gormley.
The Judges Wall was made possible through a gift from Paul J. Gitnick, a 1985 graduate of the School of Law. More than 150 are expected to attend the dedication.
“We are elated to have so many representatives from the judiciary coming to celebrate this momentous event with us,” added Gormley.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.