Law school to honor Baldwin as 13th Sylvia H. Rambo Award recipient

March 28, 2007

The Women's Law Caucus of Penn State's Dickinson School of Law will honor Cynthia A. Baldwin as the 13th recipient of The Sylvia H. Rambo Award on Thursday, March 29.

Baldwin, who was the first African-American female judge elected to the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas and the first African- American woman to preside over the Penn State University's Board of Trustees, will receive the Rambo Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to the legal profession and society.

The Rambo Award was introduced in 1994 by the Women's Law Caucus to honor its first recipient, Sylvia H. Rambo, a 1962 graduate of the law school and the first woman to serve as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, where she continues to serve.

Baldwin was nominated by Gov. Edward G. Rendell to serve an interim term on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Feb. 15, 2006, a position which she will hold through January.

Baldwin is active with both the National and International Associations of Women Judges and is a member of the Women's Bar Association. In May 2003, the Mental Health Association of Allegheny County awarded her the 2003 Espirit Children's Service Award for her role in the lives of children with emotional/behavioral problems.

In a letter to nominate Baldwin for the Rambo Award, law school alumni Kevin '92 and Tracy '95 Steele noted, "We are nominating Justice Baldwin because she is a role model both in the legal community and in society. Her appeal to women transcends age and race. As immediate past chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees and as a justice on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice Baldwin demonstrates on the highest level the extent to which women can succeed and thrive."

Baldwin received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Penn State in English and American literature, respectively, and her law degree from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was a member of the law review and is now a board member emerita. She served as president of Penn State's alumni association from 1989 to 1991 and was named a Distinguished Alumna of the University in 1995 and Alumni Fellow in 2000. A gubernatorial appointee to Penn State's Board of Trustees, Baldwin was elected chair of the board in January 2004 and served until January 2007.

An experienced attorney, Baldwin has been associated with several law firms and served as attorney-in-charge in the Bureau of Consumer Protection in the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Allegheny Bar Association, Homer S. Brown Law Association and the Women's Bar Association.

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