Governor to nominate Baldwin to Pennsylvania Supreme Court

December 19, 2005

University Park, Pa. -- Cynthia A. Baldwin, chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees, will be nominated to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court next month by Governor Edward G. Rendell.

Baldwin, the first elected African-American female judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, would replace sitting Justice Russell Nigro pending Senate confirmation. The appointment would be for two years, after which the seat would become open for election to a 10-year term.

"Judge Cynthia Baldwin is a widely respected jurist, and I am incredibly pleased that she has agreed to continue her service to Pennsylvanians in this important post," said Rendell. "Her work as chair of the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees can be described as nothing less than outstanding. I worked closely with Judge Baldwin throughout the negotiations to create a dual campus at Penn State Dickinson Law School, and know her to be a terrific person, an extremely talented and intelligent person and a dedicated public servant."

"Judge Baldwin has not only served Pennsylvanians proudly from the bench and on numerous boards, but continues a lifelong commitment to community service and activism which made her a perfect candidate," he added.

A seasoned 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 Civil Litigation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association and of the Pennsylvania Bar Association where she served on the Board of Governors and in the House of Delegates. She currently sits on the board of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

"With so many competent people who wanted to serve on this court I am thrilled that Governor Rendell has given me this phenomenal opportunity to serve the people of Pennsylvania," said Baldwin. "After 16 years in the Court of Common Pleas I know to listen well and to serve well are the best tools a jurist can possess. I am proud to put my experience and my dedication to the law to use for all Pennsylvanians."

Baldwin broke ground at Penn State last year in becoming the first African American woman to preside over the University's governing body. A gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Trustees, she was first elected vice chair of the board in 2001, and was re-elected in 2002 and 2003.

She received her B.A. and M.A. from Penn State, and her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and holds an adjunct law faculty post at Duquesne University. She served as chair of Penn State's international alumni association from 1991-1993, and was named a Distinguished Alumna of the University in 1995 and Alumni Fellow in 2000.

Baldwin was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for the summer of 1994 and lectured at the University of Zimbabwe Law Faculty in Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. While there, she assisted in the development of a trial advocacy program and interacted with the members of the Supreme Court on constitutional issues in the cases coming before them.

A Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania, Baldwin has been honored as Woman of the Year in Law and Government by Vectors/Pittsburgh and received the 2004 Woman of Spirit Award from Carlow College.

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