Duquesne University School of Law

Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education of Duquesne University School of Law

 

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The Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education of Duquesne University School of Law, the first of its kind in the nation, partners Pennsylvania’s law schools and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) to create and deliver continuing education courses and seminars for jurists throughout the commonwealth.

Duquesne law alumnus Thomas R. Kline gave $7.5 million – the largest individual gift in the School of Law’s history – in 2017 to establish the innovative center at his alma mater. Kline is a 1978 law graduate, founding partner of the law firm Kline & Specter, PC, in Philadelphia, and one of the state’s most successful trial attorneys.

His gift allows Duquesne to collaborate with court administrators and legal scholars, as well as experts in science, psychology, health sciences, and ethics, in offering offer courses that meet the changing needs of the state’s jurists.

All trial and appellate court judges and justices in the commonwealth are now required to take, annually, 12 continuing judicial education (CJE) credits, pursuant to a December 2016 order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Beginning in January 2018, four of those 12 CJE credits must be delivered by the AOPC to state judges and justices.  The Kline Center will work in partnership with the AOPC’s Judicial Education Department to deliver the four CJE credits to more than 600 jurists. This amounts to over 2,400 CJE credit hours annually. 

The Kline Center will begin working with the AOPC’s Judicial Education Department and the state’s nine law schools in 2018 to deliver courses in multiple locations throughout Pennsylvania.

Learn More

Review a fact sheet about the Kline Center, meet the interim director, attorney Joy G. McNally, and read media stories about the innovative program.  

 

 

Photo (from left): Donor Thomas R. Kline, L'78; Duquesne University President Ken Gormley; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor; and School of Law Dean Maureen Lally-Green, L'74