Duquesne University School of Law

Ken Gormley, J.D.

Dean & Professor of Law

Office: Hanley Hall, Room 401

Phone Number: (412) 396-5533

E-Mail Address: gormley@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980
B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1977

Ken Gormley is Dean and Professor at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, specializing in Constitutional subjects. He joined the faculty in 1994, after teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and engaging in private practice. Dean Gormley earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977, summa cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1980. Gormley's work on a myriad of legal/historical topics has earned him a national reputation as a leading Constitutional scholar. In 1997, he published Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation (Perseus Books 1997), the authorized biography of one of the leading lawyers and public servants of the 20th century. The Cox book was awarded the 1999 Bruce K. Gould Book Award for outstanding publication relating to the law. In 2010, Gormley published -The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr- (Crown), a New York Times bestseller chronicling the scandals that nearly destroyed the Clinton Presidency. The Death of American Virtue received a 2011 Silver-Gavel Award from the American Bar Association as well as international critical acclaim. Gormley has testified in the United States Senate three times. He also served as President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the first academic to hold that position in the organization's 137-year history. From 1998-2001, Gormley served as Mayor of Forest Hills, Pennsylvania. A life-long resident of Pittsburgh, he lives there with his wife Laura, and their four children, Carolyn, Luke, Rebecca and Madeleine.

Constitutional Law

Presentations at University of Pennsylvania Law School, Inns of Court (Philadelphia, PA); University of Arkansas, Clinton School of Public Service (Little Rock, AR)

American College of Trial Lawyers, (Hershey, PA); Duquesne University (with
E.J. Dionne, Jr., Washington Post, moderator) (2010). (All presentations on-The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr,' 2010)

Panelist, 'Louis D. Brandeis and the Development of the Right of Privacy,'
American Constitution Society, Washington, D.C. (2009)

Panelist, 'The Third Branch Meets the Fourth Estate- (co-sponsored by the
Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence, Supreme Court
of Pennsylvania, and Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA) (broadcast on PCN and C-SPAN) (2009)

George E. Loebig Lecture, 'separation of Church and State, the Supreme Court and the Role of Catholic Law Schools in the United States,' The Saint Thomas More Society, Diocese of Pittsburgh (2009)

Moderator, The Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts and Leading Cases, presentation by Linda Greenhouse, Allegheny County Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, Seven Springs Resort (June 19, 2009)

Panelist, Fostering Diversity in Law Schools, National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (May 8, 2009)

Speaker, Our Court System: Structure and Challenges, Leadership Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (March 5, 2009)

Participant, 2009 Historians Presidential Survey, C-SPAN (February 2009)

Speaker, President Truman, Robert Jackson and the Steel Seizure Case at the
Warren County Courthouse, Warren, Pennsylvania. (February 7, 2009)

Organizer, 'Tribute to Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy: Special Session of the
Pennsylvania Supreme Court,' Duquesne University (2009)

Post-Show Panelist, 'Frost-Nixon,' Benedum Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (December 2, 2008)

Panelist, Separation of Powers in the Americas and Beyond: An International
Seminar for United States Lawyers held at Duquesne University School of Law (November 7, 2008)

Speaker, 'Your Constitutional Rights: Balancing Between the Individual and
Society,' Constitution Day, CCAC of North Hills (Sept. 2008)

Speaker, 'The Clinton-Starr Wars: A Collision in the Capital,' Academy of Trial
Lawyers of Allegheny County (May, 2008)

Speaker, 'Archibald and Phyllis Cox: A lifetime of Public Service,' 20th Century
Club, Pittsburgh, PA (April, 2008)

Moderator: -Terrorism and the First Amendment,' Duquesne University
(March, 2008)

Panelist, 'Roundtable on Judicial Retention,' (with Judge D. Michael Fisher and
Judge Thomas Munley), Pennsylvania Cable Network (October, 2007)

Moderator, 'Archibald Cox: The Duty of Public Service,' WDUQ public radio
(funded by the Giant Eagle Foundation) (October, 2007)

Co-Moderator (with Professor John Barrett), Roundtable Discussion, 'The Steel Seizure Case,' Co-sponsored by the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and the Robert H. Jackson Center, May, 2007, Chautauqua Institution,
Chautauqua, NY

Speaker, 'President Ford's Pardon of Richard M. Nixon,' Inns of Court,
May 10, 2007, Pittsburgh, PA

Speaker, 'Archibald Cox: The Call of Duty,' Carnegie Mellon University,
April, 2007

Panelist, 'Judicial Independence- (with Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy, 
Judge John E. Jones and Edward W. Madeira, Esq.), Pennsylvania Cable Network, January, 2007

Organizer and Moderator, 'Tribute to Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. ' Recipient of the Carol Los Mansmann Award for Distinguished Public
Service,' Duquesne University School of Law (broadcast on -America
and the Courts' program, C-SPAN Televiscon) (2007)

Panelist, W. Edward Sell Memorial Legal Lecture, 'Privacy vs. Security - How
Far Should The Government Go?- Washington & Jefferson College (2006)

Testimony, United States Senate, Judiciary Committee, 'Bush Administration
Wiretaps and Scope of Presidential Power,' in hearings on -Wartime
Executive Power and the NSA's Surveillance Authority,' (Washington D.C. 2006, broadcast on C-SPAN television), February 28, 2006

Speaker, 'Third Circuit Review,' Federal Courts Section, Allegheny County Bar
Association, May, 2006

Speaker, 'Education as a Fundamental Right,' Pennsylvania Bar Association,
Minority Bar Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2006

-Moderator, State of the Region: Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Mayor
Bob O-Connor,' Allegheny County Bar Association, March 2006

Speaker, 'Judging Alito: Reviewing the Decisions of a Supreme Court Nominee,' Allegheny County Bar Association Appellate Practice Committee,
Pittsburgh, PA, January, 2006

Organizer, 'What is Life Worth?: A Special Presentation by Kenneth Feinberg,
Special Master of 9/11 Victims' Compensation Fund,' Duquesne
University School of Law (2006)

Speaker, 'Impeachment and the Independent Counsel: Collision in the Capitol,' Presidential Conference on William Jefferson Clinton, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, November 2005

Keynote Speaker, Founders Day Convocation, 'The First Amendment and Academic Freedom: Celebrating Constitution Day,' Edinboro University, PA,
September 16, 2005

Speaker, 'Education as a Fundamental Right: Building a New Paradigm,' Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, England, July 11, 2005

Moderator and Panelist: -Writer's Corner: Lawyers and Authors,' Harvard Law School, April 15, 2005

Speaker, 'Third Circuit Review,' Federal Courts Section of Allegheny County Bar Association and U.S. District Court, May 3, 2005

Speaker, 'The Pennsylvania Constitution,' Pennsylvania State Trial Judges'
Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, February 26, 2005

Speaker, Symposium, Widener Law School, Harrisburg, PA, February 24, 2005

Speaker, 'Federalism in the United States,' in Symposium on -Federalism in
the Americas and Beyond,' Duquesne University, November 11, 2004

Panelist, 'Civil Liberties Issues: The Patriot Act,' National Council of Jewish
Women, Pittsburgh, PA, October 14, 2004

Speaker (with Governor Mark Warner of Virginia), Kennedy-Lawrence Dinner,
Pittsburgh, PA, October 2004

Moderator, 'A Conversation With Juan Williams: The Legacy of Thurgood Marshall,' Allegheny County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Conference, Seven Springs, Pennsylvania (2004)

Moderator, 'Brown v. Board of Education,' Leadership Pittsburgh Program (2004)

Speaker, 'Brown v. Board of Education's Golden Anniversary,' State and Federal Judges' Dinner, Pittsburgh, May, 2004

Organizer and Co-Moderator (with Julian Bond), 'Brown v. Board of Education:
A 50-Year Commemoration- (co-sponsored by Duquesne University, 
University of Pittsburgh and the Brown v. Board of Eduation National
Historic Site) (broadcast on -American Perspectives' program, C-SPAN
television) (2004)

Moderator, USA Patriot Act Debate, sponsored by the Federal Bar Association,
Pittsburgh, (2003)

Speaker, 'President Truman and the Steel Seizure Case: Parallels to Today's War on Terrorism?- Chautauqua Institution, Current Issues Forum, 
Chautauqua, NY (2003)

Moderator, 'Dee Dee Myers on the President, the Press and Politics,' Allegheny County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Conference, Seven Springs,
Pennsylvania (2003)

Speaker, 'Constitutional Law Update,' Superior Court of Pennsylvania Annual
Conference, Nemacolin, Pennsylvania (2003)

Moderator and Speaker, 'supreme Court Review,' co-sponsored by Duquesne University School of Law and the Federal Bar Association (2003)

Testimony, Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee, 'Proposed Amendments to State Obscenity Law Dealing with Virtual Child Pornography,' Harrisburg, PA (2003)

Speaker, 'Exploring a European Union Constitution: Unexpected Lessons from the American Experience,' R.I.Z. Law Centre for European and
International Cooperation, Cologne, Germany (2002)

Speaker, Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, 'Watergate and the Clinton
Scandals: Heroes and Victims' (2002)

Speaker, Society for Professional Journalists (same) (2002)

Organizer and Moderator, 'President Truman and the Steel Seizure Case: A 50-Year Retrospective- Duquesne University School of Law (co-sponsored
by the Truman Presidential Library & Institute) (2002)

Panelist, Symposium, 'Bidding Adieu to the Clinton Administration: Assessing
the Ramifications of the Clinton 'scandals' on the Office of the President and on the Executive Branch Investigations' (University Of Maryland, Baltimore, 2001)

Speaker, Serra Club of Pittsburgh (2001)

Testimony, United States Senate, Judiciary Committee, 'Possible Constitutional Amendments to the President's Pardon Power,' (Washington D.C. 2001) (broadcast on CNN, C-SPAN and Fox News television)

Organizer, 'sandra Day O-Connor: Twenty Years On The Supreme Court,' Duquesne University School of Law (2001) (in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association, Western Pennsylvania chapter)

Speaker, Harvard Law School, 'Are Special Prosecutors Really Dead?- (2000)

Speaker, 'Uncovering the Paula Jones Case,' Inns of Court, Allegheny County
Bar Association (2000)

Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Association Symposium on the State Constitution,
State Capitol, Harrisburg, PA (2000)

Keynote Speaker, Pitt News Annual Banquet, University of Pittsburgh (2000)

Speaker, 'Much Ado About Books,' Jacksonville, Florida (2000)

Speaker, Jacksonville Bar Association, Jacksonville, Florida (2000)

Speaker, 'Leadership and Conscience: A Practical guide,' Carnegie Mellon
University (2000)

Organizer, 'Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary- (with biographer Juan Williams), Duquesne University School of Law (2000)

Organizer and Moderator, 'President Ford's Pardon of Richard M. Nixon,'
(Duquesne University, 1999) (Broadcast on C-SPAN television)

Amphitheater Speaker, Chautauqua Institution (N.Y.), 'A Post-Mortem of the
Lewinsky Scandal and Clinton Impeachment- (1999)

Speaker, The Aspen Institute (Colorado), 'Archibald Cox: Conscience of a
Nation- (1999)

Speaker, Mercer Law School (Macon, GA), 'Archibald Cox: Conscience of a
Nation- (broadcast on C-SPAN television) (1999)

Panelist, Third Circuit Judicial Conference (Pittsburgh, PA, 1999)

Testimony, United States Senate, Committee on Governmental Affairs (Washington D.C.), 'Reforming the Independent Counsel Law- (1999)

Organizer and Speaker, 'Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation,' (Duquesne University School of Law, 1997)

Speaker, University of New Mexico School of Law; Chicago Bar Association;
Harvard Law School Association of Cleveland (OH); Chautauqua
Institution (N.Y.); California Western College of Law (San Diego, CA);
University of Akron Law Center; Widener Law School (Harrisburg, PA);
Capital Law School (Columbus, OH); University of Pittsburgh (Greensburg, PA);
Westminster College (PA); Allegheny County Bar Association (PA);
(all lectures on Archibald Cox biography in 1998)

Speaker, 'The Future of the Independent Counsel- (with Archibald Cox,
Gerald Gunther, Pam Karlan), Stanford Law School (1998)

Speaker, 'The Future of Special Proxecutors after Whitewater- (Krinock
Lecture Series), Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1998)

Speaker, 'The Independent Counsel: Theory and Practice- (with Honorable
Richard Thornburgh), Federalist Society, (Pittsburgh, PA) (1998)

Panelist, 9th Annual Pre-Legal Lecture, Washington & Jefferson College (1998)

Speaker, 'Archibald Cox: The Life and Legend of a Public Servant,' (Harvard
Law School, 1997)

Moderator and Speaker, 'An Evening With Archibald Cox,' (John F. Kennedy
Library, Boston, 1997)

Panelist, 'Criminal Justice Forum,' Allegheny County Bar Association (1997)

Organizer and Moderator, 'President Ford's Pardon of Richard M. Nixon,'
(Duquesne University, 1999) (Broadcast on C-SPAN television)

Moderator, 'Emerging Trends in Business and Corporate Law- (with Honorable Kenneth Starr) (Bradford, PA, 1996)

Panelist, 'Talk Radio - How Far is Too Far? Hate and Free Speech,' Allegheny
County Bar Association, (1996)

Organizer, 'Robert F. Kennedy: Attorney General,' (Duquesne University, 1996) (Broadcast on C-SPAN television)

Lecturer, 'Pennsylvania Constitutional Law,' (Bar/Bri Bar Review Course)
(Pittsburgh, PA, 1996-98)

Panelist, 'Third Circuit Review,' Allegheny County Bar Association, Federal
Courts Section, (1995-2000)

Panelist, 'The Supreme Courts: A Review,' (Continuing Legal Education
Program) (Duquesne University School of Law, 1995)

Panelist, 'Pennsylvania Constitutional Law,' (Continuing Legal Education
Program) (Duquesne University School of Law, 1995)

Organizer, 'Learned Hand: The Myth, the Man and the Judge,' (Duquesne University School of Law, 1995)

Speaker, University of Louisville School of Law, Seminar on State Constitutional Law (1994)

Speaker, Boston University School of Law, Legal History Group, 'Biography of
Archibald Cox- (1993)

Speaker, Widener University Law School, Symposium on Pennsylvania Constitutional Law (1993)

Speaker, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Seminar on Pennsylvania Constitutional Law (1993)

Faculty Member, Allegheny County Bar Association, 'Law For the People- Program (1990-1993)

Organizer, 'The Saturday Night Massacre: A 20-Year Retrospect,' (University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1993)

Organizer, 'Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Civil Rights Movement,' (University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1992)

Faculty Member and Coordinator, Kentucky Supreme Court, Seminar on
Kentucky Constitution (Lexington, KY, 1990)

Speaker, Hastings Law School, Symposium on State Constitutional Law (1990).

Speaker, National Association of Attorneys General, Conference on State
Constitutional Law (Washington, D.C. 1987-1989)

Speaker, Allegheny County Bench-Bar Conference (1986, 1991, 1997, 1998)

 

Please also visit Dean Gormley's SSRN Page and SelectedWorks Profile to access a selection of his publications.

  • The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr,' Crown Publishers/Random House (2010)
  • Archibald Cox- (book chapter) in Yale biographical Dictionary of American Law, (2009)
  • Archibald Cox- (book chapter) in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, (2007)
  • Forward to Chinese translation of -The Court and the Constitution,' Archibald Cox (Peking University Press 2006)
  • The Pennsylvania Constitution: A Treatise on Rights and Liberties' (George T. Bisel, 2004) (principal editor) (Gormley, Bauman, Fishman & Kozler)
  • Great American Judges: An Encyclopedia,' (John R. Vile, ed.), ABC-CLIO (2003) (chapter on Judge Learned Hand)
  • Great American Lawyers: An Encyclopedia,' (John R. Vile, ed.), ABC-CLIO (2001) (chapters on Archibald Cox and William M. Evarts)
  • Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation, hardback published by Addison-Wesley (1997), paperback published by Perseus Books (1999)
  • The Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment of 1991- (1994, Commw. Of Pa. Press)
  • Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy: An Epilogue, 47 Duquesne L. Rev. 681 (2009) [SelectedWorks]
  • Carol Los Mansmann: Lawyer, Judge and Public Servant, 46 Duq. L. Rev. 5 (2007) (with an introduction by Supreme Court Justice Samuel J. Alito, Jr.) [SelectedWorks]
  • Judicial Review in the Americas: Comments on the United States and Mexico, 45 Duquesne L. Rev. 393 (2007)
  • Education as a Fundamental Right: Building a New Paradigm, 2 Forum on Public Policy 207 (University of Illinois) (2006)
  • The Forgotten Supreme Court Justices, 68 Albany L. Rev. 295 (2005)
  • In Memoriam: Archibald Cox, 118 Harvard L. Rev. 8 (2004)
  • The Lawyer as Artist- in 'symposium: The Lawyer as Poet Advocate: Bruce Springsteen and American Law, 14 Widener Law J. 753 (2005)
  • Exploring a European Union Constitution: Unexpected Lessons from the American Experience, 35 Rutgers L.J. 69 (2003)
  • Foreword: President Truman and the Steel Seizure Case: A Symposium, 41 Duquesne L. Rev. 667 (2003)
  • The Silver Anniversary of New Judicial Federalism, 66 Albany L. Rev. 101 (2003)Racial Mind-Games and Reapportionment: When Can Race Be Considered (Legitimately) In Redistricting?- 4 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 735 (2002)
  • Monica Lewinsky, Impeachment, and the Death of the Independent Counsel Law: What Congress Can Salvage From the Wreckage - a Minimalist View, 60 Maryland L. Rev. 97 (2001) [SelectedWorks]
  • Impeachment and the Independent Counsel: A Dysfunctional Union, 51 Stanford L. Rev. 309 (1999) [SelectedWorks]
  • An Original Model of the Independent Counsel Statute, 97 Michigan L. Rev. 601 (1998) [SelectedWorks]
  • The Short-Lived Burial of Miranda, 59 Albany L. Rev. 1725 (1996) [SelectedWorks]
  • The Pennsylvania Constitution After Edmunds, 3 Widener J. Pub. L. 55 (1993)
  • One Hundred Years of Privacy,' 1992 Wisconsin L. Rev. 1335 (1992)
  • Privacy and the States,' 65 Temple L.Q. 1279 (1992) (Gormley & Hartman)
  • Foreword: A New Constitutional Vigor For The Nation's Oldest Court, 64 Temple L. Rev. 215 (1991)
  • The Kentucky Bill of Rights, A Bicentennial Celebration, 80 Kentucky L. J. 1 (1991) (Gormley & Hartman)
  • Significant Developments In State Constitutional Law, 1988, 2 Emerging Issues in State Constitutional Law 1 (1989)
  • Project: State Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure: A Primer for the 21st Century, (Gormley ed.) 67 Oregon L. Rev. 689 (1988)
  • Ten Adventures In State Constitutional Law,' 1 Emerging Issues in State Constitutional Law 29 (Inaugural Issue, 1988)
  • Private Conspiracies and the Constitution - A Modern Vision of 42 U.S.C. '1985(3),' 64 Texas L. Rev. 527 (1985)
  • Secret Wiretaps: The Need for Legislative Reforms, JURIST (Legal News & Research) (March 20, 2006)
  • Can the Independent Counsel Law Be Saved?- 21 Legal Times 28 (February 22, 1999)
  • Should We Ditch the Independent Prosecutor Law?- (Dialogue with Professor Akhil Reed Amar), Slate Magazine, (February 16-19, 1999)
  • Should Congress Reauthorize the Independent Counsel Law?- 78 Congressional Digest 144 (May, 1999)
  • Reapportioning Election Districts: An Exercise in Self-Preservation,' USA Today Magazine 22 (January, 1997)
  • Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Civil Rights Movement,' 78 A.B.A. J. 62 (June, 1992)
  • Professionalism, Pittsburgh Style,' 140 Pitt L.J. 39 (1992)
  • The New Story of State Constitutions,' Vol. 9, The Pennsylvania Lawyer (March, 1987), reprinted in the Idaho B.J. (August, 1987)
  • Various Feature Articles and Op-Ed Pieces, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Atlanta Constitution, Buffalo News, Albuquerque Journal, The Pittsburgh Press, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Magazine
  • Past Contributor, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Boston Real Paper, Rolling Stone Record Guide

Bar Memberships: Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

President, Allegheny County Bar Association, Pittsburgh, PA (2007-2008)

Board of Governors, Allegheny County Bar Association (2002-2009); Chair of Legislative Committee

Board Member, Gender Equality Institute Committee, Allegheny County Bar Association (2009- )

Vice Chair, Gender Equality Task Force, Allegheny County Bar Association (2006-2007)

Member, Legislative and Governmental Relations Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association (2006-2007)

Member, Task Force on the Pennsylvania Judicial System, Pennsylvania Bar Association (2006-2007)

Advisory Committee, Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy (Pittsburgh, PA) (2008- )

District Attorney's Working Group on Use of Force, appointed by District Attorney Steven Zappala, Jr. (blue-ribbon panel studying use of Tasers by police officers) (Allegheny County, PA, 2008-2009)

Advisory Board, Bernard G. Segal Institute for Appellate Advocacy, Philadelphia, PA (2006- )

Steering Committee, Pittsburgh 250th Anniversary Commission (2007-2008)

Board of Trustees, Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA (2006-2009)

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Curriculum Committee (2005-2007)

Board, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Historical Society (appointment by Chief Justice) (2004-2008)

Editorial Board, Duquesne University Press (2001 - 05)

Editorial Advisory Board, Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round-Table (Urbana, Illinois) (2006- )

Board of Editors, Albany Law Review, State Constitutional Commentary (2004- )

Advisory Board, State Justice Institute/National Association of Attorneys General, Project on State Constitutional Law (1993-2003)