Duquesne University School of Law

Richard Gaffney Jr., M.B.A., J.D.

Director of Bar Services and Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills

Office: Hanley Hall 328

Phone Number: 412.396.6298

E-Mail Address: gaffneyr@duq.edu

Education: J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1991
M.B.A., Duquesne University Graduate School of Business, 1984
B.A., Journalism, The Pennsylvania State University, 1976

Richard C. Gaffney, Jr. is director of bar services and assistant professor of clinical legal skills at Duquesne University School of Law. Before accepting an appointment at Duquesne in 2006, Gaffney practiced law for 15 years with the Aluminum Company of America and private law firms in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, where he concentrated his practice in commercial transactions, energy law, and employment litigation.

Gaffney holds a B.A. in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University, with a minor in nuclear engineering, an MBA in finance, cum laude, from the Duquesne University Graduate School of Business, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he served on the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and the Journal of Law and Commerce, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Gaffney teaches Basic Federal income Taxation and four upper-level courses that prepare students to pass the bar examination, Core Competencies for Legal Practice I and II and Applied Competencies I and II. He has also taught Legal Research and Writing and Labor Law.

Gaffney enjoys guitar, piano, and Pittsburgh sports. He lives in Sewickley with his wife and four-year-old.

  • Applied Competencies I and II
  • Basic Federal Income Taxation
  • Core Competencies for Legal Practice I and II
  • Legal Research and Writing I and II
  • Labor Law

Publications

The Economics and Constitutionality of Pennsylvania's Third Generation of 
Anti-takeover Legislation, JOURNAL OF LAW AND COMMERCE, Volume 10, Issue 1 (Fall 1990)

Sexual Harassment: What Trainers Need to Know, Annette Cremo and Richard Gaffney,
American Society for Training and Development Info-line (Issue 9912) (December 1999)

Pay Attention! The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act & Law Schools - Accommodations for Law Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, (work in process)

Supreme Court of the United States of America (1998)


United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (1992)


United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (1997)


Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1991)


American Bar Association (1997 - 2006) (2012 - present)


Pennsylvania Bar Association (1997 - present)


Pennsylvania Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly, IRRA) (2002 - 2006)

Western Pennsylvania Corporate Counsel Association, Board Member (1992 - 1994)


Cumberland County Bar Association (1997 - 2006)


Dauphin County Bar Association (2000 - 2006)

Cumberland County American Inns of Court (1998 - 2006)

Rotary Club of Harrisburg, Club No. 23 (2002 - 2006)


Honors: Order of the Coif, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Journal of Law and Commerce, Student Bar Association Adjunct Professor Award (2012)

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Books

Sexual Harassment: What Trainers Need to Know

Annette Cremo and Richard Gaffney, Sexual Harassment: What Trainers Need to Know (1999).

Pay Attention! The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act & Law Schools - Accommodations for Law Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Richard Gaffney Jr., Pay Attention! The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act & Law Schools - Accommodations for Law Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

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Articles

The Economics and Constitutionality of Pennsylvania's Third Generation of Anti-takeover Legislation

Richard Gaffney Jr., The Economics and Constitutionality of Pennsylvania's Third Generation of Anti-takeover Legislation, 10 J.L. Com. (Fall 1990).

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Presentations

School District Obligations Under the New Federal Healthcare Law

Richard Gaffney Jr., School District Obligations Under the New Federal Healthcare Law, presentation at Pittsburgh Regional Food Service Directors (December 5, 2014).

The Pennsylvania Essay Workshop

Richard Gaffney Jr., The Pennsylvania Essay Workshop, Themis Bar Review Lectures Series (2011 - 2013).

Distinctions in Pennsylvania Property Law

Richard Gaffney Jr., Distinctions in Pennsylvania Property Law, Themis Bar Review Lectures Series (2010 - 2012).

Writing Effective Answers to New Jersey Bar Exam Essay Questions

Richard Gaffney Jr., Writing Effective Answers to New Jersey Bar Exam Essay Questions, Themis Bar Review Lectures Series (2010 - 2012).

Distinctions in Pennsylvania Contract and Sales Law

Richard Gaffney Jr., Distinctions in Pennsylvania Contract and Sales Law, Themis Bar Review Lectures Series (2010 - 2012).

Writing Effective Answers to Pennsylvania Bar Exam Essay Questions

Richard Gaffney Jr., Writing Effective Answers to Pennsylvania Bar Exam Essay Questions, Themis Bar Review Lectures Series (2010 - 2013).

Introduction to the New Jersey Bar Examination

Richard Gaffney Jr., Introduction to the New Jersey Bar Examination, Themis Bar Review Lectures Series (2010 - 2013).

Introduction to the Pennsylvania Bar Examination

Richard Gaffney Jr., Introduction to the Pennsylvania Bar Examination, Themis Bar Review Lectures Series (2010 - 2013).

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