Duquesne University School of Law

Judge Maureen Lally-Green appointed as interim dean

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Duquesne University President Charles Dougherty, in consultation with President-elect Ken Gormley, has appointed the Honorable Maureen Lally-Green to serve as interim dean of the School of Law, commencing July 1 for an indefinite term.

“Judge Lally-Green has distinguished herself in every aspect of her career: as a practicing attorney; as a tenured professor at our law school; as an appellate judge on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania; as an associate general secretary for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh; and as a legal scholar,”  Dougherty said in making the announcement. 

“A distinguished graduate of Duquesne’s law school, Judge Lally-Green has agreed to serve in this important role in order to continue the positive momentum of the School of Law.” 


Judge Maureen Lally-Green’s Bio 

Judge Maureen Lally-Green (ret.) was born in Sharpsville, Mercer County. She graduated from Duquesne University with a B.S. in secondary education and mathematics (1971) and a J.D. from the School of Law (1974), where she served on the Duquesne Law Review. 

From 1998 through July 2009, Lally-Green served as judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.  She was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate in 1998; thereafter, she was elected to a 10-year term beginning in January of 2000, and served until her retirement a decade later.  From 2009 through August 2015, Lally-Green served the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as associate general secretary and/or director of the Office of Church Relations.  

Lally-Green’s law career is diverse and has included work as an associate with a private law firm in Pittsburgh (1974-75); counsel to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Washington, D.C.) (1975-78); counsel to the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation (1978-83); a consultant to justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1985-87; 1988-98); a full professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law (1983-98); an adjunct professor of law at Duquesne Law, teaching appellate practice and procedure and federal employment discrimination law; a teacher in various law-related programs; and an author, published in various law reviews.  

Lally-Green has served the commonwealth and the judiciary in unique ways.  She recently served the Court of Judicial Discipline in its Diversion Program (2105-2016).  She served as chair, vice-chair and member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee (2005-2011). She was the co-chair of the subcommittee that recommended recent substantial changes to the appellate rules involving children/family matters (Children’s Fast Track) (2008-09). She was secretary and member of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Commission on Race, Gender and Ethnic Fairness (appointed by the Supreme Court) (2004- 2007).  During her tenure, she chaired the committee that developed and proposed to the Supreme Court a non-discrimination policy and procedures for the judicial branch of government, which proposal was adopted and made effective January 2008. Also, she was chair of the Supreme Court’s Gender Fairness Implementation Committee (2002).  

Lally-Green serves as: chair and member of the board of directors, UPMC Mercy Hospital; chair and a member of the board of directors of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School; vice chair and member of the board of directors of Our Campaign for the Church Alive!, Inc.; member of the board of directors of Saint Vincent College and the board of regents of Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  She also serves on the board of directors of two for-profit entities.  

She has been recognized frequently for her achievements. Some honors include: Helping Hands Judge Mansmann Award (2011); membership in Century Club, Duquesne University (2010); Presidents’ Award from Saint Francis University and Duquesne University (2009); Anne X. Alpern Award (2006); St. Thomas More Award, St. Thomas More Society (2002); and Duquesne University Law School Distinguished Alumna Award (2001).   

Lally-Green and her husband reside in Butler County and are the parents of three adult children. 

Faculty Referenced In Article