Duquesne University School of Law

University to hold memorial service for Prof. Peláez

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A memorial service for Professor Emeritus Alfred S. Peláez, who served Duquesne University School of Law for 50 years, is planned for Sat., Jan. 7, 2017.

Pelaez died on November 27, 2016. He taught Contracts, Federal Courts and the Federal System, Admiralty, Chinese Law and the Chinese Legal System, and other courses since joining the law faculty in 1966.  

Duquesne University named Peláez professor emeritus in 2015 in recognition of his exemplary service in the areas of teaching and advisement, scholarly research, and community service. Throughout his years at Duquesne, Peláez also held the titles of distinguished visiting professor at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, and director of the joint Duquesne University-China University Summer Legal Study Program in Beijing, a program he co-founded, which attracted lawyers and law students from throughout the world.

His numerous professional roles included serving as vice chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing; reporter for the Speedy Trial Act Planning Group for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; and international consultant to The China Center for International Legal Study in Beijing. He co-authored (with James Wm. Moore) Vol. 7A (Admiralty) of Moore's Federal Practice (2d ed.), authored the products liability materials for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Civil Litigation Update, and edited Selected Laws and Readings of the Legal System of the P.R.C., used in the summer law program.

Peláez was a member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

Duquesne Lawyer detailed his contributions to the law and the law school in a summer 2015 feature story, “Al Peláez: More than a Professor.” The Bridget and Alfred Peláez Legal Writing Center, dedicated in 2009 and named for the professor and his late wife, recognizes his impact on the law school and the thousands of students he taught.

Peláez earned an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School in 1966, after serving as a Sterling Fellow. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1960 and his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1957.

Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held at Duquesne on Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, at 10 a.m., in the University Chapel. A reception will follow in the Duquesne Union Ballroom. 

Learn More

Read a Duquesne Lawyer feature story written by Associate Dean Jacob H. Rooksby. 

Read the Peláez obituary prepared by his family.