To be housed within the law school, the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education, in conjunction with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, will coordinate with deans and legal scholars at the state’s nine law schools to develop an innovative, high-level curriculum of courses and seminars for more than six hundred trial and appellate judges. With the goal of beginning to deliver courses in 2018, the center will launch a search for an executive director in the coming weeks.
“The creation of the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education, in partnership with the Pennsylvania courts, and in collaboration with other law schools, is the first of its kind in the nation. We expect it to become a national model for judicial education in a new era,” said Duquesne University president Ken Gormley. “We will draw on expertise not only from legal scholars, but also from experts in science, psychology, health sciences, ethics, and other areas necessary for sophisticated judicial decision-making, utilizing talent from universities across Pennsylvania.”