Ken Gormley (academic)

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Ken Gormley is the dean of the school of law and a professor of constitutional law[1] at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a legal counsel for the Appellate Practice Group at the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.[2] He has particularly focused on the Watergate scandal and special prosecutors.[3]


Gormley joined the Duquesne Law faculty in 1994 after clerking for U.S. District Judge Donald E. Ziegler, teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, engaging in private practice, serving as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission, and serving as special clerk to Justice Ralph J. Cappy of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

He has written articles for publications ranging from Rolling Stone to the ABA Journal and is author of the book Archibald Cox: The Conscience of a Nation. An expert on the constitutional crisis presented by Watergate, he has also published legal commentary on privacy issues.[4] In 2006, he testified before the U.S. Senate regarding warrantless surveillance.[5] His most recent book, The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, was released on February 16, 2010.[6]

Gormley was nominated by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to one of two vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in February 2015. If confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate, he would serve until the election of a successor in November 2015.[7]


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