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About Ken Gormley

Dean 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 his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Gormley is the author of The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs Starr (Crown Publishers, 2010), the critically acclaimed book concerning the most polarizing political scandal in American history. He is also the author of Archibald Cox: Conscience of a Nation (Perseus Books, 1997), the authorized biography of one of the leading lawyers and public servants of modern times. Both books have won rave reviews from leading publications across the country. Gormley was awarded the Bruce K. Gould Book Award for outstanding publication related to the law in 1999 and in 2010. Additionally, Gormley has published dozens of book chapters and scholarly articles, including pieces in the Stanford Law Review and Michigan Law Review.
Dean Gormley has written features and opinion pieces for newspapers across the nation; testified twice before the United States Senate; appeared on national TV and radio as a legal commentator; and has lectured at prestigious venues including the Aspen Institute, the Chautauqua Institution, Harvard, Stanford and the John F. Kennedy Library. He has also been President of the Allegheny County Bar Association.


Present President, Duquesne University
Present Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law


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Honors and Awards

  • American Bar Association (ABA) Gavel Award
  • Office of Research 2010 Hall of Fame

Articles (10)

Books (4)

Contributions to Books (1)