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Retired Supreme Court Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin honored by PBA's Women on the Commission

The PBA Commission on Women in the Profession Committee presented the Anne X. Alpern Award to retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin during its 16th annual Conference Luncheon Program on June 3.

The Alpern Award is presented annually to a female lawyer or judge who demonstrates excellence in the legal profession and who makes a significant professional impact on women in the law. Established in 1994, the award was named for Anne X. Alpern, Pennsylvania's attorney general in 1959 and the first woman state attorney general in the nation.

Baldwin is currently a partner at Duane Morris L.L.P. in the trial practice group, which she joined following her retirement from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in January 2008.

Previously, she served on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for more than 16 years in the civil, family and juvenile divisions. Baldwin also worked in private practice and served as attorney-in-charge for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

From 1989 to 1991, Baldwin served as president of Penn State's Alumni Association. She was elected chair of the Penn State Board of Trustees in January 2004 and served until January 2007. She is a member-emerita of the board of directors at Duquesne University and past president of its Law Alumni Board. Last May, she was elected chair of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, which is located in Washington D.C.

Baldwin is a guest scholar at the Woldfensohn Center of the Brookings Institution, which works on anti-corruption projects in developing nations. She was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zimbabwe in 1994, and she has taught on teams who went to China, Guinea, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda.

Baldwin is active with the International Women's Forum and the International Association of Women Judges. She is a former member of the PBA Board of Governors and is a member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession Committee, the PBA Minority Bar Committee and a variety of other PBA committees. She also serves as a director of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. Among her numerous awards and honors is the 2006 A. Leon Higginbotham Award presented by the PBA Minority Attorney Committee. She has received honorary doctorates from Carlow University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Point Park College and Widener University School of Law.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Cynthia A. Baldwin