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HARRISBURG (May 25, 2006) — The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Commission on Women in the Profession will present the Anne X. Alpern Award to Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Maureen Lally-Green during its 13th annual conference June 7 at Hershey Lodge. The award will be presented at a noon luncheon, which will feature keynote speaker Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey governor and a former head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The annual Anne X. Alpern Award is presented 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, who was Pennsylvania’s attorney general in 1959 and the first woman state attorney general in the nation.

“As all of us who have worked with Maureen know that she embodies the purpose and spirit of the Alpern Award,” lawyers Lisa Detwiler and Kelly Stapleton said in their nomination of Lally-Green. “Her unselfish devotion to raising the bar for women in the legal profession is well-known from one end of the commonwealth to the other.”

Lally-Green began her career in private practice in Pittsburgh and went on to serve as counsel to Commodity Futures Trading Commission and to the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation. She was a full-time professor of law at the Duquesne University School of Law and, in 1998, was appointed by Gov. Tom Ridge to the Superior Court. She was elected to a ten-year term in 1999.

Active in Pennsylvania’s legal community, Lally-Green is a member of the St. Thomas More Society, the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession and its Quality of Work Life Committee, and the National and International Association of Women Judges. She continues as an adjunct professor of law at Duquesne and annually teaches in various law-related programs. Lally-Green is published in various law reviews and has received numerous awards, including the St. Thomas More Award, the Duquesne University Law School’s Distinguished Alumna Award and Chatham College’s President’s Medal.

Throughout her career, Lally-Green has served as a leader for women in Pennsylvania’s legal profession. She has been a member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession since its inception, helping to draft its bylaws and serve as a former chair of its annual meeting and retreat. In 2003, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph Cappy appointed her to chair the court’s Gender Bias Implementation Subcommittee and serve as a member of the court’s Commission on Racial and Gender Fairness.

Donetta Ambrose, judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, wrote in her nomination of Lally-Green: “She is a teacher and a mentor to all, always willing to lend an ear or sage counsel. It is her genuine concern for others and particularly for the young women in the law that makes her a worthy and deserving candidate.”

Lally-Green is a graduate of Duquesne University and its law school.