Cynthia A. Baldwin

Cynthia A. Baldwin


Cynthia A. Baldwin has indeed enjoyed a prestigious career. Justice Baldwin dedicated eighteen years of her life to the Pennsylvania judiciary where she served with distinction.  She was nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve an interim term in December 2005 and was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate on February 15, 2006.  She retired from the Court January, 2008.  On March 3, 2008 she became a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the trial practice group.

Prior to her nomination to the Supreme Court, she served on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for over 16 years in the Civil, Family and Juvenile Divisions.  On February 15, 2010, she became the Vice President and General Counsel for the Pennsylvania State University, a public state-affiliated university with an annual budget at that time of $3.8 billion, 25 campuses throughout Pennsylvania, a medical school, a law school, a total enrollment of more than 90,000 students and 39,000 employees. Baldwin served as the university's first in-house legal counsel, where she launched and developed a legal counsel's office at Penn State before retiring in July, 2012. Currently she utilizes her considerable legal experience to do mediations and arbitrations.

Justice Baldwin received her B.A. and M.A. from the Pennsylvania State University in English and American Literature, respectively.  She served as president of its alumni association from 1989 to 1991 and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Penn State Board of Trustees from 1995 until her resignation in January 2010.  Justice Baldwin was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees in January, 2004 and served until January, 2007.  She is a member-emerita of the Penn State Board of Trustees.  Justice Baldwin also was elected Chair of the Association of Governing Board of Colleges and Universities located in Washington, D.C., in May, 2008 after serving as its Vice Chair.

Receiving her J.D. from Duquesne University where she was a member of its Law Review, Justice Baldwin again maintained a relationship with the institution.  She has served in both visiting and adjunct law professorships.  She is a member-emerita of the Duquesne University Board of Directors and past president of its Law Alumni board as well as serving on its search committee for the Law School Dean.  She currently co-chairs the Law School’s Law Advisory Committee. Justice Baldwin also taught in the Widener School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and lectures widely, both nationally and internationally in constitutional law and jurisprudence.  Justice Baldwin is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a former Master in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Inns of Court and the Matrimonial Inns of Court.  She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges Pennsylvania Bar Association, Allegheny County Bar Association, Homer S. Brown Law Association and the Women’s Bar Association and has served on the Commission for Justice Initiatives.

Justice Baldwin is extremely active in the community, serving on for-profit and non-profit corporate and advisory boards, including Koppers Holdings Inc. and Koppers Inc., the Advisory Board of Penn State-Greater Allegheny, Vibrant Pittsburgh, the National Association of Corporate Directors and Animal Friends. She is also a past gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, serving for twelve years and is a past member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing.   Justice Baldwin is a seasoned attorney having been associated with several law firms and also having served as attorney-in-charge, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection. She was chosen to co-chair the Census Count Committee for the 2010 Census in Allegheny County and to be a member of the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission.

In the summer of 1994, Justice Baldwin was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar and lectured at the University of Zimbabwe Law Faculty in Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence.  She also assisted in researching the constitutional issues coming before the Zimbabwe Supreme Court.  In 1995, Justice Baldwin was on a team sponsored by the American Bar Association, National Judicial Conference and D.C. Superior Court which conducted judicial education programs in Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania; and in 1998, Justice Baldwin was chosen as part of a national team of five judges to go to Mainland China to do seminars for their judges, law professors and students.  The group was sponsored by the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations and the United States Information Agency.  Justice Baldwin was the only non-Federal judge chosen.  In the summer of 2007, Justice Baldwin was selected to travel to Guinea to participate in a seminar addressing Freedom of Expression.

Justice Baldwin is very active with the International Women’s Forum and the International Association of Women Judges.  Justice Baldwin has served as a guest scholar at the Wolfensohn Center of the Brookings Institution working on anti-corruption projects in developing nations.

She is the wife of Arthur L. Baldwin and mother of two adult children.

Among the numerous awards and honors bestowed upon Justice Baldwin are:


The Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni
Pittsburgh Courier Fifty Women of Excellence
Neighborhood Legal Services Tribute to Honorable Alumni


Heinz Historymakers’ Award
McKeesport Heritage Center Honoree


International Women’s Forum, Women Who Make a Difference
Honorary Doctorate, Susquehanna University


Allegheny County Bar Association, Women in the Law, Carol Los Mansmann
Helping Hand Award
Honorary Doctorate, Duquesne University
Honorary Doctorate, Chatham University
National Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award, NANPBW
“The HistoryMaker” Award


Athena Award Recipient
Robert I. Shadle Legal Excellence and Professionalism Award, The Herbert B.Cohen Chapter of the American Inns of Court
Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, Widener University School of Law
Honorary Doctor of Humanities, Carlow University


A. Leon Higginbotham Award, PBA Minority Attorney Committee
A. Leon Higginbotham Award, Barrister’s Association


Woman of Spirit, Carlow College

  1. Children’s Service Award, Mental Health Association of Allegheny County
  2. Athena Award Finalist


Honorary Doctor of Laws, Point Park College
Athena Award Finalist
Pittsburgher of the Century – African American – Pittsburgh Magazine
Mon Valley Newsmaker of the Century, McKeesport Daily News
Hollander Leadership Award, Chatham College
Woman of the Year Award, Women’s Law Association, Duquesne University


Woman of the Year in Law and Government Award, Vectors/Pittsburgh
Awarded in 1999
Susan B. Anthony Award, Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania


Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania recipient
Outstanding Achievement Award, Duquesne Law School Alumni Association


Distinguished Alumna Award, Penn State University
Black Trailblazer Award in the Field of Law, Renaissance Publications

Listed in:

“Who’s Who in America”
“Who’s Who Among African-Americans”
“Who’s Who in American Law”
“Who’s Who of American Women”

November 2013