Marian U. Barash Coppersmith

Cynthia A. Baldwin

RETIRED JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


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Cynthia Baldwin is a partner in the law firm, Duane Morris LLP. She is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and was elected the first African American female judge of the Allegheny Court of Common Please.

Mrs. 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 international alumni association from 1989 to 1991 and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Trustees. Mrs. Baldwin was elected chair of the Board of Trustees from 2004 through 2006, and served as vice chair from 2001-2003.  Receiving her J.D. from Duquesne University where she was a member of its Law Review, Mrs. Baldwin continues a relationship with the institution. She has served in both visiting and adjunct professorships and still retains the latter. She is a member of the Duquesne University Board of Directors and past president of its Law Alumni Board. Mrs. Baldwin also taught in the Widener School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and lectures widely in family law, constitutional law and jurisprudence. Mrs. 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  Pennsylvania Bar Association, Homer S. Brown Law Association and the Women's Bar Association. Mrs. Baldwin is a member of the Board of Directors of Koppers Holdings, Inc., a global integrated producer of carbon compounds and treated wood products.  Mrs. Baldwin is extremely active in the community, serving on several non-profit boards.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.  Mrs. Baldwin is a gubernatorial appointee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, serving since 1990 and is a past member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. She also chairs the Statewide Family Court Computer Project. In 2003, the Mental Health Association of Allegheny County awarded her the 2003 Espirit Children's Service Award for her role in the lives of children with emotional/behavioral problems.  In January 2007, Mrs. Baldwin received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa from Carlow University.  Mrs. Baldwin is also a seasoned attorney having been associated with several law firms and having served as attorney-in-charge, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Mrs. Baldwin was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for the summer of 1994 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 the summer of 1995, Mrs. 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. In 1998, Mrs. 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.  Mrs. Baldwin was the only non-Federal judge chosen. 

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

The title of Trustee Emerita was conferred upon Ms. Baldwin on May 3, 2013.

September 2013