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Tue Jul 25, 2017, 11:28 PM

Philadelphia lawyer gives $7.5 million for continuing education classes for Pa. judges

Soon all judges in Pennsylvania will be required to take 12 credit hours of continuing judicial education each year, including a minimum of three hours in ethics instruction.

The recent mandate from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court marks the first time that more than 600 judges in Pennsylvania courts will be required to have ongoing legal education, similar to the 12 credit hours of training a year now required for lawyers.

On Tuesday, Duquesne University announced that law alum and Philadelphia trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline will donate $7.5 million to establish a center at Duquesne to work with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts and Pennsylvania’s law schools to design a core curriculum with four of the 12 required credit hours to come from offerings established by the new center and the AOPC.

“This is a huge deal,” said Kenneth Gormley, president of Duquesne University, who along with Duquesne law dean Maureen Lally-Green reached out to Pennsylvania’s law school deans for help and expertise. “They were all extremely enthusiastic and very supportive.”

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/law/philadelphia-lawyer-gives-7-5-million-for-continuing-education-classes-for-pa-judges-20170725.html

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