Cynthia Ackron Baldwin


Justice 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 is extremely active in the community, currently serving or recently having served on the following for-profit and not-for-profit boards: Koppers, Vibrant Pittsburgh, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Penn State Greater Allegheny and she is a past president of the Association of Governing Boards. She has emerita status on the boards of Duquesne University and the Pennsylvania State University where she is a past chair of the board.