Cynthia Baldwin, a partner in the Trial Practice Group of law firm Duane Morris in Pittsburgh, has been named among 20 women lawyers throughout southwest Pennsylvania to be honored by the Women and Girls Foundation as part of its Art of Justice: Women Shaping the Law event. The organization will recognize the achievements of the honorees at its fifth Anniversary Celebration Nov. 7 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh.
The WGF is a community-based foundation serving 11 counties in southwest Pennsylvania that promote equity for women and girls throughout the region. In 2005, the WGF began honoring a diverse group of women from a number of challenging career fields who exemplify excellence and make the region a better place for women and girls to live, work and thrive. This year’s honorees are prominent attorneys, judges, advocates and policymakers who help shape the region’s laws and contribute to a conducive environment for the growth and development of women and girls. Previously, the organization has honored women in the areas of science, finance and sports.
Baldwin practices in the area of litigation with a focus on appellate matters and nonprofit governance. She is the second African-American woman to serve as a justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the first African-American woman to be elected a judge of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas—a post she held for 16 years. Baldwin frequently writes and speaks on women’s leadership and women’s issues—both in her community and around the world. She is a 1980 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, and a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.