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Duquesne University has named Ken Gormley interim dean of the School of Law.
He replaces Don Guter, who will remain on the faculty, according to a written statement from the university. Guter, a former judge advocate general in the U.S. Navy, has been dean of the law school since Aug. 1, 2005. He is a 1977 alumnus of the law school.
Ralph Pearson, Duquesne provost and academic vice president, sent a memo to staff and faculty Thursday stating that Guter's removal was based "solely on his failure to fulfill his responsibilities and live up to the expectations of his position."
Guter did not respond to a request seeking comment Thursday.
Gormley has served as a professor of law on Duquesne's faculty since 1994. He is former mayor of Forest Hills, and sits on board of trustees at St. Francis University, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Historical Society, and the Pittsburgh 250 Commission. Gormley is also president of the Harvard Law School Association of Western Pennsylvania.
Gormley is of-counsel with the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP based in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Previously, he served as executive director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Reappointment Commission and was a litigation attorney with the firm of Cindrich and Titus of Pittsburgh.As a special clerk to state Supreme Court Justice Ralph Cappy, he consulted on and drafted opinions dealing with Constitutional issues.
Before coming to Duquesne, Gormley taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was director and founder of the Mellon Writing Program in legal research and writing. He earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.