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The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Supreme Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Southern Food, Asian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Turks and Caicos Islands
Favorite Quote:
Success Is Getting What You Want. Happiness Is Wanting What You Get, And Experience Is What You Get When You Don't Get What You Want.

Birthplace

Born:
2/8/1945
Birth Location:
McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
State Supreme Court Judge

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Southern Food, Asian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Turks and Caicos Islands
Favorite Quote:
Success Is Getting What You Want. Happiness Is Wanting What You Get, And Experience Is What You Get When You Don't Get What You Want.

Birthplace

Born:
2/8/1945
Birth Location:
McKeesport
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Biography

Justice Cynthia Anita Ackron Baldwin was born on February 8, 1945, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She attended Penn State University, where she received her B.A. degree in English and her M.A. degree in American Literature. After starting her career as an English teacher and assistant dean of student affairs at Penn State’s Greater Allegheny Campus, she pursued her J.D. degree at Duquesne University. She then worked in 1983 as the attorney-in-charge in the Office of the Attorney General at the Bureau of Consumer Protection under LeRoy S. Zimmerman.

In 1989, Baldwin was elected to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, where she served for sixteen years. Baldwin was a gubernatorial employee to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency in 1990 and traveled to Zimbabwe on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1994. She lectured at the University of Zimbabwe in Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence and helped research the constitutional issues that came before the Zimbabwe Supreme Court. In 1995, Baldwin was part of a team sponsored by the American Bar Association, the National Judicial Conference, and the D.C. Superior Court which conducted judicial education programs in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. She also traveled to mainland China to do judicial seminars with law professors, students and judges.

Baldwin became the first African American woman to sit on the State of Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court when she was nominated by Governor Edward Rendell in 2005. Her term began in January, 2006, and she served on the high court for her two-year term, after which she transitioned to the law firm of Duane Morris, LLP. There, her focus is on appellate litigation and education issues. She is an active member of the Penn State Board of Trustees and is a member of many professional organizations including the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association. She is also the recipient of several awards, including the 2003 Espirit Children’s Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Allegheny County and the 2008 Greater Pittsburgh Area Athena Award for her success in the judiciary profession and international work.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her mother
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin recalls her first visit to Augusta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her parent's neighborhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her father and paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her parents and how they met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin considers her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her neighborhood on Morgan Street in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her parents' contributions to their community in McKeesport
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her experience at Walnut Street Public School in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her family's Methodist and Baptist backgrounds and interest in literature
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about the McKeesport public school system in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about being excluded from the kindergarten spelling bee as an African American student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about segregated public housing in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her experience at McKeesport High School in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her experience at McKeesport High School in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her experience at McKeesport High School, pt. 3
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes the presence of a few black college graduates in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin remembers Jet magazine's cover story of Emmett Till's murder
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about African American literature and well-known African Americans who visited McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes McKeesport, Pennsylvania's black middle class
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about graduating from McKeesport High School and attending Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her first semester at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her student activity in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about registering African American voters in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about civil rights activities in the summer of 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes meeting her husband during her time at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks describes meeting her husband as an undergraduate student at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin remembers President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin remembers the 1963 March on Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes majoring in English major at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes the black alumni at Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about returning to McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks describes how she started a public library in North Versailles, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes earning her M.A. from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania in 1974
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her master's thesis on W.E.B. Du Bois' fiction
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about earning her law degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1980
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about working for the Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about working in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin lists cases she tried in the Office of the Attorney General
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about running for judge in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1987 and winning in 1989
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her time as judge of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes the kinds of cases she tried as an Allegheny County judge
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about being selected as a Fulbright Scholar
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her Fulbright scholarship in Zimbabwe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about travelling to Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania on a team sponsored by the American Bar Association in 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about traveling to China under the Presidential Rule of Law Initiative in 1998
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her service on the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her appointment to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2005
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her handling of the Pennsylvania legislature's pay raise case
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about retiring from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and joining the law firm of Duane Morris LLP
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes what she may have done differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin considers her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin briefly describes her future plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Cynthia Baldwin narrates her photographs