President Judge Emeritus, Kate Ford Elliott


January 2010 to December 2019


  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Duquesne University, M.S., 1973
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1971

Professional Experience

  • President Judge of Superior Court, 2006-11
  • Elected a judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • Lawyer, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, 1988
  • Chief Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1982-88
  • Administrative Assistant to former Superior Court President Judge William F. Cercone, 1980-82
  • Judicial law clerk, Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1978-80
  • Reading specialist, Pittsburgh Board of Education, 1971-78

Memberships and Associations

  • American, Pennsylvania, and Allegheny County Bar Associations
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Fellow
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Commission on Justice Initiatives
  • Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, President

Awards and Honors

  • Duquesne University Distinguished Law Alumni
  • Allegheny County St. Thomas More Society Award
  • Carlow College Woman of Spirit