Justice Debra McCloskey Todd


January 2008 to December 2017


  • Chatham College, B.A. with honors, 1979
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., Law Review, 1982
  • University of Virginia School of Law, LL.M, 2004

Professional Experience

  • Litigation attorney, U.S. Steel Corp., 1982-87
  • Private law practice, 1987-99
  • Elected a judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1999
  • Elected a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2007

Memberships and Associations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Foundation
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County
  • American Law Institute
  • Butler County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • International Association of Women Judges
  • Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, President of Board of Directors
  • Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Board of Directors
  • Finnegan Foundation, Board of Directors

Awards and Honors

  • University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, 2012
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Philip Werner Amram Award for Professional Excellence, 2010
  • Chatham University Cornerstone Award for Law, 2009
  • Chatham University Honorary Doctorate in Public Service, 2008
  • Celebrate & Share Women of Achievement Award, 2008
  • The Legal Intelligencer Women in the Profession, Woman of the Year, 2007-2008
  • Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women, Woman of the Year, 2007