Justice Max Baer


January 2018 to December 2022


  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1971
  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Robert Morris College, Masters of Tax Program, 1985-86

Professional Experience

  • Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1975-80
  • Private law practice, 1980-89
  • Elected a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, 1989
  • Appointed Administrative Judge, Family Division, Allegheny County Court, 1993
  • Elected a justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2003

Memberships and Associations

  • Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee of the Supreme Court, Former Chair
  • Juvenile Court Judges Commission, Ex Officio Representative
  • Joint State Government Commission on Adoption Law and Services to Children and Youth
  • Pennsylvania Conference of Trial Judges, Family Law Section, Former Chair

Awards and Honors

  • Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Adoption Advocate of the Year, 1997
  • Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Adoption Excellence Award for Judicial Innovation, 1998
  • Robert S. Steward Award for Distinguished Service to Pennsylvania Families, 1998
  • Child Advocacy Award for Legal Contributions Advancing the Welfare of Our Nation's Children, 1999
  • Judicial Achievement Award for Advancing Pro Bono Activities, 1999
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Child Advocate of the Year, 2000
  • Homeless Children's Education Fund, Champion of Children's Award, 2003
  • The J.N.L. Club, Humanitarian Award for Community Involvement, 2003
  • Pennsylvania's Council of Mediators, Most Valuable Peacemaker, 2004
  • Three Rivers Youth Nellie Award for Civic Leadership, 2005