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"The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. 
Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense
are the constitutional rights secure." 
Albert Einstein
Robert Morris University will celebrate Constitution Day on Friday, September 20, 2019.  Our guest speaker will be the Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark, President Judge of the 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County.)  Judge Clark will speak at 11:00 a.m. in Hopwood Hall.  All members of the campus community are cordially invited to attend.  

Judge Kim Berkeley Clark currently serves as the President Judge of the 5th Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Allegheny County).  She is the first African-American to serve as President Judge in Allegheny County.

Judge Clark serves as a judge of the Family Division, where she primarily hears Juvenile Court cases.  Judge Clark was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County by Governor Tom Ridge in March 1999.  She was elected to a full ten-year term in November 1999.  Judge Clark served as the Administrative Judge of the Family Division from January 2006 to January 2009 and from 2013 through 2017.  Judge Clark is the first African-American to be appointed as an Administrative Judge in Allegheny County.  Prior to becoming the Administrative Judge of Family Division, Judge Clark served as the Supervising Judge of Juvenile Court.

In June 2013, Judge Clark had the honor of moderating a panel discussion on the needs of caregivers of children of incarcerated parents at the White House.

In November of 2017, Judge Clark received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.  The Rehnquist Award, presented annually by the National Center for State Courts, is one of the nations's highest judicial honors.  This prestigious award honors a state court judge who demonstrates the outstanding qualities of judicial excellence, including integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, professional ethics, creativity, sound judgment, intellectual courage, and decisiveness and who are taking bold steps to address a variety of issues affecting their communities.