Published Tuesday, July 28, 1998
Valley native takes her place on the state’s Superior Court
By Karen Coates
Herald Staff Writer
With state Supreme Court Chief Justice John P. Flaherty Jr. and various state dignitaries beside her, Mercer County native Judge Maureen Lally-Green was to take the oath of office today as a judge of the state Superior Court.
A 1967 graduate of Kennedy Christian High School, and daughter of Charlotte and the late Dr. Francis Lally, Hermitage, Mrs. Lally-Green will sit on the bench of the Superior Court until her term expires at the end of 1999. The 49-year-old judge and former full professor of law at Duquesne University was sworn in at the Supreme Court Building, Pittsburgh.
“I am excited,” she explained in phone interview with The Herald Monday. “This is an opportunity to bring friends and colleagues and family together who have helped.”
Mrs. Lally-Green was appointed to the bench by Governor Tom Ridge in mid-May and sworn into office June 5. Today’s ceremony marks her formal oath of office although she has been working in the position for the past two months.
Growing up in Sharpsville and Hermitage, the judge graduated from Kennedy Christian where she went on to attend Duquesne; earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree in secondary education with a focus on mathematics in 1971. That same year, she decided to stay at her alma mater and entered Law School graduating with her law degree in 1974.
“There was an opportunity for me to go,” she said of law school. But “there was no real long term desire. It ended up being a great decision.
After a one-year stint at a private law firm in Pittsburgh, Mrs. Lally-Green went on to work as a staff lawyer for two and half years with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Washington. Over the next six and half years, she moved back near her college home of Pittsburgh as counsel for Westinghouse.
Since 1983, she has been a full professor of law at Duquesne until this year when she took a leave of absence. She and her husband, Atty. Stephen Ross Green, reside in Cranberry Township with their three children; Katherine, 16, William, 15 and Bridget Marie, 13.
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