In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, three men were born who would define the modern day concepts of our constitutional democracy and the role of the judiciary. William Penn, John Marshall and Robert H. Jackson each made significant contributions to the framework of democracy that gave voice to the shared principles expressed in the U.S. Constitution. Justice Max Baer will explore these themes from his view on the bench of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on February 13, 2019 from 7pm-8pm at the Warren County Courthouse (204 4th Avenue, Warren, PA 16365.)
Justice Max Baer served on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County from January of 1990 to December of 2003. During his tenure, Justice Baer implemented far-reaching reforms to both Juvenile Court and Domestic Relations, earning him statewide and national recognition. He was eventually assigned to the Civil Division, where he continued to distinguish himself until assuming his new duties in the Supreme Court. Justice Baer was elected to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in November of 2003, and assumed his duties on January 5, 2004.
Justice Baer was named Pennsylvania’s Adoption Advocate of the Year in acknowledgment of his innovations in family court. The Federal Department of Health and Human Services presented him with the 2002 Adoption Excellence Award for Judicial Innovation. He was honored for this award at a White House ceremony presided over by President and Mrs. Clinton. In 2005, he was awarded the Three Rivers Youth Nellie Award for Civic Leadership, and in 2010, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC presented him with the Champion of Hope and Healing Award. Justice Baer is the former Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee, and an ex officio representative to the Juvenile Court Judges Commission.
Justice Baer served on the Joint State Government Commissions on Adoption Law and Services to Children and Youth. He is the former chair of the Pennsylvania Conference of Trial Judges Family Law Section and past member of the Conference’s Education Committee. The Justice has served as a guest professor at Carnegie Mellon University over the years, and has been a frequent lecturer to professional and lay groups throughout the nation on various issues.
Justice Baer has served on numerous boards, including Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, Catholic Charities, and the Consumer Credit Counseling Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne School of Law.