Established in 2007, the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy provides a unique opportunity to foster public education and civic action on important public policy issues, building on Thornburgh’s legacy by creating a framework for advancing his vision of creating effective and principled governance.The Forum engages in a variety of activities that enhance the accountability and integrity of governmental institutions at the local, state, and national levels. Internationally, it seeks to advance those values as well as the commitment to rule of law for all levels of government.
annual lectures and a University-based archive spanning Thornburgh’s diverse
career, the Forum is intended to develop program relationships with schools and
departments across the University. Over
the past several years, recent program offerings were held in partnership with
the University Honors College, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the School of Law, Center for International Legal Education, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Joseph M. Katz Graduate Shool of Business and College of Business Administration, and the Global Studies Center, University Center for International Studies.
The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy makes Faculty Academic support grants available designed to encourage both undergraduate and graduate faculty to expand relevant utilization of the extensive resources of the Dick Thornburgh Papers housed in the Archive Service Center. For more information and to apply please go to: Faculty Award Application
The Dick Thornburgh Undergraduate Summer Fellowships are available to support undergraduate research into issues of governance addressed in Dick Thornburgh’s long and eminent service in national and international leadership. For more information and to apply please go to: Student Award Application
The Dick Thornburgh
Prize for Legal Service and the J. Evans Rose, Jr. Prize for Public Service award are
each awarded annually to one law school student whose goal is to pursue a career in
public service upon graduation. For more information and to apply please go
to: Law School Award Application
Appointed in October 2010, Forum Director Ed McCord is the Director of Programming and Special Projects at the Honors College and an affiliate professor of philosophy and faculty member in the environmental studies program at Pitt. McCord succeeds inaugural Forum Director, David Y. Miller, who is a professor and director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) Innovation Clinic in the University of Pittsburgh.
As the Director, McCord continues to expand and integrate the Forum’s offerings in collaboration with the exceptional academic programs of the University Honors College to the larger University academic community and develop programs that reflect the career and interests of Pitt alumnus and trustee Dick Thornburgh.
Message from the Governor
The Forum was established at my Law School alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. In connection with the Dick Thornburgh Papers held by the University's Hillman Library, the Forum reflects my experiences in public life. It is in intended to foster discourse on issues vital to the preservation of our democratic system and the Rule of Law upon which that system depends.
Special thanks are due to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg, who has been unstinting in support of this effort since its inception. In addition, many others have provided time, resources and dedication to this undertaking. Under the direction of Dr. Edward McCord of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, we are putting our vision into action.