Newsmaker: Kate Ford Elliott
Residence: Highland Park
Family: Husband, Frederick; one son.
Occupation: President judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Education: Bachelor's degree in education, University of Pittsburgh; master's degree in education and law degree, both from Duquesne University.
Background: Taught students with reading disabilities in the Pittsburgh Public Schools before becoming a lawyer; served as the Superior Court's chief staff counsel before being elected to the bench in 1989; became president judge in January 2006; past chairwoman of the Allegheny County Appellate Practice Committee; member of the American Bar Association's Judicial Administration Division and an ABA fellow; vice chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Futures Commission in the 21st Century; member of the National Association of Women Judges and the American Judicature Society; former member of Duquesne's board of directors.
Noteworthy: Recipient of the 2007 St. Thomas More Award, to be presented Oct. 23 at the St. Thomas More Society dinner following the 49th annual Red Mass of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The society is a group of Catholic attorneys, judges and government officials.
Quote: "It was said of St. Thomas More that he was the king's good servant, but God's first. The same can be said of Judge Kate Ford Elliott," said Daniel Trocchio, a member of the St. Thomas More Society and attorney with K&L Gates, Downtown.