On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania announced the passing of Chief Justice Max Baer. Chief Justice Baer died at age 74 at his home near Pittsburgh. He leaves behind his wife, two children, and five grandchildren.
Sworn in as Chief Justice in 2021, Baer was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in 2003. Prior to his tenure with the Supreme Court, he served as Pennsylvania Deputy Attorney General, judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, and administrative judge of Allegheny County Court Family Division.
Lauded for his dedication to Pennsylvania communities, particularly some of its most vulnerable populations, Chief Justice Baer was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Child Advocacy Award for Legal Contributions Advancing the Welfare of Our Nation's Children, Pennsylvania Bar Association Child Advocate of the Year, and Pennsylvania's Council of Mediators Most Valuable Peacemaker. He was also a fervent advocate for the advancement of pro bono work throughout the Commonwealth.
Justice Debra Todd affirmed, “Pennsylvania has lost a jurist who served the Court and the citizens of the Commonwealth with distinction. Chief Justice Baer was an influential and intellectual jurist whose unwavering focus was on administering fair and balanced justice. He was a tireless champion for children, devoted to protecting and providing for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens.”
Justice Todd now becomes Chief Justice of Pennsylvania and the first woman to serve in the position.