With great regret, we announce the death of Max Baer, Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He was scheduled to retire a few months later. He was 74 years old.
Since Justice Debra Todd has served on the court the longest and continuously, she has been elected chief justice. Debra Todd will be the first woman to hold the position.
Justice Todd spoke on behalf of the court, saying, “This is a tremendous loss for Pennsylvania.” Todd praised Baer for his service to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer’s Cause of Death:
The court announced that Baer died this evening at his home near Pittsburgh. Max Baer’s cause of death is unknown. As a result of its “sudden passing,” Pennsylvania and the court suffered a “tremendous loss.”
Who was Max Baer?
The University of Pittsburgh awarded Baer a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971, and Duquesne University School of Law granted him a Juris Doctorate in 1975.
I’m saddened to learn that Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Max Baer has passed away.
He was a respected and esteemed jurist with decades of service to our courts and our commonwealth.
I am grateful for his contributions and leadership in the Supreme Court.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) October 1, 2022
Additionally, he served as an administrative judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas as a deputy attorney general.
While being an influential and intellectual jurist, Chief Justice Baer was committed to administering fair and balanced justice. Our youngest and most vulnerable citizens were protected and provided for through his tireless efforts.
He exhibited the highest commitment to justice and fairness throughout his decades on the bench. In Allegheny County, he began his career as a family court judge.
Supreme Court chief justices were sworn in in 2021:
At the end of this year, he was planning to retire after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. To fill the vacancy, Governor Tom Wolf will appoint a new justice after the state Senate approves the application.