Tom Duffy Introduces Justice McCaffery at Swearing-In Ceremony

(Philadelphia) – In a tribute to his friend and colleague, Tom Duffy introduced the Honorable Daniel D. McCaffery at his swearing-in ceremony to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Duffy served as McCaffery’s campaign manager, helping him to prevail against Republican Carolyn Carluccio to win a seat on Pennsylvania’s highest court.

McCaffery took the oath surrounded by his family, including his brother, retired Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery. The pair are the only siblings to have served on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in its 300+ year history.

“I was deeply honored to play a small role in this historic accomplishment,” said Tom Duffy. “The longstanding friendship between the McCaffery and Duffy families adds a personal touch to this moment, and both I and the firm extend our heartfelt wishes to Dan for continued success in his new role.”

Born and raised in Philadelphia, McCaffery brings a wealth of experience in a career that has spanned more than three decades. In the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, he served as Assistant District Attorney in the Major Trials Unit. In his time in private practice, he focused on matters involving commercial litigation. Elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 2013, McCaffery presided over one of the busiest trial divisions in the state and was selected by the Supreme Court to serve on the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline.

The Duffy and McCaffery families are longtime friends

During his address to the audience after taking the oath of office, McCaffery praised Duffy for his work on the campaign. “Tom Duffy’s success is unparalleled,” he said, citing Duffy's commitment to helping McCaffery reach voters all over the commonwealth. “Today…you’re an honorary McCaffery,” said the newest justice. 

Established in 1722, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania is the oldest appellate court in the country and has played an important role in the history of the commonwealth. As the state’s highest court, the seven justices make the final decisions interpreting Pennsylvania’s laws and Constitution, have full administrative authority over Pennsylvania’s judicial system and hear cases involving issues of immediate public importance arising in any court in the commonwealth.

Duffy's introductory speech can be viewed below. 

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