The University of Pittsburgh conferred emeritus status to Pitt Law professors William Luneburg and Stella Smetanka, effective July 2013. The title of Professor Emeritus is granted to professors nearing retirement who have made career-spanning meritorious contributions to the scholarly mission and programs of the University.
Smetanka, who has spent years fostering law students' skills in Pitt Law's Health Law Clinic, has a long history of dedicated public service combined with legal instruction. She previously received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award of the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. Smetanka is a member of the board of directors of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, a past board member of KidsVoice, and she volunteers at the Uptown Legal Clinic based in Bethlehem Haven.
Luneburg has taught at Pitt Law since 1978, focusing initially on Civil Procedure and Legislation and later focusing his research and instruction on Environmental Law. Among his many accomplishments, Luneburg became a nationally-renowned researcher in environmental law, litigating environmental cases on behalf of local and regional environmental organizations in the 1990s. In 1997 he joined the EPA's subcommittee for Ozone, Particulate Matter, and Regional Haze Implementation Programs (part of the EPA's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee) for which prepared the groundwork for implementation of tighter national ozone and particulate matter standards.