University of Pittsburgh

Honorable Gary Lancaster Award Advances Judge’s Legacy and Supports Student Loan Assistance

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November 7, 2013

The Honorable Gary L. Lancaster, who served as the first African-American Chief Judge in the United States District Court of Western Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2013, dedicated his life to the public service of the bench and was known as the “people’s judge” who could take on any case.

Lancaster, an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law class of ’74, passed away this past April. In his passing he has left an endowed fund to be allocated as a part of the school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

Students who choose to pursue the Lancaster Award must have graduated within three years of their application, live in Western Pennsylvania, come from a disadvantaged background, and presently are working in the area of public interest or public service. Applicants must submit a 250-word essay describing the disadvantages they have faced and detailing their career objectives and how this award will be beneficial to their long-range public interest and public service goals. Graduates will be notified when applications will be accepted. 

Supporters of Pitt Law and Gary Lancaster’s legacy can also make a tax-deductible gift or pledge here toward the fund that will help make a difference in the lives of individual students.

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