Pitt Law Alum Hon. Debra Todd, ’82, Elected to American Law Institute

Pitt Law alumnus Hon. Debra McCloskey Todd has been elected to the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI). ALI members, who consist of judges, practicing lawyers, and legal scholars from all areas of the United States as well as some foreign countries, draft; discuss; revise; and publish restatements of the law, model statutes, and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice since 2007, Todd is a 1982 graduate of Pitt Law, where she served on Law Review. Immediately upon graduating, she began working for the U.S. Steel Corporation then in 1987, transitioned to private practice law. In 1999, she was elected judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In 2004, she earned her LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in judicial process.

Pitt Law honored Todd in 2012 with a Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Pitt Law Women’s Association named her Women of the Year in 2013.

ALI selects members on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law.