Pitt Law Alumnus Martha Richards Conley Honored by University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council

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Pitt Law Alumnus Martha Richards Conley Honored by University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council (AAAC) honored Pitt Law Alumnus Martha Richards Conley, ’71, as a Distinguished Alumnus at a June 17 ceremony. The AAAC Distinguished Alumnus Awards are given to outstanding African American Pitt alumni for their professional accomplishments as well as their community stature.

Conley was Pitt Law's first black female graduate and the first black female lawyer admitted to practice in Allegheny County. She was employed by the U.S. Steel Corporation for 27 years and retired from there as senior general attorney. A longtime opponent of the death penalty, she was chair of the Pittsburgh chapter of Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. She is a longtime member of the historic Aurora Reading Club in Pittsburgh. She is an official visitor with the Pennsylvania Prison Society and escorted Cape Town Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on a prison visit in 2007.

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