U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton, ’81, Dedicates Amy Reynolds Hay (’82) Conference Room

(L to R) U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton, '81, and former Allegheny Court of Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus attend the dedication ceremony.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 3, dedicated its Civil Division Conference Room, renaming it in honor of Amy Reynolds Hay, ’82, a former U.S. magistrate judge and trial attorney who passed away in 2010. The dedication, attended by about 90 of Judge Hay’s former colleagues, friends, and family members, marked the first time the office has been granted permission to honor an individual by dedicating or renaming a room. 

U.S. attorney and fellow Pitt Law alumnus David Hickton, ’81, presided over the ceremony and offered remarks, as did Criminal Division Chief Stephen R. Kaufman, who taught trial tactics with Judge Hay at Pitt Law for 14 years and still serves as an adjunct faculty member.

“We are dedicating the Civil Conference Room for two reasons,” Hickton said. “For those who worked with Amy, it is a lasting memory of her friendship and great work, and for those who did not know Amy, and joined the office afterwards, it is a monument and tribute to her high standards.”

Judge Hay also earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1982 to 1984, she tried cases in the criminal section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. She then joined the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh and tried complex medical malpractice cases in the civil division, serving as that division’s chief from 1989 to 2003. She was appointed to the bench in 2003.

Rebecca R. Haywood, appellate division chief; Michael A. Comber, civil division chief; Jessica L. Smolar, assistant U.S. attorney, criminal division; and Philip P. O’Connor, ’71, assistant U.S. attorney, civil division, also offered remarks during the dedication. Judith Hammerschmidt, ’82, an international legal consultant based out of Raleigh, N.C., flew to Pittsburgh to attend the ceremony.

“We will always need lawyers who still give back to their community,” she said. “Public service is a great and good gift. Amy Hay never worked for anyone except the United States of America. And we were all better for that.”