Date and Times: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Shale Gas Governance Center, the Swanson School of Engineering Center for Energy, Everpower, Duquesne Light, Babst Calland, EQT Corporation, Reed Smith LLP, International Electric Power, and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. Thank you for your support.




The U.S. energy economy is rapidly changing, with a move toward unconventional domestic fossil fuels, continued expansion of renewable energy generation, and new policies and shifts in the role of the U.S. in the international energy markets. The legal sector, policymakers, industry actors, and nongovernmental organizations are changing along with these evolving energy trends.

Please join Pitt Law for the Energy Law and Policy Institute to be part of the conversation surrounding cutting-edge issues in these areas and to learn from national and international experts about the current landscape of energy-related issues in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

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The cost of this event is $250, which covers the reception on Thursday evening and the conference.  A special rate of $200 is being offered to full-time public interest attorneys and individuals employed at non-profit and government agencies.

Please make all checks payable to the University of Pittsburgh and mail to:

University of Pittsburgh 
School of Law
c/o Christina Daub
3900 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Attendees are asked to please RSVP by April 8, 2016.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Friday, April 15, 2016

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Dean William M. Carter, Jr., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Panel 1 - Environmental Law

No Presentation or Handouts

Chip Babst, Managing Shareholder of Babst Calland, will moderate a discussion with Nick DeIuliis, President and CEO of CONSOL Energy, and Davitt Woodwell, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, concerning the current state of the energy industry and some of the key legal and policy issues that will impact the future of natural gas and coal development in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachian Basin.

Moderator: Chip Babst, Managing Shareholder, Babst Calland


Nicholas DeIuliis, President & CEO, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Davitt Woodwell, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Panel 2 - International Law

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The Times They Are a-Changin’.  Barely ten years ago, experts projected that the U.S. would need to import an ever-increasing quantity of natural gas, but a few weeks ago the U.S. began to export gas.  For decades, Mexico’s oil and gas industry was closed to foreign investment, but now it is opening.  And new power plants are being built in areas of the world that have never had a reliable source of electricity.  What does this all mean for energy industries and energy lawyers?

Moderator: Keith Hall, Director of Mineral Law Institute, Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law, Louisiana State University Law Center


Owen Anderson, Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law

Peter Dailey, Chairman & CEO, International Electric Power

Harry Sullivan, Consultant, Retired Senior Counsel, ConocoPhillips, Visiting Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M School of Law


Luncheon Speaker

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Gladys Brown, Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Chairman Brown will discuss the work of the Commission, including consumer choice, the future of energy efficiency, Act 13 and pipeline safety.

Panel 3 - Oil & Gas Law

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A look back and a look forward: Bruce Kramer, a leading American oil and gas law professor, and Nicolle Bagnell, one of the leading lawyers representing the industry in litigation in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, discuss the recent cases that have developed the law of oil and gas in this region and identify the trends and cases to watch in the years ahead.


Nicolle Snyder Bagnell, Partner, Reed Smith

Bruce Kramer, Emeritus Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, Of Counsel, McGinnis Lochridge

Panel 4 - The State of Renewable Energy

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Renewable energy is looked to as a potentially important piece of the energy mix going forward. This panel will discuss the state of renewable energy from multiple perspectives. Topics discussed will include the impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, environmental impacts of renewable energy, and the promise of energy storage.

Moderator: Grant MacIntyre, Director of Environmental Law Clinic, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pitt Law


Scott DeBroff, Senior Counsel, Clark Hill

Ryan Hamilton, Resident Attorney, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services

Manisha Patel, Deputy General Counsel, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Date and Times: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Join Pitt Law Professor Jules Lobel and experts from a variety of disciplines and countries in exploring issues of incarceration and prolonged isolation in this two day conference at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Review the two-day conference agenda here (PDF download). Please note this agenda is subject to change prior to the conference.

Professor Lobel was the lead attorney in the landmark solitary confinement case Ashker v. Governor of California and is currently president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Last year the state of California agreed to end unlimited solitary confinement for most prison inmates in Ashker v. Governor of California, a major victory in the much-followed case concerning the indeterminate solitary confinement of Pelican Bay prisoners in California.

This conference from Professor Lobel brings together leading neuroscientists, professors of medicine, psychologists and former prisoners to explore the medical, mental health and neurological damage wrought by prolonged solitary confinement. Highlights over these two days of speakers include:

  • Prominent European and American prison administrators and experts will present and evaluate alternatives to solitary confinement now being implemented. 
  • Leading litigators in Canada, Brazil and the United States will discuss the legal and political strategies to challenge prolonged solitary confinement in those nations. 
  • The current and prior UN Rapporteurs on Torture and other international experts will present the history and practice of solitary confinement, and the current international efforts to end it.

The conference is sponsored and supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Academic Partnership (GAP), Office of the Provost, the University Center for International Studies, the Global Studies Center, the Center for International Legal Education, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Psychology and the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. In addition, the Danish Institute for Human Rights sponsored and supported the conference and the University of California Criminal Justice & Health Consortium and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation sponsored the conference and funded the health panels.

This event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend either days are requested to please RSVP below.


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Grant Supports Faculty-Supervised Veterans Legal Practicum at Pitt Law

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Veterans Legal Practicum to support their efforts in providing pro bono legal assistance to veterans. Students, along with supervising attorneys, assist veterans in securing their entitled benefits and reversing less than fully honorable military discharges.

The Practicum’s current caseload consists of approximately 50 veterans or their family members, and is split roughly 50/50 between complex VA claims and discharge upgrades. Discharge upgrade cases may involve veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or other mental health disorders that contributed to misconduct after they returned from overseas assignments. The Practicum currently has more than ten cases pending before defense department boards, having already won three of the cases they filed at the administrative level, and obtained a court-ordered remand in a fourth.

​As nearly all of the Practicum’s clients are from western Pennsylvania, the program fills a specific gap in the local legal service network for veterans. They are the only pro bono provider of military discharge upgrade services in the region.

The $10,000 grant from the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program will be used to fund student travel to discharge review board hearings, to procure program supplies, to secure medical records, and to fund a student research assistant.

Pictured (L-R): David H. Myers, Esq., Director, Case Evaluation and Placement Component, The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, William M. Carter Jr., Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Jason Manne, Adjunct Professor of Law and Director, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Veterans Legal Practicum

Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:30pm
Date and Times: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:00pm

The University Club
123 University Pl. Ballroom A
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Introduction by Mark Nordenberg, Institute of Politics, Chancellor Emeritus

With distinguished panelists Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose, Pitt School of Law,  Frederick Thieman, Esq., Henry Buhl, Jr. Chair for Civic Leadership and former US attorney, LaToya Warren, Deputy Warden, Allegheny County Jail 

Alec is receiving the 2016 Emerging Leader Award for his remarkable work in pursuit of justice for persons who have been ignored or, worse, systematically disadvantaged under the current justice system.  He successfully fights against the money bail system, debtors’ prisons, and many other injustices that have ruined lives,  fractured families, and clogged our legal system and correctional facilities with people who have committed non-violent crimes. Alec was recently named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice. 

Alec’s new organization, Civil Rights Corps, attacks the ways in which injustice and indifference have become a normalized daily routine in the American criminal legal system, bringing innovative, systemic litigation to re-sensitize our legal system to the harms that it visits upon the most marginalized human beings in our society.  Civil Rights Corps will specialize in cases and advocacy concerning mass incarceration and the myriad ways in which the pursuit of profit have corrupted the basic delivery of justice, and prosecutorial and police misconduct.

There is no charge for this event. Reception will follow.

RSVP: or 412-648-1336

Date and Times: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The University Club
123 University Place Ballroom B
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


L’Arche communities in the United States provide homes and workplaces where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers; create inclusive communities of faith and friendship; and transform society through relationships that cross social boundaries.

L’Arche USA exists to amplify the voices of people who have intellectual disabilities; provide growth opportunities for people of all abilities; nurture the faith life of local communities; strengthen communities with resources and collaborative leadership; develop strategic partnerships; and create new communities.

Each L'Arche community welcomes and respects the beliefs and traditions of the people living there.  They are encouraged to deepen their spiritual life, whether or not rooted in a traditional religious affiliation.

Many communities have been established in a variety of cultural and religious contexts since L'Arche (which means "the ark" in French) was founded in 1964.

Learn more about L'Arche USA by visiting their website using this link.

“The heart gives and receives but above all, it gives.”

— Jean Vanier, L'Arche Founder

Registration is requested as seating is limited.
Light refreshments will be available.
Parking is suggested at Soldiers and Sailors Hall located at: 4215 Fifth Ave. Pgh, PA 15213  (Entrance located on Bigelow Blvd.

The Thornburgh Family Lecture Series in Disability Law and Policy is sponsored by the Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy. The series was created through the generosity of Dick and Ginny Thornburgh as 2003 recipients of the $50,000 Henry B. Betts Award. The fund has been supplemented by grants from the Office of the Chancellor and assistance from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences,  the School of Law, and the University Honors College.

Barbara Dunlap

Pitt Law Alumna and Civil Liberties Titan Roslyn M. Litman ('52) Passes Away

Roslyn M. Litman, a lifetime champion of civil liberties and a tireless trial lawyer, passed away today.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law remembers and honors Ms. Litman's lifetime of accomplishments, which include many firsts: first female member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers, first female president of the Allegheny County Bar Association, and first in her class when she received her JD from Pitt Law in 1952.

She served as a permanent delegate to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference and on the Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee. She was a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, and she notably argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark 1989 case of County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union.

In addition to her exceptional work as a trial lawyer and running her Pittsburgh firm Litman & Litman, she continued to dedicate her time to teaching students at Pitt Law. In 2008, Pitt Law honored Ms. Litman with the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award. Previously, she was a recipient of the Roscoe Pound Foundation's Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy in 1996, the 1999 Federal Lawyer of the Year award, and named the 2001 Woman of the Year from the University of Pittsburgh's Women's Association. In 2015 she was the recipient of the American Civil Liberties of Pennsylvania Keystone of Liberty award.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday Oct. 6 at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, PA. There will be no visitation prior to the service.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 8:00pm

Sarah Gordon Carroll

John Hofrichter

Jessie Smith