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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Date and Times: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 111
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Join Pitt Law's Innovation Practice Institute for a special Innovators, Esq. featuring via Skype, Frances Hesselbein. She will speak to leadership and its components and relevance to law, lawyers and the legal profession.

RSVP to by March 26.

As the recipient of 21 honorary doctoral degrees, the author of three autobiographies and the co-editor of 30 books in 29 languages, Frances Hesselbein is considered one of the country's greatest leaders. From her service as the CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, to her recognition by former President Bill Clinton in 1998 as a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient for her work as "a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity," Frances has provided the world with a simple leadership philosophy: To serve is to live.

Frances’ ongoing contributions to the field of leadership development include her role as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning quarterly Leader to Leader Journal; her commitment to the University of Pittsburgh’s Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement; her advisory role to the United States Military Academy at West Point; and her service on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and the Bright China Social Fund. 

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room G20
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Patrick McElhinny was the lead trial counsel for the K&L Gates team that won a $1.5 billion judgment for CMU, which resulted in a $750 million settlement, one of the largest ever in a patent case. Pat is a loyal Pitt Alum who has over 28 years of trial experience. This presentation should be of great interest to anyone involved in technology commercialization, particularly university technology commercialization. It illustrates the dangers posed by commercial entities who do not respect IP rights and what it takes for the University to be made whole.


Date and Times: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 113
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Student Activist Legal Network will be hosting a screening of the documentary Merchants of Doubt about corporate influence on climate change denial for Tuesday March 21 at 6:30PM in Room 113. The documentary is based on the book by Erik Conway and Naomi Oreskes that describes how tactics developed by the tobacco industry are being used by the fossil fuel industry to foster climate change skepticism in politics and the media.

All are welcome to enjoy refreshments from 6:30-7:00 and the film begins at 7:00 with discussion afterwards.

Date and Times: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 107
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Human rights lawyer, Standish Willis, will discuss his recent successful defense of the rights of victims of police torture in Chicago and its implications for human rights. His work speaks to larger questions about the translation of international law to local contexts, about the use of law to fight institutionalized racism against communities of color, and about the practice of law and the realization of human rights in communities.

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Alcoa Room, 2nd Fl.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

JURIST would like to invite you to attend a very special event in celebration of our 20th Anniversary. Next Tuesday, March 21, David Shribman, Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will be presenting a talk entitled “Why the Press?” As we look back on the past 20 years at JURIST, it’s interesting to reflect on the role of the press in modern society, and how that has developed over JURIST’s lifespan. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an engaging discussion. Lunch will be provided, so please take a moment to RSVP at See the attached flyer for details. We hope to see you there!

National Law Journal Ranks Pitt Law #37 Go-To Law School In The Nation

The National Law Journal released its annual Go-To Law Schools special report for 2017, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law has debuted on the list at 37th in the nation.

The report ranks the nation’s top 50 law schools by percentage of 2016 Juris Doctor graduates who took jobs at the largest 100 law firms. In 2016, 16 Pitt Law graduates, or 9.14 percent, landed jobs at prominent law firms such as Jones Day, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, K&L Gates, and Reed Smith.

Pitt Law joins the list with law schools such as Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, and Yale Law School. The report highlighted schools such as Pitt Law that are a strong value for their combination of lower tuition and ability to place graduates in big law firm positions.

The report also shares data on schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner and the 20 schools that most outperform their U.S. News & World Report ranking, of which Pitt Law is 3rd in outperformance.

Read more in the National Law Journal’s 2017 Go-To Law Schools report.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:30am
Date and Times: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

How diversity, academic rigor, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship transformed Paul Quinn College, a struggling Historically Black College in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Dallas, TX, into a racially diverse college in a vibrant community.

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Pitt Law Alumna Vjosa Osmani Wins Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award


Contact: Cori Parise
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Vjosa Osmani Wins Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award
2005 LLM and 2015 SJD Alumna From the Republic of Kosova Promotes Democracy and Human Rights

Pittsburgh­ – University of Pittsburgh School of Law alumna Dr. Vjosa Osmani,’05, is to be awarded the 2016-2017 Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award. Osmani will accept the award at a reception at the University of Pittsburgh on April 5, 2017.

Osmani achieved success at a young age and while working in the traditionally men’s world of politics in the Republic of Kosovo. She has become a respected voice Kosovo’s politics and government as well as in international organizations. She has the distinction of receiving more votes than any other woman in the history of parliamentary elections in Kosovo and she was the second-most voted for official in her party, the Democratic League of Kosovo.

A native of Prishtina in Kosovo, Osmani served as Chief of Staff, Foreign Policy Advisor, and Legal Counsel to the President of the Republic of Kosovo from 2006 to 2010. During this period, she was the President’s representative on the Constitutional Commission, the body that drafted the first Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo. She was also a member of the legal team at the International Court of Justice in the advisory proceedings related to Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence.

In 2011, Osmani was elected to the national parliament of the Republic of Kosovo and is now completing her second term in office. As a member of parliament, she has served as Chair of the Committee for European Integration and Vice Chair of the Committee for Constitutional Reforms in Kosovo. The European Parliament has adopted a Resolution recognizing and welcoming the initiatives that she undertook to foster cross-party dialog. In addition, the United Nations Development Program named her the 2011 Social Inclusion Champion for her role championing social inclusion and welfare in Kosovo.

Osmani holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Prishtina, and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Pitt Law. She currently teaches at the University of Prishtina, at the American College of Kosovo, and at Pitt Law, as a Visiting Professor. Her research focuses on the rule of law, foreign policy, human rights, and social and equality issues.

About the Sheth International Awards:

Founded in 2012, the Sheth International Awards are a result of a gift from Madhuri and Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth (Business ‘62G, ‘66G) through the Sheth Family Foundation.  The awards are administered by the University Center for International Studies at Pitt. The Sheth International Young Alumni Achievement Award acknowledges a University of Pittsburgh alumnus for contributions to the international community through professional achievement and societal impact.  The Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement recognizes the contributions of a current University of Pittsburgh faculty member to furthering international education.



Publish Date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 2:30pm