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

View Presentation & Handouts Here

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

View Presentation & Handouts Here

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: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law cordially invite all practitioners and members of the bench to attend The Seventh Annual Judicial, Government, and Public Interest Law Reception hosted by Pitt Law Dean William M. Carter Jr., and Duquesne Law Dean Maureen Lally-Green. The reception will be held Wednesday, November 15 at the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom (600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282). 

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with colleagues while networking and celebrating the bench and the public interest bar. Share with students interested in careers in the judiciary, government, and public interest law about clerkships, externships, pro bono initiatives, and other opportunities in our region. 

Pitt Law students, please RSVP via PittLawWorks before Wednesday, Nov. 8.

All others RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 8 below, or by calling 412-396-6559, or e-mailing

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Pittwire: Statewide Network to Share Expertise, Resources to Combat Cyber Threats

From Pittwire

David J. Hickton, founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, told cybersecurity workshop attendees that there is "nothing that should concern you more than cybercriminals."

Large universities and scientific communities generally have the technology and know-how to safeguard their research archives and computing grids. But for smaller colleges and organizations, knowing what expertise and resources are available — and how to access them — is key.

“The game of cybersecurity has not changed, but the stakes for science and education have,” said Pitt School of Computing and Information professor James Joshi.

As part of a project to help smaller campuses and organizations with their cybersecurity challenges, Joshi and additional experts from Pitt, Carnegie Mellon University and elsewhere, presented at a two-day workshop in June as part of the National Science Foundation-funded project Security Assured Cyberinfrastructure in Pennsylvania (SAC-PA). The goal of SAC-PA is to establish a framework for regional collaboration and sharing of cybersecurity resources, expertise and information in Pennsylvania.

Read the rest of this story in "Statewide Network to Share Expertise, Resources to Combat Cyber Threats" on Pittwire

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 11:15am

Pitt Law’s Health Care Compliance Online Receives CCB Accreditation


Contact: Cori Parise, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
[412-624-5176 (office); 412-310-3672 (cell);]

Pitt Law’s Health Care Compliance Online Receives CCB Accreditation

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s new Health Care Compliance Online Graduate Certificate program (HCC Online) has been accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) as of May 2017.

The CCB has developed criteria to determine competence in the practice of compliance and ethics across various industries and specialty areas, and recognizes individuals meeting these criteria through its compliance certification programs.

HCC Online, a 10-month fully online program, was created in conjunction with senior compliance officers to give people working with health care compliance issues every day the knowledge they need to take on more strategic compliance roles. The online program taught by law school faculty and industry experts includes weekly assignments, online discussions, and pre-recorded lectures that can be completed when convenient for the student.

Graduates of the program now will be eligible to sit for the Compliance Certification Board's five exams:

  • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP)®
  • Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)®
  • Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC)®
  • Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC®)
  • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional - International (CCEP-I)®

“Our goal for HCC Online is to strengthen compliance professionals, attorneys and administrators’ knowledge in this growing and rapidly changing field,” said Program Director Mary Nell Cummings. “HCC Online helps professionals gain a deeper understanding of new regulations and identify compliance issues and best practices in compliance management.”

HCC Online commenced January 2016. Jill Zimmerman, a graduate of the first class said,  “The Health Care Compliance program has provided me with the confidence to stand firm on my decisions related to "doing what is right" at our facility when addressing members of Sr. Management and members of the Board.”

To learn more about HCC Online at Pitt Law, visit

Read more about the Compliance Certification Board at


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 4:15pm

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


Contact: Cori Parise, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
[412-624-5176 (office); 412-310-3672 (cell);]

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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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:00am

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Student Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship


Contact: Cori Parise, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
[412-624-5176 (office); 412-310-3672 (cell);]

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Student Awarded Prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowship

PITTSBURGH—The Peggy Browning Fund has awarded a 10-week summer fellowship to Joel DeMary, a second-year student at University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Joel will spend the fellowship working at Community Justice Project in Pittsburgh, PA. The application process is highly competitive, and the award is a tribute to his outstanding qualifications.

In 2017, the Peggy Browning Fund will support over 80 public interest labor law fellowships nationwide. Securing a Peggy Browning Fellowship is not an easy task, with nearly 400 applicants this year competing for the honor. Peggy Browning Fellows are distinguished students who have not only excelled in law school but who have also demonstrated their commitment to workers’ rights through their previous educational, work, volunteer and personal experiences. Joel certainly fits this description.

Joel was born and raised in blue-collar, coal-country western Pennsylvania and is a first generation college graduate. This upbringing exposed him to the importance and necessity of worker’s rights. During college, he worked as an auto-mechanic and was exposed to many issues currently facing workers. In law school, it quickly became apparent that his legal career would be in public service. He has worked with two different public defenders, focusing his work on representing those who are disadvantaged in facing far more resourceful adversaries. Joel says he is honored to begin fighting for the rights of workers.

The Peggy Browning Fund is a not for-profit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent union-side attorney who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1994 until 1997. Peggy Browning Fellowships provide law students with unique, diverse and challenging work experiences fighting for social and economic justice. These experiences encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in public interest labor law.

To learn more about the Peggy Browning Fund, contact Mary Anne Moffa, Executive Director, by phone at 267-273-2992 or by email at, or visit


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Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 2:00pm

Haider Ala Hamoudi Appointed Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs; Deborah Brake as Assoc. Dean of Research and Faculty Dev.

Haider Ala Hamoudi

Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, will become Associate Dean for Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2017, assuming the role from Nancy M. Burkoff, Associate Professor of Legal Writing, upon her retirement. Deborah L. Brake, the John E. Murray Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, will be named Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, effective July 1, 2017.

Hamoudi became Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development in June 2013. Since that time, Pitt Law has enjoyed consistently high faculty scholarship reputation rankings in U.S. News and World Report and high readership and engagement on the Social Science Research Network.

Professor Hamoudi is a world recognized expert in Middle Eastern and Islamic Law.  His most recent work explores the manner in which tribal law, religious law and state law interact in southern Iraq, in particular as it concerns dispute resolutions in both family law and commercial matters. Professor Hamoudi has also published a book with the University of Chicago Press on the Iraq Constitution, and he has written dozens of law review articles on Iraqi law, Islamic law and Islamic finance. He received the Robert T. Harper Award of Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

“I am honored to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs because I share in the law school’s goals of fostering an inclusive environment, valuing experiential learning experiences, and expanding access to the legal profession,” Hamoudi said.

Deborah Brake

Brake is a renowned expert on employment discrimination, Title IX, and gender equality law. Her published works include over twenty-five law review articles, in such publications as the Georgetown Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, and the William & Mary Law Review, in addition to a book published by N.Y.U. Press and multiple book chapters. Her work has been cited and relied on by courts, including twice in the U.S. Supreme Court.  

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support our faculty, already strong producers of high quality scholarship, in ensuring their work receives the attention it deserves,” said Brake.

 “Both Professor Brake and Professor Hamoudi are distinguished teachers, accomplished academic leaders, and esteemed scholars,” said William M. Carter, Jr., Dean of Pitt Law. “Their commitment to our core mission of teaching, research, and service and their understanding of the Law School’s strengths and opportunities make them the ideal choices for these vital leadership roles.” 

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Monday, June 12, 2017 - 11:00am
Date and Times: 
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, July 28, 2017 - 5:00pm

University of Pittsburgh
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The AFA CyberCamp program is designed to excite students new to cybersecurity about STEM career opportunities and teach them important cyber defense skills through hands-on instruction and activities.

Through the camp, students  will learn how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats, as well as how to harden entire networks running Windows 7 and Ubuntu operating systems.

The AFA CyberCamp will culminate in an exciting final team competition that simulates real cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals and mimics AFA’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Learn more about the AFA CyberCamp at Pitt by visiting

Pitt to Host Free CyberCamp for Pittsburgh Area Teens July 24-28


Contact: Sharon Blake, University News Services | 412-624-4364 | Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—Local high school students will have the opportunity to receive a hands-on education about cybersecurity from July 24 through 28 at the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp to be held on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland.

Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security is one of 66 sites selected across the country to host a CyberCamp this year, and the only site chosen in Pennsylvania. Any student enrolled in an area high school for the 2017-18 school year is eligible to attend, with a recommendation from an instructor or member of the high school staff. There is no admission fee.

The CyberCamp, in four-hour learning modules on each of the five days, will use a combination of software and hands-on exercises designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, cyber and STEM career opportunities and critical network security skills and tools. Students will learn how to protect their personal devices from outside threats.

“If we are to meet the cyber threat, we need to increase the capacity by training more students through programs like the AFA CyberCamp,” said David J. Hickton, founding director of Pitt’s Cyber Institute.

On the final day of the camp, participants will enter into a team-based competition that puts campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. These CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its 10th season in October.

CyberCamp participants will be given free computer access, workbooks, camp T-shirts and a daily lunch. High school teachers or staff members may register participants by completing this form. Parents and guardians can register their child by completing this personalized form. The registration deadline is Friday, June 16.

In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the new AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has launched an Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative designed to introduce young students to online safety. To learn more about CyberPatriot, visit

Details about exact CyberCamp campus locations and learning modules will be forthcoming.



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Friday, June 2, 2017 - 4:45pm