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.

Register Here

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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State Department Awards Pitt Law Professor Matiangai Sirleaf With Diplomacy Lab Project

The State Department’s Diplomacy Lab has awarded Pitt Law Professor Matiangai Sirleaf a project for spring 2017 that will allow Pitt Law students to engage in innovative and groundbreaking research. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership between the State Department and U.S. colleges and universities. Partner schools participating in Diplomacy Lab conduct research around various topics presented to them by the State Department in areas including climate change, democracy and human rights, counterterrorism, global health as well as energy security. Partner universities are responsible for recruiting student teams to undertake Diplomacy Lab projects and faculty members to guide the teams.

Under the guidance of Professor Sirleaf, a team of interested students in her Post-Conflict and Transitional Justice Seminar will conduct research for the State Department on the prosecution of international criminal law violations in Africa. The research team will provide case studies to the State Department of the hybrid and domestic justice mechanisms used to investigate and prosecute serious crimes in Africa. Over the course of the semester, Professor Sirleaf will guide students in developing a final work product that accomplishes the goals outlined by the State Department. Students will also have opportunity throughout the semester to discuss their research with State Department officials.

Students interested in finding out more about this initiative should contact Professor Sirleaf at

Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:00am

Professor David Harris Comments to ABA Journal On DOJ Implicit Bias Training

Pitt Law Professor David Harris, a leading national authority on racial profiling, was quoted extensively by the ABA Journal in a story on the Department of Justice introducing mandatory training for all federal prosecutors designed to prevent implicit bias. 

"In a typical training session, we start with awareness, and that can be done in an hour or so,” Harris said. “But if you want to understand how implicit bias operates, as well as how it affects your decision-making and how it can affect you without you knowing it, then you must go further. Real training like that can take days.”

Read more in ABA leaders praise Department of Justice for introducing implicit bias training in the ABA Journal.

Publish Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:00pm

University of Pittsburgh Law Review Publishes Latest Issue, Vol. 78, No. 1

The University of Pittsburgh Law Review has published its latest issue, Vol. 78, No.1. The issue features articles from Brian L. Frye, Pamela Samuelson, Danielle Bruno, and Francesco G. Salpietro.

The law review is available to read online through the University of Pittsburgh's D-Scribe Digital Publishing Program. Read the latest issue here.

The University of Pittsburgh Law Review, founded in 1934, is the longest-standing publication of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  It is produced by students, and aims to publish excellent academic scholarship.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 4:00pm

Professor Arthur Hellman Comments to AP on President-Elect Donald Trump's Conflicts of Interest

The Associated Press recently relied on Pitt Law Professor and ethicist Arthur Hellman's expertise to asses the unprecedented business-related conflicts of interest of President-Elect Donald Trump. 

Professor Hellman told the Associated Press he does not believe any U.S. court, much less the Supreme Court, has ever interpreted the emoluments clause. "There is nothing that sheds much light on questions raised by foreign officials giving something or engaging in activities that could be construed as emoluments to Trump or his businesses," he said. 

Read more in Conflict Rules Hardly the Same for President, Others on ABCNews.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 12:15pm
Date and Times: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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

This reception will celebrate and congratulate the inaugural class of Health Care Compliance Online on earning the graduate certificate.

RSVP by December 9 to Beth Ann Pischke, or 412-648-7120.

Students Compete at 2016 Pitt Law Appellate Competition

From L-R: Judge Christine A. Ward, Wesley Prichard, Judge D. Michael Fisher, Danielle Bruno, and Judge Michael H. Wojcik

Third-year student Wesley Prichard won the 2016 Pitt Law Appellate Competition. In the final oral argument round, Prichard and his opponent, Danielle Bruno (also a third-year student) argued before Judge D. Michael Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Michael H. Wojcik of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and Judge Christine A. Ward of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Bruno was the recipient of the competition’s Best Brief Award. The 2016 Pitt Law Appellate Competition was organized and administered by the student Moot Court Board, this year chaired by Natalie Mangene. 

Publish Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:45am
Date and Times: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:30am

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

Join the Institute of Politics Criminal Justice Task Force for a press conference announcing the release of the task force's special report, Criminal Justice in the 21st Century: Improving Incarceration Policies and Practices in Allegheny County. The report represents the culmination of a year’s worth of work by the Task Force in examining the criminal justice system in Allegheny County and looking for ways to build upon existing reforms in order to further improve its efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness while also upholding high levels of public safety.

The press conference will feature remarks from Task Force co-chairs Mark Nordenberg and Fred Thieman, as well as from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. University of Pittsburgh School of Law Dean William M. Carter, Jr. is also on the Institute of Politics Criminal Justice Task Force.

The press conference is expected to last no more than an hour. For more information or to register your attendance, please contact Tracy Papillon at 412-624-1837 or visit Copies of the report will be available to those in attendance; the report also will be available online on that date.

Date and Times: 
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 20, Ground Fl.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The documentary I Go Home, produced by WITF, tells the story of Pennhurst through the eyes of a long-time resident. Panel discussion will feature Tom Gilhool, renowned disability rights attorney who was involved in landmark cases, Jim Conroy, PhD, and Jane Searle of the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance. Reception to follow.