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

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

View Presentation & Handouts Here

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

View Presentation & Handouts Here

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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Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi Speaks On NPR's Planet Money

Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi was interviewed on NPR’s Planet Money respecting Islamic Retail Banking in the United States on Episode #701, "A Bank Without Interest." Professor Hamoudi explained the manner in which much of the interest in the banking, both on the regulatory side as well as the demand side, related more closely to questions of Muslim identity than it does to strict compliance with Islamic Law.

Listen to episode #701 of NPR's Planet Money.


Publish Date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:30pm

Jeh Johnson, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, To Address 2016 Pitt Law Graduates


Contact: Cori Begg
(o) 412-624-5176
(c) 412-310-3672

Jeh Johnson, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, to Address 2016 Pitt Law Graduates
Commencement ceremony starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8

PITTSBURGH—Jeh Johnson, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, will be the featured speaker at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s 2016 Commencement Convocation on May 8. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.

Secretary Johnson leads the third largest Department of the U.S. government, with a workforce of 229,000 and 22 components including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FEMA, the Coast Guard and the Secret Service. Under his leadership, the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, administration and enforcement of our immigration laws, protection of our national leaders, protection of critical infrastructure, detection of and protection against chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland, and response to disasters.

Secretary Johnson was appointed by President Obama on December 23, 2013, following confirmation by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 78-16. Previously, Secretary Johnson was appointed by President Obama to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012) and was appointed by President Clinton to be General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force (1998-2001). From 1989 through 1991, Secretary Johnson was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

Secretary Johnson is a native New Yorker, and in private life has been a corporate lawyer with the New York City-based law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Secretary Johnson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a 1979 graduate of Morehouse College, a 1982 graduate of Columbia Law School, and the recipient of seven honorary degrees.

Formally established in 1895, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is the oldest and largest law-school program in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt’s law-school program prepares its students for real-world practice through traditional legal coursework as well as experiential learning opportunities in one of its seven law clinics. With nearly 10,000 alumni, Pitt’s School of Law emphasizes practical skills training and helping its students enter the field of law as practice-ready legal professionals.





Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:00am
Date and Times: 
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
619 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1855

PLWA cordially invites you to celebrate Marjorie Matson Day on April 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Harvard Princeton Yale Club in downtown Pittsburgh.

Marjorie Matson Day is PLWA's annual celebration of influential Pitt women in the law. The event serves to honor the achievements of Marjorie Matson, a Pitt alumna and a pioneer for women in the field of law. To commemorate Matson's accomplishments, PLWA gives out the Marjorie Matson Woman of the Year Award to a female graduate of Pitt Law. The Award recipient is always someone who exemplifies the spirit of Ms. Matson's leadership and civic involvement. 

PLWA is pleased to announce 2016 Woman of the Year: Dawne S. Hickton, former President and CEO of RTI International Metals (now Alcoa Titanium & Engineered Products). For students, influential and prominent Pittsburgh attorneys and professionals will be at this event, making it an excellent networking opportunity.

Admission includes dinner and a drink ticket; a cash bar will also be provided.  Tickets on sale April 4th through April 7th in the Student Lounge, $6 for PLWA Members, $8 for non-members. Admission to the Marjorie Matson celebration is free for legal professionals and includes dinner. A cash bar will also be provided. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to by April 5th. 

Pitt Law Students Compete In Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition

Pitt Law students Zchagiel "Z" Monroe (3L) and Jake Morrison (3L) took first place in the final round of this year's Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition, held March 31. Amy Mathieu (3L) and John Marty (2L) finished in second place. Each of the top four finishers will receive a monetary prize.

Left to right: Zchagiel "Z" Monroe (3L), Jake Morrison (3L), Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alan Hertzberg (presiding Judge), Amy Mathieu (3L) and John Marty (2L)

The Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition is one of Pitt Law’s three intramural competitions. Students compete in teams of two, delivering opening statements and closing arguments, and conducting direct examination and cross examination of witnesses (including making evidentiary objections) in a mock case created by the Moot Court Board.

The competition is named after Murray S. Love, who was a 1954 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was a distinguished trial attorney in the Pittsburgh area. After his untimely death, his friends, family, and law firm created a fund to underwrite a mock trial competition in his memory. Murray Love's widow, Patty Love Anouchi, and nephew, Paul Supowitz, continue to support the school and competition. The first Murray S. Love Competition took place in 1981.

Learn more about the multitude of lawyering skills competitions Pitt Law offers students.

Publish Date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 3:00pm
Date and Times: 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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

Pitt Law, in collaboration with the Young Lawyers Division of the ACBA, is offering the popular "Bar Buddies" program again this year. This program is designed to provide students taking the Bar Exam with a Bar Buddy who can answer questions and provide tips on taking the Bar Exam.

This is a great resource for 3Ls who will be sitting for the July bar exam and are seeking additional resources to build their chances of success. The stress-inducing task of studying for the bar can start feeling pretty lonely come June and July, and the Bar Buddies program can be just the additional support you'll need. It's free; it's helpful; and they're coming to Pitt Law. So take advantage!

Please RSVP to the "event" in Symplicity by April 15th if you are interested in participating.

There will also be a Meet & Greet Reception to meet your Bar Buddy on Tuesday, April 19th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm here at Pitt Law in the Alcoa Room.

Please also RSVP to that event in Symplicity as well if you plan to attend.

Please contact Jamey Mentzer at with any questions.

Date and Times: 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

K&L Gates
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Finals are quickly approaching, and the semester will soon draw to a close. Perhaps you’ve already lined up a summer opportunity, perhaps you’re still looking or trying to determine how you’d like to spend the next few months, or perhaps you’ve already begun to think about how you’d like to spend next summer.

Regardless of where you are in the process or what your preferences may be, join us for a panel discussion to explore summer employment options and opportunities for law students. Our panelists will discuss their experiences and what law students can expect spending their summer working for a law firm, corporation or pro bono agency, or clerking for a judge.

Our panelists include:

  • Alicia Powell, Chief Counsel, PNC
  • Nicholas Ranjan, Partner, K&L Gates
  • Sara J. Rose, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania
  • Lisa Stauffer, Senior Counsel, PNC

The panel will be moderated by Valerie A. Jackson. A cocktail reception will follow for all participants. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, March 23 to Emily Coon at We hope you can join us.

Date and Times: 
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:30pm

Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower - Conference Center
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The annual Medical Ethics Update conference provides attendees with an opportunity to hear presentations on an issue of national and local interest in medical ethics, to participate in a question-and-answer period with speakers, and to participate in small break out sessions with presenters. This conference is designed for a diverse group of concerned physicians, lawyers, community members, clergy, health care providers, and students.

Conference Program and Schedule (PDF Download)

Registration Information

Register for this event here and select the April 1 Annual Medical Ethics Update. The registration fee includes attendance at the conference, course materials, and continuing medical education credit; continental breakfast and afternoon snack.

The following lectures will be presented:

  • “A Brief and Astonishing History of Abortion and Contraception” Lisa Tetrault, PhD Associate Professor of History Carnegie Mellon University
  • “Preserving Reproductive Autonomy Across Diverse Populations: The Case of Female Sterilization” Sonya Borrero, MD, MS Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science Director, Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI) University of Pittsburgh

For information contact: Beth Ann Pischke –; 412-648-7120

Registration cancelled by 4:00 p.m. on March 25, 2016 will be fully refunded. 

Date and Times: 
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 422
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Laurie Besden of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will be at Pitt Law on Friday, Mar. 25 in Room 422 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to speak with students confidentially, discreetly, safely and privately about any type of addiction, alcohol issue, mental health disorder, gambling, stress or depression question or concerns. 

Laurie will have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of the visit. Other than our invitation to Laurie, no member of the administration is involved. If you or someone you care about is suffering, please stop by for a completely confidential chat with Laurie.  

You may also reach Laurie via email at: If you would like to schedule a time to see her in advance, simply email her.

Additionally, beginning Monday Mar. 21 and continuing through April 10, you can choose to be screened through a joint effort of Pitt Law, the Dave Nee Foundation ( and Screening for Mental Health. These organizations are providing you access to an online screening tool to give yourself a “check-up from the neck up.” The screening tool is only available from March 21 until April 10 at this link: 

This completely confidential and anonymous screening tool can help you identify if your recent thoughts or behaviors may be associated with a common, treatable mental health issue. The screening tool cannot diagnose, but it will help you put a name to what you may be feeling and give you information about resources available to you through the University or otherwise.

For those of you concerned about any potential impact on your ability to practice law if you seek help, it is important to know the view of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners. From their Character and Fitness Frequently Asked Questions: 

What kind of inquiry will be conducted if my record includes a history of psychiatric or psychological counseling?

Evidence of mental or emotional instability, like evidence of chemical or alcohol dependency, is one of the situations about which the Board must inquire. Board members recognize that the stresses of law school, as well as other life factors, frequently result in applicants seeking psychiatric or psychological counseling. The Board encourages you to obtain such counseling or treatment if you believe you might benefit from it. Only severe forms of mental or emotional problems which are related to your ability to practice law may warrant further inquiry during the bar admission process. Isolated instances or short-term consultations for conditions associated with emotional stress or anxiety is not of concern to the Board.

As always, if you find yourself in crisis, you can reach out to the University Counseling Center at 412-648-7930. If you find yourself (or a friend) in a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or the campus police at 412-624-2121. More information about crisis assistance can be found at the following link:

March 28, 2016 has been designated Law Student Mental Health Day by the American Bar Association Law Student Division. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues that are common among law students and to connect students in need with available resources.