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: 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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

A Dialogue between

  • William Eskridge, Jr.
    John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

  • Robin Fretwell Wilson
    Roger and Stephany Joslin Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law

Moderated by: Professor Mary Crossley, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Watching the news, it may seem that advocates for marriage equality for LGBT individuals and proponents for protections for the religious convictions of people of faith live in different worlds and could never find common ground. But is that necessarily the case? This program features leading national legal experts on gay rights and religious liberty, in dialogue with Pitt students, to consider what tolerance might mean in this context.

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Students who tweet their own ideas, reactions or questions to @ToleranceMeans will have the chance to win a $250 Social Engagement prize. There will be no limit on submissions, so tweeting more results in a greater chance of winning.
  • Submit 500 Words on the meaning of tolerance and attach a tweet tagged with #ToleranceMeans by March 10 to
  • Winners meet a legislator and participate in the Dialogue.
  • Compete for two $750 Scholarships (undergrad and grad winners).


Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson is the author of eight books, including Same-Sex Marriage And Religious Liberty (2008, with Douglas Laycock and Anthony Picarello, eds.), The Contested Place Of Religion In Family Law (Robin Fretwell Wilson, ed.) (under contract with Cambridge University Press), and Faith, Sexuality, And The Meaning Of Freedom (William N. Eskridge, Jr. & Robin Fretwell Wilson, eds.) (in conversation with Cambridge University Press).

Wilson has worked extensively on state law reform. In 2007, she received the Citizen’s Legislative Award for her work on changing Virginia’s informed consent law. Most recently, she assisted the Utah Legislature to enact the Utah Compromise, balancing LGBT rights with religious liberty protections for traditional marriage. 

Professor William Eskridge’s primary legal academic interest has been statutory interpretation and gay rights. Together with Professor Philip Frickey, he developed an innovative casebook on Legislation. In 1990-95, Eskridge represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their same-sex marriage. Since then, he has published a field-establishing casebook, three monographs, and dozens of law review articles articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities.

He is the co-author of the book Gay Marriage: For Better Or For Worse? What We Have Learned From The Evidence (Oxford, 2006) (co-authored with Darren Spedale), author of Equality Practice: Civil Unions And The Future Of Gay Rights (Routledge 2002), and is co-editor with Professor Wilson of the book Faith, Sexuality, And The Meaning Of Freedom (in conversation with Cambridge University Press). 

The 24th Annual McLean Lecture at Pitt Law to Discuss Cyber Law, Policy, and Security


Contact: Cori Parise, Director of Marketing and Communications
[(o) 412-624-5176; (c) 412-310-3672;]

The 24th Annual McLean Lecture at Pitt Law to Discuss Cyber Law, Policy, and Security
Alumnus Luke Dembosky, ’94, Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton and former DOJ official, to speak

Luke Dembosky

PITTSBURGH—Luke Dembosky, partner at Debevoise & Plimpton and former leading cybersecurity official at the Department of Justice, will deliver the 24th annual McLean Lecture on World Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law at 5:30 p.m. on Mon., March 20, 2017. The Lecture will be in the Teplitz Memorial Courtroom of the Barco Law Building, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Dembosky, a 1994 Pitt Law graduate, joined Debevoise & Plimpton in March 2016, after serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Justice Department. Overseeing the DOJ’s first national security cyber portfolio, Dembosky was the senior official on the Target, Sony Pictures, and Home Depot breaches, among many others, and received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for leading the GameOver Zeus botnet takedown. His roles at the DOJ included Deputy Chief for Litigation at the Computer Crime and IP Section; DOJ representative at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia; and federal cybercrime prosecutor in Pittsburgh. He participated in the negotiation of a 2013 cyber accord with Russia and the historic 5-point agreement signed by President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China in 2015. At Debevoise & Plimpton, Dembosky advises companies on managing cyber risks, responding to cyber incidents, and handling related litigation matters.

The McLean Lecture on World Law honors the memory and contributions of M.W. McLean, a founder, executive director, and executive vice-president of the World Federalist Association of Pittsburgh.

The Lecture is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one hour of substantive CLE credit. There is a $30 fee for processing CLE credit for this event.



Publish Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 2:15pm
Date and Times: 
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:45pm

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Energy Week Law and Policy Forum is a free event and is open to the public. However, if you would like to attend and earn PA and WV Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit, the total event costs are $150.00.

Learn more and register at Email us at with questions. 

Date and Times: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room G12
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

In an effort to assist Pitt Law 2Ls and 3Ls interested in applying for a 2018 Equal Justice Works Fellowship (and other post-graduate fellowships), Professor Tomar Brown and Rochelle R. McCain, Director of Public Interest and Government Relations, have designed a working group!

An informational meeting about the EJW working group will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 3:30p in room G12. During this time, students will learn about the Equal Justice Works Fellowship and the fellowship application process. The working group will meet monthly thereafter (at a date and time determined by the participants) to support students as they work to create, develop, and refine their fellowship projects.

The EJW fellowship is a tremendous opportunity for public interest, social justice minded students to design and obtain funding to engage in many types of legal advocacy.  The primary goal of the working group is to provide mentoring and accountability for students through the competitive application process.

If students have any questions about the EJW work group, please email Professor Tomar Brown at or Rochelle McCain at

Date and Times: 
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

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

Bill O’Rourke, a former President of Alcoa-Russia, will give an overview of his 3 years at Alcoa-Russia, and will discuss Alcoa’s $750 million investment. He plans to give a few Russian business ethics examples to see how the class would have dealt with the issues.

This event is open to the public.

Date and Times: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 109
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Attend this interactive workshop with Partners David Lehman & Henry Snyder of K&L Gates to learn how to address the business and legal issues associated with making investments in startups, including negotiation strategies, valuation, founder and investor rights, vesting, management and exits. Participants will divide into two groups—one to represent the investor and the other to represent the company. Both will decide independently on the terms they want and then brought back together for the negotiation led by the lawyers.

*Dinner is provided, so please register at or RSVP to

Center for International Legal Education Announces Publication of Significant Treatise on Transnational Disputes


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

Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education Announces Publication of Significant New Treatise on Transnational Disputes

PITTSBURGH—The Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law today announced that the University of Oxford Press has published General Principles of Law and International Due Process: Principles and Norms Applicable in Transnational Disputes, authored by Charles T. Kotuby, Jr. (Pitt Law J.D. 2001) and Luke A. Sobota. This is Volume 6 of CILE Studies, a series of monographs and edited volumes dedicated to the discussion of important issues and developments in public and private international law.

This work by Kotuby and Sobota is an important and long-overdue successor to Bin Cheng’s seminal 1953 treatise on the general principles of law, which identified core legal principles common to various domestic legal systems across the globe. Such “general principles of law recognized by civilized nations” stand alongside or supplement both treaties and customary international law. This volume promises to be an important resource for practitioners, jurists, and scholars in the field of international law.

General Principles of Law and International Due Process is available for purchase now through the website of Oxford University Press.

Publish Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 12:00pm
Date and Times: 
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 109
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Watch the livestream of this event below

Speaker biographies:

Charles Kotuby counsels both private clients and sovereign states in complex global disputes. His U.S.-based practice is focused on government regulation and federal appeals. He has authored briefs in more than a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued cases concerning federal statutory and constitutional issues before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits.

Mr. Kotuby’s global practice is focused on international litigation, commercial and investment arbitration. He has counseled clients in both common and civil law systems, and frequently deals with novel issues of public and private international law. Mr. Kotuby has appeared as counsel in international matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, and before ICSID and UNCITRAL tribunals. He regularly advises energy and mining clients on investment protections in Latin America, Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, and on maritime issues under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).       

Luke Sobota was previously a partner in the Global Disputes practice group of a leading international law firm.  Highlights of his work at Three Crowns include leading the firm’s work for Chevron in its international dispute with Ecuador, including in the pending $9.5 billion UNCITRAL treaty arbitration.  Mr. Sobota has also been spearheading a multi-billion-dollar contractual arbitration before the ICC in New York, and has been actively involved in several ICSID investor-state arbitrations involving claims of breach of contract, expropriation, and denial of justice.  He also has been advising two sovereign clients on issues of public international law concerning border disputes.  He previously worked in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised and prepared formal legal opinions for executive branch officials on a range of constitutional, international, and administrative law issues.  He has successfully argued cases in U.S. appellate courts and briefed several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court.  He teaches a course on global sovereign disputes at American University and is currently writing a monograph on general principles of international law for Oxford University Press.  He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, after which he clerked for the late Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, William H. Rehnquist.