Post-Gazette People On the Move: Pitt Law Alum Tony J. Thompson, Dennis D. Hayes

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's People on the Move column this week highlighted two Pitt Law alum. The nominations committee of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Alumni Association has elected Pitt Law Alum Tony J. Thompson (JD '06) to its Board of Governors. Mr. Thompson counsels clients at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott on a variety of matters, including contact negotiations, trade secrets, labor-management relations, complex commercial litigations and commercial landlord and tenant disputes. He also serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Dennis D. Hayes was named shareholder of Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass, P.C. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the recipient of the John P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate.

Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 11:15am
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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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


Pre-Registration Clinic Informational Meetings: Explore The Exciting Law Clinic Opportunities At Pitt Law

Attendance a Mandatory Pre- Requisite for Clinic Registration 

Pitt Law provides upper level law students with exciting opportunities to learn and apply lawyering skills. The in-house Legal Clinics provide an unparalleled opportunity for students to represent clients and to gain practical skills. Come to one of the following meetings to learn more about these experiential learning opportunities, what kind of commitment is required, how you will benefit by participation and how to enroll:

Wednesday, March 18th from 3:00-4:30pm in Room G20
Friday, March 20th  from 1:00-3:00pm in Room G20

Because Clinics are in the nature of a professional commitment, we require attendance at one of these informational meetings prior to registration in the clinics. If you are thinking about or plan to enroll in a clinic next year (or are curious about what it is like to take a clinic) you must attend one of the clinic informational sessions prior to registration. This applies to enrollment in the following clinics: the Civil Practice Clinic (Elder Law Clinic or Health Law Clinic), Environmental Law Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic, Family Law Clinic, Tax Clinic & Securities Arbitration Clinic.

Enrollment in the Clinics will be monitored for compliance with this requirement. If a student enrolls in a clinic without attending a session, he or she will be automatically dis-enrolled in the clinic by the Registrar.

If you attended a clinic informational meeting in the Fall of 2014 and signed the attendance sheet, you need not attend again to register for a Clinic for next semester. Additional meetings will be held in the Fall 2015 for Spring 2016 registration.

If you are unsure whether you attended the Fall 2014 informational sessions, please check the attendance sheets posted outside the Registrar’s Office

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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


Now that PLISF's Auction is over, we are excited to move into the phase of awarding Grants to our fellow Pitt Law students dedicated to public interest work! Please join us on Tuesday, March 3 at 12:30 in Room 107 to get information about applying for a PLISF Grant. You do not have to be a member of PLISF to apply! We will also be discussing Elections for PLISF's 2015-2016 Executive Board and awarding Barbri bar prep course scholarships to deserving 3Ls dedicated to public interest. If you are interested in any of these items, it is extremely important that you attend this meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact us as pittplisf@gmail.com.

Pitt Law Professor John Burkoff Comments to Cleveland Plain Dealer On Heartless Felons Trial Security

Can excessive security in a courtroom negatively influence a jury? It's a matter for defense attorneys in the Heartless Felons case in Cleveland as they seek a new trial. Pitt Law Professor John Burkoff offered expert opinion to the Cleveland Plain Dealer this week in the story, "Citing excessive security, attorneys for convicted Heartless Felons leader seek new trial" where defense attorneys for Heartless Felon's leader Julius Webster say Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Astrab abused his discretion during the trial that ended Feb. 9. Defense attorneys said the excess security gave an unfair image of Webster to the jury.'

Burkoff called the security issue a judicial balancing act.

"The judge has the right and the obligation to make sure the witnesses are safe in his courtroom,'' Burkoff said to the Plain Dealer. "But at the same time he can't prejudice the jury in which he basically says, 'This person is so scary that we have to do this.'"

Read the full story at Cleveland.com.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:30pm

Pitt Law Professor Thomas Ross Comments To WTAE On Mazzei Bankruptcy Lawyer Suspension

WTAE reporter Paul Van Osdol speaks to Pitt Law Professor Thomas Ross

A recent WTAE Channel 4 News segment, "Bankruptcy lawyer accused of overcharging clients, misspending thousands of dollars," revealed a court investigation concluded that local bankruptcy lawyer, Jason Mazzei, abused the system. WTAE reached out to University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor Thomas Ross, an expert in legal ethics, for commentary. Ross said comingling funds, one of the practices Mazzei is accused of, is one of the most serious offenses for a lawyer.

“Comingling funds represents a violation of a deep fiduciary obligation that lawyers owe to clients,” Ross said. 

Watch the WTAE news story here

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:15pm

Alan Meisel On HuffPostLive: Who Gets To Decide When To End Life Support?

 

Pitt Law Professor Alan Meisel, an expert on end-of-life decision making, participated in a Feb. 23 HuffPostLive webcast hosted by Nancy Redd, titled Who Gets to Decide When to End Live Support? Meisel and three other experts, including one entertainment editor, discussed the controversy surrounding the case of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, who is on life support after being found unconscious in her Georgia home, and attempted to answer the question, “As the media speculates over [Bobbi Kristina’s] condition, who should get to decide when to take a patient off life support?”

Asked about the ethics surrounding continuing or discontinuing life support for a family member, Meisel commented, “Of course it’s most helpful if there is a living will, but there need not be a living will in order to make decisions for another person. … What we seek to do is to find out what the patient would have wanted under these circumstances. [In a case] where there is no information whatsoever, what is supposed to happen—according to the law—is that the person making the decision is supposed to do what’s in the best interest of the patient by weighing the benefits of the treatment against the burdens of the treatment.”

View the webcast in its entirety here.

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 12:30pm
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

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University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
15260 Pittsburgh , PA
United States


Pitt Law’s Awards & Recognition Committee extends an invitation to current students’ families to take part in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 21, 2015. This day allows parents to expose their children to their field of work, the value of education, and the opportunity to share hands-on activity in the workplace. While the official national day is April 23, Pitt Law is taking part in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 21. to precede exam time.

If you have a daughter or son between the ages of 7-18 that would be interested in participating in our planned activities, please RSVP here by March 6th.

Second Annual Negotiation Competition Signups Feb. 24 to Mar. 5

Pitt Law's Second Annual Negotiation Competition is coming soon. The competition will be open to all classes and will feature judges from Jones Day. Students compete in teams of two and there is no registration fee. Signups begin Tuesday, February 24th and end on March 5 in the Student Lounge. Rounds will begin after Spring Break. The final round will be held on April 9. ​Space is limited to eight (8) teams per class so sign up early!

Anyone interested in participating or finding out more is encouraged to attend our Information Session on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm in Room 113. There will be a mandatory skills lecture on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 in Room 113 taught by an attorney from Jones Day.

Questions? Please email Endia Vereen at vereen.endia@gmail.com.

 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 4:30pm

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