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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Date and Times: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This event has concluded

On April 14-15, 2016, ELPI presented a legal conference on legal and environmental issues arising from increased oil and gas production, changes to energy law and regulation, international energy issues, and legal and policy issues related to the rise of renewable energy.  The conference was attended by students, energy lawyers, professors, environmental groups and energy industry members.  Speakers included three of the leading oil and gas law professors in the nation, leading energy lawyers, environmental and industry leaders, and regulators.

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

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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: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room G18
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

  • 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Short background discussion: What is Environmental Justice Law?
  • 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Viewing of live webinar featuring a keynote address by Cory Booker, U.S. Senator for New Jersey, and panel discussion by national experts of Environmental Justice Act of 2017 and related issues

Webinar sponsored by American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the Environmental Law Institute (more information on this webinar here)

Pizza and drinks provided - Come for all or part of the event!  

Questions?  Marily Nixon at

Pitt Legal Services Incubator Opens Applications for 2018

Applications Open to All Pitt Law Grads

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is now accepting applications for the Pitt Legal Services Incubator (PLSI), a program designed for graduates whose ambitions are to create sustainable solo and small firm practices. The next incubator group will start Jan. 15, 2018.

The two-year program will support graduates of Pitt Law who are admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There are no conditions on the practice area selected and the program will provide resources, including space for working and meeting with clients, law practice management software and internet research resources. The Incubator will facilitate mentor relationships and provide education in law practice management and business establishment. 

Applications are now open and space is limited. To apply visit

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:45pm
Date and Times: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 3:30pm

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

Speakers for this Pitt Law Academy session are:

  • Kimberly Kisner (Managing Member, Kisner Law Firm)
  • Stanley Levine (Founding Member and Executive Attorney, Campbell & Levine)
  • Bill Price (Partner, Clark Hill Thorp Reed)

Remember students are required to attend a minimum of six of the eight Pitt Law Academy sessions.

The goal of the PLA is to bring our 1L students into direct contact with members of the legal profession from your earliest days in law school and thereby impart important lessons beyond those learned in the traditional Socratic classroom. To view the full Pitt Law Academy sessions calendar, visit

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:30pm

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

Our annual MANDATORY bar kick off meeting is Tuesday, November 14 at 12:30 in the Courtroom. Please bring your Pitt ID to swipe in so we can ensure that the message has gotten to everyone. Regardless of which state’s bar exam you intend to take, there will be information of benefit for you. Due to some changes to the administration of the Pennsylvania Bar in Pittsburgh, this information needs to be communicated to you earlier than in years past. We will be discussing logistics of applying to take the bar exam, character and fitness requirements and the resources available to Pitt Law students.

Questions? Contact Rob Wible at or 412-624-3055. 

Date and Times: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 118
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Join Captain Rachel Palacios to learn more about specific programs and opportunities available with Air Force JAG. Her presentation will range from topics on eligibility requirements and application process for Army internship programs (paid/unpaid) and post-graduate positions to the responsibilities of a newly minted attorney with Air Force JAG.

All students are encouraged to attend and should RSVP via PittLawWorks!

Lunch will be provided and business casual attire is recommended though students should feel free to attend even in more relaxed attire.

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room G13
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own law firm? Then Pitt Legal Services Incubator (PLSI) might be just what you need to pursue your dream. PLSI is an innovative program that provides office space, technology support, training and mentoring to Pitt law graduates interested in developing solo or small-firm practices. Applications are now open, so join PLSI Executive Director Amy Coco & Faculty Directors Martha Mannix and Ann Sinsheimer to find out more about this exciting opportunity.

This event is open to the public.

This event requires an RSVP to

Date and Times: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

Please join PLWA for our November General Body Meeting. Pizza will be served for lunch and we will be separating the 1Ls by section and giving finals advice!