Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

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


This lecture is free and open to the public. 

Join Professor Eric E. Bergsten, former senior legal officer and secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, for the 22nd Annual McClean Lecture in International Law at Pitt Law. This lecture, "The Genesis and Development of the Vis Moot: A Platform for Global Legal Education and the Rule of Law" will occur Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom at Pitt Law (3900 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260). The program will end with a screening of the 2015 documentary Afghan Dreams. This is a documentary that shows the perseverence and empowerment of four women from Afghanistan who travel from Afghanistan to the Hong Kong Vis Moot and receive training from CILE.

A reception in the Alcoa Room for all attendees will follow the lecture.

From the poster: Professor Eric E. Bergsten has taught commercial law at Fordham University, the University of Iowa, Northwestern University, and Pace University. He served for 16 years with the United Nations, where he was senior legal officer and then secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade law. From 1985 to 1991, he was chief of the International Trade Law Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs. Most importantly, Bergsten developed and for 20 years administered the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which has been held annually for the past 22 years in Vienna, Austria. Nearly 300 law schools from approximately 70 countries participate in the Vis Moot each year.

Bergsten will discuss how the Vis Moot was developed and how it now serves as a platform for legal education throughout the world. Following his lecture, Ronald A. Brand, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and director of Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE), will explain how Pitt Law and CILE have expanded the use of the Vis Moot platform to develop the international commercial law and arbitration curricula in nearly 20 countries. 

Dean William M. Carter, Jr. Joins The Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced Tuesday that Pitt Law Dean William M. Carter, Jr. has joined the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence (PCJI) as a new member. Established in 2005, the goal of the PCJI is to ensure independence, impartiality, and accountability in the judicial branch, as well as to work to improve civics education. 

Now in its 10th year, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Thomas G. Saylor recently renewed the commission’s membership, under the co-leadership of former Justice James J. Fitzgerald III and Judge John E. Jones III of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Membership has included leaders from Pennsylvania’s state and federal courts, prominent attorneys and distinguished academicians. 

Read more about the PCJI, its membership and programs at pacourts.us.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 4:30pm
Date and Time: 
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, May 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
15260 Pittsburgh , PA


Registration Opens Today To All Pitt Law Students - Interviews With Top Area Employers

Participate in a mock interview with an attorney practicing at one of the largest law firms in Pittsburgh or with a public interest organization. Then, join the attorneys, legal recruiters and HR personnel in a round-table discussion on getting that job, from appropriate dress to answering those difficult questions.

Dates: Monday, May 11, 2015 - Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: Interviews are scheduled to begin in the morning and will last for no more than 2 hours.

Where: Employers in downtown Pittsburgh, including:

  • K&L Gates
  • Sitko Bruno
  • Burns White
  • Clark Hill
  • Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender
  • U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Reed Smith
  • Cohen & Grigsby
  • Babst Calland
  • Steptoe & Johnson
  • ... and more!

How to Register: Via Symplicity

  • Under the OCI Tab on your home page
  • From the Drop-Down Menu, Select the Session: "2015 Spring Mock Interview Program"
  • You may register for one date

You MUST have a default resume on Symplicity to register

Space is Limited...First Come, First Served Basis

For questions contact Sarah Weissman.

Pitt Law Professor Ben Bratman Honored With Eric W. Springer Professionalism Award

Ben Bratman was recently honored with the Eric W. Springer Professionalism Award. Established to recognize outstanding members of the W. Edward Sell American Inn of Court, this award honors deserving lawyers or judges in the region whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of the law.

Professor Bratman also was recently interviewed by Scholastica in "Evaluating Bar Exam Reforms: Interview With Ben Bratman."

The Eric W. Springer Professionalism Award honors the legacy of Eric W. Springer, a veteran attorney of 50 years whose work includes preparing litigation related to Brown v. Board of Education with Thurgood Marshall.  As a founding member of the W. Edward Sell American Inn of Court, he served as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a research professor in the Graduate School of Public Health.

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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 3:45pm

Pitt Law's Anthony Infanti Elected As Fellow Of The American College Of Tax Counsel

Pitt Law Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Anthony C. Infanti has been elected a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a professional association of tax attorneys. Fellows must be nominated by their peers for this honor, satisfy the established criteria, and pass a rigorous screening process. Formed in 1981, membership in the American College of Tax Counsel is limited to a maximum of 700 tax attorneys across the United States. The College’s members, called “Fellows,” are tax lawyers working in private law firms and in-house legal departments, teaching tax in law schools, or working in federal or state revenue agencies. Fellows are recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments and professional achievements and for their dedication to improving the practice of tax law. 

In addition to this honor, Professor Infanti most recently published Controversies in Tax Law, A Matter of Perspective (Ashgate, 2015), which partly interrogates the question of whether tax policy debates should be grounded in economics or in critical race, feminist, queer, and other outsider perspectives. Infanti also recently provided commentary for WalletHub, and is known for his previous book, Everyday Law for Gays and Lesbians (and Those Who Care About Them) (Paradigm Publishers, 2008).

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Monday, April 13, 2015 - 3:30pm

Pitt Law's JURIST Nominated For A Webby Award As Best Law Website Of 2015

Vote for Pitt Law's JURIST in the 2015 Webby Awards

[JURIST] JURIST was nominated Tuesday for a prestigious Webby Award as the best Law website of 2015. Called the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the "Webbys" are the leading international awards honoring excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability and functionality on the Internet.

As a Webby Award nominee, JURIST is also eligible to win a People's Voice Award. Voting on Webby nominees is open to the public from April 7 to April 23. To vote for JURIST, go to the "People's Voice" voting site by clicking here. Roll your cursor over JURIST Legal News & Research and click "Sign up to Vote." You can log in with your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account or use your e-mail address to register. Registering to vote is easy and takes just a few seconds, and then you can vote for JURIST as well as entries in all of the other categories.

Vote for JURIST in the 2015 Webby Awards

The 19th Annual Webby Awards competition received more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide. Also receiving finalist nominations in the Law category this year were Cooley GOTSMP Law CorporationPerma.cc and ABAJournal: Law News Now. Webby nominees in other categories this year include the New York Times, the Guardian, WIRED, and Al Jazeera English. Winners will be announced in New York May 18.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 11:15am

Four Pitt Law Students Selected As 2015-16 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows

A record number of Pitt Law students were selected by The Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program as 2015-16 Fellows. Out of 24 graduate students in the region, four are from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. These students will spend the next year addressing health disparities in western Pennsylvania while developing lifelong leadership skills as an interdisciplinary component of their Pitt Law education.

Kendra Strobel (J.D. ‘17) was selected as an Environmental Fellow, and will work with middle and high school girls with diabetes, addressing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety and the stressors of taking care of a chronic disease. She will implement her project at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branches.

Strobel said she is honored to have been chosen. For her, the Schweitzer Fellowship is personal. As a teenager she was diagnosed with diabetes and has experienced the unique stressors of balancing adolescence, high school, and a chronic medical condition.

“It would have been beneficial for me to see a successful young adult living with diabetes,” she said. “And I hope to be that positive role model for the girls involved in my project.”

Pitt Law student Taylor Staiger (J.D. ‘17) was selected as a Traditional Fellow and will provide incoming and newly settled refugees in the Pittsburgh area with support to acclimating to their new life in the United States through the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh.

Staiger said she is excited to work with an organization such as the Schweitzer Fellowship and has wanted to work with refugees as an offshoot from her interest in law and would specifically like to study and practice in international criminal or human rights law.

"Refugees are the consequences of atrocities that I hope my work as a future attorney will help eradicate," Staiger said. "I could not help these people before their legal and human rights were violated, but I hope to assist them now to rebuild their life in the Pittsburgh area."

Ashley Harris (J.D. ‘16) and Krystin Paul (J.D. ‘16) were selected as Traditional Fellows and will work with at-risk girls aged 12 to 15 in Pittsburgh fostering self-esteem.

Paul said their program will be implemented through the established after school program at the agency Gwen's Girls. The after school program services girls enrolled in their foster care, prevention and reunification services.

"Being selected as a Schweitzer Fellow is a great honor and privilege," Paul said. "There is a lack of gender specific programming for teen girls and implementing our program means that we will be able to help underserved girls to see their potential, work towards their dreams and become positive and productive members of the community."

Last year’s Pitt Law recipient of the Schweitzer Fellowship, Jonathan Ross, will graduate from the program May 3. Ross utilized his Fellowship working with Community Action Southwest in Washington County, teaching households about financial health, budgeting, taxes, and savings.

The Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program of the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Fellowship is an interdisciplinary fellowship program which started in the region in 1997. A Schweitzer Fellowship is not just a one-time volunteer project, but a gateway for lifelong service. Fellows join a network of nearly 3,000 Fellows for Life – alumni skilled in and committed to addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 4:15pm
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 
Ten Penny Restaurant
960 Penn Ave
15222 Pittsburgh , PA


The Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF) cordially invites all Pitt Law Alumni to Ten Penny (930 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) on Wednesday April 8, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 PM for the second annual Alumni Happy Hour. PLISF will be announcing this year's scholarship award recipients and the incoming PLISF Student Executive Board of 2015-2016. PLISF hopes to see you there.

Future Lawyers' Day, Apr. 10, Looking for Volunteers

Correction: On Friday, April 10, 2015, Pitt Law is hosting its sixth annual Future Lawyers' Day (FLD) at the law school. Partnering with Duquesne Law School and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, students from high schools in the Pittsburgh area will spend the afternoon at the Barco Law Building learning about law school and the legal field through a number of simulated presentations.

This event is looking for a number of students to be involved in planning and facilitating this event. Students interested in volunteering will attend an informational meeting to be scheduled prior to the event. If you would like to volunteer, please e-mail Sara Abdullah at sara_burhan@yahoo.com. If you would like to volunteer but cannot attend the meeting, please let her know.

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Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:30pm

Pitt Law Students’ Memo Takes Second Place at Bryant National Health Law Transactional Moot

Pitt Law students had a strong showing at the Fifth Annual L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition. Zachary Laplante, Paul Bametzreider, and Mark Laird’s legal memorandum took second place at the competition, held at Loyola’s Corboy Law Center in Chicago, Ill. on March 20.

In the competition, three-person teams of JD students prepare a legal memorandum for a fictitious client, offering business and legal recommendations for how to go about entering the health insurance market in its region.

“It was somewhat challenging to go from more standard forms of law school work like legal memoranda and briefs or oral arguments to an advising situation,” Bametzreider said. “It was important in the competition not merely to describe legal outcomes, but to provide recommendations for how a business should proceed based on those possible outcomes.”

Pitt Law students Paul Bametzreider, Zachary Laplante, and Mark Laird

A distinguished panel of attorneys and health care executives, posing as the client’s “Executive Management Team,” serve as judges of the memoranda.

“Anticipating the judges' questions and knowing how to respond was also a real challenge,” Laplante said. “Our adviser, Bill Maruca [a 1982 Pitt Law alumnus and partner at Fox Rothschild], was invaluable in that respect.”

Laird said Pitt Law Professor Alan Meisel's Health Law & Policy and Current Issues in Health Law courses were vital to their understanding of the issues in the competition, as well to the drafting of the memorandum and their presentation.

“Pitt Law's health program prepared us to succeed in this competition by providing insight into the many areas of the U.S. health care system and its related laws,” he said.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Pitt Law’s health law program #14 out of nearly 200 law schools in its most recent law school specialty rankings.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:00pm

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