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

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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

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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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Professor Matiangai Sirleaf Awarded Social Science Research Initiative Grant

Matiangai Sirleaf

Pitt Law Professor Matiangai Sirleaf, Assistant Professor of History Mari K. Webel, and Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Michael R. Dietrich, were recently awarded the Social Science Research Initiative (SSRI) grant from the University of Pittsburgh.

Their proposal, “Understanding the Development and Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) – 1950 to Present,” interrogates the concept of NTDs, a category used to describe a set of diseases that highlight health inequities and draws attention to the differential risks for infection and death from these diseases in the Global South.

The professors plan to explore the utility of the NTD designation as a driver for research funding and scientific innovation. They sought funding for a graduate researcher to help develop a database on NTDs, to conduct archival research and to attend professional conferences to disseminate the results of their research. The anticipated outcome of this proposal is the development of a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the influences that have shaped the policies in this important area of global public health law and biomedicine and will result in the publication of several pieces of scholarship.

The SSRI grants are awarded by the Provost's office to support new research collaborations at the university across schools and departments, with at least one social scientist on the team. In this competitive process, projects are ranked based on their collaboration, interdisciplinary methods, impact, and measurable assessment methods.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 3:45pm
Date and Times: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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

This Pitt Law Academy session features speakers:

○ Blair Douglas, Esq. (Administrator, University of Pittsburgh Physician Scientist Training Program)
○ Alka A. Patel, JD, MBA (Deputy Director, Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, Carnegie Mellon University)
○ Gerald “Robbie” Robinson III, Esq. (EQT Corporation)

For the full Pitt Law Academy schedule, visit

Date and Times: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 113
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Please join PittLawBLSA as we host Dean Hamoudi, Therapist Brooke GenerettBU, and Wholistic Empowerment Coach Amy, and Counseling Center Staff to discuss resources and tips to maintaining and protecting your mental health. Lunch will be provided.

This event is open to the public.

Date and Times: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Student Lounge Ground Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

American Association for Justice-Pittsburgh Chapter, a trial advocacy group, is hosting an event called "The Justice Games" on February 22, 2018 at the Student Lounge, Barco Law Building. Snacks and beverages are included when you buy a ticket. Ticket sales will start on Monday and ends on Wednesday night. Please see flyers for details.

This event is open to the public.

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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

Innovators, Esq., Tues. 2/20 @ 12:30 in G13: Lawyer & Philanthropist Bruce Crocker - From DOJ to Big Law to the Hillman Family Foundation

From the Dept. of Justice to Steptoe & Johnson and his decades of service to Pittsburgh through the Hillman Foundation, Bruce Crocker has led an innovative career in public and private practice. Come here Bruce's stories about representing Pittsburgh's most generous family and Silicon Valley's founding investor.

Innovators, Esq.
Free Pizza & Priceless Advice
Every Tuesday @ 12:30 in G13

This event is open to the public.
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Date and Times: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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

Join us on Tuesday, March 20th as Carolina Vélez, Lawyer, Mediator, and Advocacy Manager at Microsoft Corporation presents “Conflict Resolution: New Career Opportunities” in Room 107 at 12:30 p.m. This program will provide students interested in exploring careers in Alternative Dispute Resolution with valuable information. A Q&A session will follow and lunch will be provided.

This event requires an RSVP via PittLawWorks.

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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

Join members of the ACBA’s LGBT Rights Committee for a discussion on their career experiences and to have your resume reviewed by one of the attorneys!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and talk with some of the judges and attorneys who comprise the committee.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP via PittLawWorks.