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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Pitt Law Finishes In Top At 2019 Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

The Pitt Law team comprised of Elizabeth Taylor, Nicholas Weltz, Christian Kegel, and Jared Quinn

Pitt Law finished 14th out of 357 teams at the 2019 Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna. Pitt Law’s team comprised of Elizabeth Taylor, Nicholas Weltz, Christian Kegel, and Jared Quinn finished the general rounds with a score placing them in the top 4 percent of the competition. In the knock-out rounds, they made it to the round of 32 teams before being eliminated by the University of Cambridge, which went on to be runner-up in the final arugment portion of the competition.

Learn more about lawyering skills competitions at Pitt Law

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 2:30pm

Rhonda Wasserman Cited by Supreme Court in Agritech Inc. v. Resh

Rhonda Wasserman

Pitt Law Professor Rhonda Wasserman's article, "Dueling Class Actions," 80 B.U. L. Rev. 461 (2000) was cited by the Supreme Court of the United States in the opinion in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh. The 9-0 ruling, which reversed and remanded the 9th Circuit, was decided June 11, 2018. Justice Sonia Sotomayor quoted Wasserman in her opinion concurring in the judgment, noting 'the existence of multiple putative class actions covering the same harm to the same class may lead to a “race toward judgment or settlement.'"

Read more on the case at SCOTUSblog

Read the opinion from the Supreme Court of the United States (PDF) 

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Date and Times: 
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:30am to 4:30pm

University Club
123 University Pl
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

The Tri-State Area School Study Council presents the 21st Annual Dr. Samuel Francis School Law and Special Education Conference on June 27, 2018, at the University Club, 123 University Place, in Oakland, Pittsburgh.

This all-day workshop will feature concurrent presentation sessions on hot topics in school law and special education. To view the agenda, visit

Registration Fees: Members - $140 | Nonmembers-$165 | Attorneys seeking CLE credits - $260**

**$120 CLE credit processing fee included in registration fee

To register, please visit the Questions? Please call 412-648-3907 or email

Pitt Law Students Contribute Research For Amicus Brief Challenging Attorney General

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) received research assistance from students in the Immigration Law Clinic at Pitt Law in filing an amicus brief. CLINIC, along with nine other faith-based groups, filed an amicus brief April 27 in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions decision to certify to himself the Matter of A-B. The case involves a Salvadoran woman who fled her country because of domestic abuse and was granted asylum in the United States by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Read more in "Brief warns that action by attorney general could curtail faith-based petitions for asylum" from the Catholic Legal Immigration Netowrk, Inc.

Read more about the Immigration Law Clinic at Pitt Law.

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Friday, May 11, 2018 - 12:45pm

Pitt Cyber Forms Commission To Study Pennsylvania's Election Cybersercurity

The University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security announced the Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security, an independent, non-partisan commission studying Pennsylvania’s election cybersecurity. As a battleground state, and one with outdated election infrastructure, systems, and technologies, Pennsylvania is a prime target for hackers wishing to disrupt the US electoral process, said Pitt Cyber in a statement.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the commission, noting it will conduct research on the state’s voting machines, tabulation and storage; security of voter registration, rolls and databases; and create an action plan for resiliency and recovery of the state electoral system if a potential breach occurs.

“We are setting an example around the world for democracy,” Pitt Cyber Founding Director David Hickton said to the Post-Gazette. “We can neither accept that [election meddling] is happening or explain it away by saying it’s too expensive or complicated to deal with.”

The commission will be co-chaired by Hickton and Grove City President Paul McNulty (a former U.S. deputy attorney general) and a collection of other commissioners with subject area expertise.

Hickton noted that Pennsylvania is one of 21 states that were targeted by Russian adversaries during the 2016 presidential election, per the Department of Homeland Security.

Read more about the The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security at Pitt Cyber.

Read more in Commission set to investigate Pennsylvania election security in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 5:00pm

University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association Board Announces 2018 Tuition Scholarship Recipients

The University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association (UPLAA) Board provides three tuition scholarships annually to deserving law students in their third year of study. The competition for these scholarships is remarkable. The members of the UPLAA Board are pleased to profile the following winners for 2018:

Alix Ware received her BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also participated in the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute before coming to Pitt Law. She is concurrently pursuing an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Her area of interest is federal health policy with a goal of working on this topic in a Congressional office or committee. Ware is certified in public health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. She served as the Commentary Assistant Editor for JURIST during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, is a member of Pitt Law’s Women’s Association, volunteers at the Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, and currently serves as a Legal Fellow for the Center for Health and Gender Equity in Washington, DC.

Jared C. Quinn received his BS in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh before starting at Pitt Law. His area of interest is the practice of bankruptcy law in hopes of giving back to the community in which he resides. Quinn’s Life Expectancy: How Long is Too Long for a Chapter 13 Plan? was selected for publication in the Jan/Feb/Mar 2018 edition of NACTT QUARTERLY. He serves as the treasurer for the Pitt Law SBA and during the 2016-2017 school year he also served as the SBA class representative. He volunteers as a Pitt Law Ambassador and has participated in several additional committees which impact the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He currently serves as a Law Clerk for the Pittsburgh Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee and he actively participates as a member of the ACBA Bankruptcy and Commercial Law section.

Kerven Moon received his BA in Crime, Law, Justice, & Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University before coming to Pitt Law. His area of interest is criminal law and litigation as he seeks to balance the need to protect society and ensure due process for everyone. Moon has served as Academic Chair for the Black Law Student Association and currently serves as the Public Outreach Director for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. He is also a Pitt Law Ambassador and has participated on the Mock Trial Team. He is a member of the Pitt Law Income Sharing Foundation where he helps to raise money to award to students pursing unpaid public interest or government internships. He currently serves as an intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Division, Violent Crime Section. This summer, Moon plans to serve as an intern at Burns White, a litigation law firm.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:45pm

Nine 2018 Nordenberg Fellows Selected for Summer Internships

For the twelfth year, students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law will spend the summer overseas as Nordenberg Fellows funded by the Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professorship held by Professor Ronald A. Brand. Each Fellow will receive funding from the Nordenberg Chair in order to assist in completing an internship abroad.

  • Allison Bustin, Class of 2020, will intern with the USAID Property Rights Program in Pristina, Kosovo. During her internship, Allison will perform legal research and provide other assistance to the Program’s staff in their efforts to enhance the recognition and enforcement of property rights in Kosovo. Allison is a joint degree candidate who is also working towards a master’s degree in international development at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
  • Jonathan Churchin, Class of 2019, will intern with Dr. Vjosa Osmani at the Parliament of Kosovo, where he will assist with legal research relating to the work of the legislature. Jonathan is a member of Pitt Law’s International Law Society and an associate editor of JURIST. His prior international experience includes two years of work with the Peace Corps in Swaziland, Africa.
  • Robbie Cimmino, Class of 2019, will intern with the law firm of Karanovic & Nikolic in Belgrade, Serbia. During his internship, he will work with their commercial arbitration team as well as rotate through other practice groups. His prior international experience includes an internship in Kosovo during the summer of 2016, and participation on the Pitt Law Vis Moot team in 2016-17. He was awarded a Foreign Language Area Studies fellowship for the study of Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, and is a joint degree candidate at GSPIA.
  • Brittany de Hoyos, Class of 2020, will intern at the Legal Aid Clinic of Eldoret (LACE) in Eldoret, Kenya. During her internship, she will work alongside LACE staff to provide legal assistance to victims of gender-based violence and to AIDS / HIV positive individuals. Brittany is a joint degree candidate at GSPIA, where she is pursuing a masters with a concentration in security and intelligence studies. She is the recipient of a Derrick A. Bell Student Fellowship.
  • Austin Koltonowski, Class of 2020, will intern with the law firm of A.O. Ouerfelli Attorney & Counsels in Tunis, Tunisia. During his internship, he will work with this firm’s attorneys in their international commercial arbitration practice. Austin is an assistant editor with JURIST.
  • Sarah Pybus-Elmore, Class of 2020, will intern with the USAID Justice System Strengthening Program in Pristina, Kosovo. During her internship, Sarah will perform legal research and provide other assistance to the Program’s staff in their efforts to improve the functioning of courts and the justice system in Kosovo. She is the recipient of the David Olbum Scholarship and a member of the Pitt Law Women’s Association.
  • Christopher Yon, Class of 2020, will intern as a researcher with the Institute of European Studies in Brussels, Belgium. During his term at IES, he expects to conduct research on the subject of the comparative financial regulatory systems in the US and the European Union.
  • Nicholas Wentz, Class of 2020, will intern with the law firm of A.O. Ouerfelli Attorney & Counsels in Tunis, Tunisia. During his internship, he will work with this firm’s attorneys in their international commercial arbitration practice. Nicholas is a joint degree candidate at GSPIA, and is a participant in this year’s Pitt Law Vis Moot team and a member of the International Law Society.
  • Megan Yvorra, Class of 2020, will intern with Democracy Plus (D+), an independent, not-for- profit organization formed to support democratic values and practices in Kosovo. She will work under the supervision of Isuf Zejna (LLM 2016) on projects that promote good governance and the rule of law. Megan’s prior international experience includes work as an international trade intern in Ireland.
Publish Date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 10:00am