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

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


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.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street Room 4217
15260 Pittsburgh , PA
United States


The Role of Information and Communication in the Governance of the European Union: Connecting EU Citizens and Stakeholders to the EU and Making the EU More Open and Transparent.

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
4217 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The CILE sponsored seminar hosted by the EUCE/ESC and the University Center for International Studies will be led by Ian Thomson, Director, Cardiff EDC, United Kingdom, Executive Editor, European Sources Online. Ian Thomson has been working as an information professional, editor, trainer and consultant in the area of the EU and information and communication for forty years. For the last twenty five years the EU Institutions, national governments and other stakeholders have been pursuing an intermittent debate on the degree of disconnect between EU citizens and the EU. EP Election results, various referendums and public opinion surveys, plus the rising evidence of Euroscepticism in some Member States indicate the challenge. In response the EU Institutions have launched many initiatives attempting to bridge the disconnect and increase transparency in EU policy making. The new European Commission under Jean-Claude Juncker has seen a number of new initiatives suggesting a renewed focus on these issues. Also worthy of note is the activism of the new European Ombudsman. 

The seminar will discuss these initiatives and their impact under the themes:

  • EU information and communication policy
  • Connecting with citizens – Participatory democracy initiatives 
  • Making the EU more transparent – European Transparency Initiative –
  • Access to documents – Lobbying
  • New forms of communication – social media – European Public Sphere
  • Better regulation – Better, simpler and more accessible legislation

Co-sponsored with the Center for International Legal Education and the University Library System.

   

Made possible through generous support from the European Union. 

University of Pittsburgh | University Center for International Studies | www.ucis.pitt.edu/euce

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 109
15260 Pittsburgh , PA
United States


A Talk By Henderson Hill | Broken Beyond Repair: Pennsylvania Illuminates the Nation's Abandonment of the Death Penalty

The National Lawyers Guild-Pitt Law Chapter, along with the Prisoner Legal Support Project and Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is hosting a talk by veteran litigator and anti-death penalty advocate, Henderson Hill, on Thursday, March 26th at 7 PM in Room 109. Hill is the executive director of the 8th Amendment Project and has worked for two decades in capital defense and civil rights litigation. He will discuss Pennsylvania's recent moratorium on the death penalty, as well as the need for abolition of the death penalty nationwide. 

Throughout his career, Hill has served as executive director of the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, spent 15 years as a partner with Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham & Sumter, and served as director of the North Carolina Death Penalty Resource Center. He also founded the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and the Charlotte Coalition for Moratorium Now. Hill received the Paul Green Award from the North Carolina Civil Liberties Union for his work to abolish the death penalty. He received his B.A. degree from Lehman College at the City University of New York and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Alcoa Room
15260 Pittsburgh , PA
United States


Groundwork: An Inside Look at the Future of Urban Agriculture and Ecological Development in Pittsburgh

This symposium at Pitt Law takes an inside look at the future of urban agriculture and ecological development in Pittsburgh. Groundwork will feature five expert panelists from Pittsburgh’s growing agriculture and ecological development community. Groundwork will occur Thursday, Mar. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alcoa Room in the Barco Law Building. Members from G-Tech, 52nd Street Market, Garfield Farms, Grow Pittsburgh, and The City of Pittsburgh will participate in a night of discussion, local food, refreshments, and networking.

Please RSVP to Sarah Abboud (sea61@pitt.edu) by Friday, Mar. 20. (Facebook event)

Learn more about Trellis at trellispgh.com and @TrellisPgh on Twitter. 

Berty and Kennedy Win Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition Second Year In A Row

Left to right: Kevin Ryan Green, Kristina Cahill, Hon. Cynthia Reed Eddy, Patty Love Anouchi, Jordan Berty, and Rebecca Kennedy

Pitt Law students Jordan Berty (3L) and Rebecca Kennedy (3L) took first place in the final round of this year's Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition for the second year in a row. In the competition held Mar. 19, Kevin Ryan Green (3L) and Kristina Cahill (3L) competed against Berty and Kennedy. Each of the top four finishers will receive a monetary prize and recognition in the graduation program. 

The Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition is one of Pitt Law’s three intramural competitions. Students compete in teams of two, delivering opening statements and closing statements, and conducting direct examination and cross examination of witnesses (including making evidentiary objections) in a mock case created by the Moot Court Board. This year's mock trial case was a tort action based in slander. In the suit, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant defamed her after telling the parties' landlord that she was an alcoholic and child abuser. The plaintiff alleged that such statements resulted in her direct eviction, and subsequently sued the defendant for damages in excess of $50,000.

The competition is named after Murray S. Love, who was a 1954 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was a distinguished trial attorney in the Pittsburgh area. After his untimely death, his friends, family, and law firm created a fund to underwrite a mock trial competition in his memory. Murray Love's widow, Patty Love Anouchi, and nephew, Paul Supowitz, continue to support the school and competition. The first Murray S. Love Mock Trial Competition took place in 1981.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 5:45pm

Pitt Law Alumni On The Move: Bowers, Kerr Parker, Stubenhofer

Today's People on the Move segment in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlighted three Pitt Law alumni.

Christine B. Bowers (J.D. '02), an employee benefits attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has been promoted to senior attorney.

Amy Kerr Parker (J.D. '01) has been hired by Mazurkraemer Business Law hired for its new Pittsburgh office. She previously served as the executive director for Strong Women Strong Girls, a nonprofit.

Gerald J. Stubenhofer (J.D. '94) rejoined McGuireWoods as a partner in its commercial litigation department after seven years as the chief legal officer and corporate secretary of General Nutrition Centers Inc.

Read more in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:45pm

Voting For 2015 Robert T. Harper Excellence in Teaching Award Ends Mar. 27, 2015

Voting ends on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

All Class of 2015 Law Students are invited to vote in the “2015 Robert T. Harper Excellence in Teaching Award” election. In order to view and vote for the eligible candidates, please go to My Pitt, and in the “Take Action” box click the "Pitt Law Student Elections", this takes you to the election community.

You can also get to the election community by selecting My Resources and scroll down to "Pitt Law Student Elections."

Please contact the Help Desk (412-624-HELP) if you have any trouble voting.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 10:30am

Anthony Infanti Provides Expert Commentary for WalletHub Report '2015’s Best States to Be Rich or Poor from a Tax Perspective'

Pitt Law Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Anthony Infanti was one of five national tax experts called on to provide commentary for WalletHub.com on the fairness of state and local taxation for the story "2015’s Best States to Be Rich or Poor from a Tax Perspective."

He answered the question, among others, of which state and local tax instruments are the most fair, citing the income tax as the most fair: "If we are concerned about fairly distributing the tax burden across income levels, this is the most efficient way of doing that because the tax is on income itself." The least fair, according to Infanti, are the sales tax ("Sales taxes tend to be regressive, imposing a greater burden on those with lower incomes than on those with higher incomes.") and the property tax ("Property taxes are unfair because they are a poor proxy for income levels. ... Moreover, in operation, property taxes tend to be difficult to administer, particularly in terms of setting appropriate values, resulting in the unfairness of some paying more property taxes than they ought to and others far less than they should.")

Click here for Infanti's comments.

Click here for the entire WalletHub report.

Click here for a follow-up report in the New York Post.

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Monday, March 23, 2015 - 2:45pm
Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: 
SPACE Gallery
812 Liberty Avenue
15222 Pittsburgh , PA
United States


Pitt Law's Innovation Practice Institute with Legal Means is proud to sponsor "Rap Lyrics On Trial" a discussion event part of the first Pittsburgh Humanities Festival. This discussion will occur Mar. 28, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at SPACE Gallery, 812 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The politicization of rap music has intensified dramatically in recent months as rap artists have lent their voices and influence to support the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Professors Erik Nielson and Charis Kubrin are experts on the use of rap lyrics as evidence of criminal activity. At SPACE Gallery during the Humanities Festival they will discuss this important issue within the context of the Elonis case, which is currently before the United States Supreme Court, as well as the Jamal Knox case, involving a Pittsburgh rapper who is in prison for his song that protested the shooting of his friend by a Pittsburgh police officer.

Learn more about the festival at trustarts.org/events/festivals/pittsburgh-humanities-festival.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 113
15260 Pittsburgh , PA
United States


Join members of the Pitt Law LL.M. Class of 2015 as they address developing legal issues in their home countries. 

Presented by:

  • Nnenna Anozia (Nigeria)
    "Boko Haram: The Evil That Threatens Sub-Saharan Africa"
  • Fjolla Krasniqi (Kosovo) 
    "Kosovo Access to EU: Current Situation of the Process"
  • Dinda Saragih (Indonesia)
    "Legal Pluralism in Indonesia

Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015
12:30 p.m. Room 113 Barco Law Building
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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