Pitt Law Announces Blaufeld Book Award For Incoming First-Year Students To Aid With Textbook Costs

In furtherance of the School's recognition as one of the best values in legal education and our commitment to minimizing student debt, Pitt Law is pleased to announce the Lois and Samuel Blaufeld Book Award for incoming first-year law students.  

The amount of the award will be $1,500 per student, which more than covers a year’s worth of law school books and supplies. All full-time, first year J.D. candidates admitted to Pitt Law will be eligible for this award. Awardees must have demonstrated outstanding undergraduate academic performance and financial need. Awardees must be admitted by April 1 of the school year and must have submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  A minimum of five awards will be made each year for at least the next five years. 

A generous deferred charitable gift from alumnus Samuel S. Blaufeld (Law ’53) and his wife Lois have made this award possible.

To receive more information on this award, please contact Pitt Law's Director of Financial Aid, Meme Jeffries, at mjeffrie@pitt.edu or 412-648-1415.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:00am

Arthur Hellman on Change in Leadership at Ninth Circuit

After seven years, there is a new chief judge of the Ninth Circuit, the largest of the nation’s federal judicial circuits. Judge Alex Kozinski has stepped down, and Judge Sidney Thomas has taken over. The San Jose Mercury News asked Pitt Law Professor Arthur Hellman, an expert on the federal courts, for comment.

“I think he’ll be more low-key but visible in his own way,” said Hellman. “The 9th Circuit is always a major player on the judiciary’s scene.” “He's been the crown prince," Hellman added. “He's been rehearsing for this for quite a while.”

Read the full story here.  

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 11:15am

Pitt Law Students Win the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Biannual Golden Pen Writing Competition

The Pennsylvania Bar Associations recently held a writing competition for students in Pennsylvania law schools as well as Pennsylvania-based students in non-PA law schools. Among the many students who entered, two University of Pittsburgh law students placed first and second in the competition. The first place winner was Alyssa Phung Au, a second-year law student; the second-place winner was Zachary Laplante, a third-year law student. These students will receive cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively. Pitt Law congratulates these two excellent writers.

Publish Date: 
Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:00am
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Greg Jordan, ’84, Named Pitt Legacy Laureate

Greg Jordan, a 1984 cum laude graduate of Pitt Law, has been named a 2014 University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate in recognition of his outstanding professional and personal accomplishments.

Launched in 2000, the University’s Legacy Laureate program honors alumni who demonstrate the pinnacle of achievement in professional and civic leadership. Jordan and the rest of the 10 laureates were honored October 23 as part of Pitt’s Homecoming festivities.

During his visit to campus, Jordan presented to the Pitt Law faculty and administration on “The Role of Law Schools in Training ‘Practice-Ready’ Attorneys,” participated in a roundtable discussion with current Pitt Law students, and attended a special dinner where he was formally recognized as a Legacy Laureate by Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher.

At Pitt Law, Jordan was a member of the Order of the Coif and the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. His first postgraduate job was at Reed Smith LLP, where he served as director of legal personnel and of practice development before becoming global managing partner, a position he would hold for 13 years. During Jordan’s tenure at the firm, Reed Smith bolstered its stature as a global competitor with revenues in excess of $1 billion and a presence in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Currently, Jordan is vice president, general counsel, and head of regulatory and government affairs at PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Jordan frequently speaks on law-related topics, including firm leadership and growth. He has served on the boards of the Carnegie Science Center, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He is board chair at Bethany College, his undergraduate alma mater, which awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

In 2003, Jordan was named one of the top 45 Under 45 by The American Lawyer. He also has been included in the Global 100 list of the world’s most influential attorneys.

Jordan has been a strong supporter of Pitt Law and the Reed Smith Energy Innovation Fund. He was a recipient of the University’s 225th Anniversary Medallion.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 11:15am
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:00pm

Teplitz Moot Courtroom

Moot Court Board presents:

Appellate Moot Court Competition: FINAL ROUND
November 13, 2014 - 12:00pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The Moot Court Board proudly presents the final round of the Appellate Moot Court Competition. Please join us Thursday, November 13 at 12pm to see the best oral advocates at Pitt Law face off in the final round.

The Hon. Mark R. Hornak, United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, the Hon. Kate Ford Elliott, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and the Hon. Cheryl Lynn Allen, Superior Court of Pennsylvania will be presiding.​

Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:00pm

William Pitt Union, Lower Lounge

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 12:00p.m., Lower Lounge William Pitt Union: Dick Thornburgh Forum: The Challenges and Promise of Democratic Governance in Asia

2014 bas been a remarkable year in terms of democratic developments in Asia. Landmark elections in India and Indonesia brought dramatic leadership changes to the region’s two largest democracies. Afghan citizens defied Taliban threats to exercise their franchise in elections leading to the country’s first democratic transition from one elected president to another, and student-led protests on the streets of Hong Kong demanded a greater voice in choosing their elected leaders. At the same time, a military coup in Thailand displaced a popularly-elected government, one-party rule consolidated its hold on Bangladeshi political life, opposition protests immobilized Islamabad following parliamentary election in Pakistan, and China’s new leadership signaled a diminished tolerance for political dissent and civil society activism. While the Asia Pacific region continues to show overall progress in respect for human rights and adherence to rule of law, there are also signs of democratic retreat. Drawing on The Asia Foundation’s six decades of experience in promoting democratic governance in Asia, the president of the Foundation will examine both the opportunities and obstacles facing different Asian countries on their paths toward transparent, accountable and responsive systems of government.

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 12:30pm

Room G-46
United States

Monday, November 10, 2014, 12:30 p.m., Room G-46

Visiting Professor Renee Martin-Nagle

"Global Water Law Issues"

Renee Martin-Nagle (J.D. 1984) has recently transitioned her career from aviation law to global fresh water issues.  For 25 years she served as US General Counsel for European aircraft manufacturers. During the first four years, she was the sole in-house lawyer and corporate secretary for both Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation and Aerospatiale General Aviation, before moving to Airbus Americas in 1990.  She “retired” from Airbus Americas in 2011 as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Environmental Affairs, Corporate Secretary and a member of the board of directors. The birth of her first grandson in April 2007 inspired Renee to devote the remainder of her productive years to environmental causes. Since 2011, she has been pursuing independent, pro bono research and writing as a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., while also honing journalistic skills as a free-lance writer with OOSKAnews, a global water publication.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:30pm

Room 107
United States

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12:30p.m., Room 107: University Center for International Studies: Scholarships and Opportunities

Representatives of the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) will discuss opportunities that are available to Pitt Law Students. These opportunities will include, but are not limited to, area studies certificates, scholarship opportunities, and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS Fellowships).