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National Lawyers Guild First Meeting

The National Lawyer's Guild-Pitt Law Chapter will be hosting its first meeting on Thursday, November 13th at 12:30 PM in Room 111. A screening of the documentary "Justice Is Still A Constant Struggle" will be followed by a short history of the NLG by Professor Lobel. 

The NLG is dedicated to progressive social change through law, and the pursuit of economic and social justice for all people. If you are interested in learning more about the Guild or joining the oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the legal system, please join us! 

Start Smart IP Crash Course

Do you want to represent startup companies - or perhaps start a company of your own? If so, you better understand the importance of intellectual property law!

Join the IPI on Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. in Room 111 for a great summary of intellectual property law taught by one of Pittsburgh's finest IP lawyers, Mike Lazarra of K&L Gates. We'll even provide free food and drink, so please RSVP if you "might" come, as it's always better to have too much food than too little.

And if you like what you hear tomorrow, Mike will be doing a follow up session at CMU during Global Entrepreneurship Week that will pair you with a CMU startup so that you
can work together to do a preliminary patent search - and yes, that event will include free food, too. 

Start Smart IP Crash Course


Do you want to represent startup companies - or perhaps start a company of your own? If so, you better understand the importance of intellectual property law! 
 
Join the IPI on Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. in Room 111 for a great summary of intellectual property law taught by one of Pittsburgh's finest IP lawyers, Mike Lazarra of K&L Gates. We'll even provide free food and drink, so please RSVP if you "might" come, as it's always better to have too much food than too little. 
 
And if you like what you hear tomorrow, Mike will be doing a follow up session at CMU during Global Entrepreneurship Week that will pair you with a CMU startup so that you can work together to do a preliminary patent search - and yes, that event will include free food, too. Details to follow...
 

Lawyers Leading Foundations

In Pittsburgh, lawyers play a leading role in running many of the City's most active foundations. On Tuesday join us for an Innovators, Esq. lunch and learn with Greg Behr, Executive Director of the Grable Foundation, a private charitable foundation dedicated to improving the lives of children. Come learn how Greg went from Buchanan Ingersoll attorney to the founder of Pittsburgh's Kids+Creativity Network, a nationally recognized movement that has transformed Pittsburgh into Kidsburgh.

Please RSVP to mgc30@pitt.edu if you plan to join us on Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 in Room G20 for pizza, pop and inspiring conversation.

To Trade or To Race? Today’s Stock Markets

Join University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business alumnus Stefan Parker (MBA ’00), a business development executive at the IEX Group, as he discusses the technology-driven world of modern stock trading. The little- known world of predatory trading, which uses advanced computer networks to game the system, was exposed in The New York Times bestselling book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Parker will discuss the IEX Group’s alternative trading platform, the technological evolution of modern equity markets, and industry conflicts of interest. For more information about the event, please contact the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership via e-mail at bergcenter@katz.pitt.edu or register online at >> tinyurl.com/ToTradeorToRace

Pitt Law Takes First At St. John's Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon

The Pitt Law team won first place at the 2014 Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon, which took place Oct. 18-19, 2014. The Pitt Law team of Rachel Gounder, Sydney Normil, and Tegene Kirubel traveled to St. John’s University School of Law’s Manhattan campus in New York for the competition. For two days student teams from law schools around the country met to test their advocacy skills in the negotiation, mediation and arbitration of a simulated securities dispute. The Pitt Law team, all members of the Securities Arbitration clinic was coached by Clinic Professor Alice L.

Pitt Law Alum and Two-Term PA State Representative Brandon Neuman Defends Seat

With less than two weeks to go before Nov. 4 elections in Pennsylvania, rhetoric among those running for the myriad of state seats up for grabs has increased. Brandon Neuman (M.S.L. ’06), the two-term representative for the 48th District encompassing Washington County is being challenged by Republican candidate Sonia Stopperich.

Pitt Law Alum Philip Beard II Publishes Third Novel “Swing” To Positive Reviews

Pitt Law alum Philip E. Beard, II (’88) published his third novel Swing earlier this year, adding another well-received book to his accolades in addition to being Of Counsel at Stonecipher Law in Pittsburgh since 1990.

Speak At Public Hearing

 

In response to the President’s memorandum, and as part of the Negotiated Rulemaking process (see link at the end of this email for more info on “Neg Reg”), the Department of Education (ED) invites the public to share thoughts and/or offer comments on the President’s proposal to expand the “Pay As You Earn” repayment program and to target this option to those borrowers who would otherwise struggle to repay their loans. 

The Pay As You Earn proposal would allow even more students who have borrowed Federal Direct Loans the ability to cap their Federal student loan payments at 10 percent of their income.  

ED will also accept written comments regarding additional issues surrounding Pay As You Earn that should be considered.

To read the President’s memorandum posted on June 9th, 2014, and learn more about his efforts to help student loan borrowers manage their debt through Pay As You Earn, visit here.  The Department's official response to this memorandum was posted in the Federal Register.

If you are interested in offering feedback/comments, the opportunity to do so is available through November 4th and can be done in one of three ways:

1. Speak at one of two of our Public Hearing sessions:

October 23rd, 2014, from 9:00am to 4:00pm local time at the U.S. Department of Education,1990 K St NW, 8th Floor conference center, Washington DC 20006

November 4th, 2014 from 1:00pm-4:00pm local time at the Marriot Anaheim, 700 West Convention Way, Grand Ballroom E, Anaheim, CA 92802.

Interested parties can register by sending an email to negreghearing@ed.gov and include:

  • Which hearing will be attended;
  • The name of the presenter;
  • The general timeframe in which the individual would like to speak, i.e. morning, afternoon, etc.
  • We will do our best to accommodate all those who wish to provide comments.
  • Walk-ins will be taken on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Registration is not required to observe public hearings.

2.  If you are unable to attend a public hearing, comments about these proposed regulations can be submitted electronically by clicking on the blue, “Comment Now” box in the upper right hand corner of this webpage.

3.  Comments about these proposed regulations can also be mailed to Wendy Macias at the U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K St NW, Room 8017, Washington D.C. 20006. 

Privacy Note
The Department's policy is to make all comments received from members of the public (including those comments submitted by mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery) available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.

Please Note: The deadline for comments is November 4th.

These public hearings are part of ED’s Negotiated Rulemaking process.  Please visit this page on the Department of Education’s website to learn more about “neg reg” and follow us on Twitter @EDPostsecondary using the hashtags #negreg #PayAsYouEarn.

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