The Steven Spielberg Gallery in New York City’s The Paley Center for Media was the setting for a Pitt Law event on August 8, held in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting.
Alumni and interested practitioners joined Dean Mary Crossley in congratulating Pitt Law Professor William V. Luneburg, Jr. on his appointment as Chair-Elect of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, and in learning about JURIST, a one-of-a-kind legal resource at Pitt Law that draws millions of readers worldwide for up-to-the-minute legal news and analysis.
Pitt Law is the only law school in the country offering such an innovative public service, created and managed by Professor Bernard Hibbitts, who addressed the group on how JURIST is changing the face of legal news.
More than a dozen alumni from around the country served on the event’s Alumni Host Committee, including the Hon. Ralph J. Cappy of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Pittsburgh; Andrew H. Weinstein of Holland & Knight LLP in Miami; Timothy D. Pecsenye of Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia; Mark A. Nadeau, Co-managing Partner of DLA Piper in Phoenix; Martine M. Beamon of Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City; Gerald T. Hathaway of Littler Mendelson, P.C. in New York City; and Jo Ann Haller, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of CBS Radio Inc. in New York.
(See page “Alumni Seen” for more photos from the event.)
Pitt Associate Professor of Law Elena Baylis organized and chaired the Socio-Legal Methods in International Law Workshop—an innovative workshop bringing anthropologists and legal scholars together to discuss how social science research methods can be used to enrich the study of international law.
Held September 4th and 5th at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the workshop featured roundtable discussions with noted legal anthropologists, legal scholars and sociologists from across the country who shared information and ideas about the study of law within social science and cultural contexts.
Sally Merry, legal anthropologist at New York University; University of Michigan anthropologist Rebecca Hardin; Paul Berman, Dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University; international law scholar Margaret McGuinness of the University of Missouri School of Law; and University of Pittsburgh legal anthropologist Robert Hayden were among the country’s leading scholars participating in the workshop.
The Second Annual Student Health Law Conference will be held October 17 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Sponsored by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and Pitt Law, this one-day conference is entitled, “Taking the Health Law Career Path: Student Conference and Job Fair,” and will offer information such as “The Logistics of the Health Law Job Search,” “Nontraditional Jobs for Health Lawyers,” and an overview of the roles and types of positions available in health law.
Building on the success of the 2007 conference, this year’s event hopes to attract an even greater number of students interested in careers in health law.
Donna Gerson, author of Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: Job Search Strategies for Lawyers in the Small Firm Market, is to be the featured speaker.
Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford and one of the world’s leading experts in cyberlaw, will present the 2008 Sara Fine Institute Lecture entitled, “A Declaration for Independence” on Thursday, September 25 at 3 p.m. in the Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom at the School of Law.
He is the author of Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity (2004), The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World (2001), and Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999).
Professor Lessig is the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford, founder and director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford, and board member of the Creative Commons project. Prior to his Stanford appointment, he served on the law faculties at the University of Chicago Law School and at Harvard Law School.
Among his many honors and awards, Professor Lessig is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.
The lecture is sponsored by the Sara Fine Institute and the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and co-sponsored by Pitt Law and Panopto.com.
Pitt Law Magazine continues to win international honors in just its second year of publication, receiving six more awards this past spring.
Pitt Law Magazine received a Platinum Award in the Magazine category and one Platinum Award and one Gold Award in the Feature Article Writing category from the Hermes Creative Awards competition, an international competition honoring outstanding achievement in marketing and communications, sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals (AMCP).
The magazine also won three Communicator Awards, winning two Awards of Excellence—the competition’s highest honor—in both the Magazine and Feature Article Writing categories. It also won an Award of Distinction for Feature Article Writing. The Communicator Awards is an international awards program honoring creative excellence. This year’s competition received more than 8,000 entries from around the world.
The Law School is pleased to announce the launch of a new donor recognition society honoring alumni and friends who provide annual leadership gifts of $10,000 or more. These gifts will have a critical impact on the School’s ability to pursue its strategic initiatives, such as increasing student scholarships, expanding outreach to employers, and creating a loan repayment assistance program.
Each gift of $10,000 equals the earnings of a $250,000 endowed fund, and these gifts showcase the commitment of our donors to support the advancement of the School on an annual basis. In fact, a number of our alumni already have made gifts as founding members of The Amicus Society, and the School hopes that others will be inspired to become a part of this leadership society.
The Law School appreciates the support and commitment of the following founding members of The Amicus Society:
Chester & Mary Louise Babst, Ed Beachler, Jeff Blum, Robert Eberly, Jo Ann Haller & Dan McGrogan, Fred & Lynn Hill, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Fischer, Jeffrey Jochims, Gregory Jordan, James & Marlee Myers, Mark & Marilyn Nadeau, Norman & Alice Rubash, Richard & Ellen Kelson, and Rick & Heidi Zomnir.
Donors who make their gift anytime through the end of June 2009 will be deemed founding members of The Amicus Society. At that time, the Law School will recognize their support by recording the names of the founding members on a plaque to be placed in the Law School.
For more information, please contact Jui Joshi, Director of Development at 412-624-0083 or email@example.com