Pitt Law Alumna and Civil Liberties Titan Roslyn M. Litman ('52) Passes Away

Roslyn M. Litman, a lifetime champion of civil liberties and a tireless trial lawyer, passed away today.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law remembers and honors Ms. Litman's lifetime of accomplishments, which include many firsts: first female member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers, first female president of the Allegheny County Bar Association, and first in her class when she received her JD from Pitt Law in 1952.

She served as a permanent delegate to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference and on the Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee. She was a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, and she notably argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark 1989 case of County of Allegheny v. American Civil Liberties Union.

In addition to her exceptional work as a trial lawyer and running her Pittsburgh firm Litman & Litman, she continued to dedicate her time to teaching students at Pitt Law. In 2008, Pitt Law honored Ms. Litman with the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award. Previously, she was a recipient of the Roscoe Pound Foundation's Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy in 1996, the 1999 Federal Lawyer of the Year award, and named the 2001 Woman of the Year from the University of Pittsburgh's Women's Association. In 2015 she was the recipient of the American Civil Liberties of Pennsylvania Keystone of Liberty award.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday Oct. 6 at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, PA. There will be no visitation prior to the service.