Date and Times: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Shale Gas Governance Center, the Swanson School of Engineering Center for Energy, Everpower, Duquesne Light, Babst Calland, EQT Corporation, Reed Smith LLP, International Electric Power, and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. Thank you for your support.




The U.S. energy economy is rapidly changing, with a move toward unconventional domestic fossil fuels, continued expansion of renewable energy generation, and new policies and shifts in the role of the U.S. in the international energy markets. The legal sector, policymakers, industry actors, and nongovernmental organizations are changing along with these evolving energy trends.

Please join Pitt Law for the Energy Law and Policy Institute to be part of the conversation surrounding cutting-edge issues in these areas and to learn from national and international experts about the current landscape of energy-related issues in Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.

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The cost of this event is $250, which covers the reception on Thursday evening and the conference.  A special rate of $200 is being offered to full-time public interest attorneys and individuals employed at non-profit and government agencies.

Please make all checks payable to the University of Pittsburgh and mail to:

University of Pittsburgh 
School of Law
c/o Christina Daub
3900 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Attendees are asked to please RSVP by April 8, 2016.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Friday, April 15, 2016

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Dean William M. Carter, Jr., University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Panel 1 - Environmental Law

No Presentation or Handouts

Chip Babst, Managing Shareholder of Babst Calland, will moderate a discussion with Nick DeIuliis, President and CEO of CONSOL Energy, and Davitt Woodwell, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, concerning the current state of the energy industry and some of the key legal and policy issues that will impact the future of natural gas and coal development in Pennsylvania and throughout the Appalachian Basin.

Moderator: Chip Babst, Managing Shareholder, Babst Calland


Nicholas DeIuliis, President & CEO, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Davitt Woodwell, President & CEO, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Panel 2 - International Law

View Presentation & Handouts Here

The Times They Are a-Changin’.  Barely ten years ago, experts projected that the U.S. would need to import an ever-increasing quantity of natural gas, but a few weeks ago the U.S. began to export gas.  For decades, Mexico’s oil and gas industry was closed to foreign investment, but now it is opening.  And new power plants are being built in areas of the world that have never had a reliable source of electricity.  What does this all mean for energy industries and energy lawyers?

Moderator: Keith Hall, Director of Mineral Law Institute, Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law, Louisiana State University Law Center


Owen Anderson, Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law

Peter Dailey, Chairman & CEO, International Electric Power

Harry Sullivan, Consultant, Retired Senior Counsel, ConocoPhillips, Visiting Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M School of Law


Luncheon Speaker

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Gladys Brown, Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Chairman Brown will discuss the work of the Commission, including consumer choice, the future of energy efficiency, Act 13 and pipeline safety.

Panel 3 - Oil & Gas Law

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A look back and a look forward: Bruce Kramer, a leading American oil and gas law professor, and Nicolle Bagnell, one of the leading lawyers representing the industry in litigation in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, discuss the recent cases that have developed the law of oil and gas in this region and identify the trends and cases to watch in the years ahead.


Nicolle Snyder Bagnell, Partner, Reed Smith

Bruce Kramer, Emeritus Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, Of Counsel, McGinnis Lochridge

Panel 4 - The State of Renewable Energy

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Renewable energy is looked to as a potentially important piece of the energy mix going forward. This panel will discuss the state of renewable energy from multiple perspectives. Topics discussed will include the impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan, environmental impacts of renewable energy, and the promise of energy storage.

Moderator: Grant MacIntyre, Director of Environmental Law Clinic, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pitt Law


Scott DeBroff, Senior Counsel, Clark Hill

Ryan Hamilton, Resident Attorney, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services

Manisha Patel, Deputy General Counsel, White House Council on Environmental Quality

Date and Times: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Join Pitt Law Professor Jules Lobel and experts from a variety of disciplines and countries in exploring issues of incarceration and prolonged isolation in this two day conference at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Review the two-day conference agenda here (PDF download). Please note this agenda is subject to change prior to the conference.

Professor Lobel was the lead attorney in the landmark solitary confinement case Ashker v. Governor of California and is currently president of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Last year the state of California agreed to end unlimited solitary confinement for most prison inmates in Ashker v. Governor of California, a major victory in the much-followed case concerning the indeterminate solitary confinement of Pelican Bay prisoners in California.

This conference from Professor Lobel brings together leading neuroscientists, professors of medicine, psychologists and former prisoners to explore the medical, mental health and neurological damage wrought by prolonged solitary confinement. Highlights over these two days of speakers include:

  • Prominent European and American prison administrators and experts will present and evaluate alternatives to solitary confinement now being implemented. 
  • Leading litigators in Canada, Brazil and the United States will discuss the legal and political strategies to challenge prolonged solitary confinement in those nations. 
  • The current and prior UN Rapporteurs on Torture and other international experts will present the history and practice of solitary confinement, and the current international efforts to end it.

The conference is sponsored and supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Academic Partnership (GAP), Office of the Provost, the University Center for International Studies, the Global Studies Center, the Center for International Legal Education, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Psychology and the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. In addition, the Danish Institute for Human Rights sponsored and supported the conference and the University of California Criminal Justice & Health Consortium and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation sponsored the conference and funded the health panels.

This event is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend either days are requested to please RSVP below.


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Pitt Law Student Wins College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers 2017 Writing Competition

Pitt Law 3L, Alex Lonett, won the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers 2017 Writing Competition for Law Students with his article, “Employee Waivers of the Right to Sue Third-party Tortfeasors: Law, Policy, Recent Developments, and Implications for Workers’ Compensation and the Injured Workers it Serves.”

Lonett attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and German Language. He returned to Western Pennsylvania for law school, where he was invited to join the Pittsburgh Tax Review and currently serves as its Notes Editor. He is a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Lonett has participated in the E. Earle Zehmer Workers’ Compensation Moot Court Competition, under the tutelage of Judge David B. Torrey. He currently serves as a law clerk at Andracki, Sysak & Artman, PC, a boutique insurance firm, handling primarily general liability defense and coverage disputes. He has also worked at a prominent regional plaintiffs/claimants’ firm. Upon graduation Lonett hopes to practice in the fields of civil litigation and workers’ compensation.

Publish Date: 
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 12:45pm

Pitt Law Hosts Workshop for Under-represented Faculty

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law partnered with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, to host Thriving in the Academy: Building Communities of Inclusion Support and Accountability for Under-Represented Faculty Members.

This faculty workshop addressed the unique concerns of under-represented faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Anthony Ocampo, faculty member in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at California State Polytechnic University and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, served as the facilitator. His research and teaching focuses on immigration, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality.

Participants learned to identify the common challenges under-represented faculty face in the Academy, specific strategies for increasing productivity, serving strategically, teaching efficiently, and building strong and healthy professional relationships, and how to connect with communities of support and accountability.

Additional sponsors included the University of Pittsburgh’s Provost Office, Year of Diversity, School of Public Health, University Center for International Studies, School of Social Work, School of Arts and Sciences, Center for Urban Education, Department of Africana Studies, African Studies Program.


Publish Date: 
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

Pitt Law Announces Summer 2017 PLISF Scholarship Recipients


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Pitt Law Announces Summer 2017 PLISF Scholarship Recipients

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh School of Law today announced the recipients of the Summer 2017 Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (PLISF) scholarships.

Founded by Pitt Law students to assist their fellow students in pursuing public interest internships and careers, PLISF is committed to helping individuals and communities traditionally underserved by the legal profession. Throughout the year, PLISF fundraises to provide scholarships to students taking public interest internship positions. PLISF funds are distributed as scholarships given to Pitt Law students who will work in unpaid public interest summer jobs.

The PLISF named scholarship recipients are:

  • Kaeleen Kosmo received the Dean’s Scholarship for her work on issues of special concern to women;
  • Sam Esterman received the Amy Hay Award, which honors the late Honorable Amy Reynolds Hay, a magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  The Amy Hay Award is granted to a student working in a public defender’s office;
  • Beth Leech received the Welsh White Award, which honors the late Professor Welsh White, a distinguished faculty member of the School of Law.  The Welsh White Award is granted to a student working in the criminal justice context.

Additional PLISF scholarship recipients, along with the name of the nonprofit or government agency which each will be working, are:

  • Cole Antolak: (grant contingent upon offer)  
  • Alayna Bartko: U.S. Attorney, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Tierra Bradford: Abolitionist Law Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Robbie Cimmino: Department of Justice Office of Foreign Litigation, Washington D.C.
  • Sarah Coblentz: U.S. Department of the Interior, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Katelyn Dorwart: Public Defender, Nashville, TN
  • Sam Easterman: Office of Conflict Counsel, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Allison Hall: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Civil Enforcement, Washington D.C.
  • Moon Kerven: U.S. Attorney, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Michael Kolesin: Public Defender, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Kaeleen Kosmo: Women's Law Project, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Beth Leech: Public Defender, New Orleans, LA



Publish Date: 
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 3:00pm
Date and Times: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

K&L Gates Center
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Nonprofits and charities are no longer the only means of “doing good,” and the private sector is no longer a means of profit maximization at any cost. Today, with the advent of new, creative entity types, like benefit corporations and B-certified entities, for-profit businesses are expanding the range of tools used to address our world’s most pressing societal and environmental challenges while angel investors, venture capitalists, private foundations and public charities are experimenting with new ways to invest in these entities.

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue Newell Simon Hall 3305
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Presenters: Eryn Correan and Oded Green of K&L Gates, and Stephanie Dangel, IPI

This is a must-attend event for anyone interested in starting and running a company that blends profit with purpose. Learn about for-profit, non-profit and hybrid social enterprise entities and the legal issues related to each entity choice, including financing and employment issues.


Date and Times: 
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 107
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

First and second year students are eligible to participate in the Write-On Competition in order to gain membership to one of Pitt Law's five (5) student-run journals. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about the competition and to hear from each journal.

If you are unable to attend, or otherwise have questions, please feel free to contact Josh Sallmen, Editor In Chief, Law Review, at or Casey Snyder, Senior Topics Editor, Law Review, at

Date and Times: 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 111
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Local historian Charles McCollester will give a lecture and host a discussion on several historical figures and their connection to Pittsburgh's history from 1763-1870.

Covered figures will include: Henry Bouquet, the infamous racist mercenary that Bouquet Street in Oakland is named after; Simon Girty, who aided Native American tribes in blocking westward expansion; Martin Delaney, a father of black nationalism who served in the Union Army; and Ulyssus S. Grant the president who who restored the right of African-Americans to vote in Pennsylvania with the passage of the 15th Amendment.

All four men have significant Pittsburgh connections and locations that memorialize their passage. Join us after the lecture for an open discussion on racism, restistance, and the importance of historical memory in modern times.

Charles McCollester has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Louvain Belgium (1969). As a machinist in Pittsburgh, he was the chief steward of UE local 610 at the Union Switch & Signal in Swissvale (1979-1986). He became director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Labor Relations and professor in the graduate program of Industrial Labor Relations at IUP. A founder of the Battle of Homestead Foundation, he is active in the upcoming commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the battle in Homestead (July 6) between steelworkers and Pinkerton agents. 

Date and Times: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The Equal Justice Conference, Presented by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA), brings together all components of the legal community to discuss equal justice issues as they relate to the delivery of legal services to the poor and low income individuals in need of legal assistance. The emphasis of this Conference is on strengthening partnerships among the key players in the civil justice system. Through plenary sessions, workshops, networking opportunities and special programming, the Conference provides a wide range of learning and sharing experiences for all attendees.

Registration must be received by Monday, April 3, 2017 and must be accompanied by payment. After Monday, April 3, 2017 registration will be available onsite. Discounted registrations are not available after Monday, April 3, 2017.

To advance register for the conference, visit