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.

Publish Date: 
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).

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:00am

3610 Posvar Hall
United States

PULSE Informational Session

WHAT: GSPIA will be hosting an informational session on the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE), an organization dedicated to cultivating a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. Talented university graduates are invited to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits for a year of service and leadership.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 12:00-12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 3610 Posvar Hall

Questions: please contact PULSE at

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:00am

Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition Tryouts

November 18, 2014 6:00 p.m

Giles Sutherland Rich Patent Moot Court Competition:
(generally involves patent law questions and related issues)

Cardozo Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition:
(usually involves at least one copyright law question and related issues)

Joint tryouts for the Giles Sutherland Rich and the Cardozo Moot Court Competitions will be conducted at the Law School on November 18, 2014, commencing at 6:00 p.m.  The Law School has a long and distinguished history of participation in each of these moot court competitions.  For many years, Lynn Alstadt of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has served as the advisor for the Giles Rich competition, and Rick Rinaldo of Williams Coulson and Dave Oberdick of Meyer Unkovic & Scott have served as the advisors for the Cardozo competition.

Any second or third year student who would like to be considered for either of these moot court teams should do the following:

  1. Sign up at the office of Professor Madison's assistant – in Room 514C -- and pick up a copy of the Tryout Problem.
  2. Submit a writing sample of the student's choice (any length, any format, any type of legal writing), along with a current resume, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, to Professor Madison's assistant in Room 514C.  At that time, please sign up for a time for the oral argument portion of the tryouts on the sheet which will be available in that office.
  3. The oral arguments will be based on the Tryout Problem.  Students do *not* need to prepare a brief based on the Tryout Problem.  The expectation is that students will prepare to *argue* the Tryout Problem orally, before a moot court panel.  Students will argue for the Appellant (ABC Labs) before a panel of judges and will be limited to 10 minutes.  Citations to principal cases are included in the Problem memo, and students are free to either do or not do any additional research on their own. Research is not mandatory.

Note:  Although both of these Moot Court Competitions involve intellectual property questions, it is important to understand that no prior background in intellectual property is necessary to be successful.  Rather, it is the development of effective appellate advocacy skills which is the principal objective of the competitions and the primary focus of the advisors.​

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 5:30am

Barco Law Building – Room 109
United States

International Law Society (ILS) Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 12:30pm
Room 109

Join the International Law Society (ILS) on Tuesday, Nov. 4th at 12:30pm in Room 109 for our general body meeting. Lets talk about upcoming events, speakers, and all things international! Join us and bring your ideas! 

Pizza and Soda will be provided. ​See you there!

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:30am

Barco Law Building – Alcoa Room
United States

November 18 at 5:30pm 
Alcoa Room

The JURIST staff would like to invite you to our final movie night of the semester. We will be screening The Invisible War, an award-winning documentary film about sexual assault in the US military. Join us on Tuesday, November 18 at 5:30pm in the Alcoa room. Featuring introductory remarks by Prof. Jules Lobel and a discussion after the film led by representatives of the Thomas Merton Center's Stop Sexual Assault in the Military group. This event is co-sponsored by the Pitt Law Women's Association and the Pitt Law chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. Pizza and pop will be provided. Please RSVP to