Law Alumni Association

The Law Alumni Association was established in 1986. It aims to enhance the interests of the School of Law and its alumni through the establishment of student scholarships and a variety of activities that recognize and support alumni and current law students.

Enthusiastic alumni participation in recent years has created a significant growth in the Law Alumni Association which has blossomed into a vibrant network of supportive alumni throughout the country.

Activities of the Law Alumni Association

  • Law Alumni Scholarship, awarded annually to a third year law student, is funded, in large part, by Alumni Association dues and events
  • Fall Class Reunions
  • Distinguished Alumni Award Presentation
  • Social events for the law school, such as downtown Lunch & Learn gatherings that feature an outside guest speaker or faculty member

2018 Board of Governors


  • President:  Michael S. Nelson ‘96
  • President-Elect: Elizabeth L. Hughes ‘04
  • Vice-President: Jill M. Weimer ‘07
  • Treasurer: Meredith Odato Graham ‘11
  • Secretary:  Tony J. Thompson ‘06
  • Assistant Secretary:   Stuart W. Benson Iii ‘75
  • Immediate Past President:  Patrick Sorek ‘84

Terms Expiring 2020

  • Shannon O. Braden ‘07
  • Stuart W. Benson III ‘75
  • Ilene H. Fingeret ‘86
  • Bruce C. Fox ‘84
  • Necia B. Hobbes ‘11
  • Tony Thompson ‘06
  • Joseph J. Bosick ‘73

Terms Expiring 2019

  • Ronald Basso ‘85
  • Maximilian F. Beier ‘99
  • Thomas M. Beline ‘07
  • Kathryn S. Nordick ‘05
  • Bethany E. Miller ‘08
  • Terms Expiring 2018
  • Dorothy A. Davis ‘81
  • Elizabeth L. Hughes ‘04
  • Meredith Odato Graham ‘11
  • Kevin W. Tucker ‘11
  • Judicial Year-to-Year Terms
  • Hon. Mary Jane Bowes ‘79
  • Hon. Kim D. Eaton ‘81
  • Hon. Alan D. Hertzberg ‘83
  • Hon. Philip A. Ignelzi ‘81
  • Hon. Marilyn J. Horan ‘79
  • Hon. Lisa Pupo Lenihan ‘83
  • Hon. Christine A. Ward ‘82

Scholarship Program

The University of Pittsburgh Law Alumni Association (UPLAA) Board provides three tuition scholarships annually to deserving law students in their third year of study.  The competition for these scholarships is remarkable.

2018 UPLAA Scholarship Recipients

Alix Ware received her BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and also participated in the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute before coming to Pitt Law.  She is concurrently pursuing an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  Her area of interest is federal health policy with a goal of working on this topic in a Congressional office or committee.  Ms. Ware is certified in public health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.  She served as the Commentary Assistant Editor for JURIST during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, is a member of Pitt Law’s Women’s Association, volunteers at the Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, and currently serves as a Legal Fellow for the Center for Health and Gender Equity in Washington, DC.

Jared C. Quinn received his BS in Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh before starting at Pitt Law. His area of interest is the practice of bankruptcy law in hopes of giving back to the community in which he resides. Mr. Quinn’s Life Expectancy: How Long is Too Long for a Chapter 13 Plan? was selected for publication in the Jan/Feb/Mar 2018 edition of NACTT QUARTERLY. He serves as the treasurer for the Pitt Law SBA and during the 2016-2017 school year he also served as the SBA class representative.  He volunteers as a Pitt Law Ambassador and has participated in several additional committees which impact the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  He currently serves as a Law Clerk for the Pittsburgh Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee and he actively participates as a member of the ACBA Bankruptcy and Commercial Law section.

Kerven Moon received his BA in Crime, Law, Justice, & Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University before coming to Pitt Law. His area of interest is criminal law and litigation as he seeks to balance the need to protect society and ensure due process for everyone. Mr. Moon has served as Academic Chair for the Black Law Student Association and currently serves as the Public Outreach Director for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.  He is also a Pitt Law Ambassador and has participated on the Mock Trial Team.  He is a member of the Pitt Law Income Sharing Foundation where he helps to raise money to award to students pursing unpaid public interest or government internships.  He currently serves as an intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Division, Violent Crime Section.  This summer, Mr. Moon plans to serve as an intern at Burns White, a litigation law firm.