Attorney Paula Hopkins Appointed Program Director for Pitt Legal Services Incubator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cori Begg
University of Pittsburgh School of Law Names Paula Hopkins
as Program Director for Pitt Legal Services Incubator
PITTSBURGH— University of Pittsburgh School of Law Dean William M. Carter Jr. today announced the appointment of Paula Hopkins as inaugural Program Director for the new Pitt Legal Services Incubator.
Hopkins is a lawyer with more than thirty years of experience, primarily in the area of family law. She concentrates her practice in representing clients in the Collaborative divorce process- a private practice that she will maintain while serving as Program Director. Hopkins was a founding member and first President of the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She practices exclusively in the Collaborative divorce process.
Her longstanding commitment to public service is reflected in her work as a volunteer attorney and mentor to numerous public interest initiatives in the region. Hopkins is also active in the Allegheny County Bar Association, including service as the Chairperson of the Solo and Small Firms Practice Section of the ACBA. She received her JD from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law.
The Pitt Legal Services Incubator will support a small group of recent graduates as they develop sustainable solo or small firm practices that will bring affordable and quality legal services to the underserved communities of the region. The Incubator will provide furnished office space, training and mentoring programs, and other forms of support to these entrepreneurial lawyers working to expand access to justice in the region. The program will open its doors to the first group of lawyers in January 2016.
“The Pitt Legal Services Incubator will be the first of its kind in the region and just the second of its kind within the state,” Carter said. “I am delighted that Paula has agreed to serve as the inaugural Program Director. Her experience will ensure the recent graduates who participate in the program have the support and mentorship necessary to launch their legal careers.”
Formally established in 1895, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is the oldest and largest law-school program in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt’s law-school program prepares its students for real-world practice through traditional legal coursework as well as experiential learning opportunities in one of its seven law clinics. With nearly 10,000 alumni, Pitt’s School of Law emphasizes practical skills training and helping its students enter the field of law as practice-ready legal professionals.