Date and Times: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Duquesne University School of Law cordially invite all practitioners and members of the bench to attend The Seventh Annual Judicial, Government, and Public Interest Law Reception hosted by Pitt Law Dean William M. Carter Jr., and Duquesne Law Dean Maureen Lally-Green. The reception will be held Wednesday, November 15 at the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom (600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15282). 

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with colleagues while networking and celebrating the bench and the public interest bar. Share with students interested in careers in the judiciary, government, and public interest law about clerkships, externships, pro bono initiatives, and other opportunities in our region. 

Pitt Law students, please RSVP via PittLawWorks before Wednesday, Nov. 8.

All others RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 8 below, or by calling 412-396-6559, or e-mailing

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

Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This event has concluded

On April 14-15, 2016, ELPI presented a legal conference on legal and environmental issues arising from increased oil and gas production, changes to energy law and regulation, international energy issues, and legal and policy issues related to the rise of renewable energy.  The conference was attended by students, energy lawyers, professors, environmental groups and energy industry members.  Speakers included three of the leading oil and gas law professors in the nation, leading energy lawyers, environmental and industry leaders, and regulators.

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

View Presentation & Handouts Here

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

View Presentation & Handouts Here

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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JURIST Announces New Executive Director

JURIST announced a new executive director this week. This week the legal news service's Board of Directors approved the appointment of Megan McKee (Pitt Law ’12; McGill University MA ’14) as Executive Director, taking over from Andrew Morgan who took a position as staff counsel at PNC Bank in May.

McKee is a member of the New York bar and joins JURIST from the Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland, where she taught classes in history and worked as a grant writer for a Maryland law professor seeking funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a student at Pitt Law, McKee was a senior member of JURIST’s editorial staff and led JURIST’s student commentary service. While a law student, she worked as a research assistant for JURIST Editor-in-Chief and Professor Bernard Hibbitts and Professor Vivian Curran.

Hibbitts noted McKee has a passion for public service and brings with her a broad international perspective. McKee has lived in three different countries for a significant period, and she speaks Spanish, French, and Arabic. 

Learn more about JURIST in the following video

Publish Date: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:30pm
Date and Times: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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

Please join us next week for "Dean Wildermuth's Environmental Career," a talk giving by the Dean about her environmental law background. All students and faculty are welcome to learn more about and chat with Pitt Law's new Dean!

LUNCH will be served!

Sponsored by the Environmental & Energy Law Society (EELS) and the Innovation Practice Institute (IPI).

Date and Times: 
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Koppers Building, E. Graham Room
436 Seventh Avenue Lower Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

To help kick-off the new school year, law students from diverse backgrounds are cordially invited to attend a networking reception co-hosted by the YLD Diversity Committee, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Homer S. Brown Law Division, Asian Attorneys Committee, Committee on Law and Disability, Hispanic Attorneys Committee and the LGBT Rights Committee. This event is open to all ACBA members.

To register for the event, please visit the ACBA event page, HERE.

Date and Times: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The second Pitt Law Academy presentation for our 1L class will feature four recent graduates of Pitt Law, all of whom took Legislation & Regulation as a first-year law student, and all of whom confront statutes or regulations (or both) regularly in their current work.

Our panel will include an immigration advocate working for a non-profit, a corporate attorney working for a firm, an in-house attorney working for a startup, and a public sector attorney working for the New Jersey Legislature. They are--

Vanessa N. Griffith, Staff Attorney, Western PA Justice at Work
Bryan Marco, Deputy Counsel, New Jersey Legislature Office of Legislative Services
Laura Mullen, Senior Attorney, Argo AI
Endia J. Vereen, Associate, Sherrard, German & Kelly P.C.

Date and Times: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The Professional Development Office (PDO) is hosting a MANDATORY 1L PDO Orientation on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 12:30 – 1:30 PM in the Courtroom

Bring your Pitt ID, as you must swipe in to attend the program and attendance will be recorded.

During this Orientation program you will be formally introduced to the staff of the Professional Development Office and learn about the services we offer to Pitt Law students to assist in your professional development and legal career searches.

1L students will be able to begin scheduling 1x1 meetings with PDOcounselors starting October 15, 2018. We will provide information on these initial counselor assignments and how to schedule these mandatory 1x1 appointments.

WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 2018

12:30-1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Barco Law Building, Teplitz Moot Courtroom

Date and Times: 
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Duquesne University School of Law
900 Locust Street Room 303
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Please join the Pittsburgh Lawyer Chapter, the Duquesne University School of Law, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Student Chapters of the American Constitution Society for an evening program featuring the Honorable Timothy K. Lewis. The discussion will focus on Judge Lewis’ pathway to the bench as well as threats to the independence of the judiciary and how to address them.

Former Federal Appeals Judge Timothy K. Lewis is co-chair of Schnader's ADR Practice Group and serves as a mediator, arbitrator, settlement counselor, and trial and appellate practitioner. Judge Lewis is a past co-chair of Schnader's Appellate Practice Group.

Before entering private practice, Judge Lewis served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was serving on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania when President George H. W. Bush elevated him to the Court of Appeals in 1992. At the time of both appointments he was the youngest federal judge in the United States. Before being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Lewis served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and as an Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Please RSVP for the event through the ACS website!

Date and Times: 
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 11:30am to 2:00pm

KidsVoice Office Pittsburgh, PA

KidsVoice invites students to visit its office. KidsVoice is recognized as a national model for multidisciplinary child advocacy. It is a non-profit agency that advocates in court and in the community to ensure a safe and permanent home for abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Assistant Stephanie Pawlowski welcomes student to meet with her and other KidsVoice attorneys on Friday, September 28th from 11:30 to 2:00 p.m. Find out about the work of KidsVoice, the attorneys' career paths, and about opportunities to extern/intern! 

RSVP Required. Students must RSVP using PittLawWorks!

This event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of this unique networking opportunity.

This Lawyer to Lawyer is part of a continuing series developed by the Professional Development Office whereby students are invited to visit various workplaces to see the law in practice. Lunch will be provided, formal business dress is required and we will travel together to this event from the Law School.

Space is limited to the first 10 students who RSVP! All others will be waitlisted.

You will be contacted by the Professional Development Office with final details regarding the event when all RSVPs have been received.

Please note that your RSVP conveys that you are making a commitment to attend this event. After the deadline, barring an emergency, you will be expected to attend!

Due to the popularity of the "Lawyer to Lawyer" series, the Professional Development Office will be holding more of these events this year, so if you are not able to secure a spot for this program, know that there will be more scheduled with different hosts.