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The PBLA Announces Legal Candidate Forums for 2023

The Pittsburgh Black Lawyers Alliance features the 2023 Legal Candidate Forums, where we invite candidates to discuss the issues impacting our Allegheny County legal communities during the 2023 Election Cycle.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us as we discuss with the candidates, the current legal issues and topics in the race for Allegheny County District Attorney.

All forums will begin at 3:00pm EST, will be open to the public and free to all candidates seeking the position of Allegheny County District Attorney in 2023.

We look forward to hearing from you!

January 21, 2023 – Register Here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsd–trzstG9OXj3nGTI7OZ6ZeWksh2IZQ

March 18, 2023 – Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtc-CvrD0iHtd_AlFf3jqVM9sqAepgYd5k

May 6, 2023 – Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsc-yvqT0oH9xvuAkoeIRejlVYhPStdL0h

August 26, 2023 – Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcemtpjgvHNVK0MBaWlzqrAE1nx3AvpDV

September 23, 2023 – Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlceqpqzwtGdzKxrnKP2Dfja-J9nYoWolZ

October 21, 2023 – Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErceGtqTwjGtWk2mQhdG97ul54argdCMw8


Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

Crisis Intervention as Progressive Policing

The Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice and Pitt Law’s Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence will be sponsoring a panel and interactive discussion about the progressive policing techniques presented in the HBO documentary Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops. Professors David Harris (Pitt Law), SpearIt (Pitt Law), and Gabby Yearwood (Anthropology) will share their perspectives under the moderation of Joint Degree Candidate and CCRRJ Student Advisory Board Member Jordan Fields.

Officers Ernie and Joe’s beat is San Antonio, a landscape of strip mall chapels and freeway overpasses. Ernie and Joe are the heart of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit. Launched in 2008, the unit uses crisis intervention techniques to assist people experiencing severe mental health issues. Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops reveals how these techniques are being applied in an American urban environment – as well as the officers’ own struggles with mental health, trauma, and crisis. Clips from the HBO documentary will be shown. It is recommended that attendees view the full film in advance.

When: Thursday, January 26, 2023

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Where: Room 113, Barco Law Building

Event Registration | View the Film

Trigger Warning: Please be advised that the film addresses issues of police violence, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse, suicide, and suicidal ideation.

Diverse Mentorship Initiative – Summer Clerkship

The Pennsylvania Association for Justice Diverse Mentoring Initiative (DMI) is open to any first-year law student who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  1. they have overcome a significant and unusual obstacle in the pursuit of a legal career;
  2. they come from a background or are a part of a group that is underrepresented in the legal profession; and/or
  3. they come from a disadvantaged background.

Email your application to mailto:DMI@pajustice.org. The subject of the email should be in the following format: Last, First, PAJ DMI Application. Any questions can be directed to Amanda Lorentson at mailto:DMI@pajustice.org or by visiting our website, www.pajustice.org/page/DiverseMentoringInitiative.

*Deadline to apply is January 31, 2023.

Guide to Transgender Name Change Process Event

The Allegheny County Bar Association LGBTQ+ Rights Committee is organizing an in-person CLE event on Name Change 'Queeries': A Guide to the Transgender Name Change Process.

  • Do you want to help a vulnerable population?
  • Are you interested in learning about what is involved in providing pro bono legal name change services to low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people?
  • Has it been a while since you completed a special name change in Allegheny County?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you. The program will offer instruction on how attorneys can volunteer to help low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people with legal name changes.

Additionally, the program will outline name change procedures and how these have progressed and shifted in response to the pandemic and the return to the courtroom. A panel will discuss the mechanics of completing special name changes pursuant to the protocol and troubleshoot how to conduct client meetings and work through the special name change process.

The Name Change Project is a great way to provide pro bono legal services to the community and the need for help has never been greater. In Allegheny County, the waitlist for people seeking assistance with name changes is currently more than 60 people. With a waitlist that long, it will take months to serve everyone seeking assistance with their name change and your participation will help meet the great need for volunteer attorneys.

*This program has been approved for 1 hour of Substantive CLE credit and also qualifies for 1 hour of credit under the West Virginia Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Last day to Pre-register: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Register by mail: Print and return the hard copy registration form available here.

When: Thursday, February 02, 2023

Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Where: McGuireWoods

Tower Two-Sixty, 260 Forbes Avenue #1800,

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

A reception will immediately follow the program.

  • Registration is free to students who are ACBA members, and $10 for non-ACBA members.

Volunteer Opportunity - Allegheny County High School Mock Trial Competition

Volunteers are needed to judge the upcoming Allegheny County High School Mock Trial competition - the district level of the Pennsylvania Statewide High School Mock Trial competition. Volunteers will need to arrive by 4:45 p.m. and should be prepared to judge two trials, back-to-back, at the Allegheny County City-County Building (completed by 9:00 p.m. nightly).

Law students, professors and other faculty members are all welcome to help, and we need all hands-on deck for the competition! 120+ volunteers in total are needed.

The nights of competition are as follows:

  • February 7, 2023
  • February 8, 2023
  • February 15, 2023
  • February 16, 2023

The Playoff rounds will start on March 1, 2023.  Those with past experience judging the mock trials competition may be asked to serve as presiding judges, and other volunteers will be asked to participate as scoring judges (the jury).  To volunteer or for additional information, email Julie Brennan (mailto:jbrennan@pionlaw.com) with information on:

  1. Your availability,
  2. indicating if you have past experience judging the mock trials competition, and
  3. (For conflict purposes) indicating whether you have attended, have children attending, or have ever assisted the mock trial program at a specific Allegheny County School District (give the name of the district please).