Pitt Law Academy Schedule

Pitt Law Academy will be held on the following dates. Programmatic details for each Pitt Law Academy will be amended when available.

Fall 2019 semester

  • September 19, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Thoughts from Prominent Lawyers on What They Should Have Done (and Not Done) when They Were in Law School

    - Hon. Hugh Fitzpatrick McGough,, Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas;
    - Geovette Washington, Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Legal Officer, University of Pittsburgh
    - David J. Kalson, Director, Cohen & Grisgby

  • October 17, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Legislation and Regulation

    - Josh Hodges, Associate, Horty, Springer, & Mattern, P.C.
    - Bryan Marco, Deputy Counsel, New Jersey Legislature, Office of Legislative Services
    - Melissa Marshall, Esq., Community Advocate, Mountain Watershed Association
    - Bethany E. Miller, Managing Senior Counsel, Business Credit & Corporate Banking, PNC Bank

  • November 21, 2019, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    Diversity, Inclusion, and Empathy: Working with Clients, Fellow Lawyers, and Others from Different Backgrounds and Cultures

    - Hon. Cathy Bissoon, District Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
    - Blair Douglass, Administrator, University of Pittsburgh Physician Scientist Training Program
    - Morgan Moody, Staff Attorney, KidsVoice
    - Mark T. Phillis, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Spring 2020 semester (speakers TBD)

  • January 16, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the “Real World”: Torts and Criminal Law

- Brittany Felder, Assistant District Attorney, Allegheny County
- Cheryl Esposito Kaufman, Counsel, Law Office of Cheryl Esposito Kaufman, Employees of Zurich American Insurance Company
- Daniel J. Sammel, Associate, Ainsman Levine, LLC
- Chalon Young, Manager of Training and Director of Internship Programs, Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

  • February 20, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom
    First-Year Law School Subjects in the "Real World": Legal Analysis & Writing ​ 

    - Sharon Werner,, Chief Counsel, PNC Bank
    - Benjamin G. Minegar, Associate, Litigation Group, Jones Day
    - Tara Tighe, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of West Virginia


  • March 19, 2020, 3:30 p.m., Courtroom: (postponed to April 13, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.) Join via Zoom.  
    Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Law School and the Legal Profession: Good Advice and Cautionary Tales

- Laurie J. Besden, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc.
- Ned L. Spells, Jr., Chief Law Clerk to the Hon. Judith F. Olson, Pennsylvania Superior Court