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Student Opportunities to Participate in the ACBA!

The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) has two opportunities for upper division Duquesne Law students to serve as student representatives in certain divisions this year.  A student representative is needed for the Women in the Law Division and the Young Lawyers Division.  The student representatives are asked to attend monthly meetings of the respective divisions, participate in projects/activities as they can, and to promote relevant programs & events to your classmates.  Both of these positions are great ways to make professional connections with local attorneys, judges, and other students.  According to students who have held these positions in previous years, the time commitment is not overly burdensome.

The Women in the Law Division is open to all attorney & student members of the ACBA, and its goal is to promote the success and advancement of women attorneys in Allegheny County.  WLD Council meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month (August – May) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at ACBA Offices (Koppers Building, downtown).

The Young Lawyers Division is open to members of the bar who have been licensed for 10 years or less and law students.  The YLD provides young lawyers with a means of gaining broader participation in bar activities, a forum for continuing legal education, and a vehicle for social exchange with their contemporaries at the bar.  YLD Council meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month (August – May) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at ACBA Offices (Koppers Building, downtown).

If you are interested in serving in either or both roles, please email a letter of interest (cover letter) and resume to Maria Comas ( by Friday, September 2, at 12:00 noon.  Students may apply for both positions, but two different students will ultimately be selected.  The students selected for these positions will be asked to join the ACBA if they are not already members.  (Student membership is $30/year.)

I serve on WLD Council, and I will gladly answer any questions you have about the ACBA.  This is a great way to get involved as a law student!  Stay tuned for other ways to engage with the ACBA this year!

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Babst Calland Softball Team

Babst Calland’s softball team that plays in the ACBA Softball League is looking for 4 Duquesne Law students to join their team for the rest of the summer. The league provides a fun way to meet and network with attorneys on the Babst team as well as teams you’ll play against.

Students interested in joining the team or who have questions should contact Jim Miller (L’08), Shareholder at Babst Calland.  Mr. Miller’s email address is


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Family Law Program & Reception

The Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section Diversity Initiative invites all Duquesne Law students to “ALL in the Family: Building an Inclusive Family Law Practice and Section” to be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rivers Club (One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, Suite 411, Downtown).

 The Diversity Initiative was formed with the specific goal of identifying and assisting diverse attorneys and law students who have an interest in practicing Family Law.
The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark, Administrative Judge of the Family Division, will offer a keynote speech followed by breakout sessions with family law practitioners and section members. Attorneys and students alike can learn more about the benefits of building a family law practice and how section membership can afford opportunities to cultivate professional relationships, as well as keep you abreast of the latest changes in Family Court and practice. This is a wonderful opportunity for law students to gain an introduction into the practice of family law and build mentoring relationships.
There is no charge for the event and includes hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. You do not have to be a Student Member of the ACBA in order to attend, but RSVP’s are required as space is limited. Register at www.acba.orgPlease inform Maria Comas ( if you plan to attend.

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Women’s Bar Association Speed Networking Event

Want to hone your networking skills? Looking for an opportunity to meet practicing attorneys in the Pittsburgh legal community, or to get some free career advice? Then plan on attending a networking event hosted by the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) where participants will give you tips on networking and an opportunity to hone your networking skills in a no-pressure environment.
All students are welcome to attend the WBA Speed Networking Event on Wednesday, March 30, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.* in Room 414 (Faculty Lounge, Murray Pavilion).

Katie Kenyon (L’98), a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, will serve as the keynote speaker at the event.

The following attorneys will join Ms. Kenyon during the speed networking rounds:
Amber Archer (L’12), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Laura Benson, Burns White LLC
Erin Curran (L’14), Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Rosemary Fehlner (L’13), Crown Castle
Lauren Gailey (L’14), Jones Day
Carol Hesz (L’93), Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Meghan Jones-Rolla (L’02), ServiceLink
Sarah Krolikowski (L’14), Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
Lanre Kukoyi (L’13), The Kukoyi Law Firm, LLC
Lisa Leake (L’14), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Ayanna Lee-Davis (L’04), Saul Ewing
Jacob Levine (L’12), Jacob Levine Attorney At Law
Melissa Ruggiero (L’03), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Maureen Shannon (L’97), Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Stephanie Solomon (L’08), Burns White LLC

RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. Space is limited to the first 20 students to RSVP.  Please bring business cards to exchange with the attorneys. Professional attire required.  Refreshments provided.

*If you need to arrive late or leave early due to a class or work conflict, you are welcome to attend. Please send an email to Maria Comas ( so we may plan accordingly.

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An Invitation to All First Year Duquesne Law Students

What I Did On My Summer Vacation:
Exploring Employment Options and Opportunities for Law Students After the Semester Ends

Hosted by K&L Gates LLP and PNC
Wednesday, March 30
5:00 p.m.

K&L Gates
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613

Finals are quickly approaching, and the semester will soon draw to a close. Perhaps you’ve already lined up a summer opportunity, perhaps you’re still looking or trying to determine how you’d like to spend the next few months, or perhaps you’ve already begun to think about how you’d like to spend next summer.

Regardless of where you are in the process or what your preferences may be, join us for a panel discussion to explore summer employment options and opportunities for law students. Our panelists will discuss their experiences and what law students can expect spending their summer working for a law firm, corporation or pro bono agency, or clerking for a judge.

Our panelists include:
• Alicia Powell, Chief Counsel, PNC
• Nicholas Ranjan, Partner, K&L Gates
• Sara J. Rose, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania
• Lisa Stauffer, Senior Counsel, PNC

The panel will be moderated by Valerie A. Jackson. A cocktail reception will follow for all participants. We hope you can join us.

Professional attire required.

To RSVP, please contact Emily Coon ( no later than Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Please also cc Maria Comas at on your RSVP.)

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Transportation Law Program Open to Duquesne Law Students

The law firm of Jones Day invites Duquesne Law students to a Transportation Law Update presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Pittsburgh. Jones Day Partner John Goetz, head of the firm’s Airline & Aviation Industry Practice developed the course. The seminar is free for any law student to attend; students must indicate they are law students when registering.  Advanced registration is required.  To learn more about the program or to register, please visit  Professional attire is required.

Participants will receive practical strategies and tactics, as well as successful practice tips from both the plaintiff and defense bars. Participants will also hear from an accident reconstructionist expert who will explain his role in aviation litigation; a rail expert who will discuss safety vs. security concerns and claims against railroads; and jury consultants who will discuss the latest trends in jury verdicts and effective use of jury research. Please find more information in the brochure attached below.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Event – Transportation Law Update

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Partner John D. Goetz, leader of Jones Day’s Airlines & Aviation Practice, will speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Transportation Law Update in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Goetz, along with Stephanie D. Taylor, General Counsel of West Virginia University (and former Jones Day Associate), developed the course.

Other speakers are as follows:

Hon. Nora Barry Fischer

Hon. Elizabeth T. Hey

Michael A. Biek, Ph.D.

Scott D. Clements, Esq.

Frank P. DeGiulio, Esq.

Frederick B. Goldsmith, Esq.

Ann T. Greeley, Ph.D.

Stephen A. Hall, Esq.

James J. McEldrew, III, Esq.

C. Dennis Moore, Ph.D., P.E.

Alfred S. Pelaez, J.D., LL.M.

J. Denny Shupe, Esq.

Catherine B. Slavin, Esq.

Richard Robert Young, Ph.D.

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PA State Police Experience

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a “PA State Police Experience” with local troopers.  This offers a hand-on opportunity for people interested in a law enforcement or criminal justice careers. Full details are contained within the flyer and brochure. This is a free experience! Questions may be directed to Professor McCants Lewis (

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Registration open for 2016 ACBA Spring Soccer League

Registration is open for the 2016 ACBA Spring Soccer League. Games will be played on Sunday mornings at the Winchester Thurston School Athletic Field in Shadyside, seven players per side, two 25-minute halves. Rosters will be limited to 15 players maximum, including at least three women. At least one woman per team must be on the field at all times. All players must be ACBA members or law student members. The regular season will consist of six games beginning on Sunday, April 17. The law firm of Grudowski Law Associates, P.C., is sponsoring T-shirts for the league. Space is limited to only six teams. The registration fee is $25 for student members. You may register as an individual and will be assigned to a team. To register, click here.
The deadline for registration is Friday, April 1. Payment must be received by this deadline. For more information, email Kevin Tucker at or Charles Grudowski at

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An Invitation to Steptoe & Johnson’s Ladies’ Night Out 2016

Duquesne Law students are invited to attend Ladies’ Night Out 2016 sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in support of Dress for Success©

Dress for Success© is a national nonprofit organization that helps and empowers women who are re-entering the workplace by providing business-related clothing, counseling, and educational programs.

When: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5:30 PM (light dinner and dessert will be served)

Where: Bella Sera
414 Morganza Road
Canonsburg, PA 15317
(This is about 30 minutes from campus.)

The event is free but RSVP’s are required on DuqLawConnect by March 4.  Maria Comas, Director of Career Services, will be attending this unique  networking opportunity and hopes to see Duquesne Law students there.  (Students must provide their own transportation.)

The firm asks that each attendee bring a clothing item (or items) to donate to the Dress for Success© Pittsburgh Chapter.  For a list of donation ideas, visit

If you have any questions, please contact Maria at or 412-396-6279.

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Business Cards Available

The Career Services Office will provide students with business cards to use for networking purposes.

If you would like to receive 30 complimentary business cards, please complete an order form by Friday, February 19, at 12:00 noon.

You can find an order form on Sharepoint. (Please use your Multipass/DORI credentials to log-in to Sharepoint.)

When the cards are available, they will be placed in your student mailbox. Please contact Maria Comas ( if you have any questions.


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