Advisory Board

Photo of Virginia BaumgardnerVirginia Baumgardner

Virginia Baumgardner works full-time as a Senior Paralegal in the Legal Department of Limbach Facility Services LLC, Pittsburgh, PA. This position requires expert-level paralegal skills and knowledge of both corporate and construction industry law. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching English, a B.A. in English Pre-law, and a Paralegal Certificate, all from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

At Duquesne University Paralegal Institute, Ms. Baumgardner has served on the Advisory Board since 2008. In 2014. 

Ms. Baumgardner brought to the Paralegal Institute her experience in teaching at several colleges in Western PA, including IUP, Mount Aloysius College (Cresson, PA) and Cambria Rowe Business College (Indiana, PA). She developed curricula and taught Legal Research and Writing, Business Communications, Business Law, Legal Terminology, Civil Litigation, Environmental Law, Criminal Law, English as a Second Language, English 101 and 102.

Education has always been a priority, so Ms. Baumgardner tries to pay it forward by serving on the advisory board. She has also served many years as a Director of Pittsburgh Paralegal Association and currently is the CLE Coordinator.

Bill Permar

 Christine PinkPhoto of Christine Pink

Christine Pink works full-time as a Paralegal in the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU) at the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  The CHU represents death row inmates in their federal habeas appeal.  Mrs. Pink is primarily responsible for gathering documents related to the client, their family and the case, as well as organizing those documents in a document management database.  

Mrs. Pink has a Bachelor's


Degree from Youngstown State University and earned a Paralegal Certificate from the Duquesne University Paralegal Institute in 2008. She started out in labor and employment defense and has worked in various other civil litigation areas such as asbestos, personal injury, and medical malpractice before working for the Federal Public Defender in 2010.  She has been on the Advisory Board since 2013.


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Marcy Smorey-Giger

Marcy Smorey-Giger is an alumna of Duquesne University School of Law. In addition, she received her Master of Science degree from the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Science at Duquesne University, and she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College.

Smorey-Giger has worked within in-house corporate law departments for her entire legal career with her most recent position as chief legal officer and corporate secretary for DynaVox Inc., the leading U.S. provider of speech generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software used to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language, and learning challenges. View Marcy's full profile.


Abbie Steiner




Photo of Mary WelshMary Welsh

Mary Welsh helps law firms and corporate legal departments in the Pittsburgh area with legal staffing and managed solutions every day. Mary joined Special Counsel in 2005, bringing over 18 years of legal experience within multiple practice areas at two prestigious Pittsburgh firms. She put her industry knowledge to work as a Special Counsel legal staffing recruiter before being promoted to Vice President.   Mary was promoted to Executive Director in 2014 and now oversees all legal recruiting and business development functions for Special Counsel in the Pittsburgh market. Prior to her legal solutions and corporate assistant/paralegal careers, Mary worked as a commercial mortgage underwriter for an international financial institution and as an arts educator. A Pittsburgh native, she holds a degree from Robert Morris University.