Alumni in the News

2018 Pennsylvania Bar Admissions Ceremony


June 2019

Brazitte Poole, L'19, has been named one of New Pittsburgh Courier's Fab40 for 2019.

May 2019

Patricia L. Dodge, L'81, has been appointed magistrate judge by the Board of Judges for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Mary McGinley, L'02, won both the Republican and Democratic tickets for judge of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and will be the only candidate listed on the ballot for November's general election.

Nicola Henry-Taylor, L'96, Diversity Director at Duquesne University School of Law, will be awarded the Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award by the ACBA Women in Law Division on June 11.

Stefan Dann, L'09, was awarded the Individual Ally Award by the ACBA Committee For Diversity & Inclusion for his work in support of the LGBQT+ community.

Elliot C. Howsie, L'98, has been named an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge.

Rebecca Silinski, L'15, was awarded "Rookie of the Year" for the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board's 2019 Excellence in Government Awards for her work in the U.S. Attorney's Office investigating and prosecuting the Tree of Life Synagogue mass killings case.

William B. Grant, L'78, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by West Virginia Wesleyan College at their commencement ceremony on May 4.

Robert J. Dobkin, L'12, delivered the commencment speech at West Virginia Northern Community College's 47th commencement on May 10. In addition, he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award by WVNCC.

April 2019

Brigadier General Marilyn Chiafullo, L'93, assummed command of the U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command on April 24.

Matthew Rudzki, L'13, will be inducted into the Washington & Jefferson College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Peter F. Vaira, L'62, has been named the Philadelphia Inquirer's 2019 Influencer of Law Winner in the Lifetime Achievement category for his countless contributions to the legal profession and his impact in the communities where he has served.

March 2019

Mariah Passarelli, L'05, has been honored by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the 2019's Best LQBQT+ Lawyers Under 40.

Jessica Jurasko, L'04, past-president of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association, and Jacques Moye, L'06, were both selected as 2019 Fellows by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

David Pollock, L'74, was again selected as a recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for his dedication and commitment as editor-in-chief of the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer. Additionally, he received a special recognition award from the PBA Family Law Section.

Tim Gallagher, L'04, is now partner-in-charge of Porter Wright's Pittsburgh office.

February 2019

Duquesne Law now has two alumni working for professional NHL teams. Travis Williams, L'96, joined the New York Islanders as president of business operations. Tracey McCants Lewis, L'00, was recently hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins as deputy general counsel and director of human resources. 

P. Brennan Hart, L'73, will receive the National Kidney Foundation's John V. Heher Humanitarian Award at their upcoming Kidney Gift of Life Gala. 

Tynishia Powell, L'16, will be presented with the 2019 Young Leader Award by the ACBA Homer S. Brown Divison at their 15th Annual Black History Month Celebration.