Veterans Clinic attorney named public interest law award winner

Friday, April 6, 2018

Duquesne Law’s Public Interest Law Association (PILA) has named Daniel W. Kunz, L’02, as the 2018 recipient of the Duquesne Public Interest Law Alumni Award, given annually to a law alumnus who demonstrates a commitment to the values and goals of the organization through his or her service and professional and personal conduct. Student leaders of the organization will bestow the award on Kunz at the Duquesne Law Alumni Association’s Spring Reception and PILA Auction on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in downtown Pittsburgh. 

Kunz is a practicing attorney who leads Duquesne Law’s award-winning Veterans Clinic, which has been named among the Top 15 innovative clinics in the country by PreLaw magazine. He also assists in leading the law school’s Urban Development Practicum, which works in communities throughout the region. Kunz’s professional roles include chairing the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Sports Law Committee. 

Among his volunteer roles, Kunz serves the Foundation of Hope, an organization whose mission is to empower incarcerated and released individuals to restore their relationships with their God, their families, and their communities. Kunz is the immediate past president and continues to serve on the organization’s board. He works directly with the Chaplaincy Program, which provides pastoral care and religious education; the Pre-Release Program, which offers instruction to inmates ending their incarceration; and the Aftercare Program, which connects newly released individuals with mentors. 

Kunz is a mental health first aid trainer and is a frequent guest lecturer and public speaker on issues involving veterans, athletes, mental health and substance abuse. 

Duquesne Law’s Student Bar Association honored Kunz as the Adjunct Faculty Award recipient in 2017. Saint Vincent College, his undergraduate alma mater, named him the Young Alumni of Distinction awardee in 2013. 

Kunz holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Duquesne University’s John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business and a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law.  

Faculty Referenced In Article

Daniel W. Kunz, J.D.Adjunct Professor, Clinical Legal Education