2019 Woman of the Year Ballot


1.    Judge Kim Berkley Clark (L’83). Judge Clark was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County by Governor Tom Ridge in March 1999.  She was elected to a full 10-year term in November 1999. Prior to becoming the administrative judge of the Family Division, she served as the Supervising Judge of Juvenile Court.  In 2017, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) awarded Judge Clark the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, the highest honor bestowed to a state court judge by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Judge Clark has earned a national reputation for transforming the way children and families who enter the court system are treated, by creating a “trauma-informed” courthouse. In December 2018, Judge Clark was appointed President Judge of Allegheny County.

2.    Patricia Dodge (L’81). Patricia L. Dodge is the former Managing Partner of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. As an experienced trial lawyer, Patti focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, oil and gas disputes, and employment-related matters. She has tried lawsuits to verdict in both state and federal court and also represents her clients in domestic and international arbitrations. Patti is frequently selected as a mediator in private disputes and in lawsuits pending in both federal and state court. She also serves as an arbitrator both privately and for the American Arbitration Association.

3.    Nikki Lykos (L’07). Nikki Lykos is a founding member of Johnston Lykos.  Her practice is concentrated in the area of employment law, representing and advising clients in various labor and employment matters. She is a mediator for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  Nikki is a Fellow in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association where she serves on the Labor and Employment Section Council.  Nikki also serves on the Duquesne Law Alumni Association Board of Governors and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers Association (WPELA). Nikki is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell. Nikki has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star since 2012 and was certified as a member of the Million Dollar and Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum® in 2017.

4.    Joyce Novotny-Prettiman (L’00). Joyce Novotny-Prettiman is an associate at Quatrini Rafferty where she practices in the areas of plaintiff personal injury litigation, long-term disability, and general civil litigation. She has been elected to the Westmoreland Academy of Trial Lawyers and is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  She was recently elected to serve as the vice president of the Westmoreland Bar Association.  She is also active in the community and is a member of the board of directors for Laurel Faith in Action which is devoted to helping residents in the communities of Latrobe, Derry and Ligonier who are over 60 remain independent in their own homes, with dignity (www.laurelfia.org). She is a volunteer for CASA of Westmoreland and has been appointed to the Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board.


1.    Asra Hashmi (L '15). Asra Hashmi is an Associate at Post & Schell where she works in the firm's Workers' Compensation Department and counsels employers, insurers, and third-party administrators in workers' compensation claims and defends them in associated proceedings throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Post & Schell, Ms. Hashmi was an Associate at a regional defense law firm in their Workers’ Compensation Department. Her background also includes eight years of corporate experience, including human resources, business-to-business, and government transactions, while with a Fortune 50 wireless carrier.  Ms. Hashmi is an active member of the Allegheny County Bar Association where she is a member of the Committee for Diversity & Inclusion, Women in the Law Division, and serves as an elected member of the Young Lawyers Division Council.

2.    Laura K. Veith. Laura Veith is an attorney at K&L Gates. She concentrates her law practice in the area of commercial litigation, with a particular focus in insurance coverage and complex commercial litigation. She has experience in commercial contract, warranty, and product liability cases. Previously, she as a Pre-Trial Chamber legal clerk for the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She was a legal intern  to President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in 2015 and Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 2013. Before her career in law, Ms. Veith developed a civics and citizenship program for and taught classes to recently settled refugees and immigrants seeking citizenship. Ms. Veith was also a high school teacher in rural Thailand.

3.    Rebecca Silinski. Rebecca Silinski is an Assistant US Attorney. Prior to her current role, she worked at Farrell & Reisinger, LLC with a focus on federal criminal defense including white collar crimes, state criminal defense, sports law, and internal investigations. She also has federal criminal trial experience from the Law Offices of Stephen S. Stallings, Esq. where she also practiced white collar criminal defense, False Claims Act / Qui Tam litigation, RICO, health care fraud & abuse, and internal investigations.