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The University of Pittsburgh School of Law, founded in 1895, is a leader in legal education. From 1900, when Pitt joined with 31 other schools to form the Association of American Law Schools, until today, Pitt has upheld the highest traditions of American legal education while continuously innovating educational programs of national and international stature. Its emphases in law and business, environmental law, health law, intellectual property and technology law, international and comparative law, and clinical legal education make a special contribution to the greater Pittsburgh region, while equipping our graduates to have an impact around the world.


The scholarship of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law is consistently among the finest in the nation. Over three quarters of the faculty has authored leading casebooks, treatises, or trade books with major university presses, such as Michigan, NYU, and Oxford. Top law reviews have consistently published scholarship by Pitt law faculty. Law School faculty currently number 44 full-time and over 50 adjunct professors. The student body consists of approximately 720 students from more than 200 colleges and universities across the nation. The diversity of the student body is a key element to the quality of the educational experience at Pitt. The School is proud of the supportive environment it provides to women students, minority students, older students, and students from nontraditional backgrounds.


The School of Law Building contains tiered classrooms, seminar rooms, a formal courtroom that seats up to 256 observers, a student lounge and student organization offices, administrative and faculty offices, and the Barco Law Library.


The current holdings of the Barco Law Library include more than 450,000 volumes and microform volume equivalents. A rapidly expanding treatise and microform collection is augmented by more than 5,000 legal periodical titles. Library holdings offer depth in all significant areas of law with particularly notable collections in international law, human rights and tax law. Law librarians are available to provide students with research assistance.


The library’s Harold Obernauer Computerized Legal Research Center is state-of-the-art. Established in 1983 and significantly expanded in 1993, 1997 and 2000, the center provides students with thirty personal computers that operate in a Windows environment and thirty wireless computer stations, along with supporting printers. The center offers access to both WESTLAW and LEXIS, and students receive professional training on both systems, as well as CDRom and the World Wide Web. The facility also offers students access to a wide variety of national sources and databases through the University’s mainframe. An attendant is always on hand to provide students with computer assistance.


Our faculty help to make policy as well as write about it. Pitt Law faculty are active in leadership in national organizations engaged in the study and application of law, such as the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, the Association of American Law Schools, the American Law Institute and the American Society of International Law. Pitt is especially strong in the international area, as evidenced by the creation in 1995 of the University of Pittsburgh Center for International Legal Education. The Center provides students and faculty opportunities to work and study abroad and hosts visiting professors and lecturers from all over the world.


The rich international law curriculum features innovative courses in French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Chinese especially designed for lawyers. Also in 1995, the School of Law created the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers. This program allows lawyers from overseas to learn American law in a U.S. context.


Among Pitt’s other special programs are the Health Law Certificate Program, the John P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate Program, the Environmental Law, Science, and Policy Certificate Program, the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Certificate Program, and the International and Comparative Law Certificate Program that permit J.D. candidates to establish their particular expertise in a specific field of law. Additionally, Pitt has a so-called 9 3/3 Program 9 with Pitt’s College of Arts and Sciences, which permits selected undergraduates to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a J.D. in six, rather than seven, years.


We are proud to say that the scholar who wants to teach is a hallmark of our School of Law. Our faculty is recruited and evaluated for teaching ability as well as scholarship. We have a sophisticated faculty development process that includes both peer and student evaluations and regular faculty workshops focused on teaching. New faculty members are given reduced teaching assignments and are encouraged to concentrate on developing teaching skills. This emphasis on faculty development helps to explain why fourteen law faculty members have received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, first established by the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. This is an amazing achievement for a law faculty of approximately 45 in a university with well over 2,000 teachers.


Six specialized legal clinics enable Pitt law students to work with real clients and apply what they have learned in their legal studies and from other disciplines. Students work in teams on real cases under the supervision of full-time or adjunct law professors, chiefly on issues of community economic development, family law, elder law, environmental law, health law and tax law. Most of these clinics are multidisciplinary and involve faculty from a number of schools of the University.


The University of Pittsburgh Law Review has received national recognition for the quality of its scholarly articles for more than half a century. Published quarterly, it contains articles by law faculty, lawyers, and public officials throughout the country. Each issue also contains student comments and notes on recent developments, legislative initiatives, and other topics of scholarly and practical interest.


In 1981, the Law School initiated a second review, the semi-annual Journal of Law and Commerce. The decision to publish a journal in this area of the law reflects the Law School’s strength in the commercial, business, tax, and corporate law areas. Within two years of its inception, the Journal was accepted for inclusion in the prestigious Index to Legal Periodicals. It is now recognized both in the United States and Europe as among the very best sources of scholarship on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. More recently, the Law School has developed three additional journals, The Pittsburgh Tax Review, The Journal of Technology Law and Policy, and The Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law. These specialized journals publish articles by legal academics, practitioners and law students on cutting-edge issues in the journal’s field.


The daily interaction of law with economics, public policy and management, health policy, and international affairs places very real demands on attorneys to approach the practice of law with an interdisciplinary perspective. Motivated by the growing management/social science needs of attorneys and the increasingly intricate legal needs of society, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law offers seven joint-degree programs, including two programs in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University that provide rigorous, integrated training effectively merging law and a number of allied fields.


Pitt Law is also home to JURIST (, the award-winning legal news and research website. JURIST is published by Pitt Law faculty and written and edited primarily by Pitt Law students. Over 100 major legal websites and intranets, including the U.S. Department of Justice, carry one of JURIST’s legal newsfeeds.


Of the Pitt Law School’s almost 8,000 living alumni, approximately 80 are current or former judges. Our alumni have served on all court levels except the United States Supreme Court. Pitt graduates have served as U.S. senators, attorney general, law school deans, corporate CEOs, and general counsel of major corporations -- including Alcoa Inc., HarperCollins, and Saks Fifth Avenue. This is why 9 Pittsburgh roots, global reach 9 is a phrase that well captures the combination of local commitment and national stature that Pitt Law School embodies.


Dean: Mary Crossley (412) 648-1401

Admissions and Financial Aid: Charmaine McCall (412) 648-1415

Library: George Pike (412) 648-1322

Career Services: Pamela Day (412) 648-2359

Development/ Alumni Affairs: Jui Joshi (412) 648-1909

Associate Dean of Students: Kevin Deasy (412) 648-5642

Director, Center for Bioethics and Health Law: Alan Meisel (412) 648-1384

Director, Center for International Legal Education:

Ronald A. Brand (412) 648-1307




MARY CROSSLEY, (Law Professor), born Knoxville, Tennessee, November 5, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, Tennessee; 1989, Connecticut; 1990, California. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1984); Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Health Law, Torts, Family Law. Email:crossley @


KEVIN D. ASHLEY, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, February 4, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, New York; 1982, Massachusetts; 1990, Pennsylvania. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1976); University of Massachusetts (Ph.D., 1989); Harvard University (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Cyberspace and Law, Intellectual Property, Artificial Intelligence & Law. Email:ashley @


ELENA ANNETTE BAYLIS, (Law Professor), born Portland, Oregon, June 21, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, California; 2000, District of Columbia. Education: University of Oregon, (B.A., 1993); Yale Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: International Law, Comparative Law, Torts, Conflict of Laws, Law & Religion. Email: ebaylis @


DEBORAH L. BRAKE, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, May 25, 1967; admitted to bar, 1990, Kentucky; 1992, District of Columbia. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1987); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, Feminist Legal Theory, Gender and the Law, Civil Rights.


RONALD A. BRAND, (Law Professor), born McCook, Nebraska, September 19, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Wisconsin (relinquished 1998); 1997, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Nebraska (B.A., 1974); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1977). COURSES: International Business Transactions, International Trade, Introduction to American Law, Transnational Litigation.


DOUGLAS M. BRANSON, (Law Professor), born June 10, 1945; Education: University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1965); Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1970); University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M., 1974). COURSES: Corporate Governance, Progressive Corporate Law Seminar, Corporations, Securities Regulation, Accounting and the Law.


BENJAMIN E. BRATMAN, (Law Professor), born Mountain View, California, May 7, 1965; admitted to bar, 1994, Georgia; 2004, Pennsylvania. Edcation: University of Washington (B.A., 1987); Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Legal Analysis and Writing, Employment Discrimination, Bar Exam Preparation. Email:beb9 @


TERESA KISSANE BROSTOFF, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, May 11, 1958; admitted to bar, 1992, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1984; J.D., 1991). COURSES:Legal Analysis and Writing, Advanced Legal Writing, English for Lawyers, Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning.


JOHN MICHAEL BURKOFF, (Law Professor), born Louisville, Kentucky, November 16, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Michigan; 1979, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1970; J.D., 1973); Harvard University (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Ethics, Criminal Defense and Prosecutorial Ethics, Advanced Search and Seizure Law. Email:burkoff @


NANCY M. BURKOFF, (Law Professor), born Murray, Kentucky, April 10, 1948; admitted to bar, 1995, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1970); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Legal Research, Writing and Analysis, LL.M. Program Writing and Analysis. Email:nburkoff @


PAT K. CHEW, (Law Professor), born El Paso, Texas, September 30, 1950; admitted to bar, 1982, Illinois; 1985, California; 2005, Pennsylvania. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1972); University of Texas (M.Ed., 1975; J.D., 1982). COURSES:Dispute Resolution, Employment Laws, Conflict and Culture, Employment Discrimination Laws, Race and the Law. Email:patchew @


EMILY A. COLLINS, (Law Professor), born Canton, Ohio, January 23, 1979; admitted to bar, 2004, Texas; 2008, Pennsylvania. Education: New York University (B.A., 2001); Pace University School of Law (J.D., 2004). COURSES: Environmental Law Clinic.


VIVIAN CURRAN, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 30, 1955; admitted to bar, 1984, Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 2007, U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1975); Columbia University (M.A., 1977; M.Phil., 1979; Ph.D., 1980; J.D., 1983). COURSES:The Civil Law Tradition, Estates and Trusts, Law and Globalization.


KEVIN DEASY, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 7, 1953; admitted to bar, 1984, Pennsylvania. Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.A.S.W., 1976); University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (M.S.W., 1978); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1984). COURSES:Legal Writing, Academic Support, Client Counseling, Legal Methods.


MIRIT EVAL-COHEN, (Law Professor), born Hadem, Israel, July 14, 1978; admitted to bar, 2003, Israel. Education: Tel-Aviv University (LL.B., 2002; LL.M., 2005; M.A., History of the Americans, 2009); University of California, Los Angeles (S.J.D., 2009). COURSES:Taxation. Email:tamirit @


JAMES L. FLANNERY, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, January 29, 1949; admitted to bar, 1986, Pennsylvania, Indiana. Education: Miami University (B.A., 1971); Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (M.U.R.P., 1974); University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Legal Analysis and Writing, History of American Law.


HARRY M. FLECHTNER, (Law Professor), born Fostoria, Ohio, April 8, 1952; admitted to bar, 1981, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1973; M.A., 1975; J.D., 1981). COURSES:Contracts, Sales, International Commercial Law.


DANIEL T. FRIEDSON, (Law Professor), born Kansas City, Missouri, October 4, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, Missouri; 2004, Pennsylvania. Education: Indiana University (B.A., 1995); University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Community Economic Development Clinic, Legal Issues for Nonprofit Management, Legal Issues for Music Management, Municipal Law, Public Finance. Email:dtf1 @


LAWRENCE A. FROLIK, (Law Professor), born Lincoln, Nebraska, January 10, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, New York; 1973, Massachusetts; 1976, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Nebraska (B.A., 1966); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1969; LL.M., 1972). COURSES: Elderly and the Law, Torts, Employee Benefits, Literature & the Law. Email:frolik @


HARRY J. GRUENER, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 14, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1966; J.D., 1969). COURSES: Family Law, Advanced Family Law Drafting, Family Law Clinic. Email:hgruener @


HAIDER ALA HAMOUDI, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio; admitted to bar, 1997, New York, 1998 U.S. District Court Southern District of New York. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.Sc., 1993); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1996; J.S.D., 2008). COURSES:Contracts, Commercial Law, Islamic Law.


DAVID HARRIS, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, December 3, 1957; admitted to bar, 1984, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia; 1986, Maryland; 1988, Illinois; 1992, Ohio. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1980); Yale Law School (J.D., 1983) Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1988). COURSES:Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, Professional Responsibility.


ARTHUR D. HELLMAN, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, December 9, 1942; admitted to bar, 1985, Pennsylvania. Education: Harvard University (LL.B., 1963); Yale Law School (J.D., 1966). COURSES: Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law.


DAVID JOHN HERRING, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, July 9, 1958; admitted to bar, 1985, Michigan; 1987, Illinois; 1990, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Michigan (B.B.A., 1980; J.D., 1985). COURSES:Antitrust, Constitutional Law, Legal Process.


BERNARD JOHN HIBBITTS, (Law Professor), born Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 29, 1959; admitted to bar, 1987, Nova Scotia. Education: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (B.A., 1980); Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario (M.A., 1981); Oxford University, Oxford, England (B.A., 1983); Harvard University (LL.M., 1988). COURSES: American Legal History, English Legal History, Property, Estates and Trusts.


ANTHONY INFANTI, (Law Professor), born Point Pleasant, New Jersey, August 29, 1968; admitted to bar, 1993, California; 1995, New York, New Jersey; 2000, Pennsylvania. Education: Drew University (B.A., 1990); University of California – Berkeley (J.D., 1993); New York University (LL.M., 1996). COURSES:Corporate Tax, Estate and Gift Tax, Federal Income Tax, International Tax.


JULES L. LOBEL, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, September 8, 1951; admitted to bar, 1979, New York. Education: New York University (B.A., 1972); Rutgers Law School (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Constitutional Law, International Law, Human Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law.


WILLIAM V. LUNEBURG, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, June 9, 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Massachusetts; 1974, Illinois; 1995, Pennsylvania. Education: Carleton College (B.A., 1968); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1971). COURSES:Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Advanced Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Litigation with the Federal Government.


MICHAEL J. MADISON, (Law Professor), born Redwood City, California, December 13, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, California. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1983); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, Trademark Law.


MARGARET M. MAHONEY, (Law Professor), born Buffalo, New York, October 21, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Michigan; 1975, New York. Education: LeMoyne College (B.A., 1970); University of Michigan (J.D., 1974). COURSES:Family Law, Property, Divorce Settlements.


MARTHA MANNIX, (Law Professor), born New Rachelle, New York, September 29, 1959; admitted to bar, 1986, California (inactive); 1991, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Vermont (B.A., 1981); University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Civil Practice Clinic (Elder Law).


FRANCIS BARRY MCCARTHY, (Law Professor), born Brockton, Massachusetts, April 12, 1946; admitted to bar, 1971, Massachusetts; 1979, Pennsylvania. Education: Stonehill College (A.B., 1967); Boston College (J.D., 1971); Columbia University (LL.M., 1975).. COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Juvenile Law.


ALAN MEISEL, (Law Professor), born Newark, New Jersey, December 24, 1946; admitted to bar, 1972, Connecticut; 1973, Pennsylvania. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1968; J.D., 1972). COURSES:Bioethics, Health Law, Torts.


JANICE M. MUELLER, (Law Professor), born St. Louis, Missouri, February 8, 1963; admitted to bar, 1990, Minnesota; 1991, District of Columbia; 1999, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute (BSChE, 1986); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1990). COURSES:International Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Intellectual Property Survey, Property. Email:mueller2 @


MARK ALAN NORDENBERG, (Law Professor), born Duluth, Minnesota, July 12, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Wisconsin; 1974, Minnesota; 1985, Pennsylvania. Education: Thiel College (B.A., 1970); University of Wisconsin (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Civil Procedure, International Litigation.


PETER OH, (Law Professor), born Los Angeles, California; admitted to bar, 1998, New York. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1994); University of Chicago (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, Law and Economics, Securities Regulation, Agency and Partnership. Email:poh @


GEORGE H. PIKE, (Law Professor), born Dubuque, Iowa, August 5, 1959; admitted to bar, 1985, Idaho. Education: Albertson College of Idaho (B.A., 1982); University of Idaho (J.D., 1985); University of Washington (M.L.S., 1988). COURSES: Legal Research, Privacy Law.


THOMAS ROSS, (Law Professor), born Bridgeton, New Jersey, April 26, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, Virginia; 1976, District of Columbia. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1971; J.D., 1974). COURSES:Legal Ethics, Torts, Jurisprudence.


ANN M. SINSHEIMER, (Law Professor), born Michigan, April 22, 1963; admitted to bar, 1995, Pennsylvania. Education: Northwestern University; University of Michigan (A.B., 1985; M.A., 1986); Howard University (1989); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Legal Writing, English for Lawyers.


STELLA L. SMETANKA, (Law Professor), born Latrobe, Pennsylvania, September 22, 1947; admitted to bar, 1980, Pennsylvania. Education: Carlow College (B.A., 1970); University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Health Law Practicum, Civil Practice Clinic (Health Law).


GEORGE H. TAYLOR, (Law Professor), born Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 15, 1951; Education: Brown University (A.B., 1973); University of Chicago (M.A., 1976); Harvard University (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Legislation, Jurisprudence, Property, Law & Human Behavior.


LU-IN WANG, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 6, 1962; admitted to bar, 1986, Illinois; 1988, Michigan. Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1983); University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1983); University of Michigan (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Contracts, Civil Procedure.


RHONDA WASSERMAN, (Law Professor), born Newark, New Jersey, July 8, 1958; admitted to bar, 1984, New York and New Jersey; 1995, Pennsylvania. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1980); Yale Law School (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Adoption Law. Email:wasserma @