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Education

  • Universite de Compiegne, Compiegne, France - 1983
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    B.A. in Criminology (Wharton School of Finance) - 1984
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctor - 1987
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Honors and Awards

  • "Legal Leader" Award - Twice, Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western Pennsylvania, 2007-2008
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, One of Pittsburgh's "50 Finest", 2004
  • Honoree, Jefferson Award for "Community Champion", 2003
  • Michael K. Smith Award for "Excellence in Service to the Public," Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1999
  • Approved by Hon. Stanton Wettick as a Special Arbitrator (especially for Landlord-Tenant Cases), 1995 - 1998
  • ABA Local Affiliate Award for Member Services, (1st Place), 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court Induction, 1996
  • ABA Local Affiliate Award for Public Service (1st Place), 1995
  • JCC Presidential Citation, 1992
  • Approved as Equitable Distribution and Partial Custody Master, 1991
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Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

1987

U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania

1987

U.S. Supreme Court

1996

Professional

Associations and Memberships

  • Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania (CLASP), Co-Creator, Co-Founder, and Inaugural Secretary, 2006-Present
  • Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania, Former Board of Directors, 1997-2006
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Appointed/Elected to Council, 2004-2007
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Bench-Bar Committee, 1992-Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, 1999-2002
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1994-1999
  • United Jewish Federation, Chair, Supreme Court Nominee Task Force (Winner of National Grant), 2005
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member, Speaker's Bureau, 1993-1998
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Nominating Committee, 1995-1998
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyers Division, 1995- 96, '97 - '98
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Ad Hoc Public Relations Committee, 1998
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Finance Committee's Pro Bono Subcommittee, 1996-1997
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Planning Committee, 1997
  • Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, Partial Custody Master; Special Arbitrator for Compulsory Arbitration, 1995-1996
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Performer, Players Section, 1989-1995
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Judge Baer's Middle School Peer Court Program, Inaugural Defense Supervisor, 1995
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Secretary, Young Lawyers Division, 1993
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Chair, Young Lawyers' Section, Member Services Committee, 1991-1992
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Public Relations Chair, Legislative Subcommittee, 1992
  • Commonwealth Business Exchange-East Networking Group, President, 1991
  • Commonwealth Business Exchange-East Networking Group, Vice President, 1990
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Indigent Divorce Program Restructuring Committee, 1990-1992
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Inns of Court, Inaugural Member, 1990
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Founder, Common Pleas Court Judges' Manual, 1995-1997
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Solo & Small Firm Section, 1993-1995
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Environmental Law, Real Estate & Arts and the Law Committees' Liaison
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Tel-Law Script Reviewer, Ongoing
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Delegate, Zone 12, 1996
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Member, Membership and Entertainment Law Committees
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Former Juror, High School Mock Trial Competition
  • United Jewish Federation, Newcomers' Outreach Program Creator/Chairman, 1988-1991
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute, NBI, and SES, CLE Seminar Writer/Speaker/Participant/Performer
  • JCC Singles, Co-Founder/President, Party Emcee, Responsible for Programming
  • JCC Theatre, Chair, 1994-1997
  • IACP: International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, Former Member
  • ACBA Softball Champion (SS/3B/LF): 1989, '94-'98, 2001-05, '08-'09
Community

Pro Bono Activities

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Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, Family Division: Volunteer, Indigent Divorce Program, 1992 - 2005
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, Family Division: Volunteer, Past "Pro Se" Motions Project Panel
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, Family Division: Past Co-Mediator, Generations Custody Program
Allegheny County Bar Foundation: NLSA/Hill House Family Law Clinics, Volunteer, 1992 - Present
Project Challenge/NLSA/Legal Aid Society of Pittsburgh, Volunteer, 1993 - Present
ProArts/GPAC: Volunteer Lawyer for "Starving Artists", 1997 - Present
YWCA: Past 2nd Saturday Classes and CLE Speaker/Writer - Domestic Relations & Mediation
"Greenfield Grapevine": Past "Legal Briefs" Columnist, 1998 - 1999
Allegheny County Bar Foundation, Golf Fundraiser Chair, 2001-05;Committee, 1998 - Present
Allegheny County Bar Association: Former Chair, Lawyer Referral Service and Disaster Relief Referral Panelist, 2000 - 2003
United Jewish Federation: Chair, Squirrel Hill Revitalization Project, 2002
United Jewish Federation: Named to Inaugural Select CPAC Board, 2001
Allegheny County Bar Association: Co-Chair, President's Ball, 1995 - 1998
United Jewish Federation: Yom Hashoa Planning Committee, 1998
United Jewish Federation: Holocaust Commission, 1993 - 1996
Jewish Community Center: Chair, Theatre Committee, 1992 - 1995
United Jewish Federation: Super Sunday/Fundfest Chair, 1993 - 1994
Abraxas Foundation: Cabaret Ball Committee (1992 & 1994)
Heart Association: Ball Committee, 1993
Special Olympics: Bachelor(ette) Charitable Fundraising Auction, Co-Creator and Emcee, 1987 - 1989
American Cancer Society: Event Chairperson, New Directions Committee, 1989
Leukemia Society: Board of Trustees, Inaugural Gelatin Slide Committee, 1989 - 1994
Inner City Junior Tennis Development Program: Inaugural Board of Directors, Emcee, 1987 - 1989
United Jewish Federation: Annual Mitzvah Day and Fundfest Volunteer, 1991 - Present
United Way: Day of Caring Former Program Coordinator and Participant
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition: Former Volunteer and Citizen's Patrol Driver
Open Stage Theatre: Former Board of Directors
Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank: Ongoing Volunteer
Blood Donor for decades until contracting lymphoma (now in remission)
Committed Trash Recycler
Shady Side Academy - Class Agent and Alumni Council Member
St. Edmund's Academy - Class Agent and Alumni Council Member
Better Business Bureau: Approved as Member in 2005
ZBT: Former University of Pennsylvania Executive Officer
Squirrel Hill Meals on Wheels: Board of Trustees, 2009 - Present
Pittsburgh New Works Festival: Board of Directors, 2009 - Present
ZOA Pittsburgh Chapter: Board of Directors, Communications/P.R. Chair, 2007 - Present
Nightwire Magazine: "Ask the Lawyer" Columnist, 2009 - Present