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Women's Law Association

The Women's Law Association sponsors a variety of programs that provide information on issues of social and legal concern to women law students.  The WLA is dedicated to raising awareness about issues affecting women, and each year it recognizes an alumna and a recent graduate who demonstrate leadership and a dedication to their community.   The organization sponsors an annual Woman of the Year Reception to honor the distinguished female alumna awardees.

Speed Networking with the Women's Bar Association

March 26, 2014  5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  Law School Room 414

Students will have the opportunity to meet attorneys working in various settings and practice areas.

Nicola Henry-Taylor (L'96) will offer keynote remarks and participate in the speed networking.

The networking portion of the program will last for approximately one hour, followed by a reception.

Registration is limited to the first 30 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect - Events tab. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may arrive late or leave early due to class schedules. Please send a note to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) if you will be arriving late or leaving early.

Check The Common Plea for additional CSO events.

Violence Against Women Act: Panel Discussion

March 27, 2014  Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Law School Room 204
Lunch Provided

Meet the Panel:



22nd Annual Woman of the Year Reception Honoring
Woman of the Year Nicola Henry-Taylor, Esq., L'96
Graduate of the Year Christina Horton Duty, Esq., L'10

Event co-sponsored by Allegheny County Bar Association Women in the Law Division,
Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania, Duquesne Law Alumni Association and  Office of Student Organizations

Wednesday April 2, 2014   5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at The Common Plea, 310 Ross Street.    

Awards Presentation at 6:00 p.m.  

RSVP by March 26

Nicola Henry-Taylor, Esq. is the owner of the Law Office of Nicola Henry-Taylor, LLC. The Law Office of Nicola Henry-Taylor, LLC provides litigation-based legal services to residents located within the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Westmoreland and Butler in Western Pennsylvania. The practice focuses on Criminal Law; including Federal cases and juvenile matters; Family Law, including Protection from Abuse ("PFA"), Custody, Support, Termination of Parental Rights and Adoptions; Benefits Rights Law, including Social Security and Welfare. She serves as Guardian ad Litem, CJA Federal Public Defender Panel Attorney, Parent Advocate Panel Attorney, Arbitrator and Parent Coordinator.

Henry-Taylor is a 1996 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law. As a former prosecutor and a chief law clerk to two President Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, Ms. Henry-Taylor has had the unique opportunity to view the judicial system from the perspective of the Commonwealth, client and the Court.

Christina Horton Duty received her Juris Doctor Degree, summa cum laude, in 2010 from the Duquesne University School of Law, where she served as 

a senior staff member on the Duquesne Law Review, was the recipient of the Law Alumni Scholarship and was honored for an Outstanding Oral Argument in 2008. Ms. Duty was the recipient of several CALI Excellence for the Future awards for achievements in Legal Process and Procedure, Trial Advocacy and Professional 

onsibility. She was awarded the Abraham and Anna Helman Memorial Prize and the John J. Sciullo Peer Excellency Award, served as Editor in Chief for Jur
is Magazine, senator for the Student Bar Association and was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, the Women's Law Association and the Unemployment Compensation Clinic.

Past Recipients

Woman of the Year Recent Graduate of the Year
Mary C. McGinley
Lisa Barnett
Ella Kwisnek
Kathryn M. Cooper
Amelia Joiner
Sarah L. Andrews
Toni Pellegrini
Michelle A. Mantini
Vanessa S. Browne-Barbour
Amie M. Mihalko
Mary-Jo Rebelo
Nicole Scialabba
Honorable Stephanie Domitrovich
Honorable Kate Ford Elliott
Honorable Joy Flowers Conti
Maureen P. Kelley
Jacklyn A. Cherry
Marie Milie Jones
Vanessa S. Browne-Barbour
Honorable Joan Orie Melvin
Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin
Linda L. Kelly
Honorable Maureen E. Lally-Green
Honorable Donetta W. Ambrose
Caroline Mitchell
1994- 1995
Lynne N. Crenny
Gretchen Haggerty


21st Annual Woman of the Year Reception Honoring

Woman of the Year Mary C. McGinley & the

Recent Graduate of the Year Lisa M. Barnett


Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013  5:30 to 7:30 Storms Restaurant

Storms is located at 429 4th Avenue.

We hope that you will join us in honoring these outstanding women attorneys.

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the awards presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Please RSVP to Andrea C. Capasso at capassoa@duq.edu