Barbara Griffin

Adjunct Professor, Clinical Legal Education
School of Law

Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education 308
Phone: 412.396.4704


J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1991
B.S., Foriegn Service from Georgetown University, 1985

Barbara Griffin teaches in the Civil Rights Clinic, where she works with students on cases involving employment discrimination, criminal records expungement, and pardons. She is a frequent lecturer on issues relating to equal access to justice and the provision of free legal services to individuals with very low incomes.

Although she began her legal career in private practice at both large and small law firms, Ms. Griffin has mostly been a public interest lawyer. She served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, where she provided general counsel to the agency and wrote advisory opinions on a wide range of issues. She worked for the Texas House of Representatives writing reports and summaries of legislative developments on public policy issues for state legislators. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene Strassburger in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Currently, Ms. Griffin directs the Pro Bono Center of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, where she creates, manages, and supports programs that provide free legal services to individuals and families facing legal issues that threaten their basic human needs.

Ms. Griffin was named the 2018 Tanya Niemen Pro Bono Professional of the Year by the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals. The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc., named Ms. Griffin winner of the 2017 Excellence Award, which recognizes exceptional individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their efforts to expand access to justice for those who have nowhere else to turn for help when facing a critical legal problem.

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Ms. Griffin to serve a three-year term on the board of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security.


Civil Rights Clinic (01)

FALL 2019
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