Family Honors June Schulberg L'69 with Named Resource Fund
The family of June Schulberg Bowers L'69 has established a resource fund in her name to benefit students attending Duquesne Law similarly situated to her: a single parent raising young children who has a full-time job, but is motivated to go to night law school and could use some financial assistance. The fund was established by her children, Arnie L'77 and Howie L'79, and their wives, Kathy Schulberg and Patricia Dodge L'80.
"We are proudly following in the footsteps of our mother, for whom the fund is named," Arnie said. "Both of us are graduates of Duquesne Law School, and we wished to continue our mother's efforts in providing financial support to the Law School.
"We saw this fund as another opportunity to honor the path that our mother took as a single parent raising young children who had a full-time job, but was motivated to go to night school to finish her college degree and then attend a program offering evening law school to reach her own goals and to provide for her family."
At the time June Schulberg graduated, there were very few female law students, so she was considered a trailblazer. She was the first female president of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association and was an active supporter of and donor to Duquesne Law and other charitable causes, particularly the Jewish refuseniks during the latter days of what was then the Soviet Union.
Howie expanded on his mother's prolific legal career.
"During the 30-plus years of her career, she became well known as one of the premier family law attorneys," he said. "She was also active in the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Academy of Trial Lawyers. Over the years, many attorneys, mostly females, have told us that our mother was an inspiration for them."
The Schulberg family knows the significance of a Duquesne Law education, and that resources are needed to help students attain their goals.
"A legal education opens the world to you," Arnie said. "It provides you with analytical skills that can be used in every endeavor."
Howie added that "in addition, the local legal community is and has been especially dear to both our mother and us. We know our mother's circle of friends expanded greatly by being a part of the local legal community, and we too have made lifelong friends as members of this community. To say nothing of marrying members of that same legal community!"
PILA Champions Program
Thanks to the efforts of Jon Perry L'91 and Rob Marino L'79, the School of Law has established a PILA Champions program to assist our Public Interest Law Association (PILA) with providing fellowships to assist students working with organizations that provide direct legal services to low-income and underserved clients. Law students apply for consideration in the spring, and those awarded fellowships work in 10-week placements during the summer. Fellows receive a stipend for their work.
In its second year, the program raised $21,500 this past spring for 2021 stipends. To become a PILA Champion, a law firm or other entity must pledge at least $1,000 a year.
"COVID has caused financial problems impacting way too many people, and PILA has really been impacted," Perry said. "PILA is the very essence of the Duquesne spirit-providing low-income and underserved individuals with needed legal assistance while allowing our students to gain legal experience in an environment where they can they truly feel good about the benefits their efforts have conferred. It was really important for us to raise the funds to continue this worthy program."
We are grateful for our 2021 Champions:
DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Berardinelli
Duquesne Law Alumni Association
Goodrich & Associates
Goodrich & Geist
Meyer Unkovic & Scott
Rosen & Perry