Featured Alumni

Patricia Dodge

Patricia Dodge, L'81

Judge Patricia Dodge was appointed Magistrate Judge by the Board of Judges for the Western District of Pennsylvania for an eight year term. Prior to this appointment, she was a partner at Meyer Unkovic & Scott where she served as managing partner for many years. Dodge also served as the president of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and president of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, who honored her with the Joseph F. Weis Distinguished Service Award.

Dodge had also been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is active in her community, serving on the board of the National Aviary and president of council in the borough of Thornburg, Pa.

Dodge is a graduate of Duquesne's evening program: "As someone working full time, I appreciated the fact that Duquesne has an excellent night school program that fit my needs. I enjoyed law school, obtained an excellent education and continue to work and interact with my classmates."

Brazitte Poole

Brazitte Poole, L'19

The challenge of law school has shown Brazitte Poole just how hard she can work and how much she can accomplish. "You push yourself to impossible limits and now to be able to get that prize I feel really good about that." Poole was recently honored as one of The New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 honorees, which recognizes 40 African-Americans in our area under the age of 40 who are making a difference.

Poole is a Pittsburgh native who earned her undergraduate degree in political science at Slippery Rock University and began her career at the Social Security Administration. After several years she wanted to follow her dream of attending law school but knew leaving a good federal job came with risks but she notes that, "three years later I'm doing things I would have never gotten a chance to do at that job, ever."

All the while she has been working with several women on the organization she helped cofound before coming to Duquesne, Invest In Her. "We wanted to lend support to female entrepreneurs because we were finding that Pittsburgh is this hub of startups, incubators and we weren't seeing women represented in that growth."

On her experience at Duquesne Law: "Duquesne made me feel wanted in a way that the other law schools I applied to didn't. I felt like they were invested in me as a student. I wanted that personal connection."

William Stickman

William Stickman IV, L'05

Judge Stickman was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on July 31, 2019.

He was previously a partner with the Pittsburgh firm Del Sole Cavanaugh Stroyd, where his practice focused on commercial and appellate matters. Stickman served as a judicial law clerk to the late Chief Justice Ralph Cappy of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and an associate at the Pittsburgh offices of Reed Smith LLP.

Stickman was nominated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve as one of fifteen members of the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee. In 2016, the Supreme Court appointed him to serve as Chair of the Committee. He is also a member of the Selden Society.

On the value of a Duquesne Law education: "Duquesne Law prepares students for the actual practice of law. I felt ready from day-one. I am certain that my education and experience at Duquesne gave me the skills that I needed to serve my clients in practice and, now, to take the bench to serve the public. I am proud to be a Duquesne alum. "