Commencement ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2020

Judge Maureen KellyAn in-person Commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2020 will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. The class, whose commencement in 2020 was virtual because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, will celebrate with a ceremony at the newly renovated UMPC Cooper Fieldhouse followed by a reception. The speaker for the ceremony will be Federal Magistrate Judge Maureen Kelly, L ‘87.

Judge Kelly serves on the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, appointed in 2011. She began her career as an associate at Thorp, Reed & Armstrong and then became partner, specializing in commercial and employment litigation. She continued to progress in her career with upward momentum, later joining Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir as a shareholder where she chaired the Employment and Labor Services Group. Her work at that practice was focused on litigation issues relating to the American Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, among others.

In her trial career, Judge Kelly received awards and accolades. She was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Council of America. She is a Fellow in the Academy of Trial Advocacy and was elected to the Academy of Trial Lawyers in Allegheny County. Judge Kelly has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, one of Pittsburgh's Top 50 Lawyers, and one of Pennsylvania's Top 50 Women Lawyers.

Judge Kelly has received many other professional honors. She was named Woman of the Year in May 2004 by the Women's Law Association of Duquesne School of Law and was presented with the 1999 Duquesne School of Law Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award for her achievements in the legal profession and service to the community. In 2016 she inducted as a member of the Duquesne University Century Club in recognition of her exemplary record of professional achievement and service to the community.

Judge Kelly serves in leadership roles in the Pennsylvania State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Board of Governors of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and has served as one of the judges overseeing the Re-integration into Society Effort ("RISE") Court. She was additionally appointed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to serve as co-chair of the newly established Re-entry Committee of the Circuit.

We look forward to sharing this event with our Class of 2020 alumni, their friends, and families. The event will follow CDC Guidelines and University policies. For event information, including registration, please click here.

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