Dir. of Diversity Nicola Henry-Taylor Honored by ACBA
Duquesne University School of Law Director of Diversity, Nicola Henry-Taylor, Esq. L'96 will be The 2019 Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Honoree. Each year, the Women in the Law Division (WLD) of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) celebrates an outstanding woman in recognition of her dedication to advancing and improving the professional development of women lawyers.
Henry-Taylor is widely recognized as a tireless champion for women, diversity and inclusion. She started as the first director of diversity for the school of law in August 2018. In her short tenure, she's built strong relationships with students, alumni, prospective students, faculty, and organizations across campus like the Office of Community Engagement and has worked closely with law firms across the region to secure opportunities for diverse students. "I was totally shocked by this honor. The list of past awardees is incredible and includes some of my mentors like Dean Lally-Green," said Henry-Taylor.
She is the founder of Henry-Taylor Law, PC, which provides litigation-based legal services to residents located within the counties of Allegheny, Beaver, Westmoreland and Butler in western Pennsylvania. Practice focuses on Criminal Law, including Summary Offenses and Juvenile Cases; Family Law, including Protection from Abuse (PFA), Custody, and Support; Benefits Rights Law, including Social Security and Welfare matters.
Life of Service
Henry-Taylor is secretary of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) and an advisory board member of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. She recently completed a second three-year term on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Hearing Committee. Henry-Taylor is also an active member of the ACBA's Women in the Law Division and a member of the Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania, and African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and Duquesne Law Alumni Association.
Her previous professional and community service roles include serving the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee, Neighborhood Legal Services Association Pro Bono PFA Project, Genesis of Pittsburgh, Auberle Mentoring Program, and Homeless Children's Education Fund.
Henry-Taylor is dedicated to diversity and inclusion, particularly within the legal profession. She serves as a commissioner on the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission and as former chair of the ACBA's Women in the Law Division and former member of the Gender Equity Committee. Henry-Taylor chaired the Women in the Law Division's Diversity Collaborative and Women of Color initiatives. She is currently a member of the ACBA's Homer S. Brown Division for African American Attorney and been appointed to the ACBA Nominating Committee and the ACBA Board of Governors ad hoc Diversity Directory Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She continues to be active in the Allegheny County Bar Foundation (ACBF), serving as an ACBF Fellow and assisting other fellows over the years.
"This award really represents who we all are. Lawyers in Allegheny County like to help others. Particuialy the women. I want students to know that is the culture, it is genuine. We are here to help - when we say call us, we mean it," said Henry-Taylor.
Henry-Taylor has been a former prosecutor and chief law clerk to two president judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, experiences that have given her the opportunity to view the judicial system from the perspectives of both the commonwealth and the court. As a family law attorney, Henry-Taylor has handled domestic disturbance cases, appeared in Juvenile Court on both dependency (abused and neglected children) and delinquency (criminal conduct of children) matters, and represented pro-bono protection from abuse clients for many years. She has served as guardian ad litem, CJA federal public defender panel attorney, parent advocate panel attorney, and parent coordinator.
In recognition of her community service, Henry-Taylor has received the Duquesne Women's Law Association Woman of the Year Award, and the Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania's Susan B. Anthony Award and the Slippery Rock University Outstanding Young Alumni Award. She also has been recognized as a Rising Star by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Minority Bar Committee. She received her B.A. from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Carol Los Mansmann Award
The Women in the Law Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association Carol Los Mansmann Award is the organization's highest honor. The Honorable Carol Los Mansmann was the first woman appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Third Circuit, an associate professor of law at Duquesne University Law School, and an outstanding member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and Pittsburgh's legal community.
Judge Mansmann died suddenly on March 9, 2002. Following her death, her family, friends, fellow lawyers, and the Women in the Law Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association desired to honor her memory by establishing the Honorable Carol Los Mansmann Memorial Fund within the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and the annual Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award.
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