Prof. Norton receives bar association public interest award

The Allegheny County Bar Foundation honored Professor Katherine Norton this week for her work providing legal services to underserved individuals. Norton received the Lorraine M. Bittner Public Interest Attorney Award on Nov. 1 at the Allegheny County Bar Association's 2017 Pro Bono Achievement event.

Each year, the foundation bestows the Bittner award to "an outstanding and dedicated attorney who is employed by an entity or program whose primary function is delivery of civil legal services to people with low incomes or organizations that serve people living in poverty or other underserved groups."

Norton supervises the Family Law Clinic and externship placements at Duquesne University School of Law. Through her work at Family Court, Norton and her students assist more than 400 individuals each year.

Prior to joining Duquesne as an assistant clinical professor, Norton was an active pro bono volunteer while in private practice, representing domestic violence victims at final PFA hearings, staffing the court's Self Help Center and helping families conciliate custody disputes. She has chaired the bar association's Public Service Committee and the Family Law Section's Public Service Committee.

The Lorraine M. Bittner Public Interest Attorney Award is named in honor of the first attorney to receive it in 2005, in recognition of her exceptional commitment to service working at Neighborhood Legal Services Association and the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

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