Woman of the Year and Recent Graduate of the Year honored at annual event

Two special alumni were honored during the 29th annual Woman of the Year on March 29. The event-held virtually this year-recognized the Woman of the Year and the Recent Graduate of the Year.

The Woman of the Year award is given to a female alumna who promotes gender equality, gives back to the community, demonstrates professionalism and leadership, and raises awareness about issues affecting women. She maintains a meaningful connection with female Duquesne Law students and pioneers a new path for women in the legal profession.

Catrina A. (Rogers) Melograna, L'11, was honored as this year's Woman of the Year. She has an out of this world law career. Melograna is currently a student at Leiden University's Air and Space Law Advanced LL.M. program, part of the International Institute of Air and Space Law. She also serves in the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs' (UNOOSA) Space4Women mentorship program and is the course manager for International Space University's (ISU) Executive Space Course for the Americas, which is a short program that connects people in diverse fields with the space industry.

Melograna is the co-founder of a cis-lunar services company called Moonscape, and co-owns a creative communications firm, Block by Block Creative, with her husband Jordan Melograna. She resides in Leiden, Netherlands. Read her full profile here.

The Recent Graduate of the Year award is given to a female alumna who also exemplifies these characteristics and who has graduated in the last five years. These awards have been given to many distinguished women in the legal field over the last twenty-eight years, including judges, prominent attorneys, professors, deans, and authors.

Tynishia Powell, L'16, was recognized as our Recent Graduate of the Year. She was involved in leadership positions during her time at Duquesne, including president of the Black Law Students Association here at Duquesne Law, as well as a member of Arbitration Moot Court and the Indigenous Law Society.

After graduating, Powell worked as a senior associate counsel and compliance manager with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. She recently began a new position at Arconic as associate counsel. Powell is the recipient of the 2019 Allegheny County Bar Association's Homer S. Brown Young Leaders Award. Read her full profile here.

The event featured Women's Law Association President, Lexi Jones, who gave the Welcome and Dean April Mara Barton, who gave the Remarks. Dean Barton and the School of Law congratulate these exceptional women and their contributions to the field of law.

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