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Advisory Board

Photo of Pablo EcheverriPablo Echeverri

Pablo Echeverri is an assistant professor of law and teaches Corporations at Duquesne University School of Law. View his full profile.

Kevin Miller

Bill Permar


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 Christine Pink

Christine Pink works full-time as a Paralegal in the Capital Habeas Unit (CHU) at the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  The CHU represents death row inmates in their federal habeas appeal.  Mrs. Pink is primarily responsible for gathering documents related to the client, their family and the case, as well as organizing those documents in a document management database.  

Mrs. Pink has a Bachelor'sDegree from Youngstown State University and earned a Paralegal Certificate from the Duquesne University Paralegal Institute in 2008. She started out in labor and employment defense and has worked in various other civil litigation areas such as asbestos, personal injury, and medical malpractice before working for the Federal Public Defender in 2010. 

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Marcy Smorey-Giger

Marcy Smorey-Giger is an alumna of Duquesne University School of Law. In addition, she received her Master of Science degree from the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Science at Duquesne University, and she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College.

Smorey-Giger is an adjunct faculty member here at the Paralegal Institute. View Marcy's full profile

 Abbie Steiner


Photo of Mary WelshMary Welsh

Mary Welsh helps law firms and corporate legal departments in the Pittsburgh area with legal staffing and managed solutions every day. Mary joined Special Counsel in 2005, bringing over 18 years of legal experience within multiple practice areas at two prestigious Pittsburgh firms. She put her industry knowledge to work as a Special Counsel legal staffing recruiter before being promoted to Vice President.   Mary was promoted to Executive Director in 2014 and now oversees all legal recruiting and business development functions for Special Counsel in the Pittsburgh market. Prior to her legal solutions and corporate assistant/paralegal careers, Mary worked as a commercial mortgage underwriter for an international financial institution and as an arts educator. A Pittsburgh native, she holds a degree from Robert Morris University.