Woman of the Year Event

30th Annual Woman of the Year Reception 2022

photo of donna allen rosemond  Woman of the Year: Donna Allen-Rosemond, L'81

photo of nicole de leon prieto  Recent Graduate of the Year: Nicole de Leon Prieto, L'18

The Woman of the Year Reception was established by the students of the Duquesne University Women's Law Association and honors two distinguished women: 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, raises awareness about issues affecting women, maintains a meaningful connection with female Duquesne Law students, and pioneers a new path for women in the legal profession.

The Recent Graduate of the Year is given to a female alumna who also exemplifies these characteristics and who has graduated within the last five years. These awards have been given to many distinguished women in the legal field over the last twenty-nine years, including judges, prominent attorneys, professors, deans and authors. The recipients this year are welcome additions to the legacy and tradition.

This year's Woman of the Year Reception will be held on campus at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. This event is hosted by the Duquesne University Women's Law Association, with sponsorship from the Duquesne University Law Alumni Association and Reed Smith. 

The Duquesne University Women's Law Association President, Meghann Principe, will give the Welcome, Dean April Mara Barton of the Duquesne University School of Law will give the Remarks, Josephine Mlakar, the Duquesne University Women's Law Association Vice President will provide the Awards Overview.  Nicole de Leon Prieto, Recent Graduate of the Year, will be introduced by Associate Dean Ella Kwisnek of the Duquesne University School of Law.  Donna Allen-Rosemond, Woman of the Year, will be introduced by both Francietta Allen, BSN, RN and Denise R. Turner, Esquire.  Closing remarks will be given by Natalie Packert, the Duquesne University Women's Law Association Treasurer.

Woman of the Year 2022 Sponsors

allegheny county bas association women in the law division

Duquesne Law Alumni Association

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Past Recipients - Woman of the Year

2021  Catrina A. Melograna
2020 Andrea Ocepek Geraghty
2019 Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
2018 Katie Charlton
2017 Jessica Jurasko
2016 Cynthia E. Kernick
2015 Tracey McCants Lewis
2014 Nicola Henry-Taylor
2013 Mary C. McGinley
2012 Assistant Dean Ella Kwisnek
2011 Professor Amelia Joiner
2010 Toni Pellegrini
2009 Associate Dean Vanessa S. Browne-Barbour
2008 Mary-Jo Rebelo
2007 Honorable Stephanie Domitrovich
2006 Honorable Kate Ford Elliott
2005 Honorable Joy Flowers Conti
2004 Maureen P. Kelly
2003 Professor Jacklyn A. Cherry
2002 Marie Millie Jones
2001 Professor Vanessa S. Browne-Barbour
2000 Honorable Joan Orie Melvin
1999 Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin
1998 Linda L. Kelly
1997 Honorable Maureen E. Lally-Green
1996 Honorable Donetta W. Ambrose
1995 Caroline Mitchell
1994 Lynna N. Crenny
1993 Gretchen Haggerty

Past Recipients - Recent Graduate of the Year   

2021 Tynishia Powell
2020 Emily C. Weiss
2019 Rebecca L. Silinski
2018 Tami L. Mack
2017 Shayna Petrella Raver
2016 Dr. Christy M. Gamble
2015 Gabriella Steier
2014 Christina Horton Duty
2013 Lisa M. Barnett
2012 Kathryn M. Cooper
2011 Sarah L. Andrews
2010 Michelle Mantini
2009 Amie M. Mihalko
2008 Nicole Scialabba