Biography

Work:  Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA), Pittsburgh, PA

2018-present            Director of Advocacy

1995-2018                 Managing attorney with full caseload

1987-1995                 Unit Chief, Consumer Unit, Pittsburgh office

1984-1987                 Consumer specialist in Litigation Unit, South Side

1981-1984                 Managing attorney in neighborhood office, Hill District

1978-1981                 Staff attorney in neighborhood office, Lawrenceville

Legal practice:  Continue to provide direct client service with a focus on saving people’s homes.  Extensive mortgage foreclosure and bankruptcy work; also other consumer cases such as judgment execution, utility terminations, tax delinquency.  Helped to design the Allegheny County mortgage conciliation program and led training locally.  Invited to participate in a state-wide committee formed by the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts to encourage the establishment of mortgage conciliation programs in each county.  One of two Legal Services attorneys in Pennsylvania to participate as a trainer in a seminar presented by AOPC to Common Pleas judges and court administrators in October, 2010.  Train and supervise the NLSA bankruptcy law students. Created and maintain a Bankruptcy database on the NLSA system which provides current information on legal and practice issues.
 

Managerial responsibilities:  In charge of the strategic direction for NLSA casework and advocacy. Providing case management reviews, performance reviews and creating systems as needed to respond to the ever-changing demands of our practice. Help to supervise the legal work done by attorneys, paralegals and law students for all offices. Designed and continue to organize our summer intern program which has been very successful both in giving the law students valuable practical experience and expanding client service. Member of the attorney hiring committee, and hire the paid law students. Help to write and create budgets for grant applications.

Education

  • B.A. University of Pittsburgh, 1974
  • J.D. University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1978

Professional Activities

  • Frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on bankruptcy and consumer topics.
  • Frequent lecturer for other organizations locally, state-wide and nationally.  Recent topics have included the intersection of consumer law and domestic violence at two National Consumer Law Center conferences; mortgage diversion programs for the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network conference in Harrisburg; overview of mortgage foreclosure litigation for the Butler County Bar Association; Bankruptcy law and pro bono clinics, for the Allegheny County Bar Association.
  • Contributing author to “Pennsylvania Consumer Law” published by Bisel; I wrote the chapter on Judgment Execution and update it each year.
  • Active member of the ACBA Ethics committee since 2008, meeting monthly to review inquiries from attorneys about the Rules of Professional Responsibility.
  • Selected to serve on the Standing Rules Committee for the Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Created a workshop on consumer law and financial literacy which I present to local women’s shelters.  

Profile Information

About

  • Pennsylvania; WD PA
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

2006 Edwin O’Connor award, given by the Allegheny County Bar Foundation

2009 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence award

Elder Law Justice Project