Pitt Law Women's Association

PLWA is an educational and professional network that promotes women’s causes. Our membership is op

The Pitt Law Women's Association (PLWA) exists to connect the Pitt Law community and provide students with activities and events that will further their law careers. The Pitt Law Women's Association was founded to give female law students a community within a male-dominated field. As women's equality in the law has grown, PLWA as changed as well into an organization dedicated to celebrating the ac

Operating as usual

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Next up on our member spotlight series is Elizabeth!!

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Starting out our member spotlight series: meet Sophia! Swipe to learn more about her ❤️

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Meet our 1L representatives for this year!


Happy Sunday! Reminding all members that our first professional event of the year is on Tuesday ✨

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Recap of our mentor/mentee event! Thanks to everyone for coming to our first event of the year 😊
Reminder: we are making posters with If/When/How tomorrow for the women’s march! See our previous post for details ✨


Event tonight for our mentors and mentees!


Come join PLWA and If/When/How to make posters for the women’s march this Thursday at 5:30!!

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Finally we have our marketing manager, Erica 💖

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Next is Nicole 💖 our secretary!

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Next we have Samantha, our treasurer! 💗

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Next is Thalia 💗 our community liaison!!

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Next is Emma, our representatives manager!! 💞

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Next we have our business manager Abby 💞

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Next up for our executive board is our vice president Sophia! 💜

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Meet our 2022-2023 executive board, starting off with our president Natalie 💜 swipe to learn more about her!

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Together, we will continue to work to ensure all people are provided with the legal rights and protection of sexual and reproductive choice.


Join some amazing organizations for a Valentine’s Day Trivia event next week! RSVP through the link in our bio!


Congrats on making it to the last day of finals, Pitt Law! 1Ls, start your winter break off right by joining us and PDO to make sure you are doing the most with your time off from classes! Zoom link will be provided in our bio closer to the event! Hope to see you there!


Calling all 1Ls! Join us and to review for your Bluebook exam and for some coffee before! Hope to see you there!


Join us and OUTLAW this Wednesday (9/29) and Saturday (10/2) to help fight for Reproductive Rights!


Join us tomorrow to learn more about our organization, some general Q&A, and our executive board’s advice to the 1Ls about outlining! We hope to see you there!


Finally, I am the Webmaster for PLWA! I am a joint JD/MPH student, and I am currently working on my master’s degree in Health Policy and Management. I am originally from New Jersey. I graduated from Muhlenberg College in May 2020, where I majored in neuroscience and minored in political science and public health. This summer, I worked as a law clerk for Tucker Arensberg, P.C. This semester, you can find me around the law school working as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Weisberg’s section of Torts and working as a Staff Editor of Law Review. For fun, I love reading psychological thrillers.


Cassie is the Community Liaison for PLWA. She is a 2L and currently works as Disability Law Intern for Neighborhood Legal Services. She completed her undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon and is a Pittsburgh native. Prior to law school, she worked as a domestic violence advocate and lobbied for the civil rights of sexual assault survivors.


Corey is a 2L from the Pittsburgh area. She went to Pitt for undergrad and majored in political science and history. She loved it so much that she chose to stay for law school. She has taken an interest in real estate and sports law. In addition to PLWA, she is a member of the sports and entertainment law society. She loves sports, especially the Pens and Pitt. She also loves animals, especially dogs. A fun fact about Corey is that she met Bo and Sunny Obama (the Obama’s dogs)!


Katelyn, a 2L, attended the University of Rochester for undergrad where she majored in Political Science and Business. She is interested in Corporate and Tax law. For fun, she likes to walk her dog and travel.


Lucia Romani is a 2L originally from Beckley, WV, and she is so excited to be the PWLA secretary for the coming year! She attended WVU and studied English and Philosophy. She is interested primarily in health law and hopes to get some experience in the field this year. She also loves reading, eating delicious food, and riding her horse.


Catrina Abbott, a 2L, currently serves as the Vice President of PLWA. Her hometown is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Science – Business Administration with concentrations in Human Resources and Marketing from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. She worked for several years in Recruiting and Employee Engagement before going to law school. This year, she will continue to work as a Law Clerk at GRB Law, and will start as a Teaching Assistant for Legal Analysis and Writing and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Law and Commerce. She is also involved in Christian Legal Society, Phi Alpha Delta, Student Ambassadors, Prisoner Legal Support Project, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Congrats on making it through the first week of classes, Pitt Law Students! PLWA is celebrating by introducing you to our Executive Board members!

Christine Pelini, a 2L, serves as president. She is from North Canton, Ohio and went to the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree in Political Science, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. She is a candidate for the John P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Concentration Program, as she hopes to work in civil litigation in the future. She is currently a member of the Mock Trial team, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce, and Director of Public Outreach for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

Christine shares the following message: “Our executive board is made up of intelligent, kind, and dedicated women. They embody the attributes of a devoted law student, a role model, and a strong woman. I am incredibly excited to see the Pitt Law Women’s Association continue to grow and develop. As President of PLWA, I hope to continue our organization’s legacy and purpose of educating about women in the law community. PLWA has recently included intersectionality in our view of gender equity in the legal profession, which I will continue and expand. I will work with other organizations to educate on social issues that affect women. I will continue to celebrate the accomplishments of women in law in our community, by hosting the annual event, Marjorie Madison Day. I am proud to be President of an organization that makes a difference in our community.”


Join us in attending the ACBA’s Women Law Division lunch on Friday, April 9th from 12 PM to 1 PM. The lunch will consist of an informal Zoom discussion and networking event to connect law students at Duquesne and Pitt with practicing attorneys. This is a great opportunity to meet local attorneys in a casual setting!

To sign up for this lunch, please email Julie Vanneman at [email protected].


For the first time in the history of the Oscars, more than one female filmmaker has been nominated for an Academy Award for best director in a single year.

Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”) scored nominations alongside Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”), David Fincher (“Mank”) and Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”). The honor is also notable because the category rarely features any women: Before this year, only five female filmmakers had been recognized.

Link in bio for the full story.


Today is International Women’s Day, which celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women throughout the world. The United Nations General Assembly recognizes this day because the active participation, equality, and development of women is necessary to secure peace, social progress, and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms.


March is Women’s History Month! This month, we celebrate the often overlooked contributions of women to history, culture, and society.

PLWA recognizes that the history of the women’s movement towards equality has not been equal to all women, nor has it always recognized the contributions of all women. While the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote in 1920, black women did not get equal access to the ballot until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. History recognizes women suffragist leaders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but the women at the forefront of the African American women’s suffrage movement have not had the same historical recognition. Black activists like Mary Church Terrell, the first president of the pro-suffrage National Association of Colored Women, and Adella Hunt Logan, a member of the National American Women’s Suffrage Association who campaigned for universal suffrage, have been left out of our mainstream history textbooks. 

PLWA also celebrates the contributions of trans women and recognizes that trans womanhood is womanhood. We celebrate Angela Morely, the first openly trans person to be nominated for an Oscar. We celebrate Sir Lady Java, who gained national attention when she joined with the ACLU to challenge a law banning “cross-dressing” in L.A. We celebrate the thousands of other trans women who have made their mark in history. 

This Women’s History Month, and all others to come, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of ALL women, including women of color, trans women, and all women within the LGBTQIA+ community. We acknowledge how far we’ve come in achieving equality, and we recognize how far we still have to go.


Barbara Ann Rowan, advocate for black lawyers, recently passed away at age 82 from Covid-19.

Ms. Rowan was an early Black student at the elite Dalton School in Manhattan after it began integrating racially in the 1940s.

In 1971, Ms. Rowan, then 32, joined the prestigious U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, making her the first Black female prosecutor there. Ms. Rowan’s hiring helped break ground for women generally in the Southern District, especially in its criminal division, where only two or three women had preceded her.

In 1982, Ms. Rowan was attending an Alexandria Bar Association event when a prominent defense lawyer used a racial slur in delivering an after-dinner speech to more than 100 people. The lawyer drew a standing ovation when the speech ended, but Ms. Rowan, the only Black attorney present, remained seated.

After Ms. Rowan described the incident to Gerald Bruce Lee, a Black lawyer who had encouraged her to attend the event, he organized a group of Black attorneys to send a protest letter to the bar. The bar expressed “deep sorrow” over what it called “a mistake by an old man.” The incident helped spur the formation of a new bar group, the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association, who went on to hold state and federal judgeships. In the words of Lee, “we realized we needed to unite and to support each other and to be our own voice.”

Link in bio for the full story.


Every year women do trillions of dollars’ worth of unpaid household work. In the United States alone, that total amounted to roughly $1.2 trillion in 2019, a figure nearly the size of the New York State economy.

Nina Banks, an associate professor of economics at Bucknell University, argues there is another form of work that has been historically overlooked and uncounted: community activism by Black and other marginalized women.

“Not only are we doing paid work for our communities and unpaid work in our households,” Dr. Banks said. “We are also doing a third layer of community work — we’re exhausted.” Banks argues that recognizing this collective activism as work reveals the extra burden Black and brown women are under.

Link in bio for her full story.

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Taking a pause on our women & girls series to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. Dr. King was an incredible activist and we encourage our members to embrace his legacy and to speak out against injustice today and every day.


It’s that time of year where our 1Ls are beginning to apply for their first summer legal positions! This can be a really exciting time, but is often also a source of stress for many students (especially during a global pandemic).

PLWA wants to help you navigate the job search process with some tips and tricks. We will be posting a new tip every few days, so make sure to keep up with our socials!

We are also starting an “Interview Bank,” so if you are a 2L or 3L reading this: please send us a short word document with the names of different firms you applied to in your own legal job search as well as the questions you were asked during interviews with those firms. This doc can be emailed to [email protected] and will be posted on TWEN for our members to access! *Don’t worry, this is PDO approved.*

Today’s tip is one I personally implemented in my job search last January. Sending a brief follow up email to the person you interviewed with is a sign of respect and can also help them to better remember who you are and what you talked about. It’s a great way to make sure you’ll stand out in a pool of other applicants.

We hope everyone enjoys this series and please feel free to reach out to PLWA members and mentors with any questions during this time!


Meena Harris is a lawyer, former tech executive for Uber, and founder of T-shirt company “Phenomenal Woman.” She also happens to be the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris.

The name of Ms. Harris’s company comes from a Maya Angelou poem, published in 1978: “I’m a woman / Phenomenally. / Phenomenal woman, / That’s me.”

First sold during Women’s History Month in March 2017, the “Phenomenal Woman” shirt was meant to remind people that Ms. Angelou “came before us, and it was women like her who made it possible for the Women’s March to happen in the huge way that it did.”

During a summer of mass protests against racism and injustice, Ms. Harris’s apparel took on new resonance. Naomi Campbell wore a “Phenomenally Black” T-shirt for a high-end fashion event in July. Regina King accepted her lead actress Emmy in September wearing a shirt by Ms. Harris, with an illustration of Breonna Taylor and the words “Say Her Name.”

The Breonna Taylor shirt, released in August, flooded social media. On its front, the black tee read “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor” in pink text. Profits from the $45 shirt benefited the Breonna Taylor Foundation. (Depending on sales, other Phenomenal products raise anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000 for a nonprofit, according to Ms. Harris.)

Link in bio for her full story.

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PLWA condemns the violent attack on democracy that occurred at the US Capitol on Wednesday.

On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters, white supremacists, and other domestic terrorists incited a riot at the United States Capitol building. The riot sent senators, representatives, aides, interns and reporters to seek shelter while offices were ransacked and other damage took place.

Amidst the chaos, two Senate aides directed staffers to gather the 18-inch by 10-inch boxes of electoral votes, the votes that had drawn the violent mob, and to transport the boxes to the House so that they could be certified. The two women are college students who have not been named for a number of safety reasons.

PLWA applauds the women who saved the electoral votes and looks up to the courage they displayed in protecting our democracy. As law students we respect the rule of law and the peaceful proceeding of our constitutional processes. The events that occurred on Wednesday are unacceptable and we encourage all of our members to use their voices to speak out against these and other injustices.


It’s that time of year! Finals are quickly approaching and PLWA is here to help ease some of the stress that comes with them. If you’re wondering: What kind of finals does my professor give? What should my outlines look like? Should I even make an outline for this class? What other resources can I use to study? PLWA will be answering these questions and more on Sunday, November 15 from 12 PM to 1 PM. During this time, we will have breakout rooms where students who had your professors in the past can answer questions specific to that professor. We will also offer general advice on how to prepare and do well during finals season.

The Zoom link for this event is https://pitt.zoom.us/j/98374982981 and the password is PLWA.

We hope to see everyone there!


PLWA & .pittlaw will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, October 8th, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, focused on Abortion During 2020. Professor Greer Donley will speak to the challenges of accessing abortion during COVID and what the future of abortion looks like following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

This is an extremely important topic and we strongly encourage you all to attend.

In order to attend, you must first register at https://pitt.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zZL6TPohQ-GoRx9tE9eevQ (this link is also in our Instagram bio).

We hope to see you all on Thursday!

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