Duquesne University School of Law

Meet our Students & Young Grads

Jessica Rosenblatt

Class of 2016
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Concentration: Energy and Environmental Law
President of the Environmental Law Society; executive content editor of Joule: Duquesne Energy & Environmental Law Journal; member of the Health Law Society, Energy and Mineral Law Association, Public Interest Law Association, and Family Law Society.

"I would tell anyone considering law school, first, make sure you want to be a lawyer. If the answer is unequivocally yes, find what you’re passionate about and pursue it relentlessly." 
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Brook Dirlam

Class of 2016
Hometown: Honesdale, Pa.

Practice-area interest: Labor and Employment Law
Appellate Moot Court Board coach and Business Law Journal research editor

"As an undergrad I was trying to decide whether I should stay at Penn State for law school or to branch out. I spoke over the phone with Dean Gormley a couple of times and met Professor Moriarty for coffee during a visit to Pittsburgh...I knew that Duquesne’s prime location in Pittsburgh and strong alumni network would help me succeed."

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Jennifer Yeung

Class of 2017
Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Duquesne Law Review and Phi Alpha Delta

"Where do I see myself in five years? Working with a great law firm in Pittsburgh...You don’t have to know ahead of time or decide right away. Take advantage of the programs the school has to offer, join organizations, and network. Keep an open mind. The Career Services Office is a very valuable resource and I highly recommend talking to the wonderful folks there. They are kind, supportive, and helpful. "

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Matthew Bolewitz

J.D./M.B.A. Joint Degree Candidate, Dec. 2015
Hometown: Sarver, Pa.

"After college, I worked in a project management group at CONSOL Energy and saw first-hand how both the legal and business concepts contributed to a company’s success. I believe acquiring the knowledge and skills in both backgrounds will help me become a valuable asset in a law firm or a corporate setting."

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Emily Seelman

Class of 2016
Undergraduate institution: Grove City College, 2013, B.S., business, marketing

Practice-area interests: litigation; medical malpractice; estate and probate; and alternative dispute resolution  

"I was introduced to the firm [that offered me a position] through the On Campus Interview process...Duquesne and its Career Services staff really opened the doors to allow me to get to where I am."  

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Andy Clifford

Class of 2016
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.

Practice-area interests: civil litigation and construction law
Trial Advocacy Program, Civil Rights Clinic, two judicial internships

"The many incredible trial advocacy professors at Duquesne have taught me the importance of adequate client advocacy through their professional experiences. Every professor involved in this program is a respected trial attorney in Pittsburgh. Their level of commitment to this program as well as their own careers sets a great example of how young trial attorneys are to conduct themselves both professionally and socially."

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Emily Crawford

Class of 2017
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.

Practice-area interests: litigation, health-care law, and education law 

"Why Duquesne Law? After applying, I visited and met with Dean Gormley. The warm and comforting atmosphere at Duquesne Law solidified my decision. After being here, I now know that I made the right decision. The tight-knit community at Duquesne Law has allowed me to pursue and achieve my professional goals...I'm currently involved in Appellate Moot Court Board and the Duquesne Business Law Journal, and I'm the secretary of Women’s Law Association..."

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Cara Mia Pinto

Class of 2015
Hometown: Scranton, Pa.

Concentration: Intellectual Property Law
Patent engineering intern for IBM; officer of the Duquesne Intellectual Property Law Association

"I'm interested in patent, trademark, and copyright law. I chose to attend Duquesne University School of Law because Duquesne has a great reputation in the region and is located in a city that is becoming an intellectual property law hot spot." 


Hillary Cox

Class of 2016
Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.
Judicial intern for the Honorable Joy Flowers Conti, chief judge of the Western District of Pennsylvania; research assistant for Professor Jan Levine; executive research editor for Joule: Duquesne Energy and Environmental Law Journal

"The Legal Research and Writing Program drew me to Duquesne, as did the professors. When I became a student I learned the professors truly care about students as individuals." 


Ruben Cruz

Class of 2015
Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Concentration: Health Law and Science
Contracts and grants officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Pittsburgh; intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pa.

"Duquesne's health law concentration offers courses that are directly relevant to the industry as well as highly qualified professors and adjuncts teaching the curriculum. With health law and compliance growing rapidly in the nation, Duquesne is putting a focus on this burgeoning field of law."


Krystal Edwards

Class of 2015
Hometown: Holidaysburg, Pa.

President of the Student Bar Association; member of the Trial Advocacy Program; member of the Family Law Society; member of the Educational Law and Policy Society; participant in the Study European Law Program

"Duquesne Law has a community atmosphere, and everyone is invested in helping me achieve my goals. Duquesne Law has a powerful reputation in the Pittsburgh community and among professionals in the area. And Duquesne is close to courthouses, law firms, and cultural opportunities. Pittsburgh is enough of a city, but still close to home." 


Theo Collins

Class of 2015
Hometown: Jamestown, N.Y.

Concentration: Energy and Environmental Law
Law clerk with oil and gas law firm; officer for the Energy and Mineral Law Society; member of the Military Law Society

"Energy law is a field experiencing significant growth. Companies are investing millions into exploration and development of the vast reserves of natural gas, and along with that comes growth in associated fields. The legal field is a huge part of the development of our energy resources. Opportunities exist in environmental regulation and compliance, real estate transactions, government service, in-house counsel, and litigation."




Amanda S. Barr

Class of 2016
Hometown: Latrobe, Pa.

Law clerk; president of the Criminal Law Association; evening program president of the Family Law Society; section representative of the Student Bar Association

"When researching law schools, I was impressed with Duquesne Law's graduation success rate and the percentage of graduates passing the bar. The evening program presented me with an excellent opportunity to attend law school while still maintaining an income. Now, as a student, the criminal law concentration is allowing me to pursue my professional passions."


Daniel Sodroski

Class of 2015
Hometown: Jamison, Pa.

Summer associate, Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel; spring 2014 Intern for the Honorable Nora Berry Fischer, Western District of Pennsylvania; editor for the eDiscovery blog eLessons Learned (ellblog.com); executive editor for the Duquesne Law Review, competition coach for Appellate Moot Court Board team at the Federal Bar Competition; member of the Duquesne Intellectual Property Law Association and the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association

"Duquesne is in the heart of an up-and-coming intellectual property area. I always wanted to attend a city school, and being so close to the downtown area provides for many opportunities."