Duquesne University School of Law

Brian Panucci, L'13

Hometown: 
Greensburg, PA
Graduation Year: 
2013
 

Undergraduate Education:

Robert Morris University, BSBA '05

Employment:

Associate Attorney at Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck, P.L.L.C. in Greensburg, focusing on Civil Litigation, Municipal Law and Family Law

What is Panucci's Promise, and why is it so important to you?

Panucci's Promise is a charitable fund run through Duquesne University School of Law that benefits the UPMC CancerCenter at Magee-Womens Hospital in memory of my mom, Peggy. Sitting with my mom during treatment gave me a sense of how difficult that process can be on the patient and their family. Being treated for cancer is a frightening time and, in the spirit of Peggy, we seek to comfort the patients. We made a donation of two massaging therapy chairs and two companion chairs for caregivers. Magee has a wonderful community of support, including doctors, nurses and staff.

How did this project get off the ground?

Our family has a magnet that reads, "Kindness is someone who thinks of nice things then actually does them." Once my classmates from 2013 (Alexis Long, John Bonaccorsi, Genevieve Pecharka, Gabrielle Carbonara, Bridget Daley, Phil Luciano, L'14) approached me with this idea, there was a real sense of urgency to make it happen. I also give credit to Dr. John Murray for agreeing to play piano at Legge Con Brio early on because it really gave our cause some legitimacy. Treatment for breast cancer or any cancer is tough physically, but it can also be very mentally taxing. Support from friends, family, employees, even total strangers is so important.

How did you fundraise for Panucci's Promise?

Legge Con Brio is the big event, put on the past four years by the Duquesne Italian American Law Society. We showcase the musical talents of professors, law students, and alumni. How would know that Ginevra Ventre is a classically trained cellist, or Eric Harvey plays a mean fiddle, just from meeting them in a professional environment? We also hold raffles with items generously donated by local business, and Professor Mark Yochum always entertains as our master of ceremonies.

We also held a benefit concert with Professor Chris Daley and his band, Mace Ballard, along with Brandon Keller, L'12, and Rory Driscole, L'12. A few of us played guest bartender at Carson City Saloon. The Women's Law Society and International Law Society put on bake sales. It has been humbling how new students step up every year to take leadership roles in the planning of our events.

How much has been raised to date?

In 2014, we raised over $10,000 since the fundraising efforts began.

What is the value of a Duquesne University School of Law education?

It gave me excellent preparation to meet with clients in practice and understand their needs. My professors not only taught me the technical aspects of the law, but also showed me how to apply that knowledge at law firms and in courtrooms. Professor Julia Glencer taught me the value of little details in your work, among so many other things. The law clinics really do a fantastic job of conveying real world experience.

How did your legal education at Duquesne impact your passion for Panucci's Promise?

The Duquesne Law community takes care of its own. My classmates and the staff at Duquesne are so helpful, and alumni I had never met before support us. It is truly a team effort and I am so grateful for the support! I know my mom would be proud!

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