Duquesne University School of Law

Meet Emily Seelman

Graduation Year: 
2016

Undergraduate Institution

Grove City College, 2013, B.S., business, marketing

Why did you choose Duquesne Law?

I chose Duquesne University School of Law because it offers great opportunities to work within the Pittsburgh legal community.  Pittsburgh firms know the type of students and lawyers Duquesne produces. I also appreciated the fact that Duquesne helps to support students financially because I would not have been able to go to law school otherwise.  As a result of the financial support I received through a merit scholarship, Duquesne gave me the ability to attend law school when I would not have had one otherwise. 

What are your practice-area interests?

Litigation; medical malpractice; estate and probate; and alternative dispute resolution 

Congratulations on accepting an associate position at Leech Tishman. What drew you to the firm? 

Thank you! I was introduced to the firm through the On Campus Interview process.  Through researching them and interviewing with them, I came to understand some of the values of the firm and its culture. I really felt like I found my fit there.  I had interviewed with other firms, but felt that Leech Tishman had a culture that would allow me to find my place and grow as a lawyer.  During my time clerking over the summer, I was amazed to see how much time and effort the partners put into helping me learn all the facets of being an attorney.  I had incredible experiences in helping the partners and associates do real legal work, rather than just being assigned to “busy” work.  They are a large enough firm to handle large cases that can change the course of people’s lives, but have a “boutique” firm feel. The firm also has a great interest in supporting local and deserving organizations and charities.  

Duquesne and its Career Services staff really opened the doors to allow me to get to where I am, and Leech Tishman is a great team of which to be a part.  I am thankful.  

Where else have you worked as a law student?

Currently, I’m a research assistant for Professor Anne Schiavone, and I work Barbri Bar Exam Preparation Company. I have interned for Judge Patricia McCullough of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, clerked for Judge John Zottola of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Orphans’ Court Division, and interned at Ohio Township Police Department. 

With which law student organizations and/or publications are you involved?

How did you become involved with the PBA and ACBA? What roles do you have with each? Is there a benefit to joining one or both? 

I had heard of them through the student organizational fair and signed up for the PBA because it was free and seemed to offer great networking opportunities.  I applied and interviewed to become the 1L PBA representative and was offered the position. PBA offers valuable networking events and I have received many great contacts through working at these functions.  Being a representative also afforded me the opportunity to gain more one-on-one contact with many attorneys throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

I was approached by Maria Comas (whom I highly recommend, along with Samantha Coyne, to help guide you as you look for a job), to join the ACBA-Women in Law Division as a student representative. I attended their monthly meetings and learned about all of the various panels and programs they implement.  This group is much smaller than the PBA and allowed me to have more personal interactions and networking opportunities with local attorneys.

Both associations allowed me to get my name out there and meet people, some of which I ended up working with at Leech Tishman! It is a great opportunity for students.

What advice would you give to students considering attending law school?

Law school is something you have to be willing to commit and fully dedicate three (or four) years to. You will hear countless times about the competitiveness and poor job market, but if this is the field you are called to be a part of, then pursue it! If you do choose to go to law school, be willing to give it all you have and pursue every opportunity to network and reach the end goal: a job.  I suggest praying about it, talking to a Duquesne law student about the good, the bad, and the ugly, and make your choice.  If you decide to do it, give it all you have, and enjoy the ride! 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to continue working for Leech Tishman and pursuing the opportunities that present themselves with the firm. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy a random mix of running, participating in Tough Mudders, bargain shopping at garage sales, traveling, reading, shooting sporting clays, going to Pirate games, cooking, trying new restaurants, exploring Pittsburgh, reading my Bible over a good cup of coffee in the morning, volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and meeting new people. 

What might people be surprised to know about you?

I am a twin. And she’s twice as cool as I am!