Duquesne University School of Law

Ella Kwisnek, J.D., M.S.Ed.

Assistant Dean of Students, Vice Dean of the Evening Division, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Skills

Office: Hanley Hall 405

Phone Number: 412.396.1474

E-Mail Address: kwisnek@duq.edu

Education: MS.Ed., Duquesne University School of Education
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
B.A., Saint Vincent College

Ella Kwisnek is assistant dean of students, vice dean of the evening division, and assistant professor of clinical legal skills at Duquesne University School of Law. Kwisnek has a B.A. from Saint Vincent College, a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law, and a MS.Ed. with a focus on community counseling from Duquesne University School of Education. After graduating from law school, she served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho. Upon returning to the U.S. she clerked for then Superior Court Judge Thomas Saylor. In 1995, Kwisnek returned to Duquesne University School of Law as a full-time research & writing instructor. In 1997 she was appointed director of career services and in 1998 assistant dean for students. In 2011, Kwisnek was promoted from her career services position to work full-time as assistant dean of students and vice dean of the evening division.  She has taught Legal Research & Writing at Duquesne as an adjunct since 1997. In addition, she has taught Advanced Legal Writing and Advanced Legal Reasoning at the School of Law, Legal Research and Writing in Duquesne’s Paralegal Institute, and Legal Aspects of Business Organizations in Duquesne University's business school.

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Advanced Legal Writing
  • Advanced Legal Reasoning
  • Legal Aspects of Business Organizations - Duquesne University Palumbo Donahue School of Business
  • Legal Research & Writing - Duquesne University Paralegal Institute