Duquesne University School of Law

Law students assist religious order in establishing a community center

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Students in Duquesne Law's Urban Development Practicum this week celebrated the opening of a community building in Rankin, Pa., with the religious order for which they provided legal services. 

Law students Elizabeth Tuttle, Andrew Clifford, and Rebecca Traylor were on hand to mark the blessing of the building owned by the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy. Court Hower, Lina Policicchio. and Emily Seelman also worked in the practicum on a variety of legal issues to assist the religious order in establishing the community center and small convent space. Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick directed the students' work as the practicum's supervising attorney. 

Superiors from the order's locations in New York and Florida were on hand for the blessing ceremony, as were several Rankin residents and priests from throughout Pittsburgh.

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Duquesne Law's Urban Development Practicum provides legal services to nonprofit organizations, municipal corporations, government agencies, and other entities working in distressed communities. Students serve the public good while completing hands-on training. Learn more about Duquesne Law's clinical legal education