Duquesne University School of Law

Paralegal Institute recognizes 50 graduates, names award winners and honor society inductees

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Paralegal Institute this month recognized 50 graduates of the certificate program and honored scholarship recipients and scholarship society inductees. The Dec. 7 event at Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom brought together current students and program graduates who completed their paralegal certificates from fall 2015 through summer 2016. 

The guest speaker for the evening was Kristi Gedid, legal contracts and operations manager for Mylan, Inc. Gedid is a graduate of Duquesne University’s Paralegal Institute and the Palumbo Donahue School of Business, where she later obtained an M.B.A.

“My career continues to take off,” Gedid said in her remarks, attributing her career rise to the legal foundation she received at the Paralegal Institute. “You can use your certificate to help you achieve whatever you want to achieve,” she told the graduates. Among other responsibilities, Gedid currently oversees paralegals working for the company in the United States and in offices around the world.

Duquesne University offers one of only three programs in the U.S. approved by the American Bar Association and administered by a School of Law. 

Pamela J. Bailey, the program director, Frank Liu, associate dean for legal program, and Martha Jordan, associate dean of academic affairs, each offered remarks to the paralegal students and graduates.

The evening concluded with the Paralegal Institute’s academic awards. Robert K. Whalen (shown above) received the prestigious Legal Studies Award for academic excellence.  Sarah J. Frank received the Genevieve A. Mealy Scholarship for academic work, community service, and writing ability.

Twelve current students were named as the newest members of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), a nationwide paralegal honor society.

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For more information about the School of Law's Paralegal Institute, visit www.duq.edu/paralegal



Faculty Referenced In Article

Martha W. Jordan, J.D., LL.M.Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law
Frank Yining Liu, LL.B., M.C.J., M.L.S.Associate Dean for Legal Programs, Director of the Duquesne Center for Legal Information and Allegheny County Law Library, and Professor of Law