Lori McMaster, the Executive Director of the Office of Professional and Career Development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is President-Elect of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Ms. McMaster serves with senior administration responsible for oversight of departmental and administrative functions within the Law School. As Executive Director of the Office of Professional and Career Development, she engages in employer outreach and supervises activities designed to increase opportunities for law students and alumni in diverse geographic markets. Ms. McMaster provides career counseling to students and alumni regarding job and internship opportunities in the private and public sectors, effective strategies for securing preferred positions, networking advice, cover letter and résumé review, mock interviews, etc. She regularly collaborates with the Offices of the Dean, Admissions, Development and Alumni Affairs, and the Pitt Legal Services Incubator on institutional outreach to prospective law students, alumni, members of the judiciary and leaders within the legal community.
Ms. McMaster practiced for nearly 20 years as a trial attorney specializing in complex corporate litigation involving breach of contract, civil rights, employment law, insurance law, personal injury defense, insurance bad faith, and products liability in state, federal and appellate courts in law firms in Pittsburgh, PA and Cleveland, OH. Ms. McMaster has had trial responsibility through appellate proceedings and extensive first and second chair experience in all phases of pretrial and trial procedure in federal and state courts, arbitration proceedings and has argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Ms. McMaster was formerly a Senior Attorney Search Director with Special Counsel and handled direct hire attorney placement for law firms and corporate legal departments.
Ms. McMaster is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and was awarded her B.A., cum laude from Allegheny College, where she was an Alden Scholar and the recipient of Departmental Honors in Political Science.
Ms. McMaster serves on the Finance Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Committee to Advance Professionalism and End Gender Bias. She chaired the Women in the Law Division and Membership Committee and served on the Gender Equality Committee, Nominating Committee, Headquarters Committee, Ad Hoc Committee for the Institute for Gender Equality and the Gender Equality Task Force. Ms. McMaster is a recipient of the WLD’s Honorable Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award.
Ms. McMaster is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates. In addition to her bar association activities, Ms. McMaster serves as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister for Saints John & Paul Parish in Sewickley and previously chaired the parish’s Special Needs Awareness Committee. Ms. McMaster has advocated widely on behalf of children and adults on the Autism spectrum. She is a recipient of the Children’s Services Award of the Mental Health Association of Allegheny County and the Community Champion Award of the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders.