Nicola Henry-Taylor is a practicing attorney and Duquesne University School of Law’s diversity director. Founder of Henry-Taylor Law, PC, the Duquesne Law graduate is secretary of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) and an advisory board member of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. She recently completed a second three-year term on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Hearing Committee. Henry-Taylor is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania and African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania and Duquesne Law Alumni Association.
Her previous professional and community service roles include serving the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee, Neighborhood Legal Services Association Pro Bono PFA Project, Genesis of Pittsburgh, Auberle Mentoring Program and Homeless Children’s Education Fund.
Ms. Henry-Taylor is dedicated to diversity and inclusion, particularly within the legal profession. To that end, she serves as a commissioner on the Allegheny County Human Relations Commission and as former chair of the ACBA’s Women in the Law Division (WLD) and former member of the ACBA’s Gender Equality Committee. Ms. Henry-Taylor chaired the WLD’s Diversity Collaborative and Women of Color initiatives. She is currently a member of the ACBA’s Homer S. Brown Division for African American Attorneys and has been appointed to the ACBA Nominating Committee, the ACBA Board of Governors ad hoc Diversity Directory Committee and the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. She continues to be active in the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, serving as an ACBF Fellow and assisting other fellows over the years.
Ms. Henry-Taylor is a former prosecutor and chief law clerk to two president judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, experiences that have given her the opportunity to view the judicial system from the perspectives of both the commonwealth and the court. As a family law attorney, Henry-Taylor has handled domestic disturbance cases, appeared in Juvenile Court on both dependency (abused and neglected children) and delinquency (criminal conduct of children) matters, and represented pro bono protection from abuse clients for many years. She has served as guardian ad litem, CJA federal public defender panel attorney, parent advocate panel attorney and parent coordinator.
In recognition of her community service, Henry-Taylor has received the Duquesne Women’s Law Association Woman of the Year Award and the Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania’s Susan B. Anthony Award and the Slippery Rock University Outstanding Young Alumni Award. She also has been recognized as a Rising Star by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Minority Bar Committee.
Ms. Henry-Taylor received her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1996 and B.A. from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1993.