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Pittsburgh attorney Howard J. Schulberg is elected president of the Allegheny County Bar Association

Championing diversity and gender equality efforts and promoting legal education programs for the public are among new president’s top priorities

Howard J. Schulberg

Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaJune 20, 2011. Officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that Pittsburgh attorney Howard J. Schulberg has been elected its president for the year beginning July 1, 2011. The traditional passing of the gavel ceremony occurred during the association’s annual conference on June 17.

Schulberg is a partner at Goehring, Rutter & Boehm in its Litigation Group. The primary focus of his litigation practice includes municipal law, personal injury, civil rights and alternative dispute resolution. He has been a board member of several non-profit organizations, including Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

According to outgoing president Gary Hunt, “I am very confident that Howie will do a great job as president of the Allegheny County Bar Association. During the past 12 months I have been fortunate to work very closely with Howie on many projects and on many issues of varying importance. He repeatedly demonstrated that he is thoughtful and creative in his approach to every issue. He has been an invaluable resource and a strong helping hand throughout my term. I am also very pleased that Howie is committed to carrying forward the efforts of our bar association to increase diversity and to advance our goals of true gender equity in our legal community. He will be an outstanding leader in the coming year.”

Schulberg, a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association since 1979, has held numerous leadership positions with the association, including serving as Chair of the Judiciary Committee, two terms on the Board of Governors, and as Secretary of the Board. He also has chaired the John H. Sorg Fund and Legislative Committee and served on the Grant Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.

Schulberg said that under his leadership there will be continuing efforts to move the association’s diversity and gender equality programs forward. “In fact, we want to ensure that these initiatives become hallmarks not only locally but nationally,” he said. “Although we were the first bar association to have an Institute for Gender Equality, we also want to be the first bar association to have long-term successes in diversity and gender equality improvement. These efforts are critical to the success of our organization and legal profession and especially to the communities we serve.”

Through his associations with several local school districts, Schulberg understands the benefits that come from excellent education. Therefore, publicizing the free legal education programs that the bar association offers will be a priority.

“Statistics show that seven out of ten households may need a lawyer this year, but only half of those seven households will seek one out because they don’t know where to turn,” said Schulberg. “The bar association has excellent free legal education programs and a Lawyer Referral Service. Our Divisions and Committees, including our Homer S. Brown Division, offer street clinics and other outreach programs. We want to ensure that our residents know that they can turn to us to get answers to their legal questions or to be pointed in the right direction for assistance.”

Schulberg also wants to promote the bar association’s Code of Professionalism to its members to ensure that “our attorneys understand how important civility and professionalism is to the practice of law and how it can enrich our lives outside the practice.” Schulberg is a 1976 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and he earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1979. He and his wife Patti, who also is an attorney, live in Thornburg.

The Allegheny County Bar Association also announced the following officers for 2011-2012: Mark T. Vuono, Esq. will serve as President-Elect. Gary P. Hunt, Esq. will serve as Immediate Past President. James W. Creenan, Esq. will serve as Treasurer. Hon. Sara Flasher will serve as Secretary. Michael K. Feeney, Esq. will serve as Assistant Secretary-Treasurer.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,500 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators, and paralegals.

Howard J. Schulberg biography

Howard J. Schulberg is a partner at Goehring, Rutter & Boehm in its Litigation Group. The primary focus of his practice includes municipal law, personal injury, civil rights and alternative dispute resolution. He was elected to membership in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County in 1993 and has served on its Board of Governors.

A member of the ACBA since 1979, Schulberg has held leadership positions in the ACBA for a number of years. He was elected to the Judiciary Committee in 1997, where he served as Chair during the final year of his term. He served on the ACBA Board of Governors for two successive 3-year terms from 2000 to 2006. In 2007, he was elected Secretary of the ACBA for a two-year term. He was Chair of the Bench-Bar Conference in 1999 and has also participated in a number of Committees and special projects, including chairing the John H. Sorg Fund and Legislative Committee, serving on the Grant Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, among others.

Schulberg has been a board member of several non-profit organizations, including Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and is currently on the board of the University School. A 1976 graduate of Penn State, he earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1979.


Contacts:  
Howard J. Schulberg, Esquire
412-281-0587
Gary P. Hunt, Esquire
412-594-5518
Tom Loftus
412-402-6620
 

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