Lawyer referral service 2011


Allegheny County Bar Association Hires Attorney Alysia Mercedes Keating as Director of Diversity and Gender Equality

"Merging diversity and gender equality efforts under one director is natural progression of association’s long-term commitment"

Alysia Keating

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 6, 2011. — The officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today announced that attorney Alysia Mercedes Keating has been hired as Director of Diversity and Gender Equality, a new position that will capture the synergies of these two critical objectives that were previously managed by two part-time consultants. Keating has been an attorney for 17 years and has worked in law firms in New York and Florida. Her first day on the job was September 1.

According to Howard J. Schulberg, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “We are excited to have Alysia oversee our diversity and gender equality efforts. She has been successful in every position she has held and comes highly recommended by her previous employers. Of most significance, Alysia has what is needed to take the efforts of those who went before her and move both programs forward. She brings to this position not only her legal and business management experience, but also valuable insights as a working mother and as a minority attorney.

“The creation of one position is the natural progression of the association’s long-term commitment to improving diversity and achieving gender equality in the local legal profession. We now have a solid foundation on which to build and achieve long-term success in the areas of diversity and gender equality. We can take greater strides and capture the synergies of these two initiatives by having one director working on affecting positive change.”

According to Keating, “The creation of this position by the Allegheny County Bar Association and the work that has been done to date by my predecessors, Linda Hernandez and Gene Harris, and the many members of the bar association who have given their time, is impressive and exciting. As a female attorney and a Hispanic attorney, I appreciate the efforts that they have made on behalf of all female and minority attorneys. I plan to continue their efforts to educate the legal community in Allegheny County on issues relating not only to the recruitment of female and minority attorneys, but also the retention and advancement of those attorneys, with the goal of demonstrating the value to everyone the results from creating and maintaining an inclusive organizational culture that promotes equality. By continuing to educate the legal community in Allegheny County on these issues, we can, hopefully, effect positive change.”

Schulberg said that Keating will benefit greatly from the work done by Linda Hernandez and Gene Harris in laying a very strong foundation for the gender equality program and diversity initiative, respectively. “Like all pioneers, Linda and Gene helped us navigate through the challenges associated with awakening the legal profession to the issues and breaking down barriers to change,” said Schulberg. “We will always be grateful for their many contributions.”

Keating was a shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt LLP, resident in the Fort Lauderdale office; a Business & Finance Associate in the New York offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and a Corporate and Securities Associate in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie. She earned her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. She and her husband, Philip Keating, who is a senior associate with Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, and their three children live in Upper St. Clair.

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.

 

Contacts:  

Howard J. Schulberg
President
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-281-0587

 

Alysia Mercedes Keating
Director of Diversity and Gender Equality
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-402-6658

 

Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association
412-402-6620