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Sheila Vélez Martínez: Making a case for humanity

Sheila Vélez Martínez: Making a case for humanity

By Salina Pressimone & Thomas Yang

March 27, 2018

When Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in September 2017, Professor Sheila Vélez Martínez was already taking steps to ensure that law students like Sofia Mendoza continue their legal education. Mendoza, who was enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico, found a temporary home at Pitt in ...

Pitt Newsers remember pro bono attorney Ron Barber

Ron Barber, The Pitt News' pro bono legal council, at the 2017 Pitt News banquet in April. (Photo courtesy of Harry Kloman

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 14, 2017

Ron Barber, a staunch legal defender of the First Amendment and student journalism, died Thursday, July 6, at age 56, of complications from prostate cancer. Barber — who graduated from Pitt Law in 1989 after completing his undergrad studies at Pitt in 1983 — offered pro-bono legal services to The Pit...

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