University of Pittsburgh
October 18, 2006

Robert V. Racunas to Receive Pitt Law School's Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award

1971 law alum will be honored at the school's alumni reunion dinner Oct. 21
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PITTSBURGH-University of Pittsburgh School of Law alumnus Robert V. Racunas, executive director of the Neighborhood Legal Services Association, will receive the law school's Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award at the Pitt Law Alumni Dinner and Reunion at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Barco Law Building Lobby, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

Racunas earned the B.A. degree at Pitt in 1968 and is a 1971 Pitt law graduate. He has served in his current position at Neighborhood Legal Services Association since 1980 and is responsible for the overall management of the four-county organization, which provides civil legal assistance to low-income residents and victims of domestic violence.

The immediate past president of the Allegheny Country Bar Association, Racunas has been active in the bar associations at the local, state, and national levels. He is an Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow and a member of the Western Pennsylvania Federal Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania.

In addition, Racunas is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, the ABA Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Legal Profession, the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section, and the ABA Public Sector and Government Lawyers Division.

Racunas' awards include the Pitt Varsity Letter Club Award of Distinction, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Award, and the Pitt Mon Valley Club Person of the Year.

An adjunct professor of law at the Duquesne School of Law for 20 years, Racunas also was a member of the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board and a Hearing Committee member of the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.