Former State Rep. Lisa Bennington Speaks at Carlow University on March 15

Former State Rep. Lisa Bennington will speak at Carlow University on Tuesday, March 15, in the atrium of the AJ Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology.

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Will Share Her Experiences as a Woman Running for Office and Serving in Harrisburg

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Former State Representative Elisabeth “Lisa” Bennington will share her experiences as a woman running for office and serving in Harrisburg with the Carlow University community on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, located at the corner of Fifth and Craft avenues on the Carlow campus.

Bennington, a Highland Park resident, currently is an attorney in Pittsburgh with Bennington Law Firm, LLC.  She was elected to serve the 21st legislative district in 2006, succeeding long-time State Rep. Frank J. Pistella.  Elected as a Democrat, she served one term in the House.  As a freshman representative, she served on the judiciary, environment and energy, and finance and commerce committees.  In 2007, she was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. [Bennington’s complete bio is at the end of this news release.]

“Lisa Bennington brings a unique perspective to running for public office, considering that Pennsylvania politics are dominated by men,” said Cynthia Karaffa, PhD, an assistant professor of political science and sociology in Carlow’s College of Social Change.  “We look forward to hearing her insights into the political process.”

Bennington will be joined by her husband and fellow attorney, Brad Korinsky, Esquire, who is the Chief Legal Counsel for Chelsa Wagner in the City Controller’s office.

The talk is free and open to the public.  Her appearance at Carlow is sponsored by the Department of Justice Studies and Campus Life.

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Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Carlow University is a comprehensive master’s institution dedicated to learner-centered education at the collegiate levels and at the elementary school level in the Campus School of Carlow University.

Biography of Lisa Bennington

Prior to founding Bennington Law Firm, LLC, Ms. Bennington was a partner with two premier family law firms, where she distinguished      herself as an aggressive litigator, focusing on all aspects of divorce, custody and support. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Lisa Bennington to the Domestic Relations Rules Committee for a 3 year term. The Committee consists of only 7 divorce lawyers in the state and the role is to advise the Supreme Court on matters related to the procedural rules governing actions for divorce, support, custody, paternity and protection from abuse.

She was elected in 2006 to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 21, where she served a 2 year term, before deciding to return to the practice of law full-time. In the House she was appointed to the following prestigious committees as a freshman: judiciary, environment and energy, finance and commerce. In 2007, Ms. Bennington was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Ms. Bennington is admitted to practice before Pennsylvania’s State and Federal Courts. She is also admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia. In 2007, Ms. Bennington was appointed to the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates. In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow by the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, for lawyers with a commitment to excellence in charitable, community, professional and public service activities. Ms. Bennington was also nominated in 2009 to the Board of Bethlehem Haven, a shelter for homeless women. In July, 2010, Ms. Bennington was nominated to the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). In 2010, she was also elected by her peers to serve a 3 year term on the Family Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association, where she was appointed to co-chair the Legislation Committee for 2010-2011.

Ms. Bennington has authored articles on spousal and child support for the Legal Intelligencier and the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, the official publication of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Family Law Section. She also has authored Equitable Distribution and Custody updates and lectured on the same at the PBA Family Law Section annual Summer and Winter Meetings. A graduate of Chatham College, Ms. Bennington earned her J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Ms. Bennington is the daughter of Joseph Maroon, M.D., Neurosurgeon, Vice Chairman and Professor of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Paula Helsel, C.R.N.A. Ms. Bennington and her husband, Brad Korinski, Esquire, reside with their daughter Emma in Highland Park.

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