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Ann L. Schiavone, J.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Law
Legal Research and Writing Program

Room 137 School of Law
Phone: 412.396.2117


J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 2003 B.A., St. Vincent College, 1998

Ann L. Schiavone returned to Duquesne University School of Law in 2013 as an assistant professor of legal writing. Prior to joining Duquesne's faculty, she was a member of Akron University Law faculty and taught such varied courses as Legal Analysis, Research & Writing I & II, Legislative Process & Drafting, and seminars in Sexual Orientation and the Law and Animal Law. She also chaired the Admissions Committee at Akron.

Professor Schiavone received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. Vincent College After earning her law degree, Professor Schiavone was an associate litigation attorney at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates) and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC. While earning her law degree, she served as the legislative assistant in the Pennsylvania State Senate and House of Representatives.

Professor Schiavone is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. In addition, she is a member of the Angel Ridge Animal Rescue Board of Directors, and the St. Vincent College Law Society Board of Directors. She lives with her husband and five dogs in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, and in her free time, Professor Schiavone is an avid equestrian and an amateur genealogist.



You Write Like a Girl: Do Gender Differences Exist in Persuasive Legal Writing, 15th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute (poster presentation) ( May 2012).

LGBT Rights in the United States, Presentation to Serbian Civil Rights Delegation, University of Akron, Akron, OH (Feb. 2012).

Gender Differences in Legal Writing, Women in Law CLE, Akron Bar Association, Akron, Ohio (co-presenter) (October 2011).

Attending Law School? What You Need To Know, Presentation to incoming law students, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA (April 2011).

Critiquing Papers Without Losing Your Mind, LWI Regional Legal Writing Conference, Dayton, (December 2010).

Innovative Legislation in Pennsylvania: The Domestic Violence Health Care Response Act of 1998, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2001 National Conference, San Francisco, CA (Oct. 2001).



Duquesne University School of Law
  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award
  • Professional Responsibility Award
  • Alcoa Scholarship
  • Dean's Scholarship for Excellence
  • Duquesne Law Alumni Association Scholarship
St. Vincent College
  • President's Award (Presented to the top graduating student annually)
  • Excellence in Political Science Award
  • Alex G. McKenna Economics Scholar
  • Academic and Leadership Scholarships


Survey of Pennsylvania Privacy and Related Claims Against the Media, MLRC 50-State Survey 2005-06: Media Privacy and Related Law, by David G. Klaber, Dianna S. Karg, Kimberley J. Geary, James B. Insco II, Jamie Bishop, April D. Lambert, Ann L. Schiavone. 2005-2006.

In Progress

You Write Like a Girl! Gender Differences in Legal Writing. (Collaboration with Prof. Sarah Morath, awarded LWI research grant)

Mock Senate: an Experiential Approach to Teaching Legislative Drafting and Process.

Breed Specific Legislation: Canine DNA and the Pit Bull Innocence Project.

Professional and Community Affiliations

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Executive Council, St. Vincent Law Society (2009-present).
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar (Admitted December 2003).
  • Director, Angel Ridge Animal Rescue Board of Directors (2008-present).
  • Member, Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University Board of Trustees (2003-2008).
  • Secretary, Hillvue-Forest Homeowners Association (2003-2009).