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    Attorneys Honored at Duquesne’s Woman of the Year Reception

    The Duquesne University Women's Law Association (WLA) will recognize two distinguished law school graduates at its 22nd annual Woman of the Year Awards reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, at the Common Plea Restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh.

    Alumna Nicola Henry-Taylor will be honored as Woman of the Year and Christina Horton Duty has been selected as WLA's Recent Graduate of the Year

    Henry-Taylor is owner of the Law Office of Nicola Henry-Taylor LLC, which provides litigation-based legal services to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Westmoreland and Butler counties. Henry-Taylor's practice focuses on criminal law, including federal cases and juvenile matters; family law, including Protection from Abuse, custody, support, termination of parental rights and adoptions; and benefits rights law, including Social Security and welfare.

    A 1996 graduate of the Duquesne School of Law, Henry-Taylor currently serves as chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association's Women in the Law Division.

    Duty, an associate at Burns White Attorneys at Law, graduated summa cum laude in 2010. Her practice centers on Medicare compliance issues. As a law student, Duty was a senior staff member of the Duquesne Law Review and served as editor in chief of Juris magazine. She received numerous awards, including the Abraham and Anna Helman Memorial Prize and the John J. Sciullo Peer Excellency Award as well as several CALI Excellence for the Future awards for achievements in legal process and procedure, trial advocacy and professional responsibility.

    The WLA, which works to raise awareness about issues affecting women, hosts various programs that provide information on issues of social and legal concern to female law students. Each year, the organization honors distinguished female alumni at the Woman of the Year Reception.

    The Woman of the Year Awards reception is co-sponsored by the WLA, the Duquesne Law Alumni Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association's Women in the Law Division.

    For more information, call 412.396.6186.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.