Joseph Sabino Mistick, J.D.

Joseph Sabino Mistick

Associate Professor of Law
School of Law

Room 235, Hanley Hall
Phone: 412.396.5253


J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1979
B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1971

Joseph Sabino Mistick is an associate professor at Duquesne University School of Law, where he teaches Administrative Law, Sentencing and Sanctions, Criminal Law, and Remedies and Damages. He is the founder of the award-winning Urban Development Law Clinic, which he has operated since 1995.

Currently a regular Sunday columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Mistick writes on current affairs, politics and public policy. He is the Democratic half of the PCNC political talk show Roddey Mistick and a frequent guest lecturer and public speaker. He has appeared on Voice of America, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS NewsHour and numerous local television and radio stations.

As executive secretary (deputy mayor) to Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff from 1989-1992, Mistick oversaw the development of Crawford Square, the Second Avenue Technology Park and Washington's Landing. During the Masloff Administration, the wage tax was reduced twice, major city cultural assets were saved by transferring them to non-profit organizations and the Regional Asset District Tax was successfully shepherded through the public process and approved by the state legislature.

A recognized expert in land use law, urban development, and crime and public policy, Mistick helped create the Pittsburgh Weed & Seed Program during the Masloff Administration, in partnership with the United States Attorney for the Western District. The Department of Justice promoted this program as a national model.

During the administration of Pittsburgh Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, Mistick served seven years as chairman of the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment and vice-chairman of the Planning Commission. He wrote numerous ordinances, including the Sidewalk Cafe ordinance and the Downtown building height ordinance and conducted over 5000 zoning hearings during the city development boom known as Renaissance II. He also served as chairman of the Mayor's Entertainment Center Development Task Force.

Mistick was appointed by Mayor Caliguiri to the original Pittsburgh Apportionment Commission. He also served on the original Allegheny County Apportionment Commission by appointment of the Democratic Caucus of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He served as counsel to the Democratic Caucus of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives during the 2012 reapportionment of the state legislature.

Mistick has spent nearly fifty years in public service and the law, starting as a page in the Pennsylvania House when he was 15. He has served as an aide to the Allegheny County Commissioners and the Urban Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania State Senate. He was an elected member of East McKeesport borough council, municipal secretary of Braddock Borough, a delegate to the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, a member of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission and a board member of the City/County Public Auditorium Authority.

Mistick received a B.A. in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1979.


FALL 2018
Election Law (61)
Urban Development Practicum (01)

Criminal Law (01)
Law, Public Service and the Executive Branch (01)
Urban Development Practicum (01)

FALL 2019
Election Law (01)
Urban Development Practicum (01)