Woman of the Year Awardees Named by Duquesne University WLA

The Women's Law Association (WLA) at Duquesne University School of Law will honor Cynthia E. Kernick and Dr. Christy M. Gamble at its 24th annual Woman of the Year Awards at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at Vallozzi's Restaurant in Pittsburgh.

A student organization, the WLA recognizes a Duquesne School of Law alumna as well as a recent law school graduate who demonstrate leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and a commitment to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women within the profession.

Kernick, who will receive the Woman of the Year award, is a partner at Reed Smith, where she focuses on intellectual property litigation. She has tried cases across the United States in actions involving medical devices, software systems, glass coatings, food processing and printer cartridges, among others.

A three-time graduate of Duquesne University, Kernick earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1974, a Master of Science in 1976 and a J.D. in 1985. She does work on the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Intellectual Property; is an original drafter of the Local Patent Rules for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; and was one of only 20 attorneys named a 2014 "Influential Woman in IP Law."

Gamble will be presented with the Recent Graduate of the Year award, which is given to an alumna who has graduated within the last five years and meets the same criteria as the Woman of the Year award. She is a member of the Health Counsel, Oversight and Government Reform Committee-Democratic Staff for the U.S. House of Representatives.

In addition to her J.D. from Duquesne in 2013, Gamble holds a doctorate in public health in epidemiology the University of Pittsburgh; a Master of Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Eastern Virginia Medical School; and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from North Carolina State University. In the past, Gamble served on the Legislative Counsel in U.S. House of Representatives, a Health Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate and an epidemiologist for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

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