Penina Lieber Named to the American Bar Association Commission on Youth at Risk

August 28, 2014News Releases

Dinsmore & Shohl’s Penina Lieber has been appointed to the Commission on Youth at Risk by the President of the American Bar Association (ABA).

ABA President William Hubbard appointed Lieber, a Partner in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, at the Annual Meeting in August. The ABA Commission on Youth at Risk studies ways in which the legal community can better identify and support America’s children who face challenges. The Commission works to enhance laws, judicial strategies, policies, practices and programs intended to help prevent teens from becoming delinquent or engaging in criminal acts.

“One of the issues we focused on at the annual meeting was finding ways to help children aging out of foster care to enter the workforce productively. That is a pivotal time for these teens,” said Lieber. “I work with nonprofit and tax exempt organizations with similar goals and hope that I can facilitate sharing ideas on how to promote a brighter future for these young people.”

Lieber has worked with programs that provide both residential and community-based care for at-risk youth, including those with intellectual and other disabilities.

At the Annual Meeting, Lieber also completed her two- term tenure as Chair of the ABA Commission on Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA). The Commission conducted two days of workshops for members of the IOLTA community, which focused on bank interest rates and the future of legal services to the poor. Prior to chairing the ABA Commission, Ms. Lieber chaired the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board of the Supreme Court.

Lieber represents nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of matters, including state and federal tax exemptions, charitable trust litigation, corporate restructuring and governance, employment, financing and public-private partnerships. She is an approved Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Lieber has published three books on legal issues facing nonprofits and has been a featured speaker at many conferences.

Lieber was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court. She is Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). Lieber is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law teaching courses in nonprofit and tax-exempt law. She was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard University and has her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.