Welcome to the 2020 PLAN Virtual Statewide Conference

All workshops will be presented virtually by webinar on the Zoom platform. You must register for individual workshop webinars by clicking the Register for the Webinar button appearing in the workshop description and completing the registration information to be admitted into the webinar.

Pennsylvania CLE credits will be available to attorneys who actively participate in webinars and indicate their participation through polls displayed periodically during the webinars.
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Melissa Ruggiero

Neighborhood Legal Services
Staff Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Melissa Ruggiero is currently a Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services in Pittsburgh. She provides legal services for the elder law program and represents clients denied Social Security disability benefits.

Prior to joining NLS in 2020, she worked for five years as Associate Counsel at the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel representing indigent defendants charged with crimes from disorderly conduct to homicide and defendants in Mental Health Court. She also worked as a Legal Officer in the Appeals Chamber at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Netherlands, and in the War Crimes Chamber at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo providing legal services and advice regarding international law, international criminal law and procedure to the Judges hearing war crimes cases.

Ms. Ruggiero earned her LL.M in Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Cross Border) from Queen’s University Belfast and National University of Ireland, Galway in 2007. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts in History from John Carroll University in 1999.
She has served as Co-President of the Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania since 2018 and served as co-chair of the South Pittsburgh Opioid Action Coalition (SPOAC) from 2018 to 2020.
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