Research Series to Feature Public Defender

Feb 10, 2021

Lisa Middleman will speak at 11 a.m. Feb. 25 via Zoom as part of Cal U's 'Research and Real Life' series.

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A public defender  and criminal defense attorney in Allegheny County, Pa., will speak from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 25. 

Lisa Middleman's presentation is part of Cal U’s 2020-2021 “Research and Real Life” series, which explores the connection between career preparation and research. 

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The series, which highlights people with roots in western Pennsylvania and the importance of research in their professions, is being organized by Dr. Azadeh Block, associate professor of social work and director of Cal U’s Center for Undergraduate Research. 

The University’s commitment to supporting undergraduate research culminates on April 25th with the annual Strike a Spark Conference on Research, Scholarship and Creative Works

“Our intention’ is to get our undergraduates excited about research and to see that it can be a part of their next step, whether that’s attending graduate school or starting their career,” Block said of the “Research and Real Life” series. 

“Having speakers who are ‘from here’ makes the topic that much more relatable for our students.” 

Middleman, from Highland Park, Pa., is a career public defender, criminal defense attorney and mother of two who will discuss her experiences on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. 

She has spoken to students around the region, encouraging them to pursue careers in law and educating them about the process. After the 2020 protests for racial justice, she formed and led a coalition of attorneys to provide pro bono legal services for peaceful protesters who were wrongfully charged.