Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

June S. Schulberg June 16, 1929 - Nov. 5, 2016 Pioneering Family Law Attorney

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

June S. Schulberg June 16, 1929 - Nov. 5, 2016 Pioneering Family Law Attorney

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June S. Schulberg, a formidable family law attorney, stood her ground when Judge Lawrence Kaplan admonished her for submitting a brief longer than the 10-page limit.

"She did not know how to back down," said Margaret "Peggy" Joy, a lawyer who still recalls Ms. Schulberg's reply:

"'Well, judge, if you stopped reading at Page 10, that's your loss. You missed the best part.' He just moved right on. You could have heard a pin drop," Ms. Joy said.

Ms. Schulberg, who recently fell and broke her hip, suffered medical complications and died Saturday at age 87 in Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla.

A Pittsburgh native who grew up in Squirrel Hill, Ms. Schulberg rose from an executive secretary to partner in the firm of McCarthy, McDonald, Schulberg & Joy. She was the first woman president of the prestigious Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County in 1995.

Ms. Schulberg, a divorced mother of two young boys, worked full time and took night classes, earning a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. Her boss at Crown Aluminum let her leave work a little early to attend school, said her son Howard. His mother inspired him to go to law school and seek a leadership role in his profession, he said.

"She showed me the value of being involved in the bar, which ultimately led to me being president of the ACBA," said Mr. Schulberg of Thornburg. His older brother, Arnold of Delray Beach, Fla., planned to get a master's degree in psychology but became a lawyer, too, when their mother offered to fund half of his education.

Ms. Schulberg was one of four women who earned a law degree from Duquesne University in 1969 and the first female attorney hired at the National Labor Relations Board in Pittsburgh. From 1970 to 1973, she was chief deputy coroner to Dr. …

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