Alito Gets Award in Pittsburgh Named for Friend

By Erdley, Debra | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 5, 2007 | Go to article overview

Alito Gets Award in Pittsburgh Named for Friend


Erdley, Debra, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. came to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to remember a friend.

Alito, who joined the high court last year, fondly recalled the late Judge Carol Los Mansmann -- they served on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals together for 12 years -- as he accepted the Carol Los Mansmann Award for Distinguished Public Service at a ceremony at Duquesne University.

Mansmann, a Duquesne graduate and law professor, was the first female appointed to the federal bench in Pittsburgh. A trailblazer in the local legal community, she was one of only two females in the law school's class of 1967.

She was 59 when she died of breast cancer on March 9, 2002.

Alito, 57, is the second person to receive the award sponsored by Duquesne, the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Pittsburgh Federal Bar Association. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor received the first Mansmann award in 2002.

Accepting the award before 800 judges, attorneys, lawyers and local officials, Alito, the soft-spoken son of Italian-American parents from New Jersey, told the crowd he agreed to receive it on one condition -- that the ceremony focus on his late colleague. …

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