The John P. Gismondi Fund was established in January 2014 to provide summer employment opportunities to University of Pittsburgh law students at Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) or other similar public interest non-profit organizations providing legal services to those in need. The program, entitled the Gismondi Certified Law Student Summer Fellowship Program, is financed by a $225,000 donation to the Foundation by Pittsburgh attorney John P. Gismondi. Gismondi, a well-known, local trial attorney and Past President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, has been an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for more than 25 years and is a graduate of the university and its law school.

According to Gismondi, the fund fulfills two purposes. “Law students crave real-world experience, and NLSA has a critical need for more manpower. This program should address both areas. It will allow second-year students to handle actual cases in front of magistrates or government agencies, and it will give more low-income families access to legal representation.”


The Gismondi Fund will sponsor two (2) Summer Fellowship positions at NLSA to students who have completed their second year of law school at the University of Pittsburgh and are certified to represent clients in accordance with the court rules of Allegheny County. The Gismondi Certified Law Student Summer Fellowship Program will run from May 30, 2017 through Aug. 8, 2017.

Application deadline: Jan. 13, 2017.

To view the program overview, click here.

To view the application, click here.