Thursday, April 4, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Omni William Penn Hotel
Featuring Professor Susan Benesch as our Guest Speaker

Topic - Beyond Hate: Dangerous Speech in the Era of Social Media
Susan Benesch will discuss hateful and dangerous speech, especially online, and the most effective, safe ways to diminish them. Benesch is founder of the Dangerous Speech Project and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, at Harvard.

Lunch Sponsored By Hefren-Tillotson

Zittrain Forums on Law & Public Policy

Lester Zittrain

Ruth Zittrain

In 2000, Lester and Ruth Zittrain established the Zittrain Forums at the bar foundation to provide the community with educational, topical and informative programs to lead to a better understanding of the complex issues confronting our government and legal systems. Lester passed away in 2003, leaving the bar foundation a $150,000 bequest, its largest to date, to support the continuation of the Zittrain Forum fund.

A well-known attorney throughout the region, Lester Zittrain was a partner at Zittrain and Zittrain and was an active member of Pittsburgh's legal community. In addition to representing such celebrity clients as  Pistol Pete Maravich and Mean Joe Greene,  Lester was an elected member of the ACBA Board of Governors, served on various ACBA Committees, and was a Charter Fellow and trustee of the bar foundation.

Ruth Zittrain, formerly a partner at Zittrain and Zittrain, served as an elected member of the ACBA Board of Governors, and has served on various ACBA Committees. She is a Charter Fellow of the bar foundation, and was a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and a court-appointed Master for Arbitration Appeals in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Zittrain Forums past progams

Bar foundation receives largest bequest ever from Lester E. Zittrain

Zittrain Forums donors