Burns White attorney, Jessica M. Jurasko, was named the 2017 Woman of the Year by Duquesne University’s School of Law’s Women’s Law Association (WLA). The annual event, held Thursday, April 20th, recognizes a female alumna who has demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice, and a commitment to actively seeking change and expanding opportunities for women within the legal profession. In addition, the recipient has influenced women to pursue legal careers, has opened doors that historically have been closed to women lawyers, and has earned the respect of her colleagues by exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession.
“This award is so meaningful to me because I was selected as Woman of the Year by the students,” said Ms. Jurasko. “I am hopeful that any young woman in less than ideal circumstances, who has that will ‘stirring within’ to aspire, can see me and know that she too could one day be standing before a crowded room full of wonderful people, having the privilege to work for one the largest and most successful law firms in Pittsburgh, as she receives the Woman of the Year Award from her beloved law school.”
Ms. Jurasko is a 2004 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law, and has been an active member of the school’s alumni association for more than a decade. She served as an elected member of the Board of Governors, and as the President of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association in 2015-2016. She focuses her practice at Burns White in the areas of Healthcare and Long-Term Care, Litigation, and Professional Liability.