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Newsmaker: Harry J. Gruener

Tony Raap
| Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, 11:00 p.m.
Harry Gruener
Harry Gruener

Noteworthy: Gruener, a University of Pittsburgh law professor, received the Eric Turner Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The award honors a lawyer who specializes in family law and who mentors fellow lawyers. Gruener will retire from the law school's full-time faculty Aug. 31.

Residence: Ohio Township

Age: 70

Family: Wife, Christine; daughters, Gretchen and Rachel; and four grandchildren

Background: Gruener has taught law at Pitt since the 1970s. He has served as president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and chaired the Allegheny County Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Sections. He oversees Pitt's Family Law Clinic, which helps low-income clients with divorce and child-custody issues. He won Pitt Law's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005 and 2012 and received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award in 2013.

Education: Bachelor's degree in political science from Pitt, 1966; law degree from Pitt, 1969

Quote: “Eric Turner was a fine lawyer and had mastered his field. But more important, Eric spent a lot of his time mentoring lawyers. He was notorious for it. He helped a zillion young lawyers. I truly believe the only reason I was selected was because of my (family law) clinic. I have a whole lot of alumni I'm very proud of. … I got this award, but I get to share it with these kids.”

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