PLDIC Announces Scholarship in Honor of Former Executive Director & SMGG Alumna

At The Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition (PLDIC) annual meeting on Thursday, November 18, 2021, the Susan Yohe PLDIC Scholarship was announced. The scholarship is a collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Duquesne University School of Law.

Beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year, there will be two Susan Yohe PLDIC scholars; one student from Pitt Law and one student from Duquesne University School of Law who will each receive a $10,000 annual tuition scholarship.

The scholarship is to honor Susan Yohe’s lifetime of service to championing and furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Pittsburgh legal community. Susan is one of the PLDIC’s founders and served as its Executive Director from its inception in 2017 until her retirement in July 2021.

An SMGG alumna, Susan was a long-time partner (and managing partner) at the firm before moving to Buchanan Ingersol. She has been a great friend of the firm throughout her career and recruited SMGG to The Coalition. She retired earlier this year and her replacement is Ena Lebel, who is also an SMGG alumna attorney. She worked at SMGG from 2014-2020 and is also a great friend.

SMGG is proud that Susan was a partner at our firm and that the firm has been able to support her vision of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Pittsburgh legal community, and it is well deserved that her efforts will be permanently known through these enduring scholarships. We are also proud that Ena has assumed the mantle of the Coalition and look forward to working with her and the rest of the coalition members.

The Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition is a coalition of law firms and organizations that come together to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal community in the Pittsburgh area.  SMGG was a charter member and continues to support The Coalition in its mission.