The WPTLA is actively involved in community service
based projects around the Pittsburgh community.

STEELWHEELERS

The Steelwheelers organization began in the mid 1970’s when four men decided to turn a dream into a reality. The interest of forming a wheelchair basketball team in the Pittsburgh area was an idea shared concurrently amongst several individuals.

In 1977 the group was officially registered as the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, Inc., whereby it became a non-profit organization that provided wheelchair sports in the Pittsburgh and Western PA areas. The teams are comprised of male and female athletes in age from 8 to 71. The organization maintains of a variety of sports programs, including basketball, track/road racing, and rugby.  The newest sport is hand cycling. The goal has always been to help members develop a sense of well-being that comes from being physically active and involved in the community.  Watch a short video about the Steelwheelers.  We thank Post Script Productions for the video.

President’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk/Wheel:

Our 2023 event was held on Saturday, Oct 7 in North Park.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Western PA Trial Lawyers Helping Their Community

WPTLA donated $2,500.00 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank, which partners with other distribution programs, including: the Greater Washington County Food Bank in Brownsville, the Fayette County Community Action Food Bank in Uniontown, the Indiana County Community Action Program in Indiana, the Armstrong County Community Action Agency in Kittanning, Food for Families in Johnstown, and Corner Cupboard Food Bank in Waynesburg. April 2020

As part of PAJ’s (Pennsylvania Association for Justice) Day of Giving, AlpernSchubert, PC, of Pittsburgh, donated $500.00 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. April 2020

Luxenburg Garbett Kelly & George, P.C. sent food to their local hospital in New Castle. April 2020

Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC purchased and delivered food for the nurses on the “covid 19” designated floor of their local Beaver County hospital. They also purchased and delivered food and/or gift certificates to 4 Beaver County police departments. Lastly, they have pledged to make a monetary donation to a local Beaver County food bank. April 2020

Goodrich & Geist, P.C. has donated $500.00 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. April 2020

McMillen Urick Tocci & Jones purchased food from local restaurants and provided it to local police departments and sheriff’s offices, hospitals, a medic rescue unit and a physical therapy business. March-May 2020

EndDD

Distracted driving is an ever increasing problem in our society.  People are more and more attached to their telephones and distracted driving is no longer limited to dialing or talking on the telephone while driving.  Instead, many people are now checking email, sending texts, reading text messages, etc. all while driving a vehicle.  Research has proven the increased dangers associated with driving while distracted, even if just for a few seconds.

http://www.enddd.org/

PA attorney Joel Feldman created a program aimed at educating people about the risks of distracted driving.  His program, entitled End Distracted Driving (EndDD), has reached more than 300,000 students and drivers in 45 states.  WPTLA has joined the ranks of those presenting the EndDd program by doing so in high schools through western Pennsylvania.

Comeback Award

This program works with a client of a member attorney that has been through a disaster and has demonstrated the ‘spirit of getting past and coming back’. At the award dinner, a charity of the clients choosing is presented with a $2,500 donation.

Scholarship Essay Contest Award

Every year, WPTLA invites all public and private high schools within the Western District of Pennsylvania to participate in our Scholarship Essay Contest. Timely topics are chosen annually by a committee and shared with schools choosing to take part. Submissions are reviewed blindly by the committee, and the three top essayists are awarded $2,000.00 scholarships each, along with an invitation to our Annual Judiciary Dinner for presentation and recognition.

The 2023 topic focused on an actual case involving the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on whether the use of a photograph by Andy Warhol to create a series of prints constituted a copyright infringement or “fair use”. The three winning essayists were:

Katherine Peng, of North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford, PA
Julia Phillips, of Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia, PA 
Jackson White, of Uniontown Area High School, Uniontown, PA