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Alumnus Martha Hartle Munsch To Be Honored At Pink the Petersen




Feb. 22, 2013

Martha Munsch, a long-time supporter of University of Pittsburgh Athletics, will be honored at this weekend’s Pitt women’s basketball game for her contribution to women and girls in sports. The recognition will take place at the second media timeout at the sixth-annual Pink the Petersen contest.

Munsch, a 1970 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University in the School of Arts and Sciences, was the first female sports editor at The Pitt News during her undergraduate days. She also served as editor of the University’s yearbook, “The Owl.”

Following her graduation from the Yale Law School in 1973, Munsch joined Reed Smith where she was one of only three women attorneys in the firm in the early 1970's.  Two years later, she  joined faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1976, where she was the first (and only) woman on the full time faculty at the Pitt Law School during that time. Munsch returned to Reed Smith in 1978 as a member of the Labor and Employment Law Group and became a partner with the firm in 1983, the first woman elected partnership in the Pittsburgh office.  Her practice is concentrated on employment law matters of all kinds.

Munsch has established the Martha Hartle Munsch Endowed Women's Basketball Scholarship and the head women's basketball office at the Petersen Events Center bears her name. She is a member of the Boards of Visitors for Pitt's School of Arts and Sciences and School of Law, while also serving on the University’s Board of Trustees.

Pitt and Georgetown tip at 1 p.m. The contest can be watched on Pitt Panthers TV on The Comcast Network (Channels 188/210).