Oday Salim, LL.M.
University of Pittsburgh CIDDE
Oday Salim, LL.M. ’09 is a Senior Attorney at a new organization called Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services. Fair Shake is a non-profit law firm in Pittsburgh that provides free or reduced-rate legal services to clients with modest means. Fair Shake also incubates legal services start-ups by allowing attorneys to work there for a two-year period and giving them a practical education so they can develop their own future law practice and help similarly underserved clients. Fair Shake has offices in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, and will look to open a future office in West Virginia.
I remember leaving class to hike in Tryon Creek State Park and appreciating the amazing and literal connection between my education and the natural environment. I remember drafting my first pleading and presenting at my first case rounds and doing my first document review at PEAC. I remember how lucky and grateful I felt at the end of each semester knowing that I’d learned this area of law from professors I so admired and in a place with such wonderful staff and students. And of course, I remember the hundreds of perfectly pulled espresso shots from all the coffee shops where I worked and studied.