Penina Kessler Lieber, a member of Pittsburgh's Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch L.L.C., is serving her third one-year term as PBA secretary.
Lieber is a past At-Large Governor representing women lawyers on the PBA Board of Governors. A current member of the PBA House of Delegates, she is a past chair of the PBA Charitable Organizations Committee and the PBA Attorney Discipline Study Committee. She is a charter member and executive council member of the PBA Commission on Women in the Profession. She served as co-chair of the 2009 Women in the Profession Annual Conference and as co-chair of the PBA Annual and Midyear meetings.
Lieber is a trustee of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and serves as the secretary of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Lieber also is Pennsylvania state chair for the American Bar Foundation.
She was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve as chair of the IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts) Board. She served two terms on the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1990-1996). She was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to the ABA Commission on IOLTA.
Lieber is an approved mediator and early neutral evaluator in the alternative dispute resolution program of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She has been elected to membership in the Pittsburgh Tax Club and The American Law Institute. As adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, she teaches courses on nonprofit and tax-exempt law.
She has served as a director of the United Way of Allegheny County, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Lieber is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Harvard University. She earned a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.