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Allegheny County Lawyer Gruener to Receive Award from Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Section

HARRISBURG (June 23, 2015) - Harry J. Gruener, of counsel for the law firm Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, Pittsburgh, will receive the Eric Turner Memorial Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Family Law Section. The award will be presented during the Family Law Section Summer Meeting, July 9 - 11, at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The PBA Eric Turner Memorial Award honors a lawyer who is dedicated to the practice of family law and who serves as a mentor and teacher to fellow lawyers.

Gruener has concentrated his practice in family law since 1981.

Gruener is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a past president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the organization. He is a member and former chair of both the PBA Family Law Section and Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section.

He participated in drafting amendments to the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, which became effective in 2005, and other significant family law legislation.

Gruener is a clinical associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches courses in family law and supervises the law school's Family Law Clinic, which serves indigent Allegheny County citizens dealing with family law legal issues in Family Court. He also is the associate director of Family Law Curriculum at the law school and teaches family law drafting. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the graduating law school classes in 2005 and 2012 and the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award in 2013 for his work with the Family Law Clinic.

Gruener earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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