Caroline Vodzak is the owner and principal attorney of Vodzak Law. She maintains a broad-based, general law practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, addressing many areas of law, including divorce, adoption, guardianships, and appeals. For more than a decade, Ms. Vodzak has been helping people with both their common and extraordinary legal needs. She routinely dedicates a portion of her time to pro bono legal representation of qualifying clients.
Ms. Vodzak is driven to equip people with information to help protect their individual and constitutional rights and combat misconceptions about the law. She has taught college-level legal courses as an adjunct instructor and continues to inform and educate through her online sites. Ms. Vodzak is committed to maintaining high ethical standards and is a down-to-earth person with whom clients can relate and easily communicate.
Currently, as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Ms. Vodzak serves as vice chair of its Plain English Committee, whose mission is to improve access to the law by demystifying its language whenever practicable. She also belongs to its Statutory Law, Appellate Advocacy, and Federal Practice Committees and holds membership in the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit.
While in law school, Ms. Vodzak was a member of the Duquesne Law Review and, as a legal writing fellow, worked as a teaching assistant for a legal research and writing course for first-year law students. She received the CALI Excellence for the Future award for the highest grade in Pennsylvania Civil Procedure. Ms. Vodzak was a student attorney at Duquesne University School of Law’s Economic and Community Development Law Clinic where she assisted a musician in a trademark infringement lawsuit, helped nonprofit organizations obtain 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status, and represented clients in unemployment compensation hearings. She also worked as a part-time law clerk at a local firm and as a summer intern for the Honorable Donald E. Ziegler of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Vodzak earned her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude (with highest honors) in both Legal Studies and Administration of Justice from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. Her Administration of Justice studies involved the evolution, theory, structure, functioning, and processes of change in the entire criminal justice system and focused specifically on law enforcement practice. During her undergraduate studies, she received numerous honors and awards for her academic achievement.
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
“Pa.’s Child Custody Laws for Deployed Military Parents,” The Legal Intelligencer, Family Law Supplement, July 17, 2012
Vice Chair, Plain English Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Statutory Law Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Federal Practice Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit
Legal Research and Legal Writing Courses
JD, 2001, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Member of the Duquesne Law Review
BA, summa cum laude, 1998, Legal Studies and Administration of Justice, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania