LATROBE, Pennsylvania – John M. Lally, C’77, will serve as principal speaker, while The Hon. Maureen Lally-Green will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, at the 2019 Saint Vincent College Spring Honors Convocation, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Saint Vincent Basilica.
At the academic convocation, Saint Vincent College’s highest student honor, the President’s Award, will be presented to one member of the graduating class in recognition of academic accomplishments, leadership and community service which best reflect Saint Vincent’s mission as a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts college.
Outstanding senior students will be recognized for academic excellence in their major fields of study and special awards will be presented by the Student Government Association for service to the college community. Additionally, two faculty members will be honored with the Boniface Wimmer and Quentin Schaut Faculty Awards.
JOHN M. LALLY, CPA, MBA, CVA
A 1977 graduate of Saint Vincent College, Lally has forged a successful career in accounting and finance. He currently serves on the College’s Board of Directors, and previously served on the Council of Advisors for the Saint Vincent School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Just one year after graduating from SVC with a degree in accounting, Lally received his MBA, with a focus on finance and investments, from George Washington University. He began his career with a one-year stint in the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of International Banking, before accepting a position in the Pittsburgh office of PricewaterhouseCoopers (then known as Price Waterhouse).
In 1983, he founded Lally & Co., a Pittsburgh-based business advisory firm specializing in simplifying and solving complex tax, accounting and business issues. In his current role of managing partner, Lally works directly with owners and top management of the firm’s clients in business planning and coordination engagement. He also oversees business valuation and litigation support, along with expert testimony. His specialties include strategic business planning; business valuation; litigation support and expert reporting; and federal, state and local taxation of businesses, individuals and trusts.
Lally holds professional memberships in the American Institute of CPAs and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, while he has been a director of the Standard AVB Finance Corporation since 2009.
He is extremely active with the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh, serving on the organization’s investment advisory board since 1999 and its planned giving council since 2010. From 2011-14, he was vice chair for the Benedictine Sisters’ successful capital campaign.
Since 2007, Lally has been a member of the metropolitan board of the YMCA of Pittsburgh, while he has served on its finance committee since 2009. Additionally, he has been president of the board of the Kon-O-Kwee Spencer YMCA since 2011 and served as co-chair of its Kon-O-Palooza event in 2011-12.
In addition to his extensive work with the YMCA and Benedictine Sisters, Lally has also been quite active in his parish, Saint Sebastian’s. From 1999-2004, he sat on the parish’s Pastoral Council, Saint Sebastian School’s Principal Advisory Board from 2002-04 and as chair of the School Advisory Council from 2004-07.
Since 2004, he has served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Charter School, while he was chairperson of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ committee on legislation from 1997-2001.
Lally has regularly shared his expertise on tax and related issues with a number of local media outlets, having provided interviews for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, KDKA-TV2, WVTY 96.1 FM and WTAE 1250 AM.
THE HON. MAUREEN LALLY-GREEN, J.D.
Judge Lally-Green has enjoyed a distinguished law career, having worked as a private attorney, professor of law, consultant to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and judge of the state’s Superior Court, while being known as a forceful advocate for gender and ethnic fairness.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/secondary education from Duquesne University, Lally-Green went on to graduate from the Duquesne University School of Law, where she served a one-year stint on its Law Review.
In the early stages of her career, she worked as an associate with a private law firm in Pittsburgh, as counsel to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to the former Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
Lally-Green would then spend more than a decade as a full-time professor in Duquesne’s School of Law, while also serving as research associate and consultant to the judges of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
In 1998, she earned an appointment as judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania by Gov. Tom Ridge and was elected to a full 10-year term on the court in 1999. While on the bench, she was one of the Supreme Court’s inaugural members of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Commission on Race, Gender and Ethnic Fairness, chairing a committee that developed a non-discrimination policy and procedures that was adopted for Pennsylvania’s entire judiciary. She would also serve as chair of the Supreme Court’s Gender Fairness Implementation Committee in 2002, while remaining active as an adjunct professor at Duquesne.
After retiring from the bench in 2009, she worked as director of the Office for Church Relations for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, before returning to Duquesne University in 2016, when she was named acting dean of the Duquesne School of Law. She was officially promoted to permanent dean in July 2017, becoming the first female dean in the law school’s history.
Lally-Green has earned a host of accolades over the course of her distinguished career. She is an inductee into the Century Club of Duquesne University, and has been a recipient of the Anne X. Alpern Award, the highest honor given by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession. She has also been awarded the Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award, given by the Allegheny County Bar Association to a member of the bar who has been an exemplary mentor to others through continued support, counsel, friendship and leadership.
She is also the recipient of the Presidents’ Award, awarded jointly by the presidents of Duquesne University and Saint Francis University, the Saint Thomas More Award of the Saint Thomas More Society and Duquesne University School of Law’s Distinguished Alumna Award.
Lally-Green previously sat on the Saint Vincent College Board of Directors, and currently, she is a member of the board of Saint Vincent Seminary; Federated Investors Mutual Fund Complex; the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania; Auberle; UPMC-Mercy Hospital; Saint Thomas More Society of Allegheny County; and the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh.
PHOTO 1: John M. Lally
PHOTO 2: The Hon. Maureen Lally-Green
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