The Women’s Law Project mourns the untimely loss of Deborah Pollack Maliver, a Pittsburgh lawyer who was a strong feminist and steadfast supporter of the Women’s Law Project.
Debbie was both a skilled physician and a brilliant attorney. In 1978, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Four years later, she got her M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Debbie completed her internship and residency at the prestigious New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, and became board certified in internal medicine.
After seven years of solo practice in Indiana County, Debbie became interested in using her medical expertise to get justice for the victims of medical malpractice. She went to law school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she served as the Articles Editor of the Law Review. After Debbie graduated magna cum laude in 1995, second in her class, she and classmate Christine Biancheria opened their own medical malpractice law firm on Wood Street in downtown Pittsburgh. Debbie’s trial advocacy skills were recognized as she was invited into the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and served on the Board of Governors of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.
Debbie married John O’Reilly in 2002. They and John’s three daughters, Colleen, Eliza and Jane, lived in Sewickley. Debbie was a member of the Women’s Law Project’s Myra Bradwell Society and served for a time on the Women’s Law Project Board of Trustees. She was a generous donor to the Women’s Law Project, fully funding a work-study position at our Western Pennsylvania office. Debbie was generous, too, with her time and expertise, frequently advising and consulting with Law Project attorneys on medical-legal matters.
We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and coworkers. We will miss her kindness, humor, and indomitable spirit.