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Caroline Vodzak is the owner and principal attorney of Vodzak Law, a law practice in South Park, which is a southern suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been practicing law for 12 years, and her work is focused on family law matters (divorce, child custody, support), orphans’ court issues (adoption and guardianships), and appeals. For more than a decade, Caroline 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.

Caroline 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. Caroline is committed to maintaining high ethical standards and is a down-to-earth person with whom clients can relate and easily communicate.

Caroline provides professional representation and personal attention to her cases. If you would like to talk to Caroline about handling your divorce, child custody, support or other legal matter, you may call her at 412.377.5706 or complete the contact form below (24/7).

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In addition as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Caroline served 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, Caroline 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. Caroline 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.

Caroline 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

Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

PUBLICATIONS

Pa.’s Child Custody Laws for Deployed Military Parents,” The Legal Intelligencer, Family Law Supplement, July 17, 2012

Vodzak Law Blog

vodzaklegal – A Pennsylvania Appellate Law Blog

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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, Family Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit

SEMINARS/CLASSES TAUGHT

Legal Research and Legal Writing Courses

EDUCATION

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

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