Meet Pauline Calabrese
Attorney Pauline Calabrese, a partner at Notaro Calabrese & Epstein, has practiced in all of the Divisions of the Court of Common Pleas, where she has represented clients in jury and non-jury trials. Her practice concentration is in family law. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Prelaw at The Pennsylvania State University and her Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. During her time in law school she had the privilege of serving as an intern for the Honorable Carol Los Mansmann on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Pauline served as a court-appointed attorney in several high-profile custody cases. One of the most published was the “Baby Byron Case”, which was made into a movie starring Halle Berry and Samuel L. Jackson, called Losing Isaiah. Losing Isaiah was based on a composite of cases, including the Baby Byron case.
A mother of 5, Pauline is no stranger to resolving disputes. Her oldest daughter graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is now in the Doctoral Program at Pitt. Her three sons attend Penn State and her youngest daughter is a senior in high school. Pauline and her husband, who is also an attorney, are grateful that Covid waited until their children were grown because, although Pauline served as an Adjunct Professor at Carlow University, homeschooling seems so hard.
Pauline is used to making tough decisions. As the Mayor of Penn Hills, the second largest municipality outside of the City of Pittsburgh, with close to thirty neighborhoods, Pauline is tasked with overseeing a $34 million budget. She is proud to note that under her leadership, the 2021 budget will have a surplus, no tax increase and no layoffs.
Pauline believes everyone should have access to the courthouse door, healthcare and a good education. She is a volunteer attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services, has served on the board of Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center and taught at CCAC for close to 20 years. Pauline’s commitment to service and dedication to the law, her community and the families of Allegheny County are traits she will carry with her to the bench.