Justine Kasznica is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Innovation Practice Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Having moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to pursue a Third Circuit federal judicial clerkship with the Honorable Thomas Hardiman, Justine worked as a practicing corporate attorney and a business consultant for a variety of Pittsburgh robotics and high-tech start-ups after finishing the clerkship. During this time, Justine helped launched ReefBot, a non-profit organization committed to developing and utilizing underwater robotic technology for the purpose of coral reef conservation. In December of 2010, ReefBot, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute and the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, launched a state of the art children’s robotic exhibit at the PPG Aquarium.
Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Justine worked as a commercial litigation associate for WolfBlock LLP in Philadelphia, and taught in the Politics Department at Princeton University. Justine is committed to Pittsburgh’s economic development and is actively involved in a variety of entrepreneurial and community outreach endeavors focused on children’s entertainment and enrichment, currently working in children’s book writing and illustration, educational toy concept and character development, and the Pittsburgh Kids and Creativity movement.