St. John the Baptist Cathedral Parishioner Recognized

George Janocsko Receives Duquesne University Law Alumni Award

The Duquesne University Law Alumni Association recently awarded the Dr. John E. Murray, Jr. Meritorious Service Award to George M. Janocsko. The presentation of this prestigious award was made Oct. 20 during the 65th Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner held at the Power Center on the campus of Duquesne University attended by more than 300 alumni and guests.

The Meritorious Service Award is presented in recognition of services rendered and contributions made to the Duquesne Law Alumni Association and the Law School. The focus of this award is on service and commitment. George graduated with honors from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1977 where he was an articles editor on its law review. He has been a member of the Allegheny County Law Department and an attorney in private practice for nearly 40 years.

As deputy county solicitor, George has represented the County in a wide variety of cases in both federal and state court, including, most notably, the case involving the Constitutionality of the display of a nativity scene at the County Courthouse and George M. Janocsko a menorah at the City-County Building decided by the U.S.

Supreme Court. In addition to presently serving as legal counsel to numerous County departments, authorities, commissions, and social welfare agencies, George has served as solicitor to many local municipalities and agencies. George is a former adjunct professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law, the former chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Municipal and School Solicitors Section and has been associated with the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners for twenty-two years.

He is an active memberof St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral Parish in Munhall, Pa., where he is the parish’s principal cantor. Archpriest Dennis Bogda is the rector of the Cathedral.