Pittsburgh DtWT * Court Of Common Pleas * 440 Ross St., Rm. 5065 * Pittsburgh, PA 15219

(412) 350-6281

An educational initiative of the national campaign to stop violence.


About Us

The "Do the Write Thing Challenge" (DtWT) is an initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence...

...in which middle school students write about the impact of violence on their lives and  are encouraged to make personal commitments to help eliminate violence. Teachers also lead students in classroom discussions about violence and its resolutions.

         The Pittsburgh DtWT was establish in 2007 by the Family Court Division of Allegheny County at the behest of then, Administrative Judge Kim Berkeley Clark.  Judge Clark  appointed Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff (and wife, Joy Maxberry Woodruff)  to establish and chairs  the Pittsburgh program. 

         Annually, a DtWT Dinner Celebration is held to honor the top student writers from each school, with one girl and one boy chosen as Pittsburgh “National Ambassadors” on the basis of their writing content and interview with Judges. The 'Ambassadors are honored at the DtWT National Recognition Week in Washington, DC, where they meet with national leaders and discuss youth violence issues. A book of the writings of each city’s Ambassadors is inducted in United States Library of Congress.

PITTSBURGH DtWT                                                           National Campaign to Stop Violence

Court of Common Pleas                                                   2021 Massachusetts Ave,

440 Ross St.,  Rm. 5065                                                   Washington, DC 20036

Pittsburgh, PA 15219                                                         1 800 256-0235

1 412 350-6281


National Sponsors

Kuwait American Foundation       &        Southwest Airlines



ALAINA BEAL        St. Agnes Catholic          Teacher - Sister Janelle Banko 


MALACHI STEVENSON      Manchester Acacemic            Teacher - Mrs. Carla Knight 


The 2019 Pittsburgh “Do the Write Thing Challenge” was an enormous success with 1,403 middle school students submitting writings from 40 participating schools in 4 school districts! 


Pittsburgh Co-chairs:    The Hon. Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff  & Mrs. Joy Maxberry Woodruff 

Pittsburgh Co-coordinators:   Mr. Louis Ransom, Jr.,        Grace W. Orsatti, Esq.,         Mrs. Nicole Cronin 


Black & Gold Committee (Finalist Selection Committee) 

The Hon. Kim Berkeley Clark       …    Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas 

The Hon. Paul Cozza                   …      Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

The Hon. Stephen Zappala, Jr.    …    District Attorney, Allegheny County  

The Hon. Rich Fitzgerald             …     County Executive, Allegheny County  

Mr. Alex Matthews                       …     Senior Analyst, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Mr. Mike Tomlin                           …      Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Ms. Esther Bush                           …      President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh 

Ella A. Kwisnek, Esq.                   …      Assistant Dean, Duquesne University School of Law 

Edwin L. Edwards, Jr., Esq.         …     Attorney, Blank Rome LLP 

Ms. Marcia Martin                       …      Vice President, Gateway Health Plan


THREE RIVERS COMMITTEE  (Preliminary Selection Committee)

Duquesne University School of Law           …………...   Ella A. Kwisnek, Esq. 

University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work     …….…..    Jaime M. Booth, Ph.D. 

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield  ……….. Christina Wilds, Ph.D.

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity (Carnegie Mellon University) …..…… Mr. Jack Dunbar



Judge Kim Eaton                                 Judge Guido DeAngelis

Judge Kathryn Hens-Greco                Cynthia Stoltz, Esq. 

Judge Jennifer McCrady                     Carmen L. Robinson, Esq.

Judge Hugh McGough                         Carlena Lemon             




Pittsburgh Public           Woodland Hills          The Catholic Diocese  

Penn Hills Manchester Academic Charter