Kara M. Beck

Area of Emphasis

Kara Beck is a staff attorney in the Energy and Natural Resources Group of Babst Calland. Her practice focuses primarily on counseling various energy, oil, gas and mineral-related clients on transactional matters, including title examination, title curative, oil and gas opinions, and due diligence.

Background

Ms. Beck graduated cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College in 2014, earning a B.A. as a double major in Environmental Science and Political Science. In 2017, she graduated from Duquesne University School of Law, with a concentration in Energy & Environmental Law. Ms. Beck was a member of the Justice Louis L. Mandino Honor Society and received several scholarships from the Allegheny County Bar Association and Pennsylvania’s Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Law sections. She also received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Climate Change Law.

During law school, Ms. Beck served as Executive Editor of the Duquesne Business Law Journal, President of the Environmental Law Society, Treasurer of the Duquesne Appellate Moot Court Board, Student Bar Association Class Representative, and competed in the West Virginia University’s Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition.

Ms. Beck interned as a summer law clerk with two judges: the Honorable Judge Joseph J. Matika and the Honorable Judge Steven R. Serfass in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas Courthouse. Additionally, she also worked as a legal assistant in a small firm in downtown Pittsburgh focused primarily on personal injury.

Memberships and Affiliations

Ms. Beck is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar associations.

Publications/ Presentations
  • Beck, Kara, “In Re Murray’s Judicial Affect on the Clean Power Plan and Future Climate Change in America,” 18 Duq. Bus. LJ. 189, Duquesne Business Law Journal (2016).