Browser Out-of-Date

We’re sorry. It appears that you are using a web browser that is out-of-date or is no longer supported by Microsoft.

Please update to the latest version:

Download Internet Explorer »

Other Browsers

Or you can download any other free web browsers

Download Google Chrome »

Download Safari »

Download Firefox »

Download Opera »


P.O. Box 62446
Harrisburg, PA 17107-2445

Tel. 717-238-2001
Toll Free 888-PA-IOLTA (724-6582)
Fax. 717-238-2003

Close Mobile Menu
Skip Content

Stella L. Smetanka, Esq. Chair

2213 Los Angeles Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15216

Second Term Ends: September 1, 2021

Stella L. Smetanka, Esq. earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh and returned to teach at Pitt’s Health Law Clinic where she helped students develop their client counseling and trial practice skills as they served indigent clients from the Pittsburgh area. Under her supervision in 2006, Health Law Clinic students succeeded in changing Medicare policy to cover solitary pancreas transplants for certain individuals with severe brittle diabetes. That same year, her article “Who Will Protect the Disruptive Dialysis Patient?” appeared in the American Journal of Law & Medicine. As a former Assistant District Attorney in Allegheny County, she clerked for the Hon. William F. Cercone of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and was also an associate with the law firm of Burns, White and Hickton.

Through her professional activities, Ms. Smetanka maintains close ties with organizations serving low-income clients. She is a past board member of Neighborhood Legal Services Association (NLSA) and KidsVoice Pennsylvania and volunteered at the NLSA office in Pittsburgh from 2014 to January 2020.  In 2004, Ms. Smetanka received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award of the University of Pittsburgh. She was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve on the Pennsylvania IOLTA Board in 2015 and was designated Vice-Chair in 2019.

Pro Hac Vice

Out-of-state attorneys seeking to enter their appearance on a Pennsylvania case must pay an admission fee of $375 per case to the IOLTA Board prior to filing the motion with the court. Complete your pro hac vice application online and pay the $375 fee by check or credit card.

Pro Hac Vice Admission Fee
Payment Form »

Platinum Leader Banks

Platinum Leader Banks are financial institutions that go above and beyond eligibility requirements to ensure the success of the IOLTA program and increase funding for legal aid. Pennsylvania attorneys are encouraged to patronize them.

Become A Platinum
Leader Bank »

Support Us

There is one legal aid lawyer for every 6,415 people living in poverty. Pro bono representation by private attorneys is an enormously valuable supplement to the services of civil legal aid programs.

Donate or Volunteer »

Direct Class Action Residual funds and Cy Pres awards to the PA IOLTA Board!

Class Action Residuals Toolkit »