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Laurie B. Serafino, J.D.

Director of Clinical Legal Education and Associate Professor of Law
School of Law
Clinical Legal Education

Room 221 School of Law / Room 303 Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education
Phone: 412.396.6342


J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1979
B.A., University of California, Davis, 1974

Laurie Serafino is associate professor and director of clinical legal education at Duquesne University School of Law. She has more than 14 years of experience as a national leader in clinical education. Before arriving at Duquesne University in 2012, Serafino served as assistant professor and director of clinical programs at Pepperdine University School of Law where she supervised the university's special education, rescue mission, family law, asylum and securities arbitration clinics. She also arranged externship placements for students with the U.S. State Department, federal courthouses, entertainment companies and public interest law offices. During this period she also volunteered as a site inspector for the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education.

Serafino is admitted to practice in California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. She has practiced for over 30 years, primarily as a criminal defense attorney. She represented indigent defendants as a Deputy Los Angeles County Public Defender and as a private indigent defense attorney appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court in felony, juvenile, and misdemeanor cases. Serafino also represented indigent felons on appeal for the California Appellate Project. In that capacity she drafted appellate briefs and argued cases in the California Court of Appeal. She brought a number of petitions to the California Supreme Court.

Serafino supervised attorneys and law student volunteers at an in-house legal clinic of the Los Angeles County Bar Association shortly after graduation from law school. In 1988, she was appointed a judicial research attorney with the Appellate Department of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Thereafter she was named supervising judicial research attorney by the presiding judge.


SSRN Profile     SelectedWorks bePress

'Them Feds Don't Play Fair': The Fourth Amendment and Cloud-Based Data, forthcoming Spring 2014, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law

No Walk in the Dog Park: Drafting Animal Cruelty Statutes to Resolve Double Jeopardy Concerns and Eliminate Unfettered Prosecutorial Discretion, Summer 2011 edition of Volume 78 of the Tennessee Law Review

Life Cycles of Revolutionary Upheavals through Bob Dylan's Eyes, September-October 2011 edition of Vol. XXXVIII of the Fordham Urban Law Journal

The Constitutional Rights of Federal and California Grand Jury Witnesses, 10 Sw. U. L. Rev. 895

Article in Progress

The Supreme Court is woefully behind the curve in establishing privacy protections in this age of constantly advancing technologies. This article will suggest the Court consider nine factors, derived from prior Court decisions, that will provide guidelines for the Court to take into consideration in analyzing Fourth Amendment cases amid an ever-changing technological landscape.

In showcasing these factors, the article will not engage in a comprehensive review of all relevant technologies but instead will focus on Facebook, Apple, and Google, as well as major service providers such as banks and cellular phone companies. It will conclude that cloud computing, a technology affecting almost every American and one that will eventually include all personal and business data on our computers, is essentially the functional equivalent of a file cabinet located in one's home or office, which historically has received Fourth Amendment protection. In addition, the data stored on a cloud can and should be entitled to Fourth Amendment protection wherever it is accessed.


Speaker on ABA site inspections at a 2012 national conference entitled "Preparing Lawyers: The Role of Field Placement" at Harvard Law School

Speaker at a 2011 national conference on "Bob Dylan and the Law" at Fordham Law School

Group leader at 2011 AALS Conference on Curricular Reform

Group leader at 2011 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education

Speaker at annual national conference on externships entitled "Responding to Changing Times" held at the University of Miami School of Law in 2010

Moderator at the Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics' annual national conference on "Lawyers, Faith, and Social Justice" held at Pepperdine University in 2005