Upcoming Event: The Second "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference


The Second "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference Saturday, March 5, 2011

“The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory through Teaching to Practice”


Plenary presentations from three of the nation’s leading
scholars of advanced legal writing: Prof. Elizabeth Fajans(Brooklyn), Prof. Mary Ray(Wisconsin), and Prof. Michael Smit (Wyoming)

Hosted by: The Duquesne University School of Law
Part of the Duquesne Law School Centennial Celebration
Primary Conference

Primary Conference Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business


The following links provide the conference agenda and brochure & registration form.

Please visit the event web site for more details: http://www.duq.edu/law/lrwp/conference-2011/index.cfm

ACLL Computer Lab

The ACLL computer lab features 20 Pentium III (866MHz) computers, an instructor's computer, HP laser printer, and one overhead projector. All of the computers have direct Internet access via a high speed LAN connection.

The lab can be rented by the hour, half day or full day as needed. Please contact Mr.Tsegaye Beru at 412.396.4423 for details.

Computers in the lab have the following software installed: Microsoft Office XP (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), Internet Explorer, and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

ACLL Messenger Service

Can't make it to the library? Cardholders can arrange for a messenger service to pick up and return books to the library. For check-outs, simply call the Circulation Desk at 412.350.5353 to have the books processed and ready for pickup when your messenger arrives.

CLE Reminder: The Investigation of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will host a series of CLE seminars from January through June, 2011. Please visit the following link to view the Spring 2011 schedule:

The Investigation of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
January 21, 2011

Allegations of drug-facilitated crimes, particularly drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), have increased significantly in the past decade. Unfortunately, because of the numerous challenges of these cases, they are often not prosecuted due to lack of solid evidence, including detection of the drugs used to facilitate the crime. This presentation by FBI Laboratory chemist Dr. Marc LeBeau and Sexual Assault Response Team of Allegheny County nurses Valerie Schreiber and Debra Shane will address the challenges of DFSA. The focus will be on the various drugs used to commit the crime with a demonstration on how these drugs effect the reporting of the crime and the ability to detect them in toxicological analyses. Case examples will be provided to illustrate the difficulties encountered in DFSA cases.

Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

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