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DCLI/ACLL Launches Upgraded Web Site

There's a new URL for the Duquesne Center for Legal Information/Allegheny County Law Library:

The DCLI/ACLL web site features a new design. The site's content and links have been restructured to provide users with better navigation and access to critical legal research resources. The homepage features the latest news concerning DCLI and ACLL users. It provides a quick search engine allowing users to browse collection items via the Encore version of SOLCAT. A link to classic SOLCAT is available as well. The Legal Research Guides page provides Quick Guides and Research Guides by Subject. The Legal Research Databases page provides links and resource descriptions of subscription databases, including HeinOnline, LegalTrac, Lexis and Westlaw. Users can choose the “Allegheny County Law Library” link on the left side of the site to find the staff directory, circulation policy, research collection, and library services. The Primary Legal Research page includes links to numerous free case law, statutory law, administrative law, and constitutional law resources. The Contact Us page provides the ACLL Main Desk telephone number, fax number, mailing address, and suggestion form. The site's homepage includes links to DCLI and ACLL listing of operating hours and holiday closures. The Services for Legal Professionals page, provides streamlined ACLL resources information for attorneys, judges, and other members of the legal community. Finally, the site provides a link to ACLLWire, the Allegheny County Law Library's official newsletter and e-mail notification service, providing important information regarding the ACLL, reviews of print & digital research resources, legal news, and special events.

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This historic event, bringing together the sons of two of the most significant civil rights figures in American history, is the first time these men have come together to talk about the remarkable contributions of their fathers --- and their roles in achieving a civil rights revolution that transformed the United States and guaranteed equal justice for all.

Thurgood Marshall was one of the greatest civil rights lawyers of all time, successfully arguing Brown v. Board of Education in the United States Supreme Court. Under the mentorship of his law professor, Charles Hamilton Houston, Marshall established a record as a fierce advocate for civil justice, serving as legal counsel to the NAACP and winning a streak of victories that transformed the face of American law. Marshall later served as Solicitor General of the United States and as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, before President Lyndon Johnson appointed him as the first African-Amrerican Justice on the Supreme Court. Justice Marshall died in 1993 at age 84.

John Marshall, the youngest son of Thurgood Marshall and his wife, Cecelia, served as Director of the United States Marshals Service under President Bill Clinton. Since 2002 he served as Virginia's Secretary of Public Safety under Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. 

Charles Hamilton Houston was the architect of the plan to dismantle the system of "separate but equal" laws in the United States. As Vice Dean of Howard Law School in Washington, Houston trained a cadre of lawyers -- including Thurgood Marshall and other notable figures -- who went on to assist him in challenging racial segregation and discrimination in employment, in property ownership, and in the entire system of public education in the United States. Charles Houston died from the crush of work in 1950 at age 54, never seeing his star student, Thurgood Marshall, argue the Brown case in the Supreme Court or don a black robe to sit as the first African-American Justice on the nation's highest court.

Charles Hamilton Houston Jr. is the only child of Charles Hamilton Houston. He is an historian and lecturer living in Baltimore, Maryland, who has spent a considerable amount of his own career studying the advancement of racial justice in the United States, including the contributions of his father to that cause.


National Premiere of 15-minute film, regarding the singular achievements of Thurgood Marshall and Charles Houston, introduced and narrated by their sons. THIS HISTORIC EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Following the program, a special dinner will be hosted by invitation-only, to raise funds for minority scholarships at Duquesne University School of Law and for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Time to Renew your Borrowers Card for 2010

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We encourage patrons to acquire their 2010 ACLL Borrower's card. Borrower's card fees provide privileges such as checking out books and accessing online databases. Access includes federal and all states' databases from LexisNexis and Westlaw. Borrowers also receive reduced charges for document delivery.

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Google continues to add more information and resources to its list of features and tools. Users can access case law and legal journals for free via Google Scholar. Visit the above address and select “Legal Opinions and Journals”. Researchers can enter key terms, such as party name, to search for legal opinions. Similarly, key terms, such as title or author can be entered to search for articles. An advanced search function allows the user to set search limits in numerous fields. Users can search all legal journals and opinions simultaneously, search only US federal court opinions, or search opinions by selecting the desired state or combination of states. The “find articles” section allows the user to assign numerous keyword strategies, as well as author, publication, and date. These features, including free and full-text access make Google Scholar a valuable resource for law students and legal professionals.