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DCLI New Acquisitions List Now Available

Looking for the most recent collection additions? The Center is pleased to offer a list of the newest titles at both DCLI and ACLL.

The following link provides a selection of recently cataloged materials for the Center for Legal Information and the Allegheny County Law Library. It includes new arrivals, in alphabetical order by subject heading. Additional details include title, call number, location, and a link to the item's SOLCAT record. If you wish to borrow circulating materials, please ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

New Acquisitions:

The November-December 2012 New Acquisitions Lists are now available at the following link:


Property Assessment Rules and Regulations

The Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review Rules and Regulations are available at the following link:


Two Upcoming CLE Opportunities

Prosecution and Public Policy in 21 The Century

You are cordially invited to a panel discussion about the public service role of the modern-day prosecutor.

Hon. J. Michael Eakin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will serve as moderator. Seven district attorneys will serve as panelists: Hon. Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney; Hon. Richard A. Goldinger, Butler County District Attorney; Hon. Edward M. Marsico, Jr., Dauphin County District Attorney; Hon. Francis J. Schultz, Crawford County District Attorney; Hon. Eugene A. Vittone, Washington County District Attorney; Hon. Shawn C. Wagner, Adams County District Attorney and President, Pa. District Attorneys Association; and Hon. Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., Allegheny County District Attorney. A reception will follow the program.

The event is co-sponsored by the Allegheny County Bar Association Criminal Litigation Section.

Monday, February 4, 2013
Program: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Duquesne University Power Center
Program: Ballroom, 5th Floor
Reception: Shepperson Suite, 5th Floor

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one (1) hour of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.

No charge for the panel discussion or reception, but registration is required.

To register, RSVP to Colleen Derda, derdac@duq.edu or 412.396.2462. Provide your full contact information and include PA Attorney ID # for CLE.

Tweet your questions to @duquesnelaw

Innovation Meets Litigation:
Universities and Patents in the Information Age

As financial pressures reshape the higher education funding model, universities everywhere are looking to strengthen their ties with industry. Increased awareness and protection of patentable intellectual property is often the result, as university technology transfer offices form deeper alliances with regional companies. While these partnerships have the potential to flourish, they can also lead to litigation, as universities team with their licensees in lawsuits against infringers, or even "go it alone" as they seek to enforce their patent rights through litigation. This one-hour program, which has been approved for Continuing Legal Education credit, will highlight patent, policy and litigation issues and trends involving the industry-academic relationship.

Jacob H. Rooksby, assistant professor of law and IP and higher education scholar,
will present the program

Wed., Feb. 6, 2013

Breakfast and Registration 7:30 a.m.
One-hour program - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Rivers Club, One Oxford Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: Higher Education Professors and Administrators $40
Attorneys Seeking CLE Credit $60*

To register, contact Colleen Derda,  derdac@duq.edu, 412.396.2462.


*This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one (1) hour of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.

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Smart Rules


Smart Rules is a document creation site that follows various court rules, determining procedure. The site focuses on providing step-by-step instructions for creating and filing civil litigation documents. Smart Rules creates forms for its patrons, in accordance with court rules for that particular state. Choose the “States” link on the left of the page. Next, select a specific state, like Pennsylvania. The site generates a list of helpful guide titles, and indicates its corresponding court. For example if you select “Answer, Pennsylvania Allegheny County” you’ll notice the adjacent “court” column indicates Court of Common Pleas. Click on the “Answer. ..” link and the site provides a useful preview of the document.   While not full-text, the visitor can easily determine the format, or important parts of the document, such as Timing, or Pleading Rules & Requirements. Anyone wishing to acquire further access into the documents needs to subscribe to Smart Rules and create a login. Complete guides are available to subscribers only. The site offers Daily, monthly, and Yearly passes for a fee. The sites “Type” link, provides a list of forms by type category. For instance, under the “Discovery” heading, users will find documents like Interrogatories or initial disclosures. The “Federal” section of the site is organized by circuit, and links to codes, courts and forms information.