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2009 ACLL Borrower's Card Privileges

We encourage patrons to acquire their 2009 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.

Schedule of Annual Borrower's Fees:

1. Attorneys of Allegheny County (both private and governmental):

Firm Size Fee
X-Large (101 +) $6,000
Large (61-100) $4,500
Medium (31-60) $2,000
Small (1-30) $60/attorney

2. Attorneys outside of Allegheny County: $120 per person.

3. General Public of Allegheny County: $60 per person.

4. General public outside of Allegheny County: $100 per person.

5. Judges (federal, state, and local) will not be required to pay borrowers' fees. Other governmental law departments are not excluded.

City of Pittsburgh Legislative Information Center

The City of Pittsburgh has revised its Legislative Information Center web site. It provides access to agendas and minutes of meetings. It also includes access to the various publications of the City Council, the most important being the ordinances and resolutions along with the legislative history of the ordinance. There is a basic search using keyword or an advanced search feature that provides access to a variety of publications when you click in the drop down box under Matter Type.

New Article on Writing Petitions for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court

There is an especially good article on writing petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court published in Litigation (2008) and reprinted in 2008 PBI, Effective Advocacy in the Federal Appellate Courts:

Timothy S. Bishop, Jeffrey W. Sarles, Stephen J. Kane. "Tips on petition for and opposing certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court." Pennsylvania Bar Institute, c2008.

Here's another relevant article:

Swanson, Joseph W. "Experience Matters: The Rise of a Supreme Court Bar and its Effect on Certiorari." The journal of appellate practice and process. 9.1 (2007): 175-204

New Civil Rules in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Two revised Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 212.2 Pre-Trial Statement and Rule 220.1

Voir Dire are now in effect, being thirty days after their publication in the 38 Pennsylvania Bulletin 5947-50 (November 1, 2008).

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