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App Review: DkT

by Stosh Jonjak

If you work in the legal field, there is no doubt you have experienced working with PACER; it’s the interface that enables users to access and file federal court documents. DkT (available here) is a brand new app that puts an easily-navigable, streamlined mobile user interface on top of PACER, enabling users to access documents via their mobile devices. PACER does have its own mobile interface, but DkT has design features that clearly separate it as a better option for users, including:

  • Saves and encrypts the user’s name and password, so users don’t have to log-in every time they wish to use PACER
  • Enables users to save documents, so users don’t have to pay PACER fees to access the same document multiple times
  • Enables docket bookmarking, so users don’t have to pay PACER fees to access the same docket multiple times
  • If a user wishes to update a bookmarked docket, they can do so and will only have to pay for downloading the new entries, rather than the entire docket

The app is free, ad-free, and was developed by Matthew Zorn; it’s an impressive example of a single, solo programmer putting in the effort to upgrade a user interface. According to the excellent iPhone J.D. review (available here), Zorn, having used open source code himself, even made the app open source to aid future programmers. This app is a wonderful improvement on the mobile PACER interface, and is highly recommended by us!

This article originally appeared on iBrary and has been posted here with Stosh Jonjak's permission.

Admissions Information Session Feb. 17

The School of Law will host an admissions information session on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the School of Law. During the event prospective students learn about the admissions process, financial aid and law school life at Duquesne. A student-led tour the follows the presentation. If you know of prospective students, please encourage them to visit www.duq.edu/law/admissions and attend a session. J.D. applications should be received by March 1 for priority consideration.

Sciullo CLE Series - Spring 2014

The School of Law's spring continuing legal education series begins on Feb. 22. Courses in the Dean John J. Sciullo CLE Series are offered Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Room 203. Register online for the series or individual courses. Cost remains $300 for the series or $90 per course. Members of Duquesne Law Alumni Assoc. receive a $25 discount each fall and spring. Series or course payments can be made online at time of registration or at the door.

Sat., Feb. 22
The Affordable Care Act: Early Outcomes and Legal Implications
presented by Professor Valarie K. Blake
3 Hours Substantive
In a time of great change in the financing and delivery of healthcare for patients, providers, hospitals, and insurers alike, this CLE program situates the Affordable Care Act (ACA) within a historic context of prior healthcare reforms and larger economic trends, as well as expounding upon the more significant provisions of the ACA and early data on the outcomes of its implementation.

Sat., March 8
Narrative Skills and the Law
Presented by Marshall Goldberg
Three Hours Substantive

Sat., March 29
The Violence Against Women Act and its Impact on the U.S. Supreme Court and International Law: A Story of Vindication, Loss, and a New Human Rights Paradigm
Three Hours Substantive

Sat., April 26
Advanced Legal Writing Student CLEs
Presented by students of Duquesne University School of Law Advanced Legal Writing Class
Instructed by Adjunct Professors April Milburn-Knizner and Sherri Adelkoff
Three Hours Substantive

All course descriptions are available online. Questions? Contact cle@duq.edu or call 412.396.6300. REGISTER today.

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SAVE THE DATE! -Upcoming Events

DLAA & Duquesne Men's Basketball
Dukes vs. Dayton Flyers
Sat., Feb. 22, 2014
CONSOL Energy Center
Tip-off: 2:00PM
Tickets for game: $15
Pre-game reception: 12:30 PM at TGI Fridays at CONSOL Center, Reception tickets: $20
Register online for pre-game reception & game tickets

Annual DLAA Young Alumni Event
Class years 2004-2013
Business Development"
March 27, 2014
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
5:30-6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Reception
RSVP by March 24

62nd Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner
Reunion years: 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954
April 11, 2014
Power Center Ballroom
5:00 Reception
6:30 Dinner

Latest Legal Link

Cornell - Legal Information Institute

Cornell's site is one of the most useful, free, and comprehensive sites for legal research. It provides links to primary and several secondary materials. The following are highlights of this site.

Wex: http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/
Wex is an online legal dictionary and encyclopedia. This collaborative resource is sponsored by Cornell's Legal Information Institute, which promotes free, public accessible legal information to internet users. The site offers an "All Pages" index containing links to hundreds of specific legal terms and topics. Term links consist of concise legal definitions and topic links provide descriptive encyclopedia-like overviews. The site explains "Wex entries are collaboratively created and edited by legal experts". Users can browse through the extensive list of terms and topics, or use the simple search engine available near the top-right of the page.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation: http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/
The Introduction to Basic Legal Citation site is another useful resource offered via Cornell's Legal Information Institute. This site provides law students a primer for using the two main legal citation manuals: The Bluebook and ALWD Citation manual.