Free Legal Research Classes this Week

Allegheny County Law Library is offering free legal research classes this week. The following scheduled courses will be held in the ACLL Computer Lab.

Location: 921 City-County Building. Hours 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

February 22:  Free Caselaw-Google Scholar

February 23: Secondary Sources in the Law

February 24: Researching PA Constitutional Law and History

Please register in advance: Call (412) 350-5353 to reserve a seat. Seating is limited to 20 in the Computer Lab.

March 2011 CLE Schedule at ACLL

The following CLE classes will take place at ACLL. Call Kathy Koehler to register by phone, 412.396.6282 (email: koehler@duq.edu), or contact Dr. Joel Fishman for further information, 412.350.5353 (e-mail fishman@duq.edu).

LOCATION: All classes are held in the Allegheny County Law Library in the City County Building. Walk-ins allowed.

PA Legal Research

Tuesday, March 15 2011, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
This course is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (3) credits of substantive law and (0) credits of ethics.

Internet Legal Research

Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This course is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (3) credits of substantive law and (0) credits of ethics.

Researching Legal Ethics

Friday, March 18, 2011, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
This course is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for (0) credits of substantive law and (1) credit of ethics.

Upcoming CLE: The Science and Criminal Law of End-of-Life Decisions

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

The Science and Criminal Law of End-of-Life Decisions

Friday, March 11, 2011

As our population continues to age and medical advances permit longer lives than were previously possible, questions about how and when to end life abound. From the execution of living wills in hospitals and nursing homes to the national debate over assisted suicide, the issue raises multiple legal, ethical and scientific concerns. Join Family Hospice Education Coordinator Lillian Sweeney, forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, and other legal and scientific experts for this provocative seminar.

Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

Centennial Event Reminder - Keynote Address

by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Duquesne Union Ballroom
4th Floor Student Ballroom
3:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to participate in this special event celebrating the kick-off of the School of Law Centennial. Please RSVP for General Holder’s speech at the following link:

RSVP for Keynote Address

Guide to Pennsylvania Newspapers on WestlawNext, Lexis and the Internet by Mr. Tsegaye Beru

A guide to Pennsylvania Newspapers is now available on the DCLI Research Guides page. This research guide, prepared by Mr. Tsegaye Beru, highlights Pennsylvania Newspapers in Westlaw, Lexis, and the internet. Please click on the following link to visit the guide:

Guide to Pennsylvania Newspapers

CLE Reminder: The Second "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2011


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 Smith (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

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