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The Allegheny County Law Library (ACLL) has partnered with American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) to bring eligible members* (firms with 60 attorneys or fewer) preferential access to ALI CLE’s premier learning resources. Through a user-friendly landing page, attorneys and staff can search the calendar for upcoming ALI CLE webcasts and telephone seminars and purchase programs at a 15% discount off the list price. In addition to enhancing knowledge and skills with ALI CLE’s top-notch programming, these members are also making a valuable contribution:  a percentage of the tuition is given to the ACLL to support its endeavors to provide legal information to the legal community and public of Allegheny County and the western region of Pennsylvania.

To access the landing page of course offerings, eligible members should go to http://acll.ali-cle.net and enter their library card numbers followed by this password - ACLL1 .

The American Law Institute (ALI), founded in 1923, is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. Each year, ALI CLE (formerly ALI-ABA) produces hundreds of programs of the highest caliber in numerous fields of law. Practical and sophisticated, taught by prominent lawyers, government agents, judges, and legal academics in the U.S. and abroad, ALI CLE programs are hailed among the profession for being the go-to resource for continuing legal education.

*If your firm has over 60 attorneys, ALI CLE can create a customized platform that delivers ALI CLE’s learning resources in a cost-effective way. For more information on establishing an ALI CLE learning database for your firm, please contact Frank Tomasello, ftomasello@ali-cle.org, (215) 243-1663.


a national symposium sponsored by
Duquesne University School of Law
in collaboration with
Join us for a national symposium on plea bargaining after the U.S. Supreme Court's two latest decisions on the topic, Lafler v. Cooper and Missouri v. Frye. These decisions recognized that a defendant has a right to the effective assistance of counsel in the process of criminal negotiations. The Court, however, expressly declined to say what remedy a defendant, whose lawyer did not perform effectively during the plea bargain, should receive. These cases raise many more questions than they answer. Do they change the plea process? How does one go about evaluating whether a lawyer has been a constitutionally competent negotiator? What remedy should lower courts apply? Do these cases portend judicial limitations on prosecutors?

The Honorable W. Louis Sands of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, a former state and federal prosecutor, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday offering his reflections from the bench. 
A series of panels, each hosted by a prominent Pittsburgh lawyer or judge, will follow on Friday to focus on implications and concerns raised by the two decisions.The day will begin with an introduction by the Honorable Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and author of one of the seminal pieces on the subject.
View the symposium schedule and register today. flier

Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013
Keynote speech 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., followed by reception
Fri., March 1, 2013
Panel discussions 9 a.m.- Noon, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Duquesne University School of Law
This symposium has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for six (6) hours of substantive CLE credit.
District attorneys & staff, public defenders & staff, judicial staff seeking CLE credit - $60
General practitioners seeking CLE credit - $90
Academicians in legal education - no charge
REGISTER ONLINE. For more information, contact Professor Wes Oliver or Colleen Derda.

Upcoming Military Law Society Fund Raiser


Dean John J. Sciullo Continuing Legal Education Series at the Duquesne University School of Law

Sat., March 2, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
School of Law Room 203

The Unsettled Status of 'Terms-Later' Contracting
Presented by Chancellor John E. Murray, Jr.

In 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit stated, "The chronology of contract formation has become unsettled resulting from cases dealing with 'terms later' contracting." This CLE will review the unsettled status.

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for three (3) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and zero (0) hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

Sat., March 9, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
School of Law Room 203

The Honorable Lawyer: the 1911 Bar Exam Revisited
Presented by Professor Mark Yochum
School of Law Room 203

What does it mean to be an honorable lawyer? This seminar will explore the changing nature of our perception as a profession of what is required to be the best of lawyers. We will review the Pennsylvania Bar Examination of 1911 to reveal the mutation over the last century of the Bar's attitude toward the social, educational, moral and philosophical background thought necessary for the successful and elevated practice of law. While no test is fun, you will be able to test yourself (with no downside risk) to see if you could pass the 1911 exam. (Bluebooks will be provided!) We will look at law, literature, logarithms and Latin. Good luck (because we do not think you will pass!)

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for zero (0) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and three (3) hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

Learn more

Read about the Sciullo CLE Series and REGISTER today.

Duquesne Law Alumni Events

Young Alumni Reception
Class Years 2003-2012
March 14, 2013
The Rivers Club, Oxford Center, Pittsburgh
5:30--7:30 p.m.
Get REAL tips from REAL practitioners on making your way in the current legal climate!
RSVP by March 11 to lawalumni@duq.edu

Philadelphia Law Alumni Reception
April 30, 2013
Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert Street
5:30--8:00 p.m.
RSVP by April 26 to lawalumni@duq.edu

61st Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner
April 19, 2013
5:00--10:00 pm
William Patrick Power Center, Duquesne University
Special Guest:  John Dean

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