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Upcoming Event: An Afternoon with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas


Justice Thomas event


Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Duquesne Union Ballroom
3:30 p.m.

Join the School of Law in welcoming Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. Registration is required. Register today at:


Duquesne University School of Law Continuing Legal Education

U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution CLE
Tues., April 9, 2013
Africa Room, Duquesne Union
12:30 p.m. lunch available
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CLE
3:00 p.m. Book Signing

Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University, constitutional scholar and author, will present this special two-hour CLE, The U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution, with Dean Ken Gormley and Judge Thomas M. Hardiman. The PA CLE Board has approved the course for two (2) hours of substantive CLE credit. A book signing will follow the CLE. All participants receive priority seating for the 3:30 p.m. program with Justice Clarence Thomas in the Duquesne Union Ballroom.  For CLE costs and to register, visit:


Advance Legal Writing CLE Presentations
Sciullo CLE Series
Sat., April 20, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Duquesne University School of Law, Room 203

Advance Legal Writing students, under the direction of Professor Tara Willke, Visiting Professor Sherri Adelkoff and Adjunct Professor April Milburn-Knizner, will present on the following topics: Marcellus Shale drilling and Act 13; Obesity claims under the ADA;  the impact of Facebook and Social Media Sites on the practice of Family Law in Pennsylvania; the admissibility of chronic pain expert evidence; constitutional attacks on the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act; and the use of certain breathalyzers in determining the level of intoxication. This course has been approved by the PA CLE Board for three (3) hours of substantive CLE credit. (Please note this Sciullo Series course offers a morning session only.)

The State of Property Tax Exemptions in Pennsylvania after Mesivta Eitz Chaim of Bobov, Inc. v Pike County
Sciullo CLE Series
Sat., April 27, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Duquesne University School of Law, Room 203

Dean Nicholas Cafardi will present this CLE on the history of property tax exemptions in Pennsylvania, the HUP case, Act 55, and the definition of "purely public charity."  It will also examine the cases leading up to and including Mesivta Eitz Chaim of Bobov, Inc. Pike County and its progeny.  Finally, the presentation will deal with some local property tax exemption issues and payments in lieu of taxes (pilots). The course has been approved for three (3) hours of substantive CLE credit.

Duquesne University School of Law Events
First-year Oral Arguments
Saturday, April 6 & Saturday, April 13, 2013
School of Law
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Duquesne University School of Law alumni will serve as judges of oral arguments delivered by first-year students in support of appellate briefs prepared in the Legal Research & Writing Program.  A reception for alumni, faculty and students follows each session. Learn more:


61st Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner
April 19, 2013
Duquesne University Power Center
5:00 pm

Join the Duquesne Law Alumni Association for the 61st Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner. The evening will include presentation of the DLAA “Distinguished Alumni” and “Outstanding Achievement” awards. John Dean, former White House counsel in the Nixon Administration, author and commentator will speak about Watergate 40 years later.” Learn more and register today at:


Duquesne University Public Interest Law Association (PILA) Annual Silent Auction 2013

Duquesne School of Law’s Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is holding the annual Silent Auction on April 11th, 2013 in the Law School Lounge from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

PILA’s Silent Auction is the largest event of the year and the members spent many hours soliciting local businesses, law firms, and alumni for donations to the event, with 100% of all the proceeds going directly to funding public interest scholarships that make it possible for students to take positions at public interest organizations that would not be paid otherwise. Students and faculty members engaged in friendly competition to place bids on a variety of donated items from local businesses, dinner or lunch with several faculty members, local sporting items, a 50/50 raffle, lottery tree, and much more.

Admission is $5.00 for dinner and two beverages.  Limited tickets will be available at the door or you can reserve your tickets in advance by e-mailing Elisabeth Koefer, PILA Vice-Chair, at koefere@duq.edu. New this year is our online auction which opens on April 3rd to the 10th at:


Online items include:

Two Pittsburgh Steeler Tickets for a 2013 game at Heinz Field.  Game dates will be available once the scheduled has been announced.

Donated by Arthur J. Rooney, II, L’82 Steelers

Autographed Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Puck with Certificate of Authenticity signed by #27 Craig Adams.

Donated by Travis E. Williams, L’96,  C00 Pittsburgh Penguins

Two Dugout Box seats to the Pirates night game against the Houston Astros on Saturday,

May 18th , 2013.  Promotional give away is a  A.J. Burnett Camo Jersey Bobblehead.
Donated by Eric J. Zagrocki, L’92, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

Longaberger Special Edition Basket and Picnic Thermos Pack 

The “Summertime Boardwalk Basket” has leather handles and beautiful brass tacks and rivets.  The basket measures 12 1/2“ x 6 ¼” with 1/8” weaving.  The basket is adorned with the Sand Dollar Pottery Tie-on.  
Donated by Kimberly DeBor

If you would like to learn more about PILA or make a donation for this year’s auction, please contact Ms. Robin Connors at 412-396-6186 or


Duquesne University 21st Annual Woman of the Year Award

The Duquesne University School of Law Women’s Law Association’s (WLA) is dedicated to raising awareness about issues affecting women, and each year it recognizes an alumnus and a recent graduate who demonstrate leadership and a dedication to their community. 

This year’s Woman of the Year recipient is Mary C. McGinley of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, and the recent graduate recipient is Lisa Mebane Barnett of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.You are cordially invited to attend the annual Woman of the Year event at Storms Restaurant beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. We hope that you will join us in honoring these outstanding women attorneys.  Storms is located at 429 4th Avenue. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the awards presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Andrea C. Capasso at capassoa@duq.edu by Monday, April 15, 2013. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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Famous Trials


People seeking famous landmark cases should visit Famous trials. The site is sponsored by the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and derives from a Famous Trials seminar offered by Douglas Linder the School of Law. The home page displays profile pictures of historical figures, as well as the corresponding name of the person, and dates associated with the trial. Simply click on the picture, or name, of the person in question to access detailed trial information. For instance, click on “Martin Luther”, and the site provides a synopsis of the entry. The synopsis allows the visitor to quickly identify whether or not they want to continue to the full text article. If so, simply click on The Trial of Martin Luther: An Account to open the full text version. A number of helpful links accompany each article, such as chronology, images, and maps.