ACLLWire Banner

Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook Now Available for Purchase

The newly-updated Pennsylvania Legal Research Handbook is your comprehensive and exhaustive guide to Pennsylvania legal information resources in all available media. The revised edition addresses the methods of meeting the multiple challenges faced by legal researchers across the commonwealth.

Duquesne Center for Legal Information/Allegheny County Law Library authors Professor Frank Y. Liu, Dr. Joel Fishman, Dittakavi Rao, and Tsegaye Beru integrate coverage of print materials, Lexis, Westlaw, and other online sources wherever applicable.

Chapters include coverage of Constitutions, Legislation, Legislative History, Municipal Law, Administration Law, Case Law, Court Rules, Secondary Sources, and Law Libraries & Organizations.

For more information, please contact The Center for Legal Information at 412.396.5017.

Upcoming Event: Making Sense of the Sixties

A National Symposium on the Assassinations and Political Legacies of Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy

This event is presented by The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and The Duquesne University School of Law.

Oct. 3-5, 2008
Power Center Ballroom
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

Please contact us at for more information

Important Tips on Using Shepards PA Citations in Print and Online

First, for statutory research, Shepards online in Lexis DOES NOT let you shepardize a state statute by public law citation, e.g., 1911 P.L. 30. However, the PRINT version in the two volume statute ed. gives you the citations.

Second, for constitutional law research, the two main constitutions of 1874 and 1968 have separate sections in the PRINT version of Shepards PA Citations, but in Lexis, the citations are MIXED together and NOT separated from each other. Shepardizing Pa. Constitution Article IX (9), Section 1 will bring up citations to the uniformity clause in taxation (previously Art. IX (9), Section 1 of the 1874 Constitution and now Article VIII (8), section 1 of the 1968 constitution).

Furthermore, the earlier constitutions of 1776, 1790, and 1838 will do the same thing; articles and sections will be picked up in the citator but you will have to look and verify the version of the constitution.
The same applies to KeyCite as well.

Legal News Links

Inaction No Bar to Support of Adult Child

Pa. town sued after rejecting pole-dancing studio

Pa. jury gives $2.2M to estate of DUI crash victim

Federal Court Statistics, or: How Numbers Can Drive You Mad

Latest Legal Links is a free legal web journal designed to offer legal professionals the most current information regarding online legal research. The following "LLRX Court Rules, Forms and Dockets" resource is a particular highlight of this web site.

The user will find "links to over 1,400 sources for state and federal court rules, forms and dockets." The site provides three main options for finding information. First, there is a keyword search engine that allows the user to try combinations of words "including court names, states, type of material, etc." The second option is a browse feature facilitating simultaneous browsing of up to three fields. Finally, the user may browse from a list categorized by court type, type of resource, jurisdiction, and states.