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ACLL Offering Free Westlaw & Lexis Classes

ALLEGHENY COUNTY LAW LIBRARY TO OFFER FREE TRAINING COURSES ON LEXIS AND WESTLAW ON THE FOURTH TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH. The following schedule of introductory Lexis and Westlaw courses will be held in the ACLL computer lab.

LOCATION: 921 City-County Bldg. HOURS 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Seating is limited, so please call for a reservation at 412.350.5353.

  • September 28: Lexis - Caselaw and Shepards Citations
  • September 29: Westlaw - Caselaw and KeyCite
  • October 27: Lexis - Statutes and Administrative Law
  • October 28: Westlaw - Statutes and Administrative Law
  • November 23: Lexis - Pennsylvania legal research
  • November 24: Westlaw - Pennsylvania Legal Research


Upcoming CLE: Forensic DNA Analysis for Beginners

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will host a series of CLE seminars from September through December, 2010. Please visit the following link to view the Fall 2010 schedule:

Forensic DNA Analysis for Beginners

October 8, 2010

Dr. Mark Perlin, CEO and chief scientific officer of the Pittsburgh-based DNA analysis firm, Cybergenetics, will headline a seminar designed to offer prosecuting and defense attorneys, law enforcement officers, judges and others involved in the criminal justice system with a fundamental understanding of the identification value of DNA evidence. One or more additional speakers, to be announced, will help to place the science in an investigative and ethical context.

Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

New Pathfinder by Dr. Fishman

Dr. Joel Fishman has recently completed a new research pathfinder: Bibliography of Legal Ethics: Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Recent Publication by Professor Joiner

Amelia Michele Joiner, assistant professor of law, has published an article, The ADAAA: Opening the Floodgates, in the San Diego Law Review (Vol. 47, No. 2, Spring 2010). This article, which is Joiner's first publication, addresses the amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

New Issue of The Duquesne Criminal Law Journal

The Duquesne Criminal Law Journal recently published its second edition. It is accessible at:

United States Constitution on Display

Where: the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, September 17

EXHIBIT: The Historical Society holds several versions of the United States Constitution, including the earliest surviving draft handwritten by Constitutional Convention delegate James Wilson and the first newspaper printing by the Pennsylvania Packet. On September 17, in celebration of Constitution Day, HSP will display six original versions in its reference room, so visitors can see the evolution of this national treasure. PAY WHAT YOU WISH. The exhibit will also appear online at

Legal News Links

Ruling Against 'Don't Ask' May Not Face Obama Appeal

Q&A With Lawyer Who Upended 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

The Careerist: The Secret of Success Is to Be Cool, Popular -- Not!

Senate to open impeachment trial against judge

Trial date may be set in Detroit airline attack

9th Circuit Backs Chevron in Nigeria Dispute

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The Law Street Journal

The Law Street Journal is managed by, and designed for law students. The site strives to help both current law students and individuals planning to start law school. LSJ allows users to network socially, answer questions about law school, and provide input "to form a community of support and advice". Students and legal professionals are encouraged to contribute stories or articles via the "Become a Contributor" link. LSJ is divided into information for Law School Applicants, 1L/2L, and 3L students. Additionally, the site hosts a blog where users can leave comments. Users can also add their funny, humiliating, or entertaining law school story to the site's "Dissenting Opinions" page. Law students will find all these features of LSJ especially relevant and entertaining.