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Upcoming "Positional Conflicts" CLE

Special Homecoming 2010 Continuing Legal Education

"Positional Conflicts" presented by Professor Mark D. Yochum
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Breakfast:  9:00 a.m.
CLE:  10:00-11:00 a.m.
Duquesne University School of Law, Room 203

This course will explore positional conflicts and the pitfalls of issue advocacy. May a lawyer argue position X for one client and, in an unrelated matter, argue legal position not-X? We will consider the force and effect of the oaths we take, what it means to act pro bono public, and the problematic maxim, "salus populi suprema lex".
Cost:  $25; FREE to DLAA members. To register, contact Kathy Koehler at 412.396.6282 or

This program has been approved by the PA Continuing Legal Education Board for zero (0) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credits and one (1) hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credits.

Invitation to Duquesne School of Law Alumni Reception

The below image is an ivitaiton to the upcoming Fall 2010 Duquesne University School of Law Alumni Reception. The reception will be held at LeMont Restaurant on Thursday, September 30, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Please RSVP with Jeanine DeBor, Law Alumni Director 412-396-5215 or

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

CLE Rminder: 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

Mark Perlin, CEO and chief scientific officer of Pittsburgh-based DNA firm Cybergenetics, and Deputy State Attorney General Tony Krastek 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 and limitations of DNA evidence. Among other topics, the speakers will discuss a recent case in which Mr. Krastek successfully prosecuted a state trooper for the slaying of a Blairsville dentist based in part on Dr. Perlin's expertise. One or more additional speakers may be announced. (This program is approved by the PA CLE Board for 2 hours of substantive credit and 1 hour of ethics credit.)

Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

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