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Volunteers needed for ACLL Strategic Planning Focus Groups

On October 6, 2009, the Allegheny County Law Library will conduct a strategic planning session with Mr. Arnold Hirshorn of the New England Library Consortium as the facilitator. The library is conducting this program to determine the future needs and operations of our facility.

We are looking for library patrons to serve on three focus groups of 6 to 10 members held during the day:

  1. 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  2. 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  3. 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Snacks and/or lunch will be served at each session.
If you are interested in participating in this important function, please contact Dr. Joel Fishman, at

Mr. Rao Completes 40 Years in Library Profession

Mr. Dittakavi Rao, Associate Director of the Law Library at Duquesne University, recently completed 40 years of service in the library profession. He is the author and co-author of many legal research publications, Instructor of Legal Research and Computer Assisted Legal Research paralegal courses, CLE instructor, and creator of the PA Legal Research web site. The PA Legal Research site may be found at the following address:


Mr. Rao was also elected one of the most Outstanding Law Librarians in the U.S. by Alert Publications in 1988 and received the Duquesne University President's Award for Staff Excellence in 1994. Congratulations, Mr. Rao!

New Pennsylvania Bar Institute Publications available at DCLI and ACLL

Please visit the following link of the most recent PBI titles available at Duquesne Center for Legal Information and Allegheny County Law Library: New PBI Titles

Differences Between Westlaw and Lexis's PA District & County Reports

The recent PA Supreme Court case of Clifton v. Allegheny County, 969 A.2d 1197 (2009) is based on Judge Wettick's lower court opinion in Allegheny County. The lower court case is over 100+ pages long and only a summary appears in the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. Westlaw does not provide the case in its PA District & County Reports, but it is available in the LexisNexis database, 2007 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. Lexis 202. This raises the interesting question of what other county cases unreported in the regular Pa. Dist. & County Reports published by Incisive Media and only available on Westlaw can be found in LexisNexis database?

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Tarlton Law Library

This site is hosted by Tarlton Law Library, Jamail Center for Legal Research. Faculty and other individuals seeking publication will find this resource especially useful. The Highlight of this site is the Table of Contents database. The database is key-word searchable and offers access to the table of contents to over 750 law reviews and other scholarly works. Titles include international and U.S. publications. Additionally, the site provides a link to Washington & Lee University 's Current Law Journal Content resource, a legal periodical index with "tables of contents from a wider range of law journals than those held by Tarlton Law Library". Finally, Tarlton's posts link lists to Law Review web sites both within and outside the Unites States. The law review web sites provide useful contact information for those wishing to publish an article.