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Upcoming Symposium-Passing the Torch:

An International Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

October 17-19, 2013

Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University

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October 17-19—Following up on its world-renowned 40th anniversary conference, the Wecht Institute is pleased to host many of the leading scientific, legal and investigative experts on the murder case that has fascinated and perplexed us for decades. As the JFK assassination and many of its witnesses, investigators and researchers begin to recede into history, this symposium is intended to educate students, professionals and the general public alike about one of the seminal events of 20th century American history, and why it still matters today. See the agenda

Upcoming CLE Opportunities Hosted by Duquesne

Register Today for Sciullo CLE Series

Duquesne University School of Law’s Dean John J. Sciullo CLE series begins again in September. Visit www.duq.edu/cle to view detailed course information and to register and pay online. Attend all four Saturday courses for only $300 (a savings of $60). Plus, Duquesne Law Alumni members receive an additional $25 discount on the series or any individual course.  Register online for the series or a single course today.

Sat., Oct. 12, 2013
The Ethics Business
3 Hours Ethics CLE
Presented by Professor Mark Yochum
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with coffee and donuts starting at 8:30 a.m.
$90, or as part of the $300 Sciullo Series

Sat., Nov. 9, 2013
Perspectives on Human Trafficking
3 Hours Substantive CLE
Presenters: Judy Hale Reed, international development specialist; Mary Burke, founder and director the Project to End Human Trafficking; Brad Orsini, FBI special supervisory agent
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$90 or as part of the $300 Sciullo Series

Sat., Nov. 16, 2013
Campaign Finance after Citizens United
3 Hour Substantive CLE
Presented by Jon Delano, Esq.
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $90 or as part of the $300 Sciullo Series

"Hallowed Secularism" Blog by Prof. Ledewitz

Duquesne School of Law's Professor Bruce Ledewitz maintains an excellent blog exploring issues in secularism. Click on the following URL to visit the blog:


Professor Ledewitz is Author of Church, State, and the Crisis in American Secularism (Indiana University Press 2011), Hallowed Secularism: Theory, Practice, Belief (Palgrave Macmillan 2009) and American Religious Democracy: Coming to Terms with the End of Secular Politics (Praeger 2007)

Professor Jan Levine Receives Blackwell Memorial Award

Duquesne School of Law Professor Selected for Blackwell Memorial Award September 12th, 2013

Jan Levine, associate professor and director of the Duquesne University School of Law's Legal Research and Writing program, will receive the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in the field of legal writing.

Presented annually by the Association of Legal Writing Directors and the Legal Writing Institute, this distinguished award is given to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to improve the field of legal writing by demonstrating:

An ability to nurture and motivate students to excellence A willingness to help other legal writing educators improve their teaching skills or their legal writing programs An ability to create and integrate new ideas for teaching and motivating legal writing educators and students.
"We are thrilled that Professor Jan Levine has received the prestigious Blackwell Award," said Dean Ken Gormley. "Under Professor Levine's leadership, the Legal Research and Writing program at Duquesne Law School has steadily risen to become one of the top programs in the United States. Professor Levine's creative vision and his unmatched dedication to the educational advancement of our students has made him a dynamic force in legal education.

This most recent award is special because it confirms that his peers in the field recognize that he is in a class by himself. We are truly fortunate that this gifted scholar has chosen to make Duquesne his home."

An expert in the field of legal writing and research, Levine joined the faculty at Duquesne in 2007 with more than two decades of experience leading legal writing and research programs. Duquesne's program has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's best every year since then and the magazine's most recent rankings issue places the program 11th on its Best Law Schools Specialty Rankings: Legal Writing List.

The Blackwell Award Reception will be held at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools at the New York Marriott Marquis on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

ACLL/DCLI New Acquisitions List Now Available

Looking for the most recent collection additions? The Center is pleased to offer a list of the newest titles at both DCLI and ACLL.

The following link provides a selection of recently cataloged materials for the Center for Legal Information and the Allegheny County Law Library. It includes new arrivals, in alphabetical order by subject heading. Additional details include title, call number, location, and a link to the item's SOLCAT record. If you wish to borrow circulating materials, please ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

New Acquisitions:

The August 2013 New Acquisitions Lists are now available at the following link:


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