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Time to Renew 2010 Borrowers' Card Membership

It is time once again to renew your library membership. We are thankful for your continued support to help keep Allegheny County Law Library a thriving legal information center even in these tough economic times. Based upon the findings our recent focus group sessions, we are improving and adding services to meet your needs. Listed below are just a few of the many cardholder benefits:


Expanded Cardholder Access to Westlaw Titles


•  ALR

•  Am Jur. 2d

•  C.J.S.

•  National form sets

•  E-forms

•  ResultsPlus for over 600 secondary sources

•  Federal Practice & Procedure / Wright & Miller

•  Am Jur. Proof of Facts

•  Am Jur. Modern Trials

•  Causes of Action

•  Am Jur Pleading & Practice Forms

•  Federal Procedural Forms

•  Pennsylvania primary sources

•  PA Appellate Briefs

•  PA Trial Fillings (includes jury instructions in individual trials)

•  PA Pleadings, Motions and Memoranda

•  PA Graphical Statutes and Legislative Histories

•  PA Secondary sources including:

•  Pennsylvania Forms

•  West's Pennsylvania Practice Series (including 21 individual titles)

•  Goodrich-Amram

•  Standard PA Practice 2d

•  Summary of PA Jurisprudence 2d


Cardholder Discounts


•  20% discount on all Continuing Legal Education courses. Additional discounts for multiple attendees from one firm.

•  Conduct new series of free classes on legal research training, law office management, etc.

•  Discounts on document delivery (fax or email delivery).


Continuing Benefits


•  All lawyers and support staff become cardholders with single subscription.

•  Checking out books from one of the largest collections of legal materials between both libraries.

•  Circulation privileges at both the County and Duquesne Center for Legal Information - new 2 week loans!

•  Access to Lexis and Westlaw for federal and all state primary sources.

•  Access to Shepard's Citations, KeyCite, LegalTrac, and Hein Online.

The cost of library materials continues to out-pace its funding resources. We have therefore been required to institute a small fee increase for cardholders over last year which still makes us one of the lowest fee-based county law libraries in the country. We look forward to assisting you with your legal research needs in the coming year. Please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything we can do to help.

Renewal letters are being mailed or please visit the following Borrowers' Card Application link to renew your account.

New Online Legal Journal

JOTWELL, The Journal of Things We Like (LOTS)",, a new journal providing summaries of books and periodicals under several different legal topics, e.g., administrative law, constitutional law, tax law, etc.

The following information is from JOTWELL:

JOTWELL, which stands for "The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)" and it lives at Contributors write short reviews of very recent scholarship that they think deserves a wider audience. There's more about this in the Mission Statement, and the Call for Papers,
We have an amazing team of superb contributors, whose names are listed in the sections:

  • Administrative Law      
  • Constitutional Law      
  • Corporate Law      
  • Criminal Law      
  • Cyberlaw      
  • Intellectual Property Law      
  • Legal Profession     
  • Tax Law

On the Jotwell main page you should expect new content once or twice a week, although as we add more sections contributions may become more frequent. Each of the subject-specific sections will have something new at least once a month. In any case, every time a new review appears in any of the subject-specific sections, an excerpt with a link to the full-text will also appear there.

Legal News Links

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Orie Melvin Leads Near Sweep in Appellate Races

Court ends tobacco company payments in Pa.

Virginia Supreme Court upholds power line plan

Latest Legal Links

Legally Minded

Legally Minded is a social networking web site for legal professionals and is provided by the American Bar Association. It allows the user to find people, blogs, and groups. Users will also find numerous links to legal associations and student groups. The site features a news page containing "breaking stories on law firms, legal education, Supreme Court decisions, and more, including top stories from the ABA Journal." The jobs page provides a search engine that can be customized to sector, category, job level, type of job, and location. These and other resources make Legally Minded a valuable resource for legal professionals and law students.