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All classes are held in the Allegheny County Law Library in the City-County Building (9th floor). Please see class schedule details below.


Walk-ins allowed if space is available.

3 Credit Sessions

  • $50 for individuals with ACLL borrowing cards
  • $60 for non-library card holders

1 Credit Sessions

  • $25 for individuals with ACLL borrowing cards
  • $35 for non-library card holders

Please make checks payable to: Duquesne University Law School

To Register: Please call Marlene Vatter at 412.396.6188.

Classes Held At:
Allegheny County Law Library
City-County Building (9th Floor)
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Nov. 19: Researching Legal Ethics 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

Nov. 21: Pennsylvania Legal Research 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

Nov. 25: Pennsylvania Constitutional Law & History 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

Nov. 26: Pennsylvania Statutory Law Research 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

Dec. 3: Federal Legal Research 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

Dec. 6: Pennsylvania Law Books from the 18th-20th Century 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

Dec. 9: Internet Case law Research 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Mr. Rao)

Dec. 10: English Law Books from the 16th to 18th Century 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

Dec. 10: Internet Statutory Law Research 12:00-1:00 p.m.  (Mr. Rao)

Dec. 11: Internet Administrative Law Research 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Mr. Rao)

Dec. 11: Pennsylvania Legal Research 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

Dec. 12: Internet Secondary Sources Research 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Mr. Rao)

Dec. 13: Researching Legal Ethics 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Dr.  Fishman)

ACLL Publications Available for Purchase

Current Publications Available for Purchase

Allegheny County Orphans' Court Decisions 2006-2008. $25.00 plus $1.75 tax and an additional $4.00 for postage.  Digital copy $26.75.

R. Stanton Wettick, Jr. Allegheny County Discovery Opinions. Volume 7 (2005-2009). Joel Fishman, Ph.D. and Catherine Gerhold, J.D., Compilers. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Center For Legal Information/Allegheny County Law Library, 2009. Paper or CD-ROM version. Order form

Index to Fiduciary Review (1933-2010). 2011 ed. Compiled by Joel Fishman. vii, 90p.; 8 ½ x 11; paperbound or electronic
Cost: $20.00 (plus PA sales tax and postage).

Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges. Handbook for Pennsylvania Trial Judges: Management of Civil Jury Trials. (2000, 2004 reprint)
Cost: $15.00 (Includes Pennsylvania sales tax and postage.)

R. Stanton Wettick, Jr. Allegheny County Discovery Opinions Volume 5 (1999-2001). Compiled by Joel Fishman, Catherine Gerhold, Ashlie Donaldson, and Lisa Wilson. 2002.
Cost: $41.45 ($35 plus $2.45 sales tax and $4 for shipping)

R. Stanton Wettick, Jr. Allegheny County Discovery Opinions Volume 6 (2002-2004). Compiled by Joel Fishman and Catherine Gerhold. Allegheny County Law Library, 2005. xci, 97p. ISBN: 1-890800-40-6. Allegheny County Law Library Law, History & Genealogy Series No. 42. Cost: $41.45 ($35.00 plus $2.35 sales tax and $4 for shipping) .

Joel Fishman, Index to the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer Vols. 1-20
. 2002.
Cost: $41.45 ($35 plus $2.45 sales tax and $4 for shipping)

Back List Titles -- Contact Joel Fishman for pricing information

  • Allegheny County Family Law Reporter (1980-1990), 12 vols.

  • Allegheny County Zoning Law Cases of the Hon. James McLean.

  • Legislative history of the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act of 1980.

  • Legislative history of the Pennsylvania Anti-Takeover Statute of 1990.

  • Lists and Indexes to the Legal, Court and Municipal Records of Allegheny County. (3 vols.)


Checks, Cash, Mastercard, and Visa accepted. Make checks payable to: Duquesne University Law Library

Send payment to:
Allegheny County Law Library
921 City County Bldg.
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2465

Campaign Finance after Citizens United

Continuing Legal Education
Saturday, November 16, 2013
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., School of Law Room 203
Presented by Jon Delano, Esq. 

Since colonial days, money has played an important if ever-evolving role in American politics. But the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010 accentuated the growth of new and differing ways of using money to affect political outcomes. Recent court decisions also highlight a growing debate on the limits of "free speech" (as expressed through cash contributions and expenditures) in the political process. This CLE examines the role of money on U.S. campaigns before Citizens United, the very divided court decision itself, and the post-Citizens United environment in which candidates and citizens now find themselves. Cost is $90 for three hours of continuing legal education (substantive) credit. Registration is required. Register online at www.duq.edu/cle or call 412.396.6300.

School of Law PA Bar Admissions Ceremony

The Hon. Max Baer, L'75, presiding
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
10:00 AM, Law School Room 302
Reception following in the 4th Floor Lounge

2013 graduates only RSVP by November 21, 2013

Duquesne Law Alumni Association Holiday Party

Honoring Fellows of the 1911 Society
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 PM, The Africa Room, Duquesne Union
DLAA and 1911 Society members only RSVP by December 6, 2013

New York City Law Alumni Reception

Thursday, January 2, 2014
6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Hilton New York Midtown
RSVP by December 20, 2013

Harrisburg Duquesne Law Alumni Reception

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
5:30-7:30 PM at Dauphin County Bar Association
RSVP by November 7, 2013

Allegheny County Law Library Collections

The library's book and microform collection consists of more than 150,000 volumes dating from 1488 to the present. We currently follow the Standard for County Law Libraries approved by the State, Court, and County Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries for collection development.

Electronic Databases

ACLL Library Card holders have access to Westlaw and Lexis in the library as well as other selected online databases such as HeinOnline and LegalTrac.

Pennsylvania Legal Research

The Pennsylvania collection contains copies of all current Pennsylvania primary and secondary sources including constitutions, statutory law, case law, and administrative law. There is a complete collection of treatises and continuing legal education materials. Our appellate court brief collection dates from 1853 to present.

Federal Government Depository

As a federal government depository, we collect approximately 12 percent of the materials offered by the Government Printing Office, including U.S. Reports, Congressional Record, C.F.R., Federal Register, administrative agency decisions, and all congressional publications since 1978. Patrons may access electronic federal government documents via the library's computers.

Rare Book Collection

The library has an extensive rare book collection, possessing most of the primary and secondary treatises in Anglo-American law dating back to the 16th century.

Microform Collection

The library has an extensive microform collection of over 2,500 rolls of film and 500,000 pieces of microfiche. We have back files of Congressional Globe and Record, C.F.R. and Federal Register. Congressional publications since 1978, all states court reports pre-1920s, all states-attorneys-general opinions, U.S. Supreme Court briefs since 1974, complete set of Pennsylvania county reports, Pennsylvania appellate court briefs since 1980 (Commonwealth since 1970), eight states superseded statutes, older Federal administrative law materials, and some English case law.

ACLL Rules of Conduct

Appropriate Library Behavior

By entering Allegheny County Law Library you are making a commitment to act courteously toward all other persons here; act respectfully with regard to public property; and follow all rules of this facility. Enjoy the library and allow others the same opportunity.

PLEASE observe the following:

• Treat all Library Staff with respect and civility

•Treat other library users with respect and civility

• Keep all valuables and personal property with you at all times. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Abandoned bags may be subject to removal

• Follow library computer policies

• Use cell phones in designated locations (such as the lobby, back stacks) or area outside of library

• Engage in activities associated with the use of a public law library

• Customers not reading, studying, using library materials or attending events may be required to leave the library

• Supervise children at all times

In order to provide a safe and comfortable environment, the following are NOT PERMITTED in the library:

• Misuse, destruction or theft of library materials or property

• Use of alcohol or illegal drugs

* Disorderly, disruptive, boisterous or lewd conduct

• Engaging in loud, threatening, harassing, obscene or intimidating language or behavior

• Bringing excessive number or size of personal affects, i.e., bags, luggage, carts, etc.

• Abandoning personal items including but not exclusive to bags, briefcases, baggage, etc.

• Outside food or beverages with the exception of covered beverages

• Smoking and use of tobacco products

• Sleeping or loitering

• Weapons

• Bathing or shaving in public restrooms or janitorial sinks

• Solicitation of any type

• Taking pictures in the library without the prior authorization from the Law Library Administration

• Pets or animals, other than authorized

*Engaging in any illegal activity

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Solo Practice


Web-based professional legal education site giving practitioners the option to "pick-up where their legal education left off". Site designed with new attorney seeking solo practice in mind. The "Bridges" program partners with actual law schools to help students achieve their practice goals. Essentially, the site provides a networking community for law students and solo lawyers. The site provides the option of browsing all courses, or sorting by type. Course topics include "Real World Legal Research", "The art of the Deposition", and "Essentials of Family Law", just to name a few. Solo Practice's blog is another highlight of the site for those interested in following the most current issues facing solo practitioners.