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Tom Corbett to speak at 2011 Commencement

Duquesne University School of Law is honored to announce that newly-elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has agreed to serve as the Law School's Centennial Commencement Speaker on June 5, 2011. Please visit the Graduation Page for more details.

Newest Issue of Criminal Law Journal Available

The Criminal Law Journal is pleased to announce that Volume 2, Number 1, is now available online at the following link:

Criminal Law Journal, Volume 2, Number 1

Upcoming Event: The Second "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference


The Second "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference Saturday, March 5, 2011

“The Arc of Advanced Legal Writing: From Theory through Teaching to Practice”


Plenary presentations from three of the nation’s leading
scholars of advanced legal writing: Prof. Elizabeth Fajans(Brooklyn), Prof. Mary Ray(Wisconsin), and Prof. Michael Smith(Wyoming)

Hosted by: The Duquesne University School of Law
Part of the Duquesne Law School Centennial Celebration
Primary Conference

Primary Conference Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business


The following links provide the conference agenda and brochure & registration form.

Please visit the event web site for more details: http://www.duq.edu/law/lrwp/conference-2011/index.cfm


Duquesne Recently Ranked Among the Best Public Interest Law Schools

The Winter 2011 edition of preLaw Magazine recently cited Duquesne University School of Law among the best public interest law schools. We are pleased to share this recognition in the area of public service, a positive indicator of the School of Law's progress in supporting the University’s mission statement, which emphasizes service "to the community, the nation and the world."

Visit the following link to access the free digital edition of preLaw Magazine:


CLE Reminder: The Investigation of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will host a series of CLE seminars from January through June, 2011. Please visit the following link to view the Spring 2011 schedule:

The Investigation of Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
January 21, 2011

Allegations of drug-facilitated crimes, particularly drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA), have increased significantly in the past decade. Unfortunately, because of the numerous challenges of these cases, they are often not prosecuted due to lack of solid evidence, including detection of the drugs used to facilitate the crime. This presentation by FBI Laboratory chemist Dr. Marc LeBeau and Sexual Assault Response Team of Allegheny County nurses Valerie Schreiber and Debra Shane will address the challenges of DFSA. The focus will be on the various drugs used to commit the crime with a demonstration on how these drugs effect the reporting of the crime and the ability to detect them in toxicological analyses. Case examples will be provided to illustrate the difficulties encountered in DFSA cases.

Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

*As always, all members of the Duquesne community - students, faculty, and staff may register free of charge.


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Latest Legal Link

Legal Skills Professor Blog


Legal Skills Professor Blog is part of Law Professor Blogs network. School of Law faculty and students will find this resource especially useful. The Blog is edited by James Levy, Associate Professor of Law Nova Southeastern Univ. School of Law. Contributing editors include Dennis Kennedy, Technology Lawyer and ABA Journal contributor; Tom Mighell, Senior Consultant Contoural, Inc.; Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing at Villanova Univ. School of Law; Christopher G. Wren, Assistant Attorney General,
Wisconsin Department of Justice. The Blog’s mission:

What we hope to accomplish with this blog is to fill a niche that we think is currently missing in the legal blogosphere; creating a forum for news and discussion between and among law professors who teach legal skills (including legal writing professors, clinicians and "doctrinal" professors who incorporate practical skills into their courses), practitioners who hire the students we teach, and student themselves who are interested in keeping abreast of trends in legal skills training.