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Introducing Online Westlaw Training



I am pleased to announce that all online training offerings for law schools is now available at a single site.


This site includes all of our webinars, self-paced tutorials and short video lessons for both students and faculty. It is fully compatible with all mobile devices, and it is linked linked from lawschool.westlaw.com.

The shorter, easier to remember URL is great for adding to your library webpages, intranets or anywhere else you reference Westlaw trainings.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Ryan M. Vandegrift, J.D.
West Academic Account Manager
Thomson Reuters

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Two Upcoming CLE Opportunities

Prosecution and Public Policy in 21 The Century

You are cordially invited to a panel discussion about the public service role of the modern-day prosecutor.

Hon. J. Michael Eakin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will serve as moderator. Seven district attorneys will serve as panelists: Hon. Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney; Hon. Richard A. Goldinger, Butler County District Attorney; Hon. Edward M. Marsico, Jr., Dauphin County District Attorney; Hon. Francis J. Schultz, Crawford County District Attorney; Hon. Eugene A. Vittone, Washington County District Attorney; Hon. Shawn C. Wagner, Adams County District Attorney and President, Pa. District Attorneys Association; and Hon. Stephen A. Zappala, Jr., Allegheny County District Attorney. A reception will follow the program.

The event is co-sponsored by the Allegheny County Bar Association Criminal Litigation Section.

Monday, February 4, 2013
Program: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Duquesne University Power Center
Program: Ballroom, 5th Floor
Reception: Shepperson Suite, 5th Floor

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one (1) hour of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.

No charge for the panel discussion or reception, but registration is required.

To register, RSVP to Colleen Derda, derdac@duq.edu or 412.396.2462. Provide your full contact information and include PA Attorney ID # for CLE.

Tweet your questions to @duquesnelaw

Innovation Meets Litigation:
Universities and Patents in the Information Age

As financial pressures reshape the higher education funding model, universities everywhere are looking to strengthen their ties with industry. Increased awareness and protection of patentable intellectual property is often the result, as university technology transfer offices form deeper alliances with regional companies. While these partnerships have the potential to flourish, they can also lead to litigation, as universities team with their licensees in lawsuits against infringers, or even "go it alone" as they seek to enforce their patent rights through litigation. This one-hour program, which has been approved for Continuing Legal Education credit, will highlight patent, policy and litigation issues and trends involving the industry-academic relationship.

Jacob H. Rooksby, assistant professor of law and IP and higher education scholar,
will present the program

Wed., Feb. 6, 2013

Breakfast and Registration 7:30 a.m.
One-hour program - 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Rivers Club, One Oxford Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

Cost: Higher Education Professors and Administrators $40
Attorneys Seeking CLE Credit $60*

To register, contact Colleen Derda, derdac@duq.edu, 412.396.2462.


*This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one (1) hour of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.

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