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Essential Library Service for Students - Personal Law Librarian (PLL)

The Center provides each student a Personal Law Librarian (PLL) to serve as point of contact, answer any questions about the library, as well as offer guidance in accessing the collections, services, and facilities available to Duquesne law students. The Center recognizes the need for personal attention for the law students, and the PLL-student partnership accommodates this important academic need by offering superior service, unmatched by any other institution. Your PLL will contact you via email soon. Please take this opportunity to arrange a meeting or phone conversation to discuss your academic legal information needs, and maximize the resources and services available to you through the Center.

The Center hosts a PLL page at the following URL:


The PLL proactively ensures that each student is aware of the numerous resources and services available through the Center, and makes arrangements so that all research and legal information needs are successfully fulfilled.

Students and graduates enjoy PLL assistance throughout the academic year, as well as the summer. The Center extends PLL services to graduating students, and those preparing for the bar exam. PLL services include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Critical PLL Services for Law Students

  • Training referral for electronic and print research materials
  • Research consultation for Upper Level Writing Requirement
  • Give tours of the library and explanations of collections
  • Provide information on newest services, programs, and events
  • Current awareness and legal news about the Center and the Legal Profession
  • Update students via email messages with the latest DCLI offerings designed for students
  • Answer questions about library policies, procedures and services.
  • Arrange research assistance, and help with assignments, by acquainting students with the right research tools for their situation. This includes the development of productive search practices, enabling the student to conduct their own research, and establish skills essential for employment in the legal profession.

Valuable PLL Services for Graduating Students and Bar Takers

    • Research refresher courses
    • Access to Bloomberg Law
    • One Year Free Allegheny County Law Library membership (Includes Westlaw & Lexis Access)
    • Access to DCLI Legal Research Databases
    • Borrowing privileges of both DCLI and ACCL research collections
    • Clearance of library account
    • Study Room usage

App Review: DkT

by Stosh Jonjak

If you work in the legal field, there is no doubt you have experienced working with PACER; it's the interface that enables users to access and file federal court documents. DkT (available here) is a brand new app that puts an easily-navigable, streamlined mobile user interface on top of PACER, enabling users to access documents via their mobile devices. PACER does have its own mobile interface, but DkT has design features that clearly separate it as a better option for users, including:

  • Saves and encrypts the user's name and password, so users don't have to log-in every time they wish to use PACER
  • Enables users to save documents, so users don't have to pay PACER fees to access the same document multiple times
  • Enables docket bookmarking, so users don't have to pay PACER fees to access the same docket multiple times
  • If a user wishes to update a bookmarked docket, they can do so and will only have to pay for downloading the new entries, rather than the entire docket

The app is free, ad-free, and was developed by Matthew Zorn; it's an impressive example of a single, solo programmer putting in the effort to upgrade a user interface. According to the excellent iPhone J.D. review (available here), Zorn, having used open source code himself, even made the app open source to aid future programmers. This app is a wonderful improvement on the mobile PACER interface, and is highly recommended by us!

This article originally appeared on iBrary and has been posted here with Stosh Jonjak's permission.

Admissions Information Session Feb. 17

The School of Law will host an admission information session on Monday, February 17, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the School of Law. During the event prospective students learn about the admissions process, financial aid and law school life at Duquesne. A student-led tour the follows the presentation. If you know of prospective students, please encourage them to visit www.duq.edu/law/admissions and attend a session. J.D. applications should be received by March 1 for priority consideration.

Sciullo CLE Series - Spring 2014

The School of Law's spring continuing legal education series begins on Feb. 22. Courses in the Dean John J. Sciullo CLE Series are offered Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in Room 203. Register online for the series or individual courses. Cost remains $300 for the series or $90 per course. Members of Duquesne Law Alumni Assoc. receive a $25 discount each fall and spring. Series or course payments can be made online at time of registration or at the door.

Sat., Feb. 22
The Affordable Care Act: Early Outcomes and Legal Implications
presented by Professor Valarie K. Blake
3 Hours Substantive
In a time of great change in the financing and delivery of healthcare for patients, providers, hospitals, and insurers alike, this CLE program situates the Affordable Care Act (ACA) within a historic context of prior healthcare reforms and larger economic trends, as well as expounding upon the more significant provisions of the ACA and early data on the outcomes of its implementation.

Sat., March 8
Narrative Skills and the Law
Presented by Marshall Goldberg
Three Hours Substantive

Sat., March 29
The Violence Against Women Act and its Impact on the U.S. Supreme Court and International Law: A Story of Vindication, Loss, and a New Human Rights Paradigm
Three Hours Substantive

Sat., April 26
Advanced Legal Writing Student CLEs
Presented by students of Duquesne University School of Law Advanced Legal Writing Class
Instructed by Adjunct Professors April Milburn-Knizner and Sherri Adelkoff
Three Hours Substantive

All course descriptions are available online. Questions? Contact cle@duq.edu or call 412.396.6300. REGISTER today.

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SAVE THE DATE! -Upcoming Events

DLAA & Duquesne Men's Basketball
Dukes vs. Dayton Flyers
Sat., Feb. 22, 2014
CONSOL Energy Center
Tip-off: 2:00PM
Tickets for game: $15
Pre-game reception: 12:30 PM at TGI Fridays at CONSOL Center, Reception tickets: $20
Register online for pre-game reception & game tickets

Annual DLAA Young Alumni Event
Class years 2004-2013
Business Development"
March 27, 2014
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
5:30-6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Reception
RSVP by March 24

62nd Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner
Reunion years: 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969, 1964, 1959, 1954
April 11, 2014
Power Center Ballroom
5:00 Reception
6:30 Dinner

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