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LED Screens available in all Study Rooms

The Center recently upgraded and improved the technology resources available in the Study Rooms. We are excited to share the details of the numerous upgrades in the facilities available to Duquesne Law students and faculty. Please do not hesitate to contact us, or consult your Personal Law Librarian (PLL) about these powerful new assets available to you. Collaborative learning environments are at the forefront of higher education IT resources. The Center strives to provide students and faculty with these leading edge tools to enhance your law school scholarship, and foster valuable presentation experience that can be utilized in the workplace. The Center is promoting collaborative learning technology by installing 55" LED high definition monitors, which are now available in eachof the Study Rooms. The recent advancements reported in this issue of DuqLawWire are the product of much planning and work by DCLI and the Law School IT Department.

HDMI Cables

The IT Department placed some cables on reserve to be used with the new monitors installed in the study room. Students can use the cables to connect their laptop, iPad, iPhone, or any other device that has an HMDI connection. Barcodes have been attached to each cable, and they can be checked-out from the DCLI Service Center Desk, like a study room key, for two hour periods. Our Student Assistants will be happy to retrieve the cables, which are located in the Reserve Room, clearly labeled "HDMI CABLES".

PHOTO: Example of students using HD Monitor for Collaborative Study Purposes

Here's how the cables are listed in SOLCAT:


Driscoll, Chris, Sparks, Cameron, Power, Dayna (School of Law IT Department)


HDMI Connection Cables for Monitors in Study Rooms (From IT Department)

The Center features:

  • 10 private group study rooms, furnished with 55" flat screen monitor with a laptop and mobile device connection
  • Collaboration tables accompany the HD monitors and allow students to share the screen and collaborate on group projects
  • IT Cables to be checked-out from Service Center Desk for use with the HD Monitors in the Study Rooms

PHOTO: Collaborative Study Room G8

Broughton Lab added to Collaborative Study Rooms

Broughton Lab, located in Room G-1 or the Center, can also be used for collaborative study purposes and meetings. The Center has been updated with new computers on all three floors of the Law Library, including Broughton Lab on the Ground Floor, and Room 118. All computers are equipped with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2013.

PHOTO: Broughton Lab's HD monitor, conference table, and computing facilities and updated collaborative study space

New Conference Room in DCLI

The Center is also pleased to announce the renovation of Room G-1A, which is now a Collaborative Learning Space, can be used for seminars, conferences, or as a Study Room. Please inquire at the Service Center Desk if you would like to use this room.

Seminar Room

PHOTO: Collaborative Learning Environment in Room G-1A

High Speed Document Scanner Available in the Center

Another important development is the new document scanner from Scannx, located on the 2nd floor of the Center, near the copiers. Please try scanning files, instead of photocopying. The device is FREE to use, and a much better alternative to traditional scanners. We encourage students and faculty to give it a try. The scanner allows for quick and easy transfer from print to electronic format, and includes an email application for convenient sharing among you and your colleagues.

Easy-to-Use High Speed Scanning
The Scannx Book ScanCenter is designed for high-volume, high-traffic areas where productivity and image quality are paramount. The Scannx Book ScanCenter Elite+ Center is a high-volume, high-speed, easy-to-use, self-service scanning kiosk for books and documents. Performing at more than 200% faster than the industry standard Book ScanCenter, the Scannx Book ScanCenter Elite+ Center scans an 11" x 17" page in under 5 seconds in black and white at 200dpi.

The Scannx Book ScanCenter Elite+ Center includes the Book ScanCenter 15" touch screen computer with 3GHz dual core Intel processor; the Scannx BookScanner 7145 high-speed, energy-saving, LED-based book-edge scanner; a 45 page per minute automatic document feeder; ABBYY FineReader Technology for unmatched optical character recognition accuracy; and the industry standard Scannx Capture software that guides the user through the scanning process. The center converts a scanned page into a searchable PDF file format in less than 3 seconds.

Book ScanCenter Elite+ Advantages:

  • Next Generation Book Scanning
  • Scan to more places - Email, iPad, iPhone, Google Docs, USB, Fax and Print
  • Unmatched Accuracy
  • Easy-To-Use Touch Screen Interface
  • Powered by ABBYY FineReader Technology with Multi-Language OCR Support

PHOTO: New High Speed Scanner 2nd Floor Location

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

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

Latest Legal Link

Cornell - Legal Information Institute

Cornell's site is one of the most useful, free, and comprehensive sites for legal research. It provides links to primary and several secondary materials. The following are highlights of this site.

Wex: http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/
Wex is an online legal dictionary and encyclopedia. This collaborative resource is sponsored by Cornell's Legal Information Institute, which promotes free, public accessible legal information to internet users. The site offers an "All Pages" index containing links to hundreds of specific legal terms and topics. Term links consist of concise legal definitions and topic links provide descriptive encyclopedia-like overviews. The site explains "Wex entries are collaboratively created and edited by legal experts". Users can browse through the extensive list of terms and topics, or use the simple search engine available near the top-right of the page.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation: http://www.law.cornell.edu/citation/
The Introduction to Basic Legal Citation site is another useful resource offered via Cornell's Legal Information Institute. This site provides law students a primer for using the two main legal citation manuals: The Bluebook and ALWD Citation manual.