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Joel Fishman, Ph.D.

In commemoration of Black History Month, we recognize twelve African-American judges (eight men and four women) who have sat or are sitting on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Fifth Judicial District, Pennsylvania. The first judge began in 1950 and three still sit on the court, while three succeeded to appellate positions (two retired and one still on the Superior Court). The following biographies are drawn mostly from Joel Fishman, Judges of Allegheny County, Fifth Judicial District, Pennsylvania (1788-2008) (2d. ed. 2009).

Please visit the following link to view the entire article: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/law-library/legal-research-guides/-african-american-judges

Professor Rooksby's recent Article in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Colleges Need Free Speech More Than Trademarks

By Jacob H. Rooksby

What’s in a trademark? To many people in higher education, mention of the term—which denotes the legal protection afforded words or other devices that identify a good's or service’s source—leads to bewildered looks. ..

Please click on the following link to read the entire article: http://chronicle.com/article/Protect-Free-Speech-Not/144907

Congress.gov recent Enhancements

Recently, on the Law Library of Congress blog, In Custodia Legis, the Law Library of Congress announced a new set of enhancements http://beta.congress.gov/about/enhancements/ to Congress.gov. The new improvements include the first version of Advanced Search, Browse, and Appropriations Tables. Learn more about the update to Congress.gov by visiting http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2014/02/advanced-search-browse-and-appropriations-tables-added-to-congress-gov/.

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.

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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

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PHOTO: New High Speed Scanner 2nd Floor Location

Sciullo CLE Series - Spring 2014

The School of Law 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., 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

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



Washlaw is a free, comprehensive, legal research web resource developed by Washburn University School of Law. Washlaw strives to post all known online legal-related links. Highlights of this useful resource include the following:
The site's homepage lists legal topics alphabetically by subject and geographic area, including numerous international links. The directories page links to over 50 online legal directories from law schools, law firms, and other legal related sites. The federal law and government documents page "provides access to all known federal law in the United States as well as law-related government document resources. It is arranged by subject and agency." Similarly, the site maintains an extensive listing of state legal resources. There is also a page devoted to foreign, international, and United Nations legal resources. These links feature primary and secondary resources for numerous countries. A page devoted to law firm links is available, including regional, national, and international offices. The "law jobs" page not only lists employment resources, but also important professional development resources pertaining to continuing legal education, legal seminars, and bar preparation.