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DCLI is happy to announce alert services for online subscriptions such as HeinOnline, Westlaw, Lexis, etc. We can HELP create email alerts for you to receive updates automatically on a schedule that works for you. Please contact Tsegaye Beru to receive the following services

  • eTOC Service: You will receive emails every time the title you have researched has been updated. To receive this service, you must sign up to MyHein.

  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) 

This Provides topical access on a weekly basis from law journals.

  • Smart CILP is a weekly e-mail service of CILP. You can create an alert to receive topic and subject headings and titles of journals weekly.

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  • LexisNexis also offers an alert service, a citator (Shepard's), and a variety of productivity features and services.


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Supreme Court Today January 22, 2013 Volume 13 Number 9

The U.S. Supreme Court today decided one case:
Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center, No. 11-1231. A statutory 180-day limit on the time that Medicare service providers have to challenge certain reimbursement adjustments for hospitals that treat a disproportionate share of low-income patients, 42 U.S.C. §1395oo(a)(3), is not jurisdictional, the secretary of Health and Human Services had the authority to set an outer limit of three years for administrative appeals of the adjustments, and a presumption in favor of equitable tolling does not apply to administrative appeals brought by providers who filed their administrative appeals more than 10 years after the 180-day statutory deadline expired.


The court today denied review in 32 cases on its appellate docket:
Cases denied review.


Regional BLSA Moot Court Victory!

Congratulations to our Duquesne Black Law Students Association National Trial Team of Finn Skovdal, Christy Gamble, John Woodruff and Danielle Wete for the impressive championship win this weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition. And a second round of applause to Christy Gamble for being named "Best Oral Advocate."

As you may know, our team competed against 15 other law schools and beat Howard University School of Law in the final round. It's worth noting that all four students showed great class (what else would we expect?) and graciously congratulated the Howard University team before accepting their championship award. Adjunct Professors Lisa Barnett, L'09 and Brock McCandless, L'09 are to be congratulated for their tireless dedication to coaching the team and Professor Amelia Michele Joiner applauded leading our nationally recognized trial advocacy program.

I want to also note that MABLSA recognized our Black Law Students Association for Duquesne University's noteworthy participation during the convention. So congratulations are in order to our chapter and all involved, including Lanre Kukoyi, Simone Delerme, Barrie Denmark, Jessica Ebert and Stephanie Johnson, who served as convention coordinator.
Duquesne's national trial team now moves on to the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Atlanta, March 6-10.

Left to right: Finn Skovdal, Christy Gamble, John Woodruff and Danielle Wete

African American Collection Items at the Center

February is African American History Month and the Center for Information contains numerous print and electronic collection items related to African-Americans and the Law. BALSA and the DCLI recently teamed-up to create a display of some of these items on the 2nd Floor of the Center adjacent to the Reference Collection. Please stop by to see the treatise and journal titles available to Duquesne students and faculty.

Additionally, the Library of Congress' online resources includes a web site dedicated to African American History Month. Please visit the following address to explore this fascinating collection:


Annual Duquesne Law Clinic Open House

Monday, March 18, 2013
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom
Learn about the Duquesne Law Clinic and meet and recruit students for clinical and externship placements. RSVP to lawclinic@duq.edu or call 412-396-4704. To view the open house schedule, visit www.duq.edu/law/clinics.

An Afternoon with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Tues., April 9, 2013
Duquesne Union Ballroom
3:30 p.m.
Save the date for this Duquesne University School of Law special event. For more information, visit www.duq.edu/law.

Duquesne Law Admitted Students Weekend

Saturday, March 2, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Duquesne University School of Law welcomes admitted students for a day of information sessions, sample classes, tours and receptions with faculty and current students. For more information, visit www.duq.edu/law/admissions.


a national symposium sponsored by
Duquesne University School of Law
in collaboration with
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Join us for a national symposium on plea bargaining after the U.S. Supreme Court's two latest decisions on the topic, Lafler v. Cooper and Missouri v. Frye. These decisions recognized that a defendant has a right to the effective assistance of counsel in the process of criminal negotiations. The Court, however, expressly declined to say what remedy a defendant, whose lawyer did not perform effectively during the plea bargain, should receive. These cases raise many more questions than they answer. Do they change the plea process? How does one go about evaluating whether a lawyer has been a constitutionally competent negotiator? What remedy should lower courts apply? Do these cases portend judicial limitations on prosecutors?

The Honorable W. Louis Sands of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, a former state and federal prosecutor, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday offering his reflections from the bench. 
A series of panels, each hosted by a prominent Pittsburgh lawyer or judge, will follow on Friday to focus on implications and concerns raised by the two decisions.The day will begin with an introduction by the Honorable Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and author of one of the seminal pieces on the subject.
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Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013
Keynote speech 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., followed by reception
Fri., March 1, 2013
Panel discussions 9 a.m.- Noon, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Duquesne University School of Law
This symposium has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for six (6) hours of substantive CLE credit.
District attorneys & staff, public defenders & staff, judicial staff seeking CLE credit - $60
General practitioners seeking CLE credit - $90
Academicians in legal education - no charge
REGISTER ONLINE. For more information, contact Professor Wes Oliver or Colleen Derda.

Dean John J. Sciullo Continuing Legal Education Series at the Duquesne University School of Law

Sat., March 2, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
School of Law Room 203

The Unsettled Status of 'Terms-Later' Contracting
Presented by Chancellor John E. Murray, Jr.

In 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit stated, "The chronology of contract formation has become unsettled resulting from cases dealing with 'terms later' contracting." This CLE will review the unsettled status.

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for three (3) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and zero (0) hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

Sat., March 9, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
School of Law Room 203

The Honorable Lawyer: the 1911 Bar Exam Revisited
Presented by Professor Mark Yochum
School of Law Room 203

What does it mean to be an honorable lawyer? This seminar will explore the changing nature of our perception as a profession of what is required to be the best of lawyers. We will review the Pennsylvania Bar Examination of 1911 to reveal the mutation over the last century of the Bar's attitude toward the social, educational, moral and philosophical background thought necessary for the successful and elevated practice of law. While no test is fun, you will be able to test yourself (with no downside risk) to see if you could pass the 1911 exam. (Bluebooks will be provided!) We will look at law, literature, logarithms and Latin. Good luck (because we do not think you will pass!)

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for zero (0) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and three (3) hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

Learn more

Read about the Sciullo CLE Series and REGISTER today.

Duquesne Law Alumni Events

Young Alumni Reception
Class Years 2003-2012
March 14, 2013
The Rivers Club, Oxford Center, Pittsburgh
5:30--7:30 p.m.
Get REAL tips from REAL practitioners on making your way in the current legal climate!
RSVP by March 11 to lawalumni@duq.edu

Philadelphia Law Alumni Reception
April 30, 2013
Maggiano's Little Italy, 1201 Filbert Street
5:30--8:00 p.m.
RSVP by April 26 to lawalumni@duq.edu

61st Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner
April 19, 2013
5:00--10:00 pm
William Patrick Power Center, Duquesne University
Special Guest:  John Dean

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