Upcoming Forensic Fridays seminar, "Is Football Bad for the Brain?"

March 12-13** Power Center Ballroom

Is Football Bad for the Brain?
Forensic Scientific, Medical-Legal and Societal Aspects of the Concussion Debate

In the wake of the growing controversy surrounding the impact of chronic trauma on the brains of NFL players, several of the leading medical, scientific, legal and sports authorities on the issue will convene at Duquesne University over the course of a day and a half. The event will include presentation and discussion of clinical and pathological research on the subject, as well as its legal and policy implications.

FORENSIC FRIDAYS is a CLE and Professional Education Seminar Series hosted by the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law.

Members of the Duquesne community - students, faculty, and staff may register free of charge. Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

Duquesne Wins Regional AAJ Mock Trial Competition

Our third year team, Max Petrunya, Patrick Sullivan, Michaelene Weimer and Matthew Smith, defeated Richmond in the championship round to win the AAJ (formerly ATLA) regional competition in Pittsburgh. At the end of the first three rounds of competition, Duquesne trial teams were ranked as the #1 and #2 teams (being the only undefeated teams in the region). As a result, Duquesne sent both of its teams to the final four. 

The second year team, Katie Chengery, David Brown, Jonathan Bechtel and Abbey Faett, made a strong showing as well but were defeated in the semi-finals.

The team will compete in the national competition against other regional winners from March 18-21, 2010 in New Orleans. Coaches are Professor Mike Streib, Professor Amelia Michele Joiner, and Mike Gianantonio L'02.

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