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Don't Miss BNA Demos Thursday, March 24

Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) electronic research databases offer numerous specialized tools, such as the Health Law & Business Library, and the Tax & Accounting Center. BNA representative, Mr. John Baldwin, will visit the School of Law on Thursday, March 24, to showcase these products, specifically the resources available to School of Law students. You'll learn how to access BNA for research, as well as use other features, like how to receive the daily alert system for US Law Week cases. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this valuable resource.

BNA is available on the Center’s Legal Research Databases page.

Free Research Classes at ACLL This Week

Allegheny County Law Library to offer free training courses this week:

  • Tuesday, March 22
    Comprehensive Legal Research Websites
  • Wednesday, March 23
    Pennsylvania Constitutional Law and History
  • Thursday, March 25
    Pennsylvania Secondary Sources

TIME: Noon - 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Allegheny County Law Library Computer Lab

REGISTER: At the circulation desk or call 412.350.5353.

Spring Issue of Pathways to Practice

The Spring 2011 issue of Pathways to Practice is now available. Pathways is the electronic newsletter of the Hugo L. Black Law Clinic. Please click the newsletter image below to view the current issue and learn more about recent Law Clinic news, activities, and events.

Spring 2011


DCLI New Books and Newsletter Areas

The New Books area is in the 1st Floor Reading Room area underneath the stairs from the 2nd Floor; there is a set of comfortable chairs nearby where you can relax while browsing the Center's collection of new legal titles. To borrow a new title, simply take the book to the Service Center Desk on the 2nd Floor.

DCLI also maintains a collection of the most recent newsletters from legal professional organizations. Titles include The Health Lawyer, by the ABA’s Section on Health, and Counterpoint, an official publication of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. These items can be found on shelve range F49 on the First Floor of the Center.

AAJ Team Wins Regional Competition!

The Law School is pleased to announce continued success in our trial advocacy program! For the third consecutive year, our team won the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) Student Trial Advocacy Regional Competition in Pittsburgh, March 4-6, 2011.  Team members Clancy Boylan, Sarah Bronder, Katie Chengery and Brendan McKenna defeated, in head to head competition, Capital University, Case Western Reserve, University of Pittsburgh and both University of Akron teams in the semi-finals and final rounds of the competition. The team won every trial in this competition, trying cases on both the plaintiff and defense sides of a civil case. As a result of this major victory, our team moves on to the national competition in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 31. Read more>

More Trial Team Success at ABA National Competition!

Congratulations to the team of Tracy Jones and Shane Sarver who were recognized for having one of the top 5 briefs in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, St. Louis, regional competition in which 32 teams participated. In addition to Ms. Jones and Mr. Sarver, Duquesne was represented by the team of Dan Gleixner and Robert Raver.

Upcoming CLE: Emerging Topics in the Investigation and Prosecution of Cyber-Crime

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will host a series of CLE seminars through June, 2011. Please visit the following link to view the Spring 2011 schedule:

Emerging Topics in the Investigation and Prosecution of Cyber-Crime

Forensic Fridays
Friday, April 8
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Power Center Ballroom

In an era of ever-proliferating use of the Internet and mobile devices, law enforcement officers, and prosecutors - along with the public they serve - must grapple daily with those who would use personal computers, cell phones and other digital devices to do everything from perpetrate Ponzi schemes to lure children into harm's way. In this full-day seminar, cyber-crime consultant and former Pennsylvania State Trooper Glenn K. Bard, U.S. Attorney John Valkovci Jr., and Pittsburgh Police Mobile Crimes Unit Sgt. Michael DelCimmuto, among other experts, will impart a more current and comprehensive knowledge of both the crime-fighting challenges and investigative and legal opportunities presented by the proliferation of digital technology in the 21st century.

This seminar is approved by the PA CLE Board for 6 hours of substantive CLE credit.

For more information or to register, please visit the Wecht Institute
at www.duq.edu/forensics or contact us at 412-396-1330 or wechtinstitute@duq.edu

*As always, all members of the Duquesne community - students, faculty, and staff - may register free of charge.

Upcoming CLE: The Lindbergh Kidnapping

A Study in Law and Drama

This special continuing legal education program will explore the legal significance of the Lindbergh Kidnapping case, its effect on substantive law, criminal investigations, and legal ethics. We will also see how drama can educate and shape public perceptions about legal values. Join Mr. William Cameron, author of the award-winning drama “Violet Sharp” and longtime researcher of the kidnapping, and Professor Mark D. Yochum for a lively seminar with exhibits, artifacts and more than a little theatre. (Ms. Sharp was a servant of the Lindberghs who became the focus of police investigations and came to a tragic end.)

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for two (2) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and one (1) hour of ethics, professionalism
or substance abuse CLE credit. This three-credit course will be held on Saturday, April 30, in Room 203 of the Duquesne University School of Law from 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. The cost for the seminar is $75.00.

To register for this program, please contact Kathy Koehler at 412.396.6282 or e-mail koehler@duq.edu.

Upcoming School of Law "Intro" CLE

A CLE presentation will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in Room 203, entitled "Duquesne University School of Law CLE Project: Intro". Below are the topics for this seminar.

  • Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Effect on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence
  • Updates to the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act
  • Estate of the Flux: Recent Changes to the Federal Estate Tax Laws and What it Means for Pennsylvania Attorneys.

This seminar has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one and one half hours (1.5) of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and zero (0) hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit. 

To register, call Kathy Koehler at 412.396.6282 or email koehler@duq.edu.

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The National Law Journal is one of the most popular legal journals, and can be found through the Law.com web resources. This ALM website features many free legal articles and other useful information. Users will find Top Headlines, Legal Business, Supreme Court, and Law School content material. Additional highlights include, RSS Feeds, Video Center, CLE Directory, Law Jobs, Professional Announcements, and Advertising opportunities.