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Duquesne University Public Interest Law Association (PILA) Annual Silent Auction 2013

Duquesne School of Law’s Public Interest Law Association (PILA) is holding the annual Silent Auction on April 11th, 2013 in the Law School Lounge from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

PILA’s Silent Auction is the largest event of the year and the members spent many hours soliciting local businesses, law firms, and alumni for donations to the event, with 100% of all the proceeds going directly to funding public interest scholarships that make it possible for students to take positions at public interest organizations that would not be paid otherwise. Students and faculty members engaged in friendly competition to place bids on a variety of donated items from local businesses, dinner or lunch with several faculty members, local sporting items, a 50/50 raffle, lottery tree, and much more.

Admission is $5.00 for dinner and two beverages. Limited tickets will be available at the door or you can reserve your tickets in advance by e-mailing Elisabeth Koefer, PILA Vice-Chair, at koefere@duq.edu. New this year is our online auction which opens on April 3rd to the 10th at:


Online items include:

Two Pittsburgh Steeler Tickets for a 2013 game at Heinz Field.  Game dates will be available once the scheduled has been announced.

Donated by Arthur J. Rooney, II, L’82 Steelers

Autographed Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Puck with Certificate of Authenticity signed by #27 Craig Adams.

Donated by Travis E. Williams, L’96,  C00 Pittsburgh Penguins

Two Dugout Box seats to the Pirates night game against the Houston Astros on Saturday,

May 18th , 2013.  Promotional give away is a  A.J. Burnett Camo Jersey Bobblehead.
Donated by Eric J. Zagrocki, L’92, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

Longaberger Special Edition Basket and Picnic Thermos Pack 

The “Summertime Boardwalk Basket” has leather handles and beautiful brass tacks and rivets.  The basket measures 12 1/2“ x 6 ¼” with 1/8” weaving.  The basket is adorned with the Sand Dollar Pottery Tie-on.  
Donated by Kimberly DeBor

If you would like to learn more about PILA or make a donation for this year’s auction, please contact Ms. Robin Connors at 412-396-6186 or connorsr@duq.edu

Duquesne University 21st Annual Woman of the Year Award

The Duquesne University School of Law Women’s Law Association’s (WLA) is dedicated to raising awareness about issues affecting women, and each year it recognizes an alumnus and a recent graduate who demonstrate leadership and a dedication to their community. 

This year’s Woman of the Year recipient is Mary C. McGinley of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, and the recent graduate recipient is Lisa Mebane Barnett of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.You are cordially invited to attend the annual Woman of the Year event at Storms Restaurant beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. We hope that you will join us in honoring these outstanding women attorneys. Storms is located at 429 4th Avenue. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the awards presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Andrea C. Capasso at capassoa@duq.edu by Monday, April 15, 2013. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Upcoming Event: An Afternoon with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas



Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Duquesne Union Ballroom
3:30 p.m.

Join the School of Law in welcoming Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. Registration is required. Register today at:


DCLI Student-Employment Opportunities 2013 Summer Session & 2013-2014 Academic Year

DCLI is accepting applications for Student-Assistants for the 2013 Summer Session and 2013-2014 Academic Year. Submit completed applications to Edna Maravich, 4th floor Murray Pavilion. Only one application is necessary to apply for both Summer AND the 2013 - 2014 Academic Year. The application is available at the following link:

Application for Work-Study Grant-In-Aide

*Unfortunately, graduating students will not be eligible for employment after the current semester. Also, the library Student Assistant position is not available to students also employed as Research Assistants or other University positions.

DCLI Easter Break Hours

The following schedule reflects DCLI closings and hours of operation during the upcoming 2013 Easter Break.

March 28 - April 1, 2013 (EASTER HOURS)

Thursday, March 28 - Sunday, March 31


Monday, April 1

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2


Please visit the Hours page to view a full schedule of operation.

Upcoming Law School Events

First-year Oral Arguments
Saturday, April 6 & Saturday, April 13, 2013
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
School of Law
Alumni will serve as judges of oral arguments delivered by first-year students in support of appellate briefs prepared in the Legal Research & Writing Program.  A reception for alumni, faculty and students will follow each session. Learn more:


Questions? Contact Susan DePasquale, 412.396.1120 or lrwadmin@duq.edu

U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution CLE
Tues., April 9, 2013
Africa Room, Duquesne Union
12:30 p.m. lunch available
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CLE
3:00 p.m. Book Signing
Akhil Reed Amar of Yale University, constitutional scholar and author, will present a special two-hour CLE with Dean Ken Gormley and Judge Thomas M. Hardiman. Faculty members can attend free of charge. The PA CLE Board has approved the course for two hours of substantive CLE credit. Register today at:


Duquesne Law Alumni Events
61st Annual Law Alumni Reunion Dinner
April 19, 2013
5:00 pm
Duquesne University Power Center
Special Guest:  John Dean
Join the Duquesne Law Alumni Association for the 61st annual reunion dinner. The evening will include presentation of the DLAA "Distinguished Alumni" and "Outstanding Achievement" awards. John Dean, former White House counsel in the Nixon Administration, author and commentator will speak about Watergate 40 years later. Learn more and register today at:


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

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Famous Trials


People seeking famous landmark cases should visit Famous trials. The site is sponsored by the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and derives from a Famous Trials seminar offered by Douglas Linder the School of Law. The home page displays profile pictures of historical figures, as well as the corresponding name of the person, and dates associated with the trial. Simply click on the picture, or name, of the person in question to access detailed trial information. For instance, click on “Martin Luther”, and the site provides a synopsis of the entry. The synopsis allows the visitor to quickly identify whether or not they want to continue to the full text article. If so, simply click on The Trial of Martin Luther: An Account to open the full text version. A number of helpful links accompany each article, such as chronology, images, and maps.