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Upcoming Bar Application Deadlines

2014 Graduates should be aware that the application deadline for the New Jersey bar examination is March 31 and the application deadline for the Pennsylvania bar examination is April 15. Please contact Professor Richard Gaffney with any questions!

Recent Bar Preparation Seminar Focuses on "Real World" Advice

On March 25, 2014, Duquesne hosted a panel of young lawyers who provided "real-world" advice on what to do to pass the bar examination. Eight practicing attorneys devoted an hour and a half of their time to speak to students in what we termed a "Bar Roundtable" in our Core Competencies class. The panelists graduated from Duquesne University School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh school of Law, and Michigan State University school of Law. The diverse panel consisted of four men and four women, some of whom were Day Division students and others who were Evening division students. Some of the panelists took BARBRI as their bar preparation course, while others took Themis or Kaplan/PMBR. A few of the students worked while they prepared for the bar examination; most did not. We filmed the panel discussion and posted the video on the Bar Services Blackboard site, which is available to all students graduating in 2014. For more information concerning the bar examination, please contact Associate Dean and Director of Bar Services, Professor Richard Gaffney, or Director of Academic Excellence, Professor Kirsha Trychta.

Celebrating Women's History Month


by Joel Fishman, Ph.D.

In commemoration of Women's History Month, we recognize twenty-seven women judges who have sat or are sitting on the Courts of Allegheny County, Fifth Judicial District, Pennsylvania. The first judge began in 1930. Fifteen still sit on the court (fourteen judges and one senior judge) and two sit on the appellate courts (Allen on Superior Court, McCullough on Commonwealth Court). Three have sat on the Supreme Court (Alpern, Baldwin and Melvin) and Superior Court (Allen, Melvin, Olson) and two on Commonwealth Court (McCullough and Smith-Ribner). The following biographies are drawn mostly from Joel Fishman, Judges of Allegheny County, Fifth Judicial District, Pennsylvania (1788-2008) (2d. ed. 2009), Pennsylvania Manual, and various internet sites. Firsts:

  • 1930: Sarah M. Soffel, first woman judge in Pennsylvania
  • 1942: Anne X. Alpern, first woman Solicitor of the City of Pittsburgh
  • 1959: Anne X. Alpern, first woman Pennsylvania Attorney-General
  • 1961: Anne X. Alpern, first woman Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
    1990: (January): Cynthia Baldwin, first African-American woman judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1988: Doris Smith-Ribner, first African-American woman judge on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
  • 2006-07: Kim Berkeley Clark, first African-American woman President of the Allegheny County Bar Association
  • 2008-2013: Donna Jo McDaniel, first woman President-Judge of Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
  • 2008: Cheryl Allen, first African-American woman judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court

Please click on the following link to read the entire article: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/law-library/legal-research-guides/women-judges

Please Maintain Quiet in the Center

DCLI strives to maintain a quiet place to study. The Center requests the cooperation of all students and faculty in adhering to our quiet study rule, especially during the upcoming Exams Period. This includes refraining from loud talking, cell phone use, or any other loud behavior. Please respect your fellow student's desire for quiet study space. Study rooms are available for groups that need to collaborate. Otherwise, please save any conversations for outside of the Center. This policy pertains to all areas of the Center, including all three floors of the library and the Service Center desk. We are confident, with everybody's cooperation, that we will successfully provide a quiet place to study.

Upcoming DCLI Easter Break Hours

The following schedule reflects DCLI closings and hours of operation during the upcoming 2014 Easter Break.

April 16 - April 22, 2014 (EASTER HOURS)

Wednesday, April 16

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

Thursday, April 17- Sunday, April 20


Monday, April 21

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

Tuesday, April 22



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

DCLI Student-Employment Opportunities 2014 Summer Session & 2014-2015 Academic Year

DCLI is accepting applications for Student-Assistants for the 2014 Summer Session and 2014-2015 Academic Year. Submit completed applications to Edna Maravich, 4th floor Murray Pavilion. Only one application is necessary to apply for both Summer AND the 2014 - 2015 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.

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