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New DCLI Service: Limitless Legal Information Assistance (LLIA)

Limitless Legal Information Assistance (LLIA)
DCLI will offer legal information assistance in the Student Lounge on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, starting April 5, 2011. The Center’s “Limitless” service provides assistance with essential legal research resources, while surpassing physical barriers of traditional research facilities. Come and ask how you can access important resources for your classes and legal research needs. DCLI faculty will answer questions regarding the numerous electronic subscription databases available to School of Law students and faculty. We will also answer questions about all of the Center’s services and tools, including, but not limited to, the DCLI/ACLL Web site, SOLCAT, Borrowing Materials, Course Reserves, eReserves, Legal Research Instruction, E-Reference, and Online Government Resources.

New Guide to U.S. Law Week by Mr. Dittakavi Rao

BNA offers numerous research resources, including U.S. Law Week. Please visit the following link to view a presentation on accessing and using U.S. Law Week (Supreme Court Today) BNA by Mr. Dittakavi Rao:


DCLI Student-Employment Opportunities 2011 Summer Session & 2011-2012 Academic Year

DCLI is accepting applications for Student-Assistants for the 2011 Summer Session and 2011-2012 Academic Year. The Deadline for application is April 29, 2011. Submit completed applications to Edna Maravich, 4th floor Murray Pavilion. Only one application is necessary to apply for both Summer AND 2011– 2012 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.

DCLI Easter Break Hours

The following schedule reflects DCLI closings and hours of operation during the upcoming 2011 Easter Break.

April 21 - April 24, 2011 (EASTER HOURS)

Thursday, April 21 - Sunday, April 24
Monday, April 25
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26



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

Free Research Classes at ACLL

All Classes from 12:00-1:00 P.M. in the Computer Lab

April 26: Alternative Search Engines
April 27: Pennsylvania Legislative History (Statutory Law)

Please register in advance: Call (412) 350 - 5353 to reserve a seat. Seating is limited to 20 in the Computer Lab.

Changes to the West Key Number System

The following information was distributed in the West e-newsletter as West Key Number System: Not new, but improved!

As times change, so must the West Key Number System. The most recent update to the Key Number System resulted in approximately 348,000 headnotes being reclassified by West attorney-editors.

The most significant changes are in the digest topic Corporations (topic 101). Renamed Corporations and Business Organizations, the topic expands its scope to include sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, business trusts, and business, trade, and professional associations.

Changes include new Roman numeral divisions and reclassifications relating to non-profit corporations (previously, these headnotes were scattered throughout the topic); derivative actions; piercing the corporate veil; and mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations. Corporations and Business Organizations replaces the now-retired topics Joint-Stock Companies and Business Trusts (topic 225) and Limited Liability Companies (topic 241E).

Other changes include the following:

Common Interest Communities (a new topic, 83T) includes various residential associations, such as condominiums, cooperative apartments, homeowners’ associations, and time shares. It will replace Condominium (topic 89A), which becomes obsolete.

Topic Trover & Conversion (topic 389) will be replaced by new topic Conversion and Civil Theft (topic 97C).

Conversion (topic 97) will be replaced by new topic Equitable Conversion (topic 149T).

Courts (topic 106) will have significant enhancements in the areas of personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens.

Free Oyez App from Chicago-Kent

The following information is from Carolyn Shapiro, Associate Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

The Oyez Project and Chicago-Kent College of Law have released a free new iPhone app, OyezToday that allows users easy access to information about the current Supreme Court docket, including opinions and oral argument audio and transcripts.  A press release with more information is available at:

http://www.kentlaw.edu/news/releases/oyeztoday-iphone-app.html -- or

you can go to the iPhone app store to download your own copy of the app.

CLE Reminder: 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, William Caye, Senior Deputy State Attorney General, Sgt. Michael DelCimmuto of the Pittsburgh Police Mobile Crimes Unit, Special Agent-in-Charge Matt LaVigna of the U.S. Secret Service, Corporal John Stepansky of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Computer Crime Unit, and Scott Zimmerman, lead information risk manager for the Computer Sciences Corporation, 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.

CLE Reminder: 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.

Reminder: 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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Lexis Advance for Solos


Lexis Advance for Solos is a new service from Lexis allowing users to quickly and easily navigate through the legal research process. Advance utilizes a new natural language algorithm, improving search effectiveness. This product features a redesigned interface that allows the user to access their personal research in a carousel format. Advance incorporates open web searching capabilities, to include validated sites in the results. Results can be narrowed by content type, jurisdiction, and practice area by topic. Visit the above link to view informative demonstrations of these and many more wonderful features of Lexis Advance.