New Westlaw China Database


Westlaw China is now available to use on computers in DCLI. Just visit the above URL, click the “Log in” button, and click the “I agree” button. Westlaw China is an online China law database launched by Thomson Reuters. Legal topics are compiled by experienced attorney editors to help users quickly understand key legal issues. Westlaw China is updated daily to ensure the most current and accurate information. The database allows you to search for Laws & Regulations, Legal Topics, Case Headnotes, Journals, and Current Awareness. Please visit Westlaw China to learn more about this valuable resource.

Upcoming DCLI/ACLL "Encore" Catalog Upgrade

Encore is currently scheduled to be unavailable on April 15 and April 16 for a system upgrade. The "old" SOLCAT catalog will still be accessible while Encore is down.

National Trial Team Finishes in Top 8

The Duquesne Law School National Trial Competition team finished in the top eight in the country at the finals held in Dallas, Texas, March 26-28.

After winning the regional competition in Philadelphia this past January, Duquesne was one of twenty-eight regional champions who traveled to Dallas for the national finals event. Duquesne was one of the few teams to proceed to the quarterfinal round where they lost a close contest with Stanford. No Duquesne team had ever advanced to the finals of this competition although many teams had made it to the regional finals in Philadelphia. The efforts of this team were truly remarkable given that none of them had ever competed for the Law School in trial competitions before this year.

Team members are Keaton Carr, Derek Jones, Joshua Lamm, Casey Mullen, Cassidy Neal, David Renner, Curt Schaffner, and Amanda Sorrell. Of these, Carr, Neal, and Renner presented the case for Duquesne. All are second-year students.

The team was coached by Professor Bruce Antkowiak, Michelle Mantine (L'06), and Kelli Giles (3D). The trial moot court program is directed by Professor Michael Streib.

Upcoming Forensic Friday Seminar: Forensic Investigation of Sexual Assault Cases

On May 14, 2010, Dr. L. Kathleen Sekula, director of Duquesne University's Forensic Nursing program, will join Valerie Schreiber, operations director for the Sexual Assault Response Team of Allegheny County; Michelle Collins, head of the Allegheny County Public Defender's Child Abuse Unit; and Allegheny County Assistant District Attorney Chris Hoffman in discussing the investigation and adjudication of sexual assault cases, particularly those involving juvenile victims.

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

School of Law Practicum News

The Securities Arbitration Practicum and the Low-Income Tax Practicum under the direction of Professor Alice Stewart is a 2010 Louis M. Brown Award Nominee for Legal Access which is sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.

Professor Alice L Stewart, Director of the Low-Income Tax Practicum served as a Panelist at the ABA Section of Taxation 2010 Midyear Meeting in San Antonio Texas discussing the Tax Practicum's 3rd Circuit Appeal, Mannella v. Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and the state of current litigation to Section 6015 (Innocent Spouse Relief) applications.

Upcoming Event: "Navigating the Financial Renaissance"

"Navigating the Financial Renaissance" will be held April 29, 2010 Pittsburgh Financial Services Symposium which is being presented by The Greater Pittsburgh Compliance Roundtable. Students interested in attending please see Professor Stewart for a complimentary ticket, the number of student tickets is limited.

DCLI Student-Employment Opportunities 2010 Summer Session & 2010-2011 Academic Year

DCLI is accepting applications for Student-Assistants for the 2010 Summer Session and 2010-2011 Academic Year. The Deadline for application is April 30, 2010. Submit completed applications to Edna Maravich, 4th floor Murray Pavilion. The application is available at the following link:

Application for Work-Study Grant-In-Aide

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