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SOLCAT and Database Disruptions over Easter Break

The library catalog (Encore and SOLCAT Classic) will be unavailable during the Easter Break due to a planned electrical maintenance outage. The outage will begin Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. and potentially last until Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:00 a.m., though service may be restored earlier. Electronic research databases which require a DU ID card/ACLL Library Card to remotely login will also be unavailable.

Bar Buddies™ Mentorship Program for Graduating Students

In 2012, your Bar Services Department, in partnership with the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Allegheny County Bar Association, created the Bar Buddies™ Mentorship Program (Program). The Program pairs graduating students who are preparing to sit for the bar exam with a young attorney mentor from the YLD. The Program's goal is to provide you with support and encouragement as you study for the bar examination.

For the past two years, the Program has proven to be a resounding success. We successfully matched dozens of students with young attorney mentors. The response from our students, as well as the young attorneys, has been overwhelmingly positive. This year we are planning to launch the Program as a joint event in conjunction with Student Organizations, which is hosting guest lecturer, Nicholas J. DeIuliis, Esq., The President of CONSOL Energy from
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Mr. DeIuliis' lecture will be followed by a Bar Buddies™ "kick off" cocktail reception on Tuesday, April 22th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the Student Lounge. My administrative assistant, Susan DePasquale, my Research Assistant, JD Mazzocco, and the Law School's YLD Liaison, Bethany Williard are helping me to coordinate the Program with Attorney Michaelene E. Weimer at the YLD.

If you are interested in being matched with a Bar Buddy, please RSVP via email to Susan DePasquale at depasquale@duq.edu by Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Even if you are not ready to commit to participate in the Program, you are invited to attend this exciting, fun networking event.

 An online RSVP for the lecture and/or reception can be found here: http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/law/events/reception-for-nicholas-deiuliis-esq-and-the-acba-bar-buddies-april-22

More information about Mr. DeJuliis can be found here: http://www.consolenergy.com/newsroom/executive-management-team/nicholas-j-deiuliis.aspx\

Reminder: Upcoming DCLI Spring Exam Hours

Extended hours of operation for exams are Monday, April 28-Wednesday, May 14. The Center will be open 7:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., Monday through Sunday, during this period.

Spring Exam Hours (Monday, April 28 - Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

Monday - Sunday
7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 15


Please visit the DCLI hours page to view a complete schedule of operation.

Bloomberg Summer Access Reminder

As a student at Duquesne University School of Law you have full access to Bloomberg Law not only during the school year, but over the summers as well!  Bloomberg Law does not have an "academic only" use restriction, so you are not only allowed to use Bloomberg Law during your summer positions, but are encouraged to do so.

If you have not yet registered for your complimentary access to Bloomberg Law, all you need to do is go to www.bloomberglaw.com/activate and fill out the required information.  Please make sure to use your law school email address.  Do not worry about the blue activation code near the top of the page; you do not need it.  And please make sure to fill out the word captcha at the bottom of the page before hitting the Submit button! 

In addition to giving you free access over the summers, Bloomberg Law also gives you free access for six months after your graduation date!  You can easily discover how to use Bloomberg Law by clicking on the "Help" button in the upper-right-hand corner of the home screen and then clicking on "Help Center Videos Overview."  Here you will find simple, quick videos by an attorney walking you through how to use all the great tools on the site.

Please always feel free to email or call Bloomberg Law's 24/7 Help Desk with any questions at blawhelp@bna.com or 888-560-2529.

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.

Reminder: 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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