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Upcoming Wecht Institute CLE Seminars

THE CYRIL H. WECHT INSTITUTE OF FORENSIC SCIENCE AND LAW Duquesne University is pleased to present

DOES FORENSICS NEED FIXING? A CLE Seminar on the National Academy of Sciences' 2009 Report on the State of Forensic Science in the U.S.

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Duquesne Union Ballroom Duquesne University

Join us for this full-day seminar addressing the far-reaching legal and judicial implications of the National Academy of Sciences' recently published report, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States:  A Path Forward".  Featuring panel discussions by prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, legal scholars and forensic scientists, the program will be of interest and importance to all attorneys and judges who work with scientific evidence and experts.

Pennsylvania attorneys and those from reciprocating states may receive UP TO 7 HOURS OF CLE CREDIT, INCLUDING 1 HOUR OF ETHICS CREDIT, by attending this seminar.

Registration now available online: www.duq.edu/forensics

Or, contact Jessica Paschke: 412-396-1330

9th Annual Conference:

Evidence in the Information Age:  A National Symposium on the Collection, Analysis and Legal Applications of Digital Evidence

October 23-24, 2009

Continuing education credit for this program is pending.

Register via the event web site now to receive our "early bird" discount: www.duq.edu/digitalevidence

Event email: digitalevidence@duq.edu

Or, contact Jessica Paschke: 412-396-1330

Professor Ledewitz's theory discussed at recent Netroots Convention

Professor Bruce Ledewitz's proposal of "A New Progressive Vision for Church and State" was discussed at the Netroots Nation 2009 Convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, August 13-16. An expert panel, lead by Professor Ledewitz, argued whether his theory of promoting and accepting religious images as universal is viable today. Other speakers at this convention included Howard Dean and Al Gore. Netroots Nation amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate. The organization has grown in its influence in Democratic politics since 2006:

The Chicago (2007) gathering drew the entire constellation of political, policy and media elites in the Democratic Party's orbit, including representatives of virtually every national interest group, think tank, and media outlet, along with visits from all the major presidential candidates. It was the party's most significant gathering outside Washington since sweeping the midterm elections..

For more information, go to NetrootsNation.org.

Legal News Links

Split Supreme Court Orders Review of Death Row Inmate's Claims That Witnesses Recanted Testimony

Doctors, Patients and Social Networks

4 chosen so far to probe Pa. courthouse kickbacks

Erie County councilman appeals free speech verdict

Lawyer for Zhenli Ye Gon Withdraws Amid Fee Dispute

Latest Legal Links

American Bar Association


The American Bar Association is the largest professional organization in the world and law students will find the ABA web site particularly useful. A highlight of this resource is the "legal education" page. The legal education page provides information about getting a law degree, admission to the bar, continuing legal education, careers in the legal profession, law school students, and educating the public. The ABA offers membership in the "law student division", providing the opportunity to participate in national competitions, and network with fellow law students from around the nation.