New Legal Writing Specialist joins the LRW Program

The Legal Research & Writing Program is pleased to announce that Justin Kishbaugh has been hired to work as a Legal Writing Specialist. 

Mr. Kishbaugh will offer one-on-one tutorial assistance to law students in the Law School’s Bridget and Alfred Peláez Legal Writing Center, and conduct workshops on writing topics for all law students. Special thanks to Dean Gormley for securing the funding for this position, and to Dr. Jim Purdy of the University Writing Center for helping with recruiting and hiring.

Mr. Kishbaugh's weekly hours will be posted outside of the Bridget and Alfred Peláez Writing Center and on the Blackboard course website for all students enrolled in Legal Writing. Students who wish to schedule an appointment should e-mail Mr. Kishbaugh at kishbaughj@duq.edu.

The first workshop will address paragraph structure and organization, and topic sentences; it will be held on September 27, 2010. from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., in Room 303. Space is limited so get there early!

JURIS hosts new Blog

The Duquesne University School of Law News Magazine, JURIS, recently published a new blog. Visit the following link to access this new resource: http://duquesnejurismagazine.blogspot.com/

ACLL offering Free Westlaw & Lexis Classes

ALLEGHENY COUNTY LAW LIBRARY TO OFFER FREE TRAINING COURSES ON LEXIS AND WESTLAW ON THE FOURTH TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH. The following schedule of introductory Lexis and Westlaw courses will be held in the ACLL computer lab.

LOCATION: 921 City-County Bldg. HOURS 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Seating is limited, so please call for a reservation at 412.350.5353.

  • September 28: Lexis - Caselaw and Shepards Citations
  • September 29: Westlaw - Caselaw and KeyCite
  • October 27: Lexis - Statutes and Administrative Law
  • October 28: Westlaw - Statutes and Administrative Law
  • November 23: Lexis - Pennsylvania Legal Research
  • November 24: Westlaw - Pennsylvania Legal Research

Upcoming CLE: Forensic DNA Analysis for Beginners

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will host a series of CLE seminars from September through December, 2010. Please visit the following link to view the Fall 2010 schedule:


Forensic DNA Analysis for Beginners

October 8, 2010

Mark Perlin, CEO and chief scientific officer of Pittsburgh-based DNA firm Cybergenetics, and Deputy State Attorney General Tony Krastek will headline a seminar designed to offer prosecuting and defense attorneys, law enforcement officers, judges and others involved in the criminal justice system with a fundamental understanding of the identification value and limitations of DNA evidence. Among other topics, the speakers will discuss a recent case in which Mr. Krastek successfully prosecuted a state trooper for the slaying of a Blairsville dentist based in part on Dr. Perlin's expertise. One or more additional speakers may be announced. (This program is approved by the PA CLE Board for 2 hours of substantive credit and 1 hour of ethics credit.)

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

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