Q&A Session: China Summer Law Program

Planning to study abroad next summer? Don't miss the China Law Program Question and Answer session on Tuesday, October 18, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. in the 4th Floor Faculty Lounge, Murray Pavilion. Faculty and students from the 2010 and 2011 programs will share their experiences and answer your questions.

This is a great opportunity to ask any and all questions you may have about Beijing and the program itself. Many photos will be on display and brochures will be available. Hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served! Bring your questions and your appetite!

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Upcoming FREE CLE -The Future of the Establishment Clause in Context: Neutrality, Religion, or Avoidance?

Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA
Thursday, November 3, 2011
12:30 - 4:00 p.m.

The Establishment Clause of the Constitution prohibits Congress from making any law "respecting an establishment of religion". There is no agreement today on the Supreme Court, or in American law generally, as to what that command means. This disarray has led to intractable controversies over such issues as "one Nation under God" and "In God We Trust". Government neutrality toward religion is now challenged by some members of a newly assertive, national religious majority. Conversely, a growing number of nonbelievers, especially among the young, reject even generic references to God. Disappointingly, the Supreme Court has responded to these developments by limiting standing to bring Establishment Clause challenges, rather than by a coherent reinterpretation of the text.

In conjunction with a symposium issue of The Chicago-Kent Law Review, six scholars will explore the future of the Establishment Clause in terms of this contested context at Duquesne University School of Law on November 3, 2011. They will inquire into the possibilities set forth by the three paths open to us into the future of religion in the public square: a new government neutrality, a new relationship of government and religion, and a new understanding of how the Establishment Clause is to be enforced.

Symposium Presenters

  • Bruce Ledewitz, Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law
  • Christopher Lund, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
  • Zachary R. Calo, Associate Professor of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Samuel J. Levine, Professor of Law, and Director of the Jewish Law Institute, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
  • Richard Albert, Assistant Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
  • Mark C. Rahdert, Charles Klein Professor of Law & Government, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Continuing Education Credits

This course has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for three (3) hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and zero (0) hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

No CLE fee charged for this Symposium


To register, contact Kathy Koehler at 412.396.6282 or koehler@duq.edu

Reminder: DCLI RESEARCH EXPO 2011 - Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Research Expo

Learn more about legal research from the major law publishers and developers of legal information systems.

Exhibits ~ Demonstrations

Food ~ Prizes

Classroom Demonstration Schedule

Publishers attending include:

  • American Lawyer Media
  • Bloomberg
  • BNA
  • ProQuest Congressional
  • LexisNexis
  • Gale
  • Research Inst. of America
  • Thomson Reuters
  • and More!

Reminder: Upcoming Annual Wecht Institute Conference: Predators and their Prey

Friday and Saturday
October 21-22, 2011
Power Center Ballroom
Duquesne University

Event Web Site: http://www.duq.edu/predators/index.cfm

The conference will convene experts in behavioral science, criminalistics, criminal law, victimology and other related fields to address various topics relating to the investigation and prosecution of violent offenders.

For more information, contact the Institute or visit the Conference Website.

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Latest Legal Link

U.S. Code; Office of law Revision Council


This site is hosted by the United States House of Representatives, and is a good example of the numerous internet legal resources that are free to public use. The description explains “The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States”. The U.S. Code site allows you to navigate these laws in a number of ways. First, the keyword search engine is available, allowing users to perform broad general searches. Additionally, the homepage includes a search box where specific title and section numbers can be entered. Users will also find pages devoted to Classification Tables, Popular Name Tool, Cite Checker, and other tables. The “About the Code” page provides helpful descriptive information about the code and website itself. There is a link on the homepage to “Advanced” search options, where several navigation techniques may be applied simultaneously. The site offers a link to the USCprelim, which is an advance posting of the next version of the US Code.