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New DCLI Database: Courtroom View Network

Duquesne University School of Law is now a regular subscriber of CVN Law School, an online resource that provides legal multimedia. You can listen to cases with audio opinions from AudioCaseFiles, watch real courtroom video from Courtroom View Network (CVN) and view trial advocacy training clips from the Video Training Library (VTL). Make sure you create your account using your Duquesne University provided email address in order to get unlimited access to the audio and video content.

Students use AudioCaseFiles to search for audio opinions by course or by their casebook, download MP3 files of their assigned cases and learn on the go. They use CVN video to see real high-stakes litigation and to see how attorneys develop their arguments. Search the CVN video by practice area or jurisdiction and then stream it onto your computer. Also, students visit the VTL for specific clips of attorneys executing litigation techniques and skills. Watch and learn how to effectively deliver your opening statement with power points or to see how to cross examine a hostile witness.

Register today
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2. Choose your school from the drop down menu and then complete the registration form.
You must use your Duquesne University email address.
3. You will receive a verification email. Click the link to complete registration.

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. 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.

Legal Web Sites Published in DuqLawWire &

ACLLWire (2007 - 2010) by Charles Sprowls &

Dittakavi Rao

The official eNewsletters of DCLI and ACLL post reviews of the latest legal web sites on a weekly basis. This compilation of web site reviews allows the user to access all of these resources in one convenient location. If you’ve missed the weekly reviews, here is a comprehensive list:


Upcoming Wecht Institute Annual Conference:

An Interdisciplinary Look at the State of Forensic Death Investigation

The Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law will mark its 10th anniversary this fall with Cause of Death, scheduled for November 19th and 20th in the University's state-of-the-art Power Center. The conference will feature forensic experts, criminal investigators, attorneys, and judges discussing pertinent developments and issues in the methods and strategies used to investigate and adjudicate sudden, suspicious and/or medically unattended deaths in the United States.

In keeping with the Institute's goals, this conference will engender in its attendees a better appreciation for the critical ways in which science and the law can and should work together in pursuit of truth and justice as it pertains to sudden and suspicious deaths.

Please visit the event web site for additional important information:

Come and explore:

  • Many different aspects of forensic death investigation
  • Legal issues surrounding death investigations
  • How to deal with evidence and decipher what evidence means

Network and learn with:

  • Forensic practitioners from a variety of backgrounds
  • Legal scholars
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Medical personnel

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact the Wecht Institute at 412-396-1330 or at or visit the Institute's home page.

Upcoming CLE - Trace Evidence Analysis:  Legal Opportunities and Challenge

This Continuing Legal Education seminar is hosted by TheCyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law.

December 10, 2010

David Exline, general manager of Commercial and Forensic Services for the Monroeville-based laboratory, RJ Lee Group, will headline this seminar intended to bring criminal attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers and others involved in the criminal justice system up to date on the opportunities and challenges facing trace evidence analysis in an era of increased scientific scrutiny. Additional speakers for this seminar will be announced.

Please visit the Forensic Fridays web page for more information.

Legal News Links


Attorneys increasingly serving as sales force for law firms

Allegheny District Attorney keeping closer watch on sex offenders

Defense rests with nothing to say in Fort Hood military hearing

House ethics trial opens for NY's Charles Rangel

Chief UN prosecutor assessing Serbia cooperation

Chechen president under fire ahead of murder trial

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