New Electronic Subscription Databases Brochure

In addition to LexisNexis and Westlaw, increasing numbers of the best loose-leaf services, treatises, journals, and other resources have been converted to online services. The Center for Legal Information subscribes to numerous electronic resources to provide Duquesne University School of Law Students and Faculty the most current legal research materials. These resources have been compiled into a convenient brochure. Each resource description in the brochure includes on-campus and off-campus user access information. The brochure has been distributed to all Duquesne School of Law students and faculty. Additional copies are available at the DCLI Service Center desk. These resource links have been featured in recent issues of DuqLawWire, and are also available on the DCLI Legal Research Tools web page:


DCLI encourages School of Law students and faculty to utilize these powerful legal research resources. Please contact the following librarians with any questions, or to request one-on-one instruction on the use of these databases:

DCLI User Services Staff

Mr. Dittakavi Rao                      
Associate Director of DCLI
Room 121                           

Mr. Tsegaye Beru
Assistant Director for Public Services
Room 123

Mr. Charles Sprowls
Circulation Systems & Reference Librarian

Room 215

Arbitration Team Wins Regional Championship

Congratulations to the School of Law Arbitration Team for winning the regional championship this past weekend, hosted by Duquesne University School of Law! Team members are Julie M. Katz, Eve M. Tasios, Abigail L. Marusic, and Keaton Carr. The team was coached by our alumni, Sarah Andrews L'06 and Chris Borsani L'07. Faculty Advisor is Professor Al Peláez. The team will compete in the national finals in Orange, California in January 2010.

School of Law Establishes New Clinic Program

The Duquesne University School of Law clinic, under the leadership of Acting Director Tracey McCants Lewis, has established a new program by which our students are representing inmates in prisoners' civil rights cases in federal court, with the assistance of our Federal Magistrate Judges in Western Pennsylvania. Guided by supervising attorney Adrian Roe, our students have been approved to brief and argue a prisoner's civil rights case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - a remarkable opportunity given to only two law schools in Pennsylvania. 

Reminder: DCLI Thanksgiving and Exam Hours

Extended hours of operation for exams are Monday, November 30 - Thursday, December 17. The Center will be open 8 a.m. - 2 a.m., Monday through Sunday, during this period. Also, DCLI will be open on Tuesday, December 8, the Immaculate Conception holy day.

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 26, 2009 - Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26
Day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27
Saturday, November 28
9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 29
12 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Exam Hours

Monday, November 30 - Thursday, December 17

Monday - Sunday 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.

* Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - The Immaculate Conception - DCLI WILL BE OPEN

Please visit the DCLI hours page to view a complete schedule of operation, including Thanksgiving Break, Exams Period, Christmas Break, and the Interim Period.

Legal News Links

Pa. Court Mulls Class Decertification in Off-Label Drug Case

Federal Judge Allows Class Action Over IRS Refund Notice to Proceed

Do Defendants Get Enough Warning About a Guilty Plea's Consequences?

First assistant now acting US Attorney in W. Pa.

Tribunal Hints at Restoring Lokuta to Bench

Latest Legal Links

The National Center for State Courts


The National Center for State Courts recently redesigned, improved, and moved their web site. NCSC strives "to improve the administration of justice through leadership and service to state courts, and courts around the world." This site offers numerous resources that both law students and legal professionals will find useful. A particular highlight includes the "Court Web Sites" page which not only offers a comprehensive list of state court web sites, but also very useful and detailed state court structure charts. The homepage includes helpful "Information Resources" links, offering access to a court topics database. Recently added resources include Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning: A Toolkit for Pennsylvania Courts. Another highlight of the NCSC is the "Education & Careers" page, providing state and federal interpreter certification and a Latest Job Listing. Visit the NCSC site to explore these and many other important legal tools.