Duquesne Hosts "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference

The first "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference took place on Duquesne's campus Saturday, December 5, 2009. This event was hosted by the Duquesne University School of Law and co-sponsored by Aspen Publishers Legal Education/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and the West Virginia University College of Law, with additional support from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

The conference, entitled Engendering Hope in the Legal Writing Classroom: Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Attitude, was built around an article by Indiana University professors Allison D. Martin & Kevin L. Rand, entitled "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades: Law School Through the Lens of Hope". The Conference attracted approximately 65 academics from all over the United States and Canada.

The Duquesne Law Review will be publishing a proceedings issue about the conference.

New Pennsylvania Bar Institute Publications Available at ACLL

Pennsylvania sales & use tax. Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, c2009. KFP483.A75 P47 2009

This title covers the following topics: Overview/Robert L. Weldon -- Mechanics of the sales tax system/Jeffrey S. Snavely -- Multi-state sales/Bartholomew J. Deluca Jr. -- Hotel occupancy and local sales & use tax/Christopher Zettlemoyer -- Significant business exclusions/Robert L. Weldon -- Significant exemptions/Bartholomew J. Deluca Jr. -- Construction contractors/Bartholomew J. Deluca Jr. -- Taxable services/Jeffrey S. Snavely -- Sales tax assessment and refund appeal procedure/Christopher Zettlemoyer -- Ethics hypothetical/Steven V. Turner.

New Pennsylvania sentencing laws. Pa.: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, c2009. KFP583.2.A75 N48 2009

This title covers the following topics: A comprehensive prison package -- Prison package (Acts 81-84 of 2008): new requirements for criminal justice stakeholders - chart -- New requirements cheat sheets.

The virtual office & remote technology. Pa.: Pennsylvania Bar Institute, c2009. KF320.A9 V57 2009

This title covers the following topics: PowerPoint: The virtual office and remote access technology/Ellen Freedman -- Virtual private network/Ellen Freedman -- My remote computing experience/Donald J. Martin, Ellen Freedman -- Google to the rescue: a go tech virtual office on a no tech budget/Craig Ball, Ellen Freedman -- The strongest links for road warriors/Tom Mighell, Ellen Freedman -- Exparte Staffing announces powerful new timekeeping program for the iPhone/Ellen Freedman -- In search of the paperless office: what really works/Ross Kodner, Dale Cottam, Ellen Freedman -- Building a paperless office/Joe Kissell, Ellen Freedman -- Organizing your electronic information /Ellen Freedman -- Desktop searching engines: an exciting new tool/Ellen Freedman -- Creating a scan plan and taming the paper tiger/TechnoLawyer, Ellen Freedman -- The electric solo/Wells H. Anderson, Ellen Freedman.

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