In Association with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania:
Mental Health IS Health
October 10, Law School Mental Health Day
This was a collaborative program between Duquesne Kline School of Law and Lawyers
Concerned for Lawyers and featured attorneys and students.
In Association with Keep Our Republic: Moore v. Harper, the Independent State Legislature
Theory, and the 12th Amendment to the Constitution
This program was a discussion of the Supreme Court's consideration of Moore v. Harper,
the independent state legislature theory, and the 12th Amendment to the Constitution
and the Electoral Count Act of 1887. Our speakers included Duquesne Kline School of
Law Distinguished Executive in Residence and former Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett,
Duquesne Kline School of Law Professor Wilson Huhn, Justice Emeritus Thomas G. Saylor,
former Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and Jonathan Winer, member
of the Advisory Council of Keep Our Republic.
The New Supreme Court Cases: Duquesne Kline School of Law Faculty Explains
Several members of Duquesne Kline School of Law's Faculty explained the recent Supreme
Court cases and provided a preview of a major case the court will be hearing in the
fall. Additionally, the panelists addressed legal and judicial ethics in a one-hour
presentation entitled "Promoting Public Confidence in the Court." During this presentation,
the panelists also discussed the implications of the Court's recent decisions.
Between Adbication and Suffocation: Three Eras of Governing Digital Platforms
Presented by Professor Jonathan L. Zittrain
The conventional wisdom around digital governance has shifted from one of hands-off
privatization to one of anxiety bordering on horror about what the twenty-five year
experiment of a hyper-networked world is doing to all of us, and whether there's anything
to be done about it. Professor Jonathan L. Zittrain's talk explored the issues and
possible mitigations and resolutions.
#Respond2Reality: The Impacts of Social Media on Mental Health and Domestic Violence
Presented In Association With UPMC Passavant Hospital
Social Isolation has been a norm for the past two years resulting in the increasing
needs to use digital platforms as a means of communication. Our youth and young adults
have had an increase in mental health issues as well as a rise in domestic violence
because of being socially isolated. This program intended to enlighten the participants
of different media platforms that may not be safe and encourage communication with
specialists, parents or caregivers in providing tools for prevention and knowledge
for assistance with any mental health issues or domestic violence situations.
The Death of Eyewitness Testimony and the Rise of the Machine Evidence
Conference Chair: Duquesne Kline School of Law Professor Jane Campbell Moriarty, Carol
Los Mansmann Chair in Faculty Scholarship
The legal system is increasingly reliant on machine-driven evidence including biometric
identification, cell service location information, neuroimaging, and computer-automated
DNA profiles. Although these technologies are remarkable, they pose challenging legal
and ethical questions. Speakers at the conference addressed constitutional concerns
about privacy, self-incrimination, and confrontation; the reliability of machine evidence;
the role of racial discrimination and bias in technology; and the ethical implications
of technological evidence.
The Future of Law in the Time of the Death of God
Presented by Duquesne Kline School of Law Adrian Van Kaam Endowed Chair in Scholarly
Excellence and Professor of Law Bruce Ledewitz
This CLE discussed the implications for law of Professor Bruce Ledewitz's new book,
The Universe Is on Our Side: Restoring Faith in American Public Life. The phenomenon
Friedrich Nietzsche called the Death of God has undermined trust in American society,
including trust in the rule of law. The framers of the Constitution would have embraced
the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the arc of the moral universe bending
toward justice. But that faith as well has eroded. The book offers a new starting
point for the renewal of the claims of truth, beauty, goodness and justice.
Introduction to Practice within the Department of Veteran Affairs
Presented by Commander J. B. Wells (L'94) U. S. Navy (Retired)
Chairman, Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.
This CLE included the structure of the VA claim process, ethical requirements of those
participating in the VA system, rulemaking within the VA, important court decisions
and pending litigation/legislation especially in the area of toxic exposure claims.
The Invisible Lawyer: Ethical Issues Arising from the Remote/Hybrid Workforce
Presented by Jay Glunt (L'00), Fisher Phillips LLP
As the COVID-19 global pandemic enters its third year, it is commonplace for attorneys
to practice law in a hybrid workplace. We regularly work from home or another remote
location some of the time, and other times (perhaps in the same work day) we practice
law in a more traditional office setting. These hybrid work arrangements trigger ethical
responsibilities in the areas of competency, confidentiality, and supervision of others.
Our presenter, Jay Glunt (L'00), is a workplace law specialist. Jay regularly trains
employers about best practices for managing remote workers, sometimes referred to
as the "invisible workforce." In this presentation, Jay brought his practical approach
to the professional responsibility obligations of an "Invisible Lawyer."