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Welcome Message from Dana Neacsu,

Director of DCLI & ACLL

Dear Students,

The Duquesne Center for Legal Information (DCLI) would like to extend you a heartfelt welcome back as you begin your Spring 2022 semester. As our Dean has recently alerted us, COVID-19 is very much still a reality to reckon with. But, here in the heart of Pittsburgh, we can stay healthy and excel academically. ..


Dana Neacsu, Director DCLI

Dana Neacsu 

Director of DCLI & ACLL

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(Spring 2022 Update)

Book Club will Continue Exploration of Steve Luxenberg's Separate: The Story of Plessy vs. Ferguson, During Spring 2022

We will reconvene for more weekly meetings, each Tuesday, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, durning the Spring Semester. First Book Club meeting will be Tuesday, January 11, 2022 (Please note weekly change of day from the Fall semester).


Plessy boarded the train to Covington, from what is now known as the Bywater area, as part of a civil rights' group's challenge to the racist state law that forced segregated seating. His effort to become the Rosa Parks of his day did not succeed. In the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling in 1896, the Supreme Court declared it was legal for a state to force segregation on the basis of race.

Dukes' Book Club Blog:

DCLI Book Club, Tuesdays 5-6pm, Starting January 11, 2022, in person (Room 118 of the Law Library), and on zoom. Visit our blog for weekly reading assignments and visit the Zoom link. Students who cannot join in person, reach out to us at and we will send you the link. This semester's Book Club continues to discuss Separate: The Story of Plessy vs. Ferguson, by Steve Luxenberg. We hope to see you there!

The Dukes' Book Club @ DCLI is led by Professor Richard Heppner, Professor Wes Oliver, and DCLI Director, Dana Neacsu.

Each week, we will discuss one chapter on the designated dates. Be prepared to read up to 12 chapters (20 pages per week) of Separate this semester. We will be meeting in Room 130A of the Law Library.

Dukes Book Club Spring 2022 Meeting Dates

January  Tuesday, January 11 Tuesday, January 18 Tuesday, January 25
February  Tuesday, February 1 Tuesday, February 8 Tuesday, February 15 Tuesday, February 22
March  Tuesday, March 1 Tuesday, March 15 Tuesday, March 22 Tuesday, March 29
April Tuesday, April 5

Join Dana for Wellness Thursdays during Spring 2022

We will also continue "Wellness@DCLI" on Thursdays at 3:30. The meeting place is at the Information Center. We will explore the Carnegie Museums, local attractions, or when the time (and weather) will permit, a walk in the Bluff.

During the Spring 2022 semester, meet weekly with Dana Neacsu at the DCLI Information Desk at 3 PM for a two-hour visit of local museums. As a bonus: Dana will also answer any research questions you may have. New to Pittsburgh buses? Don't worry, Dana will be there to help.

DCLI will pay the museum admission fee for the first 5 students who register!

RSVP now to

You'll need a bus pass, or cash for bus fare, or other vehicle/transportation arrangements.

Keep alert with the DCLIBeat, and Electronic Message Boards, for updates on weekly destinations.

Recent McGinnis Lab Updates - A New Collaborative, Multicultural, and Wellness Space for Duquesne School of Law Students!

The Law Library recently updated McGinnis, Room 118. The space is now a collaborative, Multicultural, & Wellness area, and features comfy chairs, places to relax, and even bean bags! While Room 118 is no longer solely a Computer Lab, it does contain a reduced number of pc machines, and of course wifi is available, too. The space is reconfigured to provide you a place to collaborate, discuss, brainstorm (whether for academic purposes, current issues & awareness, etc. ..), and also for downtime, casual interaction, and/or study breaks. We welcome you to the newly converted space, and if you haven't seen it yet, please do stop by. Best wishes in the Spring Semester!

McGinnis, Room 118

Please send any comments, questions, or suggestions to

Literary Club Announcement: "Law & Literature through the Eyes of Pittsburgh Authors", to meet at Newly Reconfigured McGinnis, Room 118

In an effort to invite you to utilize the newly configured Room 118, mentioned above, and to welcome your knowledge and collaboration, we're making this announcement for a new club discussing law and literature through the eyes of Pittsburgh authors. The date will be coordinated with the arrival of artwork panels painted by CAPA students for DCLI! Please join us for this opportunity to discuss law and literature, with a Pittsburgh twist.

Please contact Dana Neacsu through the reference email link, for more information about discussion topics and meeting times. Dana Neacsu will serve as coordinator, and moderator of the club.

Spring 2022 DCLI Services and Space Promotion Contest:

The Center is seeking input summarizing and branding the Law Library's services and use of space. We encourage students to send art, drawings, photos, graphs, recordings, in any mediums, for consideration.

Send email to for more information.

Prizes: $100 gift card;

All winners will be invited to have lunch with Dana and converse in English, French, Italian, Romanian or in any other language using Google Translator.

Sample Artwork

Above image: Just a sample illustration, but you are not limited to any particualr medium for the contest.