Introduction from Dana Neacsu

Welcome Message from Dana Neacsu,
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DCLI is encouraging you to follow CDC guidelines, continue to wear masks (DCLI has them handy if you need them as you come into the Center, at the Information Desk), get the booster, and especially get tested, when needed. There will be free on-campus testing for COVID-19 offered through a partnership with Allegheny County Health Department. Tests will be given from a mobile van that will be located on Bluff Street. You may sign up for testing at:

At DCLI we will continue the Book Club weekly meetings, on Tuesdays at 5 P.M. in our newly remodeled collaborative space, the McGinnis Lab. Like the previous 12 meetings, the next 12 meetings will be co-moderated with invaluable help from Professor Wes Oliver and Professor Richard Heppner, and myself. Weekly reading prompts are published each Monday evening at, and emailed to you. In true DCLI spirit, this intellectual pursuit is open to students, staff and faculty. Pizza will continue to be served in small portions. While we continue with chapter XIII, we always summarize the previous content, so newcomers are welcome.

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, or when the time will permit, a walk in the Bluff.

In the works, a new call to artistic endeavors: help us diversify and promote our services. A new contest will start this week with a call for posters proposing and imagining new DCLI services to our student body. More to come.

Finally, as we will continue the beautification of the McGinnis Lab to welcome your knowledge production collaboration at DCLI, DCLI would like to place a call for a new club discussing law and literature through the eyes of Pittsburgh authors. The date will be coordinated with the panels painted by CAPA students for DCLI!

For more exciting news from DCLI, do not forget to read our DCLI Beat, and, as usual, email us your suggestions at

Book Club Flier


Director's Notes:

1. The Caselaw Access Project (CAP) - requires creation of a (free) personal account

CAP includes all official, book-published United States case law - every volume designated as an official report of decisions by a court within the United States.Our scope includes all state courts, federal courts, and territorial courts for American Samoa, Dakota Territory, Guam, Native American Courts, Navajo Nation, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Our earliest case is from 1658, and our most recent cases are from 2018.

Each volume has been converted into structured, case-level data broken out by majority and dissenting opinion, with human-checked metadata for party names, docket number, citation, and date.We also offer PDFs with selectable OCR text for each case.

Each volume has been converted into structured, case-level data broken out by majority and dissenting opinion, with human-checked metadata for party names, docket number, citation, and date.

 • These are PDFs with selectable OCR text for each case.

2. World History Encyclopedia

World History Encyclopedia is a free resources produced by scholars and students, meant to encourage interedisciplinary, historical teaching and learning. It contains text, video clips, and audio files, such as the one about the history of democracy:

3. BNA - Law Week Reports

Check your BLAW account for BNA Law Week information. Here are some highlights:

Texas Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions after six weeks and deputizes citizens to sue people who perform or aid in the procedure, allowing them to collect at least $10,000 and legal fees if they succeed in court, has been allowed to stand by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In response, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jerrold Nadler (Dem-NY) said the US Justice Department should consider criminally prosecuting citizens who act under the law.

"Because the department cannot permit the second-largest state in the nation to deprive women of their constitutional rights by outsourcing the enforcement of SB 8 to private individuals."

The Texas law takes effect amid major shifts in American abortion care: Rather than a procedure, patients are increasingly choosing mifepristone and misoprostol, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy.

But despite the fact that a handful of services have cropped up to offer tele-abortions, including Hey Jane and Abortion on Demand, which works in 20 states, they can't work in Texas or states with similar laws:

19 ban telemedicine abortions, and Texas lawmakers have gone one step further and explicitly prohibited providers from mailing pills. The latter bill, passed by the legislature earlier this week, is on the desk of Governor Greg Abbott.