Introduction from Dana Neacsu

Welcome Message from Dana Neacsu,
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DCLI has reimagined itself as a center for Intellectual Life
This year, DCLI had the privilege of engaging the text of Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson in a 24-week long book club meetings. Professors Wes Oliver and Richard Heppner, joined me and the Duquesne Dukes in our hour-long meetings, for 12 weeks in the Fall and 12 weeks in the Spring. As we get ready for our new DCLI Book Club, get ready to offer suggestions.

DCLI has reimagined itself as a center of Equity and Inclusion
Under the leadership of Dean April Barton, our Duquesne community-wide anti-racism and inclusion work continued and expanded. This year DCLI reimagined a multicultural, diversity and inclusion space in the McGinnis Lab, with help from local youth talent, CAPA students. We celebrate this new tradition on June 7, with the artists and their parents.

In addition, a first listening event took place in our Multicultural Room, as soon as the war in Ukraine started, so Duquesne Dukes, Faculty and Staff of either Russian or Ukrainian heritage, as well as anyone else could can come together, listen and learn.

DCLI has reimagined itself as a center for sustaining Excellence in Teaching and Learning
DCLI provides periodical faculty presentations of new resources; adds to the collection resources as needed. This year it provided lunch research sessions as needed, as well.

DCLI has reimagined as a center for Supporting Students
DCLI continued to deepen our investment in students and provides 16 study rooms, with an eye for increasing that space. This year we started a Wellness Program highlighting Pittsburgh cultural heritage.

Looking ahead
Turning my attention to the summer and the academic year ahead, I feel proud that demand for DCLI services continues. We are getting ready to welcome the new 1L class.

I want to extend my gratitude to each one of the DCLI Faculty and the Duquesne Law School Faculty and especially Dean Barton, as well to all of you, Duquesne Dukes, for the role you played this year in advancing our shared ambitions and moving DCLI forward. As a result of your efforts, we can begin the summer with a sense of fulfillment. I look ahead with optimism.


DCLI Directors Blogs, by Dana Neacsu

The following two blogs are maintained by Professor Dana Neacsu, Director of DCLI & ACLL:

Blog: Research 101

Legal research is about finding answers in the most efficient way, given the financial resources available to the researcher. Legal research incorporates doctrinal research. Thus, the more you know about one area of law, the better your research. But, as in every epistemic area (area of human knowledge), there are best practices of legal research, and here I will post short videos about what I consider to be best legal research practices. While I will aim to be available weekly for such in-person sessions, here are the recorded Research Tips@DCLI.

Blog: Duke's Book Club

Dukes' Book Club @ DCLI! - duqlawbookclub

Each semester, Dana hosts a book club, including weekly meetings, usually with the option to meet either in-person in the Law Library, or via zoom. Participants can visit our blog for weekly reading assignments. Students who cannot join in person, reach out to us at and we will send you a zoom link. The most recent Book Club discussed Separate: The Story of Plessy vs. Ferguson, by Steve Luxenberg. We hope you'll join us for future Book Club installments! We'll distribute details about future Book Club opportunities.

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

Each week, participants discussed one chapter (approx. 20 pages per week) on the designated dates. Prospective participants should be prepared to read up to 12 chapters per semester. Physical location, in the Law Library, will be anounced.

Director's Notes:

A divided U.S. Supreme Court blocked today, January 13, 2022, the centerpiece of President Joe Biden's push to get more people vaccinated amid a Covid-19 surge, rejecting an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that would have required 80 million workers to get shots or periodic tests. The court endorsed a separate rule take effect requiring shots for workers in nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments from the federal government.
The ruling on OSHA limits Biden's options for increasing the country's vaccination rate as the omicron variant propels a spike in cases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only 63% of the country is fully vaccinated and of that group just 37% have received a booster shot. More than 800,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus.