Introduction from Dana Neacsu

Welcome Message from Dana Neacsu,
Director of DCLI & ACLL (Continued)

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This age might bring to mind Dickens' words from a "Tale of Two Cities":

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

And indeed, COVID-19 has brought all these to the forefront, but, it has also brought up the best in all of us.

Here at DCLI, we are committed to support your scholarly and emotional well-being, by helping you navigate your courses, assignments and, my colleague Chuck and I, by teaching you. Our team - Amy, Chuck, Rick, myself, and a handful of hand-picked law school student-assistants -- pride ourselves in being able to offer in-person services at the Information Desk (right ahead as you come in the library). We also offer on-line research tips -- my research blog,, will also host pre-recorded research videos. A true center of knowledge, DCLI will offer a year-long Book Club (more information on its blog,

Finally, DCLI wants to become a space where your Duquesne memories are created. Thus, we would like to start a contest for the most informative and fun to watch stack-featuring video, promoting a library resource (or service) you have used or will use. Contact us, at with your ideas.

We look forward with great anticipation to seeing you this fall. We ask you to wear a mask while in the library and follow the Law School protocol. But also remember, the pandemic has also offered us a silver lining: shared values of collaboration, commitment, and resilience. I am sure that working together we can build a better tomorrow here at DCLI. For all your questions, inquiries, suggestions, please email at


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.