CLE Programs


CLE Series

Race Poverty & Democracy

As part of a Catholic and Spiritan University Founded in 1878, our Law School’s Mission since our very inception in 1911 has been (and steadfastly remains) built upon a pursuit of justice that advances the values of human dignity and mutual respect. As a law school, we are uniquely positioned to foster inclusive excellence and we are obligated to be powerful agents of change in our community.

To that end, Duquesne Law will be presenting a series of events and CLEs devoted to the subjects of race, poverty, and democracy.  We will be working with our faculty, alumni, and community to present programming to highlight the deleterious effects of racism and discrimination, and to examine how democratic institutions have historically perpetuated, and can be used to combat, racial injustice.  Our goal is to educate, lead positive change and serve as active participants against racial injustice.

Upcoming CLE Programs

Police Dogs: Problems of Violence and Racism
Presented by Ann Schiavone, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Associate Professor of Law
1 hour of substantive CLE credit
Friday, March 19, 2021, 12-1PM

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Professor Ann SchiavoneThis CLE will discuss the dilemma of using police dogs in the apprehension of criminal suspects, particularly focusing on the issues surrounding use of force and racial bias. Recent severe injuries and even deaths caused by police dogs have triggered media attention and government audits of K-9 programs. This CLE will discuss the legal basis for using police dogs for the apprehension function, while bringing in historical, scientific, and psychological evidence, along with current events to help reevaluate their use.

Human Trafficking In Your Neighborhood
Presented by Duquesne University School of Law
and The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual and Exploitation
2.0 substantive credits, 1.0 ethics credits
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9AM-12:15PM, Q&A to follow

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What is human trafficking? Human trafficking is a serious crime and violation of human rights, involving force, coercion, or fraud to exploit a person into labor or sexual exploitation. A common misconception about human trafficking is that it does not happen in the United States. This is false, sex and labor trafficking happen throughout the United States in nearly every town and city. Recent social media campaigns have drawn attention to this issue, but misrepresent the reality of sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

This CLE will explore Federal and State Trafficking Law with Rebecca Silinski (L'15), Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Summer Carroll, PA Office of Attorney General, Organized Crime Unit. Richard Mullen, retired lieutenant with the Allegheny County Police, Karen Davidson, retired Special Agent of the FBI, and Denise Holtz, retired Special Agent of the FBI, will discuss investigating this heinous crime. Rebecca Mackenzie will share her experiences as a human trafficking survivor. Alexia Tomlinson, Senior Justice for Victims Fellow at the Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation at Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law, will cover the vital importance of trauma informed lawyering's role in representing trafficking victims. The program will be moderated by Judy Hale, Esq. (L'14), MPA, Legal Advocacy Manager at the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.

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Fall 2021

The Death of Eyewitness Testimony and the Rise of the Machine Conference - 4 hours substantive and 1 hour ethics credits, $200, special rates for government employees and DLAA

In an age where cyber-surveillance, facial recognition, and other forms of "technopolicing" have begun to replace more traditional forms of evidence, it is a good time to both revisit the past and examine the future. In this conference, several speakers will examine the role of machines and artificial intelligence as evidence for criminal cases.

Presenters will explain how machine-driven evidence may replace more traditional forms of evidence, such as handwriting comparison, eyewitness identification, and even police testimony. But with this new evidence comes both novel concerns about accuracy, meaningful confrontation of witnesses, and the potential for coding biases into the machine. Other presenters will examine evidence that continue to pose "black box" problems in which it is difficult to determine accuracy and uncover bias problem, such as those posed in abusive head trauma cases, eyewitnesses' testimony, and neuroimaging evidence.