Duquesne University School of Law

Laurie B. Serafino, J.D.

Director of Clinical Legal Education and Associate Clinical Professor

Office: Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education 303 and Hanley Hall 233

Phone Number: 412.396.6342

E-Mail Address: serafinol@duq.edu

Education: J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1979
B.A., University of California, Davis, 1974

Laurie B. Serafino directs the clinical legal education program and serves as an associate clinical professor at Duquesne University School of Law. An expert in the field of clinical education, Serafino is in her 14th year of teaching. In 2012, Serafino joined the faculty at Duquesne, where she supervises and teaches in the clinical, externship, and pro bono programs. She also teaches criminal procedure courses. In 2015, she will be one of the supervising attorneys for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project Clinic of Western Pennsylvania. Before coming to Duquesne, Serafino served as assistant professor and director of clinical programs at Pepperdine University School of Law. During this period she also volunteered as a site inspector for the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education.  

Prior to beginning her full-time teaching career, Serafino practiced primarily as a criminal defense attorney. She represented indigent defendants as a deputy Los Angeles County public defender and as a private indigent defense attorney appointed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court in felony, juvenile, and misdemeanor cases. Serafino also represented indigent felons on appeal for the California Appellate Project. In that capacity she drafted appellate briefs, habeas petitions, and petitions for review and argued cases in the Court of Appeal. Serafino supervised attorneys and law student volunteers at an in-house legal clinic of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She was appointed a judicial research attorney with the Appellate Department of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Thereafter she was named supervising judicial research attorney by the presiding judge.  

Serafino has published numerous articles on criminal procedure. 

She is admitted to practice in California; the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania; and the United States District Court, Central District of California.

'Them Feds Don't Play Fair': The Fourth Amendment and Cloud-Based Data, forthcoming Spring 2014, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law

No Walk in the Dog Park: Drafting Animal Cruelty Statutes to Resolve Double Jeopardy Concerns and Eliminate Unfettered Prosecutorial Discretion, Summer 2011 edition of Volume 78 of the Tennessee Law Review

Life Cycles of Revolutionary Upheavals through Bob Dylan's Eyes, September-October 2011 edition of Vol. XXXVIII of the Fordham Urban Law Journal

The Constitutional Rights of Federal and California Grand Jury Witnesses, 10 Sw. U. L. Rev. 895

Article in Progress

The Supreme Court is woefully behind the curve in establishing privacy protections in this age of constantly advancing technologies. This article will suggest the Court consider nine factors, derived from prior Court decisions, that will provide guidelines for the Court to take into consideration in analyzing Fourth Amendment cases amid an ever-changing technological landscape.

In showcasing these factors, the article will not engage in a comprehensive review of all relevant technologies but instead will focus on Facebook, Apple, and Google, as well as major service providers such as banks and cellular phone companies. It will conclude that cloud computing, a technology affecting almost every American and one that will eventually include all personal and business data on our computers, is essentially the functional equivalent of a file cabinet located in one's home or office, which historically has received Fourth Amendment protection. In addition, the data stored on a cloud can and should be entitled to Fourth Amendment protection wherever it is accessed.

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