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Reporter Patty Tascarella writes about the new Burns White Scholarship - Pittsburgh Business Times

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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The Pittsburgh Business Times reported on the new Burns White Diversity in the Law Scholarship established at Duquesne University School of Law. 

Prof. Ledewitz discusses Commonwealth Court gerrymandering case with Penn Live - Penn Live

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Penn Live interviewed Professor Bruce Ledewitz about the lawsuit in Commonwealth Court claiming the map Pennsylvania lawmakers created is a partisan gerrymander that violates the state constitution’s equal protection clause. 

Read 'That's Not the Way it's Supposed to Work': Court to Decide if Pa. Voter Maps Are Legal

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review interviews Prof. Ledewitz about anthem protests at NFL games - Tribune-Review

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review interviewed Professor Bruce Ledewitz for a story about freedom of speech issues in regard to recent NFL anthem protests by players. 

“It's a free country,” Ledewitz was quoted as saying. “We sometimes think of our sports teams as if they are part of the government because they are so communal. Technically speaking, they are private corporations.”

Philadelphia Inquirer interviews Prof. Ledewitz about corruption cases - Philadelphia Inquirer

Monday, September 25, 2017

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Professor Bruce Ledewitz was interviewed for a Philadelphia Inquirer story about how high-profile court cases with complex legal issues often take years to reach trial.


Prof. Huhn Discusses Gerrymandering Case That May Appear Before U.S. Supreme Court - The Incline

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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The Incline interviewed Visiting Law Professor Wilson Huhn for this story about how an upcoming gerrymandering court case in Wisconsin may impact partisan gerrymandering issues in the state of Pennsylvania.

Prof. Baicker-McKee discusses Apollo-area residents' lawsuits regarding nuclear fuels plant - Tribune Review

Monday, September 18, 2017

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The Tribune-Review interviewed Assistant Professor Steven Baicker-McKee for this story about Apollo residents who are asking a federal court to reconsider its ruling to throw out lawsuits alleging that an Apollo nuclear fuels plant caused cancer among residents.

Duquesne Law Offers Software and iPhone App to Help Students' Job Search - Erie Times

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Erie News Now published this PR Web release about a new software and iPhone app called Lawcountability, J.D., which allows law students to engage with prospective employers and to gain a competitive advantage. Duquesne Law’s Career Services Office is currently promoting the tool to students.  

The story also appeared in the University Chronicle, Street Insider and in 88 other sources. 

Prof. Ledewitz discusses ethics violations by minor court judges - Legal Intelligencer

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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The Legal Intelligencer interviewed Professor Bruce Ledewitz this month for an article about ethics violations by members of Pennsylvania’s minor judiciary. Among other items, Ledewitz discussed the origins of magisterial district judges not being required to hold J.D. degrees.

Prof. McCants Lewis discusses proposed 'Clean Slate' legislation with KDKA-TV - http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com

Monday, July 10, 2017

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KDKA-TV editor Jon Delano interviewed Professor Tracey McCants Lewis about Pennsylvania's proposed "Clean Slate" legislation. 

View the July 10, 2017 interview, “Lawmakers Want to Make It Easier For Those With Criminal Records to Find Work."

Prof. Ledewitz comments on issue influencing local judicial race - PG Early Returns

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Bruce Ledewitz, professor of law, about a local district judge, whose stance on same-sex marriage is under scrutiny. The article appeared in the PG’s Early Returns online political section. 

Read “District Judge race heats up over same-sex marriage issue.”

Prof. Sizemore-Thompson discusses armed officers in local schools - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday, March 20, 2017

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, assistant clinical professor, in a recent article about whether or not police in schools should be allowed to carry guns. 

Assoc. Dean Rooksby comments on Univ. of Arkansas case - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sunday, March 5, 2017

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Associate Dean Jacob Rooksby discussed with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the legal issues involved when students sell their class notes and possibly violate academic integrity policies. Rooksby is a nationally recognized expert on intellectual property and higher education. 

The article also appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


Dean Cafardi discusses resignation on Pope Francis's commission for survivors of sex abuse - The Boston Globe

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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The Boston Globe quoted Nicholas Cafardi, dean emeritus of the Law School and an original member of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth, in an article about the resignation of Marie Collins, the only abuse survivor on Pope Francis’ commission to address the clergy sexual abuse crisis. 

Adj. Prof. Creo pitches Cuban official on sports law exchanges - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Adjunct Professor Robert Creo made a pitch to Antonio Becali, president of Cuba’s Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation, about exchanges in sports law, according to this article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Assoc. Dean Rooksby discusses public access to Harvard emails - The Harvard Crimson

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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The Harvard Crimson quoted Associate Dean Jacob H. Rooksby in an article about Harvard’s archives mistakenly being accessible to the public.


Dean Emeritus Cafardi discusses survivor group lawsuits - St. Louis Post Dispatch

Friday, February 10, 2017

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted an Associated Press interview with Nicholas Cafardi, dean emeritus of Duquesne University School of Law, regarding recent lawsuits against the survivor group SNAP.  

The interview also appeared in a number of other media sources. 

Prof. Sizemore-Thompson discusses Gateway School District residency controversy - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Monday, February 6, 2017

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The Tribune-Review interviewed Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson regarding the controversy surrounding Gateway School District’s decision to banish a first-grader from the school system after the family moved out of the district following the death of the girl's father

Blog recommends Prof. Ledewitz's forthcoming article - The Mirror of Justice

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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The Mirror of Justice blog this month recommends as required reading Prof. Bruce Ledewitz’s paper, The Role of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools in the Renewal of American Democracy. The piece will appear in an upcoming issue of the University of Massachusetts Law Review.

The Mirror of Justice is part of the Law Professor Blogs Network.

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Review the SSRN page for an abstract of Prof. Ledewitz's forthcoming article. 

Assoc. Dean Oliver comments on judicial recusal standards - Tribune-Democrat

Monday, December 12, 2016

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Judges usually step aside in a case when their appearance would either constitute a conflict of interest or impropriety, Assoc. Dean Wes Oliver said in a recent Tribune-Democrat article. The Johnstown newspaper interviewed Duquesne Law’s criminal justice program director about new developments related to records from a sex-abuse case. 

Read “Buried secrets no more: Court unseals pretrial records in abuse case against Altoona-Johnstown diocese.” 

Adj. Prof. Giglione discusses lawsuits against nursing homes - The Reading Eagle

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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The Reading Eagle interviewed Adjunct Professor Peter Giglione about lawsuits against nursing homes that provide for their patients. 

Assoc. Dean Rooksby discusses local high school's social media case - Valley News Dispatch

Monday, December 5, 2016

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Prof. Ledewitz discusses prayer during municipal meeting - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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Professor Bruce Ledewitz is quoted in an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the potential ramifications of Monroeville leaders allowing prayer during the public comment portion of municipal meetings.

Prof. Ledewitz discusses the upcoming report on the Kathleen Kane email investigation - PennLive.com

Friday, November 18, 2016

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Professor Bruce Ledewitz says that not including the names of all participants in the Kathleen Kane email report undermines the purpose of the reporting, according to an article in PennLive.com. The document is due on Tues.

Read “What kind of porn email report are you getting for the $385,000 Kathleen Kane spent (so far)?”

Prof. Ledewitz comments on president-elect's 'moderate tone' - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Monday, November 14, 2016

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Professor of Law Bruce Ledewitz said that President-elect Donald Trump has adopted a much more moderate tone since winning the presidency last Tuesday, according to the Tribune Review.  

Read "ACLU draws battle lines over Trump win." 

Erasing juvenile records: Duquesne Law School and Housing Authority win expungement grant - New Pittsburgh Courier

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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The Guardian interviews Prof. Ledewitz about sentence for former attorney general - The Guardian

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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The Guardian interviewed Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this article about Kathleen Kane’s recent jail sentence regarding leaked grand jury findings.

There are ways to end the school-to-prison pipeline - PublicSource.com

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Assoc. Dean Oliver discusses legitimacy behind Donald Trump’s vow to imprison Hillary Clinton if he is elected - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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Associate Dean and Professor of Law Wes Oliver is quoted in this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about the legitimacy behind Donald Trump’s vow to imprison Hillary Clinton if he is elected president. 

The article also appeared in nine other sources.  


Prof. Ledewitz comments on the political battle over retirement age of Pa. judges - BillyPenn.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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BillyPenn.com, a respected blog on Pennsylvania politics, interviewed Professor Bruce Ledewitz about the proposed Pennsylvania ballot question on changing the retirement age of state judges to 75. Among his comments, Ledewitz pointed out that the wording does not make it clear the retirement age currently is 70.

Read "Pennsylvania ballot question about retirement age sparks bitter Harrisburg political fight." 

Rooksby discusses employers' social media policies - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Friday, September 23, 2016

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Professor Jacob Rooksby discusses new and expanded social media policies in the workplace in a recent Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article. The piece looks at local business trends in light of Westmoreland County's action to place additional restrictions on workers posting to official and personal social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Rooksby is a frequent commentator on issues related to social media and the law. 

Prof. Ledewitz discusses elected the rights of public officials during public protests - Penn Live

Monday, September 19, 2016

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PennLive.com quoted Professor Bruce Ledewitz discusses protests against Pennsylvania’s Senator Teplitz by groups opposing his stance on property tax propals.

Prof. Oliver discusses re-trial request in Wall Street Journal - WSJ.com

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Duquesne Professor of Law Wes Oliver said that the claim by former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky might be substantial enough to put a re-trial into motion. Sandusky is seeking a re-trial, arguing a misstep by both prosecutors and defense attorneys warrants a new trial, reported the Wall Street Journal. 

Dean Cafardi comments on Pa.'s legal definition of charity - Reading Eagle

Monday, August 1, 2016

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The Reading Eagle featured a story on the lack of charity care done by Pennsylvania hospitals. Duquesne Law's Nicholas Cafardi is quoted in the article, criticizing Pennsylvania’s legal definition of charity. 

Prof. Sizemore-Thompson comments on high-profile juvenile case - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Monday, May 9, 2016

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured an article about a Westmoreland County judge keeping Alex Hribal’s attempted murder case in adult court.

Hribal was 16 at the time of his alleged attack on students at a school. Defense attorney Pat Thomassey had argued that Hribal's age and mental condition warranted him being prosecuted as a juvenile. That argument had little chance for success given the nature of the attack in a public school building, experts said.

“My general experience is when it is a high-profile case, the nature of it makes it less likely to go back to juvenile court,” said Duquesne University School of Law professor Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, a juvenile defense expert. “That's not part of the statute, but the nature of a case is going to be taken into account.”

Associate Dean Oliver discusses Sandusky letters with WPXI - WPXI-TV

Monday, May 2, 2016

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Wpxi.com reported that Penn State football’s former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky discussed his reasons for seeking a new trial in an exchange through a series of letters with Channel 11. WPXI’s Courtney Brennan received three letters from Sandusky in a matter of weeks after their correspondence began in January.

WPXI shared the letters with Duquesne University law professor and Channel 11’s legal expert on the case, Wes Oliver, who believes that Sandusky has a strong case at another trial. Oliver is also an associate dean and serves as director of the Criminal Justice Program at Duquesne Law. 

Watch the interview. 

Rooksby discusses Bell case and companies' need for social media policies - Pittsburgh Business Times

Friday, April 15, 2016

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The Pittsburgh Business Times featured an article about Wendy Bell being fired from WTAE-TV over a post she made on Facebook.  As a public figure, Bell was representing and reflecting her employer and thus subject to scrutiny by expressing opinions that blurred the lines between personal and professional, said Jacob H. Rooksby, assistant professor of law at Duquesne University.

“In the past, discussions around the water coolers often stayed right there,” Rooksby said. “Employers were less likely to find out about [them, and] a little less likely to care. … [But it’s different] with professionals who arguably are representing and/or reflecting their employer in what they do off of working hours and off-site."

Rooksby went on to discuss the importance of effective social media policies and employees' need for clarity in navigating cyberspace.

The full article is available to subscribers.

Prof. Moriarty discusses neuroscience in the courtroom - The Huffington Post

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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Jane Moriarty, a professor of law at Duquesne University School of Law, discussed at a Fordham symposium how neuroscience may help to construct a better insanity defense. 

"Constitutional questions abound about whether there is even a right to the insanity defense," Moriarty said in a HuffingtonPost.com article about the event. 

Read "Neuroscience Has An Important (But Complicated) Place In The Courtroom." 


Gormley discusses Justice Antonin Scalia - KDKA-TV

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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KDKA-TV interviewed Ken Gormley about Justice Scalia's speech here in 2011 and political issues related to President Obama naming the next Supreme Court nominee. 

Lawyers: Victims Not Told of ‘Sweetheart Deal’ for Jeffrey Epstein - NBCNews.com

Friday, February 12, 2016

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Law Professor Wes Oliver was quoted in this NBC News interview about the controversial plea deal involving sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Prof. Oliver discusses Cosby case in Reuters story in the New York Times - Reuters

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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New York Times reported in a Reuters story that Bill Cosby's lawyers may face difficulty in convincing a Pennsylvania judge this week to throw out sexual assault charges in light of what the disgraced comedian's defense team characterizes as a decade-old non-prosecution deal, legal experts said. Wesley Oliver, a law professor at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, said it was highly unlikely that a document as critical as a non-prosecution agreement would go missing.

“This is not like some receipt for his taxes in 1953," he said. "This is a get-out-of-jail free card. This is something you keep in a safety deposit box in a temperature-controlled room." 

Read "Odds Are Against Dismissal of Cosby's Sex Assault Case: Experts." 

National Public Radio interviews constitutional law scholar - National Public Radio

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg interviewed Ken Gormley for a story about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, expected this summer, on the legality of President Obama’s executive action to grant temporary legal status to up to 4.5 million people who entered the country illegally. The story also appeared on New England Public Radio, KPBS and Tri States Public Radio, among other media.

Duquesne appoints interim law school dean - Pittsburgh Business Times

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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Duquesne University has appointed Nancy Perkins interim dean of its School of Law, confirmed Kenneth Gormley, law school dean who will become Duquesne’s president on July 1. She is the first woman to lead the school in its 105-year history, Gormley said via email.

Perkins, a professor of law, joined Duquesne in 1993 and holds the Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Academic Leadership. She is an academic adviser to students pursuing the school’s energy and environmental law concentration. Her previous professional roles include serving on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Citizens Advisory Council.

Boston Herald interviews Prof. Oliver about Cosby case - Boston Herald

Thursday, December 31, 2015

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The Boston Herald reported that "the door to criminal court was cracked open yesterday in Pennsylvania when Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault."

“To me, in every other case that involves him giving a woman a pill after he suggests she takes it, it could come in as a modus operandi example,” said Wesley M. Oliver, director of the criminal justice program at Pittsburgh-based Duquesne University.

Prof. Oliver discusses first criminal charges against actor - MSNBC

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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MSNBC interviewed Prof. Wes Oliver, director of Duquesne Law’s criminal justice program, about the first criminal charges filed against actor Bill Cosby and whether other accusers could be called to testify.

Duquesne Law Alum details NFL Lawsuits on MSNBC - MSNBC

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Duquesne Law alum Jason Luckasevic, L'00, of Goldberg, Persky & White, appeared on the Morning Joe show to discuss the first two concussion-related lawsuits against the NFL and how the league has handled the issue.

Newsmaker: Tracey McCants Lewis - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saturday, November 21, 2015

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Tribune-Review "Newsmaker," featured Tracey McCants Lewis, assistant professor of clinical legal education at Duquesne University. The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh presented McCants Lewis with an annual Racial Justice Award for her efforts to promote racial equality. 

Pittsburgh Business Times covers Dean Gormley's university appointment - Pittsburgh Business Times

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Duquesne University has named Ken Gormley, dean of its law school, its 13th president. His appointment is effective July 1. Gormley, who specializes in constitutional law, joined Duquesne's faculty in 1994 after teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and engaging in private practice. He has a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Prof. Oliver discusses when Pa. constitution allows bail denial - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Alex Hribal's reasoning comes near the start of a four-page essay he wrote three days before setting off with two kitchen knives on a slashing spree that injured 21 people at Franklin Regional High School last year: “This world would undoubtedly be better if we were all in heaven.”

The contents of the handwritten essay scrawled on lined notebook paper was cited as among the reasons why Hribal was denied bail by Judge Christopher Feliciani during a hearing Monday in Westmoreland County court. Duquesne School of Law professor Wes Oliver said Feliciani's ruling is in accordance with the state constitution. “It's definitely constitutionally permitted to hold somebody because of the risk to the public. The courts have interpreted the constitution to allow people to be detained without bail for potential future dangers,” Oliver said. 

Prof. Ledewitz comments on million-dollar advertising campaigns backing Pa. Supreme Court candidates - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a political group backed by the controversial Koch family launched a $1 million advertising campaign Wednesday.

Duquesne University law professor Bruce Ledewitz, a prominent voice on judicial issues, said candidates in both parties “should be ashamed” of, and publicly denounce, the negative ads. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last week, a group called Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform, which is supported by unions and a trial lawyers group, has been airing ads targeting Republicans. “All the candidates said it would be a new day if they got on the court,” Mr. Ledewitz said. “But it’s business as usual in this campaign.”

Prof. Ledewitz discusses constitutional provisions for removal of Pa. attorney general - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Attorney General Kathleen Kane loses her right to practice law at 12:01 a.m. Thursday but contends little will change in her duties, her spokesman said.

The state Constitution requires only that the attorney general be a member of the bar. Kane would lose that status only if the Supreme Court were to disbar her, according to Bruce Ledewitz, a Duquesne University law professor. There are constitutional provisions for removal, including impeachment and “direct address,” which requires a two-thirds bipartisan vote in the Senate.

The article also appeared in AP, ArcMax, Reading Eagle

Prof. Joseph Sabino Mistick discusses Democratic race on KDKA-TV - KDKA-TV

Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick appeared on KDKA-TV's Sunday Edition today to discuss the Democratic presidential candidates. 

Former Governor teaches new Duquesne Law course - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saturday, October 17, 2015

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Former Pa. Governor Tom Corbett is teaching a new class on the law, public policy and the executive branch this semester with Professors Joseph Sabino Mistick and John Rago

Read the Pittsburgh Tribune Review story. 

Prof. Rago Discusses Video Cameras for City Officers - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Sunday, October 4, 2015

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The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review quoted Professor John Rago in a story reporting that Pittsburgh's top police officials will allow patrol officers to wear video cameras, even though it's illegal to record inside someone's home.

“Body cams are not a panacea,” said John Rago, a Duquesne University law professor who studies police practices. “However, it's a highly valuable technology. It promotes the safety of the officers and the people they interact with. It's objective evidence of a police and citizen interaction.” “You don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy when you're out in the streets or you're walking on the sidewalks,” Rago said. “So there are no deployment issues with respect to bicycle police.”

But officers who burst into a home while their camera is running are breaking the law, he said.

Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story. A version also appeared as an AP story. 

Newsmaker: Duquesne Law Student Nichole Ehrheart - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Duquesne Law student Nichole Ehrheart is the inaugural recipient of the Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.


Jacob H. Rooksby Is Appointed Of Counsel at Cohen & Grigsby IP Group - Pittsburgh Business Times

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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Cohen & Grigsby this month announced the appointment Jacob H. Rooksby as Of Counsel in the firm's Intellectual Property Group located in the Pittsburgh office.

Prof. Moriarty Comments on Prospects for Insanity Defense for Alleged Charleston Killer - The Washington Post

Monday, June 22, 2015

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The Washington Post quotes Prof. Jane Moriarty about the prospects for an insanity plea by alleged Charleston killer Dylann Roof following the discovery of Roof’s website and manifesto. Prof. Moriarty writes frequently about the insanity defense. 

Newsmaker: Welsey Oliver - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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THe Pittsburgh Tribune-Review inteviewed Associate Dean Wes Oliver for a "Newsmaker" profile and discussed his recent receipt of the Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award. 

Duquesne Presents Murray Award to Oliver - Pittsburgh Business Journal

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Duquesne University School of Law presented the Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence and Scholarship Award to Wesley Oliver, professor, associate dean for faculty scholarship and director of the criminal justice program.

He is the third faculty member to receive the $10,000 award, created through an endowment fund established in 2011 by John Murray, the late Duquesne chancellor.

Conviction Integrity Begins in Allegheny County, says Prof. John Rago - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saturday, June 13, 2015

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In a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review op-ed, Professor John Rago discusses the work of the Allegheny County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, a law enforcement collaboration recommending science-based and experience-tested best practices for police and prosecutors. 

The board's initial reform efforts involve eyewitness identifications/examinations, the electronic recording of custodial interrogations and the strategic deployment of police body cameras.

National Law Journal Highlights Sen. Warner as Commencement Speaker - National Law Journal

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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The National Law Journal noted that Duquesne Law will welcome U.S. Senator Mark Warner as speaker at the June 7 commencement ceremony.

Prof. Tracey McCants Lewis named Woman of the Year - New Pittsburgh Courier

Monday, April 27, 2015

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The New Pittsburgh Courier reported on Professor Tracey McCants Lewis being named Woman of the Year by Duquesne Law's Women's Law Association. 

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Prof. Tracey McCants Lewis named to Allegheny County commission - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald named four appointees to the Government Review Commission, including Tracey McCants Lewis, assistant professor and assistant director of clinical legal education at Duquesne University School of Law. The commission is charged with studying the framework of county government.

Prof. Wes Oliver comments on a heated appellate pretrial battle - Bloomberg Business

Monday, March 9, 2015

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Bloomberg Business featured an article about the former Massey Coal Exec’s Co. President Don Blankenship, heated pretrial battle, quoting Professor Wes Oliver.  U.S. District Judge Irene Berger issued a gag order the day after the federal grand jury's indictment that has kept most of the skirmishing in the case under wraps. If Berger refuses to delay the trial and a jury convicts Blankenship, he's unlikely to win an appeal based on the judge's refusal to grant a continuance, two legal experts said.

“Appellate courts very, very rarely overturn convictions for failure to grant a continuance unless the decision was completely arbitrary,” said Oliver, professor of law and director of Duquesne Law's criminal justice program.

In the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse prosecution, Oliver noted, the Superior Court upheld the judge's refusal to delay the trial, even though the state did not oppose his motion for a continuance, 

Read the Bloomberg Business piece, which originally ran in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

Assoc. Dean Moriarty discusses 'American Sniper' trial and insanity defense - Christian Science Monitor

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Associate Dean Jane Campbell Moriarty, editor of “Mental Illness in Criminal Trials,” about the American Sniper trial and use of the insanity defense in U.S. courts.

The U.S. justice system has long struggled to incorporate new findings and frontiers in neurological science into understanding the nature of crime, said Moriarty. In part, that divide largely explains why insanity defenses are raised in less than 1 percent of criminal trials. 

Read 'American Sniper' trial: Why U.S. juries often reject the insanity plea


Governor Wolf Nominates Dean Gormley to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania - Office of the Governor

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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Governor Tom Wolf today announced his nominees to fill two vacancies on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University School of Law Dean Ken Gormley and the Honorable Thomas Kistler, president judge of the Centre County Court of Common Pleas. Read the news release from the Office of the Governor

Dean Gormley issued the following statement: 

“I am deeply honored that Governor Wolf has nominated me to fill a vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  I have spent much of my career in law and legal academics interacting with that Court and admiring the high quality of its work.  Throughout my life, I have believed that dedicating a portion of one’s career to public service is an essential piece of serving in the legal profession.  I therefore consider it one of the greatest privileges possible, to be nominated for this position of public trust at the highest level of our legal system.  If confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate, I look forward to working with all of my energy to make a meaningful contribution to the Court, and to the people of this Commonwealth for whom the system of laws and justice exists.” 

Associate Dean Moriarty Discusses Legality of 'Brain Fingerprinting' - TheVerge.com

Monday, February 2, 2015

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The Verge turns to Associate Dean Jane Moriarty, a neuroscience and the law expert, to discuss controversial method claiming to look inside a suspect's brain.

Associate Dean Liu discusses the Organization of Chinese Americans - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Frank Liu, associate dean for legal programs and professor of law, was quoted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  about how ethnic organizations have closed over time while some are growing as new residents emigrate to Pittsburgh from other parts of the world.

Read Pittsburgh Region’s Ethnic Organizations Change with the Times

Prof. Ledewitz discusses NRA suit against Pgh., Philadelphia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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In commenting on the National Rifle Association's lawsuit again Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Prof. Bruce Ledewitz said a judge could put the NRA’s case on hold until Act 192’s validity is decided by a higher court. Optionally, he said, a judge might reason that “if the legislature gave people rights against the government, you should allow those rights to be exercised.”

Downtown Pittsburgh attracts millenials - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Saturday, January 3, 2015

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Twenty-eight-year-old Adam Quatrini, L'14, bought a condo in downtown Pittsburgh in 2011 after moving from Washington, D.C., to attend law school at Duquesne University.

Prof. Ledewitz praises former chief justice's record - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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“I've had my differences with Justice Castille, but since his retirement, I've had no problem praising his judicial record," said Professor Bruce Ledewitz.  


Greene County Judge Retires - Observer-Reporter

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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Retiring Greene County Judge William Nalitz received his law degree from Duquesne University School of Law and after admission to the bar in 1973 joined the Waynesburg law firm of Sayers, King and Keener. He was a practicing attorney for 24 years before becoming judge.

Prof. Schiavone discusses owner responsibilities in dog-run areas - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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Ann Schiavone, an assistant law professor at Duquesne University, said owners must realize that they assume the risk when taking their pets to a dog park. Governments are not typically held responsible by courts when mishaps occur. She said state law grants wide leeway for municipalities to provide recreational facilities without fear of liability.

“From a liability perspective, negligence law allows for bad things to happen without someone else being held responsible for it,” Schiavone said. “Municipalities or — in some cases — different organizations will provide a dog park, and as long as they've provided a safe piece of property, they're not necessarily going to incur liability if an incident between two dogs occurs.”

Dean Emeritus Cafardi Reviews Biography of Supreme Court Justice - America Magazine

Monday, December 15, 2014

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Americamagazine.org features Dean Emeritus Nicholas P. Cafardi's review of Scalia: A Court of One, a biography of the U.S. Supreme Court justice written by Bruce Allen Murphy. America magazine, the National Catholic Review, is a publication of America Press, Inc., a Jesuit ministry. 

Duquesne Law student rings Salvation Army bell - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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This Pittsburgh Post-Gazette piece by Brian O'Neill mentions second-year Duquesne Law student Thomas Pié, president of the Christian Legal Society, manning a Salvation Army bell. 

Prof. Tracey McCants Lewis - Pittsburgh City Paper blog

Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Professor Tracey McCants Lewis participated in a peaceful demonstration at the Federal Building in Downtown Pittsburgh in the wake of a decision not to indict a police officer who shot and killed Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown.

Professor Ledewitz discusses legalities of advertising on public school websites - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Saturday, November 29, 2014

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Professor Bruce Ledewitz comments on the legalities of school districts accepting advertising on their websites. 

Dean Cafardi discusses the tax-exempt status of property owned by a charitable trust - Tribune-Review

Monday, November 24, 2014

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Dean Emeritus Nicolas Cafardi commented in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about a lawsuit involving Conneaut Lake Park's tax-exempt status and $900,000 owed in back taxes. The amusement park must meet a five-point test from the state Supreme Court to determine its tax status, Cafardi says.

“Just because a charity owns it, it doesn't make it charitable."

Read the Tribune-Review story

Prof. Valarie Blake discusses the Affordable Care Act on KQV NewsRadio - KQV NewsRadio

Monday, November 17, 2014

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KQV NewsRadio host P.J. Maloney interviewed Duquesne Law Professor Valarie Blake about about the Affordable Care Act and the opening of the second year of the insurance exchange. 

C-SPAN3 American History TV airs Ford-Nixon Pardon Panel - C-SPAN

Friday, November 14, 2014

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On Sunday, November 16, American History TV C-SPAN3 airs "The Pardon of Richard Nixon," organized and moderated by Dean Ken Gormley and taped at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The one-hour, 10 min. program runs at 8 p.m. and 12 a.m.

Duquesne Law's criminal justice program director comments on case of national interest - The Huffington Post

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Professor Wes Oliver, director of Duquesne Law's criminal justice program, comments on the admissibility of a defendent's statements to police.

Duquesne law students commended for service to county Veterans Court - 90.5 WESA

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Senator Rob Teplitz (D – Dauphin) details the need for veterans courts in every county and highlights the work of Duquesne University law students in the Allegheny County Veterans Court.

Veterans of Influence: Judge Michael McCarthy - Pittsburgh Business Times

Monday, November 10, 2014

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"When Michael McCarthy graduated from high school, the self-described 'product of the '60s' also had 'an inclination to the military.' McCarthy joined the U.S. Navy's Two by Four program — two years active duty and four years in the reserves — to become a Seabee in 1969. He was sent to Vietnam a year later."

McCarthy graduated from Duquesne University School of Law's evening division in 1984. He now serves as a judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. Read the Pittsburgh Business Times profile. 

ABA Journal Features Work of Duquesne Law Alum - ABA Journal

Monday, November 10, 2014

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"This Duquesne law grad surpassed his aspirations when he filed a groundbreaking NFL concussion suit." Read the American Bar Association Journal feature on Jason Luckasevic, L'00, and his work on behalf of former NFL players.

Prof. Mistick and clinical students to aid D.A.'s Office and McKeesport residents - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday, November 10, 2014

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Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A Zappala announced that McKeesport officials will receive assistance from law students at Duquesne University to help track when property owners change and prosecute negligent landlords. Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick will coordinate the efforts of the Clinical Legal Education program. The announcement came about as a result of a recent fire in McKeesport, which caused the death of six people and the critical injury of another. The investigation revealed that the landlord  had failed to install smoke alarms in the property. 

Duquesne Law alum crusades for former NFL players - The New York Times Magazine

Sunday, November 9, 2014

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Duquesne Law alum Jason Luckasevic, L'00, of Goldberg, Persky & White, is profiled in a New York Times Magazine cover story and ABA Journal story for his crusading work on behalf of former NFL players.

Dean Gormley discusses one of the subjects of his best-selling book - The New York Times

Sunday, November 9, 2014

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Dean Ken Gormley is quoted extensively in this profile of Ken Starr, the current Baylor University president and former independent counsel who delivered a report to Congress on President Bill Clinton. Gormley is the author of the best-selling book "The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr." 

The Veterans Clinic serves Veterans Court - Pittsburgh Business Times

Friday, November 7, 2014

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"It goes to the heart of our mission as a law school and as a university," says Dean Gormley of the Veterans Clinic, in this article about the Court of Common Pleas' Veterans Court and partnerships devreloped by Supervising Judge John Zottola. 

Duquesne Law's Energy & Enviromental Law Courses Highlighted - The State Journal

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Professsor Steven Baicker-McKee discusses Duquesne Law's energy and environmental law concentration and new employment opportunities for students.

Constitutional Scholars Dissect Ford's Pardon of Nixon - Grand Rapids Legal News

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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"Constitutional and History Scholars Dissect Ford’s Pardon of Nixon"

The Grand Rapids Legal News quoted Law Dean Ken Gormley in this article about an Oct. 20 event that Gormley participated in about President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon.

Prof. Ledewitz comments on crowded field for Pa. Supreme Court's three vacancies - The Legal Intelligencer

Monday, November 3, 2014

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"‘Unprecedented’ High Court Race Draws Crowd of Hopefuls"

Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was interviewed by the Legal Intelligencer for this article about large number of judges who have been named as potential candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s three vacancies.

Prof. Oliver discusses legal issues of red-light cameras and pedestrian safety - Star Ledger

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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“Red-light Cameras May be Hazardous to Pedestrians”

The Star Ledger interviewed Associate Law Professor Wes Oliver for this column about the controversy over red-light cameras being shut off in New Jersey.

Area Law Schools Adjust Curriculum to Meet Oil and Gas Industry Needs -

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Assistant Law Professor Steven Baicker-McKee was interviewed by the Beaver County Times for this article about local law schools adding course offerings to meet the demand for legal help regarding the oil and natural gas industry.

Dean Gormley's book noted in article about report recently in the national spotlight - Washington Post

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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"Jo Ann Harris, Chief Author of Recently Publicized Lewinsky Report, Dies at 81"

The Washington Post included a mention of Law Dean Ken Gormley in this article about the death of Jo Ann Harris, who was the chief author of a special counsel report that scrutinizes the conduct of federal prosecutors and investigators who interviewed Monica Lewinsky about her affair with President Bill Clinton.

Bar Exam Scores Improve - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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"Bar Exam Scores Improve for Duquesne, Pitt Grads"

The Post-Gazette interviewed Law Dean Ken Gormley for this article about Duquesne law grads scoring the third-highest first-time pass rate on the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Exam.

Newsmaker: Anya Lernatovych - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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"Newsmaker: Anya Lernatovych"

The Tribune-Review interviewed School of Law graduate Anya Lernatovych on achieving the highest essay score on the July 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Exam. 

Prof. Oliver comments on evidence in murder trial - Triblive.com

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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"Ferrante’s Web Searches About Cyanide Will Test Defense, Law Experts Say"

Associate Law Professor Wes Oliver is quoted in this Tribune-Review article about a local university researcher accused of fatally poisoning his wife with cyanide.

Post-Gazette and Philadelphia Inquirer interview Prof. Ledewitz about lieutenant governor nomination - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Pa. Senator May Hold Seat, Despite Lieutenant Governor Nomination

Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was interviewed for this Post-Gazette article about Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Sen. Mike Stack stating that he would look into possibly holding his Senate seat, temporarily, if he’s elected with running mate Tom Wolf. A similar article ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Washingon Post interviews Dean Gormley about newly released report - Washington Post

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Law Dean Ken Gormley was interviewed by the Washington Post for this article about a report conducted by government lawyers that indicates Monica Lewinsky was mistreated by authorities during the Clinton investigation. The article ran in several outlets, including the New York Daily News, the Daily Mail, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Winnipeg Free Press.

Maggie Lewis, Duquesne Law Class of 2013, is staff counsel at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. - Pittsburgh Business Times

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Assoc. Dean Moriarty Comments About Insanity Defense in Criminal Trials -

Friday, August 22, 2014

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