Lessons Live from the Bench

Join the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Administrative Law Section and Appellate Advocacy Committee for a special continuing legal education program. Duquesne University School of Law and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Historical Society are proud co-sponsors. The two-hour program features:

  • Judge Michael H. Wojcik
  • Judge Joseph M. Cosgrove
  • Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini
  • Robert L. Byer, Esq. (Moderator)
  • Plus Experienced and Novice Appellate Advocates

The CLE will run from 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room 302 and will be followed by a reception with the judges from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Student registration is free, but advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

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Students invited to ACBA Family Law Section meeting

ACBA Family Law Section Meeting
Tuesday, March 14
12:00-1:00 p.m.
ACBA Headquarters (Downtown)

On behalf of Dawn Gull (L’96), chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), students are invited to attend next Family Law Section meeting on Tuesday, March 14 at 12:00 noon. The meetings begin at noon and last about one hour.   Lunch is provided.


9th Floor Grant Room
400 Koppers Building
436 Seventh Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The meeting consists of comments from Judges, masters, hearing officers and court personnel.  Committee updates and reports are also included as well as upcoming CLEs, programming and networking events.

If you are a student interested in Family Law, we welcome your participation at this meeting.    You do not have to be a student member of the ACBA to attend this meeting.   

It will provide an opportunity for you to connect with professionals you may be working alongside in the future, including attorneys in private practice and those working in specialized Family Law Firms.

We would encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to hear from practicing attorneys and network with other professionals in the family law field.

RSVP required on DuqLawConnect by Monday, March 13, at 12:00 noon.  Maria Comas, Director of Career Services, will attend the meeting with students.  Please contact Maria with any questions at comas@duq.edu.

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Law Practice Today: Women in Law

Check out the latest issue of the ABA Law Practice Today  – a publication written for law students!  This month’s articles focus on women in law.

Articles include
Women and Negotiation: You Can Ask for More, and You Should

Women Flying Solo: Success Stories from the Small Firm World

Your Business Plan: Make Time for This Important Tool

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Federal Bar Association Speed Networking & Happy Hour

Thursday, February 23, 4:00-7:30 p.m.
Federal Courthouse
700 Grant St #512, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Followed by happy hour at August Henry’s Saloon 946 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Emilia Rinaldi (L’15), associate at K&L Gates LLP, and steering committee member for the Western District of PA Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, has extended an invitation to Duquesne Law students to attend an upcoming speed networking event followed by a happy hour that is being hosting on February 23 from 4-7:30PM at the Federal Courthouse and August Henry’s Saloon downtown.  It is a cash bar with complimentary heavy appetizers.  This is a wonderful chance to network with members of the FBA.  Dress is interview attire.

Please note that you do not need to be a member to attend the event, but the FBA will have forms available for anyone who is interested in becoming a student member.

Please RSVP to this event at DuqLawConnect.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with Samantha Coyne, Employer Outreach Manager, at coynes1@duq.edu.

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Student Volunteers Needed – WBA Susan B. Anthony Award Reception

Student Volunteers Needed

Women’s Bar Association Susan B. Anthony Award Reception
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Omni William Penn Hotel – Ballroom
4:45 – 7:00 p.m.

The WBA welcomes student volunteers at the 2017 Susan B. Anthony Award Reception honoring Justice Debra Todd, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  Nearly 200 lawyers and judges attend this event every year.

Students who volunteer will work at the registration desk and otherwise welcome guests in the ballroom.  Volunteers are needed starting at 4:30 p.m.; students who need to leave early or arrive late are welcome (but please let me know).  Volunteers receive a free one-year membership to the WBA.

Professional attire.

Please send an email to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu by Friday, February 17, if you are able to attend.

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Networking Your Way to Career Success Panel & Reception

Co-sponsored with the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Thursday, January 26
5:00-7:00 p.m., Faculty Lounge

Most students find their jobs outside of the On-Campus Interview (OCI) program each year.  A panel of attorneys will tell you how they found their jobs directly out of law school. What worked for them? What didn’t?   Some of the panelists obtained their jobs through a targeted mailing while others got theirs through some type of networking connection.   Most of them have moved to a new position at least once after law school.  Hear about the suggestions they have for you regarding various job search strategies and connecting with people who do the work that interests you.  Learn how building these skills now will help you with client and business development as a young lawyer.


Panelists include:

Rick DeBlasio (L’14), Housing and Redevelopment Insurance Exchange and Excalibur Insurance Management Services

Jonathan Ehret (L’13), Robb Leonard & Mulvihill

Andria Krupa (L’11), Cordell & Cordell

Genevieve Pecharka (L’13), Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

Robert Raver (L’12), Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC

Shayna Raver (L’14), Robb Leonard & Mulvihill, will moderate the panel.

Paneslists’ bios.
Panelists and students are invited to network with each other after the panel concludes.  Refreshments provided at the reception.  Students may attend as much of the program as their schedules permit.  RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Law Student Etiquette Dinner

Tuesday, February 7
5:00-7:00 p.m., Student Union, Africa Room
(Evening students may attend as much of the dinner as their schedule permits.)
You finally have an interview with your dream company and you can’t wait to dazzle them with your polished resume, new suit and impressive portfolio.
But wait, you’re meeting over lunch. No problem, right? You’ve eaten lunch before so you’re all set…as long as you know
  • which way to pass the rolls
  • what to do with your knife when not in use
  • the correct way to place your napkin in your lap
  • which water glass is yours
Believe it or not, knowing the answers to these questions could be the difference between a job offer and a polite, thanks, but no thanks. In today’s competitive job market, more and more employers are taking candidates out for a meal to see how they do in a social situation and being familiar with basic table etiquette can give you the advantage.
What should I expect?
Students will be guided through a 3-course meal by Nicole Feldhues, Director of University Career Services, and learn the ins-and-outs of the dining experience. This event is designed to give you a competitive edge, but more importantly to improve your confidence level and lessen any fears or discomfort you may currently experience at a formal function.  Law Faculty & Duquesne Law Alumni Association Board of Governors will also attend to guide discussion during the meal itself.
What will I learn?
In addition to the many skills needed to navigate the dining experience, you’ll learn
  • how to make introductions
  • appropriate topics for mealtime discussion
  • networking tips
  • what and how to order
  • ladies or gentlemen first?
Registration Required.
Students must register for the dinner by Tuesday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m.  Registration is $10 (cash or check) and is due at the time of registration.  You may register in the Career Service Office – Room 209.  Our office hours are 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (M-TH) and 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (F).  If you cannot get here during office hours, please email Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) to make other arrangements.  Registrations may be cancelled until Tuesday, January 31, at 6:00 p.m.

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Interviewing Skills Panel Discussion

Tuesday, January 17
5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 303

Hear from a panel of experienced interviewers who will offer valuable insight about the interviewing process.  Prepare for successful interviews by attending this session so you can put these helpful tips and suggestions to use.  Panelists include

Christopher Elnicki (L’14), Steele Schneider

Elliot Howsie (L’98), Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

Turahn Jenkins (L’04), Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender

Stephanie Solomon (L’08), Burns White LLC


Dinner provided. RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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2017 Mock Interview Program

All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Mock Interview Program coordinated by the Career Services Office. The program will take place from January 18 – February 3, 2017.

In this program, local attorneys and recruiters volunteer to conduct mock interviews with students either at their law firms or at the law school. Each mock interview is scheduled for approximately 30 minutes: 15-20 minutes for the mock interview and 10-15 minutes for feedback on the student’s resume and interview techniques.

You may sign up for as many schedule as your schedule permits.  Mock interview appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by sending an email to comas@duq.edu. You may sign up for as many interviews as your schedule permits. We expect to add a few firms to the list in the coming days, and updates will be published as necessary.

This is a great way to practice your interview skills and receive feedback about your resume before it counts later this semester or next fall during the On-Campus Recruitment Program.  We are having an Interviewing Skills Panel on January 17th so students may learn tips they may employ during the mock interviews this semester.

The interviewer will be provided a copy of your resume prior to your mock interview, so please be sure to update your resume in preparation for this program. Information about legal resumes, including sample resumes, can be found in the CSO Handbook (available at http://www.duqlawblogs.org/cso/ ).

Please direct your questions to Maria Comas, Director of Career Services, at comas@duq.edu.

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FBA Holiday Party Invitation

The Federal Bar Association invites Duquesne Law students to its Annual Western District of PA Chapter’s Holiday Party on Monday, December 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the HYP Club (620 William Penn Place), Downtown.  Students must RSVP to Samantha Coyne, Employer Outreach Manager, at coynes@duq.edu.

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