Duquesne Law in the News

Latest Issue of The Duquesne Lawyer -

Friday, January 11, 2019

Read more »

Our latest issue is chock full of stories. Read about the 50th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Constitution, Holding Justice to the Highest Standard, The Lawyer as Peace Corps Volunteer and more. 

Prof. Mistick comments on the death of Duquesne Law alumnus Robert Colville - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Read more »

The Tribune-Review interviewed Duquesne Law Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick for a feature piece about the late judge Robert E. Colville, a 1969 Duquesne Law graduate who died on Sept. 11, 2018.

Colville's career in criminal justice took him from patrolman to police chief to district attorney to judge. Before retiring, he was elected to serve the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County then appointed to the  Superior Court of Pennsylvania. 


Learn More

Read "Robert Colville, former Pittsburgh police chief, county DA and judge, rememvered as smart, funny, fair." 

Journalist Bob Woodward cites Duquesne president's book - The New York Times

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Read more »

The New York Times interviewed journalist Bob Woodward about the books he is currently reading, one of which is The Death of American Virtue by Duquesne University's president, Ken Gormley.

Learn More

Read Bob Woodward: By the Book.

Prof. Oranburg discusses proprietary agreements at tech companies - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Read more »

Business law professor Seth Oranburg discusses tech jobs and internships with writer Amy Qin in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Prof. Kaufman discusses limits on constitutional right to marriage - KDKA-TV

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Read more »

KDKA-TV interviewed Professor Rona Kaufman for a story about the Westmoreland County district attorney’s attempt to deny a man charged with murder the right to marry his fiancée, who would likely be called as a witness during trial.

Prof. Ledewitz discusses the retirement of Justice Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court - Sunday Business Page

Monday, July 2, 2018

Read more »

KDKA-TV's Jon Delano interviewed Duquesne Law professor Bruce Ledewitz during a Sunday Business Page segment about Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court and how President Donald Trump’s selection could change the direction of the court. 

Ledewitz is a federal and state constitutional law expert who frequently comments on judicial topics. Delano is the money and politics editor and host for the weekly public affairs show on the CBS affiliate.

Prof. Ledewitz explains why Pa. Supreme Court has power to intervene in grand jury matter - The Morning Call

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Read more »

The Morning Call interviewed Professor Bruce Ledewitz for a story about the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to halt the pending publication of a grand jury report detailing decades of child sex abuse claims and cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses.

Ledewitz said the Supreme Court has the power to intervene in a grand jury matter and anyone named but not charged in a report can ask the court for judicial relief. Presumably, he added, one or more people filed the appeal because they think “the grand jury went outside its authority.”

Learn More

The Morning Call is an Allentown, Pa., newspaper. Ledewtiz, a federal and state constitutional law expert, also discussed the Pa. Supreme Court's decision this week in a separate interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 

Pennsylvania legal news features Burns White diversity scholarship at Duquesne - The Legal Intelligencer

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Read more »

The Legal Intelligencer noted the student Daniel Cerrito is the inaugural recipient of the Burns White Diversity in the Law Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a first-year, diverse law student at Duquesne University School of Law. Cerrito is a graduate of the University of Arizona Honors College.’


Learn More

Read about diversity initiatives at Duquesne Law.




Prof. Huhn discusses the Masterpiece Cakeshop SCOTUS decision - WAKR 1590 AM

Monday, June 4, 2018

Read more »

Professor Wilson Huhn was interviewed on WAKR 1590 AM in Akron, Ohio, today about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. 

The interviewer was Jasen Sokol, a host of one of the station's news talk programs. 

Canon law expert Cafardi comments on nomination of Italian prime minister - New York Times

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Read more »

The New York Times interviewed Dr. Carla Lucente, professor of modern languages and literature, and former law dean Nicholas Cafardi for this story about the nomination of Giuseppe Conte as Italy’s prime minister. Conte worked in the 1990s to advance the work of Duquesne’s affiliation with Villa Nazareth, which now allows for Duquesne students to study abroad in Italy.


Read "Italy’s Populists Offer Giuseppe Conte for Prime Minister."



Career services director discusses rise in legal jobs for recent graduates - Pittsburgh Business Times

Friday, May 11, 2018

Read more »

The Pittsburgh Business Times interviewed Maria Comas, director of career services at Duquesne Law, for this story about the increase in recent law graduates obtaining full-time long-term jobs after graduation. 

Assoc. Dean Oliver comments on the Cosby conviction - KD-PG

Monday, May 7, 2018

Read more »

Associate Dean Wesley M. Oliver appeared on KDKA-TV's KD/PG Sunday Edition this weekend discussing the conviction of Bill Cosby during the entertainer's second trial. 

Oliver is Duquesne Law's associate dean for faculty scholarship and criminal justice program director. 

KDKA-TV is the CBS affilate in Pittsburgh. 




Prof. Ledewitz discusses higher ed missions and exemption requests - National Catholic Reporter

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Read more »

Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz is quoted in this National Catholic Reporter article about cases of various Catholic universities in the U.S. that are stating their Catholic mission allows them to be exempt from mandates and laws.

Learn More

Read “Contraception, Unions, Title IX-Catholic Colleges Push Back on Government Rules.”



Prof. Jefferson-Bullock discusses attorney-client privledge - KDKA NewsRadio 1020

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Read more »

Prof. Jalila Jefferson-Bullock spoke with KDKA Afternoon News host Robert Mangino today about attorney-client privilege. 





Education Pittsburgh profiles law alumna - Education Pittsburgh

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Read more »

Education Pittsburgh recently profiled Rachelle Dene Poth, Duquesne Law Class of 2006, who teaches foreign language and STEAM subjects at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Pittsburgh. 

Prof. Sizemore discusses her work to halt "school-to-prison" pipeline - NextPittsburgh

Friday, April 6, 2018

Read more »

Prof. Tiffany Sizemore’s work at Duquesne Law clinics representing youth in delinquency offenses, school discipline and special education matters is featured prominently in a new issue of NextPittsburgh. The online news source details Sizemore’s launch of the Juvenile Defender Clinic and Education Law Clinic here, as well as her initiative with The Pittsburgh Foundation to bring together law, social work, and school psychology graduate students to provide holistic representation and support. 

Read “’This Is Insanity, and We’re Not Doing This to Children Anymore.’ Pittsburghers Step Up to Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline.”


Photo credit: The Pittsburgh Foundation

Prof. Baicker-McKee discusses Pa. Superior court fracking opinion - KDKA NewsRadio 1020

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Read more »

Prof. Steven Baicker-McKee was inteviewed by Newsradio 1020 KDKA today discussing this week’s Pa. Superior Court opinion related to fracking.


Prof. Huhn discusses Pa. plan to fight citizenship question on U.S. Census - Tribune-Review

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Read more »

Visiting Law Professor Wilson Huhn discussed with the Tribune-Review Pennsylvania’s plan to fight U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Read “Shapiro Says Pa. Will Join Fight Against Census Citizenship Question” by Brian Bowling.

Prof. Huhn discusses Pa. attorney general's opposition to citizenship question on upcoming census - Tribune-Review

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Read more »

The Tribune-Review interviewed Visiting Law Professor Wilson Huhn for this story about Pennsylvania’s plan to fight U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.


Learn More

Read “Shapiro Says Pa. Will Join Fight Against Census Citizenship Question” by Brian Bowling.

Prof. Mistick writes op-ed about former vice president's talk at Duquesne - Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Monday, March 26, 2018

Read more »

Prof. Joseph Sabino Mistick wrote this op-ed for the Tribune-Review about the impact of former Vice President Joe Biden’s speech during the Rooney Symposium at Duquesne University on March 16, 2018.


Learn More

Read “Biden Evokes Kinder Days at Rooney Symposium."

Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece on gerrymandering features Prof. Ledewitz - Philadelphia Inquirer

Monday, March 19, 2018

Read more »

The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in the Pennsylvania gerrymandering case.


The opinion piece by John Baer also appeared in Lancaster Online.

Prof. Baicker-McKee discusses U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of Apollo nuclear fuels case - Valley News Dispatch

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Read more »

The Tribune-Review interviewed Prof. Steven Baicker-McKee for a story about the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of an eight-year federal court case over whether or not a former Apollo nuclear fuels plant caused cancer in Armstrong County.

The story also appeared in the Valley News Dispatch (a Trib publication) and Energy Central.

Read “U.S. Supreme Court Ends Lawsuit Against Apollo Nuclear Fuels Plant Operators.”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette taps Assoc. Dean Rooksby for story about use of higher ed logo - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Read more »

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette interviewed Associate Dean Jacob H. Rooksby for a story about the legal implications of the Razorback Foundation’s use of the University of Arkansas logo.

Rooksby authored a book about intellectual property and higher education issues, The Branding of the American Mind: How Universities Capture, Manage, and Monetize Intellectual Property and Why it Matters. 


CNN interviews DU's president and former law dean - CNN

Monday, February 5, 2018

Read more »

CNN’s Michael Smerconish, interviewed President Ken Gormley on Feb. 3, 2018, for a story about President Donald Trump’s efforts to protect himself during Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

Duquesne’s former law dean is an expert in United States constitutional law and special counsel investigations. 

Read the interview transcript.

Prof. McCants Lewis nominates awardee, serves as emcee for MLK Jr. event - Lawyers Journal

Monday, January 22, 2018

Read more »

The Lawyers Journal detailed the Allegheny County Bar Association's 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and interviewed Prof. Tracey McCants Lewis about her role as emcee. McCants Lewis also discussed why she nominated Paul Titus, Esq. for this year's Drum Major for Justice Award. 

Read the ACBA Lawyer's Journal article PDF.

Prof. Mistick celebrates Italian-American family traditions - New York Post

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Read more »

Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick discusses his family’s Christmas traditions in a story for the New York Post.

Read the feature by Salena Zito, “This town celebrates Christmas with an Italian-American feast.”

Prof. Ledewitz discusses Pittsburgh City Council's ban on conversion therapy - The Incline

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Read more »

The Incline interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about the legal issues related to Pittsburgh City Council’s ban on conversion therapy.

Prof. Huhn discusses impeachment process for U.S. presidents - Pittsburgh City Paper

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Read more »

Pittsburgh City Paper interviewed Visiting Professor Wilson Huhn for this story about the impeachment process for U.S. presidents.

Prof. Ledewitz comments on political targeting in judicial races - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Read more »

Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was interviewed for this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about Sallie Mundy, who is running as a Republican for the state supreme court, and how she tailors her messages to appeal to voters in different areas of the state. 

Ledewitz explained that it wasn’t an issue of judicial ethics, but instead related to political tactics. 

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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.

Learn More 

Read the blog post

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Learn more

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

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

Read more »

“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

Read more »

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.