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Student Organizations

Duquesne University School of Law encourages students to become involved in one of the many student organizations at the School of Law. Membership broadens students' knowledge of the profession and enables students to build a link to the community of attorneys that they will soon be joining.


Barristers' Ball 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University Campus
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.

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Please join us in celebrating one of Duquesne's great traditions: The Barristers' Ball. It's an opportunity to celebrate the success of mid-terms and a chance to enjoy a night of food, fun and dancing with your professional colleagues.

The Barristers' Ball will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Power Center Ballroom on campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. with an open bar and hors d'oeuvres until 7:15 p.m. Dean Gormley and Student Bar Representatives will make a few remarks before dinner, which will be served from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

The dinner begins with a salad of mixed greens, your choice of a main dish of Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Grilled Filet Mignon or a Vegan Penne Pasta, ending the meal with a slice of cheese cake topped with cherries. The ticket cost is $30.00 for the dinner and $25.00 for an open bar ticket.

Afterwards there will be an additional one hour open bar, music, and dancing until 10:00 p.m. Back by popular demand is DJ Rick Wirth and the Shutter Booth.

Shuttle Service: We are offering a shuttle service this year to and from the South Side. The shuttle service will pick up and return students to a designated stop in the South Side. If there is a demand, the shuttle may make a loop to the hotels near campus and also to Market Square.

Marriott Block of Rooms: **The Marriott City Center has reserved a block of 20 rooms at the group rate of $134.00 (plus taxes) for the night. If you are interested in making a reservation, please contact the Marriott directly at 412- 471-4000 or online @ Book your group rate: Duquesne University School of Law Room Block >>

The SBA representatives will be tabling in the student lounge starting Wednesday, January 15 starting at noon until February 11, 2014.

Please stop by with any questions or to register online.

 2013 Katie Westbrook 5K Runner's Finish Times

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The Duquesne University School of Law Student Bar Association is pleased to announce the results of 12th Annual Katie Westbrook 5K & Dog Walk, which was held on our beautiful Duquesne University campus, Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Thank you to all who came out in support of Katie and for making the race a success!  We were honored to have Beth Westbrook, Katie's Mom, at the race, and she was joined by her husband, Andy Starnes, and her sister-in-law and nephew, Wendy and Wyatt Walker, traveling in from Michigan to be here in support of the race. 



Duquesne Italian-American Law Society

Presents the 2nd Annual:

"La Legge con Brio," ~ March 15th, 2013

Duquesne University School of Music, Room 206

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Support Panucci's Promise and be entertained by Duquesne's favorite emcee, Professor Mark Yochum, fellow classmates and faculty members. Back by popular demand is the dazzling pianist, Dr. John E. Murray, who will be accompanying, Ms. Ginevra Ventre on cello, and Dr. Antonio Lordi on guitar. Making her debut at "Legge con Brio" is Duquesne's current 2L singing sensation, Ms. Mary Kate Serratelli and her vocal partner, Mr. Mike DeLuca. Future Duquesne law graduate, Mr. Eric Harvey playing the violin and our Legal Research and Writing Professor, Julia Glencer, will be playing the flute.

Legge con Brio

More about "Panucci's Promise"

Duquesne law students established "Panucci's Promise," in memory of Peggy Panucci, mother of 3L Brian Panucci, who passed away from breast cancer last fall. Various student organizations worked toward the common goal of raising sufficient funds to donate a therapeutic chair to the chemotherapy treatment center at Magee Women's Cancer Center. Since 2012 "Panucci's Promise" has donated 2 chairs in Peggy's name. The chairs benefit local women in treatment by providing comfort during their most difficult times. 

Meet the Champions of Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition, MABLSA Convention Feb. 13-16, Pittsburgh

BLSA Trial Team

Christy Gamble (2nd from left), won the award for "Best Advocacy" during the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition. The team members, (left to right) Finn Skovdal, Christy Gamble, John Woodruff and Danielle Wete were named first place champions of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Regional Competition, held during the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association convention in Pittsburgh Feb. 13-17, 2013.  The team will be traveling to compete in the finals during the National Convention held in Atlanta, GA March, 6-10, 2013. 

The "Best Chapter Participation" Awarded to Duquesne's BLSA Student Organization

Our Duquesne BLSA Student Organization was awarded "Best Chapter Participation" at the MABLSA Regional Convention during the Awards Gala, held at the Omni William Penn on February, 16th, 2013. Our chapter continues to be very active and has held several events at Duquesne, including a Pre-Law Boot Camp that assisted undergrad students, from the Tri-State area, in the application process for law school, sponsoring a year long clothing drive/fundraiser for the Dress for Success Pittsburgh chapter, and the annual Soul Food Sampler on February 26th, just to name a few.

BLSA Soul Food Fundraiser

Raises $650 for "Dress for Success"

BLSA Soul Food Sampler

Military Law Society
"Serving Pittsburgh's Veterans" Fundraiser
$1,800.00 raised for Veterans Leadership Program of Pittsburgh

VLP Fundraiser

11th Annual Katie Westbrook Race-Ipsa Loquitur 5K & Dog Walk

Dedicated to the Memory of Katie Westbrook. All proceeds will be donated to the SBA Centennial Endowed Fund

Sponsored by: Duquesne University School of Law Student Bar Association

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.

$4, 998.00 was raised for the SBA Centennial Endowed Fund


Marcellus Shale Event advertistment photo Regulating Marcellus Shale Panel
March 13, 2012
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sponsored by:

American Constitution Society
Corporate Law Society
Energy and Mineral Law Society
Environmental Law Society
Federalist Society



The various student organizations at Duquesne University School of Law host speakers, organize fund-raisers and participate in community service activities.  To find out more information about our Student Organizations efforts, please view the following:

Duquesne Law Students continued their long tradition of philanthropy and  make a significant contribution to charities nationally.

  • The Animal Law Society hosted Duquesne's own Ms. Linda Drago, Esq. to speak about Animal Law and the Going Home Greyhounds organization.
  • The Student Bar Association held the annual Katie Westbrook Race/Race Ipsa Loquitur 5K, and raised over $4,900 for the Student Bar Endowed Scholarship fund in 2012.
  • Law Students participated in the Duquesne Womens Guild Luncheon modeling Barnes & Noble's Duquesne clothing.
  • The Women's Law Association raised over $550 for the Relay for Life.
  • The SBA cooked dinner for families staying at Family House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • The Black Law Students Association presented information to African American Male High-School students regarding their legal rights.