CLE Programs

March and April CLE Courses Postponed

On March 11, Duquesne announced plans to cancel on-campus instruction and large gatherings.

CLE courses Hate and the Law (March 14), The Death of Eyewitness Testimony and The Rise of the Machine (March 27), and Hot Topics in Animal Law (April 25),  have been postponed. Registration payments will be put toward the rescheduled courses, and refunds will be made by written request (

Thank you for understanding.

Spring 2020 - Registration Open!

Leadership for Lawyers: Defining Leadership & Core Values/Navigating Conflict & Crises - 2 Hours ethics CLE credits, $80

This CLE will discuss the role of ethical leadership beyond the Rules of Professional Conduct. We will explore value-centered leadership and how understanding core values can guide leaders in their decision-making and in times of crisis.

Presented by School of Law Dean April Barton. Friday, February 28, noon - 2:00 p.m. in room 203, Hanley Hall.

Hate and the Law - 2 hours substantive credits, $80.

This CLE will explore recent intersections of hate and law. In the context of sexism, racism, and anti-Semitism, it will consider what constitutes hate speech, how such speech is regulated by law, and the extent to which such speech is constitutionally protected.

Presented by Associate Professor of Law, Rona Kaufman. Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., room 203 Hanley Hall.


The Death of Eyewitness Testimony and the Rise of the Machine Conference - 4 hours substantive and 1 hour ethics credits, $200, special rates for government employees and DLAA

In an age where cybersurveillance, facial recognition, and other forms of "technopolicing" have begun to replace more traditional forms of evidence, it is a good time to both revisit the past and examine the future. In this conference, several speakers will examine the role of machines and artificial intelligence as evidence for criminal cases.

Presenters will explain how machine-driven evidence may replace more traditional forms of evidence, such as handwriting comparison, eyewitness identification, and even police testimony. But with this new evidence comes both novel concerns about accuracy, meaningful confrontation of witnesses, and the potential for coding biases into the machine. Other presenters will examine evidence that continue to pose "black box" problems in which it is difficult to determine accuracy and uncover bias problem, such as those posed in abusive head trauma cases, eyewitnesses' testimony, and neuroimaging evidence.

Hot Topics in Animal Law - 3 hours substantive CLE credits, $120.

This CLE will explore new laws, legislation, and trends in Animal Law, with a special focus on Pennsylvania.

Presented by Associate Professor of Law, Ann Schiavone. Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 203 Hanley Hall.