Telephone: (412) 396-6300

URL: http://www.duq.edu/law


ABA Approved Since 1960

It is the mission of Duquesne University School of Law to train lawyers to a high degree of professional skill with a special, Catholic sensitivity to ethical and moral concerns. The School of Law is one of ten academic units and an integral part of Duquesne University, which was founded in 1878, as a Catholic university administered by the Congregation of the Holy Ghost, the Spiritans. The School of Law received its first class in 1911 and is the only multi-division law school in Western Pennsylvania. Admission requirements, instruction, and the nature and scope of the work required of students are identical for the three-year day division, the four-year evening division and the four year part-time day division.


The School of Law operates on the two semester system. The Juris Doctor degree is awarded upon successful completion of the required program of study. In addition, three joint degree programs currently are offered, J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.S. in Environmental Science and Management, and J.D./M.Div. The Law School program focuses on developing fundamental skills required of competent lawyers, such as analytical, advocacy, writing, research, and drafting skills, while at the same time illustrating the vital roles of justice, ethics, common sense, prudent judgment, sensitivity to and concern for people, self-motivation and an appetite and capacity for sustained, hard work. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, Duquesne Law School is proud of its outstanding reputation for academic excellence, as well as its long-standing tradition of community service.


Located near Pittsburgh’s 9 Golden Triangle, 9 Duquesne’s 50 plus acre campus is uniquely situated. This location affords opportunities for scholarly pursuits in an academic environment and access, within walking distance, to the downtown legal, business and government communities, and state and federal courts.


In 1982, the Law School moved into Edward J. Hanley Hall. In 2001, the John E. Murray, Jr. Pavilion was added to Hanley Hall, providing an additional 32,000 square feet in the facility. The Murray Pavilion houses faculty and several administrative offices. In 2004, the Law School completed multi-million dollar renovations and new construction of Hanley Hall, which houses classrooms, state-of-the-art moot courtrooms, including the James P. McArdle Moot Court Room, co-curricular activity space, a student lounge, and a coffee bar.


The Law Library, located on three floors in Hanley Hall and expanding into two floors in the Murray Pavilion, has more than 294,000 volumes and microform equivalents, to which new titles constantly are added. The library contains ample seating for individual study, in addition to group-study rooms, the Robert Broughton Learning Center, the Law School’s computer lab, and the ALCOA Audio Visual Center. The A/V Center has 6 semi-private workstations, each equipped with state-of-the-art audio visual technology.


The curriculum, designed to give the student a well-rounded legal education, contains a core of required courses plus a variety of electives. The foundation for advanced courses is provided by the mandatory first-year subjects: legal process and procedure; contracts; criminal law; civil procedure; property; torts; and legal research and writing. Electives are offered after the first year of study in such developing areas as litigation skills, international trade law, health care law, environmental law, law and technology, patent law, law and forensic sciences, tax, corporate law, and electronic commerce. These elective courses provide an opportunity to explore the more contemporary problems of law and society. The course of study, fully conforming to ABA standards, is sufficiently broad to prepare students for practice in all states.


Duquesne offers students an opportunity to participate in numerous educational and professional activities that develop professional skills. Students compete on the local, regional and national levels in trial and appellate moot court competitions. Law School clinics, which are located in the nearby Fisher Hall, adjoining the downtown Pittsburgh legal community, provide opportunities to represent live clients. Clinical programs offered at the Law School include the Center for the Bill of Rights Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, Civil and Family Justice Law Clinic, Community Enterprise Clinic, Criminal Advocacy Clinic, Environmental Law Clinic, Unemployment Compensation Clinic, Urban Development Clinic, IRS Tax Practicum, Securities Arbitration Clinic and the Veterans’ Benefit Clinic. In addition to the clinical opportunities, students may gain practical experience in one or more of the 200 externship placements, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Superior Court, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and certain neighboring counties, and the United States Bankruptcy Court. Students may choose to intern with a local government office such as the Allegheny County Solicitor, the Allegheny County District Attorney, the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh regional office of the Department of Environmental Resources, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.


The Law School provides students with opportunities to enrich their legal education through summer study abroad programs. In 1994, the Law School opened the first summer school for American law students in Beijing, China in collaboration with the China University of Political Science and Law. The Law School also conducts a summer program for American law students in Dublin, Ireland in collaboration with the law faculty of University College Dublin, Ireland’s most prestigious law school. The Law School also is the first American law school to offer a summer program in Vatican City State. Duquesne’s Law Review, the school’s award-winning newsmagazine, Juris, and the Duquesne Business Law Journal, along with the Student Bar Association, are the largest student organizations. Additionally, our students may serve in nearly thirty student organizations such as Black Law Student Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, International Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Association of Trial Lawyers, Women’s Law Association, Public Interest Law Association, Corporate Law Society, Environmental Law Society, the Federalist Society, Constitution Law Society, and the Health Care Law Association.


Dean: Donald J. Guter (412) 396-6280

Admissions: Vanessa Browne-Barbour (412) 396-6284

Financial Aid: Joseph P. Campion (412) 396-6296

Library: Frank Y. Liu (412) 396-5018

Career Services Placement: Ella Kwisnek (412) 396-6279

Alumni Affairs: Jeanine DeBor (412) 396-5215




KENNETH G. GORMLEY, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 19, 1955; admitted to bar, 1980, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1977); Harvard University (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Constitutional Law, State Constitutional Law, Legal Writing, Political and Civil Rights. Email:gormley @ duq.edu


BRUCE A. ANTKOWIAK, (Law Professor), born New Kensington, Pennsylvania, April 16, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Pennsylvania. Education: St. Vincent College (B.A., 1974); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1977). COURSES:Labor Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Trial Advocacy. Email:antkowiak @ duq.edu


SAMUEL J. ASTORINO, (Law Professor), born Carnegie, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1932; admitted to bar, 1983, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (A.B., 1956; M.A., 1957; Ph.D., 1962); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1982). COURSES:American Legal History, Criminal Law, Professional Responsibility, International Law, Torts.


ROBERT S. BARKER, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1941; admitted to bar, 1966, Pennsylvania. Education: Duquesne University (B.A., 1963; M.A., 1974; J.D., 1966). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Comparative Law, Legal Process and Procedure.


VANESSA S. BROWNE-BARBOUR, (Law Professor), born Dover, Delaware, June 7, 1955; admitted to bar, 1993, Pennsylvania. Education: Carnegie-Mellon University (B.A., 1978); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1993). COURSES:Torts, Family Law, Civil and Family Justice Clinic. Email:browne @ duq.edu


NICHOLAS P. CAFARDI, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 18, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, Pennsylvania. Education: Gregorian University, Rome, Italy (Ph.B., 1970); Duquesne University (M.A., 1972); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1975); University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy (J.C.L., 1987). COURSES: Tax Exempt Organizations, European Community Law, Legal Process & Procedure, Canon Law. Email:cafardi @ duq.edu


NICK S. FISFIS, (Law Professor), born July 7, 1937; admitted to bar, 1963, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pennsylvania (A.B., 1959; J.D., 1962). COURSES: Commercial Transactions, Constitutional Criminal Procedures, Professional Responsibility, Agency, Contracts, Secured Transactions.


JULIA M. GLENCER, (Law Professor), born Johnstown, Pennsylvania, January 20, 1971; admitted to bar, 1997, Pennsylvania. Education: Carlow College (B.A., 1993); The Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email: glencerj @ duq.edu


KENNETH E. GRAY, (Law Professor), born Yonkers, New York, June 25, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, Illinois; 1978, Pennsylvania. Education: Iona College (B.A., 1966); Harvard University (J.D., 1969; M.P.A., 1970). COURSES:Property, Real Estate Planning, Political and Civil Rights, Civil Procedure, Law and Psychology.


SUSAN C. HASCALL, (Law Professor), born Big Spring, Texas, July 27, 1967; admitted to bar, 1997, Kansas; 2001, Missouri. Education: Texas A&M University (B.A., 1988); Wichita State University (M.A., 1992); Washburn University (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Islamic Law, Sales.


KENNETH L. HIRSCH, (Law Professor), born Riverside, California, October 21, 1943; admitted to bar, 1968, Illinois; 1970, California; 1979, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1965); University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., 1968); Harvard University Law School (LL.M., 1971). COURSES:Criminal Law, Corporate Taxation, Negotiable Instruments.


AMELIA MICHELE JOINER, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 16, 1969; admitted to bar, 2002, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (B.A, 1998); Duquesne University (J.D., 2002). COURSES:Contracts, Trial Advocacy. Email:joinera @ duq.edu


MARTHA JORDAN, (Law Professor), born San Bernadino, California, January 26, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Tennessee; 1988, Colorado. Education: Memphis State University (B.S., 1976); University of Arizona (J.D., 1981); University of Denver (LL.M., 1988). COURSES: Income Tax, Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders, Estate Planning, Federal Income Tax, Taxation of Partners and Partnerships.


KIRK W. JUNKER, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1959; admitted to bar, 1985, Pennsylvania. Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1981); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1984); University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D., 1996). COURSES:International Law and Environmental Law. Email:junker @ duq.edu


ERIN R. KARSMAN, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 28, 1976; admitted to bar, 2003, Virginia; 2004, District of Columbia. Education: Washington & Lee University (B.A., 1999); George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 2003). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email:karsmane @ duq.edu


MARGARET K. KRASIK, (Law Professor), born Johnstown, Pennsylvania, December 13, 1947; admitted to bar, 1976, Pennsylvania. Education: Barnard College (A.B., 1969); University of Pittsburgh (M.L.S., 1973); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Employment Law, Legal Writing, Administrative Law, Legal Rights of the Elderly, Employment Rights of the Individual Worker, Fiduciary Administration, Civil Procedure.


ELLA ANN KWISNEK, (Law Professor), born Latrobe, Pennsylvania, June 18, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Pennsylvania. Education: St. Vincent College (B.A., 1987); Duquesne University (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email: kwisnek @ duq3.cc.duq.edu


BRUCE LEDEWITZ, (Law Professor), born New Haven, Connecticut, March 1, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Connecticut; 1979, Pennsylvania. Education: Georgetown University (B.S., F.S., 1974); Yale University (J.D., 1977). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Presidential Power, Criminal Law and Procedure, Federal Courts and the Federal System, Pennsylvania State Constitutional Law. Email:ledewitz @ duq.edu


JAN M. LEVINE, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, May 23, 1954; admitted to bar, 1978, Massachusetts; 1979, District of Massachusetts; 1980, U.S. First Circuit. Education: SUNY, Albany (B.A., 1975); Boston University (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing. Email:levinej @ duq.edu


FRANK YINING LIU, (Law Professor), born Wu-Ning, China, February 7, 1943; Education: University of Texas (M.C.J., 1970; M.L.S., 1971); Taiwan University (LL.B., 1965); Yale University (Graduate Fellowship, 1966). COURSES: Legal Research and Writing, Comparative Law (Chinese).


KELLEN MCCLENDON, (Law Professor), born New Castle, Pennsylvania, May 7, 1944; admitted to bar, 1974, Pennsylvania. Education: Westminster College (B.A.,1966); Duquesne College (J.D.,1974). COURSES:Administrative Law, Agency, Legal Research and Writing, Local Government Law, Torts, Advanced Legal Writing. Email:mcclendon @ duq3.cc.duq.edu


JOSEPH SABINO MISTICK, (Law Professor), born Braddock, Pennsylvania, March 3, 1949; admitted to bar, 1979, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1971); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Torts, Land Use Planning, Remedies and Damages, Economic Community Development Clinic (Director). Email:mistick @ duq.edu


JOHN E. MURRAY, JR., (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 20, 1932; admitted to bar, 1959, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. Education: LaSalle University (B.S., 1955); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1958); University of Wisconsin (S.J.D., 1959). COURSES:Contracts, Commercial Transactions (Sales, Commercial Paper, Secured Transactions).


ALFRED S. PELAEZ, (Law Professor), born Avella, Pennsylvania, October 19, 1935; admitted to bar, 1961, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (A.B., 1957; LL.B., 1960); Yale University (LL.M., 1966). COURSES:Contracts, Admiralty, Federal Courts and the Federal System, Sentencing and Criminal Sanctions.


NANCY D. PERKINS, (Law Professor), born Boston, Massachusetts, September 14, 1953; admitted to bar, 1986, Florida. Education: Mount Holyoke College (B.A., 1975); Nova Law Center (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Environmental Law, Art and the Law, Legal Writing, Property, Legal Research and Writing.


JOHN THOMAS RAGO, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 11, 1955; admitted to bar, 1987, Pennsylvania. Education: Duquesne University (B.A., History/English, 1979; J.D., 1987). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing, Criminal Law and Innocence Project.


RONALD J. RICCI, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Pennsylvania. Education: Duquesne University (B.S. in B.A., 1973; J.D., 1976). COURSES: Corporate Law, Securities Regulation, Law and Accounting.


RAYMOND F. SEKULA, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 5, 1940; admitted to bar, 1966, Pennsylvania and U.S. Supreme Court. Education: Duquesne University (B.S.B.A., 1962); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1965); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1966). COURSES:Evidence, Conflict of Laws, Taxation, Corporations, Agency, Law and Accounting.


ALICE L. STEWART, (Law Professor), born Norfolk, Virginia, December 3, 1964; admitted to bar, 1996, Pennsylvania. Education: Robert Morris University (B.S.B.A., 1987); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1995). COURSES:Federal Income Tax, Securities Arbitration. Email:stewarta @ duq.edu


S. MICHAEL STREIB, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 17, 1949; admitted to bar, 1979, Pennsylvania. Education: Ursinus College (B.A., 1971); University of Pittsburgh (M.B.A., 1973); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Torts, Federal Income Taxation, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Remedies and Damages, Product Liability, Accounting for Lawyers, Trial Advocacy.


ROBERT D. TAYLOR, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 23, 1938; admitted to bar, 1979, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1960); Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1963); Duquesne University School of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Federal Civil Procedure, Philosophy of Law, Comparative Law (Europe), Law and Religion, Civil Procedure, Comparative Law (Chinese).


TARA L. WILLKE, (Law Professor), born Bismarck, North Dakota; admitted to bar, 2004, Pennsylvania. Education: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois (B.A., History, 2000); University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 2004). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email:willket @ duq.edu


MARKD. YOCHUM, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 12, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Pennsylvania. Education: Carnegie Mellon University (B.A., 1974); Georgetown University (J.D., 1977). COURSES:Bankruptcy, Federal Income and Estate Tax, Legal Writing, Taxation, Professional Responsibility, Tax Practice and Procedure.