Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association

A chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.

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AI and the Legal Professional at the Crossroads: Where are we going?


During this program,  a panel of representatives from 3 of the current advanced analytics programs available to the legal profession will demo their program followed by a discussion that considers if we are in danger of violating RPC Rules 1.1 (understanding the law and the technology used) and 5.5 (Unauthorized practice of law) and a look at the Work-Product doctrine.


Angela Chmielewski (Lexis Nexis), Phil Rosenthal (Fastcase), and Anand Upadhye (Casetext)


November 15, 2018, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.


Pepper Hamilton’s new location: 501 Grant St. Suite 300 (Union Trust Building, 3rd floor, Boardroom 1

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WPLLA Business Meeting

WHERE: Allegheny County Law Library

WHEN: October 11, 2018: Noon -1:30

WHAT: Lunch will be provided by WPLLA and catered by Eadie’s


1.         Introduction of the New Board
2.         Presentation of state of WPLLA
3.         Treasurer’s Statement
4.         Event planning
5.         Other business

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Save the Date: 40th Anniversary Banquet 5/10/18



40th Anniversary – Western Pennsylvania Law Libraries Association

What: WPLLA history, member reminiscences, trivia contest, and music by Anthony Cicco

When: Thursday May 10th – 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm

Where: University Club Gold Room, 123 University Place (Oakland)

How much: $20 (includes Taste of Tuscany Dinner Buffet) – payment accepted at the door

Please RSVP to: Melanie Cline






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Roundtable on Technology – Thursday 3/22/18

Please join us for a roundtable where we will discuss technology for libraries and law firms.

Are there resources that you love and want to talk about?  Are there products you have just started using or want to try and want advice from others?  Are there technologies you wish existed?

Email MelaniedotCline at bipc to RSVP.

Let Melanie know if you have specific questions you would like to see addressed or if you would like to speak about your favorite technology.

Where: K&L Gates, 210 Sixth Avenue
When: Thursday March 22nd from 12-1 pm – BRING YOUR LUNCH!

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ACLL 150th Anniversary Celebration

ACLL 150th Anniversary

Photo courtesy of Pat Roncevich. L. to R.: George and Louise Beswick, Barbara Alexander-Klein, Melanie Cline, Karen Eriksen, Cindy Cicco, Karen Shephard, Ann Unger, Rita Young,  Joel Fishman, Tsegayue Beru,  Frank Liu, Paul Recht, and  Marc Silverman.

In November, WPLLA Members joined others from the Pittsburgh legal community to see the ACLL’s recent upgrades and renovations in honor of ACLL’s 150th Anniversary. Speakers included: Duquesne University President Ken Gormley, and Duquesne Law School Associate Dean/ACLL Director Frank Liu.


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WPLLA Holiday Party – December 14th


Happy Holidays
WHAT: WPLLA HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY  (graciously subsidized by Thomson Reuters)

WHEN: Thursday, December 14 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

WHERE: LE LYONNAIS RESTAURANT (formerly Sonoma Grille) – 947 Penn Ave. (MAP)

COST:  $20 / PERSON (payable before or at the event. Cash bar)

Cocktail hour from 5:30 – 6:30; Hors D’Oeuvres served from 6:30-8

Hors D’Oeuvres Menu:

  • Ham and Emmenthal Cheese Croquette with Roasted Pepper Aioli
  • Smoked Salmon Rillette Crostini
  • Tartine Bourguignonne
  • Endive with House-made Boursin Cheese and Candied Walnuts
  • French Cheese Board with Five Points Baguette and Fresh Fruit
  • Dessert: Dark Chocolate Mousse or Crème Brulee