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Weekly Newsletter

May 30, 2017

 

Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Anonymous Question

Q: (paraphrased): Finding study space during exams is stressful. Can we consider a policy where either (1) study rooms in the library are for study groups, not one person doing work by themselves, or (2) when the finals period begins, study rooms can be reserved for the day?

A: Though space is limited, we do want to ensure that the study experience is not more stressful than it needs to be. While we cannot allow study groups to reserve space for the entire day (that would likely have the opposite effect of increasing space), we have discussed a policy where multiple ID cards are required to reserve a group study room. We will seriously revisit this, and welcome comments (separately from this Anonymous Question system).

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For our new students: We initiated this Anonymous Question system last year. The intent of the system is to allow students who may be confused about certain school policies, practices, or parts of legal or law school culture to ask these questions in an anonymous way. Some examples might be “What is the difference between Trial Team and Moot Court?” or “I really don’t understand OCI. I’m interviewing for what, for when, and why? What does OCI even stand for?!” or “Is it true that you only release grades on Fridays at 6:05 PM during full moons?”

The administration strives to be reasonably responsive to other concerns (i.e., comments and complaints), and students should continue to feel free to share these with the appropriate faculty and staff, but it is not the intention of this system.

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Financial Aid for Summer Semester

Do You Need Financial Aid For Summer?

Students interested in receiving financial aid for the Summer Semester at the law school should note the following:

  • The tuition charge this summer will be $953 per credit after the law school’s 33% discount is applied. The General Fee will be $420.
  • Law Merit Scholarships cannot be applied to summer tuition by students in the 3yr JD program.
  • Students taking at least 4.5 credits or half time enrollment can take out Federal Graduate Plus Loans to cover their expenses. You can start applying for summer loans the second week of April at www.studentloans.gov The loan is for 2016-17 (Not 2017-18). The loan term is 05/22/2017 - 08/04/2017.
  • Living expenses for 2 months, as well as tuition and fees, are added to a summer student’s 2016-2017 budget. Loan funds can then be used to cover these costs if needed. Funds will be scheduled to disburse around May 15, 2017 with refunds issued by the Bursar’s Office over the following days.
  • There are no additional financial aid applications necessary as long as your FAFSA for 2016-17 is on file with the school.
  • FAAPPs are not used for summer financial aid.
  • Students in the 2 year JD program are packaged for summer and will not need to take additional steps.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Symplicity is the central resource for all career-related information including all job postings, announcements, law firm lists, podcasts, educational programs and networking opportunities. It’s simple…check Symplicity! We always look forward to seeing you in the CSO for personal advice, encouragement, and a welcoming cup of coffee, tea or water.

Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program for 2017

Reed Smith has a strong commitment to diversity which has resulted in a firm in which diversity and inclusion permeate the culture. Rewarding young future leaders for their efforts in the area of diversity and introducing them to the Reed Smith culture are two important goals of this program.

The Deborah J. Broyles Diverse Scholars Program provides two $20,000 awards to be used to defray necessary expenditures related to her/his legal education for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample to: DiverseScholars@reedsmith.com

Summer associate positions in 2018 are available in: Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston, and Washington, D.C. Applications must be submitted on or before July 24, 2017.

Students should visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about our program and to download an application.

To learn more about the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/

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Legal Research Center Announcements

A New Face at the LRC Circ Desk

Margaret hails from Philadelphia and has spent her life exploring the city, even though she admits to being directionally challenged. She graduated from Holy Family University with a degree in English, and you will often find her immersed in some type of story. Margaret is joining the LRC team as a Senior Circulation Assistant, and she looks forward to helping you at the Circulation Desk!

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities

CLERKSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS/INTERNSHIPS:

Libertarian Public Interest Litigation Fellowships
Applications reviewed as received

Pacific Legal Foundation’s College of Public Interest Law offers 2-year litigation fellowships to graduates interested in rapidly gaining experience in the litigation of major constitutional cases. The fellowships are open to all graduating individuals of demonstrated high achievement and offer an exceptional opportunity as a stepping stone to private practice, public agency law, an academic career, or a permanent position with Pacific Legal Foundation.

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2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently seeking first and second year law students to participate in our 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program. This is a paid internship program that is designed is to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. All interested law students are encouraged to apply.

Participants in the program are placed within the nine regional and six specialty legal aid programs that comprise the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. Over a ten week period, law students will experience the real world of legal advocacy through direct client contact, participation in court and administrative hearings (for those certified), and legal research and writing on actual cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys.

Interns are challenged to put classroom training and talent to work on behalf of the many needy individuals the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network serves and to work creatively to reduce the barriers to a more just society. Each MLK intern is treated as a valuable member of the legal staff and is expected to participate in case strategy and contribute to overall case management.

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SCHOLARSHIPS:

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: July 1, 2017

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship awards an annual scholarship to a law school student or grant to a lawyer in practice less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award is $5,400. Eligible applicants include: 1) Pennsylvania residents enrolled in a non-Pennsylvania law school within the United States; 2) law students enrolled in any of Pennsylvania’s accredited law schools; and 3) Pennsylvania lawyers in practice less than three years. Applicants must perform volunteer service to an animal welfare organization before, during and/or after law school; or engage in scholarship in the field of animal law and animal welfare, including reading, research, writing and clinical work; or perform pro bono legal work in the field of animal welfare. Applications are due no later than July 1, 2017. The scholarship/grant will be awarded by Aug. 23, 2017.

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2017 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award
Deadline: July 15, 2017

Seeking law student research papers that enhance the understanding of gaming law or recommend a beneficial change in gaming law. The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) will award prizes of $2,500 for each of the two best research papers written by J.D. students of accredited or international equivalent law schools as part of their class work during the 2016-2017 school year. The awards will be announced during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas on October 3 – 5, 2017.

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Justinian Foundation Scholarship Toward Final Year Tuition
Deadline: May 26

The scholarship will be awarded to a member of the Justinian Chapter at the law school, to help defray the cost of final year tuition. The scholarship will be in the amount of at least $1,500 and will be paid directly to the law school.

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WRITING COMPETITIONS:

CABA 2017 Student Essay Competition
Dealine: May 31, 2017

CABA is proud to announce the 2017 edition of its annual student essay competition. This competition is an integral part of CABA’s mission to provide a voice to Canadians in the United States and Americans in Canada and to foster a greater understanding of rules with cross-border implications as well as an engagement in their development.

Theme

Since the North Agreement Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), a regional agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico to implement a free trade area, entered into force on January 1, 1994, the two-way trade between Canada and the United States has more than tripled, reaching some $2.4 billion in goods and services daily over the course of 2015. Canada is now the top export destination for 35 American states, while the United States is the most important destination for Canada’s direct investments abroad.

Despite this increasing level of economic interdependency and trade, during his campaign for the American presidential election, Donald Trump qualified NAFTA as the “worst deal ever made” and vowed to withdraw from the agreement if he cannot achieve a satisfactory renegotiation of the treaty. In the days following the election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that he was “happy to talk” about renegotiating NAFTA. A memo from Mr. Trump’s transition team obtained by the media indicates that the next American president intends to follow through on the renegotiation of NAFTA, and more particularly with regards to Canada, intends to target the rules currently regulating livestock and softwood lumber.

Since it is likely that renegotiation over NAFTA will commence in 2016, we invite students to write essays identifying one issue which in their opinions should be part of the renegotiation of the agreement between Canada and the United States. The essays should explain why the issue is in need of renegotiation, how it affects both countries, and how a renegotiated agreement should address the issue and why.

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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 15, 2017 (midnight EDT)

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2016-2017 writing competition. Th is competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2016. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not el igible. Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country. Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources. We discourage students from writing articles about recent a Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focu ses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $ 3000, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first -place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law a nd honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding lega l writing.

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2017 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Deadline: July 1, 2017

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice (“Section”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”). The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field.

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Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2017 George Hutchinson Writing Competition
Dealine: July 1, 2017

The Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2017 George Hutchinson Writing Competition is accepting submissions. The competition is open to all law students enrolled in ABA-accredited law schools and accepts papers that address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction, including patent litigation and appeals from the Patent and Trademark Office (as well as government contract, ITC, Merit Systems Protection Board, Veterans Appeals, etc.).

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Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

In keeping with Bruce Stargatt’s keen interest in legal writing and the ethical practice of law, we invite scholarly papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law. Beyond this general description, the precise issue to be dealt with is in the author’s discretion.

The competition is open to: (i) students enrolled in, and 2017 graduates of any American Bar Association accredited law school, (ii) individuals who have registered for or have taken the 2017 Delaware Bar Examination, (iii) law clerks currently employed by a member of the Delaware judiciary, and (iv) Delaware attorneys admitted for no more than five years.

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