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Weekly Newsletter

April 14, 2014

Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, April 17 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 140
Dean Dennis will discuss the budget, the results of the ABA site visit, and the law school's US News and World Report ranking.

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Moot Court Competition Success

I am so pleased to tell you how well Gwen Williams and Eric Bergel did in the 2014 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition in New Orleans. In a field of admiralty law veterans from Gulf State schools, Gwen and Eric won 2 of their 3 first round oral arguments (missing the last by .7 points). Gwen was ranked first by 6 of 8 judges and second by the other two. She went on to earn second place (out of 48 competitors) for best oral advocate of the competition.

Many coaches came up to me to compliment Gwen and Eric on their preparedness, professionalism, and polish. I also have to compliment them: Even though WrestleMania was in town -- with Mr. T, Hulk Hogan, and others staying right down the street from our hotel -- Gwen and Eric managed to dodge the paparazzi and focus on the competition!

Kudos for Kevin Oates for coaching them from the beginning – and thanks to him for letting me do the field work in NOLA.

-Professor Clare Coleman

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Behind the Black Robe

April 16 | 5:30 p.m. | Drexel University School of Law
NBA Women Lawyers Division, Philadephia Chapter presents Behind the Black Robe, a panel discussion featuring judges and current and past law clerks.

Panelists Include:
Judge C. Darnell Jones, U.S. District Court
Judge Lori Dumas, First Judicial District of PA
JudgeTimika Lane, First Judicial District of PA
Judge Lillian Ransom, First Judicial District of PA
Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde
Karen Zeitz, Esq., Law Clerk to Judge Doris A. Pechkurow
Larry Humbrecht, Esq., Law Clerk to Senior Judge Program
Darrin Howard, Esq., DOJ's Bureau of Prisons
Joffie Pittman, Esq., Philadelphia Housing Authority

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Law Review Write-On Competition

Law Review Competition - Note Writing and Citation Workshop
April 15 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 240 (in place of the normal academic skills session)

For those 1L and 2L students intending on participating in the Law Review Write-On Competition, a Note Writing and Citation Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 15. Drexel Law's Writing Specialist, Clare Coleman, will be discussing how to write a mini note for the law review competition and Executive Editor of Membership, Connor Hackert, will discuss the citation portion of the competition.

Law Review Write-On Competition

The Law Review Write-On Competition will begin on May 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Interested 1L and 2L students will receive the competition packet on that date and will have until May 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. to submit their completed materials.

If you are interested in writing on to Law Review you must do the following:

  • First, add the “Law Review Write-On Competition 2014” page on TWEN. The TWEN page will be available to add after March 24. All materials, including the packet for the write-on competition, will be posted on TWEN as they become available. You will also turn in your submission on TWEN.
  • Second, you need to request an anonymous ID number for the competition. You can request a number any time between March 24, 2014 and May 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. To request a number, please e-mail Dana Duggan (dmd82@drexel.edu) from your Drexel email account with the following information:
    • Name o Rising Class Year (rising 2L or rising 3L)
    • E-mail address
    • Phone number

If you do not request an anonymous number by May 11 at 5:00 p.m., you cannot participate in the write-on competition. If you have any questions or problems before the competition, please e-mail Executive Editor of Membership, Connor Hackert at cjh76@drexel.edu

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OSA and Financial Aid Announcements

Summer Off-Campus Work Study Updates
Students who are eligible for FWS (Estimated Family Contribution is less than $5,000), and have submitted all required off-campus FWS documents will receive $3,000 FWS that may be earned from July1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, or until you deplete the fund. Email notice will be sent to you upon the confirmation from Drexel Central.

Students who requested FWS, but are not eligible may have received a notice informing you that due to higher than $5,000 Estimated Family Contribution, you will not qualify for AY14-15 FWS award.

Based on the current FWS allotment, there is still a small pool of funding available. we are still accepting your FWS request if you are able to secure an intern position this summer.

Eligible students will be considered for the off-campus work study program if the student can demonstrate a confirmed employment by submitting the following required documents:

For more information or required forms/agreement, please visit summer off-campus work study website.

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 $1,073 per credit after the law school’s 20% discount is applied. The General Fee will be $420.
  • Law Merit Scholarships cannot be applied to summer tuition.
  • Students taking at least 4.5 credits or half time enrollment can take out Federal Graduate Plus Loans or private education loans to cover their expenses. You can start applying for summer loans the second week of April at www.studentloans.gov or at your private lender’s website. The loan is for 2013-14 (Not 2014-15). The loan term is 05/27/2014 - 08/01/2014.
  • Living expenses as well as tuition and fees are added to a summer student’s 2013-2014 budget. Loan funds can then be used to cover these costs if needed. Funds will be scheduled to disburse May 20, 2014 with refunds issued by the Bursar’s Office over the following 2 weeks.
  • There are no additional financial aid applications necessary as long as your FAFSA for 2013-14 is on file with the school.

Financial Aid for the 2014-15 Academic Year

  1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is now available online. The IRS data retrieval tool allows applicants to automatically upload information directly from a filed 2013 tax return. FAFSAs for returning students should be filed by May 1st to insure that aid is in place at the start of the fall term.
  2. All returning law students receiving any financial aid, including Law Merit Scholarships, are also required to submit an Institutional Financial Aid Application or FAAPP. This form can be found at http://drexel.edu/drexelcentral/about/forms/ and dropped off in the Law School OSA.
  3. Students who are interested in Graduate Plus loans www.studentloans.gov or private education loans for the 2014-15 academic year can begin applying in July.

Commencement 2014
Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Thomas E. Perez, United States Secretary of Labor. Secretary Perez was nominated by President Obama to serve as the nation's 26th Secretary of Labor, and was sworn in on July 23, 2013. Secretary Perez’s biography: http://www.dol.gov/_sec/.

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Career Strategies Announcements

CSO would like to welcome Donna Gerson, our new Associate Dean of Career Strategies! Please stop in and help us welcome Donna to Drexel.

3L Happy Hour - Thirsty Thursdays!

April 17 & April 24 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. | CSO, Suite 320
Please enjoy some snacks and (non) alcoholic beverages! Stop in and share your graduate employment information with us!

What To Know Before You Go (1L)
Attention Class of 2016:
Before you leave for the summer, find out what to expect for the upcoming "Fall" recruiting season including CRUCIAL summer deadlines, the bidding process and how to participate in this year's on-campus-interviewing program. This is a DON'T MISS program for anyone interested in OCI.
Tuesday, April 22
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 340

How To Have A Successful Summer (1L/2L)
Learn how to put your best foot forward as you start your summer - whether as a Summer Associate with a law firm, or a Summer Intern with a government/public interest organization. Learn how to maximize your performance, avoid common mistakes, and get the most out of your summer experience.
Wednesday, April 23
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 340

Reed Smith’s 2014 Diverse Scholars Program
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition 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, inclusion and community.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process.

Summer associate positions in 2015 are available in: Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston, and Washington, D.C. Applications must be postmarked by August 4, 2014.

Students may 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 our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/.

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Academic Skills Announcements

Spring Dean's Scholars

Constitutional Law (Professor Abu El-Haj)
Hillary Anderson (3L) and Patrick Woolford (2L)

Constitutional Law (Professor Cohen)
Lauren Runza (2l) and Suraji Wagage (JD/PhD)

Criminal Law (Professor Kalhan)
Chelsea Biemiller (3L) and Christine Weller (3L)

Criminal Law (Professor Tibbs)
Stephany Gordon (2L) and Ruben Perez (2L)

Spring 2014 Dean's Scholars Office Hours

PROFESSOR TIBBS
Stephany:
Tuesday 9:20-10:20 - Room 221
Wed 12:30-1:30 - Room 221

Ruben:
Tuesday 9:20-10:20 - Room 222
Wed 12:30-1:30 - Room 222

PROFESSOR KALHAN
Chelsea: 
Wednesdays 2:30 – 3:30

Christine:
Tuesday 4:00-5:00 - Room 221
Wednesday 11:30-12:30 - Room 221
Friday 9:20-10:20 - Room 221

PROFESSOR COHEN
Lauren:
Tuesday 4:50-5:50 - Room 222
Friday 2:50 - 3:50 - Room 221

Suraji:
Thursday 12:30-2:30 - Room 221
  
PROFESSOR ABU EL-HAJ
Patrick:
Tuesday 3:50-5:50 - Room 223

Hillary:
Thursday 12:10-2:10 - Room 222

Dean's Scholar Sessions

Prof. Abu El Haj
Monday: 12:20-1:20 p.m. - Rm. 440
Thursday: 2:15-3:15 p.m. - Rm. 340 (except 4/24 – Room 240)

Prof. Cohen
Monday: 12:20-1:20 p.m.- Rm. ISB 112
Wednesday: 5:10-6:10 p.m.- Rm. 340

Prof. Kalhan
Tuesday: 9:20-10:20 a.m.- Rm. 340
Thursday: 9:20-10:20 a.m. - Rm. 340

Prof. Tibbs
Tuesday: 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Rm. 340 (except 3/11 – Room 302)
Thursday:9:20-10:20 a.m. - Rm. 112

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Student Organization Announcements

Environmental Law Society

Environmental Law Society Board Elections
April 14 | 12:00-12:45 p.m. | Room 250
​The Environmental Law Society will be holding elections for next years board members. Pizza (both vegan and regular) will be served! If you are unable to come, please email Jessica Hunt at jh943@drexel.edu to have your name added.

OUTLaw

Being Involved in the Commuunity
April 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Room 340
​​​Come hear from leaders in the Philly LGBT community about their involvement, learn about various volunteer opportunites, and network with Drexel LGBTQA law, medical, graduate, and undergraduate students.

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Scholarships:

2014 Alford Excellence Award Application - Deadline: April 15, 2014
Details available here

Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: April 30, 2014
Details available here.

2014 AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's Mike Eidson Scholarship - Deadline: May 1, 2014
Details available here [pdf].

The Hon. Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation - Deadline: May 1, 2014
The Foundation awards scholarships to law students from the New Jersey counties of Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland. Letters requesting applications should be addressed to:
The Honorable Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
c/o Dorothy F. McCrosson, Esquire
McCrosson & Stanton
200 Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, New Jersey 08226

Essex County Bar Association – Vincent J. Biunno Scholarship - Deadline: May 9, 2014
Awarded to New Jersey residents who have been accepted or are attending law school and have a present and permanent physical or mental disability.
For details, please contact imendez@essexbar.com.

The Justinian Foundation's Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship - Deadline: May 9, 2014
Awarded to a second year student for their third year of law school. Award: $2,500.
Submission Guidelines: The Justinian Society of Philadelphia invites any law school student in his/her second year to submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay answering: As an attorney, what will you do to fight against stereotyping and defamation of Italian-Americans in particular and people of all races, religions and cultures in general? All submissions must be sent to the attention of Justin Moriconi, Esq. either by e-mail or regular mail.
For details, please contact jmoriconi@smsm.com.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Scholarships and Interest Free Loans - Deadline: May 15, 2014
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is currently accepting applications for scholarships, as well as interest free loans, for the 2014-15 academic year.
Students may download applications here.

Writing Competitions: 

National Law Review April 2014 Law Student Writing Contest - Deadline: April 14, 2014
Details available here.

NAWL 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: May 1, 2014
Details available here.

2014 Student Writing Competition in ADR - Deadline: May 7, 2014
Details available here.

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School of Law News Headlines

Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours

Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter

Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter are subject to approval by Kevin Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students and
Associate Professor of Law. Submissions are due by noon on Wednesday for the following week's issue.

To submit a notice for publication in the Weekly Newsletter, please follow the appropriate link:
*organizers of meetings/events held at the law school
*all others should email lawnewsletter@drexel.edu.