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Weekly Newsletter

Feb. 1, 2016

Events

Brown Bag Clinic/Co-op Preview Workshop for 2016 Summer and Fall
Wednesday, Feb. 3
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Room 140

The co-op/clinic faculty has scheduled a Brown Bag Clinic/Co-op Preview Workshop. If you are interested in applying for a clinic or a co-op this summer or the fall, please attend the Workshop. Former and current clinic and co-op students from our five categories of placements will speak about their personal experiences. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about a clinic or co-op.

Camden County Bar Association YLC’s 3rd Annual Chili & Cornbread Cook-off Competition
Saturday, Feb. 6
6 - 10 p.m.
American Legion Post 371, 41 N. Lakeview Dr., Gibbsboro, NJ 08026

Come join the Camden County Bar Association Young Lawyer Committee for its 3rd Annual Chili & Cornbread Cook-off Competition, sponsored by Bire Financial Services and Moore Brothers Wine, with proceeds to benefit New Jersey Veterans Haven of Camden County. There will be a DJ, hours of taste-testing, craft beer, wine, raffles, prizes, fun, and more. Want to compete? Showcase your skills against South Jersey’s top Lawyer Chefs in the Chili, Cornbread, or Dessert category and help support this great event.

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Family Law Society Super Bowl Party
Sunday, Feb. 7
6 - 11 p.m.
Oh! Shea’s Pub, 1907 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please join Family Law Society on Super Bowl Sunday at Oh! Shea’s Pub as we host one of the biggest nights of the year! Food will be provided, and drinks are on us for the first 20 people that come. Drink specials will be $4 for beer and $5 for well drinks. We hope to see you all there!

Information Session: Summer Internship and Potential Financial Resources
Tuesday, Feb. 16
12:30 p.m.
Room 140
Lunch will be provided

If you are thinking of interning at a government agency or a non-profit organization this summer, the law school’s off-campus Federal Work Study program is a wonderful financial resources to support your unpaid internship. This is an opportunity to get all the details on setting up your position and applying for an award and on the Drexel hiring and payroll processes.

Six Challenges to World Financial Markets in the Early 21st Century
A lecture by: U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo
Wednesday, Feb. 17
5:30 p.m.
Room 140

Prior to his appointment by President Obama, Commissioner Giancarlo served as executive vice president of the financial services firm, GFI Group Inc. He previously served as executive vice president and U.S. legal counsel of Fenics Software and was a corporate partner at Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner in New York. He has testified before Congress regarding the Dodd-Frank Act and has spoken extensively on legal and policy matters involving technology and the financial markets. He received his JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

RSVP »

LGBT Civil Rights: What Challenges Lie Ahead
Thursday, Feb. 18
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Room 240
Lunch will be provided

The LGBTQA+ Faculty and Professional Staff Colleague Resource Group invites Drexel faculty, students, and professional staff to a panel discussion on the future of LGBT civil rights, here in the United States as well as around the world. Panelists include Rose Corrigan, PhD, Associate Professor of Politics and Law; Scott Barclay, PhD, Professor of Politics; and Phillip Ayoub, PhD, Assistant Professor of Politics. RSVP to lgbtfs@drexel.edu by Monday, Feb. 15.

100 Days Til End of School Party
Friday, Feb. 19
Field House, 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Join us for the 100 Days Til End of School Party (and for the 3Ls, the countdown is on for graduation). A $10 bar package that gets you two hours of unlimited select draft and bottled beer and wine will be available!

The Law School Open Forum on Diversity
Tuesday, March 1
12:30 - 1:40 p.m.
Room 140
Lunch will be provided

This will be an open forum for the law school community to discuss a variety of different diversity topics. If students wish to remain anonymous but would still like to have their questions or comments discussed during the forum, they should submit them via OSA’s anonymous form or the index cards that will be provided before the meeting.

Weekly Meditation
Thursdays
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Room 240

If you’ve ever thought about meditation or thought you could use a moment to de-stress, you’re in luck! Students will host a weekly meditation session on Thursdays. For more information, contact Alexandra Harris at amh522@drexel.edu.

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Course Offerings Survey

We invite all students who are not graduating in May to complete a survey we have put together about upper-level course offerings, to gauge your interest in existing and potential courses and how they are offered. The course lists in the survey are deliberately over-inclusive and dissimilar to assess potential demand, and should not be taken as a representation of what we intend to offer in any given term. The survey should not take more than 10-15 minutes. It will save your place if you do not submit it but can only be taken once.

The survey can be accessed here. It will close on Friday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m.

Note: Some students who have already commented have expressed uncertainty about structuring their coursework, so I want to mention here that we will be having an advising session for all 1Ls in March, before registration. 

Weekly Anonymous Question

We’ve created a survey form for students (or staff and faculty!) who wish to submit anonymous, general questions related to any area of the law school (student affairs, career services, Communications, experiential learning, Lawtech, alumni relations, academic affairs, financial aid and services, general administration, library services – or anything else you can think of). We’ll post the answers, when appropriate, in the weekly newsletter.

Question: When are 3Ls getting rankings?

Answer: As students know, some grades have not been submitted yet due to professor illness. The decision to hold back all rankings was made after a good amount of discussion with student representatives, administrators, and the Career Strategies Office. The alternative was to rank students temporarily and then have to issue new rankings later. We felt that before going to that alternative, we should first wait a short time to see if we received the remaining grades.

We appreciate the fact that rankings are now significantly delayed. We expect to update all students the week of Feb. 1 on how we will proceed. We appreciate your patience as we deal with this very sensitive issue.

Submit a Question »

Graduation Reminder

If you are graduating (finishing your requirements) in May, please apply for your degree on DrexelOne by Feb. 26. If you plan to finish your requirements in the Summer, and would like to walk in the May commencement ceremony, please contact Theresa Gallo and Mary McGovern by March 1.

SEPTA’s College Student Usage and Payment Survey

SEPTA is developing a new fare system and investigating a proposal to make services free for students, and it’s collecting feedback from students through a survey to inform its decision-making.

Complete the Survey »

Volunteer Mock Trial Judges Needed

The Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is hosting a mock trial competition in February for local public and parochial high school students. Topics of previous programs have involved the suppression of evidence, hate crimes, constitutional issues, simple negligence matters and civil forfeitures in a criminal context. The teams compete in a round-robin tournament, with the champion representing Philadelphia at the state mock trial finals in Harrisburg, Pa. Winners there go on to represent Pennsylvania in the national finals. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for the preliminary rounds of the competition.

Apply Now »

Congratulations to the Drexel Law Review Volume 9 Executive Board Members

Editor-in-Chief: Autumn Gramigna
Managing Editor: Ariel Ruggiero
Articles Editor: Alexandra Buckingham
Articles Editor: Lauren McGinley
Research and Production Editor: Victoria Pietruszka
Notes Editor: Shelly Paznokas
Symposium Editor: Jackie Porter
Membership and Recruitment Editor: Kevin Carter

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Legal Research Center Announcements

Pizza with Legal Research Toppings
Tuesday, March 1
12 - 1 p.m.
Legal Research Center Conference Room L362
Lunch will be provided

Peter Egler, Research and Instructional Services Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law, will discuss “Free online legal research resources.” To reserve a seat for the session, RSVP to Steven Thorpe at srt36@drexel.edu.

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Career Services Office Announcements

Message from Donna Gerson, Associate Dean, Career Strategies Office

Welcome back! Here at the CSO we are working hard to advise students, present programs, and build connections with employers and colleagues. All members of the office are staying visible in the legal community through bar association memberships, employer visits, and service on different boards.

I will be co-teaching at NALP’s Newer Professionals Forum in Baltimore with Marcia Pennington Shannon of Georgetown University Law Center, Feb. 11 - 13. I will also attend the Ms. JD one-day conference at New York University Law School on Feb. 19.

This April, Jennifer Moore and Liz Dunn will attend the annual NALP conference in Boston, an important meeting place for employers and law schools. In addition, Liz Dunn will be attending a conference sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City on legal incubators. All members of the office are staying visible in the legal community through bar association memberships, employer visits, and service on different boards.

I look forward to seeing you in the CSO. Yes, I mean YOU. Schedule an appointment using Simplicity. If you cannot find a time that works for you, email us individually and we’ll do our best to find a time that works. We can meet in person or by phone.

All students can smooth the way for a great semester by:

  1. Updating your resume and posting it as your default resume on Simplicity. As always, we are happy to review resumes. Having an updated default resume means that we can act quickly on your behalf.
  2. Updating your Simplicity profile, including your “major.” You may have filled this out your first year and never updated it. Again, it helps us to act quickly and communicate effectively. For example, if there is a labor law opportunity, we advertise it broadly but will also search and email by “major” and send an email directly to you.

On behalf of the CSO, I wish everyone a successful spring semester! Let’s get to work.

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Academic Skills Program

Spring 2016 Academic Skills Workshops

Workshops are held on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 240.

Feb. 3
Mining the Fact Pattern for Legal Issues

Feb. 10
Building a Strong Exam Answer

Feb. 17
No workshop

Feb. 24
Developing Arguments and Counterarguments  

March 2
Answering Statute-Based Essays

March 9
No workshop

March 16
Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Brief (Prof. Coleman)

March 23
No workshop—Spring Break

March 30
Exam Success Strategies

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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.

Learn More »

SCHOLARSHIPS

Vietnamese American Bar Association Scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Vietnamese American Bar Association is offering two $1,500 scholarships for law students who have served or plan to serve the Vietnamese American community or have overcome significant adversity in achieving their academic goals.

Download Application »

Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship
Application deadline: March 18, 2016

The SBAA is the professional organization for Serbian-American attorneys, legal professionals, and law students. The SBAA’s mission is to maintain and advance the honor and dignity of the legal profession, especially amongst lawyers of Serbian ancestry; to cultivate interaction amongst members of the Association; to protect the interests of the people of the United States and Canada, especially those of Serbian ancestry; and to protect the civil rights of all, especially religious liberties of Orthodox Christians in the United States and Canada.

The SBAA provides scholarships every year to persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States. The SBAA typically awards scholarships in the following amounts:

  • Two (2) $2,000 scholarships
  • Two (2) $1,000 scholarships
  • One (1) $500 scholarship

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Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship
Open to Hudson County, N.J. residents only; Applications must be postmarked no later than April 29, 2016

The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded these 44 scholarships.

Download Application »

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Application deadline: July 1, 2016; Scholarships will be awarded by Aug. 23, 2016

This annual scholarship goes to a law school student or lawyer in practice for less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award is $5,400. To be eligible, applicants must be Pennsylvania residents enrolled in an accredited law school in the US or licensed Pennsylvania lawyers admitted to 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.

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WRITING COMPETITIONS:

Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition
Deadline: Feb. 17, 2016

Participate in the 2016 Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition! Pick a topic impacting the legal landscape and write a brief article examining the issue in a relevant, influential way. Ten winners will be chosen to have their articles published in a national Bloomberg BNA Law Report and receive $2,500. Registration opened on Nov. 4.  Articles can be submitted from Jan. 18 through Feb. 17, 2016.  Winners will be announced on March 16, and winning articles will be published in April.

Apply and learn more.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2016; Essay Deadline: April 29, 2016

This essay contest, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, encourages law students to think about current issues in family law and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time JD students. Winning entries receive the following: Monetary prize, certificate of recognition, consideration of essay’s publication in Family Law Quarterly and the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding the achievement, and one year complimentary membership to the Section.

Information including the entry form can be downloaded. For questions, contact ABA Section of Family Law Program Assistant Samantha Schooley.

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: Midnight June 15, 2016

This 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 Dec. 1, 2015. LLM candidates are not eligible. 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. The following prizes may be awarded: First Place: $3,000 and publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law; Second Place: $1,000; Third Place: $500.

Learn More »

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