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Weekly Newsletter

Aug. 25, 2014

Connect with Drexel Through Social Media

Welcome new and returning students!  Because Drexel Law is such a busy place, social media are useful tools for keeping tabs on the student, faculty and alumni community.  If you haven’t already begun following Drexel Law through social media, please consider the following options:

  • Facebook: the main Drexel Law page is a great way to track what classmates, professors and alumni are up to.  The Drexel Law “Class of” groups are a resource for finding roommates, used textbooks, etc.
  • Twitter: the Drexel Law feed focuses on faculty appearances in the news media and at conferences, upcoming events and newsworthy student and alumni accomplishments.
  • LinkedIn: the Drexel Law group is open to all students and alumni, making it an easy way to build your professional network.  Notices of immediate job openings will sometimes appear there.
  • YouTube: View all of our Drexel Law videos on Drexel University's YouTube page.

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Pro Bono Announcements

Welcome back 2L, 3L and accelerated students! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. As you begin the fall semester, keep in mind that it is time to start working towards satisfying the 50-hour Pro Bono Service requirement.

Below is an updated list of the pro bono opportunities that are available for you to enroll in this semester.  Training for these projects will take place during the first few weeks of the fall semester.  If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please be sure to submit your resume and rank your choices in order of preference no later than the registration deadline of Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

We are launching 18 pro bono projects this fall, several of them new.  I hope you find them interesting and the descriptions below informative.  If you have questions about any of the projects, or the pro bono requirement in general, please be in touch.  I’m excited to work with each of you to find a rewarding and meaningful pro bono experience, and I hope you enjoy participating in the projects as much as I enjoy creating them for you! 

Karen Pearlman Raab, Esquire
Director of Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs

Direct Legal Services

• Access to Justice Project
The Access to Justice Project will work in partnership with Drexel’s new Community Lawyering Clinic at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships to increase access to legal and social services for Drexel’s neighboring communities.  Student volunteers will be trained to conduct intake interviews, issue spot, provide legal information, and prepare cases for referral or representation by the Community Lawyering Clinic.  After the initial intake, students will serve as advocates on behalf of community members to ensure that they are able to access the legal and social services they need.  Students must be available for intake sessions one Friday afternoon a month and then an additional 10 – 15 hours a month for follow up work.  The first intake session will be on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.  Up to 4 students can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place at The Dornsife Center (35th and Spring Garden) at a date to be determined in Sept. If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

• Estate Planning Project
Students will provide estate planning services at the 11th Street Family Health Services Center and at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.  Students will be trained in simple estate planning and will draft Powers of Attorneys, Advanced Medical Directives, and Wills for our clients.  The sessions will be held Friday afternoons and students must commit to participate in this project for the entire academic year.  Up to 12 students can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place at The Dornsife Center (35th and Spring Garden) on Friday, Sept. 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

• Criminal Record Expungement Project
The Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP) is dedicated to working with the community to reduce the collateral effects of criminal records.  C-REP provides free direct legal services to individuals seeking to expunge non-conviction records in Philadelphia County. Volunteer attorneys and law students provide legal counsel through all stages of the expungement process, including representing clients before the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. Students must be available to staff the intake sessions at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships one Friday afternoon a month and then on the off weeks, actively work on their open cases.  Up to 8 students can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place at The Dornsife Center (35th and Spring Garden) on Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

Medical Legal Partnership
The Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD), Hahnemann Hospital, Dechert LLP, and Drexel Law School have formed a Medial Legal partnership (MLP) in order to provide free legal assistance to patients on-site in Radiation Oncology.  MLP is the integration of legal staff into a health setting, so that they can work collaboratively with the health care team to meet the complex and critical needs of low-income patients in a comprehensive manner.  Law student volunteers will serve as MLP Legal Advocates at Hahnemann Hospital.  Under the supervision of an experienced LCD staff attorney and Dechert LLP pro bono volunteers, students will interview clients, provide legal information and brief legal services, and give group presentations on legal topics to clients in the waiting area.  Students must be available to volunteer on either Thursday or Friday and have proof of a flu shot in order to be considered for this opportunity.  Up to 2 students can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place at Hahnemann Hospital (Broad and Vine Streets) at a date to be determined in Sept..  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m. 

• SeniorLAW HelpLine
The Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine, a project of SeniorLAW Center, provides free and confidential legal counseling, information, and referrals to older Pennsylvanians throughout diverse communities of the Commonwealth, including rural areas where there are few, if any, legal resources.  The HelpLine handles a wide and interesting universe of civil legal issues, including real estate/housing, consumer protection, family law, estate and advance planning tools, public benefits, elder abuse, and neighbor disputes.  After training, students will handle client intake activities – returning calls, collecting demographic information, and determining eligibility – and will elicit additional information to identify the legal issues. Students will partner with an attorney on providing direct services to senior clients by conducting research when necessary and writing client letters to reinforce the information or advice given by the attorney. Students must commit to work at least one half-day per week for the entire semester to participate in this project. Up to 10 students can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place at The SeniorLAW Center (15th and JFK Blvd) on Friday, Sept. 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

• Small Business Development Project
The Small Business Development Project, housed at Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, will provide free start-up legal assistance to selected area businesses and non-profit organizations.  Student volunteers will create and host workshops at the Dornsife Center for community members interested in learning more about forming and operating a small business or non-profit organization.  After attending a workshop, if a community member or group meets our requirements, we will take them on as a client and student volunteers will handle the transactional legal issues that arise when forming and running a business. Up to 4 students can participate in this project. 

Training for this pro bono project will take place at Drexel Law School on a date to be determined in Sept..  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

• Utilities Project – Community Legal Services Energy Unit
CLS’s Energy Unit works to keep the utilities on for families by protecting the rights of low-income utility customers on service and payment issues, representing group clients on utility rate change and other Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) cases, and serving as the Public Advocate in representing the interests of residential PGW customers before the Philadelphia Gas Commission.  The Energy Unit is seeking law student volunteers.  The students’ responsibilities will include providing information regarding utility termination prevention and billing dispute processes to callers on an advice hotline, researching and drafting memorandum, and assisting the unit’s three attorneys with client and advocacy matters.  Students are asked to volunteer 5 – 10 hours a week.  This is a demanding pro bono project that requires a strong commitment to service and reliability, but is a highly rewarding project. 

Training for this project will take place at CLS on a date to be determined in Sept..  This is a highly selective opportunity and CLS will be directly interviewing candidates for this project.  If you are interested in participating in this project, please submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.


Working With Youth

• Immigrant Youth Advocacy Project
Law students will work with HIAS attorneys in handling cases of unaccompanied children and youth who were childhood arrivals.  Students will engage in comprehensive case representation of minors with respect to immigration matters.  Students’ work will include interviewing clients, conducting legal research, writing legal memoranda, interviewing witnesses, preparing affidavits, managing files, and, when practicable, attending court hearings.  Due to the sensitive nature of these cases, students are asked to commit to this project for the entire academic year so the underage clients have a sense of stability throughout the duration of their cases.  Up to 10 students can participate in this project. 

Training for this pro bono project will take place on site at Drexel Law on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 12:00p.m. – 2:00p.m..  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00p.m..  If you speak Spanish fluently, please make a note of that when you email me with your project preferences.

• RapidAccess to Public Benefits Project
In partnership with The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), students will assist youth (18 – 21 years old) aging out of the child welfare system to gain rapid access to Social Security (SSI) benefits. Once trained, students will conduct client interviews, obtain medical records, complete SSI application forms, write letters of support for clients, and participate in all other aspects of case development.  Due to the expedited nature of these cases, students will have the opportunity to work on cases from start to finish.  Students are asked to volunteer 2 - 4 hours a week and can set their own schedules each semester.  Up to 6 students can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place at Drexel Law on Friday, Sept. 5 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00p.m. If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.


Domestic Violence Projects

Domestic Violence Assistance Project
In response to the unavailability of lawyers to represent and court staff to assist victims of domestic violence who seek Protection from Abuse Orders (PFAs), student volunteers will provide information and referrals to help litigants better understand and successfully complete the protection from abuse judicial process.  Under the supervision of attorneys from Philadelphia Legal Assistance, students will meet with pro se litigants who have filed petitions for PFAs and provide them with information about service of process, preparing for the hearing, and how to address abuse after obtaining a PFA order.  Students will also provide pro se litigants with information about available resources as well as informational brochures.  Students are asked to make a semester commitment to this project.  Shifts at Family Court are either 10:00 am to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.  There is no limit on the number of students who can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place at Penn Law School on Friday, Sept. 19 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00p.m.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

• Family Court Project – Domestic Violence Unit
The Domestic Violence Unit of Family Court helps pro se litigants file for Protection from Abuse Orders.  Students selecting this placement will have the opportunity to interview victims of domestic violence and prepare petitions under the Protection from Abuse Act for review by a Common Pleas Court judge.  Orientation and procedural and computer training will be given on a one-on-one basis.  Students will be given the opportunity to observe court proceedings arising under the PFA Act and will be introduced to the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure and the Philadelphia County Court Rules.  Most of the hearings are not lengthy, thus they provide students with practical illustrations of such legal concepts as: jurisdiction, venue, standing, a preponderance of the evidence, hearsay, and the statutory definition of the word, "abuse."  Students are asked to work in four-hour blocks and must commit to the project for the entire semester.  Up to 6 students can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place on site in the Domestic Violence Unit of Family Court.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume and a list of the 4-hour blocks of free time that you have in your schedule to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.


Social Justice Projects

• ACLU Stop and Frisk Project
The ACLU and the law firm of Kairys Rudovsky Messing & Feinberg filed suit against the Philadelphia police in November 2010, alleging that the department has a policy of stopping African American men without reasonable suspicion, and subjecting them to unjustified frisks.  As part of the settlement of this litigation, the ACLU is monitoring police practices, which requires the analysis of a few samples of the forms Philadelphia police fill out when they make a stop -- a few thousand, that is!  Volunteers will be analyzing stop forms (called 75-48a's) to determine whether the officer identified a reasonable basis for the stop, and for any frisk that was performed.  Student volunteers will then put that data, along with the data from the form, into a spread sheet.  The ACLU will train all students and supervise all work.  Student volunteers will sign up for blocks of work time at the ACLU offices (5th and Market.)  In order to participate in this project, students must commit to working one 3 hour block per week for the entire semester; there is no maximum unless we run out of work.  Student volunteers must also sign up for and stick to a schedule and need to bring their own computers.  There is no limit on the number of students who can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place on site at the ACLU on date to be determined in Sept..  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania Innocence Project 
The Pennsylvania Innocence Project is an organization dedicated to exonerating persons imprisoned in Pennsylvania for crimes they did not commit and to eliminating the causes of wrongful convictions.  Law student volunteers may work on either evaluating a case (referred to as a Stage 2 review) or a full analysis of a case (referred to as Stage 3).  Students who are looking for a shorter assignment will be assigned to a case in Stage 2.  The goal of a Stage 2 review is to determine whether the inmate has a plausible claim for innocence.  This will involve reviewing a questionnaire submitted by the inmate and reading the appellate documents from the case. When the review is complete, each student fills out both a Questionnaire Review Form and a Completion Memo with a recommendation of either to close the case or pursue it further.  Students who can commit to coming to the office for at least 2 hours a week for one semester can have the chance to work on a Stage 3 case.  This involves an in-depth review and analysis of all of an inmate’s case documents (i.e. transcripts, discovery, briefs, etc.).  The focus of a Stage 3 review is still on whether the inmate is actually innocent, but also involves trying to determine whether evidence may exist to submit in court.  If the students can finish the review within their time with the Project, they will prepare an extensive memo for the Board of Directors to review and can present the case for potential acceptance to the Board.  There is no limit on the number of students who can participate in this project.

Training for this pro bono project will take place at Drexel Law on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.

STAR – Federal Reentry Court
Supervision to Aid Reentry “STAR”, also known as Federal Reentry Court, is a program for individuals returning from custody to Philadelphia County with a significant risk of recidivism and/or history of violent crime (generally considered moderate to high risk offenders).  Every two weeks, up to 20 participants appear as a group before a federal judge to report on their progress.  The program is voluntary and most participants chosen need employment, training/assistance, or are likely to benefit from the program’s resources in other ways.  After participants successfully complete 52 weeks, they are eligible for a reduction of their supervised release period up to one year.  Legal interns will assist program participants with Traffic Court or Family Court matters.  Under the supervision of practicing attorneys, interns will interview and counsel clients, draft pleadings, conduct fact investigations, and provide actual representation in court proceedings.  Additionally, interns may perform intakes and benefit screenings of participants, as well as provide research assistance.  Interns must be dedicated and willing to commit to this project for the full academic year.  Students should expect to volunteer 8 – 10 hours a week.  Each student will be assigned to either Morning or Afternoon Reentry Court, and will be expected to attend each court session.  Morning Reentry Court occurs every other Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Afternoon Reentry Court occurs every other Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Training for this pro bono project will take place on site at the Federal Courthouse at a date to be determined in Sept.  This is a highly selective opportunity and Reentry Court supervisors will be directly interviewing candidates for this project.  If you are interested in participating in this project, please submit a statement of interest, an unofficial transcript, a resume, the phone number of at least one reference, and whether you are applying for Morning or Afternoon Reentry Court to me by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00 p.m.


Student Organization Run Projects

• Irish Immigration Clinic – Brehon Society Project
Law students will work with a licensed immigration attorney to conduct intake interviews and help fill out immigration paperwork, including N-400s and I-95s.  Students will have the opportunity to gain firsthand information about immigration law and the immigration process.  The clinic is held on the third Wednesday of every month from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Center in Upper Darby, which is easily accessible via public transit.  The clinic provides legal services to clients of all nationalities.  Along with assisting Irish Immigrants, the clinic has seen an uptick in immigrants from West Africa, Central Africa and Southeast Asia.  While organized by the Drexel Brehons, the clinic is open to the entire student body.  Scheduling needs vary on a monthly basis, depending on how many appointments are scheduled.  Students are not required to attend every clinic in order to volunteer.  Scheduling is typically done one week before the clinic date, in order to properly accommodate the scheduled appointments. 

The Brehons will set the recruiting and training schedule for this project.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to Lisa Wielunski (lisa.j.wielunski@drexel.edu) and Karen Pearlman Raab (kpearlman@drexel.edu) by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00p.m.

• Escorting Project – LSRJ Project
Students are trained in relevant law and observe protesters outside of abortion clinics to help ensure women have safe and legal access to services under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. Should a student escort perceive a potential violation of a woman's safe and lawful access to services, he or she will take a full report of the incident and file his or her notes with appropriate officials. While organized by LSRJ, this project is open to the entire student body.   

LSRJ will set the recruiting and training schedule for this project.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to Jesse Proctor (jesse.d.proctor@drexel.edu) and Karen Pearlman Raab (kpearlman@drexel.edu) by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00p.m.

• Judicial Bypass Intake - LSRJ Project
Some young women decide they cannot tell their parents about their pregnancy. A judicial bypass is an order from a judge that allows a minor to have an abortion without telling or receiving consent from her parent or legal guardian. Assist these girls seeking attorney representation at their judicial bypass hearing by conducting in depth intake interviews and filing out the Petitions to file with the Court. While organized by LSRJ, this project is open to the entire student body.

LSRJ will set the recruiting and training schedule for this project. If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to Kaitlin Molloy (katilin.a.molloy@drexel.edu) and Karen Pearlman Raab (kpearlman@drexel.edu) by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00p.m.

Legal Observer Program – NLG Project 
Students will be trained as Legal Observers to observe and record incidents and the activities of law enforcement in relation to the demonstrators. This includes documenting, for example, any arrest, use of force, intimidating display of force, denial of access to public spaces like parks and sidewalks, and any other behavior on the part of law enforcement that appears to restrict demonstrators’ ability to express their political views. Trainings are roughly held each semester and students sign up to observe as dates of protests and rallies are made public. While organized by NLG, this project is open to the entire student body.

NLG will set the recruiting and training schedule for this project.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to Ryan McCarthy (ryan.p.mccarthy@drexel.edu) and Karen Pearlman Raab (kpearlman@drexel.edu) by Friday, Aug. 29 at 12:00p.m.

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A Message From Associate Dean for Career Strategies, Donna Gerson

Email offers great convenience but it’s a mode of communication that’s fraught with pitfalls.  While email is expedient, it does not convey warmth or nuance.  As a result, there’s plenty of opportunity for misunderstandings.  Did your email have an unintentionally shrill or mocking tone?  Did you just hit “reply all” with your thumb by mistake?  It’s not easy to achieve the right balance.

On the one hand, the convenience factor of email is unassailable.  It’s so easy to send and receive messages anywhere, anytime. But, really, should you?  Among the characteristics of a successful job candidate are appropriateness, discretion, and good judgment.  Employers are trying to determine if you possess those intangibles we call emotional intelligence and this includes appropriateness in appearance, speech, and behavior. I want to share the following anecdote with you in the hope that you consider timing the next you are about to hit “send” at midnight.

One law partner shared this story with me:  “It’s 11 p.m. on a Saturday night and I’m about to close my eyes for the night.  My iPhone is on my night table.  Two things are on my mind:  my father, who is in his 90s, is quite ill and I’m worried about him.  In addition, I have a big trial on the horizon and opposing counsel is being very aggressive about discovery requests.  Suddenly, my iPhone pings and my heart starts racing – is it dad’s nurse or the client calling with an emergency?  It’s neither.  The email is from a law student applying for a part-time position for the fall semester.  The first thing I think is, “who thinks it’s a good idea to send a cover letter and resume to me now?”

Who, indeed?  I won’t torture you with a Socratic Method exchange about what may or may not be appropriate.  Here’s the answer in a nutshell:  Send job-related correspondence on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Do not send correspondence on national holidays or weekends.  And use restraint on Fridays after 4:00 p.m., my friends.  While we fully expect opposing counsel to dump and run before the weekend, it’s not going to advance your cause to send applications materials to a potential employer just because you want it off your plate and on someone else’s.

Demonstrate good etiquette skills by choosing not to hit “send” unless the time is right.  If it’s midnight and you’re just dying to send your cover letter flying into cyberspace, then take a deep breath and store it as a draft until the morning.  Sleep on it (and let others get their sleep).  Then, in the clear light of day, you can open the draft, and review your materials one last time.  Send email to a potential employer at a time when the employer will be receptive to your correspondence and will remark on the incredible appropriateness of your timing, as well as your stellar credentials.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

STUDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND UPDATE

Please be advised that there a significant changes to the way the student professional development fund is administered. Review the new SPDF guidelines here.

NEW CSO SERVICE

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the CSO will host professional photography sessions in the 3rd floor gallery from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. A professional photograph enhances your image, demonstrates professionalism, and establishes trust. Those selfies and vacation photos on LinkedIn don’t do you justice! With employers scouring the web for information about candidates, you need a decent professional photo. Spots are limited, advance reservations are required.  To reserve your spot, go to Symplicity- Events. 

NEWS FROM EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS

2015 Fellowship Application

The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application is now open – through Sept. 17, 2014. Information about the application process may be found in our application guide. http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships  

All applications will be judged according to the impact of the proposed project and quality of the host organization and the individual candidate, taking into consideration other factors such as adequacy of supervisor, innovation of the project, groundwork laid, and sustainability of the project. Interviews will be conducted nationwide throughout the fall and winter, and offers will be extended on a rolling basis

2014 CONFERENCE AND CAREER FAIR

Registration is now open for the Equal Justice Conference & Career Fair

Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 - Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

With more than 130 public interest employers, 1,200 public interest law students and workshops to help you start down the path to a public interest career, you won’t want to miss it

For details and to register, please visit: http://equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair/students?cm_mid=3782642&cm_crmid=fb423e50-526a-e211-bba5-78e7d1623f9d&cm_medium=email

NEWS FROM EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS

Greetings from the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Team! The 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application is now open – through Sept. 17, 2014. Information about the application process may be found in our application guide. http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships
All applications will be judged according to the impact of the proposed project and quality of the host organization and the individual candidate, taking into consideration other factors such as adequacy of supervisor, innovation of the project, groundwork laid, and sustainability of the project. Interviews will be conducted nationwide throughout the fall and winter, and offers will be extended on a rolling basis.

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Legal Research Center Announcements

New Face at the LRC Circ Desk:

Melanie Carroll

photo available on LRC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DULawLRC

Melanie lives in Ewing, NJ, and enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.  She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and has worked at a variety of libraries over the years.  Melanie 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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SBA Announcements

Student Org Fair

The Student Org Fair will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 2 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. on the Second Floor of the Law School. This year, rather than having the Fair only on the Second Floor Gallery over lunch, we're expanding the Fair throughout the Second Floor Gallery, Student Lounge, and hallways. SBA will be providing hot and cold appetizers, beer and wine (spread throughout the area) to encourage mingling between the officers and new students. Our hope is that this will create real dialogue and meaningful membership.

Student Org Presidents - Please RSVP whether your org will be participating in the Fair to LADiJiacomo@gmail.com by Wednesday, Aug. 20. 

First Org Meetings

This year, Student Orgs will have the freedom to schedule their first meetings. This will allow the student org to determine whether or not an info meeting is necessary and whether it should be over lunch or later in the evening, etc. To schedule the meeting, access Community Property as normal. Student Orgs may begin hosting meetings on Sept. 3, following the Student Org Fair. Unless you have business items, SBA encourages you to consider not hosting an info meeting; instead, use the Student Org Fair and an event (speaker or happy hour) instead. This will save money and potentially be more meaningful.

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Student Organization Announcements

The Justanian Society

The Justinian Society is the Italian American Law Society. You do not have to be Italian if you would like to join. It is a very useful networking tool in your careers, especially for those of you that plan on remaining in the Philadelphia area after graduation. We plan on having events that will help expand your network within the Drexel community, as well as the Philadelphia legal community, and have a good time doing it.

2L’s and 3L’s: We are currently looking for an executive board so we can get this group up and running. There is a list of positions below. If you are interested, please email me at antonio.bonanni@drexel.edu with what position you would like as well as a paragraph explaining why you would be a good fit. Because the group will be made up of nearly all new members, it’s a great opportunity to have substantive input for what the Justinians will be doing this year.

Anyone who is interested in joining, please let me know. Email antonio.bonanni@drexel.edu simply asking to be on the mailing list. Once the school year gets started, we will be picking one or two 1L representatives so feel free to let me know if this interests you.

Philadelphia Justinian Society Website: http://www.justinian.org/

Positions:
Vice President
Treasurer
Events
Secretary

Thank you for your time and l look forward to seeing everyone in the coming weeks!

Sincerely,
Antonio Bonanni
antonio.bonanni@drexel.edu
Justinian Society - President

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Barristers Opportunities

The Barristers' are currently extending the opportunity for one rising 2L or 3L law student from each of the six area law schools to serve as a liaison between the Barristers' and your BLSA General Body. We are still looking for law students from the following schools: University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers Camden, and Villanova. The position will last for the duration of academic year 2014-2015.   

The duties/obligations include the following: 

  • Must be an active member of your law school's BLSA Chapter
  • Must attend Barristers' general body meetings and disseminate information to your BLSA General Body 
  • Must be an active member of the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia (to join the Barristers' use the following link: http://phillybarristers.com/dues_donate.html. The cost of registration is affordable for law students and has amazing benefits!)

Interested law students should send resumes to Joel Clymer at Joel.Clymer@temple.edu.  Please use "BARRISTERS' LAW STUDENT LIAISON" in the subject line of the email.

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Scholarships:

International Association of Gaming Advisors 2014 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award -
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2014
Details available here.

Writing Competitions: 

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 2, 2015

The FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.

Competition PDF »

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality Competition submission.  The following information is provided to encourage your participation in the Competition.

Learn More »

1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2014

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is currently accepting applications for its 1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an outstanding paper on social insurance. The award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging.

Sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, the winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the 27th Annual NASI conference on Jan. 28 – 29, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with expenses paid. The writing award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field completed between Jan. 1, 2013 and Sept. 14, 2014 addressing topics relevant to the design, planning, implementation, or evaluation of social insurance policy.

If you feel that your paper is a candidate for this competition or someone you know, visit the Law Student Writing Award page on NASI’s website for application details or call NASI at (202) 452-8097.

Center for Alcohol Policy
Deadline: Nov. 17, 2014

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is now accepting entries for its Seventh Annual Essay Contest.

The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States.

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