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Weekly Newsletter

April 20, 2015

July 2015 and 2016 Bar Exam Announcements

A change to our procedures for the July 2015 bar examination: to come into compliance with the security requirements set by the NCBE, the PA Bar will no longer allow applicants to bring food in to the examination.  Previously, it allowed unwrapped snacks in a clear, sandwich bag.  Applicants that have a medical requirement to have food should send them a letter with documentation from their doctor requesting authorization to have food.  Their documentation must be postmarked by June 12. 

Second, the July 2016 bar examination will not be administered in the city of Philadelphia.  As you are likely aware, the Democratic National Convention is coming to Philadelphia in July 2016.  What you may not have realized is that the DNC is coming the same week the bar examination is to be held.  The size of an event such as the DNC impedes the ability of the Board to effectively administer the bar examination.  Access to suitable examination space, availability of hotel rooms, traffic issues and increased security all pose significant problems outside the Board’s control that prevent a proper administration.    

The Board has contracted with the Utz Arena, a facility in York, Pennsylvania, for the July 2016 exam.  It is the York Expo Center’s newest building, a state-of-the-art facility of sufficient square footage, with the lighting and electric capacity we require.  The DNC’s decision was only recently announced.  Given the short lead time to rearrange our plans, this is the closest facility that fits our needs.  Ample free parking is available at the site.  Also, the Board is working with the York Visitor’s Bureau and area hotels to reserve blocks of hotel rooms at a negotiated rate for applicants.  Information about this will be on the Board’s website as soon as possible. 

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Cocktails With the Faculty

Dear Third-Year Law Students, You are invited to cocktails (actually beer and wine) with the faculty on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the third floor gallery of the law school.

No agenda, just food, drinks, and conversation.

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On Campus Events

Equity Compensation for Startups
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6 p.m.
Room 340

The Kline School of Law's Entrepreneurial Law Clinic will present a free workshop that will teach entrepreneurs when and how their startup companies should grant equity compensation to employees, consultants and advisors.

Students will lead the workshop, accompanied by expert attorneys: Chris Miller of Pepper Hamilton and Steven Poulathas of Flaster Greenberg.

A networking reception will follow the workshop.

REGISTER

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Off Campus Events

Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation Scholarship Luncheon
Tuesday, April 21
11:45 a.m.
The Pyramid Club
1735 Market Street, 52nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA

The Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation hosts this luncheon to discuss the various scholarship opportunities and internships it offers. There will be several $2,500 scholarships discussed.

Fearless Women Network Second Annual Symposium: Harnessing the Competitive Advantage of Greater Diversity and Inclusion by Achieving Pay Equity
Tuesday, April 21
Young Conaway Stargett & Taylor, LLP
Rodney Square, 1000 N. King St.
Wilmington, DE 19801

This symposium addresses the pay equity challenge that the legal profession must meet. Bias and unequal pay are long-standing and pervasive concerns.

Barrister's Ball
Friday, May 8
8:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
Crystal Tea Room
Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square E
Philadelphia, PA

Make sure to register for the event here.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Update Your Symplicity Profile

The CSO  cannot connect you with opportunities unless we know your areas of interest, so please update your list of practice areas.  Also post updated application materials on Symplicity regularly –transcript, resume, and writing samples -- so that you can draft tailored cover letters and apply as soon as an opportunity arises.   If you have not updated your Symplicity profile since your first year in law school, now is the time to do so!

Symplicity Toolbox

Chat with an Advisor

Have a quick question for the CSO? Click on the Chat button! Try it!  Live chat is available during regular business hours. After business hours, questions will be sent as an email the next business day.

Attention 3Ls

Dear Class of 2015,

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!  As noted in Dean McGovern’s email to you, in order to obtain tickets to graduation you must complete the graduation survey on Symplicity and then have it finalized in the CSO.  You can make an appointment or drop by the CSO and request a time with one of the counselors.   It ought to take less than 5 minutes to review your answers and finalize the survey. 

We conduct this survey in compliance with both ABA and NALP employment reporting requirements.  I thank you in advance for helping us collect this data both at graduation and nine months after graduation.  Please remember that success or failure does not hinge on having a full-time job on May 21st.  You’re running a marathon and the CSO is here to help you every step of the way. 

Instructions for Graduate Survey:

1) Log in to Symplicity

2) Click on “Graduate Survey” link (upper right of your homepage under “Short Cuts”)

3) Complete Graduate Survey

4) Schedule a 15 minute appointment with a CSO counselor to have the survey reviewed and approved – or drop by the CSO during business hours.

ABA's "Win a Dream Interview"

Enter the ABA's "Win a Dream Interview" contest, visit www.ABADreamInterview.com. Participate by June 30, 2015 and you can win an interview for a chance at a dream internship in just three easy steps: 1. Submit a one minute video. Explain why you should intern at one of many law firms around the country. Winners receive an interview and chance to personally pitch themselves! 2. Choose up to three internships. Select the firms where you would like to interview, and then submit resumes, transcripts and/or other selection criteria required for the internship. 3. Join the ABA. Membership is FREE for students. You must be an ABA Law Student Member to be eligible for this contest. The ABA's network of internships can open a door for you, visit www.ABADreamInterview.com by June 30, 2015 for a chance to win! Visit www.ABADreamInterview.com for official rules.

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LRC Announcements

“Are There Any Study Rooms Available?” Signs

If you’re wondering if there are any study rooms available, which rooms are available, or when the next one is due, find one of these signs located throughout the LRC and the Law School building, then scan the QR code with your smart phone and you’ll be taken to the catalog page for the study rooms. If you bookmark this page (and refresh it), you’ll be able to see what study rooms are available from your phone at any time or in any place! Visit the Circ Desk if you have any questions.

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Academic Skills Announcements

Spring 2015 Dean's Scholar's Schedule
SESSIONS

PROFESSOR ABU EL-HAJ
Tues: 4:00-5:00 (240)
Thurs: 5:00-6:00 (ISB 112)

PROFESSOR COHEN
Wed: 2:00-3:00 (240)
Thurs: 12:30-1:30 (240) starting 1/29
Room 440 on 1/22

PROFESSOR BENFORADO
Tues: 12:15-1:15 (240)
Fri: 12:40-1:40 (240)

PROFESSOR TIBBS
Mon: 5:00-6:00 (340)
Tues: 12:45-1:45 (420)                                                      

OFFICE HOURS

PROFESSOR ABU EL-HAJ
Cate David
Mon: 4:30-5:30 (221)
Wed: 3:00-4:00 (221)
Jesse Proctor
Mon: 12:00-2:00 (221)

PROFESSOR COHEN
Dan Mullin
Tues: 4:30-5:30 (221)
Wed: 5:00-6:00 (221)
Shaina Hicks
Thurs: 4:00-6:00 (221)

PROFESSOR BENFORADO
Joe Peltzer
Fri: 1:45-3:45 (221)
Dan Mita
Thurs: 10:30-1:30 (221)

PROFESSOR TIBBS
Hannah Molitoris
Mon: 4:00-5:00 (222)
Tues: 3:40-4:40 (222)
Marcelo Fernandez-Vina
(new hours starting Feb. 2)
Mon:  12:30-1:30 (222)
Wed: 12:30-1:30 (222)

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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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Mike Eidson Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Mike Eidson Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a female student entering her third year of law school (the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized. The winner must attend the AAJ Annual Convention in Montreal, Canada on July 12, 2015 in order to accept the scholarship. Travel and accommodation will be provided, but please note that all international travel requires a passport.

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Community Legal Services
Deadline: July 5

Community Legal Services (CLS) is actively seeking law students and current judicial clerks to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate public interest law fellowships that will begin in September 2016. CLS has a proud history of hosting fellows funded by the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, the Independence Foundation, and other organizations. CLS seeks people who share their mission to help low-income Philadelphia residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters; advocating for their legal rights; and conducting community education about the legal issues that affect them. Prospective applicants can learn more about fellowship opportunities by visiting the website: http://clsphila.org/about-cls/fellowships.

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Louis D. Brandeis Law Society 2015 Fellowship Program
Deadline: Sept. 11, 2015

The Brandeis Law Society is pleased to announce its fourth annual Brandeis Fellowship Program. The program will give recent 2014 and 2015 law school graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience while providing legal services to needy Philadelphians. We also have limited placement of interested Fellows with Judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

The Fellowship will begin in October 2015. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript and brief writing sample to Robert Katz, Esq. (robert.katz@pacourts.us) by Friday, September 11, 2015.

2015-2016 Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights
Deadline: Open until filled

Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.  Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.  The Garner Fellowship is a paid, full-time, year-long legal internship awarded to a recent law graduate to work in any of Lambda Legal’s five offices.

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SCHOLARSHIPS:

Barristers' Scholarship Opportunities
Applications accepted March 30, 2015 - April 24, 2015

  • Annual Scholarship - Each year, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. awards scholarships to students of color attending local area law schools at our Annual Awards & Scholarship Gala. These scholarships are presented to students who demonstrate leadership ability, academic achievement, as well as a commitment to community service. Seeking to reward students who will become future leaders in the profession, we introduce the student recipients to the legal community, to be recognized and celebrated alongside accomplished members of the profession, at our Annual Gala. This year’s Annual Gala will be at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., on May 16, 2015. This black-tie event is a night of dinner, dancing and celebrating with luminaries of the legal profession. Law students interested in applying for this scholarship must submit their resume, current transcript, headshot and an essay that addresses how the student will benefit from the scholarship, the student’s leadership ability, academic achievement, and commitment to community service. Consideration will be also given to the applicant's financial need. In addition to the submitted application materials, applicants may also be selected for an interview. Scholarship recipients must be present to be honored at our Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala. Applications will be accepted from March 30, 2015 through April 24, 2015. All submissions must be in .pdf format, and submitted via email to barristersscholarship@gmail.com. Applications received after 5:00pm on April 24, 2015 will not be considered. All submissions must be in .pdf format, and submitted via email to barristersscholarship@gmail.com.
  • Brandi Brice Memorial Scholarship - This year, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. will award the Inaugural Brandi Brice Memorial Scholarship to a deserving student of color who attends a local area law school. Brandi Jocelyn Brice was an active Barrister, Assistant District Attorney, Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Bar Association, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Phoenix, despite a long and courageous battle with cancer which she ultimately succumbed to on October 16, 2014. In honor of Brandi, an outstanding Barrister who tirelessly dedicated herself to professional excellence in defiance of medical adversity, this Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has overcome significant challenge(s) in the pursuit of a legal education and career. Law students interested in applying for this scholarship must submit their resume, current transcript, headshot and an essay which addresses the obstacle(s) the student has faced, how they overcame, and what effect the challenge(s) has had on their life. The scholarship will be awarded to one (1) student on the basis of academic merit, leadership, and character. Consideration will be given to students who have overcome medical obstacles and those who plan to pursue careers in public interest or government service, and to the applicant's financial need. In addition to the submitted application materials, applicants may be selected for an interview. Applications will be accepted from March 30, 2015 through April 24, 2015. All submissions must be in .pdf format, and submitted via email to barristersscholarship@gmail.com. Applications received after 5:00pm on April 24, 2015 will not be considered. The recipient of this scholarship must be present to be honored at our Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala. This year’s Annual Gala will be at the Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St., on May 16, 2015. This black-tie event is a night of dinner, dancing and celebrating with luminaries of the legal profession. For more information, please visit our website www.phillybarristers.com, our Facebook page, or email barristersscholarship@gmail.com.

2015 HCBF Law School Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2015

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Hon. Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: May 1, 2015

The Hon. Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships to law students from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties New Jersey. Letters requesting applications should be sent to : THE HONORABLE NATHAN C. STALLER LAW SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, INC. c/o Dorothy F. McCrosson, Esquire McCrosson & Stanton, P.C. 200 Asbury Avenue Ocean City, New Jersey 08226 Telephone: 609-399-2411 Email: dmccrossonlaw@comcast.net

Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created to support the award of an annual scholarship 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 will be $5,400.

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Women's Lawyers Division Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander Scholarships
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The WLD Foundation scholarship awards are made to current African American female law students who display financial need, academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to the principles exemplified by Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2015.

Each year the WLD Foundation awards up to six book fund scholarships and a tuition scholarship in honor of two African American women of many “firsts.” Justice Juanita Kidd Stout was the first African American woman to sit on the bench in Philadelphia and the first African American woman in the United States to serve on a state Supreme Court. Sadie T.M.Alexander was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and the first African American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Second and third year African American female law students attending area law schools with a record of academic excellence and demonstrated need should apply for scholarship consideration. To read more about the WLD Foundation scholarships programs and how to apply, please visit the WLD website: www.nbawldphila.org.

WRITING COMPETITIONS: 

National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Writing Competition
Deadline: April 30, 2015

The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees has established an annual student writing competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning consumer bankruptcy and the law.

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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2015

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2014-2015 writing competition. 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 December 1, 2014. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.

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International Association of Defense Counsel Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2015

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.

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The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits Paul Faherty Tax Law Writing Scholarship
Deadline: May 16, 2015

All JD and LLM candidates currently attending an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. may enter. Entries will be evaluated on topic selection, analysis, quality of research, grammar, spelling, usage and syntax, clarity, structure, and overall appearance. Grand Prize: $3,000.

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The University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Essay Competition
Deadline: June 22, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for student-authored articles on topics focused on social justice and the public interest.

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The Warren E. Burget Prize
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

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2015 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2015

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law team are pleased to announce the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.

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Connect with Drexel Through Social Media

Because the law school 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 the law school through social media, please consider the following options:

  • Facebook: the main law school page is a great way to track what classmates, professors and alumni are up to.  The “Class of” groups are a resource for finding roommates, used textbooks, etc.
  • Twitter: the law school feed focuses on faculty appearances in the news media and at conferences, upcoming events and newsworthy student and alumni accomplishments.
  • LinkedIn: the law school 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 videos on Drexel University's YouTube page.

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