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Weekly Newsletter

March 2, 2015

A Message From Dean Oates

As you know from my email to you after the incidents at Tulane, the administration is increasing its efforts to encourage students to take care of their mental health as part of taking care of their overall health. Listed below are 4 groups currently meeting at the Counseling Center that we think may benefit  law students.

If you want to attend one of the groups, call over to the Counseling center at 215.895.1415 to schedule a brief consultation with the group leader first before attending to determine if the group is a good fit. Please note that groups run based on student interest and that more groups will be added for next term.  If you are interested in forming another group, please contact me, Prof. Coleman, or the Counseling Center.

Recovering From the Past:  Does your parent struggle with alcohol or drug dependence? Do you feel like you’re alone in coping with your parent’s addiction? If so, this group will give you the opportunity to relate to other students with shared experiences in a supportive and respectful environment, help you gain a better understanding of how your parent’s substance use impacted you in the past and affects you in the present, and help you to make peace with your past and allow the healing process to begin so that you can flourish in school and in your relationships.  TO START SPRING TERM TIME TBD     

Grad Group:  This group offers graduate students a safe weekly space to discuss the difficulties or challenges that may arise as they navigate graduate school, explore their social world, and solidify their personal and professional identity. Topics are largely determined by group members although themes may include relating better to self or others, managing academic expectations, adjusting to life transitions, etc..  Tuesdays 5 pm UC location

Survivors of Sexual Assault: This group offers support to female students who have experienced a sexual assault.  This group offers a safe place for survivors to discuss the challenges of coping, ask questions and learn about the recovery process, and find hope for the future.  Mondays at 4 pm UC campus

Understanding Self and Others:  A safe, supportive environment for students who want to gain awareness of their functioning in relationships (with friends, family, romantic partners, classmates, etc.).  Participants will learn about themselves by exploring their interpersonal patterns, getting feedback about how they function in relationships, and using the group to experiment and try out new behaviors, such as sharing honest thoughts and feelings. Students who are struggling with establishing or maintaining satisfying relationships may especially benefit from this group.  Mondays 1 pm Center City location

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Diversity Awareness Week

Each year the law school celebrates diversity in the legal community with a series of events and speakers culminating with an award ceremony honoring a legal professional who has made a significant contribution to legal diversity.

Schedule of Events:

March 2, 2015

When Do Activists, Lawyers, and Organizations Intervene?
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Room 140
Presented by Jews in All Hues
Sponsors: JLSA, Labor and Employment, PAD, NLG

Hip Hop and the Law
6 p.m.
Room 240
Panelists Professor Tibbs, Professor Andre Smith, and Attorney Arnold Joseph will talk about the how Hip Hop clashes with the law. Can you be prosecuted for your rap lyrics? Is sampling stealing or does it promote creativity?
Sponsor:  BLSA

March 3, 2015

The Intersection of Immigration and Labor & Employment Law
12 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Room 140
Presenters: Michael Hollander, Esq. and Stephanie Dorenborsch, Esq.
Sponsors:  Labor and Employment and LALSA 

Movie Night:  Zero Dark Thirty
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Room 340
Sponsor:  Federalist Society

March 4, 2015

Outcast: The Negative Treatment of LGBT Individuals in the Criminal Justice System Panel Discussion
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.           
Room 140
Panelists:  Su Ming Yeh; Barrett Marshall; Nellie Fitzpatrick
Sponsors:  Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, OutLaw, Family Law 

March 9, 2015

Diversity and the Law Panel Discussion
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.               
Room 140
Panelists:  Joseph Centeno, Esq.; Deborah Hong, Esq.; JuHwon Lee, Esq.; Linda Shi, Esq.
Sponsors:  APALSA and DVLA

March 12, 2015                 

Diversity in the Profession: A Bench/Bar Perspective
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Room 140         
Panelists: Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe; Judge C. Darnell Jones; Albert Dandridge, Esquire
Sponsor:  The Thomas R. Kline School of Law Diversity Committee                         

Closing Reception and Award Presentation
6:30 p.m.                                      
3rd Floor Gallery
Award Recipient:  Helen “Nellie” Fitzpatrick, Esquire, Director of LGBT Affairs, City of Philadelphia  
Sponsors:  The Diversity Committee and the Student Bar Association               

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Moot Court Board Announcements

The Moot Court Board dominated competitions throughout February.

We congratulate:

Anthony DiJiacomo,Stephany Gordon and Jasmine Smith, who advanced to the regional Semi-Finals in the American Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Competition!

Ian Mandell, who won the Best Oral Advocate and Best Overall Advocate in the National Security Law Moot Court Competition! He and Michael Eaverly and Max Goldberg took fifth place overall as a team!,

Peter Johnsen and Elia Robertson, who won Best Brief, in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, which was canceled because of a winter storm. Receiving the only award conferred at the competition, the pair proved that the Kline School of Law Moot Court Board could not be frozen out, no matter what!!

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On Campus Events

From Police Reports to Powerpoints
Thursday, March 5
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Room 140

The Criminal Law Society is proud to invite two Homicide Assistant District Attorneys, Kirk Handrich and Guy D’Andrea, to the Thomas R. Kline School of Law to speak about to growing use of technology during trial. They will discuss the process of transferring information found through the course of discovery to creating a visual presentations ready for trial. They will also demonstrate some of the programs they use through examples of actual trials.

Mental Health Panel Discussion
Monday, March 9
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Room 240

Join the Health Law Society as we discuss mental health issues in practicing law. We will be joined by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Drexel Counseling Center, Drexel Law Faculty, and students to answer questions and provide helpful resources. It is a safe area to meet and discuss issues, and also paves the way to talk about important yet delicate issues we may be affected by in the future. Lunch will be provided.

Big Brother Is Watching You When You Watch Him
Monday, March 9
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Room 340

Guests Jonathan Feinberg, Esq., and Mr. Lloyd Long, Esq. discuss your right to record the police and the current litigation protecting that right.

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Off Campus Events

Environmental Law Forum Law Student Scholarships
April 8-9, 2015
Harrisburg Hilton & Towers
One North Second Street (2nd & Market Streets)
Harrisburg, PA

The Environmental Law Forum is the premiere continuing legal education program for environmental attorneys in Pennsylvania. It attracts 250+ practicing attorneys and covers several environmental topics, including courses on oil and gas, water issues, air and greenhouse gas issues, mineral resources and litigation updates. It is also home to the annual Environmental and Energy Law Section dinner, which is a “must attend” event for all environmental attorneys.

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.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Lawyers, Fun and Money: A Beginner's Guide to Law Firm Economics
March 4, 2015
12:15 p.m.
Room 340
All classes welcome

How do lawyers make money? What’s a lawyer’s "realization rate"? How do salaries relate to billable hours? Speaking of billable hours, what’s a billable hour? If you don’t know how law firms make money, then this is the program where law firm economics will be explained. You’ll become a more sophisticated job-seeker and you’ll wow the interviewers with your business acumen. Speaker: Anthony Licata, Chief Financial Officer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP and an expert in all matters financial. Bring your own lunch; we’ll supply dessert!

Exploring Government & Judicial Clerkship Opportunities
Info Session (1L/2Ls)
March 5, 2015
12:15 p.m.
Room 440

Heads Up First and Second-Year Law Students – Plan Ahead for Clerkships and Federal Government Opportunities Please join the CSO to learn invaluable tips for securing clerkships and federal government agency jobs. These positions require that you prepare and apply about a year in advance. Deadlines approach quickly. Now is the time to learn how to identify opportunities, update your application materials and get organized so that you can apply. The CSO will guide you through the process!

1Ls – Prepare for federal government positions for summer 2016 & post graduate federal clerkship applications.

2Ls – Now is the time to start planning your applications for post graduate state clerkships & federal government positions.

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Academic Skills Announcements

Spring 2015 Academic Skills Workshops:

March 3 - Answering Statute-Based Essays

March 10 - Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Brief

March 17 - No workshop—Spring Break

March 24 - No Workshop

March 31 - Revising and Editing the 1L Brief

April 7 - Exam Success Strategies; Practice Exam

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:

Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship
Deadline: March 13, 2015

The Philadelphia Bar Foundation is proud to support the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania’s (APBA-PA) Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship Program. The Fellowship provides a stipend to subsidize a summer internship position with a non-profit public interest organization, or a federal, state, or municipal government entity (including the judiciary) in Pennsylvania or in the Greater Philadelphia area. Current 1-L and 2-L Asian Pacific American law students attending law school in Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Area (including Dickinson School of Law, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Villanova University School of Law, Drexel University College of Law, Widener University School of Law (Delaware and Harrisburg campuses), Duquesne University School of Law, and University of Pittsburgh School of Law) are eligible to apply. The program honors the legacy of Judge Marutani, the first Asian American judge in Pennsylvania, a distinguished member of the judiciary who served both the Asian American community and the community at large for many years. Judge Marutani’s exemplary career is a model for current students who are committed to public service.

Application [PDF] »

Ms. JD Fellowship
Deadline: March 15, 2015

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to create the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.

Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving financial support and invitations to ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners.  

Are you a 2L? Or know any outstanding 2Ls? Apply to the Ms. JD Fellowship by March 15!

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John J. Curtin, Jr. Fellowship
Deadline: March 30, 2015

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law school students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates. The Legal Internship Program will provide much-needed legal assistance to organizations serving the under-represented and give students direct experience in a public interest forum. Through this, it aims both to help homeless clients and to encourage careers in the law that further the goals of social justice.

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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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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:

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 2, 2015

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund will award $5,000 of financial assistance annually to each scholarship recipient attending an ABA-accredited law school. An award made to an entering first-year student may be renewable for two additional years, resulting in financial assistance totaling $15,000 during his or her time in law school. Although each recipient will need to re-apply for the scholarship in his or her second and third year, the expectation is that the scholarship will be renewed each year if satisfactory performance in law school has been achieved, the student is otherwise eligible, and funding is available.

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The Robert Masur Fellowship in Civil Liberties
Deadline: April 15, 2015

The Criminal Law Society is proud to invite two Homicide Assistant District Attorneys, Kirk Handrich and Guy D’Andrea, to the Thomas R. Kline School of Law to speak about to growing use of technology during trial. They will discuss the process of transferring information found through the course of discovery to creating a visual presentations ready for trial. They will also demonstrate some of the programs they use through examples of actual trials.

Learn More »

2015 HCBF Law School Scholarship
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Learn More [PDF] »

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

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: 

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: March 30, 2015

DRI announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program, open to rising (2015-16) second- and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American students. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA-accredited law schools to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.

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2014-2015 Louis Tertocha Fashion Law Writing Competition
Deadline: March 23, 2015

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DISH® 2015 “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition
Deadline: April 13, 2015

The DISH® “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition encourages law students to develop a thorough understanding of the evolution and practice of Information Governance and Discovery in civil litigation.  The competition is the only one of its kind designed to challenge law students to explore the evolving issues of document management, electronically stored information, and ever-expanding technology — along with their application to the law.

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Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Deadline: April 17, 2015 to request entry, May 1, 2015 postmark for entries

This annual contest, conducted by the ABA Section of Family Law, was established by the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Foundation as a memorial to Howard C. Schwab, a Past President of the Toledo Bar Association and Past Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Ohio Bar Association. He was Chairman-Elect of the Section of Family Law at the time of his death on February 24, 1969. In 1985, the Section of Family Law assumed full responsibility for sponsoring this contest.

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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 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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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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