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Weekly Newsletter

September 26, 2016


Information Session: How to Become a Law School Ambassador
Monday, Sept. 26
Room 240
Lunch provided

Attention 1Ls! Are you interested in becoming a Law School Ambassador (LSA)? The purpose of the LSA program is to extend and strengthen the Kline School of Law’s reach via the efforts of knowledgeable law students through both on and off-campus events. As KSoL continues to make its stamp on legal education, the partnership between the LSA program and the law school will yield an engaged, talented and diverse student body.

For more details, join us for the Law School Ambassador Information Session. Click here to let us know if you are attending. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop
Tuesday, Sept. 27
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Room 140

This is an opportunity for students interested in applying for a Spring 2017 Co-op to find out more about the program from co-op faculty and alumni.

American Constitution Society First General Body Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Room 340
Lunch provided

Please join us for the first general body meeting for ACS. We will be discussing some of the events for this semester, 1L rep positions, and our community service commitment. There will be pizza and soda provided for lunch.

Election Law 2016: Voters’ Rights & Election Procedures in Pennsylvania
Tuesday, Sept. 27
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Blank Rome, 130 N. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA

Following this year’s presidential election? Or just interested in voting rights and election law? Blank Rome, Reed Smith, the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights invite you to attend “Election Law 2016: Voters’ Rights & Election Procedures in Pennsylvania.” This CLE-approved program addresses the problems voters are facing in Pennsylvania as we enter the final stretch of the presidential campaign.


A Conversation about Disability in Law School
Thursday, Sept. 29
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Room 250

Are you a student with a disability or a student with an interest in disability law/Justice? Come chat about shared interests and what disability means to you.

Bar Exam Information Session
Monday, Oct. 3
12:15 p.m.
Room 340

UBE, MEE, MPT, MBE, MPRE. Are you struggling to make sense of this alphabet soup? If so, come to to the Bar Exam Information Session. We will discuss the Pennsylvania bar exam and the recent adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) by New Jersey. Come with questions.

At the conclusion of the session, I will raffle off a complete bar preparation course for any jurisdiction offered by Kaplan Bar Review for the 2017 bar exam. One of you has the chance to be the lucky winner of this valuable prize. I also will raffle off several helpful bar exam study aides.

The session will be videotaped for those who are unable to attend.

Questions? Contact Prof. Kraybill at

How Do Compliance and Legal Mix?
Tuesday, Oct. 4
5:30 p.m.
Room 140
Reception to follow

Students are invited to join The Business & Entrepreneurship Law Program for a panel titled “How Do Compliance and Legal Mix?” Our panelists include two of our recent grads, Alex Feldman, '12 and Adriana Gonzalez, '14. They will be joined by the Chief Compliance Officers from Allied Universal and Interga LifeScience. Details and registration can be found here. Registration is required.

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NEW DATE: Annual Drexel-Rutgers Law School 5K Run-Walk
Wednesday, Oct. 5
4:30 p.m.
Valley Green Inn, Forbidden Drive

Mark your calendars now for this 5K with Kline classmates and faculty and counterparts from Rutgers-Camden School of Law. This is an annual event sponsored by Professor Boss and her husband, a faculty member at Rutgers. This casual run/walk will be followed by beer and pizza. More details will be forthcoming.

The Transformational CIO & Technology Risk Intelligence: What Every Aspiring IT Executive, In-House Counsel, or Compliance Officer Should Know about Identifying and Managing Risk
Wednesday, Oct. 5
5 p.m.
Room 240

Damian Bridges, Chief Information Officer at AAA Club Alliance INC., and Professor Daniela Ivancikova, '10, Assistant General Counsel at AAA Club Alliance INC., will discuss how Chief Information Officers can apply techniques most helpful in curbing risks and balancing risk portfolio in the IT area.

Information Session with Prof. Zimmerman for 2Ls and 3Ls Interested in the Criminal Law Concentration
Monday, Oct. 10
12 - 1 p.m.
Room 340
Pizza will be provided

Please feel free to contact Prof. Zimmerman if you have any questions about the Concentration.

Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III Public Interest Colloquium
Thursday, Oct. 13
5:30 p.m.
Room 140

The 1st Annual Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III Public Interest Colloquium will feature a keynote on the Law and Public Service by Philadelphia City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante, who has a distinguished career in public service.

Appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney and confirmed by the City Council in February 2016, Mr. Tulante spent five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, where he represented the government in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Before joining government service, he was a partner at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, where he concentrated in commercial litigation and pro bono matters, including representing a detainee in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. After graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, Mr. Tulante clerked for the late Hon. Reginald C. Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Philadelphia's public schools who came to the U.S. from Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1983 as a political refugee with his parents.

This event will celebrate a generous gift from Carl "Tobey" Oxholm, a former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Drexel University and former Chief Deputy City Solicitor who was instrumental in launching the Kline School of Law in 2006 with a deep commitment to public service. His $200,000 gift will support an annual fellowship to allow a Kline student to spend the summer working in the City Solicitor's Office.

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The Justinian Society of Philadelphia's Eighth Annual Reception for Area Law Students
Thursday, Oct. 13
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Law Library in City Hall

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for law students to practice their networking skills and meet with members of the Society who practice law in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. This is a free event open to all law students who wish to attend.

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20 Years After the 1996 Immigration Laws: Revisiting an Experiment in Comprehensive Severity
Friday, Oct. 14
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Room 140

The 2016 Drexel Law Review Symposium will feature leading experts on immigration policy who will critically reassess three laws enacted by Congress in 1996: the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act.

These statutes ushered in sweeping changes to immigration law. The legislation dramatically expanded the ground for deporting noncitizens and mandated greater use of detention, while curtailing procedural safeguards, eliminating avenues for discretionary relief from removal, and creating barriers for refugees seeking safety on a humanitarian basis. Many noncitizens also were rendered ineligible for public benefits. As a result, immigration control has grown into an enormous enterprise, with the United States now expelling unprecedented numbers of noncitizens each year.

With immigration again the subject of election-year controversy and with social movements and immigrant communities forcefully advocating reform, the 2016 Drexel Law Review Symposium will critically reassess this experiment in “comprehensive immigration severity.” Leading experts will examine the origins and operation of those laws and their broader legacy and significance. Speakers will also discuss visions and strategies for reform and the challenges that advocates face in pursuing those reforms.


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Earning It – a Conversation and Book Signing with Joann Lublin of the Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, Oct. 26
AJ Drexel Picture Gallery
3141 Chestnut St, 3rd Floor

Please join the Drexel LeBow Center for Corporate Governance’s Executive Director Patricia Q. Connolly and our own Dean Roger Dennis for a discussion on governance and compliance with Joann Lublin, Management News Editor for The Wall Street Journal.

Joann will recount milestones and dilemmas of the work world and provide candid advice for every stage of a careers as detailed in her recent publication “Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World.”

The $35 registration fee will be waived for law students. Register here and, when prompted for a coupon code, enter KlineComp.

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

MANDATORY Exam4 Workshops

All students who entered the Law School this Fall must attend one of the following workshops to familiarize themselves with the exam software used by the law school.

  • Students in Prof. Cimino’s Contracts Class - Monday, Sept. 19, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Room 340
  • Students in Prof. Boss’ Contracts Class - Tuesday, Sept. 20, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Room 240
  • New Students Not Enrolled in Contracts - Tuesday, Sept. 27, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Room 240

Students should make every effort to attend their assigned session to ensure proper capacity, but may attend another session if the assigned day conflicts with the International Student Lunch on 9/20, the Co-op Preview Workshop on Sept. 27, or another immovable conflict. New Fall students must attend a workshop and successfully submit a “practice exam” in order to be eligible for technical assistance during exams. No lunch will be served.

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Office of Admissions Announcements

Law School Ambassador Application

Attention 1Ls! Are you interested in becoming a Law School Ambassador (LSA)? The purpose of the LSA program is to extend and strengthen the Kline School of Law’s reach via the efforts of knowledgeable law students through both on and off-campus events. As KSoL continues to make its stamp on legal education, the partnership between the LSA program and the law school will yield an engaged, talented and diverse student body.

If you would like an opportunity to interview, please submit your completed application, cover letter and résumé to Danielle Boardley at no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Register for the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is excited to offer the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for first year students at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

LCLD has recruited lawyers from its Member organizations to provide one-on-one mentoring to qualified law students. These volunteer Mentors can help you achieve the professional goals you've set for yourself. Our Mentors not only have their experiences in law school to share, but also their experience of the profession, including networking, practice area choice, and knowledge of the legal job market.

You can register online for this first come, first serve program beginning Oct. 15, 2016 at midnight.

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Academic Skills Program

Fall 2016 Academic Skills Workshops

All workshops will be held on Thursdays, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Law 240.

  • August 25 - Navigating Law School Learning
  • September 1 - Beyond Basic Case Briefing
  • September 8 - Critical Reading & Case Synthesis
  • September 15 - Deconstructing Statutes
  • September 22 - Outlining for Exams
  • September 29 - No Workshop
  • October 6­ - No Workshop (LM deadline)
  • October 13 - Answering Exam Essay Questions
  • October 20 - Writing a Structured and Fully Analyzed Exam Answer
  • October 27 - No Workshop (LM deadline)
  • November 3 - Exam Success Strategies
  • November 10 - Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Memo (Prof. Coleman)
  • November 17 - Revising and Editing the 1L Memo (Prof. Coleman)

Questions? Contact Professor Nancy Kraybill;; Room 418; 215.571.4803

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LRC Announcements

Regional State Statutory Research and Legislative History Research

The first session of the Regional State Legal Research Series will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at noon in Room 420. This session will focus on statutory law research and legislative history research in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. It will be presented by Research and Instructional Services Librarian Peter Egler.

The session will review the basic concepts of statutory law research and legislative history research, and then focus on the unique aspects of statutory law research and legislative history research in each of the three states. Students planning on practicing in one or more of these jurisdictions will benefit from attending this presentation.

Lunch will be provided. To register for this presentation and any other presentations in this series, please contact Peter Egler at

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities


The EPA's Michael F. Vaccaro Fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 17, 2016

The Office of Regional Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III is now accepting applications for the Michael Vaccaro Honors Attorney Fellowship. The office seeks a highly-qualified 3L, recent graduate or judicial clerk (one or two years out of law school) from an accredited law school.

The Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Attorney Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to practice law in a major governmental environmental organization and to receive extensive training in and exposure to environmental law and policy work in the public sector.

Law school graduates who have been employed as an attorney will not be considered.

The Fellow is expected to commit to a two-year term.

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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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Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies
Deadline: Nov. 7, 2016

The scholarship seeks to recognize and support the efforts of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of workers. The Players Trust awards up to five $10,000 scholarships annually as part of the scholarship program.

To be eligible for an award, individuals must be Graduate or Law Students enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States or Canada and must have a demonstrated interest in, and wish to make a career out of, working in the labor movement and on behalf of workers’ rights. To receive an award, eligible candidates must meet a combination of criteria identified below:

  • A strong academic record
  • Demonstrated commitment to the labor movement
  • A strong recommendation from an academic or a labor/workers’ rights practitioner
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Preference will be given to those who can demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) scores or otherwise.

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Mark T. Banner Scholarship
Deadline: Nov. 23, 2016

This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

The recipient of the scholarship receives $5,000 to be applied to their legal education. This scholarship is available to law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through at least the Fall semester 2017.

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James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarships
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation annually provides three, $3,000 scholarships through its James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two of the scholarships are specifically designated for support of historically underrepresented minority law students. The awards are based upon financial need, academic achievement and a student’s potential for making a significant contribution to society in general and the legal profession in particular. Applications are due no later than Dec. 1, 2016. The scholarships will be awarded by Dec. 30, 2016.

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The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: July 1, 2017

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship awards an annual scholarship to a law school student or grant to a lawyer in practice less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award is $5,400. Eligible applicants include: 1) Pennsylvania residents enrolled in a non-Pennsylvania law school within the United States; 2) law students enrolled in any of Pennsylvania’s accredited law schools; and 3) Pennsylvania lawyers in 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. Applications are due no later than July 1, 2017. The scholarship/grant will be awarded by Aug. 23, 2017.

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American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.

The awards include a cash payment ($2,500 for books, $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,000 for student work), a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

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Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Writing Competition
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2016

Students are invited to join in the 2017 writing competition of, the virtual museum and archive of the history of financial regulation, administered and built by the SEC Historical Society.

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2017

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) this week announced its 2016-17 Law Student Writing Competition, under the auspices of PLF’s Program for Judicial Awareness. The competition awards up to $9,000 in three cash prizes for essays on designated constitutional issues by students currently enrolled in law school in the United States.

This year’s topics address the reach of Congress’s commerce power with reference to the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial “waters of the United States” rule; judicial deference to government agency rules; the impact of occupational licensing on professionals’ freedom of speech; and the Williamson County doctrine, which creates procedural obstacles to property owners seeking just compensation for government takings.

The essay questions and detailed information about the eligibility rules and contest requirements are available on our website.

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ABA Law Student Division Competitions

Kline School of Law students are invited to participate in the ABA Law Student Competitions for arbitration, negotiation, client counseling, and NAAC. These practical skills competitions offer students an opportunity to apply what they are learning in class through intraschool, regional, and national competitions.

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Ms. JD Leadership Opportunity
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016

Ms. JD has extended the deadline to apply for the National Women Law Students Organization Leadership Council to Friday, Sept. 30. Through NWLSO, Ms. JD connects with existing women’s law student organizations and helps create NWLSO chapters and affiliates on law school campuses.

To further the development of women law students and the leadership pipeline, Ms. JD is expanding NWLSO by establishing a NWLSO Leadership Council that will provide national leadership opportunities for law students dedicated to advancing women in the law. Chair positions will function as the inaugural national and regional leadership for the NWLSO Leadership Council. The term for Chair positions will start in January 2017.

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