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Weekly Newsletter

March 13, 2017

Office of Student Affairs Announcements

First-Year Student Advising Session (Mandatory)
Monday, March 27
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Rooms 240 (live) and 340 (simulcast)

Students who will be registering themselves for the first time in the Summer or Fall (Class of 2019, LLMs, Global JD students who began this year) must attend this advising session.

Deans Seligmann and Oates will give you an general overview of things to consider in planning your courses, as well as going over our concentration and co-curricular opportunities. Prof. Coleman will discuss study abroad and exchange programs. Mary de Rivera will review relevant financial aid forms. Finally, Theresa Gallo will provide information on the joint degree programs available, and instructions for the online registration process. Pizza will be served.

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Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser
Tuesday, March 14
Noon - 2 p.m.
2nd Floor Elevator Landing

There will be a lollipop bouquet and each lollipop stick will have a piece of colored tape/marker on it. Each color will signify a different monetary donation amount (Red: 25 cents, Blue: 50 cents, Green: 75 cents, Yellow: free).

Women's Law Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, March 14
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Room 420

WLS will host three female practitioners who have each served on a local and/or national Bar Association. We will be discussing involvement in the various Bar Associations and committees dedicated to women’s issues, as well as general issues women face in the legal profession. Lunch will be served.

Panelists include:

  • Kathleen Wilkinson, former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Sharon Lopez, President Elect of the PA Bar Association
  • Roberta Liebenberg, Chair of Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Gender Equity Task Force

Dessert with the Dean
Tuesday, March 14
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
Third Floor Gallery

Enjoy dessert and casual conversation with Dean Dan Filler.

Targeting a Sympathetic Defendant at Trial: 2-Credit CLE on Lessons from the Market St Building Collapse Case
Tuesday, March 14
6 - 8 p.m.
Room 140

Kline & Specter Partner Andy Stern will offer insights resulting from the $227 million settlement reached on behalf of victims of the 2013 collapse of the Salvation Army building. The Civil Litigation Society is co-sponsoring the event, which will be followed by a reception. Though the program is free for students, faculty and staff, advance registration is greatly appreciated.

What It Means to Be an Environmental Lawyer
Wednesday, March 15
6 - 7 p.m.
Room 140

Join ELS for a panel on the future of environmental careers under the new administration. All panelists are Kline School of Law alumni:

  • Bobby Schena, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Mica Iddings, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, and
  • Diana A. Silva, Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox

Troubled Waters
Wednesday, March 15
6:30 - 8 p.m.
The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Canon Solutions America come together to host a dynamic lecture by National Geographic Freshwater Fellow Sandra Postel. A world-renowned authority on the preservation and sustainable use of freshwater, Postel will shed light on how people’s demand for freshwater has led to the deterioration of water resources in many parts of the world. Postel will illuminate the “big picture” issues surrounding water, including the effects of climate change on water supply, groundwater depletion, water wars, and conservation. Postel directs the independent Global Water Policy Project and lectures, writes and consults on global water issues. She is co-creator of Change the Course, the national freshwater conservation and restoration initiative pioneered by National Geographic and its partners, which has restored billions of gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands.

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CLE: New Threats to Medical Privacy: What is the Government's Response?
Wednesday, April 5
6 - 8 p.m.
Room 140

A panel of health law attorneys and those on the front lines of health care delivery and government efforts to safeguard patient information from cyber threats will offer insights for a 2-credit CLE hosted by the Health Law Program.

  • Barry Furrow, Esq. Kline School of Law Professor of Law and Health Law Program Director
  • Albert Glenn, Esq., U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Assistant United States Attorney
  • Sara Goldstein, Esq., MRO General Counsel, Kline School of Law Adjunct Professor
  • David Hoffman, Esq., FCPP, David Hoffman & Associates President and Kline School of Law Practice Professor of Law
  • Stanton Smullens, MD, Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Clinical Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
  • Benjamin Stone, MS, FBI Philadelphia Cyber Criminal Squad, Supervisory Special Agent

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Mindfulness and the Law
Thursday, April 6
Keynote at noon

Register now for a program being organized by the newly formed Mindfulness in Law Society and Professor Chapin Cimino. Advance registration will be required to attend the lunchtime keynote, featuring Austin Charles, consultant, yoga instructor and founder of the Mindfulness in Law Society at Georgia State Law School. Details about the program for other parts of the day will be forthcoming.

Register for the keynote by emailing Dean McGovern at NO LATER THAN MARCH 17. After March 17, we will extend the invitation to the broader Drexel University community, so reserve your spot now.

Celebrating Drexel Authors
Wednesday, April 26
4 - 6 p.m.
A. J. Drexel Picture Gallery, Main Building

The Office of the Provost and University Libraries are pleased to co-host the fifth annual Celebrating Drexel Authors event showcasing the work of Drexel faculty, staff and students who authored or edited books published in 2016.

If you published a book January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, contact the Libraries Communications Manager Stacy Stanislaw at with your name and publication citation so that we may feature you and your work during the event.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the event. Space is limited, and be sure to register to attend.

Project Libertad Presents
Strides to Save Lives: 5K to Benefit Survivors of Sex Trafficking

Saturday, May 27
8 a.m.
Penn Park, 3000 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA


Book Drive to Benefit Primary School in Nepal

Law and Philosophy Society is organizing a book and school supply drive for Dolpo Educational English School, a primary school in rural, Himalayan Nepal. The school is seeking English books geared towards children 6-12, notebooks, binders, crayons, highlighters, pens, pencils, backpacks, etc.

A collection box is located on the third floor landing by the elevators. The drive will last until the end of final exams on May 5.

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Financial Aid for Summer 2017

Students interested in receiving financial aid for the Summer Semester at the law school should note the following:

  • The tuition charge this summer will be $953 per credit after the law school’s 33% discount is applied. The General Fee will be $420.
  • Law Merit Scholarships cannot be applied to summer tuition by students in the 3yr JD program.
  • Students taking at least 4.5 credits or half time enrollment can take out Federal Graduate Plus Loans to cover their expenses. You can start applying for summer loans the second week of April at The loan is for 2016-17 (Not 2017-18). The loan term is 05/22/2017 - 08/04/2017.
  • Living expenses for 2 months, as well as tuition and fees, are added to a summer student’s 2016-2017 budget. Loan funds can then be used to cover these costs if needed. Funds will be scheduled to disburse around May 15, 2017 with refunds issued by the Bursar’s Office over the following days.
  • There are no additional financial aid applications necessary as long as your FAFSA for 2016-17 is on file with the school.
  • FAAPPs are not used for summer financial aid.
  • Students in the 2 year JD program are packaged for summer and will not need to take additional steps.

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LRC Announcement

Laptops at the LRC

Laptops are now available on Reserve. Thanks to the SBA, ThinkPad Edge Laptops can be checked out for 6 hours at a time. They can be used in the LRC, the Law School building, and the PISB building. You must sign a Borrowing Agreement before using a laptop for the first time. Stop by the circulation desk for more info!

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Symplicity is the central resource for all career-related information including all job postings, announcements, law firm lists, podcasts, educational programs and networking opportunities. It’s simple…check Symplicity! We always look forward to seeing you in the CSO for personal advice, encouragement, and a welcoming cup of coffee, tea or water.  

MCBA 1L Diversity Program

The Montgomery County Bar Association heads up a 1L Diversity Program each summer. This summer the session is eight weeks and runs from June 5 to July 28, 2017. It pays $500 per week. There are 11 firms/entities participating, which means they are looking to hire 11 first year students for summer 2017. Students will be doing legal work for the firms/entities. To apply, students must submit the following:

  • An outline/statement as to what makes you diverse
  • A resume
  • An unofficial law school transcript
  • A writing sample.

Please see Symplicity/Job Posting for details on how to apply.

Government Hiring Strategies
Tuesday, March 14
12:45 p.m.
Room 340

Are you interested in public service? Find out during this CSO presentation how to find opportunities, conduct your job search, and keep track of application deadlines. Keep your options open and attend this program to learn more about why government jobs are great places to launch your legal career. Mark your calendar and register in Symplicity/Events.

Philadelphia Bar Association Government and Public Service Lawyers Committee
Wednesday, March 15
4 p.m.
Philadelphia Bar Association 1101 Market Street 11th Floor Conference Center Philadelphia, PA

Want to meet local government attorneys and learn about their careers in public service? Join Amy from the CSO at the Committee’s panel discussion on Wednesday, March 15 at 4 p.m. A Networking Happy Hour will follow the panel discussion! No charge to attend.


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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities


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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Ms. JD Fellowship
Deadline: March 31, 2017

In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found 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. Beyond the mentorship, each year, the Fellows tell us that one of the best parts of the Fellowship is meeting the other incredible rising 3Ls.

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AAJ Scholarship Application
Deadline: May 1, 2017

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it. The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student 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 application deadline is May 1, 2017 and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year on July 23, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Copies of the application are available at the Career Strategies Office.

2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently seeking first and second year law students to participate in our 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program. This is a paid internship program that is designed is to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. All interested law students are encouraged to apply.

Participants in the program are placed within the nine regional and six specialty legal aid programs that comprise the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. Over a ten week period, law students will experience the real world of legal advocacy through direct client contact, participation in court and administrative hearings (for those certified), and legal research and writing on actual cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys.

Interns are challenged to put classroom training and talent to work on behalf of the many needy individuals the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network serves and to work creatively to reduce the barriers to a more just society. Each MLK intern is treated as a valuable member of the legal staff and is expected to participate in case strategy and contribute to overall case management.

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Effie Solomon Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April 21, 2017

In October 1965 a well-known Beaver County lawyer, Effie Solomon, passed away. To honor her memory her family established the Effie M. Solomon Memorial Scholarship to aid other Beaver County women who are training to be lawyers. In 1984 the Beaver Valley Branch began awarding this scholarship to deserving women.

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2017 HCBF Law School Scholarship
Deadline: April 28, 2017

Open to current law students who are residents of Hudson County N.J.

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Effie Solomon Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: April 28, 2017

The Beaver Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women is again offering the Effie Solomon Memorial Scholarship. The award of $1500 is open to female residents of Beaver County, or Pennsylvania who are enrolled in an accredited law school. Those who have completed at least one year of law school in good standing shall be given preference.

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Nathan C. Staller Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2017

Open to law students from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties in New Jersey.

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Interest-free Loan through the Feinman Fund
Deadline: May 15, 2017

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia offers interest-free loans to law students through their Feinman Fund.

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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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2017 Diversity Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

Topic: Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is committed to fostering diversity in law schools and the legal profession. Currently, through its Diversity Committee, LSAC sponsors and funds a number of initiatives aimed at increasing the diversity of the legal profession. These initiatives include organizing national and regional pipeline workshops that promote the development of outreach and early educational programs for students from diverse backgrounds; offering grants to support diversity initiatives at LSAC-member law school s; maintaining databases and websites such as with information , resources , and programs that encourage students of colo r, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students to pursue a legal career and equip them with the tools for successful admission and graduation from law school; and engaging in ongoing collaborative programs and projects with prelaw advisors and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs ).

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NDLS Smith-Doheny Legal Writing Competition
Deadline: April 28, 2017

NDLS sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics.

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International Association of Defense Counsel 2017 Writing Contest
Deadline: May 19, 2017

Entries must be written by a single author, not previously published, and they must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.

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CABA 2017 Student Essay Competition
Dealine: May 31, 2017

CABA is proud to announce the 2017 edition of its annual student essay competition. This competition is an integral part of CABA’s mission to provide a voice to Canadians in the United States and Americans in Canada and to foster a greater understanding of rules with cross-border implications as well as an engagement in their development.


Since the North Agreement Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), a regional agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico to implement a free trade area, entered into force on January 1, 1994, the two-way trade between Canada and the United States has more than tripled, reaching some $2.4 billion in goods and services daily over the course of 2015. Canada is now the top export destination for 35 American states, while the United States is the most important destination for Canada’s direct investments abroad.

Despite this increasing level of economic interdependency and trade, during his campaign for the American presidential election, Donald Trump qualified NAFTA as the “worst deal ever made” and vowed to withdraw from the agreement if he cannot achieve a satisfactory renegotiation of the treaty. In the days following the election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that he was “happy to talk” about renegotiating NAFTA. A memo from Mr. Trump’s transition team obtained by the media indicates that the next American president intends to follow through on the renegotiation of NAFTA, and more particularly with regards to Canada, intends to target the rules currently regulating livestock and softwood lumber.

Since it is likely that renegotiation over NAFTA will commence in 2016, we invite students to write essays identifying one issue which in their opinions should be part of the renegotiation of the agreement between Canada and the United States. The essays should explain why the issue is in need of renegotiation, how it affects both countries, and how a renegotiated agreement should address the issue and why.

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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 15, 2017 (midnight EDT)

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2016-2017 writing competition. Th is 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, 2016. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not el igible. Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country. Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources. We discourage students from writing articles about recent a Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focu ses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $ 3000, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first -place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law a nd honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding lega l writing.

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2017 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Deadline: July 1, 2017

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice (“Section”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”). The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field.

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Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017

In keeping with Bruce Stargatt’s keen interest in legal writing and the ethical practice of law, we invite scholarly papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law. Beyond this general description, the precise issue to be dealt with is in the author’s discretion.

The competition is open to: (i) students enrolled in, and 2017 graduates of any American Bar Association accredited law school, (ii) individuals who have registered for or have taken the 2017 Delaware Bar Examination, (iii) law clerks currently employed by a member of the Delaware judiciary, and (iv) Delaware attorneys admitted for no more than five years.

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