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Weekly Newsletter

April 10, 2017



Women's Law Lunch and Learn
Monday, April 10
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Room 340

WLS will host three female practitioners who have each served on a local and/or national Bar Association.

Philadelphia District Attorney Candidates' Forum
Monday, April 17
7 - 9 p.m.
Room 140

All eight candidates in the May 16 primary election for Philadelphia District Attorney will square off at a forum to be moderated by attorney Thomas R. Kline. The forum will include:

  • Judge Teresa Carr Deni (D)
    Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge
  • Tariq El-Shabazz (D)
    Former First Deputy District Attorney
  • Beth Grossman (R)
    Former Assistant District Attorney
  • Joe Khan (D)
    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Former Assistant District Attorney
  • Larry Krasner (D)
    Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Richard Negrin (D)
    Former Deputy Mayor and Managing Director of City of Philadelphia
  • Jack O’Neil (D)
    Former Assistant District Attorney
  • Michael Untermeyer (D)
    Former Assistant District Attorney

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Send-off Celebration for Dean Dennis
Tuesday, April 18
5:30 p.m.
3rd Floor Gallery

A send-off to retirement celebration for Dean Dennis will take place on Tuesday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Gallery. There will be drinks and food, including Dean Dennis’ favorite, pigs in a blanket! Please join us.

Memorial Service
Thursday, April 20
5 p.m.
Room 140

On Thursday, April 20 at 5 p.m. in Room 140, join us for a Memorial Service for Professor Mindy Friedman who passed away in November. It will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to speak to share memories of Mindy, and recognize her contributions to the law school.

Lyon-Philadelphia Bar Twinning Relationship and Exchange Program
20th Anniversary Reunion and Networking Conference

Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22, 2017
Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., Philadelphia, PA

On April 20-22, the Philadelphia Bar and the Bar Association of Lyon, France will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their exchange relationship. During the past 20 years, lawyers from Lyon have shadowed lawyers from Philadelphia, and law students from Philadelphia have interned in Lyon firms.

The Philadelphia Bar Association is offering 10 free tickets to students to attend the opening reception on Thursday evening, April 21 and lecture Friday morning, “Cross Border Perspectives on Handling International Legal Issues.” Both of these will be wonderful networking and learning opportunities.

To obtain a free ticket, write Tracey at

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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.

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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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.

How to Have a Successful Summer
Monday, April 17
12:30 p.m.
Room 340

This CSO program will review everything you need to know to make a great impression this summer and wow employers with your legal acumen, poise, and socializing savvy. We¹ll tell you what you should do and what you should really, seriously not do in order to represent yourself and the Kline School of Law well. Pizza will be served courtesy of Lexis -- please RSVP in Symplicity/Events to be included!

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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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2017 Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships
Deadline: April 3, 2017

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships, which are available to members of active Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters. Scholarship amounts are: $5,000 each for three first place recipients, and $1,000 each to the second place recipients.

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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.

Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship
Dealine: May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

Justinian Society of Philadelphia invites any law school student in his/her second year to submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay answering: As an attorney, what will you do to fight against stereotyping and defamation of Italian-Americans in particular and people of all races, religions and cultures in general? The scholarship recipient will be invited to The Justinian Society and Foundation luncheon in June to accept the $2,500 scholarship payable to the recipient’s law school for his/her third year.

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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Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. Annual Scholarship
Dealine: April 14, 2017

Each year, the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia, Inc. awards scholarships to Black students attending local area law schools. These scholarships are presented to students who demonstrate leadership ability, academic achievement, as well as a commitment to community service and professional development. To reward and recognize students who will become future leaders in the profession, we introduce the student recipients to the legal community at our Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala. This black-tie event is a night of dinner, dancing and celebrating with luminaries of the legal profession. This year's Gala will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017, at The Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square, from 6 to 10 p.m. Scholarship recipients must be present to be honored at our Annual Awards and Scholarship Gala.

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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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The Brandeis Law Society Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: May 6, 2017

The Brandeis Law Society Foundation is offering two $2,500 scholarships to a Jewish law student attending a Philadelphia area law school. The Foundation is also offering a $2,500 scholarship to a single parent law student of any religion or creed.

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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 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award
Deadline: July 15, 2017

Seeking law student research papers that enhance the understanding of gaming law or recommend a beneficial change in gaming law. The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) will award prizes of $2,500 for each of the two best research papers written by J.D. students of accredited or international equivalent law schools as part of their class work during the 2016-2017 school year. The awards will be announced during the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas on October 3 – 5, 2017.

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Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section
Deadline: April 14, 2017

The Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section is holding a writing competition open to Kline School of Law students. Submissions must be the entrant’s original creation and may not have been published previously. A panel of qualified judges selects the winner based on content, quality and relevancy. Entries should be less than 5,000 words (NOT including footnotes). Entries should be submitted electronically to the Section Relations Coordinator, Pamela K. Kance,, by April 14, 2017.

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The Philip R. Shawe Scholarship Competition
Deadline: April 20, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.

The Philip R. Shawe Scholarship Competition is a writing and oratorical contest focusing on a controversial corporate law case brought before the State of Delaware Chancery Court and recently affirmed by the Delaware Supreme Court involving TransPerfect Global and its co-CEOs, Phil Shawe and Elizabeth Elting. The competition, open to all second- and third-year law school students, focuses on the TransPerfect case, (In re: TransPerfect Global, Inc.,” Civil Action No. 9700-CB and “Elizabeth Elting v. Philip R. Shawe, et al.” Civil Action No. 10449-CB) in which the Delaware Chancery Court, to create a non-negotiated exit strategy for one of the company shareholders, ordered the forced sale of the entire company against the will of the other two shareholders.

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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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2017 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Legal Writing Competition
Deadline: May 19, 2017 by 4 p.m.

Open to full-time and part-time law students in their 2nd or 3rd year at one of the following institutions: Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Widener University Delaware Law School.

Topic: Law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law.

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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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Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2017 George Hutchinson Writing Competition
Dealine: July 1, 2017

The Federal Circuit Bar Association’s 2017 George Hutchinson Writing Competition is accepting submissions. The competition is open to all law students enrolled in ABA-accredited law schools and accepts papers that address any topic that lies within the procedure, substance, or scope of the Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction, including patent litigation and appeals from the Patent and Trademark Office (as well as government contract, ITC, Merit Systems Protection Board, Veterans Appeals, etc.).

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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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