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Weekly Newsletter

October 2, 2017


International Law and Human Rights Society Meeting
Monday, Oct. 2
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Room 340

Come learn about opportunities with ILS at the law school, which include: International Law Week in NYC and observations from Ft. Meade of military trials at Guantanamo Bay. We welcome all students interested in joining this revitalized organization that focuses on international law and human rights.

Law Students For Reproductive Justice General Body Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 4
12 - 1 p.m.
Room 240

General Body meeting to discuss and update members on events and pro bono opportunities.

Interested in Intellectual Property Law?
Wednesday, Oct. 4
12:05 p.m.
Room 440

Intellectual Property (IP) law governs the process of securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, and artistic works, specifically Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents, and Trade Secrets. Please join the Kline School of Law's Intellectual Property Socity at its first meeting of the year to discuss the organization's future goals and events. If you would like to become a memeber but cannot attend the meeting please email Kristie Butler or Brad Brown.

National Lawyers Guild General Body Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 4
1:15 - 2 p.m.
Room 240

International Commercial Arbitration: Is it Cheaper and Better?
Wednesday, Oct. 4
4 - 6 p.m.
Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

A panel will address “International Commercial Arbitration: Is it Cheaper and Better?”, which will be followed by a networking wine and cheese reception. International commercial arbitration is one of the most common and important ways of resolving international disputes, and this program will be a great way to introduce you to the latest developments in this area and give you the opportunity to network.

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Philly’s Global Lawyers: Educating and Training International Lawyers in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area
Friday, Oct. 6
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Pepper Hamilton LLP, 3000 Two Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

You’ll have the unique opportunity to hear recent law school grads from area law schools talk about how they have started their careers as international lawyers, in “Philly’s Global Lawyers: Educating and Training International Lawyers in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Lunch will be provided. Featured on this program are recent alums who are practicing in both the public and private sectors, and in litigation and transactional work. This is another excellent way to network and receive guidance on how you can become an international lawyer.

  • Adam M. Hammoud, Esq., Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law ’12; LL.M., University of London ‘12
  • Kimberly W. Klayman, Esq., Ballard Spahr LLP, University of Pennsylvania School of Law ‘13
  • Jiazhong (Jason) Luo, Esq., PhD., Duane Morris LLP, Temple University Beasley School of Law ’13; Ph.D., The Ohio State University ‘98
  • John W. Mazzeo, Esq., Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ‘16
  • Tara M. Pellicori, Esq., DLA Piper, Rutgers University School of Law ‘08 • Katherine B. Puccio, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Boston College Law School ‘15
  • Diane Penneys Edelman, Professor of Law, Director of International Programs, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, Co-Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association International Law Committee, Moderator

Each of the panelists will offer their perspectives on educating and training international lawyers in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area.

Register at or 215-981-4614 by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Lunch will be provided.

The Annual Rutgers-Kline Law 5K-Run
Friday, Oct. 6
4:30 p.m.
Wissahickon Park (Philadelphia)

Come join Rutgers Law and Drexel University- Kline School of Law at the Annual Fall Rutgers-Drexel Invitational 5K Run! (Free entry, no prizes, walkers welcome, accuracy of distance, timekeeping and other organization not guaranteed.)

Event sponsors, Professors Bill McNichol, Amy Boss, and Roger Clark, ask you to join your fellow students, faculty, and alumni, as we start fall off on the right foot! Run alongside our Deans, Dan Filler and Michael Cahill, and avid supporters while participating in some good old-fashioned competition!

The run will be on a wooded, out-and-back course on Forbidden Drive. The start/finish will be in front of Valley Green Inn. Parking available.

After the run, Professor McNichol invites all runners, timekeepers and hangers-on to his home for beer, pizza, and good cheer! His house is only a few hundred yards from the Valley Green start/finish.

RSVP to David Levy or Gennar Garofalo.

Mutter Museum Tour
Friday, Oct. 6
2:30 p.m.

The Health Law Organization will be taking the students to the Mutter Museum for a tour. For more information, contact Erica Spiro.

Roots, Rock & Research
Sunday, Oct. 8
5:30 - 10 p.m.
World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute is holding its first ever benefit concert. The music will be great, with two fine Philly area artists (Jeremiah Tall and No Good Sister) getting things going and the wildly entertaining Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution finishing off the evening in style. The West Powelton Steppers and Drum Squad will be making a guest appearance as well. Light fare and soft drinks will be provided and WCL will have a cash bar open.

Tickets are $40 a person and can be purchased here.

Community Service Initiative (CSI Club) General Body Meeting
Monday, Oct. 9
12 - 12:45 p.m.
Room 140

The Board of Executives will introduce themselves to 1Ls and other interested students and then go over the club's goals and events planned for the semester.

PIE General Body Meeting
Monday, Oct. 9
12:15 p.m.
Room 340

Are you interested in Public Interest work? Get a slice of PIE! PIE is the Public Interest Experience auction that is hosted in the Spring. By participating in PIE, you can become eligible for a grant for the public interest work that you do over the summer.

Meditation Monday: The Power of Your Breath
Monday, Oct. 9
1 p.m.
Room 302

Come to stress less and connect.

Law & Philosophy Society First General Body Meeting & Lunch
Wednesday, October 11
12 -2 p.m.
Room 240

A discussion on Natural Law.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice Movie Screening
Monday, Oct. 16
12 - 2 p.m.
Room 340

Movie screening and discussion about abortion stigma.

Innocent People in Prison: How do They Get There and How do They Get Out?
Monday, Oct. 16
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, One South Broad Street, Suite 2M, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will host Judge Ted McKee, a United States Circuit Judge, along with PA Innocence Project Executive Director, Marissa Boyers Bluestine, and an Innocence Project client, to share an inside look on the criminal justice system. Our guests will discuss wrongful convictions, exonerations, as well as ways to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania through public education and advocacy.

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Second Annual Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III Public Interest Colloquium
Tuesday, Oct. 17
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Room 140

Judge Gerald "Jerry" McHugh will give the keynote address at the Second Annual Carl "Tobey" Oxholm III Public Interest Colloquium. Judge McHugh was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by President Obama.

A former partner with Raynes McCartney who previously practiced with Morgan Lewis, he is the author of "Christian Faith and Criminal Justice: Toward a Christian Response to Crime and Punishment."

The annual symposium celebrates the public interest program supported through a gift by former Drexel Senior Vice President and General Counsel Tobey Oxholm that underwrites student fellowships in the Philadelphia City Solicitor's Office.

A reception will follow Judge McHugh's remarks.

Race and Policing: Defining the Problem & Developing Solutions
Friday, Oct. 20
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room 140
6 Substantive CLE Credits

From Ferguson to Chicago to Baton Rouge, the deeds of police and their lack of accountability have sparked outrage and fueled a modern day civil rights movement. Each death, from Eric Garner to Philando Castille, has shone a spotlight on the intersection of race, policing and the criminal justice system.

This symposium will gather scholars and practitioners at the forefront of exploring anti-black policing, the school-to-prison pipeline and the ethics of punishment. Speakers will turn a legal lens on police practices from the time of slavery to contemporary tactics that include no-knock warrants, stop-and-frisk and the excessive use of force.

The program will map out strategies for addressing and reversing troubling trends in race and policing, pointing to new directions that promote a more just path forward.

A reception follows the program from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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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.

Message from Donna Gerson, Associate Dean, Career Strategies Office

Members of the Class of 2020 and the Accelerated JD Class of 2019 have now received access to Symplicity. Please check your email, create your profile, and schedule your mandatory 1L advising appointment. All appointments will begin on Monday, October 16th. You may choose any advisor (Donna Gerson, Liz Dunn or Amy Weiss) and may move between and among advisors throughout law school. Please remember to post your resume as your Default Resume in Word format on your profile page after you make your appointment. This should be the resume that follows the model we shared the very first week of school. We are offering Symplicity training sessions and drop-in times. Read further below for details.

The final Career Fundamentals program on Interview Skills will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd. There is no scheduled program on October 10th – it’s our way of saying we understand that you have a lot on your plate right now. The final segment summarizing your next steps for Summer 2018, will be presented as a podcast and that link will be sent to you by email later this week.

This week I’m on the road from Tuesday through Friday on behalf of the law school. On Tuesday, I will be visiting employers in Pittsburgh and meeting alumni for dinner. Wednesday will be spent at Robert Morris University as part of their Law Day activities where I will serve on a panel and meet with students interested in a legal career. I then fly to Washington, D.C. for a day of employer visits and an alumni reception on Thursday evening. On Friday, I will attend the inaugural NALP Emerging Careers Summit which will explore JD Advantage careers. I will try to respond promptly to email from the road, but please keep in mind that I’m in meetings back-to-back for four days straight. I hope to return with more professional connections and new ideas to share. Follow my adventures on LinkedIn (/in/donnagerson) and the CSO Facebook page at KlineDrexelLawCSO.

Symplicity 101

As we head into Pumpkin Spice Season, the CSO would like to remind you that Symplicity is THE central resource for all things career related. Podcasts, job postings, employer directory, resume & cover letter templates (and so much more!) can all be found here and are available to you 24/7. We are offering the following opportunities for you to spice up your Symplicity skills:

Introduction to Symplicity - Tuesday, October 10th at 1:00 pm, Rm. 340 Symplicity is the central resource for career information. Ensure that you are using it to the utmost! The CSO will provide a quick overview of Symplicity Resources (10 minutes) and then open the floor for your questions.

Symplicity Drop-In Hours - Friday October 6th and Friday October 13th, 12 – 1:00 pm in the CSO No such thing as a silly question! Drop by the CSO and let us help with your Symplicity questions big and small.

Justinian Society Networking Opportunity
Thursday, Oct. 26
4 p.m.
City Hall Courtroom 653 (Reception in the Conversation Hall)

The Justinian Society will honor Judge Matthew D. Carrafiello’s 22 years of service as a judge. Founded in 1935, the Justinian Society is a legal organization comprised of attorneys, judges, and law students of Italian-American ancestry. All are welcome to this event! Associate Dean Donna Gerson will attend and would be happy to travel with students to the event on the day of if you let her know by emailing her at

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities


Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies
Deadline: November 13, 2017

Law and graduate school students interested in pursuing a career supporting workers’ rights should apply for a 2018 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies.

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James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarships
Deadline: December 1, 2017

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. The scholarships will be awarded by December 29, 2017.

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The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: July 1, 2018

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. The scholarship/grant will be awarded by August 23, 2018.

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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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Center for Alcohol Policy 10th Annual Essay Contest
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be a recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?

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