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Weekly Newsletter

Oct. 12, 2015


Roberta Kaplan, Then Comes Marriage
Wednesday, Oct. 13
7:30 p.m.
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine St.

Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who defeated the Defense of Marriage Act.  She's coming to Philly on October 13th to talk about her book, Then Comes Marriage 

Love Wins
Thursday, Oct. 14
12:15 p.m.
Kline School of Law, Room 140

Professor David S. Cohen will discuss recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality. Professor Cohen’s scholarship explores the intersection of constitutional law and gender, emphasizing sex segregation, masculinity, and violence against abortion providers.

Shake Shack will be served.

Crossroads: Crime, Community and Public Health
Friday, Oct. 16
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Kline School of Law

This symposium, organized by the Drexel Law Review and co-sponsored by the School of Public Health, will feature the perspectives of scholars and professionals in the fields of law and public health who work at the crossroads of these intersecting disciplines.

The symposium will explore the role of community at the intersection of criminal justice and public health.

Continuing education credits will be available for attorneys and public health professionals.

More Info »

Register »

Lehigh Lawyers Association Philadelphia Fall Networking Event 
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania 6, 114 S. 12th Street

Lehigh University Alumni are invited to attend this networking event.

More Information and Registration »

Drexel CAA Have a Heart Car Blood Challenge
Tuesday, Oct. 20

8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. @ Kline School of Law Donor Bus. Register here.
9 a.m. - 9 p.m. @ Student Recreation Center Gym. Register here.
Search by your Sponsor Code: Drexel CAA

Brehon/Justinian Happy Hour
Wednesday, Oct. 21
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
McGillin's Olde Ale House
1310 Drury Street

Free food and drink specials, all are welcome.

Pennsylvania Bar Talk
Thursday, Oct. 22
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kline School of Law, Room 140

Join Gicine Brignola, executive director of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, for a discussion of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association honors Professor Amy Boss
Thursday, Oct. 22
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo History Museum
123 South Broad Street

Boss, nationally renowned commercial law scholar and authority on codifying international commercial law through treaty, will be honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association as a Giant of the Business Bar. Light refreshments will be provided. Complimentary, but the Philadelphia Bar Association requires registration. Full details and registration available HERE.

1L Elective Information Session
Thursday, Oct. 22
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kline School of Law, Room 340

Elective Professors (Profs. Geisinger, Furrow, Corrigan, and West) and Office of Student Affairs Staff will discuss elective choices and review how you will indicate your preferences. Lunch will be provided.

Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
Nov. 4, 2015
12:15 p.m.
Kline School of Law, Room 140

Discussing experience as a law student and into the real world.

Cocktails for a Cause-Rescheduled
Friday, Nov. 13
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Room 12, a bar at 12th and Sansom Streets

The Student Bar Association is excited to announce the this year’s Cocktails For A Cause event, benefiting MANNA,a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS. Through the delivery of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, MANNA provides hope and nourishment to the Greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey.

Besides raising money for this excellent organization, attendees each year are excited to see their professors and administrators step behind the bar in 20 to 30-minute guest bar-tending stints! This is where you come in: stay tuned for instructions for signing up to guest bar tend. This is a truly fun event that is fueled by the willingness of our biggest supporters to volunteer.

There will be a $10 cover that will be directly donated to our cause. Attendees also have the option of purchasing a $25 open bar for 2 hours (draft beer and well drinks). Food will be provided. Tickets will be sold closer to the time of the event.

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Law School Open on Columbus Day

Please remember that Monday, Oct. 12 is a regular class day at the law school.


In addition to moot court competitions in which the Kline School of Law  Moot Court Board members compete, a number of external moot court, ADR, and transactional competitions are held around the country each year. Announcements and invitations for these competitions will be placed in the weekly newsletter or distributed by interested student organizations.

Law students who are not members of the Moot Court Board and who want to participate in these competitions may seek academic credit, financial support, and/or other institutional support under existing guidelines. The guidelines are available from the Moot Court faculty advisor, Dean Oates.

Revised Guidelines for Student Professional Development Funds

New guidelines for the use of Student Professional Development Funds have been developed and posted on the law school website. The guidelines feature some modifications to eligible expenses. 

1L Elective Information Session

What: Hear about the elective choices and learn how you will indicate your preferences. Lunch will be provided.

When: Thursday, October 22, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Where: Law Building Room 340

Who: Elective Professors (Profs. Geisinger, Furrow, Corrigan, and West) and Office of Student Affairs Staff


Students are entitled to a discount on Kimmel Center tickets using KimmelSTIX.

How it works:

  1. Sign up for FREE
  2. Receive monthly STIX email
  3. Buy $10 tickets online (pay NO fees!)
  4. Pick up your tickets at Box Office (don’t forget your student ID!)
  5. Enjoy an awesome show!


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Career Strategies Office Announcements


The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Dear First Year Students,

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is excited to offer the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for first year students at Drexel Law School.  LCLD is a national organization of more than 220 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners.  For more information about LCLD, please visit LCLD’s website at

LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career.  To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD is launching the 2015-2016 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in more than 30 cities around the country, including the Philadelphia area.   Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in your city, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations.  Mentees will also have an opportunity to participate in the LCLD Group Mentoring Program, which includes networking events and substantive informational programming. 

You can register online for this first come, first serve program beginning October 15, 2015.  Please register on LCLD’s website, using the following link:

Workforce Recruitment Program for Students with Disabilities - Apply by Oct. 16, 2015

The WRP is a federally-funded recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with college and graduate students with disabilities for both internships and post-graduate positions. To be eligible for federal agency hiring, applicants need to submit a Schedule A letter. Students with a wide variety of disabilities are eligible to participate in the program even if they are not currently receiving accommodations in the classroom.

Contact Amy Weiss in the CSO, if you have questions: 215.571.4805.

Learn More »


Camden County NJ Bar Association Networking Event! Join CCBA NOW!  For membership information:

PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR (free event): October 22, 2015, PJ Whelihans, Cherry Hill, NJ  RSVP required:

Watch the podcast to get tips for proofreading and avoiding self-inflicted wounds in the application process +101/0_nbprkwed

The CSO will gladly supply students with 30 business cards.   Please visit the CSO to sign up – be sure to print your contact information clearly.  Our Ambassadors will fill orders once a week.  You will receive an email when cards are ready for pick up.  
Here’s a five minute podcast on business card etiquette that we hope you find helpful: +Card+Etiquette+Podcast/0_njuj69tw


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Legal Research Center Announcements

Pizza with Legal Research Toppings
Sept. 21, 2015 - Feb. 29, 2016
12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Legal Research Center Conference Room L362
Lunch will be provided






Everybody knows how to Google, but nobody knows how to do it right.

Steven Thorpe,, Head of Access Services/Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law












What is a docket and how would I find one?




Lindsay Steussy,, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law








Free online legal research resources.



Peter, Egler,, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law

To reserve a seat for any or all of the sessions, please RSVP Steven Thorpe at


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Academic Skills Program

The Dean's Scholars Session Schedule is available on Community Property

Academic Skills Workshop Schedule:

Oct. 14:
Outlining for Exams

Oct. 21
Exam Strategies I: Exam Success Strategies

Oct. 28:
No Workshop (LM deadline)

Nov. 4:
Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Memo (Prof. Coleman)

Nov. 11:
Exam Strategies II: Writing a Structured and Fully
Analyzed Exam Answer

Nov. 18:
Revising and Editing the 1L Memo (Prof. Coleman)

Questions about the workshops? Contact Professor Kraybill.


Office Hours Information for Fall 2015:

Civil Procedure (Asbury)

Caitlyn Smith ’17 -

  • Monday 3:30-4:30 (Rm. 222)
  • Friday 12:30-1:30 (Rm. 223)

Jason Saruya ’17 –

  • Monday 5:00-6:00 (Rm. 221)
  • Wednesday 5:00-6:00 (Rm. 221)


Civil Procedure (Asbury)-AJD

Lauren McGinley ’17 -

  • Tuesday 2:00-3:00 (Rm. 221)
  • Wednesday 12:15-1:15 (Rm. 222)


Contracts (Benforado)

Ariel Ruggiero ’17 -

  • Wednesday 3:30-5:30 (Rm. 222)

Immon Shafiei ’17 -

  • Friday 12:30-2:30 (Rm. 222)


Contracts (Cimino)

Alex Buckingham ’17 -

Alex Woolsey ’17 -

  • Monday 3:30-5:30 (Rm. 223)


Torts (Furrow)

Jennica Janssen ’17 -

  • Thursday 12:00-2:00 (Rm. 222)

Erin Kelly ’16 -

  • Tuesday 3:30-5:30 (Rm. 221)


Torts (Geisinger)

Victoria Pietruszka ’17 -

  • Thursday 3:30-5:30 (Rm. 222)

Alice Thornewill ’16 -

  • Tuesday 3:30-4:30 (Rm. 222)
  • Wednesday 4:30-5:30 (Rm. 223)


Civil Procedure (Saunders)—no office hours

Parthiv Patel ’16 -
Yvette Tyson ’17 -

Academic Skills

Autumn Gramigna ’17 -

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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.

Learn More »

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

Application period Monday, September 28 through Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

PMF is a prestigious leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible and is designed to develop a cadre of potential government leaders.  For a complete overview of the program and information on eligibility, the application and assessment process, specifics for the 2016 PMF application, an Assessment Preparation Guide, and FAQs, please visit:

Please contact the CSO with any questions.


Critical Language Scholarship
National Deadline is in November

This program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesia, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: all levels, Arabic and Persian advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced and Chinese, Japanese and Russian, intermediate and advanced . Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and to apply their critical language skills in their future careers. Learn more at an information session Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 3 pm in Hagerty Library, L33Registration requested in advance. An additional information session will be held on Oct. 15 at noon, location TBA, but a light lunch will be provided. Registration is requested in advance.

Justinian Society of Delaware County Scholarship
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2015

The scholarship is given to a student of Italian American heritage, who exhibits specific aptitude in the study of law and has exhibited outstanding law school performance. Applications should go to Delaware County Justinian Society, Albert M. Greto, Esquire, 319 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063. In the interest of time, the student may scan and email the application to or Helen Bosacco, at The amount awarded will be a minimum of $1,000.00 for the current year. We would like to award this Scholarship at our November 23, 2015 annual dinner. The deadline for the applications is November 1, 2015.

Mark T. Banner Scholarship
Deadline: Nov. 23

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. 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 Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school.

Learn More »

James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarships
Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2015; Scholarships to be awarded by Dec. 31, 2015

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.

Learn More »

Boren Awards
Deadline is noon EST on Jan. 5, 2016

An initiative of the National Security Education Program, the Boren Awards fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. national security. The awards promote long term cultural and linguistic immersion in countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Boren Fellows may receive up to $24,000 plus a supplementary grant for domestic language study, if applicable, for a maximum total of $30,000. An information session about the Boren Awards will be held Wed, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in Disque 109. Registration is requested. A webinar will also be held Wed., Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Application deadline: July 1, 2016; Scholarships will be awarded by Aug. 23, 2016

This annual scholarship goes to a law school student or lawyer in practice for less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award is $5,400. To be eligible, applicants must be Pennsylvania residents enrolled in an accredited law school in the US or licensed Pennsylvania lawyers admitted to 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.

Learn More »


Pacific Legal Foundation Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness promotes the publication of works of legal academic scholarship that advance an understanding of key constitutional issues before the nation's courts.

Essays submitted to the writing competition address one of three questions on areas of the law within PLF's mission, incorporating pertinent case law, and applicable academic literature.

The Law Student Writing Competition awards up to $6,000 in three cash prizes for publishable essays by students currently enrolled in law school in the United States. In addition to the grand prize, the top winner will be presented with an award at the annual PLF gala event. And competition winners will work with our staff to have their winning entries published in a law review.

Please visit for essay topics and rules.

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2016

Law Students for Reproductive Justice, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School, is pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize’s suggested theme is “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion,” with a focus on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980). However, submissions on other topics will also be accepted. For more information, please download the 2015 Call for Submissions:

Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (first place), $500 (second place), or $250 (third place).  Additionally, each winning author will receive a copy of the newly released casebook, Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker’s Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.  

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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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