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Weekly Newsletter

Aug. 31, 2015

Papal Visit Law School Schedule

As you know, Pope Francis will be visiting Philadelphia the weekend of September 26-27 and a comprehensive system of logistics has been adopted by the city. Further, the area around the University City campus is part of the papal security plan. We have heard from the University regarding their plans, and have made the following decisions regarding law school closures and rescheduling:

Thursday, September 24

All courses beginning at 5:00 pm or later will be canceled and rescheduled at the professor’s discretion, in conference with Law School administration. The Law Building and Legal Research Center will also close at 5:00 PM.

Friday, September 25

Law School closed and no live classes held; Law Building closed; Legal Research Center closed

Saturday, September 26

& Sunday, September 27

Legal Research Center and Law Building closed

Monday, September 28

Law School closed and no live classes held; Law Building closed; Legal Research Center closed

Wednesday, December 2

(previously a legislative Friday)

Legislative Monday schedule – courses normally scheduled for Monday will meet. Some 1L/AJD classes will be extended (see attached schedule)

Thursday, December 3

(previously unscheduled)

Legislative “double” Friday – courses normally scheduled for Friday will meet on either extended or “doubled” schedules (see attached schedule)

Integrated Sciences Building

Please note that the Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) now requires you to tap your DragonCard for access. This is effective immediately, and unrelated to the papal visit.

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Events

Dr. Shmulik Becher: Happiness, Wellbeing and the Legal Profession
Monday, Aug. 31
12:15 p.m.
Room 240

On Monday, Aug. 31, visiting scholar Shmulik Becher will do a lunch-time talk and activity for students on issues related to happiness, wellbeing, and the legal profession.

Dr. Becher received his LL.B., magna cum laude, from Tel Aviv University, where he was an editor of the Tel University Law Review. He earned his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School, after clerking for Chief Justice Aharon Barak at the Israeli Supreme Court. He is currently on the law faculty of the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel. His academic work has been published in Hebrew and English.

 Please join us in Room 240 at 12:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

 The Kline School of Law is hosting Dr. Becher as part of a program of new partnerships with international law schools.

Student Organization Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 1
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Law School - Second Floor

Representatives from various student organizations will be in attendance to discuss their organizations' missions. Food and beverages will be provided.

How to Create a Successful Application for the Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Tuesday, Sept. 1

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program is very competitive, receiving hundreds of applications each year for approximately 60 Fellowship slots. To be considered, you must be a qualified and passionate lawyer who has developed a new and innovative legal project that can impact lives and serve communities in desperate need of legal assistance. These events will cover how to prepare and complete a successful application. This presentation is intended for law students and recent graduates interested in pursuing a public interest legal career as well as law school professionals who advise students on fellowship and other public interest career opportunities.

Register »

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New Trial Team Announcement

Please join me in congratulating the new Trial Team members who are listed below. The group of students who tried out last week was outstanding, so it was very difficult to pick the team. I am also listing our fantastic returning 3Ls who will compete again this year. We are very excited for a successful competition season this fall! 

NEW MEMBERS:

Kevin Farrington

Yvette Tyson

Zach Yurick

Hank George

Rachel Holt

Gregg Kiss

Michael Pajak

RETURNING MEMBERS:

Hannah Molitoris

Tony Alvarez

Jenna Farr

Jill Schroeder

Kelsey Ashworth

Katrina Mavroudis

Adam Bethke

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Gwen Roseman Stern, Esq.
Director of Trial Advocacy and Associate Teaching Professor
Director of Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

 

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Moot Court Board Announcements

On Tuesday September 1st at 6 PM in room 340, all Moot Court Board members, non-members, and prospective new members are invited to watch a presentation created by our new Moot Court Board liaison, Allie Hallmark, and the Moot Court Executive Board on how to be successful at oral argument. 

ALLIE J. HALLMARK is an Associate in the Construction Practice Group of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. Allie earned her Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and interned at the Seventh Court of Appeals. She also competed on several appellate advocacy teams, winning three regional championships and one national championship, including the National Moot Court Competition Championship in New York.  As a result of her success in moot court, she was inducted into the National Order of Barristers. Allie continues to pursue her interest in student advocacy competitions as a volunteer coach and consultant for the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Moot Court program. 

This presentation will be highly beneficially for everyone, especially the prospective new members that will be participating in the oral argument rounds of the internal competition. Additionally, we invite any 1Ls to attend who may have an interest in becoming a Moot Court Board Member in the future. 

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Legal Research Center Announcements

Law Annex Monitor Part-time Position

The Legal Research Center is seeking a second or third year law student to assist as a monitor in the annex portion of the library that is restricted to law student access.  The hours are  10 p.m.- midnight on alternate Sunday and 2 weeknights sharing the position with another student.  The primary responsibility is to ensure that only law students are in the annex during these hours.    There are no library services offered during these times and the monitor sits at the table across from the circulation desk.

The person needs to be reliable and flexible.  The position pays $10/hr.  If you are interested please contact Prof. Mark Bernstein in the LRC at mpb63@drexel.edu to schedule a brief interview.

Dean's Faculty Research Fellow
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2015

The Legal Research Center solicits applications from second and third year law students for the position of Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow to begin in September or early October 2015 and continue through the end of the Spring Semester 2016.

The Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow, under the direction of the Research & Instructional Services librarians, works on research projects for law school faculty members and the Legal Research Center librarians. Past research projects have dealt with traditional legal research topics and various interdisciplinary subjects including business, education, and psychology. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work with faculty members, make full use of the library’s collection, and develop excellent research and writing skills.

The fellow works 10 hours per week.  The fellow doesn’t work during reading, exam, or break periods.

Pay is competitive for a research position. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to John Cannan, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, at jc3238@drexel.edu. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 13, 2015.

 

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

Schedule:

09/21

 

How to use and find court rules and procedure.

John Cannan, jc3238@drexel.edu, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law

 

 

 

 

10/26

 

 

 

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

Steven Thorpe, srt36@drexel.edu, Head of Access Services/Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law

 

 

 

 

01/25

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a docket and how would I find one?

 

 

 

Lindsay Steussy, lhs27@drexel.edu, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law

 

 

 

 

02/29

 

 

Free online legal research resources.

 

 

Peter, Egler, pje26@drexel.edu, 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 srt36@drexel.edu.

 

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

New York Public Interest Reception

Are you interested in learning more about public interest/public service legal work? Would you like to meet public interest practitioners? Please join us at this year’s Public Interest Legal Career Reception, especially if you are interested in working in New York!

When and Where? Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at Fordham Law School

Why attend?

Gain a greater understanding of the range of public interest/public service work

Make better choices during your planning process and job search

Make contacts and speak with public interest practitioners about their work and experiences

For more information, please go to Symplicity-Events.

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Dean's Scholars

New Dean's Scholars for Fall 2015:

Civil Procedure (Asbury)

Caitlyn Smith ’17 - caitlin.e.smith@drexel.edu
Jason Saruya ’17 – jason.saruya@drexel.edu

Civil Procedure (Asbury)-AJD

Lauren McGinley ’17 - lauren.m.mcginley@drexel.edu

Civil Procedure (Saunders)—no office hours

Parthiv Patel ’16 - parthiv.m.patel@drexel.edu
Yvette Tyson ’17 - yvette.c.tyson@drexel.edu

Contracts (Benforado)

Ariel Ruggiero ’17 - ariel.a.ruggiero@drexel.edu
Immon Shafiei ’17 - immon.shafiei@drexel.edu

Contracts (Cimino)

Alex Buckingham ’17 - alexandra.m.buckingham@drexel.edu
Alex Woolsey ’17 - alexandra.r.woolsey@drexel.edu

Torts (Furrow)

Jennica Janssen ’17 - jennica.m.janssen@drexel.edu
Erin Kelly ’16 - erin.a.kelly83@drexel.edu

Torts (Geisinger)

Victoria Pietruszka ’17 - victoria.l.pietruszka@drexel.edu
Alice Thornewill ’16 - alice.hilaria.thornewill@drexel.edu

Academic Skills

Autumn Gramigna ’17 - autumn.d.gramigna@drexel.edu

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities

CLERKSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS/INTERNSHIPS:

 

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 »

Louis D. Brandeis Law Society 2015 Fellowship Program
Deadline: Sept. 11, 2015

The Brandeis Law Society is pleased to announce its fourth annual Brandeis Fellowship Program. The program will give recent 2014 and 2015 law school graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience while providing legal services to needy Philadelphians. We also have limited placement of interested Fellows with Judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

The Fellowship will begin in October 2015. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript and brief writing sample to Robert Katz, Esq. (robert.katz@pacourts.us) by Friday, September 11, 2015.

Dean's Faculty Research Fellow
Deadline: Sept. 13, 2015

The Legal Research Center solicits applications from second and third year law students for the position of Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow to begin in September or early October 2015 and continue through the end of the Spring Semester 2016.

The Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow, under the direction of the Research & Instructional Services librarians, works on research projects for law school faculty members and the Legal Research Center librarians. Past research projects have dealt with traditional legal research topics and various interdisciplinary subjects including business, education, and psychology. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work with faculty members, make full use of the library’s collection, and develop excellent research and writing skills.

The fellow works 10 hours per week.  The fellow doesn’t work during reading, exam, or break periods.

Pay is competitive for a research position. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to John Cannan, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, at jc3238@drexel.edu. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 13, 2015.

Independence Foundation Fellowships
Sept. 23, 2015

Independence Foundation is committed to supporting free legal services for residents of the Philadelphia region. The Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program is a key element of this commitment. Through the Fellowship Program, the Foundation funds the compensation and employment benefits for accomplished young lawyers who have decided to direct their considerable talents to public interest service. The Foundation requires that the focus of all Fellowship work be on direct representation of disadvantaged clients. The Foundation also assists the Fellows in repayment of their often substantial educational loans. Thus the Foundation enables some of the best and brightest law school graduates to come to the Philadelphia area and obtain employment with a local organization that provides free legal services to the underserved.

Learn More »

WRITING COMPETITIONS:

2015 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2015

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law team are pleased to announce the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.

Learn More »

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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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