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Weekly Newsletter

February 13, 2017

Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Free Multistate Bar Exam Diagnostic Test

All 3L students have the opportunity to take a FREE Multistate Bar Exam diagnostic exam!! We strongly encourage you take advantage of this opportunity to get specific feedback and craft a more effective study strategy.

The MBE Diagnostic Exam covers five MBE subjects: civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, and torts. The remaining subjects on the MBE—real property, evidence, and criminal procedure—are not covered in this diagnostic exam because not everyone has taken or completed these classes.

Exams will be administered in person at the following times:

  • Monday, Feb. 13, from 3 - 6 p.m. in Law 140
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 12:15 - 3:15 p.m. in Law 140

If you can’t attend a live session, you can take the exam online. The online exam will be loaded into each student’s free Themis Bar Review account and available by February 1. Students must complete the exam by February 15 so there is time to grade each exam and disseminate the results to students. We do encourage students to take the live exam if possible, to better simulate testing conditions.

May Graduation

Students who intend to graduate in May should apply for their degree through DrexelOne by Tuesday, Feb. 28. Under the Academics tab, click “Apply for Graduation” on the right. If you have any changes to make, such as adding or removing a concentration or changing your legal name, please do so before applying. Commencement will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Kimmel Center.

Students who will be within 7 (LLM) or 25 (JD) credits of graduating after Spring may choose to walk in May’s ceremony. If you would like to do so, please notify OSA and Dean McGovern no later than Feb. 28.

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Events

Dean's Town Hall
Tuesday, Feb. 14
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Room 140
Lunch will be served

Students are invited to join Dean Filler at his first town hall meeting. He looks forward to sharing his plans for the future of the law school and to hearing your thoughts, concerns and suggestions.

Jewish Law Students Association General Body Meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 14
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Room 340

ILC Lunch Conference
Thursday, Feb. 16
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Pepper Hamilton, 3000 Two Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA

This program will feature presentations by two visiting lawyers from France who are participating in the Philadelphia Bar Association exchange program with the Lyon Bar Association. They are Raphael Dionis, hosted by Pepper Hamilton LLP and Marine Hannequart, hosted by McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. The presentations will be followed by a general business update on the ILC.

Kindly Respond to Kristen McCalla at mccallak@pepperlaw.com or 215.981.4934 by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13. There is no charge for this event, but reservations are required. Lunch will be provided.

The War on Humans: Anti-Trafficking in the Caribbean
Thursday, Feb. 16
4:30 p.m.
Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor at UPENN

Professor Kamala Kempadoo of York University considers the attention to human trafficking in the Caribbean by governments of the region. She first examines how countries in the region have been positioned in the annual US Trafficking in Persons Report from 2001 to 2016, discussing shortcomings of hegemonic discourses to trafficking such as problems with definitions, statistics and evidence, the political underpinnings of the TIP report, and contradictions in indices of 'development' in the region. She then turns to examine Caribbean government responses. She argues that a tension identified in earlier state responses between an increase in anti-trafficking policies alongside a growing refusal to accept the definitions and information produced by the US State Department has intensified, and that the 'collateral damage' of anti-trafficking interventions continues to affect some of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the region. Building from counter hegemonic discourses, her paper also suggests ways to address the subject that support human rights.

Sips N’ Suds for Slams The Deans’ Cup Fundraiser
Friday, Feb. 17
6 - 9 p.m.
The Field House, 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA

Kline School of Law has the honor of hosting the Deans’ Cup Tournament this year and we need your help! Come join the Deans’ Cup Team, Faculty and Staff, Students, and Philadelphia Lawyers for a fun evening that includes food, drinks, and prizes.

Tickets are only $25 for the drink special or $10 for only entry, and include automatic entry into the raffle.

2017-2018 Clinic Preview Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 21
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Room 240

At this workshop Dean Brooks will be joined by faculty who teach in our Clinical Program, as well as students who are currently enrolled in clinics. This session will provide useful information about the law school's Clinical Program and the application process. Pizza will be served.

Ms. JD Honors Reception and Conference
Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3
Multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois

The Ms. JD Honors Reception will take place in connection with Ms. JD’s annual conference, #MsJDPROPEL. The Ms. JD Honors awards will celebrate those who demonstratepassion for their careers and share that passion with other men and women.

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International Law and Human Rights Society
Thursday, March 2
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Room 301

Community Service Initiative General Body Meeting
Monday, March 6
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Room 250

A general body meeting for all Kline Law students to hear about upcoming service events, fundraisers, and how to become an exec board member.

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 svs22@drexel.edu 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.

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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.  

Professional Photo Opportunity
Wednesday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
3rd Fl. Gallery

Fabienne Zangerle, a professional photographer, will be available on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The total cost for a headshot is $50, a very reasonable price for this type of service. See Fabienne’s work at www.fabienne.photoshelter.com. See Symplicity/Events for sign-up details – you must make an appointment.

A professional photograph enhances your social media image, demonstrates professionalism, and establishes trust. Those selfies and vacation photos on LinkedIn don’t do you justice! With employers scouring the web for information about candidates, you need a great professional photo.

Students can request reimbursement from the Student Professional Development Fund if they qualify and have fulfilled their requirements.

2017 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program
Aug. 3 and 4
Chicago, Ill.

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting the 2017 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs. [Note: Our Class of 2018 Accelerated students are considered 3Ls for purposes of this program.]

Last year roughly 150 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,200 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews.

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program is now open and will close on Friday, March 10. Register online at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester). Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

We will be paying the $35 registration fee for our students, so you will not be charged anything when you register online.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program.

Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Jen Moore jdm368@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.

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Internship Opportunities at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2017

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications for the summer undergraduate and 1 L internship programs. 1L applicants should contact Anna Stacey at Anna.Stacey@phila.gov.

2017 Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program
Deadline: Feb. 17, 2017

The ACC Greater Philadelphia Chapter is sponsoring its tenth annual Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program, aimed at increasing diversity within corporate legal departments. We are pleased to invite law students who are members of minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession to apply to participate in the program. Applicants should be members of minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession based on (i) race, (ii) ethnicity, (iii) religion, or (iv) LGBTQ status. This opportunity is open to students who will be 2Ls or 3Ls in the fall of 2017.

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Louis Jackson National Student Memorial Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2017

The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law is an annual law student writing competition that honors the memory of Louis Jackson, a founding partner in Jackson Lewis LLP. The Jackson Lewis law firm has been engaged in the practice of employment, labor, and benefits law on behalf of management for over 50 years. With offices in major cities throughout the United States, the firm has a national perspective and an awareness of local business environments. Jackson Lewis pioneered the concept of preventive employee relations to help employers shape a positive and productive workplace. The Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition honors the memory of Louis Jackson, who provided inspiration, guidance, friendship and good humor for 50 years to all associated with Jackson Lewis.

The competition is administered by IIT Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace, a national center for research, training dialogue and reflection on the law that governs the workplace. The Institute pools the resources of leading academic scholars and the practicing professional community to train students and professionals, monitor policies and trends, and reflect upon issues confronting the labor and employment law community in a neutral setting.

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The 2017 Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship Program
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2017

The Fellowship awards $2,500 to a law student to work on an immigration related student-initiated project. Applicants must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks. The student's proposal must include a collaborative plan with the host organization to partially match the Fellowship award in the amount of $1,500. This matching may be done by either direct stipend by the host organization or through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. This ensures that the student will receive a total funding in the amount of $4,000.

If you have specific questions about the fellowship program, please contact Susan Timmons Marks at smarks@aila.org.

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Tillman Scholars Program
Deadline: March 1, 2017

The online application to join the 2017 Class of Tillman Scholars is now open. Eligible active-duty service members, veterans and spouses are invited to submit applications.

The Tillman Scholars program reflects Pat Tillman’s values, strength of character and commitment to service. The Scholars chosen demonstrate extraordinary academic and leadership potential and a deep desire to impact positive change in their communities and throughout the world. For the current scholarship cycle, applicants will be notified of results no later than May 2017. Each Tillman Scholar will receive an academic scholarship based on their unique financial need. Scholarships in 2017 are expected to average $10,000 per academic year.

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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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SCHOLARSHIPS:

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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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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WRITING COMPETITIONS:

National Law Review 2017 Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: February 28, 2017

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site.

Suggested Topics

  • Cyber-security Issues - Major data breaches, EU Privacy Shield, Wearable Devices, Medical Devices
  • Immigration Rights
  • Election 2016/2017 Coverage
  • Tax Issues
  • Constitutional Issues - First Amendment, Gun Control
  • Employment Issues - Ban the Box Laws, Minimum Wage, Transgender Accommodations, Age/Sex Discrimination

Entries for the January contest must be submitted via email to lawschools@natlawreview.com by 5:00 pm Central Standard Time Feb. 28, 2017. Winners will be published in early March.

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 DiscoverLaw.org 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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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.

Theme

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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