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Weekly Newsletter

May 18, 2015

Career Strategies Office Announcements

The CSO is delighted to announce our two new A-TEAM members

Regina Chusid and Autumn Gramigna were selected (from a VERY enthusiastic and HIGHLY competitive applicant pool) as CSO Ambassadors for the 2015 – 2016 Academic Year.  Congratulations Regina and Autumn!

A special shout-out to our current 2L ambassadors, Ernie Holtzheimer, Mica Iddings, Kelsey Ashworth and Hannah Molitoris for their TREMENDOUS efforts in administering  the application, interviewing and selection  process.  Given the high caliber of the applicant pool, this was an extremely difficult task, for sure - their thoughtful and thorough approach was very much appreciated.  THANK YOU on behalf of the CSO Crew!

We’d also like to thank everyone who applied.  It was a very difficult decision to choose between so many qualified students to fill only two positions.  We wish we had funding to hire everyone!   We are also pleased to announce that Ernie, Mica, Kelsey and Hannah will continue serving as 3L ambassadors next year.  We are grateful for their help and look forward to continuing all our good work together.

The CSO would like to recognize our awesome 3L (soon-to-be-alum) Ambassadors:  Melanie Chusid, Stephany Gordon, Devon Pope and Michael Taylor.   As part of the “inaugural” A-Team, we cannot thank them enough for all they’ve done to support the CSO’s mission and assist their fellow students.  Their efforts are very much appreciated.   They set the bar high!  We congratulate them on their graduation and wish them good luck on the bar exam.  

2015 Delaware Minority Job Fair

The Delaware Minority Job Fair Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association invites students to apply for an invitation to participate in the 2015 Delaware Minority Job Fair for Second- and Third-Year Law Students, which will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Widener University Delaware Law School (Wilmington, Delaware campus).  The Job Fair was founded by a consortium of Delaware law firm, corporate, and public sector/interest legal employers interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in the Delaware bar by encouraging interested second- and third-year law students to explore summer and full-time opportunities to work in Delaware.  The Job Fair, an invitation-only event, is limited to students who will be in their second or third year of law school (or their extended division equivalent) during the 2015-16 academic year.  While diverse law students are the focus of this event, the Job Fair accepts applications from all interested students.

The Job Fair begins each year with a networking breakfast, continues with brief remarks about Delaware’s legal community and practice, and concludes after a half-day of interviews.  Interviewing employers, Job Fair sponsors, and distinguished members of the Delaware bench and bar attend the networking breakfast to mingle and share information with the invited students.  The Job Fair differs from many other job fairs in that students must be invited to attend rather than simply registering and attending.  In return, invited students receive considerably more individualized attention than is possible at most larger job fairs.

Students pre-selected by two or more employers will receive an invitation to attend the Job Fair by early July and be asked to accept or decline their interview invitations by mid-July.  Invited students must make their own arrangements to travel to Wilmington, Delaware to attend the Job Fair.  As funds permit, the Job Fair plans to reimburse reasonable, documented student travel expenses.  If sufficient funds are not available to cover all expenses, students will be reimbursed on a percentage basis.

Submit applications to the Job Fair's Symplicity recruiting site:
https://law-dmpd-csm.symplicity.com/students (a partnership site between the Delaware Minority Job Fair and the Philadelphia Area Diversity Job Fair).

The application deadline is by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Please direct any questions about the Job Fair to the Job Fair Administrator at dmjf@dsba.org or (302) 651-3246.

National Black Prosecutors Association 32nd Annual Conference and Job Fair

The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) cordially invites you to participate in our Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C. The goal of the National Black Prosecutors Association’s (NBPA) Job Fair is to promote diversity in prosecutors’ offices by providing a forum where law students, recent law graduates, and experienced attorneys from across the nation can meet and interview with prospective prosecutorial employers at the local, state, and federal levels.

The NBPA, established in 1983, is a professional member organization comprised of over 800 prosecutors. Our mission is to recruit, train, and advance the careers of minority attorneys as prosecutors at all levels of government. Our annual convention serves, not only as a job fair forum, but as a comprehensive legal training program for prosecutors. This year’s 32nd Annual Conference will run from July 19, 2015 to July 25, 2015.

The Job Fair begins at 8:00 a.m. with registration and check-in; interviews commence at 9:00a.m. At the culmination of the Job Fair, there will be a reception for all Job Fair participants and Convention attendees. The reception will afford Job Fair attendees an additional opportunity to further network with prospective employers and experienced prosecutors. Starting May 1st, the regular Job Fair registration fee is $50.00 for law students and 2015 law school graduates. On June 20th, the Job Fair registration fee increases to $100 for law students and the class of 2015. Registration closes on July 7th.

In addition to the Job Fair reception, all Job Fair participants are invited to attend a free career seminar entitled “Strategies for a Successful Interview”. The seminar will take place on Monday, July 20th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Fairmont Hotel, and will provide Job Fair participants with effective interviewing techniques.

Job Fair attendees are also welcome to attend the entire conference. Students and 2015 law school graduates are invited to attend Conference seminars for free. However, other events, such as luncheons, dinners and receptions, must be paid for separately.

CSO IS OPEN ALL SUMMER - WE ARE “12 MONTH-ERS”!
The CSO remains open during the summer and we love visitors!    Summer is the perfect time to update your documents and create a career game plan for next semester.   Come see us for a resume refresh or help with creating a killer cover letter.   Schedule a mock interview to prep for Fall Recruiting.  Or just come by for coffee!

Also, remember to check (or forward) your Drexel email regularly so you don’t miss any opportunities.

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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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Community Legal Services
Deadline: July 5

Community Legal Services (CLS) is actively seeking law students and current judicial clerks to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate public interest law fellowships that will begin in September 2016. CLS has a proud history of hosting fellows funded by the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, the Independence Foundation, and other organizations. CLS seeks people who share their mission to help low-income Philadelphia residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters; advocating for their legal rights; and conducting community education about the legal issues that affect them. Prospective applicants can learn more about fellowship opportunities by visiting the website: http://clsphila.org/about-cls/fellowships.

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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.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Justinian Foundation Final Year Tuition Scholarship
Deadline: May 22, 2015

The Justinian Foundation offers a $1,500 scholarship towards the cost of final year tuition.

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Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship
Deadline: May 22, 2015

The Justinian Society was founded in 1935 and serves Philadelphia’s Italian-American attorneys and judges. Richard F. Furia, Esq., Co-founder of The Justinian Foundation, followed in his father, the Honorable Edward W. Furia’s footsteps, both having served as chancellors of The Justinian Society. Before Richard’s death in 2011, he requested that memorial donations be sent to The Justinian Foundation. Richard was very active in the Society and the Orders Sons of Italy in America Commission for Social Justice, fighting against stereotypes that sought to disenfranchise Italian-Americans. To that end, The 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, 2015 to accept the $2,500 scholarship payable to the recipient’s law school for his/her third year.

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Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created to support the award of an annual scholarship 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 will be $5,400.

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Women's Lawyers Division Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander Scholarships
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The WLD Foundation scholarship awards are made to current African American female law students who display financial need, academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to the principles exemplified by Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2015.

Each year the WLD Foundation awards up to six book fund scholarships and a tuition scholarship in honor of two African American women of many “firsts.” Justice Juanita Kidd Stout was the first African American woman to sit on the bench in Philadelphia and the first African American woman in the United States to serve on a state Supreme Court. Sadie T.M.Alexander was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and the first African American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Second and third year African American female law students attending area law schools with a record of academic excellence and demonstrated need should apply for scholarship consideration. To read more about the WLD Foundation scholarships programs and how to apply, please visit the WLD website: www.nbawldphila.org.

WRITING COMPETITIONS: 

Ruth Bader Ginsberg Writing Competition
Deadline: May 29, 2015

This "Pursuit of Justice" writing competition offers a $2,500 cash prize.

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The University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Essay Competition
Deadline: June 22, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its first annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for student-authored articles on topics focused on social justice and the public interest.

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The Warren E. Burger Prize
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

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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.

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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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