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Weekly Newsletter

Jan. 21, 2014

Office of Student Affairs Announcements

May Graduation

Students who intend to graduate in May should apply for their degree through DrexelOne by Friday, February 7. Go to the Student Records section, click “More Bannerweb Student Records,” and then “Apply for Your Degree.” If you have any changes to make, such as adding or removing a concentration or changing your legal name, please do so prior to applying. Commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Financial Aid Information

Summer Work Study Presentation: January 21, 12:15 PM, Room 340 – Important for anyone interested in Summer work-study funds
Funding the Bar Exam: January 29, 12:00 PM, Room 420 – for third-year students
Financial Aid Adjustments: Starting the week of January 27th, the Financial Aid Office will be adjusting scholarships and student loans to match second and third year students’ final spring enrollment. If your spring registration differs from the information you originally submitted on your FAAPP, and you would like your aid adjusted sooner, please submit a revised FAAPP to the Office of Student Affairs.

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2014-2015 the Drexel Law Review Executive Board

We are pleased to announce the members of the 2014-2015 the Drexel Law Review Executive Board:

Editor-in-Chief: Emalee Popoff
Managing Editor: Alexandra Rogin
Executive Editors for Articles: Neal Wiley and Steven Schultz
Executive Editor for Research and Production: Karen Grethlein
Executive Editor for Membership: Connor Hackert
Executive Editor for Notes: Patrick Woolford
Executive Editor of Symposium: Kathleen Bichner

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Academic Skills Announcements

PA Bar Exam Presentation

Each January Gicine Brignola, the Executive Director of the PA Bar Examiners’ Office, makes time in her busy schedule to come to the Kline School of Law and speak to you about the bar exam.  I am pleased to announce that she just confirmed that she will be here on Wednesday, January 22 from 12:30-1:30 in Room 340 to discuss the PA bar exam application process, the PA bar exam and grading guidelines, and character & fitness determinations.  She will also stay after her formal presentation to answer individual questions that you may have about the application or character & fitness concerns you may have.  If you are taking the PA bar exam, please make every effort to attend this important presentation.  Because I realize that some of you may be on co-op this semester, her presentation will be recorded and the link to the video posted on the Bar Support TWEN page.

Bar Loan Talk

Mary deRivera, the law school’s financial aid counselor, will give a presentation on funding the bar exam on January 29 in Room 420.  Everyone needs to plan now on how to best cover the expense of taking the bar exam.  This also will be videotaped for those of you who cannot attend. 

Spring Dean's Scholars

Constitutional Law (Professor Abu El-Haj)
Hillary Anderson (3L) and Patrick Woolford (2L)

Constitutional Law (Professor Cohen)
Lauren Runza (2l) and Suraji Wagage (JD/PhD)

Criminal Law (Professor Kalhan)
Chelsea Biemiller (3L) and Christine Weller (3L)

Criminal Law (Professor Tibbs)
Stephany Gordon (2L) and Ruben Perez (2L)

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Student Organization Announcements

Health Law Society

Medical Malpractice: Learn from an Acclaimed Expert
January 22 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 140
Join the Health Law Society to learn about medical malpractice from acclaimed expert Timothy Lawn of Raynes McCarty. One of his most recent verdicts includes a $23 million jury verdict from a malpractice case caused by a delay in starting appropriate medications in an ER. He has been named a Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer on multiple occasions, included in Best Lawyer in America, been given the highest rating in legal skills and ethics from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

Housing for Refugees Fundraiser at Tir Na Nog

Friday, January 24 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Tir Na Nog, 1600 Arch Street

Please come out for a fundraiser to benefit refugees who seek housing in Philadelphia. Make a donation at the door - any amount over $5 - to be eligible for special drink prices and free food. Enjoy free food, as well as $2 domestic drafts, $3 well drinks, and $4 house wines with your donation. Bring your friends! See you there!

Film Screening: "Kids for Cash"
Wednesday, February 5 | Red carpet arrivals at 7:00 p.m.; Premiere begins at 8:00 p.m. followed by a reception. | Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street

We are pleased to announce that The Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson invite you and a guest to the World Premiere of “Kids for Cash” on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street. Admission is free.  Red carpet arrivals at 7:00 p.m.; Premiere begins at 8:00 p.m. followed by a reception.  If you are interested in attending, please register by January 31st.  Click here to register.

Kids for cash is a riveting look behind the notorious judicial scandal that rocked the nation.  Beyond the millions paid and high stakes corruption, Kids for Cash exposes a shocking American secret.  In the wake of the shootings at Columbine, a small town celebrates a charismatic judge who is hell-bent on keeping kids in line…until one parent dares to question the motives behind his brand of justice.

7th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges
The Drexel University Office of International Programs is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges.  Focusing this year on GENDER, the conference will take place on Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:30am-5:30 p.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

This full day conference will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of students, academics, and activists to address a diverse set of issues related to this year’s topic of GENDER.  This conference offers students opportunities to share their research and engage in critical reflection and dialogue about sex and gender as it relates to the diverse disciplines of health, education, science, human rights, technology, medicine, law, media, economics, politics, culture and history.

There will be six student panels open to undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Global Science, Technology, and Society
  • Global Health
  • Global Media, Culture, and Arts
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Global Business and Economic Trends
  • Global Political and Social Trends

How can you get involved?
This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience presenting on an academic panel and to think critically about one of the world’s most pressing issues.  You can apply to present on a panel or register to attend the conference online at
To apply to be a panelist, please submit a short abstract (1-2 paragraphs) in the online form.   If your student organization works on issues related to Gender and you would like a table at the reception, please contact Adam Zahn or 215-895-6372.
The student conference is free, open to the public and will include breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception with raffle prizes. 

For more information please visit

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions


Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: April 30, 2014
For details, please visit

Writing Competitions: 

2014 Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition - Deadline: February 14, 2014
For details, please visit

Hogan/Smoger Access To Justice Essay Contest - Deadline: February 28, 2014
For details, please visit

2014 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration - Deadline: April 1, 2014
For details, please visit

Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Section 2014 Writing Competition - Deadline: April 15, 2014
For details, please visit

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School of Law News Headlines

Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours

Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter

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