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Weekly Newsletter

Jan. 27, 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

Funding the Bar Exam: January 29, 12:00 PM, Room 420 – for third-year students
Financial Aid Adjustments: Starting this week, 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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Summer Off-Campus Work Study Program

Students may begin requesting 2014 summer off-campus work study on Monday, January 27, 2014.

Eligible students will be considered for the off-campus work study program if the student can demonstrate a confirmed employment by submitting the following required documents:

A student may begin the request by submitting the first two documents to reserve a spot, and may remit the remaining three documents to complete the request. Work study awards will be granted in the order in which completed requests are received, until funding is depleted. For more information or required forms/agreement, please visit the summer off-campus work study website.

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Bar Exam Information

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.

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Academic Skills Announcements

Exam Review Workshop

The snow closed the University on Tuesday, and I had to cancel the first Academic Skills Workshop, originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 21. But a little snow and cold weather can’t stop students who want to improve their performance on exams – or who want to continue to stay on top of their game. Come to tomorrow’s Fall Exam Review Workshop to learn how to gain the most benefit from reviewing your fall exams.

So mark your calendars now!

Exam Review Workshop
Tuesday, January 28
12:15-1:15 in Law 240.

At this workshop, I will distribute the spring semester Academic Skills Workshop schedule; all workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 in Law 240 during the spring semester.
-Prof. Kraybill

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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Intellectual Property Law Concentration Meeting

Dean Filler is holding a meeting for 2Ls & 3Ls currently in, or interested in pursuing, the intellectual property law concentration.
Date: Monday, February 3
Time: 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Location: Room 340

There will be pizza served at this meeting! RSVP requested (but not required) to Mike Peterson (

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Student Organization Announcements

Health Law Society

Medical-Legal-Community Partnership Skills Lab: Stigma Training
January 28 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 250
​The Medical Legal Community Partnership (MLCP) Skills Lab will offer a series of training program throughout the semester that will train students participating in this pro bono opportunity to be better-equipped to handle the tasks dealt with at the MLCP. This program will focus on teaching students about stigma, trauma, and the impact that adverse childhood experiences can have on adult outcomes. All are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

Medical Malpractice: Learn from an Acclaimed Expert
January 29 | 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. Lunch will be served with vegetarian options.

Jewish Law Students Association

JLSA General Meeting
January 27 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 250
Come join JLSA for its first meeting of the semester. Topics covered will be future events and ways to get involved in the Jewish community at Drexel and in Philadelphia. Lunch will be served.

Drexel National Lawyers Guild

Sustainable City: Urban Development in Philadelphia
January 29 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Room 140
Join ELS, NLG, and ACS for a panel discussion on sustainable urban development in Philadelphia. Panelists will discuss Philadelphia's recent passage of the Land Bank Law, urban environmental policy, Drexel University's efforts to green West Philadelphia neighborhoods, urban agriculture, and community issues such as access to healthy food, gentrification, and displacement.

Amy Laura Cahn, Attorney and Director of Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.
Lucy Kerman, Drexel University Vice-Provost of University and Community Partnerships
Jerome Shabazz, Founder of Jastech Developmental Services, Inc., and the Overbrook Environmental Education Center

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

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

2014 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest - Deadline: February 21, 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

Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter are subject to approval by Kevin Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students and
Associate Professor of Law. Submissions are due by noon on Wednesday for the following week's issue.

To submit a notice for publication in the Weekly Newsletter, please follow the appropriate link:
*organizers of meetings/events held at the law school
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