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Weekly Newsletter

Feb. 3, 2014

Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers - Thursday, February 6

Does someone you know have trouble passing a bar? Laurie Besden for Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will be at the Kline School of Law on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 11:30 to 3:00 p.m. in Room 337. Please stop by for a completely confidential chat with Laurie. You may also reach Laurie via email at

Let's Celebrate the Start of Baseball Season! Pitchers and Catchers Report - Thursday, February 13

Wear some baseball paraphernalia (any team) or sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” or recite “Casey at the Bat” from memory for peanuts and Cracker Jack. Professor Coleman will be distributing snacks from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the 1st floor lobby. Stop by and show your team spirit!

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 Adjustments

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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PIE Grant Information Session

Will you be getting Public Interest Experience this summer at your internship? If so, apply for a PIE Grant!

PIE Grants help fund your summer if you intern in the Public Interest field. If interested, attend the PIE Grant Information Session to get more details about the application process. Contact Karen Pearlman Raab with any questions:

WHAT: PIE Grant Information Session
WHEN: February 5, 2014 | 12:30 p.m.-1:30p.m.
WHERE: Law School, Room 140

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Important Announcement About 2014 Summer & Fall Co-ops

Attention 1L & 2L Students:

The co-op faculty has scheduled a Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop. If you are interested in applying for a co-op this summer or fall, please attend the workshop. Former and current co-op students from our five categories of placements will speak about their personal experiences. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about co-op.

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Bar Exam Workshops

Pennsylvania Bar Exam Presentation

Gicine Brignola, Executive Director of the PA Bar Examiners
February 5, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room 340

Taking the PA Bar Exam?? Come to the presentation by Gicine Brignola, who will discuss the PA bar exam application process, the PA bar exam and grading guidelines, and character & fitness determinations.  Questions? Contact Professor Kraybill at

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Academic Skills Announcements

Exam Skills Workshop: Mining the Fact Pattern to Spot Issues

February 4, 2014
12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 240

Work on skills to help you spot issues when analyzing exam essay questions.
Win a useful raffle prize!

Questions? Contact Professor Kraybill at

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

Criminal Law Society

Special Guest Speaker: District Attorney Seth Williams
February 26 | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Room 140
​Criminal Law Society hosts District Attorney Seth Williams, co-sponsored by American Constitution Society. Reception to follow.

Family Law Society

General Meeting and Overview of Family Law Opportunities
February 5 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Room 440
We will be giving an overview of the events this semester. We will also have Dean Susan Brooks (our faculty advisor) speak about the family law clinic, pro bono, and any other opportunities in family law. Lunch will be provided.

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

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

2February 2014 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: February 17, 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:
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