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Weekly Newsletter

Feb. 17, 2014

Students Outpace Peers In Competitions

Students demonstrated stellar skills in a variety of competitions that pitted them against peers from other law schools during the Feb. 8-9 weekend.

3Ls Brett Kaminsky and Brittany Wakim advanced to the finals in the highly competitive regional rounds of the Texas Lawyer Association's National Trial Competition. They were undefeated going into the final round. 3L Abbie Heller and 2L Zach Wynkoop advanced to the semi-finals in the regional competition, where they, too, were undefeated going into that round. They were coached by our alumn Michael Benz and one of our adjunct professors Matt Leckman.

Kia Ghee and Alisha Lubin were finalists in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, where they were named First Runners Up. Having reached the region’s Final Four, the pair of 2Ls advanced to the national competition, which will be held in Milwaukee, Wisc. in March.

3L Alexandra McGee was named Best Oral Advocate in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

3L Irene Lehne and 1L Ben McCready advanced to the finals in Region 5 of the American Bar Association’s Client Counseling Competition, held in Jacksonville, Fla.

3L Sarah Bailey, 2L Elisa Boody and 3L Krystyna Dereszowska took second place at the 3rd Annual Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition at the University of Maryland.

Last November, 3L John Walsh and 1L Parthiv Patel won first place in the Northeast Regional ABA Negotiation Competition in White Plains, NY. Although they did not advance in the National Finals held in Chicago earlier this month, we are proud to say that Parthiv was the only 1L to compete in the entire competition. Great job!

Please congratulate them when you see them for their amazing performances.

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Let's Celebrate the Start of Baseball Season! Pitchers and Catchers Report - Rescheduled -  February 18

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 distribute snacks from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the 1st floor lobby. Stop by and show your team spirit!  

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Diversity Awareness Week 2014

Student organizations salute diversity across the legal profession and within the Philadelphia bar during Diversity Awareness Week.

Events include:

February 17
MR. DREXEL COMPETITION (Think Miss America, but funnier)
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Paddy Whacks, 2nd and South Streets
Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Competition will include introductions, interview attire, brief talent portion, interview question.
$20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. All proceeds will go to a local LHBT Youth Organization in Philadelphia.
Sponsored by the Kline School of Law Republicans and ACS

February 19
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.| Room 240
Learn from a Disability Rights Network attorney about the legal difficulties that people with disabilities face, and the areas of law that are insufficient to protect people with disabilities.
Sponsored by Health Law Society

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.| Room 140 | Reception following 3rd Floor Gallery
This event will feature a panel moderated by Professor Tibbs.
Sponsored by BLSA and ACS

February 20
CHALLENGES FACING THE LATINO COMMUNITY: Medical Repatriation, Stop & Frisk, and More
12:00 – 1:30 P.M.| Room 340
Presenter: Professor Rachel Lopez
Sponsored by LALSA

5:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Room 140
Featuring Shareef Cousin who spent three years on death row in Louisiana for the murder of Alred Michael Gerardi. Shareef was 16 at the time of the crime and 17 when he was sentenced to death, making him the youngest person ever sent to death row in Louisiana.
Sponsored by NLG, Criminal Law Society, Labor & Employment Society

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | 3rd Floor Gallery
Sponsored by SBA

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2014-2015 Clinic Preview Workshop

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 (Noon-2:00 p.m.)
Room 140

At this Brown Bag 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.

Questions? Please contact Donna Duggan, Program Coordinator for the Experiential Learning Office, at or visit Suite 410.

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Mark Your Calendars For The Public Interest Auction!

The PIE Auction is Back!  Food -- Drinks -- Fun -- Karaoke! And let's not forget the chance to win some amazing prizes, from gift certificates, to vacations, to sports tickets or a night out with your favorite Deans or Professors!  The funds raised by the Public Interest auction will support the 2014 Public Interest Experience Grants (PIE Grants), which provide funds to students who are taking unpaid, public interest summer internships.  Be sure to come out and have a great time while helping to support hard working the Kline School of Law students!

This year the auction will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Fieldhouse from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

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2nd Annual J. Hunter Tart Memorial Lecture

Entrepreneurs of Punishment: the Consequences of Prison Privatization

Professor Malcolm M. Feeley
Berkeley Law
February 27, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. | the Kline School of Law, Room 140

A prolific scholar in the fields of criminal justice and the courts, Professor Feeley has written or edited more than a dozen books, including “The Process is the Punishment.” He is the former director of the UC-Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society and a former president of the Law and Society Association.

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Bar Prep Course

Attention All 3Ls - It’s Time To Begin the Kline School of Law’s Themis Early Bar Prep Course

Want to make sure you do everything you can to pass the Bar? Want to get a head start on bar prep? Then the Kline School of Law’s Themis Early Bar Prep Course is for you, and it is FREE. This five-week course will introduce you to the essential skills needed to pass the bar exam. By learning now how to write a bar essay, tackle a performance test question, and attack a MBE question, you can spend more time this summer practicing these test-taking skills and learning the substantive law you need to know to pass the bar exam.

To get started, follow these three easy steps:

1. Pick up your free Themis Multistate Outline Book in the Administrative Suite on the 4th floor, outside of Dean McGovern’s office or in the Office of Student Affairs. Before you take a book, make sure that a law school staff member checks your name off the book distribution list.

2. Read the two documents that will be given to you with your Themis book: the Early Bar Prep Course schedule and a description of the components of the course, including screenshots to help you navigate the Themis online course portal.

3. Begin your path to bar success with Week One’s tasks. The program is flexible to fit your needs and your schedule. But don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today so you can add your name to the list of the Kline School of Law alums who did the work and passed the bar on their first try!

If you have any questions about the Themis online course portal, email Kevin Frost at Email Professor Kraybill at if you have any other questions about the course or the bar exam.

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Academic Skills Announcements

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)

Spring 2014 Dean's Scholars Office Hours

Tuesday 9:20-10:20 - Room 221
Wed 12:30-1:30 - Room 221

Tuesday 9:20-10:20 - Room 222
Wed 12:30-1:30 - Room 222

Wednesdays 2:30 – 3:30

Tuesday 4:00-5:00 - Room 221
Wednesday 11:30-12:30 - Room 221
Friday 9:20-10:20 - Room 221

Tuesday 4:50-5:50 - Room 222
Friday 2:50 - 3:50 - Room 221

Thursday 12:30-2:30 - Room 221
Tuesday 3:50-5:50 - Room 223

Thursday 12:10-2:10 - Room 222

Dean's Scholar Sessions

Prof. Abu El Haj
Monday: 12:20-1:20 p.m. - Rm. 440
Thursday: 2:15-3:15 p.m. - Rm. 340 (except 4/24 – Room 240)

Prof. Cohen
Monday: 12:20-1:20 p.m.- Rm. ISB 112
Wednesday: 5:10-6:10 p.m.- Rm. 340

Prof. Kalhan
Tuesday: 9:20-10:20 a.m.- Rm. 340
Thursday: 9:20-10:20 a.m. - Rm. 340

Prof. Tibbs
Tuesday: 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Rm. 340 (except 3/11 – Room 302)
Thursday:9:20-10:20 a.m. - Rm. 112

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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.

Civil Litigation Society

General Meeting
February 18 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 140
​This will be our first general meeting of the semester so we can give members details about our upcoming events.

Health Law Society

MLCP Skills Lab: Domestic Violence Training

February 18 | 12:00-2:00 p.m. | Room 250
​The Medical-Legal-Community Partnership (MLCP) Skills Lab offers a series of training programs, educating students on a variety of legal topics. Today's event will focus on domestic violence. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

A Conversation About Disability Law

February 19 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 240
​Learn from a Disability Rights Network attorney about the legal difficulties that people with disabilities face, and the areas of law that provide insufficient protection. Lunch will be provided.

Bike to Save a Life

February 19 | 7:45 p.m. | FLYWHEEL (1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA)
Don't miss FLYWHEEL's first ever the Kline School of Law Ride. Instead of paying $25 to ride at FLYWHEEL, the Kline School of Law Students and Faculty will experience an epic workout at FLYWHEEL for free. The FLYWHEEL class will start at 7:45, so be sure to get there at 7:30 to set up. FLYWHEEL is located between 15th and 16th on Locust Street (1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA). The Health Law Society is requesting a minimum suggested donation of $5, which will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Please contact Michael Gersie (, Ariella Cohen (, or Jessica Salmasi ( to be put on the list. Bikes are limited, so sign up early!

Food Law and Public Health
February 24 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room140
Concerned​ about food labeling and GMOs? Learn from Laurie J. Beyranevand, Associate Law Professor at Vermont Law School and Associate Director at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, about food laws and regulations, and their effects on public health. Lunch will be served.

MLCP Skills Lab: Wills and Estates

February 25 | 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. Today's program will focus on teaching students about wills and estates. ALL ARE WELCOME.

International Law Society

“Distinguishing Yourself” Through Opportunities In International Law
February 26 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 240
​​Are you interested in a career in international law? Would you like to know what opportunities exist to practice both inside of the US and overseas? Please join the International Law Society in welcoming Prof. Matthew J. Wilson, who will speak on the practice of international law and opportunities. Professor Wilson is a recognized expert in this area, and has over 20 years legal and business experience in the international arena. He has also spent a considerable period of time working in Asia and the Pacific. He has also presented over 200 lectures on this subject across the United States. Lunch will be provided.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

LSRJ Judicial Bypass Training
February 17 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 140
​Please join LSRJ if you are interested in being trained in judicial bypass. A judicial bypass is an order from a judge that allows a minor to have an abortion without telling or receiving consent from her parent or legal guardian. Students assist young women seeking attorney representation at their judicial bypass hearing by conducting intake interviews and filling out the Petitions to file with the Court. Pro bono credit is available. Lunch will be served!

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

Learning Black History @Drexel_CoAS

Thursday, February 20 | 6:00-7:45 p.m. | W.W. Hagerty Library, Stern Seminar Room, 3rd Floor

Join us for a roundtable discussion by Drexel faculty who make Black history central to scholarship and teaching at Drexel, every day of the year--and especially during Black History Month.
Featuring Dr. Yaba Blay (Africana Studies), Dr. André Carrington (English & Philosophy), Dr. Nicole Myers Turner (History & Politics).
Students and faculty from outside the College of Arts & Sciences are especially encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

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

Essex County Bar Association – Vincent J. Biunno Scholarship - Deadline: May 9, 2014
Awarded to New Jersey residents who have been accepted or are attending law school and have a present and permanent physical or mental disability.
For details, please contact

Writing Competitions: 

February 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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Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours

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