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Weekly Newsletter

Feb. 24, 2014

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: February 24 (Today!)
Time: 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Location: Room 340
There will be pizza served at this meeting!

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DELVACCA 2014 Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program

Application deadline March 14!

The Delaware Valley chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (DELVACCA) is sponsoring its Seventh Annual Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program, aimed at increasing ethnic and racial diversity within corporate legal departments. DELVACCA is a leading chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations, and has more than 1200 members who practice as lawyers in more than 400 organizations, most of whom live and work in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

DELVACCA is pleased to invite area law students who are members of minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession to apply to participate in the program. This opportunity is open to students who will be 2Ls or 3Ls in the fall of 2014.

For more information, see the application.

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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.

Breaking Down The Walls Through Education: Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
March 3 | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Room 240
​Criminal Law Society will be hosting Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program founders Lori Pompa and Tyrone Werts. Speakers will discuss the Program, how it got started, and their personal experiences working within prisons from both an outsider and insider perspective. Reception to follow.

Family Law Society

Family Law with Michael Bertin

February 26 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Room 340
​Come join the Family Law society to hear Michael Bertin, Partner at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, LLP., speak about divorce and child custody. Michael Bertin is the immediate past chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the co-chair of its Custody Committee. Mr. Bertin, an in-demand author, co-wrote the book on Pennsylvania child custody law. Please join us to learn more about the leading issues in family law. Lunch will be provided.

Health Law Society

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.

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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


Judge Abraham J. Gafni Scholarship Award - Deadline: March 27, 2014 (Deadline Extended)
For details, please visit

Judge Sandra Mazer Moss Scholarship Award - Deadline: March 27, 2014 (Deadline Extended)
For details, please visit

Mayer Horwitz Scholarship Award - Deadline: March 27, 2014 (Deadline Extended)
For details, please visit

Brandeis Law Society Young Lawyer Public Service Award - Deadline: March 27, 2014 (Deadline Extended)
For details, please visit

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: 

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

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School of Law News Headlines

Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours

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