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Weekly Newsletter

March 10, 2014

Strategies and Secrets: Jury Selection in Federal and State Court

March 10 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | Room 140

Simulating the voir dire process, this CLE program will provide insights on how to recognize a good juror, what questions to ask potential jurors and what to expect from judges and opposing counsel. The program will be led by:
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice
Andrew J. Stern, Partner, Kline & Specter
Caren Litvin, Attorney at Law

2 CLE credits will be offered for $100 ($10 for the Kline School of Law alumni). A reception will follow the program, which will be held at the Kline School of Law in Room 140. Click here to register. Questions? Please contact Sponsored by the Civil Litigation Society.

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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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Career Strategies Announcements

Upcoming Events:

  • Ever wonder what career coaching is all about? Join the CSO for an informational program on March 11th.
  • The Annual FEDS in PHILLY Program will be held on March 25th. Look for more details soon.

For a complete list of events or to RSVP, please log on to Symplicity-Events.

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Law Review Write-On Competition

The Law Review Write-On Competition will begin on May 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Interested 1L and 2L students will receive the competition packet on that date and will have until May 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. to submit their completed materials.

If you are interested in writing on to Law Review you must do the following:

• First, add the “Law Review Write-On Competition 2014” page on TWEN. The TWEN page will be available to add after March 24. All materials, including the packet for the write-on competition, will be posted on TWEN as they become available. You will also turn in your submission on TWEN.

• Second, you need to request an anonymous ID number for the competition. You can request a number any time between March 24, 2014 and May 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. To request a number, please e-mail Dana Duggan ( from your Drexel email account with the following information:

o Name o Rising Class Year (rising 2L or rising 3L)
o E-mail address
o Phone number

If you do not request an anonymous number by May 11 at 5:00 p.m., you cannot participate in the write-on competition. If you have any questions or problems before the competition, please e-mail Executive Editor of Membership, Connor Hackert at

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Speaker Event - Getting the Gun Sellers to Compensate Victims of Violence: A Modest Proposal

John Culhane, Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law Institute at Widener University School of Law, will present a proposal for allowing victims of gun violence to recover compensation from firearm dealers. Culhane has published widely on the topic, including scholarly articles, opinion pieces in the New York Times and articles in Slate magazine.

Monday, March 24 2014 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Room 140
Sponsored by the Health Law Program

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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

American Constitution Society

Philadelphia Gentrification and Modification
March 12 | 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Room 240
Join members of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and zoning attorneys Coren J. Wise and Vernon Anastasio for a discussion on development, city planning and zoning in Philadelphia.
Free Chinese food.

Drexel Brehons

Paddy's Purim Party
March 13 | 7:00-11:00 p.m. | Cav's University City (39th & Sansom)
​​​Come join the Brehons & JLSA for their combined Paddy's Purim Party! $5 cover gets you great drink specials, free pizza, and a chance to support two immigration-oriented philanthropies. It'll be a fun way to kick off spring break & get a jump on the Erin Express!

Health Law Society

MLCP Skills Lab: Utilities

March 11 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Room 250
Learn how to help clients with utility issues! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Marijuana: What's Happening?
March 24 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 240
Interested in marijuana? Learn about the legal and policy issues from Eric Sterling, an expert from the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation.​

MLCP Skills Lab: Debt & Bankruptcy
March 25 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Room 250
Learn about the legal issues surrounding debt and bankruptcy, and learn how to help clients with these issues!

MLCP Skills Lab: Domestic Violence
April 1 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Room 250
Learn how to handle the legal components to domestic violence issues. Diana Baquero from Philadelphia Legal Assistance will be presenting this training program. Everyone is welcome!​

The World of Health Care Fraud and Abuse
April 7 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 340
Learn about health care fraud and abuse from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Judy Wang Mayer. She will be focusing on Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Civil Monetary Penalties. This is a great opportunity for students interested in health care law to connect with a high-powered attorney in the field.

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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

An Evening of Jazz and Rainmaking With Steve Goodman
March 13, 2014 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom Street

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce an evening of jazz and rainmaking with Steve Goodman, renown jazz pianist and senior partner and major rainmaker at Morgan Lewis. Steve will provide insights to client development, retention and growth in an interview format with Karl Stark, Health and Science Editor and Jazz Reviewer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and then will be joined on stage by the other members of the Goodman Trio, bass player Bruce Kaminsky and drummer Bruce Klauber, to complete the evening. Registration is required in advance. Includes hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. Walk-ins are not permitted.

Law Student Members - Complimentary
Association Members - $10
Non-Members - $20
(Law students who are not members of the Association that register for this event will automatically be Association members for the remainder of 2014.)

The State of Free Speech in America
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) & National Constitution Center (NCC)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

The Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, FIRE, has extended an invitation to our faculty and students to attend a complimentary cocktail party and panel. The panel will feature some of the nation’s leading free speech thinkers: Dr. Stanley Fish of the Cardozo School of Law, Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institution, Eric Posner of the University of Chicago Law School, and FIRE's President Greg Lukianoff. The discussion will explore the nature, limits, and state of free speech in America, and National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen will moderate it. FIRE is a non-profit organization that defends civil and 1st Amendment rights of college students and faculty and their work is frequently mentioned in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register:

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions


2014 Alford Excellence Award Application - Deadline: April 11, 2014
Details available here.

2014 Alford Excellence Award Application - Deadline: April 15, 2014
Details available here

Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: April 30, 2014
Details available here.

2014 AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's Mike Eidson Scholarship - Deadline: May 1, 2014
Details available here [pdf].

The Hon. Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation - Deadline: May 1, 2014
The Foundation awards scholarships to law students from the New Jersey counties of Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland. Letters requesting applications should be addressed to:
The Honorable Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
c/o Dorothy F. McCrosson, Esquire
McCrosson & Stanton
200 Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, New Jersey 08226

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

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Scholarships and Interest Free Loans - Deadline: May 15, 2014
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is currently accepting applications for scholarships, as well as interest free loans, for the 2014-15 academic year.
Students may download applications at

Writing Competitions: 

2014 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration - Deadline: April 1, 2014
Details available here.

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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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Associate Professor of Law. Submissions are due by noon on Wednesday for the following week's issue.

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