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Weekly Newsletter

March 17, 2014

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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Upcoming Speaker Events

Domestic Violence Discussion Panel - "Why don't you just LEAVE?!"
Monday, March 24 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 140
Enjoy free Shake Shack and learn from experts in the field of domestic violence.
Panelists include:
Deborah Culhane, Senior Staff Attorney, Women Against Abuse
Terri Lynn Hamrick, President and CEO, Survivors, Inc.
Jesse Miller, Director, NOVIS Abuser Rehab Program
Zujeil Flores, Director of Latina DV Program, Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Getting the Gun Sellers to Compensate Victims of Violence: A Modest Proposal
Monday, March 24 2014 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. | Room 140
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.
Sponsored by the Health Law Program

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Academic Skills Announcements

Academic Skills Workshop

Success Stories: Learn Effective Techniques to Help You on Exams
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 240

Hear a panel of upper-level students discuss their keys to success both inside and outside the classroom. Learn useful tips and techniques to help you prepare efficiently and effectively for exams, demonstrate your mastery of the course material on your exams, and stay focused, calm, and centered during exam period. Come to the workshop with questions, since this will be an interactive session. And, as always, win an awesome, Academic Skills raffle prize. Prof. Kraybill has several prizes to lavish on lucky 1Ls! 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)

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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Career Strategies Announcements

Upcoming Event:

The Annual FEDS in PHILLY Program will be held on March 25th.

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

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Student Organization Announcements

Black Law Students Association

Lawyers Table Talk
March 24 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Room 140
Please join BLSA for a candid discussion about being a minority attorney. We will be talking about the challenges and advantages that comes along with being a young attorney as well.

Criminal Law Society

Breaking Down The Walls Through Education: Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
March 31 | 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. | Room 240
​Criminal Law Society is pleased to be hosting founding partners of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, Lori Pompa and Tyrone Werts. They will discuss the establishment of the program, their experiences that led to the founding of the program, and the importance of education behind the walls of prison.

Health Law Society

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.

MLCP Skills Lab: Medical Assistance
April 8 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 250
Attorney John Whitelaw from Community Legal Services will educate students about how to help clients get medical assistance.

Labor and Employment Law Society

Business Attire Clothing Drive
March 10-31 | Second and Third-Floor Galleries
​​​We are collecting new or slightly worn (and dry-cleaned if possible) men's and women's business/interview attire for our philanthropy project. Over Spring break, please consider cleaning out your closets (or your parents' closet) and donating any business/interview clothing for low-income job seekers. Boxes will be setup in the 2nd and 3rd Floor Galleries.. You can also email Liam Woods at, and I will make arrangements to collect the clothing from you and get it to the correct place. Thanks so much!

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta's Annual Etiquette Lunch (co-sponsored by the CSO)
March 31 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 340
This is the event of all events. Come enjoy a free catered lunch and learn from Professor Coleman and Leslie Friedman the secrets to impressing future employers and clients at lunch or dinner meetings. Trust us... you will leave this lesson with a full stomach and a little more class. This event will be open to the entire student body.

Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Society

Prof. Kopko Speaker Event
March 27 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | Room 340
Join the SCOTUS Society for a lecture by Prof. Kyle C. Kopko of Elizabethtown College for a discussion on the PA Supreme Court, and recent and upcoming PA Supreme Court Cases. A reception will follow on the Third Floor Gallery!

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

The State of Free Speech in America
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 (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education), 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:

Police Athletic League Formal Wear Drive
Deadline: Friday, March 28, 2014 | PAL Headquarters: 2524 E. Clearfield St., 19134
Make someone's prom night unforgettable by donating new or "gently" used formal wear to the young women of the Police Athletic League. We're looking for dresses, shoes, handbags, and other accessories for girls. All sizes needed! Contact Chase Trimmer for more info: 215-291-9000 x119 or

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions


Barristers' Association 2014 Scholarship 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.

To submit a notice for publication in the Weekly Newsletter, please follow the appropriate link:
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