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Weekly Newsletter

April 1, 2014

Competition Success!

Trial Team

I want to share some more exciting news regarding our highly successful Trial Team. During the March 22nd-23rd weekend, one of our teams made it to the Semi-Final Round of the very prestigious American Association of Justice’s trial competition in Pittsburgh. Those team members are Jasleen Singh, Elia Robertson, Kathie Martinez, and Katherine Constantine. They were undefeated going into the Semi-Final round. Also, congratulations to the other four members of the team: Carling Donovan, Jon Fendler, Matt Richards, and Elyse Cohen who did a great job representing Drexel.

The competition started with 16 teams and the Semi-Final Round consisted of only 4 teams. They were coached by our adjunct professors Matt Leckman and Brian Kent, and attorney Drew Sciola. Please congratulate them when you see them for their amazing performances.

-Gwen Roseman Stern, Esq.
Director of Trial Advocacy and Associate Teaching Professor
Director, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Team

Our Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Team, Stephany Gordon and Anthony Di Jiacomo, emerged triumphant from the competition last weekend. Their brief, written on behalf of Respondent the United States of America in the fictional case of US v. Black, was awarded second place overall in this prestigious competition. Out of 46 teams representing some of the top law schools from across the nation, their brief was one of only three selected for an award. They should be commended for their excellent work!

-Prof. Veronica Finkelstein and Prof. Amy Montemarano

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Trial Team Information Session

We are going to have an Information Session about our highly successful Trial Team on Tuesday, April 8th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 140. We will discuss the academic requirements of Introduction to Trial Advocacy and Tethered Evidence to being on Trial Team. We will also showcase some of our award-winning current Trial Team members who will do a mock opening statement, a cross-examination of a witness and a closing argument. You will also meet our Head Trial Team Coach, Matt Leckman. Questions? Contact Prof. Stern at gstern@drexel.edu.

-Gwen Roseman Stern, Esq.
Director of Trial Advocacy and Associate Teaching Professor
Director, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

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Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Information Session

We will hold an Information Session about our fabulous Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project on Monday, April 7th at 12:00 p.m. in Room 140. This project sends out teams of our law students into Philadelphia High Schools to teach the high school students about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution. The project culminates in a city-wide Moot Court competition. Candidates for the M-B Project need to be interviewed before registration. A sign-up sheet will be available at the meeting. We will also discuss the required Academic Seminar.Questions? Contact Prof. Stern at gstern@drexel.edu.

-Gwen Roseman Stern, Esq.
Director of Trial Advocacy and Associate Teaching Professor
Director, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project

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Law Review Write-On Competition

Law Review Information Session
April 9 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 340

For those 1L and 2L students interested in learning more about Law Review and the upcoming Write-On Competition, an information session will be held on Wednesday, April 9th. Food and drinks will be provided! If you have any questions about Law Review or the Write-On Competition, please contact Connor Hackert at cjh76@drexel.edu.

Law Review Competition - Note Writing and Citation Workshop
April 15 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 240 (in place of the normal academic skills session)

For those 1L and 2L students intending on participating in the Law Review Write-On Competition, a Note Writing and Citation Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 15. Drexel Law's Writing Specialist, Clare Coleman, will be discussing how to write a mini note for the law review competition and Executive Editor of Membership, Connor Hackert, will discuss the citation portion of the competition.

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 (dmd82@drexel.edu) from your Drexel email account with the following information:
  • Name o Rising Class Year (rising 2L or rising 3L)
  • E-mail address
  • 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 cjh76@drexel.edu

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OSA Announcements

Mandatory 1L Advising
April 2 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 340
1Ls will attend one of two sessions offered that will cover course planning, concentrations, joint degrees, co-curriculars, and registration procedures. Students who did not attend the March 27th session must attend the next session on Wednesday, April 2nd. Pizza will be served.

Orientation Leaders Needed
We are looking for students to help us greet our incoming Class of 2017! A welcoming presence to our new students, student leaders offer tips, guidance, and a connection to the school. Orientation leaders are required to be available from August 18-21, 2014. If you would like to volunteer, you must email Theresa Gallo (tg337@drexel.edu) by Friday, April 4. A short info session will be held for those who are accepted as volunteers. Please know we are interested in a cross-section of students, so even if you are not typically a community leader, you are encouraged to apply.

We are only able to accept 20-24 students to be leaders, but some volunteers inevitably end up with other commitments, so please email if you are interested. If you email on behalf of yourself and a group partner, the partner must corroborate this intent shortly thereafter. We strongly encourage pairings that will offer the incoming students different perspectives (for example, a 1L and a 2L).

Additionally, we need 4-8 students who can be available the week of May 12 to welcome the students in our Summer admissions cycle.

Orientation leaders are “compensated” by:

  1. Reimbursement of your lunch with your group of up to $10 (no alcohol)
  2. Free Drexel Law t-shirt (which you wear during the week) 
  3. Priority reservation of lockers for next year 
  4. Invitation to all social events, including Bench and Bar reception (held once, in August)

In return, leaders must act professionally, helpfully, and take their role seriously as a guide and model for incoming students.

Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, April 17 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 140
Dean Dennis will discuss the budget, the results of the ABA site visit, and the law school's US News and World Report ranking.

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Career Strategies Announcements

3L Happy Hour - Thirsty Thursdays!
April 17 & April 24 | 3:00-5:00 p.m. | CSO, Suite 320
Please enjoy some snacks and (non) alcoholic beverages! Stop in and share your graduate employment information with us!

Reed Smith’s 2014 Diverse Scholars Program
The Diverse Scholars Program provides two $15,000 awards toward tuition for the second year of law school, as well as a paid summer associate position after completion of the second year of law school. The program is open to first-year law students who have demonstrated excellent academic scholarship and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Scholarship applicants must submit a resume, a completed application, a personal statement, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript and a legal writing sample as part of the application process.

Summer associate positions in 2015 are available in: Chicago; Falls Church, VA; Los Angeles; San Francisco; New York City; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Houston, and Washington, D.C. Applications must be postmarked by August 4, 2014.

Students may visit the Diverse Scholars page located within the law students section at http://careers.reedsmith.com for more information about our program and to download an application. To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit http://diversity.reedsmith.com/.

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Academic Skills Announcements

Academic Skills Workshop

Criminal Law Practice Exam
April 8, 2014 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 240

During the final Exam Skills Workshop of the spring semester, you will compare a state criminal statute to a parallel Model Penal Code provision to analyze an issue-spotting essay question. As always, you will get individual feedback on your answer. In this way, you will take another step closer to your goal of further improving your test-taking skills. And because it is the last workshop of the academic year, there will be yummy snacks and several useful and valuable raffle prizes! Questions? Contact Professor Kraybill at nck26@drexel.edu.

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

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

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

PROFESSOR KALHAN
Chelsea: 
Wednesdays 2:30 – 3:30

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

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

Suraji:
Thursday 12:30-2:30 - Room 221
  
PROFESSOR ABU EL-HAJ
Patrick:
Tuesday 3:50-5:50 - Room 223

Hillary:
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

MSNBC Host Patrick Murphy on Sexual Assaults in the Military
April 9 | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Room 140
​Former U.S. Congressman/Prosecutor and Fox Rothschild Partner Patrick Murphy will discuss sexual assaults in the military and college campuses, and the steps needed to prevent more tragedy in the future.

Christian Legal Society

City Wide Christian Legal Society Student Gathering
April 4 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Room 240
​Come on out to the first gathering for all of the area's Christian law students in five years! Offered in partnership between Drexel CLS and Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia, the event kicks off Friday, April 4th at 6pm with dinner followed by a panel discussion with young Christian lawyers sharing helpful pointers about their transitions from law school into practice. The event is totally FREE for all attendees and will wrap up by 8pm. Join us afterwards for drinks and dessert at an optional after hours get-together at the Landmark Americana right across the street from Drexel Law. To register by the April 3rd deadline and get full event details, go to: https://phillycls.eventbrite.com

Health Law Society

Register as a Bone Marrow Donor
Drexel University School of Law Health Law Society is partnering with Delete Blood Cancer to give people a second chance at life! Stop by at our table and register to become a potential bone marrow donor. All it takes is completing a registration form and swabbing the inside of your cheeks. A simple act that could literally save a life!

Second floor (in the locker hallway):
Tuesday, April 1, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 3, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

First floor lobby:
Friday, April 4, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Health Law Networking Reception
April 3 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | 3rd Floor Gallery
Join us for a gathering of health law practitioners. We are honored to have Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Stacey Meadows, as our speaker.

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.

General Meeting
April 9 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Room 240

Labor and Employment Law Society

Business Attire Clothing Drive
Deadline extended to April 4 | 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 lmw324@drexel.edu, and I will make arrangements to collect the clothing from you and get it to the correct place. Thanks so much!

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

IEXE Speaker Series - Gov. Bill Ritter on a Clean Energy Economy
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Center, 1st Floor - Drexel University, 3140 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Please join us for a conversation between Dean Hughes, Founding Director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE) and former Gov. Bill Ritter Jr., the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. The Center for the New Energy Economy works directly with governors, legislators, regulators, and policymakers to provide technical assistance in creating policies and practices that will facilitate America’s transition to a clean-energy economy. Additional information is available here.

What Keeps Entrepreneurs Up at Night: A Talk on Legal Issues from Formation to Funding, part of PTW '14
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:030 p.m. | Morris Cafe, United Plaza Building, 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The PA Bar- YLD liaison, Drexel's Entrepreneurship Association of Graduates and Alumni, the Philadelphia Bar Small Business Committee, and Duane Morris are co-sponsoring a free event during the 2014 Philly Tech Week! A panel of speakers will be discussing contemporary legal issues with forming and funding startup businesses, with a reception to follow. This is a huge event, and your chance to get to know the business law community! Law students, business school students, friends, family, and faculty/staff are all welcome! Please register so we can have enough food and drinks for all attendees.

RSVP at the following link: https://www.philadelphiabar.org/page/EventDetails?appNum=2&eventID=SB0408.

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Scholarships:

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

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Scholarships and Interest Free Loans - Deadline: May 2, 2014
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is currently accepting applications for scholarships, as well as interest free loans

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 imendez@essexbar.com.

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 www.jewishphilly.org/programs-services/educational-scholarships.

Writing Competitions: 

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

National Law Review April 2014 Law Student Writing Contest - Deadline: April 14, 2014
Details available here.

NAWL 2014 Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: May 1, 2014
Details available here.

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School of Law News Headlines

Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours

Please Note: Next week's Newsletter will not be published until Tuesday, April 8

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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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