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Weekly Newsletter

Sept. 9, 2013

Congrats, Joe Zeidner!

Joe Zeidner (3L) was elected Law Student Division Delegate for the American Bar Association, and will be one of three law students representing the 140,000 students at ABA-approved law schools to the ABA House of Delegates, the Association's primary policy-making body.

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Attention 2Ls & 3Ls: Spring 2014 Co-op Cycle

Important Announcement:
The matching process for the Spring 2014 co-op cycle is about to begin. If you are interested in applying for a co-op this cycle, please attend the Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop.

Event: Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop
Host: Co-op Faculty featuring Co-op Alumni
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: Room 240

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Moot Court/Mock Trial Competitions

Fourth Annual Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition
March 27-29, 2014
Greensboro, North Carolina

Registration is now open.  Visit the website to register and for more information:
http://law.elon.edu/mootcourt.
For inquiries, contact Alan Woodlief, Director of Moot Court Program, at awoodlief@elon.edu.

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

BLSA will be conducting try-outs for both the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition as well as the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.  If you are interested please contact BLSA coordinator Jessica Mann at jcm369@drexel.edu no later than Friday, September 13, 2013 by 12:00 p.m. The trial team competition is open to all students and the moot court competition is open to only 2L's and 3L's. We look forward to seeing you at try-outs!!!

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Academic Skills Announcements

Academic Skills Workshop:

Analyzing Statutes and Rules
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
12:45-1:45p.m. in Law 340

Develop strategies for breaking down legal statutes, rules, and regulations into simple, understandable, and workable parts.  Win one of the two raffle prizes:  E-Z Rules for Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and E-Z Rules for UCC Article 2 (Contracts and Sales). Questions?  Contact Professor Kraybill at nck26@drexel.edu.

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Student Organization Announcements

American Constitution Society

Police Brutality in the Age of the iPhone | September 11 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Room 240, Reception to follow in the 3rd Floor Gallery

Local defense attorneys Jon Feinberg and Larry Krasner speak on current ACLU cases involving citizens being prosecuted for filming police brutality on their mobile devices as well as the case of Askia Sabur. Mr. Sabur was brutalized by police but still prosecuted for assaulting a police officer, despite the fact that his beating by the police was caught on tape.

DOMA Decision Decoded | September 12 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Room 340, Reception to follow in the 3rd Floor Gallery
Co-Sponsored by: OUTLaw, NLG, ACS

Panel event discussing the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Defense of Marriage Act. Panelists include: Lyle Denniston (SCOTUSblog); (David S. Cohen (Earle Mack School of Law); Mary Catherine Roper (ACLU of Pennsylvania); Tiffany Palmer (Jerner & Palmer, P.C.). Panel event in large lecture room with reception to follow in the third floor gallery.

Mary Beth Tinker | September 16, 2013 | 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Room 240

As a 13-year-old student in eighth grade, Mary Beth was strongly affected by news of the war. She and her brothers and sisters, along with other students in Des Moines, decided to wear black armbands to school to mourn the dead on both sides of the Vietnam war. The armbands were also in support of a Christmas truce called by Senator Bobby Kennedy that year. The Des Moines school board tried to block the students from wearing the armbands, and most of the students who wore them were suspended.

The case eventually went to the Supreme Court, which ruled in a landmark decision in 1969 that students in public schools do have First Amendment rights. Justice Abe Fortas wrote in the majority opinion that students and teachers do not “shed their constitutional rights…at the schoolhouse gate.”

Mary Beth continues to educate young people about their rights, speaking frequently to students groups across the country. An advocate for the rights of youth, particularly in the areas of health and education, she is a pediatric nurse who is active in her union and holds Masters degrees in both public health and nursing. In 2000, the Marshall-Brennan Project at Washington College of Law at American University named its annual youth advocacy award after Mary Beth. In 2006, as a tribute to Tinker’s devotion to the rights of young people, the ACLU National Board of Directors’ Youth Affairs Committee renamed its annual youth affairs award the “Mary Beth Tinker Youth Involvement Award.”

Sequestration Hits the Courts
| September 19, 2013 | 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. | Room 340
Co-Sponsored by the Drexel Federalist Society

A discussion of the crisis in the federal courts with:
The Hon. D. Brooks Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
The Hon. C. Darnell Jones, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA
Richard Coughlin, Federal Public Defender, District of New Jersey
Nina Carpiniello Spizer, Assistant Trial Unit Chief, Federal Defender, Eastern District of PA

Moderated by Professor Chapin Cimino, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University

Alternative Dispute Resolution Team (ADR)

ABA Negotiation and Arbitration Competitions

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Team (ADR) is seeking competitors for the ABA Negotiation and the ABA Arbitration competitions. The ABA Negotiation Competition, held on November 2nd and 3rd, will deal with a contract negotiation. The ABA Arbitration Competition, held on November 16th and 17th, will concern a commercial real estate transaction. The ADR Team will hold two internal competitions this semester to select students to represent Drexel at each competition. The internal competition will be open to all students at EMSoL. Please be on the lookout for additional postings after the competition dates have been finalized! All interested students should send an email to drexeladr@gmail.com.

Black Law Students Association

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition and Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

BLSA will be conducting try-outs for both the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition as well as the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.  If you are interested please contact BLSA coordinator Jessica Mann at jcm369@drexel.edu no later than Friday, September 13, 2013 by 12:00 p.m. The trial team competition is open to all students and the moot court competition is open to only 2L's and 3L's. We look forward to seeing you at try-outs!!!

Environmental Law Society


General Meeting | September 11 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Room 140 | Lunch will be provided.

Environmental Law Society invites you to join us for our first general meeting on Wednesday, September 11, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 140.  We will be discussing upcoming events for this semester, and encourage anyone interested in environmental issues to attend.

Intellectual Property Law Society

Dan Ravicher Speaks About AMP v. Myriad Supreme Court Decision
| September 17 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 420
Please join us.

Women’s Law Society
A Day in the Life: Women in the Law | September 12 | 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Room 140 | Reception to follow in the 2nd Floor Gallery
This panel event will feature accomplished female attorneys from the Philadelphia legal community who will share their experience and perspective on career advancement.

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Scholarships:

James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund - Deadline: December 2, 2013
For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/law/docket/enewsletter/082613/Stoudt2013.pdf.

Writing Competitions:

Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Section 2014 Writing Competition -
Deadline: April 15, 2014 For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/law/docket/enewsletter/flyers/2014-PBA-IP-Writing-Contest.pdf

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Earle Mack School of Law News Headlines

Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours

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