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Weekly Newsletter

Oct. 28, 2013

Town Hall Meeting - October 30th

Wednesday, October 30 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 140
Audience: All Students
Topic: Upcoming ABA Site Visit
Pizza will be served!

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SBA Announcements

EMSoL Halloween Party | Field House, 1150 Filbert Street | Friday, Nov. 1 | 9:00 p.m.

Don't be spooked out by classes, get spooked out at this year's Halloween Party! Join your EMSoL classmates at Field House for a night of terror. The Halloween party begins at 9:00 p.m. There will be drink specials and we will utilize our $1,000 bar tab that we won at Law Ball. There will be a costume contest with prizes for both single and group costumes. Don't miss it!

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Access To Student Professional Development Fund

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls!

A web-based application has been created for students to access the Student Professional Development Fund (SPDF). The Professional Development Fund Management System has three components: student accounts for reimbursement requests, prerequisites tracking by the Career Strategies Office, and a payment process by the Office of Finance and Budget. In order to track each student’s eligibility status and funding balance, all reimbursement requests must go through this system. Upon meeting certain requirements set forth by the Career Strategies Office, each student at the Earle Mack School of Law will have access to $250 to spend on professional development activities. The Office of Finance and Budget handles reimbursements of expenses.

For information regarding SPDF policies and procedures, system instructions, and to log in to begin your reimbursement request, please visit

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OSA Announcements

Non-Traditional Student Brown Bag Lunch
November 6 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Room 420 | Dessert and beverages will be provided

Are you juggling law school and spouses, partners, and/or aging parents? Then come to the Non-Traditional Student Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 420 and discuss how to balance home responsibilities with school obligations, studying for the bar, and practicing law. Drinks and Dessert will be provided. Please RSVP to by Monday, November 4th if you wish to attend.

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Career Strategies Office Events

See Symplicity for details

  • October 31st 12:15 p.m. Room 340 - Career Dean Lunch - Limited to 10 students
  • November 1st 12:15 p.m. Room 240 - Community Legal Services Brown Bag lunch
  • November 4th – 8th is 3L Build Your Business Card Week
  • November 11th– 15th is 2L Build Your Business Card Week

Announcement from your friendly neighborhood CSO

You probably already know about the easy new way to schedule an appointment with a career counselor or how to RSVP to an event. But did you also know that you can UN - RSVP on Symplicity? In the CSO, we understand that "stuff" happens – law students are busy and sometimes last minute conflicts pop up. As a professional courtesy to the CSO (as well as your fellow students, our caterers, printers & outside speakers), we require at least 24 hours’ notice when canceling events AND counseling appointments. Have a last minute emergency? For cancellations with less than 24 hours' notice, please contact the CSO staff member directly. We appreciate your cooperation with these new procedures. Please contact Jen Moore with any questions or problems accessing Symplicity.

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions


Justinian Society of Delaware County Scholarship - Deadline: November 1, 2013
Criteria: Given to a student of Italian American heritage who exhibits specific aptitude in the study of law and has exhibited outstanding law school performance.
Award: a minimum of $1,000.00 for the current year.
To apply, fill out the application and forward it to Albert M. Greto, Esq., 319 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063.

James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund - Deadline: December 2, 2013
For details, please visit

Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship - Deadline: January 6, 2014
For details, please visit

Writing Competitions: 

National Law Review November 2013 Law Student Writing Contest - Deadline: November 11, 2013
For details, please visit

Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference 2014 Writing Competition - Deadline: December 2, 2013
For details, please visit

2014 Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition - Deadline: February 15, 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

Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Section 2014 Writing Competition - Deadline: April 15, 2014
For details, please visit

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Student Organization Announcements

Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition Team

Negotiation Skills Session | October 30 | 12:15-1:45 p.m. | Room 420
Learn essential negotiation techniques at a brown bag skills session hosted by the ADR Team! This session will include role-play exercises with other students to practice negotiation skills. Honing these skills now can better prepare us to advocate for clients throughout our legal careers.

Health Law Society

FDA and its Battle Against Crime | November 11 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Room 140
Join HLS as we host Mike Widenhouse to speak about crimes he deals with as part of the FDA and a past FBI agent. He will talk about pursuing pharmaceutical cargo thefts, as well as unlicensed wholesale distribution, with a strong enforcement action towards doctors/pharmacists/practitioners who purchase unapproved products from foreign sources and administer them to their unsuspecting patients.

Student Bar Association

American Bar Association Leadership Panel | October 29 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 140, Lunch will be provided
Learn how to take advantage of your American Bar Association membership! This panel will feature faculty, student leaders, and Dean Dennis discussing various ways to be involved in the ABA and how to best utilize your membership.

Women's Law Society

Domestic Violence Awareness Panel | October 28 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Room 340, Reception to follow
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join the Women’s Law Society & Family Law Society for a discussion about domestic violence through the lens of advocacy and criminal justice. Hear from an attorney, criminal justice professional, advocate and member of the Philadelphia police department.

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Academic Skills Announcements

Upcoming Fall 2013 Workshops:

Oct. 29 NO WORKSHOP (LM Deadline)
Nov. 5 Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Memo, Professor Coleman, Writing Specialist
Nov. 12 Exam Strategies II: Practice Exam
Nov. 19 Revising and Editing the 1L Memo, Professor Coleman, Writing Specialist

Questions? Contact Professor Kraybill at

Dean's Scholars—Fall 2013 Office Hours

Civ. Pro. (Prof. Juliano):
Alex: Tues. 10:45-1245, Rm. 221
Melanie: Tues. 3:30-4:30, Rm. 230; Thurs. 11:00-12:00, Rm. 114

Civ. Pro. (Prof. Saunders):
Candice: Wed. 3:30- 5:30, Rm. 221
Seamus: Mon. 3:30-5:30, Rm. 221

Contracts (Prof. Boss):
Holly: Mon. 12:10-1:10, Rm. 221; Wed. 1:00-2:00, Rm. 221
Neal: Tues. 10:45-11:45, Rm. 230; Thurs. 11:00-12:00, Rm. 230

Contracts (Prof. Cimino):
Leah: Tues. 10:45-11:45, Rm. 222; Tues. 4:00-5:00, Rm. 302
Ryan: Thurs. 12:45-1:45, Rm. 302; Thurs. 5:10-6:10, Rm. 222

Torts (Prof. Geisinger):
Emalee: Mon. 12:45-1:45, Rm. 302; Thurs. 3:30-4:30, Rm. 221
Eva: Tues. 3:30-5:30, Rm. 221

Torts (Prof. Furrow):
Ben: Thurs 12:15-1:15, Rm. 221; Thurs 5:00-6:00, Rm. 221
Mallory: Tues. 5:30-6:30, Rm. 221; Fri. 2:30-3:30, SBA Rm. 221

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

Harvest for the Homeless Volunteers Needed

The Young Lawyers Division is seeking volunteers for the annual Harvest for the Homeless program. This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday morning, Nov. 9 at Ballard Spahr LLP. We'll be collecting and sorting donations of men's, women's and children's clothing, as well as non-perishable items.

Once the items are sorted, we'll deliver them to local homeless shelters. So far, the following firms have agreed to participate - Martin LLC, 1818 Market Street, 35th Floor; and Griesling Law, 1717 Arch St., Suite 3630. 

We're looking for volunteers to assist with managing and collecting donations at their firms. We'll also need volunteers on the day of the event to help with sorting and distributing the donated items.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bob Zimmerman at or Alyk Oflazian at

Dragon Gauntlet at the Drexel Recreation Center
- November 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Come compete against other teams in this grueling obstacle course. Each team will only have 100 minutes to complete a variety of elements such as: Humvee Push, Sled Push, and Inverted Zip Line! Registration deadline is November 8th. Register at the Climbing Wall or contact Drew Deming: or Kathryn Formica: All participants will receive a Gauntlet T-shirt, giveaways and pizza after the event. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. Presented by: Drexel’s ROTC, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and Drexel Athletics

"Mad Men" Cocktail Party - Historical Society of Pennsylvania - November 21

“Don” your best attire and join the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for a “Mad Men” themed cocktail party from 6-8 p.m. on November 21st!

Search amongst HSP’s own collection of mid-century advertisements, running the gamut from alcohol to travel destinations for answers to the scavenger hunt. The raffle and prizes for the best dressed and scavenger hunt winner are furnished by local businesses, including Lucky Strike Lanes, Absolute Abstract, Paper on Pine, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Barnes Foundation, and many more.

Hor d’oeuvres provided by Tria, liquor by Philadelphia Distilling, and beer/cider by Philadelphia Brewing. All proceeds support the Adopt-a-Collection program at HSP in the Young Friends name\. The Kline School of Law students can save 25% with code: HSPYFDU at:
For more information, visit or contact

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