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Weekly Newsletter

Nov. 4, 2013

Congrats to the Trial Team!

Please join me in congratulating Brittany Wakim (3L), Brett Kaminsky (3L), Zachary Wynkoop (2L) and Elyse Cohen (2L) on their tremendous success by making the Semi-Finals (Final Four) in the prestigious national Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition last weekend. We lost in the Semi-Final round to Fordham University who ended up winning the entire competition.

Special congratulations go out to Brittany Wakim who scored two perfect scores and to Brett Kaminsky who scored one perfect score in the one round that they competed in. We also want to recognize that the team was coached by members of our Trial Team alumni-Sam Haaz and Michael Benz. We are very proud of them!

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

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Immigration Immersion Spring Break Project - Information Session

Wednesday, November 13 | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Room 340

Entering its second year, the Drexel Immigration Project is a unique and immersive alternative Spring Break service-learning program that provides students the opportunity to live in South Philadelphia for the week and serve the needs of Philadelphia's immigrant community by offering naturalization assistance. Other project highlights include engaging community leaders, immigration lawyers and activists, and activities throughout the city. All participants will satisfy their 50-hour Pro Bono Requirement. Attend the upcoming information session, hear from past participants, and get ready to apply! Space is limited.

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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

-November 4th – 8th is 3L Build Your Business Card Week
-November 6th – Premiere Lawyers’ Breakfast Chat
-November 7th – Linked In and Your Job Search
-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


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

Black Law Students Association

BLSA Brown Bag General Body Meeting | November 5 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 250
We will be discussing Stereotyping in the Education Environment with Professor Woodson.

Viewing: Documentary on the School to Prison Pipeline | November 13 | 6:00 p.m. | Room 240
Nov. 13th in Room 240 at 6PM we will be watching clips and discussing a documentary on the School to Prison Pipeline that affects students across America in Zero Tolerance policy schools. Food will be provided.

Criminal Law Society

Drugs and the Criminal Justice System | November 6 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Room 140
Criminal Law Society presents the first event in our Criminal Lawyer Dinner series. Come listen to both Defense and Prosecution talk about their work and experience in the criminal justice system. Lawyers from the Philly D.A.'s and P.D.'s office will be present; some of the speakers are EMSoL alumni! Dinner will be provided!

Internship Panel | November 12 | 12-1 p.m. | Room 140
The Criminal Law Society will be hosting an internship for all 1L students interested in pursuing a criminal law related summer internship after 1L year. Lunch will be provided!

the Kline School of Law Republicans

General Body Meeting | November 6 | 12 p.m. | Room 230
The Kline School of Law Republican will be having an all-organization lunch on November 6th at 12PM in room 230 to discuss the past semester, the budget, and next semester's scheduled (or desired events). Please attend and enjoy lunch provided by the organization.

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.

Intellectual Property Law Society

Trademark Law Speaker Event | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Room 240
Trademark attorney Phil Foret speaks about his career and recent trademark infringement cases.

Phi Alpha Delta

Collecting goods for YLD's Harvest for the Homeless | Now - November 8 | 2nd and 3rd floor elevator areas
Phi Alpha Delta is volunteering with the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division in collecting goods for the annual Harvest for the Homeless. Please donate clothing and personal items to help benefit Philadelphia homeless shelters. This includes adult clothing, coats, shoes, toiletries, soap, shampoo & conditioners, blankets, etc. Boxes will be located on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and you can email if you have any questions.

Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Society

SCOTUS Society Morning after Pill Discussion Meeting | November 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Room 240
Join the SCOTUS Society for lunch and a discussion on the Constitutional Law surrounding regulation of the Morning After Pill.

Prof. Kyle C. Kopko Speaker Event | November 13 | 5-6 p.m. | Room 140
Join the SCOTUS Society for a speaker event with Prof. Kyle C. Kopko where he will discuss the changes in the law implemented by the Supreme Court decisions back in June and the new changes that could be coming out of the Supreme Court's Current term. A reception will follow on the 3rd Floor Gallery.

Happy Hour at Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar | November 15 | 7-8 p.m. | Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar, 3801 Chestnutt Street, Philadelphia
Join the SCOTUS Society at for a happy hour at Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar at 3801 Chestnutt Street Philadelphia PA 19104. The Pianos will be dueling and free food will be had!

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Academic Skills Announcements

Calling all 3Ls! Bar Exam Information Session
Wednesday, November 6 | 12:15-1:45 p.m.| Room 140

Dean Dennis, Dean Oates, Professor Kraybill, and Mary deRivera Learn the nuts and bolts about the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York bar exams, character and fitness determination, and application process. Start planning now for financing the bar exam. Pizza, drinks and dessert will be served. Questions? Email Professor Kraybill at

Upcoming Fall 2013 Workshops

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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