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Weekly Newsletter

April 8, 2014

Commencement 2014

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

Commencement will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Thomas E. Perez, United States Secretary of Labor. Secretary Perez was nominated by President Obama to serve as the nation's 26th Secretary of Labor, and was sworn in on July 23, 2013.

Secretary Perez’s biography:

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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

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\. The Kline School of 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 ( 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

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OSA and Financial Aid Announcements

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.

Financial Aid for Summer
Students interested in receiving financial aid for the Summer Semester at the law school should note the following:

• The tuition charge this summer will be $1,073 per credit after the law school’s 20% discount is applied. The General Fee will be $420.

• Law Merit Scholarships cannot be applied to summer tuition.

• Students taking at least 4.5 credits or half time enrollment can take out Federal Graduate Plus Loans or private education loans to cover their expenses. You can start applying for summer loans the second week of April at or at your private lender’s website. The loan is for 2013-14 (Not 2014-15). The loan term is 05/27/2014 - 08/01/2014.

• Living expenses as well as tuition and fees are added to a summer student’s 2013-2014 budget. Loan funds can then be used to cover these costs if needed. Funds will be scheduled to disburse May 20, 2014 with refunds issued by the Bursar’s Office over the following 2 weeks.

• There are no additional financial aid applications necessary as long as your FAFSA for 2013-14 is on file with the school.

Financial Aid for the 2014-15 Academic Year

1) The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA is now available online. The IRS data retrieval tool allows applicants to automatically upload information directly from a filed 2013 tax return. FAFSAs for returning students should be filed by May 1st to insure that aid is in place at the start of the fall term.

2) All returning law students receiving any financial aid, including Law Merit Scholarships, are also required to submit an Institutional Financial Aid Application or FAAPP. This form can be found at and dropped off in the Law School OSA.

3) Students who are interested in Graduate Plus loans or private education loans for the 2014-15 academic year can begin applying in July.

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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!

What To Know Before You Go (1L)
Attention Class of 2016:
Before you leave for the summer, find out what to expect for the upcoming "Fall" recruiting season including CRUCIAL summer deadlines, the bidding process and how to participate in this year's on-campus-interviewing program. This is a DON'T MISS program for anyone interested in OCI.
Tuesday, April 22
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 340

How To Have A Successful Summer (1L/2L)
Learn how to put your best foot forward as you start your summer - whether as a Summer Associate with a law firm, or a Summer Intern with a government/public interest organization. Learn how to maximize your performance, avoid common mistakes, and get the most out of your summer experience.
Wednesday, April 23
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 340

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 for more information about our program and to download an application. To learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit

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Academic Skills Announcements

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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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.

Civil Litigation Society

Semester-end Philanthropic Happy Hour
April 11 | 7:00-10:00 p.m. | Room 140
​Please join the Society for a philanthropic happy hour at Tavern on Broad, 200 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia. Wristbands will be sold at the door -$3- for three hours of ½ priced drinks and appetizers. The event benefits the Philadelphia Legal Assistance, which provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia. Come out and socialize for a great cause!

Environmental Law Society

Environmental Law Society Board Elections
April 14 | 12:00-12:45 p.m. | Room 250
​The Environmental Law Society will be holding elections for next years board members. Pizza (both vegan and regular) will be served! If you are unable to come, please email Jessica Hunt at to have your name added.

Health Law Society

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


Being Involved in the Commuunity
April 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Room 340
​​​Come hear from leaders in the Philly LGBT community about their involvement, learn about various volunteer opportunites, and network with Drexel LGBTQA law, medical, graduate, and undergraduate students.

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

What Keeps Entrepreneurs Up at Night: A Talk on Legal Issues from Formation to Funding, part of PTW '14
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:30 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:

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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 Justinian Foundation's Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship - Deadline: May 9, 2014
Awarded to a second year student for their third year of law school. Award: $2,500.
Submission Guidelines: The Justinian Society of Philadelphia invites any law school student in his/her second year to submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay answering: As an attorney, what will you do to fight against stereotyping and defamation of Italian-Americans in particular and people of all races, religions and cultures in general? All submissions must be sent to the attention of Justin Moriconi, Esq. either by e-mail or regular mail.
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 here.

Writing Competitions: 

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.

2014 Student Writing Competition in ADR - Deadline: May 7, 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

Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter are subject to approval by Kevin Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students and
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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