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Weekly Newsletter

February 20, 2017

Academic Skills Announcements

New Jersey Bar Exam Info Session
Thursday, Feb. 22
12:45 - 1:45 p.m
Room 140

Sahbra Jacobs, Counsel for the Committee on Character, will discuss the New Jersey bar exam, application process, and character and fitness determination. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the New Jersey bar exam.

Questions? Contact Professor Kraybill; Room 418; 215.571.4803;

Bar Exam Info Session for 2Ls
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Room 340
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Come to this presentation to learn what you can do NOW to prepare for the bar exam. Presenters are: Professor Kraybill, Dean Oates and Mary deRivera.

Spring 2018 Academic Skills Workshops

All workshops held Tuesdays 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in Room 340.

  • February 20: Developing Arguments and Counterarguments  
  • February 27: Answering Statute-Based Essays
  • March 6: Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Brief - Prof. Coleman
  • March 13: No workshop—Spring Break
  • March 20: Exam Success Strategies
  • March 27: No Workshop
  • April 3: Editing the 1L Brief - Prof. Coleman

Questions? Contact Professor Kraybill; Room 418; 215.571.4803;

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Law Review Announcement

Volume 11 Executive Board

Drexel Law Review is proud to announce our new Executive Editorial Board. The 2018-2019 Executive Board will work closely with the 2017-2018 Board until the end of this school year. The new leaders will facilitate new member recruitment this spring, plan the Law Review's annual fall symposium, and continue to grow the KSoL's contribution to legal scholarship by publishing Volume 11. Please join DLR in congratulating this talented, dedicated group of individuals in their new roles:

  • Editor-in-Chief: Kait O’Donnell
  • Managing Editor: Kristen Mowery
  • Articles Editor: Brittany Kane
  • Articles Editor: Madelena Rizzo
  • Research Editor: Conor McCabe
  • Production Editor: John Lang
  • Notes Editor: Fanta Freeman
  • Symposium Editor: Justin Hollinger
  • Membership & Recruitment Editor: Katie Deeds
  • Online Media Editor: Arielle Heald

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Recurring: Mindful Wednesdays

Weekly mindfulness sessions on Wednesdays at noon in Room 302. Light snacks provided. Come chill out, learn to meditate, and chat!

2018-2019 Clinic Preview Workshop Brown Bag Lunch
Thursday, February 22
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Room 340

At this workshop Dean Brooks will be joined by faculty who teach in our Clinical Program, as well as students who are currently enrolled in clinics. This session will provide useful information about the law school's Clinical Program and the application process.

Drexel Law Review Recruitment Event
Thursday, Feb. 22
4 - 6 p.m.
Third Floor Gallery

The Drexel Law Review is hosting a recruitment event. The outgoing executive board and the incoming board will be present along with other members of the Law Review to meet those interested in joining and to answer any questions. Food and drinks will be provided.

Trademarks and Cannabis: Issues, Regulation, Cases
Thursday, Feb. 22
6 - 8 p.m.
Duane Morris - 30 S. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association and the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court cohost a discussion on "Trademarks and Cannabis: Issues, Regulation, Cases" at their monthly meeting.

The moderators will discuss the intersection of trademarks and cannabis law practice. This should be a very interesting presentation, especially because Pennsylvania recently legalized products derived from marijuana for medicinal uses!

A reception will follow the event and will provide students with a great opportunity to meet local lawyers in related legal fields. Please RSVP by e-mailing or calling Gina D’Allesandro at 215-599-0985 no later than 12 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20.

Brown Bag Lunch with Dean Filler
Monday, Feb. 26 and March 28

Dean Filler will be hosting a small brown bag lunch on Feb. 26 and March 28 at 12:15 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please email Anne Marie Cellucci ( to sign up.

Graduation Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 28
12 - 2 p.m.
2nd Floor Gallery

Meet with Bar Review Course vendors BarBri, Themis, and Kaplan. They will have literature about their programs and bar review materials available for your review.

Aristotle and Business: Friend or Foe?
Wednesday, March 7
12 - 1:15 p.m.
Room 140

Join us for a talk by philosopher Fred Miller, who explores the relevance of Aristotle's ideas to modern political life and to justice.

A Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, Miller will discuss the application of virtue ethics to modern commercial life.

Bring your lunch. Bring a friend!

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Health Law Guest Speaker: Gennie Kanter
Wednesday, March 7
4 p.m.

Gennie Kanter, a professor at Penn (and formerly here at Drexel in the School of Public Health), will talk to the Health Law Colloquium class about the Sunshine Act and her recent research on its effectiveness in helping patients spot issues with payments received by their doctors from drug and device companies.

Contact Erica Spiro ( for location.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Symplicity is the central resource for all career-related information including all job postings, announcements, law firm lists, podcasts, educational programs and networking opportunities. It’s simple…check Symplicity! We always look forward to seeing you in the CSO for personal advice, encouragement, and a welcoming cup of coffee, tea or water.

Virtual Networking Event

Here’s something new and different – an online virtual networking event! Fun, convenient, and a chance to connect from the comfort of your home. We are the first Philadelphia area law school to try this, so join the experiment. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Join for as long as you’d like – stay for 10 minutes or the full time.

Why should you attend?

  • Connect with alumni in your area and across the globe;
  • Learn about different practice areas and get advice from alumni who have been in your shoes;
  • Meet graduates you’d never have the chance to connect with otherwise; and
  • All the benefits of networking with none of the travel, name tags or awkward conversations!

Here are the virtual booths that will be offered (subject to change):

  • Government & Public Interest
  • Judicial Clerkships
  • Small & Mid-Size Firms
  • Big Law Compliance, In-House, JD Advantage
  • General Networking Advice
  • Connect With Donna Gerson, Associate Dean of Career Strategies
  • Connect With The Office of Student Services

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Premier Lawyer Breakfast featuring Deborah Gross: Litigator, Bar Leader, Small Firm Lawyer

You are invited to have breakfast with Deborah Gross on Tuesday, March 20 from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. in the faculty conference room. 

Deborah is Of Counsel at Kaufman, Coren & Ress in Center City Philadelphia.  She is the immediate past Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Deborah concentrates her practice on plaintiffs’ securities fraud, antitrust and consumer class actions litigated throughout the country, and has also has arbitrated a number of cases on behalf of investors who have disputes with their brokers.

Deborah also served as President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation for 2013 and 2014, including during the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The Foundation’s mission is to promote access to justice for all people in the community, particularly those struggling with poverty, abuse and discrimination.

If you’re interested in learning about bar leadership roles, work handling plaintiffs’ securities fraud, or how small firms hire and promote, then join us on March 20th for a discussion of these and other issues.  Limited to 15 students – RSVP via Symplicity.

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Congratulations to the Trial Team

Message from Gwen Stern, Director of Trial Advocacy

Hi everyone. I am so excited to tell all of you that our Trial Team members were named regional champions at the prestigious regional competition of the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition this past weekend. This is our fourth consecutive win. Our team members this year were outstanding: 3Ls Phil Pasquarello, Jess Falkenstein and Najah Jacobs went undefeated in the competition. Phil Pasquarello was named Best Advocate in the final round against Temple. The competition included all of the law schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. They now will go to Texas to compete in the national competition during the first weekend in April. Huge congratulations to our Justin Bernstein who coached this team along with attorney Ellis Palividas. They also coached 3L Bobby Abernathy and 2L Alisa DiPietro who also gave excellent performances this year. Please congratulate all those involved in this great accomplishment. We are very excited about going to Texas to hopefully bring home another trophy for our school.

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities


Richard P. Noll Scholarship
Deadline: Feb. 26, 2018

The York County Bar Association is offering the Richard P. Noll Scholarship of $1,000 each to two needy law students from the greater York, Pa., area. Interested students should submit the attached application to Mary de Rivera in the law school OSA.

2018 Alford Excellence Scholarship Award
Deadline: April 6, 2018

On May 16, 2018, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section (“MJL Section”) of the Delaware State Bar Association will hold its annual Judge Haile L. Alford Memorial Breakfast. The event is held in honor of Haile L. Alford, the first African-American female judge in the State of Delaware. Judge Alford was appointed by Governor Mike Castle in 1992 and served on the bench until her untimely death in 2003 at the age of 54.

During the Alford Memorial Breakfast, the MJL Section intends to grant the 2018 Alford Excellence Award, a $3,000 scholarship, to at least three future practitioners who will sit for the July 2018 Delaware Bar Examination.

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Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: April 27, 2018

Open to law students who are residents of Hudson County N.J.

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Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2018

Open to law students from Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland counties in NJ.

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Faerie L. Angle Scholarship Fund
Deadline: June 1, 2018.

Open to law students who are residents of Franklin County, Pa., with law school GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: July 1, 2018

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship awards an annual scholarship to a law school student or grant to a lawyer in practice less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award is $5,400. Eligible applicants include: 1) Pennsylvania residents enrolled in a non-Pennsylvania law school within the United States; 2) law students enrolled in any of Pennsylvania’s accredited law schools; and 3) Pennsylvania lawyers in practice less than three years. Applicants must perform volunteer service to an animal welfare organization before, during and/or after law school; or engage in scholarship in the field of animal law and animal welfare, including reading, research, writing and clinical work; or perform pro bono legal work in the field of animal welfare. The scholarship/grant will be awarded by August 23, 2018.

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Libertarian Public Interest Litigation Fellowships
Applications reviewed as received

Pacific Legal Foundation’s College of Public Interest Law offers 2-year litigation fellowships to graduates interested in rapidly gaining experience in the litigation of major constitutional cases. The fellowships are open to all graduating individuals of demonstrated high achievement and offer an exceptional opportunity as a stepping stone to private practice, public agency law, an academic career, or a permanent position with Pacific Legal Foundation.

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2018 Clarence “Chuck” N. Patterson Diversity Internship Scholarship Program
Deadline: February 16, 2018

The Clarence “Chuck” N. Patterson Diversity Internship Scholarship Program provides internship opportunities for eligible minority first or second year, full-time law students.  Interns receive $6,000 for a 10-week long summer internship at the York County Office of the Public Defender and opportunity to attend York County Bar Association activities and meet other York County Bar members.

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Research Funding from Drexel's Urban Health Collaborative
Deadline: March 1, 2018

The Urban Health Collaborative is requesting proposals for pilot funding to promote urban health research at Drexel University. Awards will be made to pilot projects with a focus on understanding and improving health in cities as part of this request for proposals. The maximum budget for each award is $30,000.

For additional details, visit the UHC website to download the Pilot Funding RFP or submit a proposal in InfoReady


A Compilation of Legal Writing Competitions

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Pennsylvanians For Modern Courts’ Writing Competition
Deadline: March 1, 2018

Open to 2L or 3L from Philadelphia area law schools.
$2500 prize

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Ed Mendrzycki Essay Contest For Law Students and Young Lawyers
Deadline: March 9, 2018

The contest encourages original and innovative  research and writing in the area of legal malpractice law, professional  liability insurance and loss prevention.

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2018 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Deadline: July 1, 2018

With technological innovations comes the potential for law enforcement to develop new tools to investigate and prosecute crimes. Today, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and courts are challenged by the constitutional implications of emerging technologies that were not contemplated in the 18th century when the Fourth Amendment was drafted.

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2018 NYU Policy Case Competition
Deadline: Feb. 26, 2018

The 2018 Policy Case Competition is an annual team-based competition which brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation to design and propose policy solutions related to a variety of current issues. Finalist teams have the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of industry experts, and the winning team receives a cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.. Registration closes on Feb. 26, so make sure to register here today.

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