|Congrats to Marshall-Brennan Moot Court Competition Coaches
First, I want to thank our faculty members and law students who came out to judge and bailiff on Saturday for our local high school Marshall-Brennan Moot Court competition. I know that it is was quite a burden to come out on a snowy Saturday!
Second, I want to recognize our outstanding students who coached their Marshall-Brennan high school students to winning a spot in the National Competition on April 1st and 2nd (yes, I will be soliciting you all again to be a judge) and students who made the "Final Four" of the competition before Court of Common Please judges (the Honorable Glynnis Hill and the Honorable Renee Cardwell Hughes).
George Washington Carver High School student Bradley Harley, who was coached by 2Ls Joanna Suder and John Wheeland, was the Best Oral Advocate.
Second Place Advocate Allison Patterson, a student at the Science Leadership Academy, was coached by 3L Ken Dugan and 2L Sam Haaz.
Finalists Nate Hudwell and Cassandra McAndrews of the Creative and Performing Arts High School were coached by 2Ls Jamie Gershkow and Claudia Shank and by 2Ls Brieanna Wheeland and John Kuehne respectively.
SeQuanna Daniels of Edward W. Bok Technical High School, coached by 2Ls Alex Scanlon, Mike Cavaliere and Monica Simmons, and Deandra Jefferson of CAPA High School, coached by 2Ls Alexandra Beuchler and Alex Feldman, also advanced.
The contestants represented both sides in a fictitious First Amendment case involving a female high school student who was suspended for wearing a tuxedo to class.
Please join me in congratulating our students!
Gwen Roseman Stern, Esq.
Director of Trial Advocacy and Associate Professor of Law
Director, Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
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Preparing for the Bar Exam
Notices from Professor Kraybill:
B.E.A.T. Program Schedule
Class 3: Fri., Feb. 11, 1:00-4:15 p.m., Law 140, OR Sat., Feb. 12, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Law 340
Performance Test Lecture; Practice Performance Test; Performance Test Analysis
Class 4: Fri., Feb. 18, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Law 340, OR Sat., Feb. 19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Law 340
Contracts/Sales; Multistate Testing Workshop
Class 5: Fri., Feb. 25, 1:00-4:15p.m., Law 340, OR Sat., Feb. 26, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Law 340
Real Property (Landlord/Tenant); Multistate Testing Workshop; Beat Graded Practice Essay #2
Class 6: Fri., March 25, 1:00-4:15 p.m., Law 340, OR Sat., March 26, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Location TBA
Multistate Testing Simulated Exam
Class 7: Fri., April 1, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Location TBA, OR Sat., April 2, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Location TBA
Multistate Testing Simulated Exam Analysis
Notices from Bar Prep Vendors:
BARBRI MPRE Course - Wednesday, February 9, 2011
If you are registered for the March MPRE exam, please stop by the BARBRI table (located in the Second Floor lobby every Wednesday) to fill out a form in order to sign up for the free BARBRI MPRE Review Course. The course is offered at various locations throughout the city and suburbs and is free to all students.
If you are already registered for the BARBRI MPRE Review Course, please know that the BARBRI MPRE Review Book will be distributed on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 between 12:00 and 3:00 at the BARBRI table in the Second Floor lobby of the law school. Any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact Mallory Pelland (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Bar Talk - Thursday, February 10, 2011
Hey Drexel 3Ls: Come by Room 440 on Thursday, February 10 from 4:00-4:45p.m. (rescheduled from last week due to inclement weather) for a discussion about the bar exam application process hosted by Drexel alum and Themis Bar Review attorney Kevin Frost. We will also talk briefly about studying strategies and stress management, and also give a quick overview of the Themis Bar Review course and our exciting new improvements for the summer exam.
Why should you come? I can think of four good reasons: 1) Applying for the bar exam doesn't need to be stressful—find out what information you should be collecting now to make the process easier; 2) Hear what it's like to study all summer for an exam; 3) Learn a little bit about a great bar review course; 4) Free coffee and donuts.
Sponsored by Themis Bar Review.
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Academic Skills Announcements
Dean's Scholar Schedule - Spring 2011
Please Note: All office hours are held in Study Room 223 on the second floor, across from Law 240.
Constitutional Law--Professor Abu El Haj
Dean's Scholars: Tori Caracciolo and Nate Howard
Sessions: Monday 3:35-4:35 p.m., Law 240 | Wednesday 3:35-4:35 p.m., Law 240
Tori's Office Hours: Monday 4:35-6:35 p.m.
Nate's Office Hours: Friday 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Constitutional Law--Professor Cohen
Dean's Scholars: Marisa Grillo and Earthen Johnson
Sessions: Tuesday 4:00-5:00 p.m., Law 420 | Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Law 440
Earthen's Office Hours: Wednesday 8:00-9:00 a.m. | Thursday 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Marisa's Office Hours: Tuesday 8:00-9:00 a.m. | Wednesday 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Criminal Law--Professor Filler
Dean's Scholars: Krysten Connon and Blair Thompson
Sessions: Monday 12:15-1:15 p.m., Law 240 | Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Law 420
Blair's Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Thursday 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Krysten's Office Hours: Wednesday 10:30-12:15 p.m.
Criminal Law--Professor Tibbs
Dean's Scholars: Ted Kopec and Joe McPeak
Sessions: Tuesday 12:45-1:45 p.m., Matheson 208 | Thursday 12:45-1:45 p.m., Matheson 208
Joe's Office Hours: Wednesday 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Ted's Office Hours: Thursday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Library Hours for Legal Methods Dean's Scholars:
Kristen Sawicki -- Monday: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Thursday: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Mourin Khaleel -- Wednesday: 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Friday: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
1L Academic Skills Workshops
The 1L Academic Skills Workshops will be held throughout the Spring semester on Fridays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. in Law 240*. Workshops, presented by Professor Kraybill, will focus on the further development of exam-taking skills. In these workshops, you will answer exam hypotheticals and get feedback on your written work. Diana Silva, a Dean's Scholar for Professor Bogus last fall, will assist Professor Kraybill with these workshops. Professor Coleman's workshops are designed to provide additional assistance on the brief assignment in Legal Methods II. The workshops are listed below.
February 11, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Developing Arguments and Counterarguments
February 18, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Writing the Rule and Rule Explanation for the 1L Brief
February 25, 10:45-11:45
Answering Statute-Based Exam Questions, Part 1
March 4, 10:45-11:45
Answering Statute-Based Exam Questions, Part 2
March 11, 10:45-11:45
*Revised date, time, and location!
March 21, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Revising and Editing the 1L Brief
Bring your lunch -- Dessert will be served.
April 1-No Workshop Scheduled
April 8, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
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Office of Student Affairs and Financial Aid
Financial Aid Announcements
- Important Announcement: Institutional Financial Aid Application
All returning law students must fill out an Institutional Financial Aid Application in order to receive financial aid for the 2011-2012 academic year. This form can be accessed on the web at http://drexel.edu/src/financialaid/forms/. There are also forms available in the Office of Student Affairs. Completed forms should be brought to the Office of Student Affairs in Room 450 of the Law School.
The Institutional Financial Aid Application as well as the FAFSA for 2011-2012 must be submitted by May 1, 2011. For students applying for the summer work study program, the deadline is March 1, 2011
Mary de Rivera, the law school financial aid advisor, will be holding short information session on February 7th and February 9th at 12:15 p.m. in Room 440. She will be able to offer assistance and answer student questions pertaining to this new financial aid form.
- Graduate Plus Loans
Any student interested in applying for a Graduate Plus Loan for the 2010-2011 academic year can still do so at www.studentloans.gov. Allow 2-3 weeks after you are approved for Drexel to certify your loan and the funds to begin disbursing.
- 2011-2012 FAFSA
The Financial Aid Office would like to remind returning law students that your 2011-2012 FAFSA must be completed by May 1, 2011. If you will be applying for the summer work study program, your FAFSA must be filed by March 1, 2011. You should review the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive from the Department of Education to determine if your application is complete.
You can fill out the FAFSA before you file an income tax return. The required amounts for the FAFSA can be estimated. Your financial aid package may be adjusted once the actual tax information is submitted.
Drexel's financial aid code for the FAFSA is 003256.
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Career and Professional Development Office
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**Appointments are available outside of the scheduled hours upon request**
- February 9, 2011 - Loan Repayment Assistance Program and the College Cost Reduction and Assistance Act, Rm. 140, 12:15 - 1:15p.m.
Come hear Rashida West present on the nuts and bolts of the law schools' Loan Repayment Assistance Program and the College Cost Reduction and Assistance Act. RSVP in Symplicity under Events.
- February 16, 2011 - Judicial Clerkship Panel, Rm. 140, 12:15 - 1:15p.m.
Please join the CPDO for the first of two information sessions regarding Judicial Clerkships. In this first session, members of the Faculty will lead a panel discussion about their own clerkship experiences and why clerkships are a valuable addition to your resume.
2Ls are encouraged to attend so that they can hear firsthand about the benefits of clerking and deadlines for applying for Judicial Clerkships. SOME DEADLINES ARE SOONER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK! 1Ls who are considering applying for clerkships after graduation may be interested in hearing about how course selection for your 2L year, may help or hinder your chances of obtaining a clerkship. All 2Ls who are thinking about applying for a clerkship should make every effort to attend this session.
This session will also provide all the information you need for your judicial clerkship application process. We will not only talk about the different types of clerkships available, but the application materials needed, tips for obtaining recommendation letters, choosing the appropriate writing sample and more. Also find out about application deadlines and CPDO deadlines. RSVP in Symplicity under Events.
- February 23, 2011 - Judicial Clerkship Applications, Rm. 140, 12:15- 1:15p.m.
If you are interested in applying for Federal Clerkships, many Judges utilize the online database "OSCAR" for accepting applications. Additionally, OSCAR is a great resource to find out which Judges are hiring and what application materials they require.
If you are going to apply to federal judges over the summer for clerkships beginning in September 2011, you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to come to this session to learn how the online application system works. RSVP in Symplicity under Events.
Full Time Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook: 2L Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- GlaxoSmithKline - Diversity Intern Program. Glaxo is seeking 1Ls or 2Ls who are interested in a summer internship. They have possible openings in the patents group and trademarks group for students who might be headed down the IP path. Patent candidates should have a science or engineering degree. They are looking for students with diverse backgrounds. Please send resume and cover letter to Rashida West at email@example.com by Monday, February 7th at noon.
- Attention 1L Students: If you have not scheduled an appointment to meet with a CPDO counselor to review your resume and start planning for your job search, please do so ASAP! REMINDER - Prior to using any services offered by the CPDO, 1L students are required to have their resume reviewed by a member of the CPDO counseling staff. Please contact Krystal Lespinasse at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment.
1L Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation - Dept of Legal Affairs, Legal Internship Program - Deadline 02/15/11
- Federal Communications Commission - Wireline Competition Bureau, Pricing Policy Division, Student Internship Program - Deadline 03/15/11
NEW THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG!:
- Colorado Attorney General - Dept. of Law Internship Program - Deadline ASAP after 12/01/10
- Colorado Public Defender - Summer Legal Internship Program - Deadline ASAP after 12/01/10
- Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Competition Summer Intern Program - Deadline 02/01/11
- New York City Law Dept. - Summer Honors Program - Deadline ASAP after 12/01/10
- Security & Exchange Commission - Summer Honors Program - Deadline ASAP after 12/01/10
- Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia - Legal Clerkship Program - Deadline ASAP after 12/01/10
- Dept. of Transportation - Office of Aviation Enforcement & Proceedings Volunteer Legal Internship - Deadline ASAP after 12/01/10
- Transportation Security Administration - Office of Civil Rights Summer Law Student Internship Program - Deadline after 12/01/10, but no later than end of March
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation - Dept. of Legal Affairs, Legal Internship Program - Deadline 02/15/11
- Environmental Protection Agency - R1 Legal Internship Program - Deadline 02/28/11
- Federal Communications Commission - Wireline Competition Bureau Pricing Policy Division, Student Internship Program- Deadline 03/15/11
- Dept. of Justice - Volunteer/Part-time Legal Intern Program - Deadline April 2011
- 2L Summer Associate, Goldman Sachs (Wilmington, DE)
- Diversity Intern Program - GlaxoSmithKline
- SEIU, Law Fellow - Local 32BJ (NYC)
- 2011 Judge William M. Marutani Fellowship - Summer Funding Opportunity
- Temporary Legal Professional, Altria Group Inc.- Government Affairs Law Support Group (Washington, DC)
- Summer 2011 Law Student Internship Program, Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration
- Part-time Summer Government Affairs Intern - T-Mobile USA (Parsippany, NJ)
- Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Student Memberships Available
- Summer Legal Intern, CBS College Sports Network (NYC)
- Legal Intern, Wyndham Exchange and Rentals (Parsippany, NJ)
- Summer Legal Intern, CME Group (NYC)
- Summer Legal Intern, Integrys Energy Services (Worthington, OH)
- Spring Legal Intern and Summer Legal Intern Opportunities, Compliance Implementation Services (Media, PA)
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Notices From The Student Bar Association
SBA Happy Hour
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Landmark Americana
Join the SBA and your classmates as we briefly escape the chill and our studies. Drink tickets and food will be provided. Contact email@example.com with any questions. Hope to see you there!
Barrister's Ball 2011-Save the Date!!
May 7, 2011 | 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. | Loews Hotel (1200 Market Street)
Mark your calendars. Details to follow.
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Student Organization Announcements
Drexel ACS and the Drexel Federalist Society
2011 State of the Union: Substance or Rhetoric? | Today, February 7, 2011 | 12:15-1:45 p.m. | Rm. 340
Pizza will be served.
Criminal Law Society:
Night Out in Support of Recent Fire Victims | Saturday, February 12, 2011 | 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. | The Blarney Stone (3929 Sansom Street)
Join the Drexel Criminal Law Society at The Blarney Stone this Saturday, February 12 for a night out in support of the victims of the recent fires in West Philadelphia. The event will feature a 3-hour OPEN BAR from 8-11pm, FREE FOOD, and the chance to see some of your favorite Criminal Law Society board members pouring drinks behind the bar! Vouchers for the open bar will be sold in the law school from Monday to Friday this week.
For all the information, including when, where, and how to purchase a voucher, please visit the event page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=131378696928468. Hope to see everyone there!
Law Students for Reproductive Justice:
Talk with Katheryn Kolbert, Esq. | Monday, February 21, 2011 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Room 240
See "Events on Campus and Around Town" for details.
Phi Alpha Delta:
Clothing Drive to Benefit the West Philadelphia Residents Displaced By Fire
Phi Alpha Delta and the Criminal Law Society are co-sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit the victims of the the recent fire at the Windermere Court Apartments. We will be collecting donations of clothing, coats, shoes and personal hygiene items for distribution to these residents. Boxes for donations will be placed in the 2nd floor locker area, and the 3rd and 4th floor elevator lobbies. The drive will end on Monday, Feb. 7. Questions? Please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association:
Save the Date: Second Annual YLD Bootcamp | Feb. 18, 2011
Young Lawyer Bootcamp: Tactics, Tips & Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers. On Friday, Feb. 18, the event returns for its second year even better; with more focused panels, lengthier breaks for concentrated networking, dedicated Q&A sessions, and a revamped concluding social event. Stay tuned for details and registration.
Volunteers Needed: Bradway Mock Trial Competition
We hope that you will join us for an experience that is rewarding for both our volunteer judges and our students. The competition has a new scheduling format this year with all rounds taking place at the Criminal Justice Complex on Fridays and Saturdays throughout February. You can sign up to judge as many trials as you would like and each trial will only require a 2-3 hour time commitment. We really need your help to touch the lives and provide a positive experience to over 250 high school students from Philadelphia. You can direct any questions to Kristy Littman at email@example.com or Joe Guzzardo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to view the schedule and sign up to judge.
Click here to view this year's Case Materials.
Thank you in advance for making this year's competition as success!
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Events on Campus and Around Town
EMSOL Discounts Available for David Mamet's New Play - RACE - at the Philadelphia Theater Company
The Philadelphia Theater Company has graciously offered to provide to the EMSOL community both group and individual ticket discounts to its production of RACE - the newest play by Pulitzer Prize Award-winning playwright and Tony nominee David Mamet. The play has received rave reviews and is described in promotional materials as follows:
"David Mamet tackles the biggest four-letter word of all… RACE! Two lawyers, one black one white, find themselves defending a wealthy white executive against the charge of raping a young black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved, emotions bubbling just beneath the surface explode!"
There are two ways to take advantage of PTC's offer:
1. Organize a group of just 8 or more (maybe "Drexel Law Night") to attend a single performance and enjoy our lowest group rates. Group tickets available starting at $23 for students and faculty and $39 for non-students. To check group availability email email@example.com and mention Drexel Law.
2. Go online to http://www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/2011/race.html and select any performance for a special $10 discount on single ticket purchases. Enter promo code drexellaw in the promo box on the ticket purchase page or call the box office at 215.985.0420 and mention the promo code.
The play runs until February 13. The discounts are available to EMSOL faculty, staff and students, so please spread the word!!
The Philadelphia Theatre Company is located at:
The Suzanne Roberts Theatre
Broad and Lombard Streets
215.985.0420 (box office)
If you have any questions, Carol Flannery, PTC's Group Sales Manager is available to assist. She can be reached at 215-985-1400 x304.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice: Talk with Katheryn Kolbert, Esq. - February 21, 2011
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Summer 2011 Law Student Program in Washington, DC - The Legal Studies Institute
LEGAL STUDIES INSTITUTE
Legal Internships and Constitutional Course Credit in Washington, DC
May 21 - July 30, 2011
Early Deadline: February 11, 2011
The Legal Studies Institute provides the opportunity for law students to gain a first-hand look at the American legal system through guaranteed legal internships, a 3-credit constitutional law course, guest speakers and briefings, and professional development activities.
Legal Internship: Participants will be placed in a 9-week summer associate position, clerkship or legal internship where they will work full-time and gain substantive experience in the legal profession. Placement sites include law firms, courts, public interest organizations and the legal departments of trade associations, corporations and government agencies.
Briefings and Activities: Participants will attend private briefings at institutions of the judicial, legislative and executive branches and will meet with prominent judges, lawyers and judicial scholars. Last year's class met with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and D.C. Federal Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg.
Career Development Activities: Workshops will be held to help prepare participants for success in their law careers, and planned networking events will facilitate professional interaction.
Attorney Mentor Program: Each participant will be matched with an experienced lawyer who will serve as a professional mentor during and after the program.
3-Credit Course on Constitutional Law: Participants will attend a course on Constitutional law for the first week of the Institute. The course is accredited by Ohio Northern University College of Law and is taught by leading legal scholars, including Professor John Baker of Louisiana State University and Dr. Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute.
Housing: Students will live in fully-furnished apartments in downtown Washington, DC and are matched with other Institute participants. The apartments provide easy access to the DC metro transportation system.
Scholarships: 75% of students receive scholarship awards based on financial need and merit. Merit Scholarships are also available, providing $3,500 towards tuition and housing costs. Please click here for more information on the Merit Scholarships: www.DCinternships.org/LSI/admissions/merit_scholarships.asp.
"LSI was the most remarkable experience for which I could have asked. I met wonderful people, was placed in an intellectually stimulating internship, and was offered many professional opportunities. If I could, I would participate again in a heartbeat."
Jeremy Clare, University of Texas School of Law
Legal Intern, Safari Club International
Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by the early deadline of February 11, 2011 to receive priority admissions consideration and a 5% discount on their tuition balance. Many legal internship sites request resumes early in the year for their upcoming summer positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
To request an informational brochure, please visit this link: www.DCinternships.org/tfas/brochure/index.asp
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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
- Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law - Deadline: Feb. 11, 2011
The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law accepts submissions in two separate categories- one for students and one for professionals (like you!). The winner in each category will receive a $1,500 prize and will be recognized at the ACS National Convention. Submissions may be papers written or even published previously (but not before January 2010). The deadline for submissions is February 11, 2011. Find out more here.
- 2011 Bert W. Levit Writing Competition - Deadline: Feb. 18, 2011
For details, please visit http://bit.ly/Levit2011.
- American Constitution Society's 2011 National Student Writing Competition - Deadline: Feb. 18, 2011
Student may learn more about the competition and read previous winning submissions at this website: http://www.acslaw.org/chapters/studentcompetitions/writing. For questions about the competition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New! NLR 2011 Law Student Writing Contest - Deadline: Feb. 25, 2011
For information about the competition, please click here.
- Fourth Annual 2011 Embryo Law Writing Competition - Deadline: March 7, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.embryolaw.org/.
- Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Rule of Law Writing Competition - Deadline: March 31, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.bhba.org/foundation/Rule-of-Law.htm.
- National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Second Annual Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: April 30, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.nactt.com/seminars/LawStudentWritingCompetition2011.pdf.
- New! AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's 2011 Mike Eidson Scholarship. - Deadline: May 31, 2011
For details, please visit this link .
- Alice Paul Feminist Jurisprudence Essay Contest - Deadline: June 1, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/gender/wlp/essay_contest.cfm.
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Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter
Submissions for the "EMSoL Weekly Newsletter" are approved by Kevin Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Law. The newsletter is published each Monday during the academic term. Please forward all material for the newsletter to Alanna Bridgett (email@example.com) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - Monday, February 7, 2011