|American Constitution Society's Drexel Chapter Gains Notice|
The law school's chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy has been named the Student Chapter of the Week by the Washington-based organization.
The chapter gained notice for maintaining a busy schedule of events, including a packed talk by Professor Barry Furrow explaining legislative federal health reforms. The group also co-sponsored an "Abortion Clinic Violence and Buffer Zone Legislation Panel" with school chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and co-sponsored with the Drexel Health Law Society a lecture presented by Professor Robert Field, who has a joint appointment with the Drexel School of Public Health, concerning the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"It's a privilege to work alongside students who are so energetic and so committed to the core, progressive values of the U.S. Constitution," said Professor Chapin Cimino, the faculty advisor to the school's chapter and a co-founder of the Philadelphia Lawyer Chapter.
President Michael Doneson noted that the chapter's other events include a discussion of the Citizens United case and the heated political rhetoric that accompanied last month's shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz.
Chapter Vice President Keith West said upcoming events such as a planned debate on the Second Amendment that will be co-sponsored by the law school chapter of the Federalist Society reflect the group's focus on scheduling informational events.
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Preparing for the Bar Exam
Notices from Professor Kraybill:
B.E.A.T. Program Schedule
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., Matheson 308
Multistate Testing Simulated Exam
Class 7: Fri., April 1, 1:00-6:00 p.m., Matheson 208, OR Sat., April 2, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Matheson 308
Multistate Testing Simulated Exam Analysis
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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 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
- New Required Financial Aid Form for 2011-2012
In addition to the FAFSA, all returning law students wishing to receive financial aid 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 for both of these applications is March 1, 2011.
Mary de Rivera, the law school financial aid advisor, is available to answer student questions pertaining to this new financial aid form. Mary's office is located in the Office of Student Affairs.
- 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 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.
SAVE THE DATE:
- Fellowship Information Session, March 2, 2011
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: Effective, November 1, prior to using any services offered by the CPDO, 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.
2L Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation - Dept of Legal Affairs, Legal Internship Program - Deadline 02/15/11
- New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Criminal Justice Summer Law Internship Program - Deadline 02/28/11
- New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Law Volunteer Internship Program - Deadline 03/01/11
- Federal Communications Commission - Wireline Competition Bureau, Pricing Policy Division, Student Internship Program - Deadline 03/15/11
1L Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation - Dept. of Legal Affairs, Legal Internship Program - Deadline 02/15/11
- City of Philadelphia District Attorney's Office - Summer Legal Internship - Deadline 02/15/11
- Environmental Protection Agency - R1 Legal Internship Program - Deadline 02/28/11
- New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Law Volunteer Internship Program - Deadline 03/01/11
- 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
NEW THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG!:
- SABA Philly & SAALT - Discrimination & Hate Crimes Against South Asians - A Panel Discussion
- J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund - summer funding opportunity
- Bergstrom Fellowship - child welfare summer funding opportunity
- Legal Service Fellowship - Equal Justice America
- Summer Internship - Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
- Summer Internship - Fair Share Housing Center (Cherry Hill, NJ)
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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!!
Saturday, 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 Chapter of the American Constitution Society
Drexel ACS Chosen as Student Chapter of the Week for February 4, 2011!
The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University Chapter of the American Constitution Society was chosen by the national American Constitution Society as the Student Chapter of the Week for February 4, 2011, the first time the Drexel Chapter has received the honor.
The Drexel chapter of ACS is a progressive organization that has been growing during the 2010-2011 school year. Already it has presented talks with Professor Barry Furrow and Professor Robert Field concerning the Health Care reform bill, co-sponsored an Abortion Clinic Violence and Buffer Zone Legislation Panel with the Drexel chapters of NLG and Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and joined with the Drexel Federalists for lunch discussions on the topics of "Citizens United" and "Heated Political Rhetoric and Tucson".
Among future events will include a talk with Professor Frankel about class actions and AT&T, a talk with attorney Kathryn Kolbert, and many more. For updates, e-mail Drexelacs@gmail.com and join our Facebook page.
See http://www.acslaw.org/studentchapteroftheweek and http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/news/news_items/american-constitution-society-020711/
Drexel Business Law
General Meeting | Wed., February 23, 2011 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 240 - Pizza will be served
Come find out information about the Transactional Lawyering Competition! Bring ideas for this semester's philanthropy!
Drexel Environmental Law Society:
The next several months hope to be an exciting time for the Environmental Law Society and we would love your participation!
We have six events planned in the this semester:
- February General Meeting to discuss events for the semester - lunch will be served! Friday, February 18 at 12:15; Room TBA.
- Careers in Environmental Law Panel with local environmental attorneys working in the private, public interest, and government sectors (early March)
- Environmental & Animal Welfare Impacts of Factory Farming, co-sponsored with Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (March 29)
- Soylent Green annual viewing of classic cult movie, served up with food and drinks (early April)
- ELS Officer elections for the 2011-12 school year (April general meeting)
- Earth Day Fair collaboration with other Drexel University (April 22)
For more information, please contact Shari Berger Kulanu, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ellie Austin, email@example.com.Please RSVP by TODAY, February 14, to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend. Also, if you have a specific question that you would like the judges to answer, please include the question with your RSVP.
Drexel Intellectual Property Law Society:
A Panel Discussion With Judges From the District of Delaware
Tues., February 22, 2011 | 6:00-8:00 p.m. | Room 140 (Reception to follow in the 3rd Floor Gallery)
The Drexel Law IP Society is hosting a panel discussion with the Judges from the District Court for the District of Delaware. All four active Judges will be in attendance answering student's questions about federal litigation practice and about trial advocacy in general. Following the panel, everyone will be invited to the 3rd floor gallery for a reception including food and drink.
This is an excellent opportunity for all students to learn more about federal practice and to network with a handful of judges who consistently take summer interns from Drexel!
Law Students for Reproductive Justice:
Talk with Katheryn Kolbert, Esq. | Mon., February 21, 2011 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Room 240
See "Events on Campus and Around Town" for details.
Middle Eastern Law Students Association:
General Meeting | Wed., February 16, 2011 | 12:00 p.m. | Rm. 250
MELSA is having a general meeting this week, Wednesday Feb 16th at noon in room 250. We'll be talking about our philanthropy, events coming up, and board positions for next year. Lunch will be provided, as always. See you there!
Phi Alpha Delta:
Conversations with Young Attorneys - Meeting | Today, February 14 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 340
Members and anyone who is interested in possibly joining Phi Alpha Delta are welcome!
At the meeting, we will be discussing our spring schedule of events.
In addition, two attorneys from the major Philadelphia firm White & Williams will be coming to
discuss their careers and their tips for law students seeking jobs in this tough economic climate.
Pizza and soda will be served. Questions? Please contact Sara at email@example.com.
Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association:
Save the Date: Second Annual YLD Bootcamp | Fri., 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Guzzardo at email@example.com.
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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International Bar Association Student Committee
The IBA, established in 1947, is the world's leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world, whilst providing its members with unique international networking and professional development opportunities.
Through our new student membership initiative the IBA aims to enhance the study of law, by giving students access to the extensive range of academic and professional materials produced by the IBA - resources which are only available to IBA members. As well as some content specifically for students, such as opportunities to have work published, and competitions; all for the nominal charge of £20 (around $32 US).
Additionally IBA membership covers a broad range of international legal practitioners, providing students with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with future employers. Our membership includes top international law firms such as: White & Case LLP, Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy LLP, Slaughter and May, Linklaters, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; as well as 195 bar associations and law societies; over 45,000 individual lawyers; over 1,000 corporate counsel members representing hundreds of multinational corporations including Coca-Cola, IBM, Exxon-Mobil and AT&T; and now law students.
If you are interested in joining the IBA here is a link to our website: http://www.ibanet.org/PPID/Constituent/Student_Committee/Default.aspx
And further information about the benefits of IBA student membership:
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Events on Campus and Around Town
Philadelphia Bar Association's Second Annual YLD Boot Camp - February 18, 2011
Law Students for Reproductive Justice: Talk with Katheryn Kolbert, Esq. - February 21, 2011
Urban Spaces: 4th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges - February 24, 2011
Urban Spaces: 4th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges
Dear Faculty Members,
The Office of International Programs is very excited about its 4th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges. It's a daylong conference with six student panels tackling the central theme of urban Spaces from various different interdisciplinary perspectives, The conference will take place on February 24, 2011 and will begin with a keynote address by award-winning urban landscape architect, Laurie D. Olin.
Please encourage your students to participate in the conference and attend the keynote address. You may even want to think about bringing your class. This will be a great opportunity for the students to go beyond their own boundaries and use their knowledge, diverse cultural frameworks, and different disciplinary perspectives to think critically about one of the world's most pressing issues. The conference will be an ideal forum for sharing ideas, discussing trends, learning from one another, networking and collaboration.
Student panelists will generate their own panel presentations based on their application essays and questions they pose to one another and the audience as well as questions posed by faculty moderators. Panels are open to undergraduate and graduate students; students should apply on-line by February 14, 2010, at www.drexel.edu/international.
For more on Urban Spaces and Laurie D. Olin, please visit our website.
Student Conference on Global Challenges: Urban Spaces
February 24, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. — 4:45 p.m.
Behrakis Grand Hall
|8:30 - 9:00 AM|
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Keynote address: Prof. Laurie D. Olin
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Concurrent Student Panels
Global Social and Economic Trends
12:15 - 1:15 PM
Lunch —for all registered students and faculty
1:15 - 2:45 PM
Global Science Technology and Society
3 - 4:30 PM
Global Business Trends
Global Justice and Human Rights
The 367 Project - February 27, 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
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. 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
Vietnamese American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area - Deadline: Feb. 28, 2011
Two $1,000 scholarships available for law students on the Eastern Coast of the United States who demonstrate a commitment to serving their Vietnamese American communities. The application can be found at http://www.law.virginia.edu/pdf/admissions/finaid/external_scholar/vaba_dc_2011_scholarship.pdf
Applications must be submitted or postmarked by February 28, 2011.
New! Burlington County Bar Foundation - Deadline: March 31, 2011
The Jan M. Schlesinger Memorial Scholarship Award is presented annually to a first or second year law student in good standing who demonstrates financial need, and is a resident of Burlington County, New Jersey. Applications can be found at http://www.burlcobar.org/id5.html and must be submitted by March 31, 2011.
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.
New! Drexel Publishing Group Writing Contest Announcement - Deadline: April 13, 2011
Open to Drexel undergraduate and graduate students. For details, please visit http://drexelpublishing.org/dpg-essay-contest-2011/
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 14, 2011