Barristers' Ball 2011!
We'll see you on May 7th from 7pm-12am at the Loews Hotel, Regency Ballroom!
Guests should proceed through the lobby to the elevators for floor 2M. There are no physical tickets, but guests should bring their email or physical receipts with them the night of the event. We will have a master guest list, so if you sold or otherwise exchanged tickets, please let us know so we can adjust the master list!
Contact Steph Cieslak (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
After Party! 12am-2am. SoleFood Restaurant (Loews Hotel - 1st Floor)
After the ball, come right downstairs to continue the party from 12am-2am. Your event wristband will get you drink specials, free bar snacks, private seating, and dancing to the house DJ!
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Legal Research Boot Camp
Legal Research Boot Camp
Monday, May 9, 2011
9:30 a.m.* to 3:30 p.m.
Light Lunch Provided
RSVP Today to Reserve Your Seat
Who should attend?
All law students with summer research or practice positions.
- Refresh your skills in developing efficient and effective research strategies,
- Locating and effectively using secondary sources, primary sources, state sources,
- Using law library resources,
- Lexis and Westlaw “Prepare to Practice” training, and
- In-class hands-on research exercises.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend and complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L87SH6C.
* Note new start time
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Summer Off-Campus Federal Work Study Program Updates
Students who have a FWS award for BOTH the '10-'11 & '11-'12 academic years:
- Getting Hired:
You have been hired with a job record (from May 9 to September 30, 2011) if you already have the following in place:
- A Notice of Qualified Employer form to confirm a job offer;
- Your off campus employer has a FWS program contract with the university; and
- You have submitted the new hire packet or you are a rehired student employee
If you missed any of the above steps, you should have received an email from Zhiying Feng with specific directions necessary to complete the process.
- Getting Paid:
Work-study students are paid every other Friday (bi-weekly). In order to be paid with FWS funds, you must submit your identical timesheets in two formats: (1) a hard copy of your bi-weekly timesheet, signed by you and your supervisor (by email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 215-571-4730); and (2) an electronic timesheet entered online via the DrexelOne portal (https://one.drexel.edu).
To ensure that you get paid on time, both timesheets are due no later than 11:00 a.m. on the last Friday of the two-week payroll period (Summer Timesheet Due Dates: 05/20/11, 06/03/11, 06/17/11, 07/01/11, 07/15/11, 07/29/11, 08/12/11, 08/26/11, 09/09/11). Failure to submit both timesheets in a timely manner may cause a paycheck to be delayed until the next pay period.
You may earn up to the total amount of your FWS award in gross pay ($15/hour) until you deplete your award in each respective academic year. Awards for the '10-'11 academic year will be applied to hours worked though June 30, 2011. Awards for the '11-'12 academic year begins on July 1, 2011. You are responsible for monitoring your award balance, which is available via the DrexelOne portal.
Information about the Work Study Program, including bi-weekly payroll schedule, bi-weekly timesheet, step-by step instruction of online timesheet entries, and general payroll information can be found at http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/studentLife/studentAffairs/SummerWorkStudyProgram/.
Students who have a FWS award for ONLY the '11-'12 academic year:
You will be hired with a FWS job from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2011. Each student who received a FWS award in '11-'12 should have an email from Zhiying Feng with necessary steps based on your status for the summer FWS job. Please review the following requirements and get yourself ready for your FWS job:
- Submit Notice of Qualified Employment Form to the Office of Finance and Budget;
- Have your employer complete, sign, and return the Federal Work-Study Contract by email (email@example.com) or fax (215) 571-4730;
- Complete a Student New Employee Packet and bring it to the Office of Finance and Budget along with appropriate forms of original ID as defined by the I-9 document. The Student New Employee Packet can be accessed from the Human Resources web site http://www.drexel.edu/hr/resources/forms/duforms/ or http://www.drexel.edu/hr/resources/forms/duforms/~/media/Files/hr/forms/StudentDU.ashx.
Please contact Zhiying Feng or Berni McCloskey (Room 430) if you have any questions about the summer off-campus work study program.
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Office of Student Affairs
and Financial Aid
- IMPORTANT! Concentration Graduation Information
1) Please make sure that you have officially declared your concentration if you are completing it. It should appear in DrexelOne, under “More BannerWeb Student Records”, and then “View Student Information and Advisor Name”. If you don’t see it, let Theresa Gallo know ASAP. We will not be checking for concentration completion if there is no indication it was pursued.
2a) Business & Entrepreneurship / Intellectual Property: We will verify completion via your transcript and co-op information, and it will be administratively approved by the concentration director. No form is needed. If you are completing the concentration with anything other than the stated requirements and have received a waiver from the concentration director, OSA must receive notice of this from the concentration director.
2b) Health Law: We will verify completion via your transcript and co-op information for everything except the Writing Requirement. If you are completing the concentration with anything other than the stated requirements and have received a waiver from the concentration director, OSA must receive notice of this from the concentration director.
In order to verify that your writing requirement has been completed, you should email the following information to Prof. Furrow, with a copy to Theresa Gallo: the Course it was fulfilled in, the Term it was fulfilled in, and the supervising professor. You must also attach a copy of the paper. If Prof. Furrow has already approved your writing requirement, please forward that information to me and Prof. Furrow. If you will be completing the writing requirement this term, please send an email to that effect to me and Prof. Furrow.
3) Concentration honors will be handled in a separate process after commencement. We will email concentrators directly.
- Orientation Leader Information Session!
We will be holding a brief (30-minute) session for those students interested in becoming orientation leaders. It will be Tuesday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 440. Snacks will be provided.
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. Forms must be submitted by May 1, 2011.
- Summer Financial Aid
Any student interested in a Graduate Plus Loan to cover costs for the Summer Semester, should apply for a 2010-2011 loan at www.studentloans.gov. At least 4.5 credits are required to qualify for these federal loans which can be used to cover the cost of tuition as well as living expenses. Funds for summer are scheduled to disburse to the University the week of May 16th. Tuition for the Summer semester will be $1,190 per credit with students receiving a 25% discount bringing the actual cost to $892.50 per credit.
- 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. You should review the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive from the Department of Education to determine if your application is complete.
Drexel's financial aid code for the FAFSA is 003256.
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Career and Professional Development Office
**Appointments are available outside of the scheduled hours upon request**
- Attention 1L Students: If you have not scheduled an appointment to meet with a CPDO counselor to review your resume, 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.
- Delaware Minority Job Fair – Wilmington, DE, August 13, 2011. Register by May 12, 2011 (rising 2L/3L). See blog for full details and information.
New This Week On The Blog!
- Summer Legal Intern - Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) (Washington, DC) (1L/2L)
- Heartland Diversity Job Fair - August 5-6, 2011 (Kansas City, MO) (2L/3L)
- Summer 2011 Temporary Patent Agent/Technical Specialist - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Palo Alto, CA)
- Summer 2011 Legal Intern, TripAdvisor Legal Department (Newton, MA)(1L/2L)
- Fall 2011- Externship, The Office of Government Ethics (Washington, DC) (2L/3L)
- Summer Law Clerk - Drinker Biddle (2L)(DEADLINE MAY 2, 2011)
- Summer Judicial Intern - Honorable George Leone (Family Division, Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County)(2L)
- Judicial Law Clerks- Circuit Court for Baltimore City (3L)
- Summer Law Clerk/part time School Year Law Clerk - Law Offices of Daniel Siegal (Havertown, PA)(1L/2L)
- Law Clerk, Weitz & Luxemberg, PC (Cherry Hill, NJ) (1L/2L)
- Immediate Opening - Summer Law Clerk at Center City Litigation Firm (1L/2L)
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Law Review Announcements
Law Review Write-On Competition Information
If you are interested in writing-on to law review, there are some preliminary steps.
First, please add the "Law Review Write-On Competition 2011" page on TWEN; this is where all the material (including the packet) will be posted, as well as where you will be turning in the completed packet. Competition material will become available on May 14 at 9:00 a.m.
You will also need to request an anonymous ID number to complete the competition.
Please send an e-mail to Dana Duggan (email@example.com) with the following information:
- Rising Class
- Year (rising 2L or rising 3L)
- E-mail address
- Phone number
The deadline to request an anonymous ID is Thursday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. You should expect a response with your ID within 24 hours. If you do not get one in this time frame, please e-mail Dana Duggan again. Please keep a record (date and time) of the e-mail you send requesting an anonymous ID number; if there is a problem getting one, you will need to be able to produce a sent message which shows you requested a number before the deadline.
Uploaded on the TWEN site are the powerpoint presentation from the April 15th info session, as well as the Rules for the competition. Please read the rules carefully, as they have information about the competition and requirements for the submissions which must be followed. You can access these under the "Documents" tab on TWEN.
If you have any questions or problems before the competition, please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org). If I can answer the question, I will. If any issues arise during the competition, please e-mail DLRwriteon@gmail.com; if you don't get a response within 24 hours, please re-send the e-mail.
Thank you and good luck with the process!
-Lydia Nassima Abdo
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Events on Campus and Around Town
Weekend of Television with 3L John McGlaughlin
Graduating 3L, John McGlaughlin, has two programs airing this weekend on Philadelphia television. On Friday night, John’s comedic television series ‘Me & Mario’, about an incoming Drexel University freshman and a magical dragon, will debut at 8:00 p.m. on Drexel Television (Channel 54 or 62 for Comcast subscribers and 37 for Verizon subscribers).
Next, John’s documentary ‘Poor, White & Stupid’, about two first-time filmmakers struggling to complete a feature-length film for $1,200, recently won the “Philadelphia Stories” short film contest and will air Saturday at 8:00 p.m. on MIND TV Philadelphia (Channel 35). Please visit www.roxbrofilms.com for more information.
Young Lawyers Division Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser - May 14th
Play casino games for a winning cause at the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Casino Night and Annual Fundraiser on May 14 from 7-10:30 p.m. at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 200 S. 17th St. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, a non-profit group that provides funding to legal service organizations that represent impoverished individuals.
Featuring games of poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. Registration includes $200 worth of playing chips, a 3-hour open bar, a generous dinner buffet, a DJ, and the chance to win prizes in a big ticket raffle.
Tickets are $65 per person; $120 for two. All proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting access to justice for all people.
Raffle Items Include:
T-Shirt and baseball autographed by Jimmy Rollins (donated by Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation)
Complimentary mid-week overnight stay at the Borgata Atlantic City
Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel: One night stay in the Presidential Suite with a bottle of champagne
Devon Seafood Grill: $100 gift certificate
Lucky Strike Lanes Philadelphia: The Lucky Party - 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, chips and salsa, and mac-n-cheese bites for up to 8 guests.
Thank you to our current sponsors:
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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
Essex County Bar Association Biunno Scholarship for Law Students with Disabilities - Deadline: May 6, 2011
This scholarship was established by the Essex County Bar Association and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Honorable Vincent J. Biunno memorial Fund. Designed to offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities who are currently attending law school.
Applicant must demonstrate a present and permanent physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual. Medical documentation establishing the nature and extent of the disability will be required. Applicant must be a resident of New Jersey. There will be a preference given to Essex County residents. Applicant must be attending law school or be accepted to and commencing studies in law school. Applicant must have attained a 3.0 or equivalent GPA in law school, or if they are an incoming student, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
Preference given to a person seeking to pursue a career in the field of advocacy for persons with disabilities. Intent may be demonstrated by completing a course in disability law, work in a disability or disability-related clinic or prior job experience. Preference given to students who can demonstrate financial need.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should contact Alanna Bridgett at email@example.com to obtain an application form.
YLD Diversity Scholarship Program - Deadline: Varies
Applications are now being accepted for the Young Lawyers Division Minority Scholarship Program. The scholarship, established in 2006 by the YLD Executive Committee, awards $500 for deserving minority law students who desire to practice law in Philadelphia upon graduation.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to the Asian American Bar Association of the Delaware Valley, the Barrister's Association of Philadelphia, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia and the National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter. Each group will forward three applications to the YLD for consideration. The YLD will award the scholarship based on academic achievement; demonstrated commitment to community service and involvement; financial need; and career aspirations and goals.
Interested candidates should submit to the appropriate minority bar association named above, a resume, transcript, and a brief essay (not to exceed 850 words) addressing (at the candidate's discretion) the scholarship criteria set forth above. Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to the individual minority bar association to whom a law student is interested in applying.
2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition - Deadline: May 9, 2011
This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.
Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. by Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.
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.
Adam A. Milani Disability Law Writing Competition - Deadline: June 1, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.law.mercer.edu/academics/legalwriting/milani.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Law and Public Policy Writing Competition - Deadline: August 1, 2011
Details can be downloaded at http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/030711/PVA-2011-Writing-Competition.pdf.
Missouri University/CIArb Writing Competition - Deadline: August 15, 2011
This writing competition is sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch and offers a $300 prize to the competition winner. The winner may also have his or her winning submission published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution along with other symposium papers. The Journal is recognized as the leading legal publication in the area of alternative dispute resolution and contains articles written by nationally and internationally prominent authors and students on a wide variety of topics. Further information on the CIArb student writing competition is available at http://www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/symposium/2011/writing.html
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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, May 2, 2011