Friday, October 8, 2010
Topics of the Week:
1. Important Notice Regarding Classes on October 11
2. Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours for Fall Semester
3. OSA and Financial Aid Announcements
4. CPDO Announcements
5. Dean’s Scholars Sessions
6. Academic Skills Program Brown Bag Workshops
7. Bar News
8. Notices from the Student Bar Association
9. Student Organization Announcements
10. Events On Campus and Around Town
11. Scholarships and Writing Competitions
12. Announcements from LexisNexis
|Important Notice Regarding Classes on October 11|
Even though Monday is a University Holiday, all classes will be held as scheduled. Arrangements have been made to open Matheson Hall from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. A Security Officer will be posted at the entrance to the building. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR DRAGON CARD TO ENTER. Remember to bring it with you on Monday. No excused absences will be granted because you forgot your Dragon Card.
Remember your Dragon Card on Monday and have a good weekend.
|Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours for Fall Semester |
Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours are available at http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/studentLife/studentAffairs/building_hours/.
|OSA and Financial Aid Announcements|
Notices from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA)
- Spring Registration
Registration information for Spring 2011 has been posted here. Spring web registration for 3Ls will occur on Tuesday, October 12 from 12:15 p.m. - 11:59 p.m. Web registration will re-open for all 2Ls and 3Ls on Thursday, October 14 at 12:15 p.m. and remain open through the first week of Spring. Emails regarding the registration procedure for Intro to Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, and Supreme Court Seminar were sent out this week.
- Intent to Concentrate
Students who are actively pursuing one or more law concentrations should add the concentration(s) to their record by filing a Change of Curriculum form with OSA. Please note that seats in certain Spring courses will be reserved for declared concentrators. If you submit the declaration form later than Friday, it may not be processed in time for reserved seat registration. Students who declare their intent to pursue a law concentration are in no way obligated to complete it.
- Health Fair: "A Healthier U" | Wednesday, Oct 13 | All Day Event | 2nd and 3rd Floor Lounges (Updated)
A series of sessions centered around health and wellness including yoga, healthy recipes, massage therapy, food demonstrations, and health assessments. A schedule of the day's events can be downloaded here. For additional information, please contact Anahita Buhariwala (firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop into OSA.
- 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.
- Work-Study Funds
At present, there are no additional Federal Work Study funds available for Law Students. This may change later in the academic year, so any student interested in being added to a Work-Study Wait List should email Mary de Rivera at email@example.com. Any student awarded Work-Study for the Summer Law Program who has remaining 2010-2011 funds, is free to use these in another Drexel work-study job. The pay rate may be different and all funds must be used by June 30, 2011.
- Student Bills
Students are reminded to check their eBills. The link to the eBill is sent to a student's official Drexel email account each month and is available on their Drexel One accounts. Payment can be made in person at the Cashier's Office in the Main Building, mailed, or through your Drexel One account using either Master Card, Discover, American Express, or electronic check via web ACH.
In October, the Office of Financial Services will begin placing Financial Holds on any student's account that has a balance due. If a student is having difficulty paying their bill, or is concerned that financial aid has not posted correctly on their bill, they should contact Mary de Rivera, the Law School's Financial Aid Advisor, now located in the Office of Student Affairs.
Please remember to lock your locker and do not use a locker that has not been assigned to you.
Notices from the Career and Professional Development Office
**Appointments are available outside of the scheduled hours upon request**
- October 12, 2010, 12:15pm, Room 140 - Fellowship Panel, Information session for 2Ls interested in Post-Graduate fellowship opportunities.
- October 14, 2010, 4:00 - 6:30 pm, 2nd Floor Gallery - 3rd Annual Public Interest Career Reception: Networking opportunity for students with public interest practitioners. Format will be table talk followed by a wine and cheese reception.
SAVE THE DATE:
- November 10, 2010 - Philadelphia Area Diversity Law Group Information Session
- November 12, 2010 - Interactive Interview Training
- November 15 - 19, 2010 - Mock Interview Week
Full Time Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- Election Assistance Commission - OGC Law Clerkship Program Spring - Deadline Oct. 12, 2010)
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel - Legal Honors Program - October 15, 2010
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Chief Counsel's Civilian Honors Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Environmental Protection Agency - R9 2011 Honors Attorney Fellowship - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Dept. of Homeland Security - OGC DHS General Counsel's 2011 Honors Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Dept. of Labor - Office of the Solicitor Honors Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- National Labor Relations Board - Board General Counsel HQ & Regional Offices Honors Attorney Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Ohio Attorney General - 2011 Simon Karas Fellowship - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
2L Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- Colorado Public Defender - Summer Legal Internship Program - Oct. 9, 2010
- Dept of the Air Force - OGC Summer Law Clerk Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Environmental Protection Agency - R9 Summer Law Clerk Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Dept. of Homeland Security - OGC Summer Law Intern Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Election Assistance Commission - OGC Law Clerkship Program Spring - Deadline Oct. 12, 2010
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - OGC Summer Intern Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Texas Attorney General - Law Clerk Program Summer - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- City of Philadelphia - District Attorney's Office - Summer Legal Internships - Deadline Nov. 1, 2010
Post Graduate Fellowship Deadlines:
- Presidential Management Fellows Program - October 15, 2010
NEW THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG!:
- Law Clerk, Law Office of Thomas Holland (PT/FT)
- Legal Intern, Schrom & Shaffer (PT)
- 2011 Summer Intern Program- Legal Services of Northern California
- 2011-2012 Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow, Public Citizen Litigation Group
- Hardy Williams Education Fund Scholarship
The schedule for the Dean's Scholars Sessions is listed below for Torts and Civil Procedure. Give yourself a strong start this semester by attending the Dean's Scholar sessions.
Professor Furrow's Torts Class
Dean's Scholars: Sara Goldstein and Priscilla Jimenez
Monday- 4:45-5:45 p.m., Room 340
Wednesday- 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 420
Professor Geisinger's Torts Class
Dean's Scholars: Kevin Anderson and Ben Simmons
Thursday- 9:20-10:20 a.m. in room 420, Room 420 & 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 250
Professor Asbury's Civil Procedure Class
Dean's Scholars: Earthen Johnson and Matt Lynch
Monday- 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 240
Wednesday- 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 240
Professor Bogus's Civil Procedure Class
Dean's Scholars: Kevin Demko and Diana Silva
Thursday- 4:00-5:00 p.m., Room 420
Tuesday- 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 308 Matheson
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Legal Methods I
Dean's Scholars: Kristen Sawicki and Mourin Khaleel
Kristen Sawicki's Library Hours:
Wednesday- 3:30-5:30 p.m., Legal Research Center
Thursday- 8:30-10:30 a.m., Legal Research Center
Mourin Khaleel's Library Hours:
Monday- 12:00-12:50 p.m., Legal Research Center
Tuesday- 12:00-12:50 p.m., Legal Research Center
Wednesday- 10:30-12:30 p.m., Legal Research Center
|Academic Skills Program Brown Bag Workshops|
Friday Brown Bag Workshops for 1Ls - Fall Semester 2010
The Academic Skills Program lunch-time workshops are open to all first-year students. The workshops are led by Professors Kraybill and Coleman and focus on the skills needed for academic success in substantive law courses and Legal Methods. All workshops will be held in Law 240.
No registration is required, just bring your lunch and join us!
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Friday, October 15: Exam Writing Skills I
Friday, October 29: Exam Writing Skills II (Practice Exam)
Friday, November 12: Self-Editing the First-Year Memo
- Notices from Bar Review Vendors:
The Bar Exam: Evidence
Steve Palmer, KaplanPMBR
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Steve Palmer of KaplanPMBR Bar Review, will present an interactive lecture on the law of evidence as tested on the Multistate Bar Exam and on bar essay questions. Using examples from KaplanPMBR bar exam workbooks, he will discuss strategies for answering MBE-type multiple choice questions on evidence and will analyze essay prompts for evidence questions.
- "This Is One Bar You Won't Want to Pass":
Each student who has registered a FREE profile with Themis Bar Review will receive free drinks at the THEMIS HAPPY HOUR next Tuesday, October 12 at LANDMARK AMERICANA, from 4-6:30pm. Before then, please take a moment to make sure that you have created a profile at ThemisBar.com. If you do not register before the Happy Hour, computers will be available for you at Landmark to make a profile.
Not only will there be free drinks, but you will have an opportunity to win a $100 gift certificate for Themis Bar Review by playing QUIZO.
Each member of the winning team will win $100 off the cost of the Themis Bar Review course.
Themis provides a free MPRE course to any interested students. For more information, log on to ThemisBar.com or stop by the Themis table on Tuesdays outside of the Second Floor Gallery.
Finally, attention 1Ls! The bar exam may be two-plus years away, but this Happy Hour is for you as well! Themis offers FREE first-year final exam review lectures online at ThemisBar.com. Head on over to Landmark, sign up, and learn more!"
|Notices from the Student Bar Association|
- Congratulations to New Members of the SBA:
The following 1L's (in alphabetical order) were elected to the SBA:
Also, the SBA Constitutional amendments were ratified by the entire student body and have now been passed officially.
- Halloween Party
The SBA is happy to announce the school's first ever Halloween Party!
Friday, October 22 at Public House beginning at 8:00 p.m.
FREE open bar 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Drink specials to follow from 9:00-11:00 p.m.
Costumes encouraged but not required. Law students that come dressed in costume get another drink on us and the chance to win one of our "Best Dressed" prizes.
All students, faculty, and staff of the EMSoL are invited. Guests are welcomed and encouraged.
More information can be found on the Facebook event page "Halloween Party: Presented by the EMSoL SBA" or by contacting the SBA Student Affairs Committee: Steph Cieslak, Teagan Henwood, and Kevin Rieffel.
- Cocktails for a Cause
One of the school's most popular events is back. On Friday, November 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., our professors and staff will be pouring drinks behind the bar at Mad River once again to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. $5 cover. $2 drafts, well drinks, and house wine. You won't want to miss this!
|Student Organization Announcements|
- Drexel American Constitution Society (ACS):
Discussion: Health Care Reform: Good For Progressives? | Wednesday, October 13 | 12:15-2:00 p.m. | Room: 240
The Drexel chapter of the American Constitution Society invites you to hear Professor Barry Furrow discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. All Drexel Law students are invited. Pizza and soda will be provided.
- Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA)
Dinner Night at Mixto | Friday, October 15 | 8:45 PM | Mixto at 1141 Pine St. in Center City (New)
We will meet at the restaurant.
Cost: $10 per person and LALSA covers the remainder
RSVP: Please RSVP or send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 5:00 p.m.
- Law Students for Reproductive Justice:
Meeting | Monday, October 11 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 230 (New)
Law Students for Reproductive Justice will be holding its first meeting on Monday, October 11, at 12:15 p.m. in Room 230. It will be a brown-bag event. Please come hear about our pro bono projects, upcoming activities and trainings, and share your ideas with like-minded law students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved with the club but cannot attend the meeting.
- Phi Alpha Delta:
Phi Alpha Delta's 3rd Annual Induction Ceremony | Wednesday, October 13 | 6:00 p.m. | Room 140 (New)
Come and meet the newest inductees to the Mifflin Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta!
The evening's Keynote Speaker will be Abby DuFrayne, the Chair of the Young Lawyers' Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
A reception with food and drink will follow in the Third Floor Lounge.
All are welcome.
Please email Sara Goldstein at email@example.com if you have any questions
Phi Alpha Delta's 3rd Annual Community Service Day | Saturday, October 16 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (New)
Come join PAD as we clean up a local neighborhood in conjunction with Philadelphia Cares Day!
Transportation to and from the event, and lunch will be provided.
Attendance for PAD members is mandatory.
Please email Sara Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
- Students for Sensible Drug Policy:
Meeting | Wednesday, October 13 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 440 (New)
Come join us for a free lunch and find out what SSDP is all about. Everyone is welcome!
|Events On Campus and Around Town|
Community Legal Services Justice for All! 5K
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The SBA will be reimbursing students for part of their registration fee (the amount they will be reimbursed has not yet been determined). Students who wish to be reimbursed for a portion of the registration fee should obtain some form of receipt and submit it to SBA. Receipts can be submitted to Ben Simmons, he is the treasurer for the SBA. His contact information is email@example.com. The last day for online registration is October 6 at noon. After that, interested students can sign up the morning of the race. Thank you. For additional information, please contact Amy Berger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, click image below or check out the flyer.
Free Movie Screening: "Conviction" Starring Hillary Swank and Sam Rockwell (New)
October 13, 2010 | 7:30 p.m. | Ritz East Theater (125 S. 2nd Street)
Click here for details and instructions on how to print free movie passes.
Global Health Opportunities Day at Drexel University (New)
October 22, 2010 | 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | New College Building (multiple locations)
This event features a keynote address by Naomi Rosenberg from Partners In Health, panel discussions related to global health opportunities and a global health opportunities fair. Confirmed organizations include CARE International, Catholic Relief Services, the Drexel University Chinatown Clinic, Doctors without Borders, Explorers Sans Frontieres (ESF), Engineers without Borders, the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, the Global Health Fellows Program, and Peace Corps.
For more info and to register for this free event , go to www.publichealth.drexel.edu/global
2010 CAA Blood Drive
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Help the Dragons surpass last year's total of 859 pints collected and win the CAA Challenge for the 5th year in a row!
The Red Cross will be collecting blood at the University City Main Campus, Center City Hahnemann Campus, Burlington County Campus and Sacramento Campus.
In 2009, the Drexel Dragons beat arch rival University of Delaware Blue Hens and matched their 4-year winning record! YOU can make a difference in helping save someone's life and at the same time help Drexel win the CAA Blood Challenge.
Register Now to Give Blood
We need your help to save lives!
Show your school spirit and help Drexel win the CAA Blood Challenge!
Want to volunteer for the Blood Drive Challenge?
Email email@example.com with you name and contact information and we will contact you about ways you can help Drexel win the CAA Blood Drive Challenge!
For more information:
Rebecca Weidensaul, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Athletics, Academic Services, Drexel University Athletics
American Red Cross Board of Directors (Penn-Jersey) www.giveblood.org
Office: (215) 895-6092 / ACHIEVE Center (215) 895-2035
|Scholarships and Writing Competitions|
HWEF Scholarship - Deadline: October 21, 2010 - New!
The Hardy Williams Education Fund will award scholarships to the most talented graduating high school senior, undergraduate students and graduate students in Philadelphia interested in a career in government, law, or social action. All completed applications must be submitted to the address on the application on or before October 21, 2010.
The application is available for download here. If there are any questions, please contact our office at your earliest convenience via e-mail at bdcwrites@gmail or by calling 215-843-2027.
List of HWEF Scholarships
Graduate Student $2,500 (2 available)
Undergraduate Student $2,000 (2 available)
Public, Parochial or Charter School Student (grades 8 - 12) $500 (2 available)
- Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship - Deadline: November 1, 2010
Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.
The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills.
Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.
For additional information and an application, please click here.
- The Center for Alcohol Policy's 3rd Annual Essay Contest - Deadline: November 22, 2010
The Center for Alcohol Policy sponsors an annual national essay contest to foster debate, analysis and examination of the importance of state-based alcohol regulation. The essay contest attracts entries from academics, legal professionals, students and others. Topics have included "State regulation of alcohol is important because..."and "The 21st Amendment is important because..."
2010 Essay Contest
The Center for Alcohol Policy is pleased to announce the launch of its third annual national essay contest.
The theme of this year's contest is: "Describe how state-based regulation of alcoholic beverages promotes public health and safety."
The top three winning entrants will receive prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.
"For more than 75 years, alcohol has been effectively regulated in the United States by a state regulatory system guaranteed by the 21st Amendment," said CAP Advisory Council member and Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. "This year's essay contest is intended to highlight and explore the impact of state alcohol regulation on society and its role in protecting Americans in today's environment."
The deadline for submission is November 22, 2010, and winners will be announced in 2011.
2010 Essay Contest Entry Form | 2010 Essay Contest Rules
Read essays from 2009 winners:
1st Place: Josephine Thomas, Florida
2nd Place: Martha Lantz, Washington
3rd Place (tie): Jason Koransky, Illinois and Majid Rizvi, Texas
For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest.
- PA Bar's James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Program- Deadline: December 1, 2010
The James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship program provides two scholarships to each of the accredited law schools presently serving Pennsylvania, one of which is specifically designated for support of a minority law student. The scholarships are provided on an annual basis and are awarded based upon the following criteria: academic achievement, financial need, and the potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession either through anticipated legal field or other efforts.
Only Pennsylvania residents in their 2nd year of a three-year law school program (current 2Ls) may apply. Also, applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, which is free for law students choosing to be electronic members. Two scholarships will be awarded: one general and one specifically designated for historically under-represented ethnic minority students (African-American; Hispanic American; and Native American). The Pennsylvania Bar Association determines that amount of the award annually. This year, the amount of each award is $3,000.
As reflected in the attached scholarship application, the eligibility requirements are as follows.
Applicants must confirm:
- Pennsylvania residency - as evidenced by a copy of driver's license or voter registration;
- Second year in a three-year program or third year in a part-time program as confirmed by an unofficial transcript;
- Good standing and academic achievement as evidenced by an unofficial transcript;
- Financial need - as certified by the law school's Financial Aid Office; and
- Membership in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law Student Division which is free for electronic members;
Additionally, an essay of up to 500 words explaining how the applicant will make a contribution to society and the legal profession, a current resume, and up to two recommendations are also required.
The application deadline is December 1, 2010, and recipients will be selected prior to the end of the year. No more than two scholarships will be awarded to students at any one law school.
- Awards from the Drexel Fellowships Office
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Fellowships for new American leaders
National deadline: Monday, November 1
- Boren Awards
Awards for undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad in countries outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand
Campus deadline: Monday, January 10, 2011
For more information, visit http://drexel.edu/fellowships/.
Santa Clara Centennial Writing Competition - Deadline: Jan 31, 2011
Santa Clara University School of Law turns 100 in 2011, and one of their celebratory events is a law school writing competition, open to all students from ABA law schools. The topic is "Future ethical challenges lawyers may face practicing in the areas of (i) intellectual property law, (ii) international law, or (iii) public interest law." Submissions are due by midnight, Pacific Time, January 31, 2011.
For additional information, please click here.
American Indian Law Review Writing Competition - Deadline: Jan 31, 2011
Eligibility: The competition is open to students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada who are enrolled as of the competition deadline of Jan. 31, 2011. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible.
Topics: Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.
Standards: Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.
Awards: First place - $1,000 and publication of paper in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution. Second place - $500. Third place - $250.
The three winning authors will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review, and will receive copies of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LEXIS. Other entries of publishable quality may also be published in the American Indian Law Review. These authors will be so notified.
For additional information, please click here.
|Announcements from LexisNexis|
LexisNexis® is giving away double point every day in October when you Sherpardize. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to earn points faster!
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 Friday during the academic term. Please forward all material for the newsletter to Alanna Bridgett (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - Friday, October 8, 2010