Sestak Senate Campaign Seeks Poll Watchers
Joe Sestak is looking for lawyers and law students who would be willing to participate in an election watch on November 2. The Sestak Senate campaign reports "There have been orchestrated attempts at interference and coercion in other states, especially in poor urban areas, and there is some evidence that a similar campaign may be implemented in Philadelphia". The Sestak Senate campaign is therefore organizing watchers to keep an eye on polling sites, and make sure that there are no problems. They are specifically looking for people to assist all day, working in teams of 2. There will be a brief poll watcher training session before November 2 (1 hour), and poll watcher credentials will be issued.
If you are interested, please contact Nancy Lassen directly at email@example.com.
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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/.
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Office of Student Affairs
OSA & Financial Aid Announcements
- Spring Registration
Registration for upper-level students has started and will remain open through the first week of classes. Remember that waitlist notifications may be sent at any point over this time period, and will be sent through your Drexel email, so be attentive. Additionally, all 1Ls whose accounts are free of holds have been registered for their Spring courses and J-Term INC section. For any questions about registration, please contact Theresa Gallo. For course advising, please see your faculty advisor or Dean Toth.
- 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.
- 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.
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Career and Professional Development Office
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**Appointments are available outside of the scheduled hours upon request**
- November 10, 2010 – Philadelphia Area Diversity Law Group Information Session, 12:15 – 1:00 pm, Room 340 Working for a large law firm or corporation your 1L summer is quite rare. On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, Lois Kimbol from the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG) will be here to discuss the 1L summer program. The PDLG is an organization that offers first-year students an opportunity of summer employment in outstanding law firms and corporate law departments otherwise reserved for 2LS. The PDLG Program is designed to identify first year law students who have overcome obstacles in pursuing a legal career, come from disadvantaged backgrounds or from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the Philadelphia legal community and who have demonstrated the ability, based on academic achievement, writing ability and other accomplishments, to succeed in the summer programs run by our member organizations.
SAVE THE DATE:
- 1L’s – MANDATORY Programming - CPDO Introduction, Orientation and Interviewing on November 1st, 3rd and 5th, Noon - 1:00 pm, Matheson Rm. 308 & Law School Rm. 240. Lunch will be provided.
- November 12, 2010 – Interactive Interview Training
- November 15 - 19, 2010 – Mock Interview Week
Full Time Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- Environmental Protection Agency – R1 Honors Attorney Fellowship – Deadline: October 27, 2010
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Attorney Honors Program – Deadline - Not yet established, check: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/jobs/honorprogram.cfm for updated information regarding this deadline.
2L Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- CA District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento County – Summer Law Intern Program - Deadline: October 31, 2010
- Environmental Protection Agency – Summer Legal Internship Program - Deadline: October 31, 2010
- City of Philadelphia – District Attorney’s Office – Summer Legal Internships - Deadline: Nov. 1, 2010
- California Franchise Tax Board – Legal Internship Program - Deadline: October 31, 2010
- Health & Human Services – Departmental Appeals Board Volunteer Internship/Externship Program -Deadline: October 31, 2010
- Dept. of Interior – Office of Solicitor Law Student Volunteer Internship Program - Deadline: October 31, 2010
NEW THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG!:
- Law Student Open House – Community Legal Services, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Homeless Advocacy Project, Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project and Philly VIP
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Dean's Scholar Office Hours - Revised
Schedule Fall 2010
Dean’s Scholar sessions and office hours will run through the last week of classes.
NOTE: All Dean’s Scholars will hold office hours in Room 221 - Group Study Room (except for Kevin Anderson, who will continue to use L-319 - Library Study Room). The Legal Methods Dean’s Scholars will meet with students in the Library at the table across from the circulation desk.
Matt Lynch (Asbury) 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Kevin Demko (Bogus) 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Kevin Demko (Bogus) 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Diana Silva (Bogus) 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Kevin Anderson* (Geisinger) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Priscilla Jimenez (Furrow) 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sara Goldstein (Furrow) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Diana Silva (Bogus) 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Earthen Johnson (Asbury) 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Earthen Johnson (Asbury) 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Ben Simmons (Geisinger) 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Matt Lynch (Asbury) 2:30-3:30 p.m.
*will meet with students in L-319 (Library Study Room)
Legal Methods I
Kristen Sawicki’s Library Hours: Wednesday 3:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Mourin Khaleel’s Library Hours: Monday 12:00-12:50 p.m., Tuesday, 12:00-12:50 p.m., Wednesday 10:30-12:30pm
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Academic Skills Program
Brown Bag Workshops
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!
- Friday, October 29: Exam Writing Skills II (Practice Exam)
11:30-12:30 | Room 240
- Friday, November 12: Self-Editing the First-Year Memo
11:30-12:30 | Room 240
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Student Bar Association
Cocktails for a Cause - New
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!
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Black Law Student Association (BLSA):
General Meeting | Wednesday, October 27 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 250
BLSA will be holding a general meeting on Wednesday, October 27 at 12:15 in Room 250. Come join us and learn about the benefits of being a BLSA member including the opportunity to participate in the NBLSA Moot Court Competition, NBLSA Trial Team Competition, access to our outline bank, etc. We will also be discussing our upcoming Thanksgiving dinner, 1L study sessions and our mentorship program. Lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!
Even if you cannot make the meeting, you can still join National Black Law Student Association. Membership benefits include access to exclusive moot court and mock trial and writing competitions. Membership also includes Bar Prep discounts with Kaplan, members-only academic and career panels, workshops, and job fairs across the country. NBLSA membership is open to all law students. If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Law Organization:
General Meeting | Monday, October 25 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 240
The Drexel Business Law Organization (DBLO) will be holding a general meeting on Monday, October 25 at 12:15 in Room 240. This meeting is mandatory for those wishing to participate in the upcoming ABA Business Law Meeting in Washington, DC. Please e-mail DrexelBusinessLawOrg@gmail.com if you would like to join the mailing list but cannot make the meeting, or if you wish to sign up for the Fall ABA Business Law Meeting. We will be discussing our upcoming Fall Happy Hour, and lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!
Christian Legal Society:
Meeting | Thursday, October 28 | 12:00-12:50 p.m. | Room: 420
Come join us as we continue with "Community Discovery".
- Criminal Law Society:
Panel Discussion | Tuesday, October 26 | 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. | Room 240 | Reception: 3rd Floor Lounge
The Criminal Law Society cordially invites you to join us for a panel discussion as we proudly present three of Pennsylvania’s most prominent and successful criminal defense attorneys: Chuck Peruto Jr., Michael Diamondstein, and Scott DiClaudio. A reception will follow in the third-floor lounge.
- Dispute Resolution Interest Group, International Law & Human Rights Society, Business Law Organization:
Career Panel: Alternative Dispute Resolution Options | Wednesday, November 10 | 4:30-6:00 p.m. | Location: TBA | Reception to follow
Co-sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Interest Group, the International Law & Human Rights Society, and the Career Planning Development Office.
- Environmental Law Society:
Meeting | Thursday, October 28 | 12:15 p.m. | Location: TBA
The Drexel Environmental Law Society will be holding its second meeting on Thursday, October 28 at 12:15, room TBA. We will be discussing our November "Food Month" activities, as well as a joint NLG Happy Hour in early December, before finals begin. Food will be provided. If you cannot attend but would like to be part of the group, please email email@example.com.
- International Law Society (ILS), Themis Bar Review, and Environmental Law Society (ELS) present:
Lecture: “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit”
with Ed Aguilar
Wednesday, October 27 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | Room 140 (Reception to follow in the 3rd floor lounge)
ILS, Themis, and ELS welcome Ed A. Aguilar Esq., the executive director of the Project for Nuclear Awareness. Mr. Aguilar is known for his work as executive director of the PA-DE Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, which worked on issues of the federal budget and emphasized nuclear disarmament, along with his work on the national board of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security and participation with international lawyers and NGO’s in drafting the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention. He brings this exhibit to cities around the world and will come to Drexel to lead a discussion on the Legality Of Nuclear Weapons, Model Nuclear Weapon Convention and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Advisory Opinion. All local law schools in the area have been invited and this is a current and important issue, so please join us! There will be a reception in the 3rd floor lounge to follow.
- Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP):
Film Viewing: "The Union: The Business Behind Getting High" | Wednesday, October 27
12:00-2:00 p.m. | Room 140
Join Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) on Wednesday, October 27, in Room 140 from 12:00-2:00pm for a showing of The Union: The Business Behind Getting High. This documentary film won the award for "Outstanding Feature Documentary" at the 2007 Winnipeg International Film Festival and was listed as one of "10 Films You Don't Want to Miss." Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground marijuana market and brings to light how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, and politicians Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business. Join us for this interesting and eye-opening documentary...LUNCH, MOVIE SNACKS, and HALLOWEEN CANDY will be provided, we hope to see you all there!
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Events on Campus and Around Town
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Scholarships and Writing Competitions
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.
Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship - Deadline: November 1, 2010
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
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.
American Constitution Society's 2011 National Student Writing Competition - Deadline: February 18, 2011 (New) 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.
The American Constitution Society's 2011 National Student Writing Competition welcomes submissions that further a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy. The submissions can be on a wide range of topics and entrants are encouraged to interpret the topic broadly.
The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in June of 2011 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a chance to be published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000.
Examples of possible topics include:
·access to the courts,
·freedom of speech,
·voting and the political process,
·protection of health, safety, and the environment,
·separation of powers and federalism, and
·women's reproductive rights and reproductive freedom
Papers will be judged on the quality of their analysis and writing. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 18, 2011.
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Announcements from LexisNexis
Congratulations to Karla Cruel!!! Karla is the winner of the LexisNexis 1L Individual Training raffle. As the winner at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, she will be awarded 3,000 points.
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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, October 25, 2010