*updated on 1/19/12 ** updated on 1/30/12
Spring Academic Skills Workshop Schedule
Note: All workshops will be held in Law 240
January 25, 12:30-1:30
Improving Exam Performance by Reviewing Fall Exams
February 1, 12:30-1:30
Mining Exam Fact Patterns for Legal Issues
February 8, 12:30-1:30
Building a Strong Exam Answer
February 15, 12:30-1:30
Developing Arguments and Counterarguments on Exams
February 29, 12:30-1:30
Writing the Rule and Rule Explanation for the 1L Brief
March 7, 12:30-1:30
Answering Statute-Based Exam Questions, Part 1
March 21, 12:30-1:30
Answering Statute-Based Exam Questions, Part 2
March 28, 12:30-1:30
Revising and Editing the 1L Brief
April 11, 12:30-1:30
If you have questions about the Academic Skills Workshops or the Dean’s Scholar Program, please contact Professor Kraybill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Law Students Association
Talent Show Acts Needed
BLSA will be holding a talent show in mid February. We are currently looking for acts and hope you will come out to share your talents with us. Please contact Jazamine Stallings or Dorcas Akekunle if interested in participating. We look forward to a great time of sharing.
American Constitution Society
The Scottsoboro Boys Panel | February 7 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 340
Professors Donald Tibbs and Kevin Woodson will join Tony-nominated actor Forrest McClendon in a discussion of the Scottsboro Boys cases and the perspective of a performer from the original Broadway production. The event is sponsored by the American Constitution Society, the Black Law Students Association, the Jewish Law Student Association and Drexel Federalists. Food will be served.
Environmental Law Society
Secretary Mike Krancer | February 8 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 140 | Reception to Follow in Third Floor Gallery
Secretary Mike Krancer of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will discuss how the state agency can both protect the environment and encourage industry growth. Until he was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to be Pennsylvania's Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Mike Krancer was a Judge on the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB). The EHB is the state-wide trial/appellate court for environmental cases which tries appeals from actions of the DEP.
Before becoming a Judge, Mr. Krancer was a litigation partner at the Dilworth and Blank Rome law firms in Philadelphia. His practice involved complex commercial, white collar criminal, and environmental litigation. Sec. Krancer also served as Assistant General Counsel for the Exelon Corporation, where he provided legal counsel in the areas of environmental, health and safety compliance and litigation, and worked on energy policy matters with the company's government relations team.
Please join the Environmental Law Society, the American Constitutional Society, and the SBA Public Interest Liaison for this unique presentation.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Constitution 2020: Reproductive Rights on the Horizon | February 7 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 140
Supreme Court litigator, Yale fellow and reproductive rights champion Priscilla Smith will be coming to speak about her experiences. Ms. Smith is best known for arguing Gonzales v. Carhart (Partial-Birth Abortion Act) and Ferguson v. City of Charleston, two of the most important cases about reproductive rights to go in front of the Supreme Court. She is also known for her work with the Center for Reproductive Rights. Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society. Reception to follow in the Third Floor Gallery.
National Lawyers Guild
"Kids for Cash-Luzerne County" | Feb. 9 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 240
Drexel's NLG is bringing Marsha Levick, Deputy Director, Chief Counsel and co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center, to Drexel. She spearheaded Juvenile Law Center’s investigation and subsequent litigation dealing with the Luzerne County, Pennsylvania juvenile court judges’ corruption scandal, known as the “kids for cash” scandal, where judges were taking millions of dollars in kickbacks from for-profit prison officials in exchange for sentencing children to prison for minor offenses.
Lunchtime Discussion: Bail and the "Indefinite Detention Act" | Feb. 9 | 12:30 p.m. | Room 420
Bail and the "Indefinite Detention Act" as it relates to personal liberty. Join us Feb. 9th as we discuss themes of liberty, the criminal justice system, and current events.
Events on Campus and Around Town
YLD and Teach for America Happy Hour - Feb. 9
The YLD will join with Teach for America for our first monthly happy hour of 2012 taking place on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Ladder 15. A private area will be roped off in the downstairs bar and specials include $4 bottled beer, $5 house wines, call drinks & drafts and $6 specialty cocktails. No RSVP necessary. Just show up to enjoy some networking with other young lawyers and Teach for America educators!
Managing Law Student Loan Debt: Federal Loan Repayment Assistance Programs - Feb. 9
This program will feature a presentation by Heather Jarvis, a national expert on educational debt and financial barriers facing law school graduates and income-based repayment and public service loan forgiveness under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The program is free to all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration is available online at here. This program is co-sponsored by the Associations Public Interest Section, Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Law School Outreach Committee and the Young Lawyers Division.
The Scottsboro Boys Performance and CLE Program
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Suzanne Roberts Theatre/480 South Broad Street
The Pennsylvania Innocence Project, The Pennsylvania Capital Representation Project, and PHILADELPHIA THEATRE COMPANY have collaborated to offer a performance of The Scottsboro Boys + 2 CLE credit program + reception. Performances are at 1pm and 7pm, the program begins at 3:15 pm, reception immediately following. The CLE program features an in-depth look at the Scottsboro Case, the politics of race and justice, and the blight of wrongful convictions with distinguished panelists including the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, whose dad argued the Scottsboro cases in the U.S. Supreme Court; Dan T. Carter, author of the definitive book on the Scottsboro Boys case, Scottsboro – A Tragedy of the American South; Professors Randall Kennedy and Marie Gottschalk, authors of landmark works on American criminal justice; three Philadelphia lawyers who have obtained the exoneration of inmates sentenced to death or life imprisonment; and a Pennsylvania exoneree.
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Scholarships, Fellowships and Writing Competitions
Lee Smith Traveling Fellowship 2012 - Deadline: Feb. 27, 2012
Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law - Deadline: Feb. 10, 2012
Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition - Deadline: Feb. 17, 2012
The National Law Review Winter 2012 Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: Feb. 21, 2012
New! Smith Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition - Deadline: April 27, 2012.
ACEBC Employee Benefits Writing Competition - Deadline: June 1, 2012
New! 2012 Warren E. Burger Prize (Writing Competition) - Deadline: June 1, 2012
Hazing Awareness Scholarship - Deadline: There are several. For details visit.
New! Judge Sandra Mazer Moss Award - Deadline: March 16, 2012. Visit for details.
New! Brandeis Law Society Scholarship Award - Deadline: March 16, 2012. For details, visit.
New! Judge Abraham J. Gafni Award - Deadline: March 16, 2012. For details, visit.
New! Mayer Horwitz Scholarship Award - Deadline: March 16, 2012. For details, visit.
New! Burlington County Prosecutor's Office - Richard L. Barbour, Jr. Scholarship - Deadline: May 3, 2012. Applicant must be a New Jersey resident attending or accepted for admission to a law school and seeking a career as a prosecuting attorney. Amount of the scholarship is $5,000; Application is available from the Office of Student Affairs/Financial Aid or through the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, Mt. Holly, NJ.
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 (email@example.com) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - Monday, Feb. 6, 2012