Honor Code Draft - Info Sessions for Students
Throughout the past two semesters, a committee of students and faculty have been working together to develop an Honor Code for EMSoL. Students will be critical in helping the Honor Code come to life here at EMSoL. In the upcoming weeks, students and faculty will be voting on the Honor Code. Step one of this process involves spreading the word about the Honor Code and answering any questions or concerns that arise before voting. In order to assist in this process, the Honor Code Development Committee has set up several sessions to discuss the Honor Code draft.
Sessions for students will be held on the following dates and times:
April 10, 6:10 p.m., Room 340;
April 12, 12:30 p.m., Room 240; and
April 17, 1 p.m., Room 340.
Each of these sessions will last for about an hour, and food will be provided.
The current Honor Code draft can be found here: https://colleges.moss.drexel.edu/law/SitePages/Honor%20Code.aspx.
If you cannot make any of these sessions, please feel free to reach out to any of the Honor Code Development Committee members. We will be happy to answer questions and address any concerns!
Thank you very much for your participation in this important process.
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- CRITICAL NEED - Attorney in private practice located in Center City needs immediate assistance with researching and brief drafting for active cases. Qualified applicants MUST be strong in Civ Pro and MUST have some practical PA litigation experience (possibly through a previous co-op or summer employment). Current need is for 5-10 hours per week. Pay will be per diem. See Symplicity to apply.
- Part-Time Legal Assistant for Corporate practice of Tinovsky Law Firm in Trevose, PA. Applicants must be technically savvy; 20-30 hours per week, paid. This is open to all class years. See Symplicity to apply.
- 2012 Summer Associate - Mellon Webster Shelly P.C. is looking for a 2nd year law student to work at least 20 hours per week doing primarily criminal law this coming summer. It would also be helpful applicants lived in or close to Bucks County or the Doylestown area. This is a paid position. See Symplicity for more details.
Upcoming Events - RSVP in Symplicity
April 11, 12:15 - How to Have a Successful Summer - Public Interest
April 11, 12:15 - How to Have a Successful Summer - Law Firms
April 12, 4:30 - Employer Showcase Event.
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Dean Dennis' Office Hours
Have something on your mind you’d like to share with the Dean? Dean Dennis’ door is open! He’ll be holding office hours on the dates and times noted below. Please stop by to share an accomplishment or concern, or just to say hello and have a cup of coffee.
- Today! 4/9 – 3:00-4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, 4/18 – 3:30-4:30 p.m.
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Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Info Session
Interested in the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project? Meet with Prof. Gwen Stern and learn more!
Marshall Brennan is class in which law students learn to -- and do -- teach students from urban high schools about the power of the U.S. Constitution and its relevance in their lives.
Information session: Today! April 9, Room 250, noon-1:00.
Sign up for interviews with Prof. Stern by placing your name on the schedule, which is posted on her office door: Room 235.
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Office of Financial Aid
Scholarship Information and Financial Aid for 2012-13
All rising second and third-year students receiving EMSoL Merit Scholarships, as well as those students applying for financial aid, MUST submit an Institutional Financial Aid Form(http://drexel.edu/src/financialaid/forms/~/media/Files/src/financial-forms/institutional_fa_app.ashx).
This form requests the number of credits you are planning for the Fall Semester 2012 and for the Spring Semester 2013. Please make a note of the information you submit and complete a revised form if your registration changes. Financial aid budgets, as well as per credit scholarships, are based on this information. Incorrect forms can result in billing and financial aid issues later in the year.
All students interested in applying for Federal Financial Aid for the 2012-13 academic year should submit their FAFSA by May 1, 2012. FAFSA on the web (www.fafsa.gov) now allows applicants to access their IRS tax information and have it automatically inserted into the FAFSA. There is a brief series of questions to determine if you are eligible for this data retrieval service.
Financial Aid for Summer
Students interested in receiving financial aid for the Summer Semester at the law school should note the following:
- The tuition charge this summer will be $996 per credit after the law school’s 20% discount is applied. The General Fee will be $390.
- Law Merit Scholarships cannot be applied to summer tuition.
- Students taking at least 4.5 credits or half time enrollment can take out Federal Graduate Plus Loans to cover their expenses. You can start applying for summer loans the second week of April at www.studentloans.gov
- Living expenses for 3 months as well as tuition and fees are added to a summer student’s 2011-2012 budget. Loan funds can then be used to cover these costs if needed. Funds will be scheduled to disburse May 14, 2012 with refunds issued by the Bursar’s Office over the following 2 weeks.
- There are no additional financial aid applications necessary as long as your FAFSA for 2011-12 is on file with the school.
Samuel F. and Sara G. Feinman Fund
The fund provides an interest-free loan of up to $5,000 to medical and law school students based on financial need. Preference is given to students who live in the Greater Philadelphia region and of the Jewish faith who are enrolled in an accredited local Law or Medical school. It is a requirement of this fund that loan repayments begin within five years after graduation, ensuring that future funds will continue to be available for students in need. Applications are available at http://www.jewishphilly.org/page.aspx?id=124638 and must be submitted by May 15, 2012.
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Dean's Scholar Office Hours
Constitutional Law (Professor Cohen):
Krysten Connon: Friday from 12:00-2:00, Room 221
Jim Wise: Wednesday from 4:00-6:00, Room 221
Constitutional Law (Professor Abu El-Haj):
Nate Howard: Monday from 12:15-2:25, Room 222
Peter McCall: Tuesday from 9:30-10:30, Room 221 | Thursday from 4:00-5:00, Room 221
Criminal Law (Professor Tibbs):
JJ Luff: Monday from 2:00-4:00, Room 221
Ted Kopec: Monday from 1:15-2:00 & 5:15-6:15, Room 221**
Criminal Law (Professor Kalhan):
Tanishka Cruz: Tuesday from 3:30-5:00, Room 221 | Thursday from 3:30-5:00, Room 222
Dean's Scholar Sessions for Constitutional Law and Criminal Law
The Dean's Scholar Sessions for Constitutional Law and Criminal Law begin this week. Here is the schedule for the semester.
Criminal Law- Prof. Kalhan
Dean’s Scholars- Nicole Allen and Tanishka Cruz
Monday: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Room 240
Wednesday: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Room 240
Criminal Law-Prof. Tibbs
Dean’s Scholars-Ted Kopec and JJ Luff
Monday: 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 240
Tuesday: 12:00–12:45 p.m. | Room 112 ISB
Constitutional Law- Prof. Cohen
Dean’s Scholars-Krysten Connon and Jim Wise
Tuesday: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | Room 112 ISB
Thursday: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Room 112 ISB
Constitutional Law-Prof. Abu El-Haj
Dean’s Scholars-Nate Howard and Peter McCall
Tuesday: 3:50 – 4:50 p.m. | Room 140
Thursday: 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | Room 250
Spring Academic Skills Workshop Schedule
Note: All workshops will be held in Law 240
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 email@example.com.
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Law Review Write-On Competition
The Law Review Write-On Competition will begin on May 14, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. Interested 1L and 2L students will receive the competition packet on that date and will have until May 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. to submit their completed materials. Those who are accepted to Law Review should be available to attend new member training sessions sometime in late July. We encourage all interested students to keep these dates in mind when making summer plans.
If you are interested in writing on to Law Review, you must do the following:
First, add the "Law Review Write-On Competition 2012" page on TWEN. All material (including the packet) for the write-on competition will be posted on TWEN. You will also turn in your submission on TWEN.
Second, you need to request an anonymous ID number for the competition. You can request a number between April 4, 2012 and May 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.To request a number, please e-mail Dana Duggan (firstname.lastname@example.org) from your Drexel email account with the following information:
- Rising Class Year (rising 2L or rising 3L)
- E-mail address
- Phone number
If you do not request an anonymous number by May 10th at 5:00 p.m., you cannot participate in the write-on competition.
If you have any questions or problems before the competition, please e-mail Editor of Membership: Sadyhe` Bradley at DLRwriteon2012@gmail.com.
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The Earle Mack School of Law presents
The Sixth Annual Barristers' Ball!
Final Price = $55 for 1Ls, 2Ls, and Guests ($45 for 3Ls)
Final balance payments open NOW and MUST be made by April 20 at midnight!
- FIVE hours of celebrating at the Top Floor of 1717 Arch Street
- Hors d’oeuvres and larger meals at several stations with plenty of table seating
- Featuring TWO Dance Floors including a DJ and Lima Bean Riot!
- Several bars serving liquor, beer, wine, and soft drinks – open the ENTIRE time.
Dress is semi-formal; masquerade/black-tie encouraged (You are not required to wear a costume)
One guest per student!
Payment is done online at https://deptapp.drexel.edu/barristerball.
*If you did not reserve a ticket with deposit by the deadline and are interested in going, please email Megan Young at email@example.com. No guarantees can be made that we will have extra tickets but a first-come first-serve list exists and extra tickets will go to those on the list. If you reserved an extra ticket or will be unable to go, please email Megan Young at firstname.lastname@example.org for leads on selling your deposit to someone who wants to go but did not deposit.
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American Constitution Society
Professor Field and Professor Furrow Discuss the Affordable Care Act Oral Arguments
Today!, April 9, 2012 |
Join Drexel ACS, Drexel Health Law Society, and Drexel Federalists to discuss the Affordable Care Act Oral Arguments! Professor Field will give his perspective from his experience of being at the Supreme Court, seeing the oral arguments as they occurred.
A Kosher for Passover lunch will be served.
Black Law Students Association
BLSA Tea Program
- 25 ¢ for plain tea (black tea/ fruit tea/ herbal tea)
- 50 ¢ for tea w/ extras (sugar, cinnamon, sweetener)
- OR donate $1 for each bag of tea.
Proceeds will go to Black Law Students Association charities.
-- Bring your own mug--
Contact Maanda Makwarela for info.
Intellectual Property Society
Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court's April Meeting
April 18 | 6:00 p.m. | Room 140 |
Reception to follow in 3rd Floor Gallery
You are cordially invited to the April Meeting of the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court (topic: "Patent Reform: Tragedy, Comedy, or Both").
This meeting is free to members. Non-members are welcome to attend as guests and will be charged a $15 guest fee.
Either business attire or business casual will be appropriate.
Hon. Paul R. Michel, retired Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit, will lead a discussion after each act of our presentation based on "Romeo & Juliet." In this spirited interpretation of the politics and policies surrounding the America Invents Act of 2011, Prince Escalus plans a new patent reform law in Verona, at the bidding of lobbyists. We see the results unfold through the starry eyes of two young lovers: Romeo is the CEO of Montague Technologies, and Juliet is the CEO of Capulet Pharmaceuticals. With the advice of patent counsel, can the star-crossed lovers’ companies survive? Or has the prince unwittingly prepared a gift of poison, and in the tragic end, will industry and innovation lie dead?
RSVP Deadline: April 16, 2012 - BenFranklinInn@gmail.com.
Jewish Law Students Association
"Bringin' Back the Bread" Bake Sale | April 16 | First Floor Lobby
Help your Jewish friends celebrate the end of Passover with JLSA's "Bringin' Back the Bread" Bake Sale! Look for our table on Monday, April 16 on the first floor lobby. All proceeds will benefit the Philly Friendship Circle, an organization that serves families of children with special needs, toddlers through young adults, offering them a full range of social experiences. Please go to www.phillyfriendship.com for more information.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Combating Domestic Terrorism: Law and Anti-Choice Harassment
April 11 | 12:15-1:45 p.m. | Room 140
Professor David Cohen and 3L Krysten Connon have spent the past year researching targeted harassment of and violence against abortion providers. By studying abortion providers’ experiences as objects of harassment, violence, protest, and threats, they seek to add to the literature about abortion access in two important ways: first, to tell the stories of the providers and their encounters with harassment; and second, to evaluate how law and law enforcement respond to this targeted harassment. They are still analyzing their data and have a long way to go before they have any final analysis. Nonetheless, they thought it would be helpful and interesting to share what they’ve done and where they’re going. Non-pizza lunch will be provided.
Mental Health Law Society
Controversy in Vaccinations
April 10 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 140 | Lunch will be provided
Dr. Paul Offit (Director of the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP) will be speaking on communicating science to a lay population, the debunking of the purported connection between vaccines and autism, and legal issues related to compulsory vaccinations. Dr. Offit is an expert on infectious diseases, vaccines, and autism. Catered (non-pizza) lunch will be provided!
Panel Discussion: The Mentally Ill in the Criminal Caseload
April 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Room 340
Dinner will be provided - Reception to follow
Representatives from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office and other local organizations will join us for a discussion of challenges and triumphs in working with mentally ill defendants in the municipal courts. Join us for dinner during the panel discussion and a reception following the panel.
National Lawyers Guild
Death Row Exoneree Shujaa Graham
April 11 | 5:00 p.m. | Room 140
Shujaa Graham, death row exoneree and member of the organization Witness to Innocence, will speak about his experience on death row and with the criminal justice system in general. Reception to follow in the third floor lounge.
Come discuss with Judge Bernstein: “Where exactly do juries find their “facts”?
April 11, 2012 | 12:30 p.m. | Room 420
Lunch will be provided!
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
End of Year Meeting and Elections
April 12 | Room 230 | 12:00 p.m.
Students must attend if seeking an officer position next year.
Pet Photo Contest Voting
April 10-11 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | 1st Floor Lobby
Raise money for local Animal Shelters by voting on your favorite Pet Photo
with your dollar bills. Show up at our table on Tuesday, April 10 or Wednesday April 11 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Winner with the most $ receives 4 Phillies tickets!
Women's Law Society
"Demystifying Feminism" Panel
April 12 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 240
Join WLS for an open panel that seeks to understand what feminism is and what it means to be a feminist. Food will be provided! Panelists include Professor Cohen, Professor Corrigan, fellow law student Krysten Connon and Temple University LGBT and Women's Studies professor, Margaux Cowden.
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Events on Campus and Around Town
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Presents Two Workshops for Entrepreneurs
Legal Engineering: Avoiding a House-of-Cards Startup
Today!, April 9, 2012
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
The Quorum at University City Science Center
3711 Market Street, 8th Floor
Startup companies are inherently fragile. The legal components of a business are so vital to its success that overlooking one element can spell doom for the entire organization. This workshop will walk through the growth of a hypothetical entity to highlight and identify the importance of solidifying a startup business’ legal foundations.
- Patrick Bello, 3L and clinic student
- Alex Feldman, 3L and clinic student
- Donald Shaw, 3L and clinic student
- Kathleen Shay, Esq, a partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP and one of Philadelphia’s premier attorneys representing startups, venture capitalists and developing life sciences companies
- Steven Rosard, Esq, Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.
The workshop is presented by the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, in partnership with Quorum.
Protecting Your Website
Thursday, April 19, 2012
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship
3225 Arch Street, Room G-55
- Nicole Allen, 3L and clinic student
- Nathan Howard, 3L and clinic student
- Frederic Wilf, Esq., a leading practitioner, speaker and author in the fields of technology, intellectual property, business and commercial law and partner in the law firm of Baer Crossey
- Steven Rosard, Esq., director of the law school's Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. The event is co-sponsored and hosted by the Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship at the LeBow College of Business.
Harvard Law Professor Ken Mack Discusses His Works
April 10, 5:00 p.m. Room 140
Ken Mack, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School will discuss his books “Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer,” and “The New Black: What Has Changed—and What Has Not—with Race in America.” Book signing and reception to follow in the third floor gallery.
PIE Concert Fundraiser
Thought you were done with PIE? NOT YET!
On Thursday, April 12, Smith's will be hosting a Charity Concert. Funds raised will be donated to PIE.
Details below! Come enjoy a night out with all your friends in support of PIE!
Location: Smith's (39 S. 19th Street)
Date: April 12
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Music: Covers (Irish folk to contemporary rock, and everything in between)
Suggested Donation: $5-$15
Chilled to the Marrow: Compensating Tissue & Organ Donors After Flynn v. Holder
Technology is transforming transplant medicine, allowing the donation of a growing array of biological products. As demand for such products increases, so does the demand for donors – and the specter of organ and tissue shortages. Some see donor compensation as a solution, and a federal court recently agreed. This half-day conference will explore policy, legal, ethical and clinical aspects of the question: Is it time to reconsider payments for transplant donors? A panel of legal scholars and doctors will discuss these and other issues at the law school on April 13 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Additional information can be found here.
Speaker Event: Michael Wiseman
Michael Wiseman, the former head of the capital habeas unit of the Philadelphia Defender Association, will speak at the law school on Friday, April 13 at 11:15 a.m. in Room 250. All are welcome.
ABA Citizen Amicus Project
Have the Supreme Court hear your voice about the Constitution. Win $500! Join a discussion about the tensions between liberty and law enforcement.
The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section is continuing the “Citizen Amicus Project” in an effort to get law students to contribute to the national dialogue about the Fourth Amendment.
The Spring 2012 Project focuses on the Fourth Amendment issues raised by law enforcement's warrantless use of trained narcotics dogs to detect narcotics from the outside of a home. This term the Supreme Court will hear Florida v. Jardines, a case that questions whether law enforcement's use of narcotic detection dogs in front of a home, without a warrant, violates the homeowner's Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches.
For additional information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/citizen_amicus.html.
Lavner Day Camps for Children
Any students, faculty, or staff members looking for day camps for their child/children between the ages 6-14, check out www.lavnercamps.com or contact Michael Lavner (email@example.com) for more information. Lavner Camps offers 9 different day camps ranging from Sports, Technology, and Arts at 5 convenient PA locations.
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Ad: Aspen Law
Buy your study aids at http://www.aspenlaw.com/learn/ and use promo code 30LESS at checkout or use our rebate to buy any 2 new study aids on Amazon.com, your choice of online bookseller, or your campus bookstore. This rebate offers 30% off study aids from MARCH 1 THROUGH APRIL 15 on our site and $25 rebates on purchases from your bookstore or other online retailer. See the rebate for ALL details involving this promotion.
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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
Call for LGBT Bar Association Award Nominations
National LGBT Bar Association’s Student Leadership Award -
Deadline for Nominations: May 20, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.lgbtbar.org/assets/2012-Student-Leadership-Award.pdf.
New! Pennsylvania Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section Writing Competition - Deadline: April 16, 2012
This competition is open to all second and third year students enrolled in Pennsylvania law schools, writing papers in the areas of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, or trade dress. There is a maximum word count of 3500 words, including footnotes. Entries must be submitted not later than April 16, 2012. The winner will receive a cash award of $2,500. The second place prize is $1,500. The winning entries will be published in the PBA-IPLS Newsletter and on the PBA website. Submit entries to the Section Relations Coordinator, Michael T. Shatto, Michael.Shatto@pabar.org.
Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition - Deadline: April 27, 2012
For details, please visit http://nd.edu/~ndlaw/writing_competitions/smith-doheny.pdf.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pursuit of Justice Legal Writing Competition - Deadline: May 9, 2012
For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/022712/Ginsberg2012.pdf.
International Association of Defense Counsel Legal Writing Contest - Deadline: May 18, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx.
Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition - Deadline: May 20, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.lgbtbar.org/assets/2012-Michael-Greenberg-Student-Writing-Competition.pdf.
International Association of LGBT Judges Student Writing Competition - Deadline: May 20, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.lgbtbar.org/assets/2012-Judges-Writing-Competition.pdf.
ACEBC Employee Benefits Writing Competition - Deadline: June 1, 2012
For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/012312/ACEBC-Competition-2012.pdf.
The Mary Moers Wenig 2012 Student Writing Competition - Deadline: June 1, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.actec.org/public/WenigCompetition.asp.
2012 Warren E. Burger Prize (Writing Competition) - Deadline: June 1, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.innsofcourt.org/Content/Default.aspx?Id=309.
University of Connecticut School of Law Student Legal Writing Competition - Deadline: June 1, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.law.uconn.edu/node/9541.
American Intellectual Property Law Association Robert C. Watson Competition- Deadline: June 30, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.aipla.org/resources/programs/Pages/default.aspx.
Hazing Awareness Scholarship - Deadline: Several. Check website for details.
Please visit http://www.collegegreekbooks.com/cashaward.html.
Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship -
Deadline: April 30, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.hcbalaw.com/Foundation.aspx.
Hispanic Bar Association of NJ 2012 Scholarship - Deadline: May 1, 2012
The Hispanic Bar Association of NJ will award scholarships of up to $3,000 to Hispanic American students (including at least one Hispanic American parent) who are or have been residents of the State of New Jersey. The scholarship is available to students currently in their first, second, or third year of law school. For details, please visit http://www.njhba.org/.
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 must be submitted by May 3, 2012. An application packet is available in the Law School’s Financial Aid Office or through the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, Mt. Holly, NJ
Mike Eidson Scholarship -
Deadline: May 31, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/8514.htm. The application has been posted on Symplicity.
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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.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - April 9, 2012