A Message From the SBA
Hello Fellow Students:
First off, we would like to welcome everybody back and extend a special welcome to the Class of 2014. We hope everybody’s semester is off to an excellent start. That being said, a couple points of order as we get into full gear:
- The SBA Kitchen Cleanup Program resumed on Friday, September 2. Sign-up sheets are available in both the second- and third-floor kitchens. Volunteers are asked to clean their respective kitchen on the Friday of their chosen week. In exchange, you get a $10 Starbucks gift card. Sweet deal. Further information will be posted on the sign-up sheets. We will be continuing the policy implemented last year regarding refrigerated foods, so as a heads-up:
“DO NOT DISCARD” tags and paper clips will be made available next to each refrigerator. If you will be placing an item in the refrigerator for use on Friday, tag it. Any untagged food in the refrigerators on Friday will be thrown away during Kitchen Cleanup. This means your frozen dinner, your Vera Bradley lunch bag, your Tupperware, or whatever else you leave in the refrigerator. We are working with limited space, and nobody needs reminding how funky the refrigerators got last year before this policy was implemented.
- Second, the administration has expressed concerns to us regarding some recent events in the kitchens, particularly the second floor. This should go without saying, but here it goes:
Please exercise common sense when preparing food and using the kitchens generally. For example, metal does indeed ignite in a microwave (as was made all too plain last week). Please unwrap your food before microwaving, or use the toaster oven if you will be using your foil. Speaking of toaster ovens, they also light things on fire if you, say, leave them unattended and set the timer for fifteen minutes, so please refrain from doing anything along those lines. We just got the toaster oven last year, and it’s pretty nice, so please treat it and the microwave with care. Lastly, food items should not be dumped in the sink. There are trash cans a-plenty, so please use one of those instead. Basically, treat the kitchens in the school as you would your own. (Or, if your kitchen is a disaster, better.) The administration has asked that all students, if they see food cooking unattended, to pitch it. Fires are very real concerns, and the public safety is worth waiting at the microwave for the three minutes it takes to heat your ravioli, (or, apparently, the fifteen minutes it takes to heat a cinnamon bun in a toaster).
As for a couple general student issues:
- A work order was put in for the second-floor kitchen sink, and it should be flowing harmoniously from now on.
- The DragonCards that were not programmed correctly are being fixed, so the library turnstile should let you through soon without calling you in front of everybody – unless it is because you have not received your immunizations. If you have not gotten your shots, please get them. Meningitis sucks.
That should do it for now. Thanks for sticking it out if you made it this far. As always, please address any issues or concerns to the SBA at SBALaw@drexel.edu. We wish everybody a successful year and look forward to working with you this year.
Your Student Bar Association
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Position Announcements for Students
Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow
The Legal Research Center solicits applications from second and third year law students for the position of Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow to begin in September 2011 and continue through the end of the Spring Semester 2012.
The Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow, under the direction of the Head of Research & Instructional Services, works on research projects for law school faculty members and the Legal Research Center librarians. Past research projects have dealt with traditional legal research topics and various interdisciplinary subjects including business, education, and psychology. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work with faculty members, make full use of the library’s collection, and develop excellent research and writing skills.
The fellow works 10 hours per week while school is in session. The fellow doesn't work during reading, exam, or break periods.
Pay is competitive. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Peter Egler, Head of Research & Instructional Services, at email@example.com. The deadline to submit applications is Today! September 6, 2011.
Law School Ambassador (1L)
The Admissions Office is looking for six (6) first year law students to join our Law School Ambassador (LSA) group. First year Law School Ambassadors play an important role in the admission recruiting process and, as the name implies, act as ambassadors for the Law School.
LSAs are called upon to give tours of the law school, assist in recruiting events such as Open Houses, meet with prospective and admitted students, and serve as student representatives at alumni and community events. As an Ambassador, you will serve as a “port of entry” to our visitors each year, and we are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated students to represent the School of Law in this capacity. Law School Ambassadors receive a scholarship as compensation for their service.
For more information regarding the position, please feel free to contact Tiffany McClendon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in applying for the position, please send your resume to Tiffany McClendon at email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2011.
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Event: "9/11/01-9/11/11: A Decade of Advocacy"
“9/11/2001-9/11/2011 – A Decade of Advocacy: A Practical Lawyering Perspective”
Wednesday, September 7 | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Room 140
Networking Reception to Follow
Moderated by EMSoL Professor Anil Kalhan
Moein Khawaja, Executive Director for the Council on American Islamic Relations – PA
Deeper Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together
Mary Catherine Roper, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union – PA
This event is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society, International Law Students Association, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, National Lawyers Guild, and the Philosophy Club.
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Event: Non-Traditional Law Student Coffee
Are you juggling law school and spouses, partners, children, and/ or aging parents?
Then, come to the
Non-Traditional Law Student Coffee
Thursday, September 15, 2011
8:00-9:00 a.m. | Third Floor Gallery
Hosted by Professor Clare Coleman
Discuss how to balance home responsibilities with school obligations, studying for the bar, and practicing law.
Trade tips with faculty members and fellow 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls.
Share ideas for how EMSoL can support you.
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Drexel Fall Intramurals
From the Drexel University Recreational Athletics Department
Flag Football & Indoor Volleyball!
- Signup deadline Tuesday, 9/27
- Captains Meeting: Wednesday, 9/28 (6:00 p.m.- Flag Football & 6:30 p.m. - Volleyball; both will meet in the Armory- 33rd Street)
How to Sign-up?
Jillian Formanski- Coordinator of Intramural Sports
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Academic Skills Announcements
Fall Dean’s Scholar Session Schedule
The Fall 2011 Dean's Scholars Session Schedule is available for download here.
Meet the fall Dean's Scholars by clicking on the following link:
If you have any questions, contact Professor Nancy Kraybill at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office, Room 418 (on the 4th floor next to Classroom 420).
Professor Nancy C. Kraybill
Director of Academic Skills and Associate Teaching Professor
Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law
3320 Market Street, Room 418
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Notices from the Student Bar Association
Interested in Becoming a 1L Class Representative?
Current Student Bar Association representatives will be coming to your classes to explain elections and how to get involved. Look forward to exciting updates; but until then, here are the important upcoming dates:
First SBA Meeting (all invited) - Today, September 6 @ 7:00
Election Paperwork due - Friday, September 9 by 5:00
1L Speeches - Monday, September 12 (posters posted same day)
Election - Wednesday, September 14
If you have any questions, please contact Cate Wagner at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cocktails For A Cause
Mark your calendars! This year's Cocktails For A Cause will be held September 23, 2011 at Mad River (2nd and Chestnut) from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.! Keep the date open and keep an eye out for more details in the coming newsletters!
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Student Organization Announcements
Student Organization Lunch Session Schedule
Please see this link for the remaining Student Organization Lunch Session Schedule.
Event: "From Lawrence v. Texas to the Defense of Marriage Act." | September 22 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 140Please Join Drexel ACS for an exciting event featuring Jenner & Block partner and seasoned Supreme Court litigator, Paul Smith. Mr. Smith has been active in Supreme Court practice for two decades, including oral arguments in fourteen Supreme Court cases. He has worked extensively on First Amendment cases including Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, last Term's case about the First Amendment and video games. Most notably however, Mr. Smith was the litigator who argued—and won—Lawrence v. Texas, which declared unconstitutional a Texas anti-sodomy statute. Come hear him speak about his experiences in the court and the future of LGBT rights in America. Food will be provided.
Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA)
"Black in Latin America" Series | September 15 - October 15
In celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, September 15, 2011 through October 15, 2011, LALSA is hosting a documentary viewing and discussion of "Black in Latin America" a four part PBS series dealing with race relations and the Afro-Latino culture across six countries, including Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru, each country serving as representative of a larger phenomenon.
Join LALSA on Thursday, September 15, from 4 - 6 p.m., in room 140, as we kick off the series with Cuba: The Next Revolution. In this episode, Henry Louis Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of Cuba are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th-century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro's communist revolution in 1959. Following the film viewing, Professor Donald Tibbs will be facilitating a discussion with students. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Join LALSA on Thursday, September 22, from 4-6 p.m., in room 140, as we continue the series with Brazil: A Racial Paradise? In this episode, Henry Louis Gates delves behind the facade of Carnival to discover how this "rainbow nation" is waking up to its legacy as the world's largest slave economy. Following the film viewing, Professor Kevin Woodson will be facilitating a discussion with students. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Join LALSA on Wednesday, October 5, from 4- 6 p.m., in room 140, as we explore another episode in the series: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided.
In Haiti, Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves' hard-fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte's French Empire became a double-edged sword. In the Dominican Republic, Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of intermarriage, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. Following the film viewing, Professor Anil Kalhan will be facilitating a discussion with students. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society (New Organization)
If you are interested in Sports and Entertainment Law and want to be a part of starting a Sports and Entertainment Law Society at Drexel, please email Kelly Hartnett and Afruz Sayah at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. An informational meeting will be held to gauge additional interest soon.
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Announcements from LexisNexis
LexisNexis Student Reps are Available to Help You
This year we have 2 student reps to help students with LexisNexis. Come take advantage of the opportunity.
Erica Cohen is available in the library Mondays/Wednesdays, 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-1:00 p.m.; Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Karla Cruel is available in the library Mondays/Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.; Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Like Us On Facebook
Please like us on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/LexisforDrexelLaw
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Kaplan PMBR Bar Review Student Reps Needed
Become a Kaplan Rep! Kaplan offers complete bar review courses and personalized study systems. Take advantage of rep benefits by earning Enrollment Credits to receive success packages or even free courses. If you are interested, please contact Gloria Maeng at email@example.com for more information.
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Announcements from Barbri
Students who wish to sit for the November MPRE must register by September 20 for $63. Late registration will take place from September 20-October 6. The registration fee during that time is $126. Barbri offers a Live MPRE Review Lecture for free. Students may register for the lecture at the Barbri table or online. Registration is free but students must register in advance. The review lecture will take place Thursday, October 13th, from 5-9:00 p.m. in Room 240.
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Event Advertisement Policy
The new Event Advertisement Policy (“EAP”) is as follows:
If you would like to have your event included in the Weekly Newsletter, please submit a short announcement to Dean Oates and Alanna Bridgett by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for the following Monday issue. If you do not receive a response from Alanna or Dean Oates within 24 hours, please resend the announcement.
- All flyers and posters for law school events are to be submitted by email to Dean Oates, Dean McGovern, Alanna Bridgett, and Jerry Arrison for approval.
- Upon Dean Oates’ approval, the flyers will be posted on the plasma screens.
- Five stamped, color copies of the flyers can be picked up from Alanna Bridgett in Suite 400.
- Flyers may only be posted on bulletin boards in the School of Law Building and only the five stamped flyers picked up from Alanna Bridgett may be posted.
- Flyers may only be posted on floors 2, 3, and 4. Only one flyer may be posted on floors 3 and 4. On the 2nd floor, only 1 flyer may be posted in the elevator lobby and only 1 flyer may be posted in the gallery. On the 3rd floor, only 1 flyer may be posted on the bulletin board near the rear stairwell.
- Approved posters may be displayed in the lobby on the day of the event only. Posters must be removed at the end of the event.
- Poster size shall not exceed 20” x 30”.
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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
American Indian Law Writing Competition (New)- Deadline: TBA
For details, please visit http://www.ailr.net/writecomp.
James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship - Deadline: December 3, 2011
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for the James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship. This award provides four, $3,000 scholarships, two of which are specifically designated to support minority law students, to second year students attending any one of the eight accredited law schools presently serving Pennsylvania. Applicants must be able to document residency with either a current voter registration card or current Pennsylvania driver’s license. Applications are due December 3, 2011 and can be found at http://www.pabarfoundation.org/Programs%20and%20Awards/James%20W.aspx.
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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. Please forward all material for the newsletter to Alanna Bridgett (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for the following Monday issue.