Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
2012 ACCFSL Writing Competition - Deadline: December 1, 2011
For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/091911/2012ACCFSLComp.pdf.
The Dukeminier Awards Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles 2012 Student Writing Competition - Deadline: January 1, 2012
For details, please visit http://wiwp.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012-Dukeminier-Awards-Student-Note-Announcement.pdf.
American Indian Law Writing Competition - Deadline: January 31, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.ailr.net/writecomp.
James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship - Deadline: November 11, 2011
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for the James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School
James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship - Deadline: December 2, 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 2, 2011 and can be found at http://www.pabarfoundation.org/Programs%20and%20Awards/James%20W.aspx.
Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship - Deadline: January 5, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.bannerwitcoff.com/about/diversity/.
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ATTN: All Students Interested in Business Law
The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University is participating again this year in the annual Transactional LawMeet. The Regional Rounds of the Meet will be held on February 17, 2012.
Students who are interested in participating as a member of a Drexel team must participate in an on-line version of the Meet that begins on October 14. This MiniMeet will be accessible on www.LawMeets.com beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 14 and will require that you prepare and submit a three-minute video response to a hypothetical client problem. Like the full Meet, the problem involves an executive compensation issue. Your submission will be due on or before 5 pm on Sunday, October 23.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/academics/concentrations/business_and_entrepreneurship/transactional-lawyering-meet/mini-meet/
Contact Professor Karl Okamoto at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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Office of Student Affairs
Employment Affidavit Reminder!
Employment affidavits for the 2011-2012 academic year are now past due! The deadline for ALL students was October 1, 2011. As a reminder, all upper class students are required to fill out a new form every year. If you have not submitted your affidavit, please stop by the OSA as soon as possible to do so.
Spring Registration for 2Ls and 3Ls
Registration will begin for all third-year students on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 12:45 p.m. and will end at 11:59 p.m. on the same day. Registration will open again for all continuing Upper-Level students on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 12:45 p.m. and remain open through Monday, January 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. For further registration and course information, please consult the Spring 2012 registration webpage linked below.
Please also be advised that financial holds are scheduled to be placed on delinquent accounts around October 20, 2011. A hold on your account will prevent you from registering for your spring courses so please check your e-bill in advance to ensure that you do not have any outstanding balance.
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Haiti Justice Project Trip Applications Now Available
Attention all 2Ls and 3Ls:
Applications for the 2012 Haiti Justice Project Trip over spring break are now available in the Experiential Learning Office (Suite 410). Please stop by and pick one up as soon as possible, and remember to sign-up to take International Human Rights Advocacy with Professor Tom Griffin this Spring. Contact Claudia Shank at email@example.com with any questions. Applications are due October 28.
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New Jersey Bar Exam Info Session
What: New Jersey Bar Exam
Who: Sahbra Jacobs, Counsel for the Committee on Character, and Susanne Johnson, Assistant Secretary, Board of Bar Examiners
When: Monday, October 31 from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Where: Law 140
Sahbra Jacobs and Susanne Johnson will discuss the New Jersey bar exam, application process, and character and fitness determination. If you are going to take the NJ bar exam, make sure that you take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the NJ bar exam.
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Academic Skills Fall Workshops for 1Ls
The Academic Skills Program lunch-time workshops are open to all first-year students. The workshops, led by Professors Kraybill and Coleman, focus on the skills needed for academic success in substantive law courses and Legal Methods. Workshops take place on Wednesdays* from 12:15-1:15 in either Law 240 or 440. No registration is required, just bring your lunch and join us. We'll bring snacks!
October 19 | Exam Writing Skills (Practice Exam) | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
October 26 | Exam Writing Skills II (Practice Exam) | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
November 9 | Exam Success Strategies | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
Thursday, November 17* | Self-Editing the First Year Memo | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
*NOTE: The final workshop will be held on Thursday, instead of Wednesday.
The Academic Skills Workshops schedule is available for download at this link.
Fall Dean’s Scholar Session Schedule
Update: Ben Simmon's office hours have changed. An updated list of office hours for Dean’s Scholars has been posted on bulletin boards around the law school and is available for download at http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/101711/Deans-Scholar-Office-Hours.pdf.
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).
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Student Bar Association
Halloween Party! Friday, Oct. 21
Get out your most creative costume and join the Student Bar Association for our annual Halloween Party held at Field House (1150 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107) on October 21, 2011 from 8:00-11:00 p.m. All students will receive 2 drink tickets (good for domestic beer, house wine or wells) and $3 beers, $4 wines, $4 well drinks and $5 call drinks until 11!!! Guests are welcome to attend; however, drink tickets are given to students only. Prizes will also be awarded for the top five costumes!!!
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American Constitution Society
Today, October 17, 2011 at noon in 140
Medical Malpractice in Sidney Lumet Films with Professor Barry Furrow and Professor Peter Hoffman.
Professor Furrow and Professor Hoffman will explore the medical malpractice issues in the Sidney Lumet films "The Verdict" and "Critical Care". Co-Sponsored with the Drexel Health Law Society. Lunch will be served.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at noon in 440
Drexel ACS and Drexel Federalists Lunch Discussion: "Are Movie Distributors Liable to Moviegoers for Misleading Trailers?"
A woman recently decided she wants to file a class action lawsuit against the distributors of the new movie "Drive" for misleading advertising. We will examine the case and figure out if it would get past Summary Judgment on the facts we know about it and discuss if it's a frivolous lawsuit. Lunch will be served.
Thursday October 20, 2011 at 4:00PM in 240
Professor Kent Greenfield will discuss his book "The Myth of Choice"
Reception and Book signing in 2nd Floor Gallery to follow
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
NAPABA Conference Fundraiser | November 1 | Landmark Americana
Fundraiser will raise money to send participating APALSA students to National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference in Atlanta, GA. 25% of the profit from Landmark Americana earned on November 1 will go towards covering travel expenses.
Black Law Students Association
Workshop: "Extra Skills for Research and Writing" | October 24 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 240
This program is for students who need additional help with their writing. Professor Coleman will give detailed instructions on successful writing tips for the first year memo, in addition to her already scheduled weekly academic skills sessions. This is for students who need extra guidance with their work.
Panel Event: "Diversity of Opportunities " | November 7 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Room 140
Come listen to and network with professionals from all different areas of law who practice in the Philadelphia community. The panel will include a judge, scholarly professor, corporate in-house counsel, and civil entrepreneur attorney. This is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of what you may possibly want to do in the legal field. We will have a reception to follow after the event.
Criminal Law Society
Public Interest Week Donation Drive | October 12 – October 26 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 230
Ready for fall cleaning? We will be collecting gently used items- children’s pants and shorts, footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, infant car seats, puzzles and games, baby toys, baby books, sneakers (adult sizes 2-8), baby carriers, pack n’ plays, diaper bags and new socks and underwear. All Donations will be delivered to Cradles to Crayons which benefits children living in low income situations. If you wish to volunteer to help transport the goods, please e-mail email@example.com. Boxes will be located in the elevator lobbies on the second, third, and fourth floors.
Health Law Society
Event: "Medical Malpractice through Sidney Lumet Films" | Today, October 17 | 12:00-2:00 p.m. | Room 240 Co-sponsored by ACS
Guest Speaker: Emily Weber, Associate Counsel at Temple University Hospital | Monday, October 24 | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Followed by reception in 3rd Floor Gallery
Ever wonder what it would be like to go in-house immediately after law school? Hear firsthand from Emily Weber who graduated from Villanova Law in 2006 and immediately went in-house in a hospital in Colorado. Just 5 years after graduating law school, Emily is associate counsel at Temple University Hospital.
Latin American Law Students Association
"Black in Latin America" Series | September 15 - October 20
In celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, September 15, 2011 through October 20, 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, October 20, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., in room 140, as we explore the last episode in the series: Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet
In Mexico and Peru, Henry Louis Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people -- the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States -- brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru. Following the film viewing,Professor Bret Asbury will be facilitating a discussion with students. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Mantua Community Service Initiative
October General Meeting | Today, October 17 | 1:00 -2:00 p.m. | Room 340
Mental Health Law Society
"Criminal Competency: Inside the Mind of Jared Lee Loughner" | October 24 | 12:30 -1:30 p.m. | Room 140
Kirk Heilbrun, Ph.D., will join the Mental Health Law Society for a discussion of issues related to competency to stand trial and the prospect of forced medication to restore competence.
"Mental Health Legislation" | November 7 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 140
Representative Thomas Murt, chair of the Pennsylvania legislature's Mental Health Subcommittee, will join us to discuss the role of legislation in mental health public policy.
Phi Alpha Delta
Community Service Event | October 22
We are proud to announce that the Thomas Mifflin (Drexel) Chapter has been awarded the "Most Improved Chapter" award at the Northeast Regional Conference, and would like to thank all members for their work to make this award possible. We will be holding our first Community Service Event of the 2011-2012 on October 22, 2011. We will be participating in the Greater Philadelphia Cares 2011 Philly Cares event, traveling to a local school to improve the facilities and make a safer environment for the children. All members are required to attend, and we will be providing lunch. Members: Please meet at EMSoL at 9am on 10/22. More details will be provided by Email.
Student Organization Events at Area Universities:
"Banjos At Dawn" | Wednesday, October 19 | 6:00 p.m. | Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art,
2001 North 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Temple Gallery at the Tyler School of Art has invited Drexel's members of American Constitution Society to this free event.
In their first debate in a series called Banjos At Dawn, they are hosting a discussion between two independent journalists, James O'Keefe and Chase Whiteside. Both men have been in the media lately - O'Keefe caused the President of NPR to step down, and had a hand at disrupting Planned Parenthood and dissolving ACORN, and Whiteside is known for his revealing documentary films of Tea Party supporters. Both Mr. O'Keefe and Mr. Whiteside share values of ideological independence for the public services and media outlets their works address. The purpose of this event is to debate the challenges of providing consistent independent journalism within an increasing partisan media. This will be an important, lively, and informative debate between two very passionate voices on opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Registration to this event is encouraged: http://banjosatdawntemple.eventbrite.com/.
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Events on Campus and Around Town
How to Make the Most of Your Legal Career
Drexel ACS Speaker Event: Kent Greenfield
2011 CAA Blood Drive
Penn Law Symposium: "Sentencing Law: Rhetoric and Reality"
Penn Law Review invites EMSoL students to attend the symposium, "Sentencing Law: Rhetoric and Reality,"at Penn Law School on October 28 and 29. A diverse and distinguished group of speakers will join us to discuss prison overcrowding, the expansion of criminal sentencing, the war on drugs, and the future of the sentencing guidelines, among other topics. Our speakers include:
- Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Judge Frederic Block of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Magistrate Judge L. Felipe Restrepo of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Judge Morris Hoffman of the City and County of Denver
- Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia
- Former DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson
- Former FBI Director William Sessions
- Former U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner, currently a professor of practice at Harvard Law School
The symposium will take place in the Levy Conference Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, located at 3400 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. It begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 28, and concludes with a reception at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. To see a schedule of panels or to view speaker biographies, please visit our web site, www.pennumbra.com/symposia. Students can register online for $10. Please note: Meals are included with registration!
Please feel free to e-mail Rachel Levick at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the event.
Happy Hour to Benefit "Mission Kids"
Legal Issues Impacting Latinos
PUENTES, Latino Collaborative of Montgomery County, would like to invite you to the Symposium on
“Legal Issues Impacting Latinos”
November 2, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2506 N. Broad Street
Colmar, PA 18195
We will discuss the unique legal aspects on four mayor areas that constantly impact Latino’s lives: Immigration, Education, Employment and Health.
Space is limited and registration will be taken on a first come first served basis. The registration form is available at http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/101711/Legal-Symposium-Registration.pdf.
If there are any questions, please contact Diana Granados (facilitator, PUENTES Latino Collaborative) at email@example.com.
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Bar Prep Course Providers
Kaplan Bar Review
Kaplan Bar Review offers you a free MPRE Review that you can access anytime at your own convenience. Books can be picked up at the Kaplan Bar Review table. The Kaplan MPRE course includes:
Substantive MPRE Outline
MPRE QBank: Our online MPRE QBank contains over 175 test-like questions with detailed answer explanations. You can use it to create customized quizzes and analyze your progress. It works with you to identify your strengths and weakness.
Question-based review workshops: Each workshop starts with a quiz, followed by a question-by-question review of core concepts and how they are tested.
MPRE practice tests: Test yourself with two 60-question test-like exams.
This free MPRE course can also be a good supplement for your Professional Responsibility class, or in conjunction with other MPRE reviews to compare the different teaching styles of each course.
To enroll, please go to www.kaplanpmbr.com, call 800-523-0777 or stop by the Kaplan Bar Review table.
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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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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.