Former Governor Ed Rendell To Visit EMSoL
On behalf of the Drexel chapter of the American Constitution Society, we are delighted to invite the entire Earle Mack community to an event featuring former Governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell.
Governor Rendell will be speaking at the Earle Mack School of Law on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 140.
Mr. Rendell will be discussing his career as a Philadelphia lawyer and politician and the role that future lawyers will play in shaping Philadelphia's future. He will also take your questions.
Ed Rendell has dedicated his life to public service and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 1968 from Villanova University School of Law, Rendell served as an officer in the Army reserve during the Vietnam era. After his military career, he successfully ran for Philadelphia District Attorney.
In 1992, Rendell won the election for what would be two accomplished terms as Mayor of Philadelphia. Turning budget deficits into consecutive surpluses, lowering the wage tax, and providing better services to neighborhoods, he is widely credited with putting the city on the rebound. In 2003, he was elected Governor of Pennsylvania, a post he held until 2011. As the chief executive of the Commonwealth, he grappled with the legislature on complex, controversial issues such as gun control, property taxes, and gambling amidst a changing country and economy.
After leaving office, Rendell has been practicing law with the firm of Ballard Spahr, analyzing politics on MSNBC, and serving as a post-game Eagles commentator with Comcast Sportsnet.
Today’s discussion will be a valuable opportunity for the Earle Mack community to better understand how the law can be used to change a city from the unique perspective of Governor Rendell.
We hope that you can attend this very special event.
Your Drexel ACS Board
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Nan Lassen and Labor Law, Inc. Unfair!
Support your fellow law workers and Labor Law United in their bid to unionize Labor Law, Inc.
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Office of Student Affairs
American Bar Association Facebook Sweepstakes
Enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 in the ABA Facebook Sweepstakes at www.facebook.com/abaforlawstudents. The American Bar Association will put a dime in the grand prize jackpot for every law student attending an ABA-accredited school who Likes ABA for Law Students on Facebook and submits an entry form.
You will also have a chance to win these weekly prizes:
Two $1,250 travel packages from Hertz, drawing is Oct. 24!
Six $500 gift certificates for bar review courses from BARBRI, drawing is Oct. 31!
The sweepstakes ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Oct. 31, 2011.
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Career Strategies Office
UPCOMING 1L REQUIRED PROGRAMMING
Tuesday, November 1 - 10:30 to 11:30
Introduction to Career Strategies Office and to 1L Summer Job Opportunities and Resources
Wednesday, November 2 - 12:15 to 1:15
Introduction to Writing an Effective Law Resume
Thursday, November 3 - 3:45 to 4:45
Hands-On Introduction to Symplicity (optional, but highly recommended)
Friday, November 4 - 10:30 - 11:30
Writing an Effective Job Search Cover Letter
Location - You will be in a session with your section. If your class immediately preceding the start of the career session is outside the law school building, your schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, November 1 - Room 440
Wednesday, November 2 - Room 340
Friday, November 4 - Room 340
Thursday, November 3 - Symplicity session will be in Room 240 (and 440, if needed).
Those of you in the law school building just before the sessions will have the following schedule:
Tuesday - Room 240
Wednesday - Room 240
Friday - Room 240
Thursday, November 3 - Symplicity session will be in Room 240 (and 440, if needed).
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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: Today, 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!
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
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
The Student Bar Association would like to thank everyone who came out to Field House and made the Halloween Party a tremendous success!
Congratulations to the following costume contest winners:
First Place: Kimberly Schultz, Thomas Derbesy, Tom Kelly, Adam Murphy, and Steve Budd as TOY STORY!
Second Place: Erin Train and Mauricio Cuellar as LUCY & RICKY FROM I LOVE LUCY!
Third Place: Clio Dobyns as RUFIO!
Fourth Place: Haley Jeffords as BLACK SWAN!
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American Constitution Society
Governor Rendell on Law, Politics & Philadelphia | November 2, 2011 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Room 140
Former Governor of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, will be speaking to EMSoL students and taking your questions!
Drexel ACS, Drexel Federalists, and Drexel Health Law Society Present:
"Is the Individual Insurance Mandate in the Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional?" | November 16 | 4:00-5:30 p.m. | Room 240
Professor Randy Barnett and Elizabeth Wydra will debate the Affordable Care Act. Reception to follow.
Professor Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. He has also taught torts, criminal law, cyberlaw, evidence, agency and partnership, and jurisprudence. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Wydra is Chief Counsel of the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), a think tank, law firm, and action center dedicated to showing how the text and history of the Constitution support progressive outcomes. She frequently participates in Supreme Court litigation and has argued several important cases in the federal courts of appeals, and also writes for the Huffington Post.
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. Please ask the hostess for the APALSA fundraising form or print your own here: http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/APALSAform.pdf.
Black Law Students Association
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.
Connell McNulty | November 2 | 12:00 p.m. | Room TBA*
The Drexel Brehons invite you to join us for our Brown Bag Lunch series. On the first Wednesday of each month, the Drexel Brehons will host a brown bag lunch in which a practicing lawyer from the Philadelphia Brehons will speak about his practice area and career path. This is a great opportunity to learn more about different areas of the law and network! This month’s speaker is Connell McNulty, an associate at Conrad O'Brien. His practice areas include litigation in business & insurance, employment and intellectual property as well as products and professional liability. *For location info, email Rachel King at email@example.com.
Environmental Law Society
Secretary Mike Krancer | November 8 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 140 | Reception to Follow in 3rd Fl. 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.
Hot Topics Lunch Series presents "The Story of Stuff" | November 14 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 301
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute film short animated documentary about the lifecycle of material goods. The documentary examines the intersection between consumerism and sustainability.
With over 12 million on-line views, The Story of Stuff is one of the most widely viewed environmental-themed short films of all time. Since its release in December 2007, The Story of Stuff has been shown in thousands of schools, houses of worship, community events and businesses around the world. Join us for lunch and a group discussion about the movie and the role of “stuff” in our lives and our law school.
Health Law Society
John Washlick of Cozen O'Connor | November 7 | Room 140 | Reception to Follow in 3rd Fl. Gallery
John Washlick was recently chosen to lead the Health Law Practice Group at Cozen O'Connor. He counsels a variety of health law clients, both as general counsel for large routine clients, as well as outside counsel for special circumstances. If you want to know exactly what practicing Health Law is all about, come hear from John Washlick. Reception to follow.
International Law Society
Judge Carolyn Engel Temin | November 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Room TBA
The International Law Society and the Criminal Law Society invite you to join Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Temin for a discussion of both domestic and international criminal procedure and international criminal adjudication. Specifically, Judge Temin will discuss her appointment as an International Judge on the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. The court tries cases involving organized crime and public corruption and war crimes cases, including those which are to be transferred from The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Judge Temin will also discuss her role in the development of drug related rule of criminal procedure in Central America. Lunch will be served.
Mantua Community Service Initiative (MCSI)
General Meeting | November 1 | 3:40 p.m. | Room 440
Join us for doughnuts and coffee as we discuss our recent and upcoming Community Service, plans for a multi-group Social Event, and a future Fundraiser!
Mental Health Law Society
"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
Harvest for the Homeless: Non-perishable Goods and Clothing Drive | October 24-November 4 | 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Fl. Elevator Lobbies
Donations may be placed in the boxes located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors by the elevators.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
First General Interest Meeting
Date, Time, Location one we figure it out. For questions, contact Kelly Hartnet (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Events on Campus and Around Town
Election Day Employment Opportunity
Paid opportunity to work election day for Al Schmidt candidate for Philadelphia City Commissioner. The commissioners are in charge of the elections in Philadelphia. From placing the voting machines in the 1600 plus divisions to post election legal challenges, the commissioners play an integral part of the electoral process in Philadelphia. If you would like to volunteer on the campaign and/or work on election day, please contact Steven Boc at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Speed Mentoring Event and Cocktail Reception
WHEN: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
WHERE: White and Williams, LLP, One Liberty Place, 18th Floor 1650 Market St.
TIME: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Mentoring program begins promptly at 5:45 p.m.)
Modeled on speed dating, speed mentoring is a low-stress, fun way to make connections with diverse attorneys, practicing in a variety of areas and settings. Over the course of the evening, law students and recent law school graduates will have the opportunity to meet with mentors for one-on-one, 10 minute conversations, in which they can ask for career advice, have their resumes reviewed, receive interview advice, and learn more about a mentor’s field of practice or background. Please bring your resume if you would like it reviewed by a mentor.
All participants must register in advance. Please RSVP or direct questions to Lorena E. Ahumada at LAhumada@kleinbard.com or at 267-443-4111.
Barristers' Association of Philadelphia's Annual Thanksgiving Drive
The Barristers' Association of Philadelphia is proud to sponsor its Twenty-Seventh Annual Thanksgiving Drive. This year, the Thanksgiving Drive will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2011.
Annually, we contact area churches for the names of families that need our support during Thanksgiving. We also personally identify local families in need of our support. Once the families are notified, Barristers' members distribute "turkey baskets" at the Cozen Police Athletic League, located at 732 N. 17th Street (17th and Brown), the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving "baskets" contain turkeys, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, and more.
Last year, we provided Thanksgiving "turkey baskets" to more than 400 families in the Philadelphia area. With the economic downturn continuing to affect families in our area this holiday season, we plan to continue our efforts and meet the needs of families within our community. We hope to distribute more "turkey baskets" this year. To meet this year's goal of 500 families we are in need of your help. We would greatly appreciate a donation of $40.00 payable to the "Barristers' Association of Philadelphia" by November 11, 2011 to help cover the cost of the drive. While we are hoping that each Barrister can donate $40.00, we will gladly accept donations of any kind.
Donations may be sent to:
2011 Barristers' Thanksgiving Drive c/o Scott W. Reid, Esquire
1900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
We are also looking for volunteers to help distribute the baskets during the Thanksgiving Drive. If you would like to help distribute baskets or help in any other way, please Amber Racine at (215) 790-4564 or at email@example.com. Lastly, if you think your firm or organization would be open to making a corporate donation, please contact Amber so that a formal request can be forwarded.
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Bar Prep Course Providers
Professor Richard Freer from Emory University School of Law will present a lecture Today, October 31, 2011 from 1:15-1:50 p.m. in Room 340 for first year students on "How to Succeed in Law School."
He will work through a typical civil procedure final exam question and give tips on taking exams. All students who attend the lecture will receive a free book on How to Write Essay Exams. Pizza will be served. Check in begins at 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor outside of the law school elevators. This lecture is provided by BARBRI Bar Review.
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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
2012 ACCFSL Writing Competition - Deadline: December 1, 2011
For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/091911/2012ACCFSLComp.pdf.
New! National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Diversity Task Force Student Essay Competition
Deadline: December 31, 2011
Topic: “Tough on Crime” vs. “Smart on Crime”: What's the Difference?
For details, please visit www.nacdl.org/essaycompetition.
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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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 (abridgett at drexel.edu) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for the following Monday issue.