|2L Cocktails with the Faculty|
All second-year students are invited to a cocktail party with the faculty on Wednesday, November 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the third-floor gallery. No agenda, just drinks and conversation.
A similar event will be held for 1Ls and 3Ls during the spring semester.
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Student Complaints Regarding ABA Accreditation Standards
The ABA recently approved Standard 512 which requires law schools to establish a policy for addressing student complaints about “a significant problem that directly implicates the school’s program of legal education.” Our policy is posted here.
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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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American Constitution Society
Screening of "A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics and the Supreme Court" | November 8 | 12:00 p.m. | Rm. 140
As the Code of Conduct for United States Judges explains, “An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensable to justice in our society.” However, the United States Supreme Court is unique among federal courts in that its Justices are not bound by the Code of Conduct. Increasingly, there has been concern that certain Justices (especially Scalia, Thomas, and Alito) have behaved in overtly political or economically self-serving ways, thereby flouting the normal expectations on which our system of justice rests. Please join us for a viewing of the short film, "A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics and the Supreme Court" and a discussion about the proper role of the Unites States Supreme Court, and possible action that may be taken to rein in perceived conflicts.
A video of Professor Chapin Cimino discussing the film can be viewed at this link - http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/faculty/FacultyProfiles/Faculty%20News/cimino/cimino-alj-103111/
Hon. Carolyn Temin, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas | November 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Room 140
ACS, 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.
Islamic Law | November 14 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Room 140
Professor Haider Al Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and attorney Erich Ferrari will discuss how Islamic religious or sharia law affected the development of constitutional and legal systems in Iraq and Iran, and how Islamic law generally comports to international legal norms. The event is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Middle Eastern Law Students Association and the International Law and Human Rights Society.
Panel on Defense of Marriage Act | November 15 | Noon | Location TBA
With Professor Cohen, Tiffany Palmer (an LGBT-centered family law/estates practitioner) and David Rosenblum (head of the Mazzoni Center).
"Is the Individual Insurance Mandate in the Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional?" | November 16 | 4:00-5:30 | Room 240 | Reception to follow
Co-sponsored by Drexel ACS, Drexel Federalists, and Drexel Health Law Society
Professor Randy Barnett and Elizabeth Wydra will debate the Affordable Care Act. 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 and wrote a Contracts textbook used in past EMSOL Contracts classes.
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.
Environmental Law and Policy Career Panel | November 16 | 5:00-6:30 p.m. | Room 140
Practitioners from public, private, and government sectors will discuss the many aspects of environmental law. A reception will follow the discussion. The event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Society and the American Constitution Society.
Progressive Lawyer Panel | November 17 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Room 140
A panel of Philadelphia attorneys will discuss how they maintain their principled politics while practicing law. The event is co-sponsored by the Drexel National Lawyers Guild and the American Constitution Society.
“Crisis in the Electoral College: The Pennsylvania Plan, the National Popular Vote, and the Future of American Democracy." | November 22 in Room 140 | Noon | Food (not pizza) will be served.
Jamin B. Raskin is currently a Senior Research Scholar in Law and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He is a Professor of Constitutional Law at American University’s Washington College of Law and Director of its Program on Law and Government. Professor Raskin is the founder of the acclaimed Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. He has also served as a Maryland State Senator since 2007, in which capacity Raskin sponsored the National Popular Vote Bill, legislation ensuring that the winner of future presidential elections will also be the winner of the popular vote. While Raskin's Maryland was the first state to pass the National Popular Vote Bill, numerous other states (not yet including Pennsylvania) have followed suit, providing approximately half the electoral votes required for its implementation. He has written dozens of essays and law review articles and several books, including the 2003 Washington Post bestseller, Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People.
Looking Ahead to the Spring...
Join ACS, the BLSA, and JLSA for a weekend matinee performance of "The Scottsboro Boys", a musical production of the saga of the Scottsboro Boys trial with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb (writers of "Chicago", "Cabaret", and the song "New York, New York"). The saga of the Scottsboro Boys, a group of young black men falsely accused of rape in 1930's Alabama, is a fascinating and horrifying story of race and justice in the United States, and also involves issues of anti-Semitism, the right of a jury trial, and the use of the death penalty.
The show will open on January 20, 2012 and close February 19, 2012. The ACS, BLSA, and JLSA will be negotiating a group rate discount, and the exact date of the performance will be announced when a tally of interested students is completed.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by Monday, November 21, and include "Scottsboro Boys" in the subject line.
Black Law Students Association
Panel Event: "Diversity of Opportunities" | Today!, 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.
"Operation Salute" | November 10 | 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Paddywhacks Pub, 2nd & South Street
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for UNLIMITED Well Drinks and Appetizers all night. BLSA will be selling tickets from November 2 to November 9 at 12pm-1pm in the first floor lobby. All proceeds will be going to the Veterans Affairs Homeless Shelters in Philadelphia. Also, other law students in the area will be attending.
Environmental Law Society
Please note: The event with Secretary Mike Krancer on November 8th has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
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.
Environmental Law & Policy Career Panel | November 16 | 5:00 pm | Room 140
(Reception will follow in the 3rd floor gallery)
Panelists from the public, private, and government sectors will discuss possible careers, and job prospects, in the fields environmental law and policy.
· Prof. Alex Geisinger- Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law;
· Charles B. Howland - Sr. Asst. Reg. Counsel U.S. EPA Region III
· Diana Silva - Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP (Drexel EMSoL Alumna, Class of 2011).
Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society. The flyer for this event can be viewed at this link.
Health Law Society
John Washlick of Cozen O'Connor | Today!, November 7 | 5:00 p.m. | 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.
The Health Law Society will be selling EMSoL portfolios (essential for interviews!), ceramic to-go coffee mugs, and half-zip sweatshirts. The portfolios will be $20, the to-go mugs will be $12, and the sweatshirts will be $28. If enough people order, the price will go down and we will refund some of your money. You will need to pre-pay in cash when you order (don't worry, you will get a receipt!) and then the items will be delivered before winter break. We will have samples of the items for you to see when we table over the next few weeks. Any profits will be donated to help needy families have a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
International Law Society
Judge Carolyn Engel Temin | November 9 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Room 140
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)
Progressive Student Group Happy Hour | November 10 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Mikey's American Grill & Sports Bar (3180 Chestnut Street)
The Mantua Community Service Initiative along with the ACS, Outlaw, and other progressive student groups are hosting a happy hour at Mikey's from 5-7 P.M. There will be free food, and everyone will receive two free drink tickets for wine, well liquors, domestic drafts and PBR pounders. Also, an Amazon Kindle "Fire" and $100 to Themis Bar Review will be raffled off! The happy hour is a fundraiser to support Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, a group that repairs the homes of low income Philadelphia residents for free.
Beginning next week, the Mantua Community Service Initiative will be taking pre-orders for custom Earle Mack School of Law leather portfolios. These will be a necessity for all the 1Ls and 2Ls preparing for interviews, and will only cost $20! Please contact Tom Kelly, email@example.com or Steve Budd, firstname.lastname@example.org, for details and pictures of portfolios.
Mental Health Law Society
"Mental Health Legislation" | Today!, 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.
General Meeting | Today!, November 7 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 230
Plans for Spring Semester will be discussed. Lunch Provided.
'The Effects of DOMA" | November 15 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 140
OUTLaw presents, "The Effects of DOMA", a panel of lawyers discussing the effects that DOMA has on family law, employment law, and other areas of law.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Updated! First General Interest Meeting | November 8 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 240
For details, contact Kelly Hartnet (email@example.com).
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Kline's Trial as Theatre presents: "Bob Dylan - Music, Lyrics, and Law"
We are pleased to announce a one-of-a-kind CLE titled “Tom Kline’s Trial as Theatre presents: Bob Dylan -- Music, Lyrics and Law” to be held 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11 at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. This program is worth 3 substantive CLE Credits.
The program, starring Tom Kline, a nationally prominent trial lawyer and Zac Kline, a nationally produced playwright, will also feature live music by acclaimed singer/songwriter Howard Fishman and his band and a guest appearance and book signing by Seth Rogovoy, author of “Bob Dylan: Music-Mystic-Poet” (Simon & Schuster, 2009). All participants will be provided with a copy of Howard Fishman's CD, The Basement Tapes, a collection of Bob Dylan songs.
Mr. Kline has extended an invitation to all of our students to attend as his guest FREE OF CHARGE. If you would like to attend this extraordinary program, please contact Dean McGovern at email@example.com as soon as possible as she must send our list of guests to Mr. Kline not later than November 9th. Do not register on-line as indicated in the attached flyer. We hope you are able to take advantage of this opportunity.
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.
Legal Clinic for the Disabled's 1st Annual Casino Night Fundraiser
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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Attend the webcast, Using Social Media to Aid Your Job Search, at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 10 and learn from a panel of experts how to use social media to create your "social brand" in the legal profession and promote yourself to potential employers. 200 LexisNexis points!
Register at http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/content.aspx?articleid=808&topicid=11
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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! 2011 Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition - Deadline: December 2, 2011
For details, please visit http://tinyurl.com/62upp6y.
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.