Announcing Dean’s 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 just about each week. The times will rotate in order to accommodate the variety of student schedules. Please stop by to share an accomplishment or concern, or just to say hello and have a cup of coffee. Hours for the rest of the semester are:
Thursday, 11/17 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, 11/22 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 12/2 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, 12/13 1:30-2:30 p.m.
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Career Strategies Office
Be sure to check out Symplicity Job Postings for recent internship/ externship postings. Earth Justice, the Law Offices of Craig Altman, Gordon & Weinberg and the ACLU Foundation are just a few employers who have posted internships recently. Here is another recent posting:
The Honorable Christopher J. Burke, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, is currently accepting applications for an extern for the Spring 2012 semester. Eligible applicants will be 2L or 3L students with significant academic achievements, a demonstrated writing ability (journal membership preferred, but not required) and strong interpersonal communication skills. Applicants with an interest in litigating in Delaware after graduation from law school will be given preference. The position will require a minimum of 10 hours a week for the duration of the Spring 2012 semester (early January through early May). Ideal candidates will have additional availability, preferably 20 hours a week or more. See Symplicity Job Postings for more details.
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Office of Student Affairs
Non-Traditional Law Students Lunch
Please join Professor Coleman and other law students who are juggling law school, spouses, partners, children, pets, and aging parents for an informal lunch and chat on Nov. 29 at 12:15 p.m. in Room 250.
Please RSVP by Nov. 21 to Nora Olsewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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!
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
PLEASE NOTE: The Fall Dean’s Scholar Program ends on November 30. Dean’s Scholar sessions and office hours will not be held after November 30.
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 email@example.com or stop by her office, Room 418 (on the 4th floor next to Classroom 420).
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American Constitution Society
November 14 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Rm. 140 - Islamic Law
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.
November 15 at Noon in Rm. 140 - Trickle-Down Discrimination: The Effects of the Defense of Marriage Act
Please join us for a presentation on the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") and the effects it has on the LGBT community.
The panel will begin with Drexel's own Professor David Cohen exploring the policy itself and the constitutional claims that have been levied against it. Afterwards, our guest practitioners Tiffany Palmer (Partner at Jerner & Palmer--a law firm representing LGBT individuals and families in PA and NJ) and David Rosenblum (Director at the Mazzoni Center--Philadelphia's only direct service LGBT center) will give us an "on the ground" look at the practical effects of DOMA as it relates to family law and employment law.
Food will be served!
November 16 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Rm. 240 - Drexel ACS, Drexel Federalists, and Drexel Health Law Society Present: "Is the Individual Insurance Mandate in the Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional?"
Professor Randy Barnett and Elizabeth Wydra will debate the Affordable Care Act. Reception to follow.
Both Professor Barnett and Ms. Wydra were quoted in a November 8, 2011 New York Times article on last week's circuit court decision on the bill - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/09/health/policy/appeals-court-upholds-health-care-law.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=randy+barnett&st=cse
The event will be two days after the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case on the bill's constitutionality.
November 16 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Rm. 140 - Environmental Law and Policy Career Panel
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.
November 17 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Room 140 - Progressive Lawyer Panel
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.
November 21 at Noon in Room 240 - "Bart Gets Hit By a Car" Torts and Professional Responsibility Review
Review Torts and Professional Responsibility using as a fact pattern a 1991 episode of "The Simpsons".
Lunch will be served.
November 22 at Noon in Room 140 - Jamin Raskin: "Crisis in the Electoral College: The Pennsylvania Plan, the National Popular Vote, and the Future of American Democracy."
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. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law (where he served as editor of Law Review).
Looking Ahead to the Spring...
"The Scottsboro Boys" - 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 antisemitism, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 21, and include "Scottsboro Boys" in the subject line.
Environmental Law Society
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
The Health Law Society will be selling ceramic to-go coffee mugs, and half-zip sweatshirts. 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 email@example.com
Intellectual Property Society
Adrienne Moss | November 16 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 140 | Lunch Provided (not pizza)
The IP Society Presents:
Adrienne Moss, Independent Senior Legal Counsel for DreamWorks Animation, LLC.
Come listen to Adrienne Moss speak about where her career has taken her and her experiences working with DreamWorks. Lunch will be provided… and its not pizza.
Mantua Community Service Initiative (MCSI)
The final day to place orders for the Earle Mack School of Law leather portfolio is Wednesday, Nov. 16 (from 12-2 p.m.). These will be a necessity for all the 1Ls and 2Ls preparing for interviews, and will only cost $20! Please contact Tom Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Budd, email@example.com, for details and pictures of portfolios.
"The Effects of DOMA" | November 15 | 12:15 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.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Does Federal Law Preempt California's Ban on 'Downer' Cows Used for Meat?
November 16 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 250 | Vegan Lunch will be served.
SALDF will be discussing the NMA v. Harris case currently before SCOTUS and serving a vegan lunch. This case is about a CA law barring the sale, transport, or purchase of sick and disabled “downer” animals who are so weak they are unable to walk. We will be viewing the opening arguments of both parties along with video of "downer" cows.
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Events on Campus and Around Town
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.
House Judiciary Committee Public Hearing on Whether Pennsylvanians Should Change How They Select Appellate Judges
This is a public hearing on a proposed Constitutional amendment that has been introduced in the legislature to establish Merit Selection of appellate judges in Pennsylvania. Merit Selection is a judicial selection system that seeks to ensure that qualified individuals reach the bench without the problematic influence of money on the selection process. A Merit Selection system in Pennsylvania would use an independent, bipartisan citizens nominating commission composed of men and women across the Commonwealth, non-lawyers and lawyers, from diverse occupational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania Perelman Quadrangle
Cafe 58, First Floor, Irvine Auditorium
3401 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Penn Law Symposium: Ongoing Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act: Consumer Protection and Other Goals
Friday, November 18, 2011
Penn Law Levy Conference Center
The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law (JBL) is proud to present the Fall 2011 Symposium, entitled Ongoing Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act: Consumer Protection and Other Goals. Marking almost two years since the Act was initially proposed in the House by Representative Barney Frank, and in the Senate's Banking Committee by Chairman Chris Dodd, our Symposium examines the Act from several major angles, and reviews its implementation to date. Our vision for this Symposium is that it will function as an opportunity for our nation's top thinkers, practitioners and leaders to come together and reflect on our current progress under Dodd-Frank, as well as to focus on the next steps that will be required.
We expect our Symposium to provide an insightful and thoughtful look into what has frequently been described as one of the most sweeping regulatory reforms since the Great Depression, by focusing on three broad themes:
- The Project of Consumer Protection
- The Logic of Regulatory Reform and Statutory Interpretation
- Dodd-Frank and the Home Mortgage Sector
This program has been approved for 6.5 hours of substantive law credit and 0 hours of ethics credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit can be arranged for other jurisdictions as well. CLE credits are free for University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff. CLE credits will cost $25 for public sector attorneys and $10 per credit hour for all others (e.g., $60 for a six hour program).
The registration deadline is today, Nov. 14. To register, please visit http://www.law.upenn.edu/journals/jbl/DoddFrankSymposium/index.html.
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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Earn gift cards for doing legal research!
The holidays are just around the corner. Need a way to pay for holiday gifts? Earn LexisNexis points and cash them in for gift cards or other available items.
Earning opportunities for the month of November include:
15 points per day for legal research
100 points per Think like a Lawyer quiz (1/week during November)
400 points for completion of 1 Spotlight Tutorial
500 points for individual training with a Lexis rep
Get up to 1,950 points during November. That’s equivalent to almost $25 in gift cards!
Questions? Want to schedule a 1-on-1 training? Email Erica at email@example.com.
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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.
2011 Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition - Deadline: December 2, 2011
For details, please visit http://tinyurl.com/62upp6y.
New! Center for Alcohol Policy's National Essay Contest - Deadline: December 19, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/.
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.
New! Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law -
Deadline: January 17, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/plel/LouisJacksonNWC.html.
American Indian Law Writing Competition - Deadline: January 31, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.ailr.net/writecomp.
New! Hazing Awareness Scholarship - Deadline: Several. Check website for details.
Please visit http://www.collegegreekbooks.com/cashaward.html.
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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Who Will Wear the Green?
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.