Attention All Aspiring Transactional Lawyers at Drexel
Again this year, Drexel Law will be hosting two LawMeets®. This year’s IP LawMeet® will take place on November 8 & 9, 2012. http://ipmeet.lawmeets.com/ The 4th Annual Transactional LawMeet® will be held in the Spring, with regional rounds taking place in six cities around the country. http://transactionalmeet.lawmeets.com/
Drexel will send at least one (and maybe two) teams to the IP LawMeet®. This year’s problem involves the drafting and negotiation of a cross-license of technology in the “mass energy storage” industry. The problem will be published on September 15th. The team may consist of up to three students. The Drexel team will be coached by a senior IP practitioner. Participants may receive up to 2 credits for their participation. To be considered for the team (or if you have any questions), please send an email with an explanation of your interest and qualifications to Professor Okamoto at email@example.com. While first-year students are eligible to try out, it is not recommended. Applications by pre-formed teams are welcome and encouraged. Selections will be made by September 4.
The problem for the Transactional LawMeet® will be published on December 15. More information on the team selection process will be announced later in the semester.
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Office of Student Affairs
Important Policy Change!
For your own security, we will be more strictly enforcing the use of your Drexel email in any communication about your records. Examples are registration changes, transcript requests, and information about your grades. We ask that you initiate contact from your Drexel email, and all replies will be sent to your Drexel email.
FERPA (Records Release/Privacy)
The Law School has created a general release (Law School FERPA Release) that authorizes professors to share record information (gpa, class grade, etc.) in recommendations to potential employers the student has identified. Signed forms should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs. If you have any questions about the form, please feel free to contact Dean Oates or Prof. Coleman.
DO NOT take lockers you haven’t been assigned to. New students received locker cards with a number – if you no longer have the card, please see OSA for your locker number. Continuing students must request a new locker in the Fall through OSA. We will cut the lock if a student reports the locker we have assigned to them has been taken by another student.
Summer Courses (outside EMSOL)
If you took any credits over the Summer that you are seeking to have transferred, be sure to have official transcripts sent to OSA, to the attention of Theresa Gallo.
If you’ve changed your name, make sure to let us know. You will still need to change your name officially with the University by bringing the appropriate documentation to the Student Resource Center, on the 2nd floor of Drexel’s Main Building.
Students who intend to graduate in December should apply for their degree through DrexelOne by Friday, September 14. Go to the Student Records section, click “More Bannerweb Student Records,” and then “Apply for Your Degree.”
If you are not taking the Drexel Health Insurance Plan, don’t forget to waive out by AUGUST 30th (for new students) / SEPTEMBER 30th (for continuing students); otherwise you will be automatically enrolled and incur charges. Additional student loans are available to cover health insurance costs. See Mary de Rivera, the law school financial aid advisor for details. (Please note an error in the Welcome Back email that misstated the deadline for continuing students.)
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Legal Research Center
Position Announcement: 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 2012 and continue through the end of the Spring Semester 2013.
The Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow, under the direction of the Research & Instructional Services librarians, 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit applications is Sunday, 9/9/2012.
New Faces at the LRC Circ Desk
Allison De Weerd
Allison is from San Diego, California, and got her undergrad degree in Art History from the University of California San Diego. At Drexel, she is working on dual Master’s degrees in Library Science and Information Systems. In her free time, she likes hiking and reading -- especially fantasy novels and comic books -- and also likes to watch bad sci-fi and cook for friends.
Gail grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and has a BA in History from Moravian College. She is enrolled in the Master’s program for Library and Information Science at Drexel. In her spare time, she is an avid distance runner and is currently training for the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November.
Allison and Gail both look forward to helping you at the Circulation Desk!
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Student Organization Fair - August 30!
All students are invited to join the SBA and all SBA affiliated clubs on Thursday, August 30, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Gallery. Student Orgs are a great way to get involved in the school community and to become acquainted with the legal community in Philadelphia!! Contact Dean McGovern at email@example.com for details!
American Constitution Society
Speaker Event: Brian Sims, "Activisim, Advocacy, and Allies: from Policy to Politico"
Wednesday, August 29 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 140 | Food from Hummus will be provided
Brian Sims is the Democratic nominee for Philadelphia’s 182nd District. Running unopposed, he is poised to become the state’s first openly LGBT state legislator when he is sworn in this coming January. This event is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and OUTLaw.
National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild is a progressive organization dedicated to the need for basic economic and political change. Founded in 1937, the National Lawyers Guild was the nation’s first racially-integrated bar association at a time when the ABA was not. During its history, the NLG has been an important part of the struggle for democracy, for economic and social justice, and against oppression and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, immigration status, class, gender or sexual orientation. Read more at: http://www.nlg.org/about/history/
The Drexel chapter of the NLG invites you to visit our table at the Student Organizations Fair on Thursday, August 30.
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Pro Bono Service Requirement
Welcome back 2Ls and 3Ls! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. As you begin the Fall Semester, keep in mind that it is time to start working towards satisfying the 50-hour Pro Bono Service Requirement.
The Pro Bono section of the Drexel Law website has now been updated. You can find the Pro Bono section under the “Academics” pull-down menu (http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/academics/pro-bono/). The Pro Bono Service Handbook, explaining the policy, guidelines, procedures, and responsibilities for the Requirement is available to download, as well as the forms you will need to fill out to register for a project, keep track of the time you volunteer, and receive credit for the work you have done.
An updated list of the 17 Pro Bono Opportunities that are available for recruitment this Fall is available here. Training for these projects will take place during the first few weeks of the Fall Semester. If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please be sure to submit your resume and rank your choices in order of preference no later than the registration deadline of Wednesday, August 29 at 12:00 p.m.
For more information on the projects described below, or the Pro Bono Requirement, in general, please be in touch. I’m excited to work with all of you to find a rewarding and meaningful pro bono experience.
Karen Pearlman Raab, Esquire
Director for Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs
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Career Strategies Announcements
- 23rd Annual Public Interest Reception in New York, August 29, 6:00-8:30 p.m. (email Rashida West to RSVP)
- Beyond OCI – Finding Summer Jobs, September 10, 12:10 p.m. RSVP in Symplicity.
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- Law Clerk, Court of Common Pleas, Wayne County, PA.
- Judicial Intern/Extern for Fall 2012 with Senior Judge James J. Fitzgerald, III (PA).
- Intern, Getson & Schatz, P.C. (Immigration Law), Center City, Philadelphia.
(Apply through Symplicity)
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
2012 Women’s Rights Committee Legal Writing Competition - Deadline: October 5, 2012
For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/061112/PBA-Womens-Rights-Writing-Comp.pdf
New! American Indian Law Review Writing Competition - Deadline:January 31, 2013
For details, please visit http://www.ailr.net/writecomp
2012 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award - Deadline: September 4, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.law.uh.edu/financialaid/gaming%20law.pdf.
2012 James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Program - Deadline: December 3, 2012
For details, please visit http://pabarfoundation.org/Programs%20and%20Awards/James%20W.aspx
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Discounts on Textbooks and Study Aids
Wolters Kluwer (Aspen) Publishers is creating a website where you can purchase your books directly at a 22% discount. This will apply to books where either Aspen or Wolters-Kluwer is listed as the publisher on the booklist. The discount site is www.aspenlaw.com/drexel.
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Events on Campus and Around Town
The Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law - September 10
Get ready for today’s global labor market! Whether you study politics, religion, warfare, business, economics or law, you need to grow into that global orientation. You are invited to a unique event on September 10, when experts will discuss the impact and effects of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Come hear how the ICC will influence how we will do business in the global markets, how we practice law, and how we need to abide by international rules of justice. The event will be held from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the Montgomery Auditorium of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street. Details are available here.
Phila. Inspector General Amy Kurland, "Combating Fraud in Philadelphia" - September 13
Program: "Combating Fraud in Philadelphia"
Date: Thursday September 13, 2012
Time: 6PM - 7:30PM / hors d'oeuvres followed by program
Place: Saul Ewing, Centre Square West, 1500 Market Street, 38th floor
Please join us for an evening with Philadelphia Inspector General Amy Kurland, who will be speaking about the City Office of the Inspector General, which is responsible for rooting out corruption, fraud and misconduct by city employees and those doing business with the city. Recent high-profile cases investigated by the office will be discussed along with useful insights for Philadelphians in dealing with city government fraud-related issues.
Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served alongside opportunities to network and socialize with Philadelphia’s established and emerging leaders and direct questions to Inspector General Kurland.
Athletics and Beyond: A Conversation about Title IX - September 28
Title IX, part of 1972 federal legislation that bans sex discrimination at educational institutions, has opened opportunities for millions of women and girls to participate in sports. But its application is far broader than athletics, providing equal access to educational opportunities for male and female students and prohibiting sexual misconduct on campuses.
Students, college administrators, and advocates are invited to this wide-ranging discussion.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Drexel University Recreation Center
3301 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Reception to follow until 6:15 PM
For details and to register, visit http://drexel.edu/vision2020/get_involved/title-IX/.
Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association Inaugural Conference - October 19-20
The Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association will host its Inaugural Conference at the Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA, on October 19-20, 2012. Please make plans to attend and encourage others to join us! Theme: Law, Society, and the Social Good.
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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. Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter are due by Wednesday at noon for the following Monday issue. To submit a notice for publication in the Weekly Newsletter, please follow the appropriate link: EMSoL student org leaders, all others.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - August 27, 2012