Convocation - Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Dear Law School Community,
I just wanted to clarify that, despite implications to the contrary in some University-wide communications, the law school is not cancelling any classes on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for University Convocation. While individual professors may cancel class that, or another day, there are no law school-wide class cancellations on October 2, 2012. Missing a class held on that day will count towards a student's absence total for computing ABA attendance requirements.
-Kevin Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students
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How to Make the Most of Your Legal Career
Tuesday, September 25
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. in Room 240
Refreshments will be provided
Investing an hour of your time now
can help prepare you for the rest of your career.
Please join the Pennsylvania Bar Association
and the PBA Young Lawyers Division for "How to Make the Most of
Your Legal Career".
Meet with practicing lawyers to discuss what you can do now to
begin building a smart and effective approach to your law practice:
• Discover the benefits of being involved in the Pennsylvania Bar
Association and the Young Lawyers Division and how you can
begin to get involved through the Law Student Division
• Learn how the PBA and the Young Lawyers Division work with
Pennsylvania law school students to discuss and resolve the
challenges facing young lawyers in Pennsylvania
• Help encourage and promote full and equal participation in the
profession by minorities and women
Contact Professor Clare Coleman
at firstname.lastname@example.org and Assistant Dean Mary McGovern
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Upcoming Academic Skills Workshops
All AS workshops are held from 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. in Room 340 (*except when noted below)
Sept. 27 | Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Memo | Professor Coleman, Writing Specialist
Oct. 4 | No Workshop (LM deadline)
Oct. 11 | Creating a Course Outline
Oct. 18 | Exam Strategies I – practice exam
Oct. 25 | No Workshop (LM deadline)
Nov. 1 | Exam Strategies II – practice exam
Nov. 8 | Exam Success Tips (*Law 240)
Nov. 15 | Revising and Editing the 1L Memo | Professor Coleman, Writing Specialist
Dean's Scholar Sessions and Office Hours
For information on the Dean's Scholar Sessions and office hours, please visit http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/090412/#02.
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Office of Student Affairs
Accommodations for Mid-Term Exams
If you are in a class that is holding a mid-term and you have a disability requiring the use of adaptive technology on exams, your exam will be administered in the Office of Disability Resources. If you have a disability and have not yet sought an Accommodations Verification Letter (AVL) for exams, please contact ODR per the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook. Your signed AVL should be brought to Prof. Coleman as soon as possible so ODR can set up the accommodations. Note that accommodations cannot be guaranteed if the AVL is not delivered at least 5 days in advance of the exam. If you have any questions, see Prof. Coleman in the OSA suite on the 4th floor or email her at email@example.com.
If you have not yet sent a final official undergraduate transcript (one that states your degree was conferred), please have it sent as soon as possible, directed to Theresa Gallo, Suite 450, 3320 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. If you hand-deliver an official transcript, it must be unopened, and sealed in the institution’s original envelope. Failure to provide proof of undergraduate degree conferral may result in a hold on your account, a delay in graduation, and/or problems with bar certification. If you pursued a graduate degree, please make sure we have received a final transcript for that as well.
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.
If you are a continuing (non-first year) student not taking the Drexel Health Insurance Plan, don’t forget to waive out by SEPTEMBER 30; 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 on loans. Questions about the health insurance itself can be directed to the Health and Immunizations Office at 215-895-2507.
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Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
In order to vote on November 6, you must be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Voter ID Law. Your Drexel Dragon Card is in compliance with the law as long as it has a current expiration date. If your Dragon Card does not have an expiration date or if the expiration date has expired, please go to the Dragon Card Office in the Creese Center and they will provide you with a sticker for your Dragon Card at NO CHARGE.
Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
To be acceptable for voting, an ID issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning must include: (1) the voter’s name, (2) a photograph of the voter, (3) the name of the institution, and (4) an expiration date that is current (in other words, the ID cannot have expired on the date the voter is casting his/her vote).
If you have any questions, please contact Dean McGovern.
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Tuesday, September 25 | 8:00 p.m. | Room 301
A friendly reminder to 1Ls to submit your statement for the Honor Code Committee to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday.
PA YLD Elections
Elections for the Pennsylvania Young Lawyers Division Liaision will be held on Wednesday, September 26. Look for an email for details on where to vote!
Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition Team
September 26 | 5:00 p.m.
| Room 230
Our next practice is on Wednesday, September 26 at 5:00pm in Room 230. Please contact email@example.com with questions. All are welcome!
Graduate Lounge Opening Ceremony
September 27 | 4:00-4:30 p.m. | Creese Student Center (Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd streets)
The Graduate Student Association invites all Drexel Graduate Students (law students included!) to the Graduate Student Lounge Opening Ceremony from 4:00-4:30 p.m. at the Creese Student Center, located on Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd streets.
Cocktails for a Cause
September 28 | 4:30-9:00 p.m.
| McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia)
The SBA invites you to our annual fundraising event, “Cocktails for a Cause.” Professors will become guest bartenders for a night and serve students and your guests. All current students and alumni are invited to this event. Proceeds will go to “LIFT”, a local non-profit organization.
This event will take place on September 28, 2012 from 4:30-9:00 p.m.
at McGillin’s Olde Ale House, located at 1310 Drury Street.
On Thursday, October 4, the SBA and Grad Student Association will be hosting a paintball event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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American Constitution Society
PA Voter ID Law Panel
September 27 | 1:00-2:00 p.m. | Room 240 (Lunch will be provided)
Ben Geffen of PILCOP, Niki Ludt of Face to Face PA and Larry Felzer of Senior LAW Center will be speaking about the case to overturn the PA Voter ID Law. Come learn about the law and what it could do to the 2012 Election if it continues to stand! Enjoy free pizza - on ACS!
Health Law Society
Health Law 101
September 27 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 240 (Lunch will be provided)
Professors Furrow and Field will be discussing what Health Law is as a field of practice and what careers are available in that field. They will also discuss the Health Law concentration offered at EMSoL and the opportunity to gain a joint JD/MPH degree. Lunch will be provided.
Labor and Employment Laws and How they Affect Health Care Employees
October 24 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 140
Abbe Flitter from CHOP will talk about her career path and the transition from law firm to in-house counsel at CHOP. She will also discuss her experience with labor and employment law and how it affects health care employees.
National Lawyers Guild
"The Affordable Care Act: What SCOTUS's decision means for Con Law and Low Income Americans"
Today! September 24 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 440 (Lunch will be provided)
A discussion with Professor David Cohen and Kristin Dama from Community Legal Services, about how the recent decision on the Affordable Care Act changes Constitutional jurisprudence and how it's implementation will affect underserved communities in Pennsylvania and across America. This event is co-sponsored by the Health Law Society.
October 1 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 440 (Lunch will be provided)
Drexel National Lawyers Guild is having an organizational meeting. Come to run for/vote on 1L representatives, get involved with our chapter, find about about what is happening with the Philly chapter and help us complete the mentoring program. This all requires 1Ls as well as 2Ls and 3Ls. Plus, FREE LUNCH!
Legal Observing Training
October 8 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 250
To all NLG members and interested parties, October 8th at Noon in Room 250 we will be having LEGAL OBSERVER TRAINING! Philadelphia trial and appellate attorney Joseph Traub and NLG Legal Observing Committee co-chair Tammy Murphy will be running the training. Students MUST attend a legal observing training before they are allowed to collect pro bono hours or attend legal observing opportunities sponsored by NLG.
Students will be trained as Legal Observers to observe and record incidents and the activities of law enforcement in relation to the demonstrators. This includes documenting, for example, any arrest, use of force, intimidating display of force, denial of access to public spaces like parks and sidewalks, and any other behavior on the part of law enforcement that appears to restrict demonstrators’ ability to express their political views. Students sign up to observe as dates of protests and rallies are made public.
Mark your calendars!
Transactional Lawyering Team
September 26 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 420
Brand new team at the Earle Mack School of Law!
Do you see yourself negotiating executive employment contracts, M & A deals, or licensing agreements?
If you think you see yourself as a transactional attorney rather than a litigator, this meeting is for you!
Come join us for the Transactional Lawyering Team’s first meeting ever!
We will discuss the competitions we are competing in this year and how 2Ls and 3Ls can become members of this new and exciting team. For more information contact Eamon at email@example.com.
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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! DISH® “Best in Class” eDiscovery Legal Research and Writing Competition - Deadline: October 12, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.dishnetworkediscovery.com/main.html.
The National Law Review
Fall 2012 Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: October 15, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.natlawreview.com/nlr-writing-competition.
New! The American College of Legal Medicine’s 2013 Loletta M. Orr Post-Doctoral Student Writing Competition- Deadline: January 4, 2013
For details, please visit http://www.aclm.org/resources/swc/pdfs/swcpostdoctoral2013.pdf .
New! The American College of Legal Medicine’s 2013 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics - Deadline: January 4, 2013
For details, please visit http://www.aclm.org/resources/swc/pdfs/swc%202013.pdf .
American Indian Law Review Writing Competition - Deadline:January 31, 2013
For details, please visit http://www.ailr.net/writecomp.
30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition - Deadline: June 7, 2013
For details, please visit http://bit.ly/R2qONl.
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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On and Off-Campus Events
Restorative Justice in Action: Challenges for Philadelphia
Where: Villanova University |
The Connelly Center |
800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA
When: Friday September 28, 2012 |
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For details and to register for the conference, please visit http://www.villanova.edu/rjinaction.
Athletics and Beyond: A Conversation about Title IX
September 28 | 4:00-5:15 p.m. (Reception to follow until 6:15 p.m.)
Drexel University Recreation Center,
3301 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104
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.
For details and to register, visit http://drexel.edu/vision2020/get_involved/title-IX/.
Tribute to INTERPOL's Noble - September 28-29
September 28 & 29 | Time and Location: See details below
The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives will present a gala and scholarship dinner in honor of INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble on Friday, Sept. 28.
The dinner, from 6 to 11 p.m., will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. For more information, visit www.nobletribute.com or call 267-713-2628.
Additionally, a free Greater Philadelphia Community Town Hall meeting "A Conversation with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble" will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine St. This will be an opportunity for the citizens of the greater Philadelphia region to meet and ask Secretary General Noble questions about terrorism, global crime, international identity theft, human trafficking, maritime piracy, theft of intellectual property, narcotics smuggling, etc.
ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas and 6ABC Action News senior reporter Vernon Odom will be the moderators at the event.
Pennsylvania Innocence Project Hosts Pennsylvania Stop of
Prosecutorial Oversight National Dialogue Tour
October 1 | 5:00-7:00 p.m. | Justice Roberts Room - Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP,
120 South Broad Street, 28th Floor
Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
When prosecutors simply make a mistake and fail to provide all the evidence they should to a defendant, innocent people can be convicted. On Monday, October 1, 2012, from 5 - 7 pm, join us for the fourth stop of a national tour to address the issue of prosecutorial oversight in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Connick v. Thompson, granting prosecutors almost complete immunity for their misconduct.
Panelists John Thompson, Pa. Bar Association President Thomas Wilkinson, Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter, and Villanova Law Professor Anne Poulin, representing different aspects of the criminal justice system, will discuss policy solutions for preventing prosecutorial error and making prosecutors and all members of the criminal justice system more accountable.
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations encouraged but not required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date! Drexel-Rutgers Law Intermural 3.8 Mile Run
October 5 | Cooper River Park
Pizza and Beer afterwards at the home of Professor Boss. Details to follow.
Suicide Prevention Walk
October 7 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Check-in Time: 7:30-9:00 a.m. | Philadelphia Art Museum
The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are 3-5 mile walks taking place in over 250 communities across the country this year, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). By walking in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you will be walking with thousands of other walkers nationwide to raise money for AFSP's vital research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and provide support for survivors of suicide loss. In deciding to walk you are taking us a step closer to making suicide prevention a national priority. Click here for details - http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1776.
Building Global Professionalism Symposium
October 12 | Earle Mack School of Law
This symposium will address topics related to globalization and legal education, including ways of integrating comparative perspectives into teaching substantive diverse areas of law and innovative methods of bringing international and comparative approaches into experiential learning and legal methods programs. This symposium is hosted by Drexel Law Review and The Drexel International Law and Human Rights Society. For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/news/events_calendar/International%20Law%20Symposium/.
National Law Students Worker's Rights Conference
Where: The Conference Center of the Maritime Institute | 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Keynote Speaker: Craig Becker, AFL-CIO
Friday Evening Panel: Organized Labor and Worker Issues in the 2012 Election
Patrick J. Szymanski, Change to Win, Moderator
Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times
Karen Ackerman, 2012 Progressive Congress Table
Dorian T. Warren, Columbia University, SIPA
With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will:
- gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers;
- supplement their labor and workers' rights courses; and
- network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.
Registration is open - http://www.peggybrowningfund.org/workers-rights-conference.
Mid-Atlantic Law and Society Association Inaugural Conference
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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Free Quick Reference Outline
Go onto Aspen's Facebook page and "like" it.
You can download a FREE quick course outline for:
- Civil Procedure
- Criminal Law
- Constitutional Law
All you have to do is like the page and press download!
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- Civil Procedure Aspen Treatise by Freer
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- Law in Flash Cards
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Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
If you are planning to sit for the MPRE this November...
Sign up for the MPRE at ncbex.org (National Conference of Bar Examiners). The MPRE costs $70 if you register between now and September 18, 2012. Late registration is between September 19 and October 4; during late registration, the exam costs $140. The MPRE will be held on November 4, 2012.
BARBRI will hold a FREE live review lecture for the MPRE on Friday, October 12. The lecture will be in Room 340 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Students may register for the lecture at the BARBRI table (Tuesdays, 3rd floor) or online. Registration is free, but students must register in advance. The BARBRI review includes the lecture, MPRE review book, MPRE software, practice questions, and practice exams.
Rewarding the Time You Spend on Lexis Advanced with Extra Points
2Ls & 3Ls who research on Lexis Advance™ can earn up to 5,000 LexisNexis® Rewards points each month this fall. Use Lexis Advance for your assignments this fall and you could win up to 5,000 points each month.
- Spend just 20 minutes using Lexis Advance in September, October or November (or all three!)
- You'll receive an email with a Rewards Spin Code within a week of hitting the 20-minute threshold.
- Spin the wheel for a minimum of 100 points - with the chance to win up to 5,000 points! (Everyone who spins, wins.) You'll receive your points as soon as you spin.
Remember that points = rewards!
Only 2L and 3L students will receive an email with a Rewards code and a link to spin the wheel. You may spin the wheel any time after receiving your Rewards code, which will be about a week after reaching the 20-minute research threshold. For more information visit: www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool. If you have any questions, see your friendly Lexis Representative: John Wilson
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One-on-One Lexis Advanced Training for All Students Now Available
Having some trouble finding that perfect case? Wish you could figure out how to weed out those cases or statutes that have nothing to do with your topic? Trying to find a secondary source to understand what is going on in the case you just read?
Lexis Advance is now offering one-on-one training for all students. Each session can earn a student up to 400 points for improving his or her Lexis Advanced knowledge and skill!
To take advantage of this offer, contact your friendly Lexis Representative: John Wilson or contact lexis via the Facebook group.
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: *organizers of meetings/events held at EMSoL , *all others.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - September 24, 2012