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Weekly Newsletter

April 25, 2016

Events

The Unwritten Rules of Real Estate Transactions
Tuesday, May 3
9 - 10 a.m.
Larsson & Scheuritzel Law Firm
West Tower of Center Square, 1500 Market Street, 35th Fl., Philadelphia, PA

When you’re buying, selling, leasing, or financing a real estate asset, you want to get everything right. Just how are you supposed to do that, though, when so many of the details that factor into these transactions hinge on extensive experience in the industry? In this inaugural SACC Business Breakfast Seminar, learn from commercial real estate attorney Dave Larsson about how to approach your next negotiation like an insider with information you won’t find in the guidebooks. Even if you’re not involved in real estate professionally, this will be a fascinating discussion about an area of business that has a profound impact on the economy and our daily lives.

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Decade of Discovery: A Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, May 11
5:30 p.m.
URBN Center Annex, 3401 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA

Shown across the country, the celebrated documentary Decade of Discovery is set at the White House and unfolds the story of a government attorney on a quest to find a better way to search White House email and a teacher who took a stand for civil justice on the electronic frontier.

A distinguished panel immediately following the film will explore the topic further, discussing current headlines such as Secretary Clinton’s emails and the FBI’s case with Apple.

The event is sponsored by Drexel University Libraries, the College of Computing & Informatics, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Kline School of Law, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Beloved Community: Teaching and Practicing Law to Realize MLK's Enduring Vision
June 3-5, 2016
Law Building

The Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law and Politics' Second Annual Conference will be hosted by the Kline School of Law.

The event will provide a forum for legal practitioners, community activists and legal educators who share a desire to realize the late Rev. Martin Luther King's vision for building "the beloved community."

Conference themes will include:

  • Restorative Justice
  • The Black Lives Matter Movement
  • Community Engagement and Community Lawyering
  • Law and Mindfulness

For more information, contact Professor Susan Brooks at 215.571.4784 or susan.brooks@drexel.edu.

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Financial Aid for Summer 2016

Students interested in receiving financial aid for the Summer Semester at the law school should note the following:

  • The tuition charge this summer will be $925 per credit after the law schoolπs 33% discount is applied. The General Fee will be $420.
  • Law Merit Scholarships cannot be applied to summer tuition by students in the 3yr JD program.
  • Students taking at least 4.5 credits or half time enrollment can take out Federal Graduate Plus Loans to cover their expenses. You can start applying for summer loans the second week of April at www.studentloans.gov. The loan is for 2015-16 (Not 2016-17). The loan term is 05/23/2016 - 07/29/2016.
  • Living expenses for 2 months, as well as tuition and fees, are added to a summer studentπs 2015-2016 budget. Loan funds can then be used to cover these costs if needed. Funds will be scheduled to disburse May 16, 2016 with refunds issued by the Bursarπs Office over the following days.
  • There are no additional financial aid applications necessary as long as your FAFSA for 2015-16 is on file with the school.
  • FAAPPs are not used for summer financial aid.

Students in the 2 year JD program have financial aid for summer and will not need to take additional steps. 

Weekly Anonymous Question

Q: Will 3Ls be able to purchase parking for the summer?

A: Graduates who wish to use the parking facilities over the Summer should go to the Parking Office, Room 124, General Services Building (next door) and speak with Phil Torres. 

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Moot Court Tryout Deadline Approaches

Reminder for rising 2Ls, 3Ls, and AJDs that May 15 is the last day to (1) register for the TWEN Course "2016 Moot Court Internal Competition" and (2) request an anonymous ID from Dean McGovern (mkm35@drexel.edu) with your name, school ID, phone number, and preferred e-mail. The problem will be distributed June 4, 2016. If you have any questions prior to then, please direct them to Jessica Reilly (jdr87@drexel.edu). After the problem is released, questions can only be directed to drexelmootcourtboard@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed for YLD Goldilocks Program

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is gearing up for its Annual Law Week and needs volunteers to help with its Goldilocks Program. During this program, second-graders from around the city are invited to City Hall to attend the trials of Goldilocks, Big Bad Wolf and Jack (of beanstalk fame). It is a wonderful way to teach the city's youngest citizens about the justice system. Volunteers are needed to act in these trials, and the YLD hopes that you can volunteer your time. This year, the Goldilocks Program will take place on Friday, May 6 at City Hall from approximately 9 to 11:30 a.m. Please contact Melanie Foreman at mforeman@alumni.law.upenn.edu if you are able to participate.

Graduating Students: What to Know Before You Go

April

April 30 NJ Bar application final deadline (no exceptions!)
April 30 PA Bar late filing application deadline
  • Stop by OSA or CSO to complete a Symplicity transcript opt-in form.
  • Loan Exit Counseling at www.studentloans.gov for Direct Student Loans, www.esci.net for Perkins Loans.

May

May 15 PA Bar 2nd late filing application deadline
May 18 Graduation - The Kimmel Center - 2 p.m. Graduates report at 1 p.m.
May 30 PA Bar final deadline (no exceptions!)
  • Inquire with loan servicer(s) about grace periods; arrange for a forbearance if needed for the bar exam period.

June

June 23 MPRE application deadline for August 13 MPRE
June 30 Late MPRE application deadline for August 13 MPRE

July

July 26 PA Bar Exam (PT)
July 27 PA and NJ Bar Exam (MBE)
July 28 NJ Bar Exam (PT)

September

  • Schedule a loan repayment advising appointment with Mary de Rivera.

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute Provides Free Podcasts

PBI has many resources available to help you get practice ready. PBI is offering law students free access to any non-credit on-demand course or podcast. PBI’s Online Campus includes hundreds of on-demand courses in every practice area. Take any non-credit on-demand course or podcast for free! Use the law student coupon code StComp at checkout.

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Legal Research Center Announcements

A New Face at the LRC Circ Desk

Nola McAloon
photo available on LRC Facebook page

Nola is finishing up her junior year at Drexel, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Engineering Policy Analysis. She is originally from Long Island, New York, but relishes this opportunity to live and study in Philadelphia. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, cooking, and hanging out with her dog, Yoshi. Nola is joining the LRC team as a Senior Circulation Assistant, and she looks forward to helping you at the Circulation Desk!

DVDs at the LRC

DVDs can now we checked out for 72 hours! We have many leisure DVDs (My Cousin Vinny, anyone?) along with more academic films. All related to the law! Take one (or a few) home and enjoy!

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities

CLERKSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS/INTERNSHIPS:

Libertarian Public Interest Litigation Fellowships
Applications reviewed as received

Pacific Legal Foundation’s College of Public Interest Law offers 2-year litigation fellowships to graduates interested in rapidly gaining experience in the litigation of major constitutional cases. The fellowships are open to all graduating individuals of demonstrated high achievement and offer an exceptional opportunity as a stepping stone to private practice, public agency law, an academic career, or a permanent position with Pacific Legal Foundation.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship
Open to Hudson County, N.J. residents only; Applications must be postmarked no later than April 29, 2016

The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded these 44 scholarships.

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Hon. Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: May 1, 2016

The Honorable Nathan C. Staller Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to qualified law students from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties in New Jersey. Letters requesting applications should be addressed to:

THE HONORABLE NATHAN C. STALLER LAW SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, INC.
c/o Dorothy F. McCrosson, Esquire
McCrosson & Stanton,
P.C. 200 Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, New Jersey 08226
Telephone: 609-399-2411
Email: dmccrossonlaw@comcast.net 

The Haneman-Perskie Memorial Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2016

The Vincent S. Haneman - Joseph B. Perskie Scholarship is awarded annually to Atlantic County Law Students who are admitted to an American Bar Association accredited law school. The award is based on academic ability, financial need, leadership potential and character.

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Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: May 6, 2016

The Brandeis Law Society is offering two different scholarships in 2016 that each have an application deadline of May 6, 2016.

  • The Judge Sandra Mazer Moss Scholarship Award is an $2,500 cash prize given to a single parent law student (of any religion or creed) at a Philadelphia area law school who strives for personal achievement, success and excellence in the law.
  • The Judge Abraham J. Gafni Scholarship Award is a $2,500 cash prize given to a second or third year Jewish law student at a Philadelphia area law school who has demonstrated an interest and involvement in Jewish Religion, Law, or Ethics.

Scroll down to the “Foundation Awards” section of this page for details about each scholarship and application information.

Hon. Vincent J. Biunno Scholarship for Law Students with Disabilities
Deadline: May 9, 2016

Current law student with a disability limited to a permanent physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual. Must be a New Jersey resident and have a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to applicants seeking to pursue a career in the field of advocacy for persons with disabilities, as well we to students who can demonstrate financial need.

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Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship
Deadline: May 20, 2016

The Justinian Society was founded in 1935 and serves Philadelphia’s Italian-American attorneys and judges. Richard F. Furia, Esq., Co-founder of The Justinian Foundation, followed in his father, the Honorable Edward W. Furia’s footsteps, both having served as chancellors of The Justinian Society. Before Richard’s death in 2011, he requested that memorial donations be sent to The Justinian Foundation. Richard was very active in the Society and the Orders Sons of Italy in America Commission for Social Justice, fighting against stereotypes that sought to disenfranchise Italian-Americans. To that end, The Justinian Society of Philadelphia invites any law school student in his/her second year to submit a 750 – 1,000 word essay answering: As an attorney, what will you do to fight against stereotyping and defamation of Italian-Americans in particular and people of all races, religions and cultures in general? The scholarship recipient will be invited to The Justinian Society and Foundation luncheon in June, 2015 to accept the $2,500 scholarship payable to the recipient’s law school for his/her third year.

Submission Guidelines: All submissions must be sent to the attention of Justin Moriconi, Esq. either by e-mail or regular mail. They must be between 750 and 1,000 words.

Justin Moriconi, Esquire
C/O Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd.
1818 Market St., Suite 2600
Philadelphia, PA 19107
jmoriconi@smsm.com

Westmoreland Bar Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: June 15, 2016

Kline School of Law students who are residents of Westmoreland County, Pa., are eligible for the following scholarships:

The Wayne R. Donahue Memorial Scholarship, named for Westmoreland Bar Association member Wayne Donahue, will be given to a county resident enrolled in a Pennsylvania law school. This scholarship will be in an amount up to $2,250.

The Donald Laird Hankey Memorial Scholarship, named for Westmoreland Bar Association member Donald Hankey, will be given to a county resident enrolled in any law school. This scholarship will be in an amount up to $2,500.

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The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Application deadline: July 1, 2016; Scholarships will be awarded by Aug. 23, 2016

This annual scholarship goes to a law school student or lawyer in practice for less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award is $5,400. To be eligible, applicants must be Pennsylvania residents enrolled in an accredited law school in the US or licensed Pennsylvania lawyers admitted to practice less than three years. Applicants must perform volunteer service to an animal welfare organization before, during and/or after law school; or engage in scholarship in the field of animal law and animal welfare, including reading, research, writing and clinical work; or perform pro bono legal work in the field of animal welfare.

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WRITING COMPETITIONS:

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2016; Essay Deadline: April 29, 2016

This essay contest, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, encourages law students to think about current issues in family law and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time JD students. Winning entries receive the following: Monetary prize, certificate of recognition, consideration of essay’s publication in Family Law Quarterly and the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding the achievement, and one year complimentary membership to the Section.

Information including the entry form can be downloaded. For questions, contact ABA Section of Family Law Program Assistant Samantha Schooley.

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2016

The best submission on any legal ethics topic will win a $2,500 prize. The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic of the essay in question.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition
Deadline: May 13, 2016

Submissions are now being accepted for the Philadelphia Bar Association's 2016 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition. Law review-quality submissions may be on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. The first place award winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and publication in The Philadelphia Lawyer magazine and on the Association's website. The award will be presented at an Association event.

The competition is open to full-time and part-time law students in their second or third year at one of the following institutions: Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers School of Law - Camden, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus).

Download a complete list of rules here. Please direct additional questions to Thomas H. Chiacchio Jr. at (215) 907-7903 or chiacchio@thclaw.com. Submissions must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Please send submissions to: Attn: Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 or to dpetit@philabar.org. 

IADC 2016 Legal Writing Contest
Deadline: May 20, 2016

All J.D. candidates currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the IADC Legal Writing Contest. Entrants must write on subjects in the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence or other areas of the law of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense, or management of the defense of civil litigation. The contest is judged by a committee of the IADC.

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College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: Midnight June 15, 2016

This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to Dec. 1, 2015. LLM candidates are not eligible. Entries should address aspects of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification or a common law doctrine. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country. Papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Papers must be analytical in nature, not merely a summary of the law. The following prizes may be awarded: First Place: $3,000 and publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law; Second Place: $1,000; Third Place: $500.

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University of Pennsylvania Law Review’s Second Annual Public Interest Essay Competition
Deadline: June 20, 2016

The University of Pennsylvania Law Review is pleased to announce its second annual Public Interest Essay Competition. The Competition is a national writing competition for students' and recent graduates' articles on the topic of social justice and the public interest. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 grant to implement the public interest proposal advocated in the article.

  • Period for submissions: Submissions will be accepted from March 29, 2016 through June 20, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • Eligibility: The competition is open to current students (classes of 2016, 2017, or 2018) and recent graduates (classes of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015) of ABA accredited American law schools.
  • Format: The essay must be an unpublished, original essay 6,000 words or less, including footnotes. It must be accompanied by a grant proposal of 800 words or less.

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Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation 2016 Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 27, 2016

The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce its 2016 Law Student Writing Competition. Through this competition we endeavor to encourage and recognize scholarship in cultural heritage law by recognizing law students for superior papers in the field.

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2016 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize
Deadline: July 1, 2016

Interested authors are asked to submit an original unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. For more information, contact Cindy Dennis at cdennis@innsofcourt.org or 800-233-3590 ext. 104.

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Bruce M. Stargatt Legal Ethics Writing Competition
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2016

In keeping with Bruce Stargatt’s keen interest in legal writing and the ethical practice of law, we invite papers concerning ethical issues in the practice of law. Beyond this general description, the precise issue to be dealt with is in the author’s discretion.

The competition is open to (i) law students (undergraduate or graduate) at, and 2016 graduates of, Delaware Law School, (ii) law students or 2016 law school graduates who graduated from a high school or college in Delaware ,and (iii) law school graduates who have registered for or have taken the 2016 Delaware Bar Examination.

Cash prizes of $2000, $1000 and $500 will be awarded to the top three papers. The first place paper will be published in “Delaware Lawyer” magazine (a publication of the Delaware Bar Foundation, distributed quarterly without charge to all members of the Delaware Bar). The author of the first place paper will be invited to receive his or her prize at the Delaware State Bar Association/Delaware Bar Foundation seminar in Wilmington in October 2016. Prizes will not be awarded if the judges determine that no entry meets the appropriate standards.

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