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Weekly Newsletter

Sept. 2, 2014

Connect with Drexel Through Social Media

Welcome new and returning students!  Because Drexel Law is such a busy place, social media are useful tools for keeping tabs on the student, faculty and alumni community.  If you haven’t already begun following Drexel Law through social media, please consider the following options:

  • Facebook: the main Drexel Law page is a great way to track what classmates, professors and alumni are up to.  The Drexel Law “Class of” groups are a resource for finding roommates, used textbooks, etc.
  • Twitter: the Drexel Law feed focuses on faculty appearances in the news media and at conferences, upcoming events and newsworthy student and alumni accomplishments.
  • LinkedIn: the Drexel Law group is open to all students and alumni, making it an easy way to build your professional network.  Notices of immediate job openings will sometimes appear there.
  • YouTube: View all of our Drexel Law videos on Drexel University's YouTube page.

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Upcoming event: Beyond Reproach: Becoming an Expert on Expert Witnesses /Drexel Law Review Symposium

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

The role of the expert witness in the courtroom is as complex, controversial and ever-changing as the rules of evidence. Advances in scientific knowledge and emerging codes of ethics for diverse professionals dramatically affect legal strategy and alter relationships between attorneys and witnesses.

Preeminent legal professionals, evidence scholars and jurists will offer divergent perspectives at this symposium, organized by the Drexel Law Review.

7 CLE credits will be available, including 2 ethics credits, for practicing attorneys. 


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Dean Dennis takes the ice bucket challenge

Dean Roger Dennis will rise to the ice bucket challenge in order to fight ALS at 4 pm Sept. 3 in front of the law school.

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2014-2015 Trial Team

On behalf of the Trial Team coaches, Professor Stern is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Drexel Law Trial Team. The talent of this year’s applicants was superb, so it was very difficult to narrow the selection down to 12 students. Please join me and congratulate them when you see them.

Elia Robertson

Zachary Wynkoop

Mike Taylor

Tony Alvarez

Hannah Molitoris

Ben McCready

Eric Liszewski

Andrew Austin

Kelsey Ashworth

Katrina Mavroudis

Jenna Farr

Tyler Hartraft

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2014-2015 Moot Court Board

The Moot Court Board would like to announce the following new members, selected after brief submissions and several rounds of oral arguments that culminated in a final oral argument before the Honorable Jeffrey Minehart, of PA Court of Common Pleas, the Honorable Charles J. Cunningham III, of the PA Court of Common Pleas, and Dean Roger Dennis.

The two finalists at that competition were Kate Mahoney and Jessica Salmasi.

Winner of the final argument: Kate Mahoney

Best Brief for Petitioner: Kelsey Ashworth

Best Brief for Respondent: Max Goldberg

Best Overall Advocate: Alisha Lubin

Welcome to these new Moot Court Board members!

Tony Alvarez

Kelsey Ashworth

Andrew Bull

Max Goldberg

Caitlin Harley

Emily Hart

Kira Kawakami

Kelsey Knish

Alisha Lubin

Grainne Lynn

Kate Mahoney

Casey McCurdy

Hannah Molitoris

Jessica Salmasi

Jasmine Smith

Jon Thielen

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Student Organization Announcements

SBA 1L Representative Election Information
Hello First Year Law Students – Get Excited! It’s your chance to represent your fellow classmates and contribute to the changes here at Drexel Law by running for a Class Representative position on the Student Bar Association.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • What: Election Packets
  • Where: SBA Door located on the West side of the 2nd Floor Gallery (in the hanging folders)
  • When: Available Monday 9/8 by 10:30am

Those planning to run for SBA need to send an intent to run email to no later than 5pm Friday 9/12, the same time that election packets will be due.  Packets can be submitted in the same location that they are distributed from.  Election speeches will be on Monday 9/15 at 12pm in room 140.  All candidates are required to give a speech of no more than 3 minutes.  Immediately following the speeches, the online election will begin, and will remain open until 8pm that evening at which point an email will be sent revealing the 6 newest members of the SBA.  All other relevant information will be included in your packet.  Please direct any questions to Ian Oakley at

SBA General Body Meeting Schedule
The SBA Meeting Schedule for the Fall Semester are on the following Monday nights:


All meetings are at 8pm in Room 301 and open to the student body. Please join us!

Student Organization Fair

Don’t miss your opportunity to check out the Student Org Fair on the 2nd Floor of the Law Building on Tuesday 9/2 from 5-7pm.  This is a great chance to meet the current leaders of all the Student Organizations here at Drexel Law and get all the information you need to know about joining these fantastic groups.  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Any questions regarding the student org fair can be sent to

Reminder to all Student Org Leaders that you have a brief training session prior to the org fair with Kate Lewis and Hunter Morris starting at 4pm on Tuesday 9/2. The meeting will take place on the 2nd Floor while you are setting up your tables.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Premier Lawyer Breakfast Event
Margaret Klaw, Family Law

Thursday, Sept. 18
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
2nd Floor Faculty Conference Room (in the faculty suite area)

For our first breakfast of the year, the Career Strategies Office is thrilled to introduce students to Margaret Klaw, an esteemed family law attorney.  She is a founding partner of Berner Klaw & Watson, a family law firm in Philadelphia.  Named a “Preeminent Woman Lawyer” by Martindale-Hubbell, she has been recognized as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” for the past five years.  She speaks frequently on family law and blogs for the Huffington Post and

Premier Lawyer Breakfast events are organized as informational interviews in a group setting.  Associate Dean Donna Gerson will be present to guide a conversation and students are encouraged to come with questions as well.  

Maximum capacity for this breakfast is 12 students.  All students will receive a copy of Margaret Klaw’s book, Keeping It Civil.  Author Lisa Scottoline writes that “Margaret Klaw’s keen observations about the law and human nature are eye-opening and jaw-dropping.  A must-read!”  If you ask, maybe she’ll sign your copy!

RSVP on Symplicity under “Events.”  For first-year students that do not have Symplicity accounts set up yet, please email Jennifer Moore at to reserve.  Your RSVP is your firm commitment to set your alarm and show up at 8 a.m. 

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Barristers Opportunities

The Barristers' are currently extending the opportunity for one rising 2L or 3L law student from each of the six area law schools to serve as a liaison between the Barristers' and your BLSA General Body. We are still looking for law students from the following schools: University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers Camden, and Villanova. The position will last for the duration of academic year 2014-2015.   

The duties/obligations include the following: 

  • Must be an active member of your law school's BLSA Chapter
  • Must attend Barristers' general body meetings and disseminate information to your BLSA General Body 
  • Must be an active member of the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia (to join the Barristers' use the following link: The cost of registration is affordable for law students and has amazing benefits!)

Interested law students should send resumes to Joel Clymer at  Please use "BARRISTERS' LAW STUDENT LIAISON" in the subject line of the email.

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions


International Association of Gaming Advisors 2014 Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award -
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2014
Details available here.

Writing Competitions: 

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014 (entries must have been written or published between Nov. 15, 2013 and the deadline date)

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.

The awards include a cash payment ($2,500 for books, $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,000 for student work), a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Competition PDF »

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 2, 2015

The FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.

Competition PDF »

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality Competition submission.  The following information is provided to encourage your participation in the Competition.

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1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2014

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is currently accepting applications for its 1st Annual Law Student Writing Award for an outstanding paper on social insurance. The award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging.

Sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, the winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the 27th Annual NASI conference on Jan. 28 – 29, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with expenses paid. The writing award will be given to the best paper or article in the social insurance field completed between Jan. 1, 2013 and Sept. 14, 2014 addressing topics relevant to the design, planning, implementation, or evaluation of social insurance policy.

If you feel that your paper is a candidate for this competition or someone you know, visit the Law Student Writing Award page on NASI’s website for application details or call NASI at (202) 452-8097.

Center for Alcohol Policy
Deadline: Nov. 17, 2014

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is now accepting entries for its Seventh Annual Essay Contest.

The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States.

Contest Info »

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