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Weekly Newsletter

November 28, 2016


Toys for Tots Drive
Tentatively running until Thursday, Dec. 15

Please continue helping support the Thomas R. Kline School of Law's Toys for Tots Drive, being run by the Veterans Association, JLSA, and Education Law Society. Donation collection boxes are located outside the elevators on each floor of the law school building.

Only NEW toys, books, sporting good items, etc. will be accepted. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to reach out to Stephen Specht at, Matt Grossman at, or A.J. Greer at

An Introduction to: Hari Osofsky Candidate for Dean of Kline School of Law
Monday, Nov. 28

Presentation by Candidate: Monday, Nov. 28 11:45 - 12:45 p.m., Room 140
Overflow in 340, 440, ISB 112
All are welcome

Student Q&A: Monday, Nov. 28 4:30 - 5 p.m., Room 240
Students Only

For your voice to be heard, you must show up!!

The On-demand Economy: Hidden Dangers Of "Uberizing" Your Business Model
Tuesday, Nov. 29
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Second Floor

Should you classify your "on-demand" service providers as independent contractors or employees? Uber is at the forefront of the new wave of litigation on this issue, but all on-demand businesses must address this issue as they grow. Also learn how an on-demand platform can limit its legal exposure for the misconduct or negligence of its on-demand service providers. Stay after the workshop for a networking reception.


Thomas F. Francovitch Jr. on Natural Law Theory
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Noon to 1 p.m.
Room 340

Natural Law Theory is often misunderstood and easily dismissed. Unlike Utilitarianism which seeks to quantify the unquantifiable or compare the incomparable, and Deontology which adheres to strict moral obligations regardless of any good outcome, Natural Law theory accounts for the complexity of goods and obligations providing a better justification for the existence of a society bound by the rule of law.

This event is sponsored by the Law and Philosophy Society.

Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party, Annual Meeting, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive
Wednesday, Nov. 30
6 to 9 p.m.
Top of the Tower, 1717 Arch St, 50th Floor

Celebrate the end of the year with holiday cheer and friends of the YLD. Support Turning Points for Children by donating new pajamas, books or toys. Advanced registration required by Nov. 23 (price increases after that).

Advanced registration for law students is $25, which includes open bar, hors d'oeuvres and dinner stations.

Bucks County Bar Association's Animal Law Classes
Wednesday, Dec. 7
9 a.m.
Bucks County Bar Association
135 E. State St., Doylestown, PA 18901

Domestic Violence and Pets (9 - 10:30 a.m.) led by Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Rachel Haynes Pinsker, Esquire, Legal Services Manager with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The discussion will focus on laws that protect domestic violence victims and their pets as well as the correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse. Register.

Community Cat Management (10:30 a.m. - noon) led by Elissa B. Katz, Esquire, President of Humane PA PAC, member of the Pennsylvania State Council of the Humane Society of the United States, and active volunteer with the Northeast Animal Rescue. Ms. Katz will discuss policies and legal issues/concerns related to feral cats in Pennsylvania and how to humanely manage community cats at the local level. Register.

The conference concludes with a presentation by Hetti Brown, Executive Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health/Office of Animal Welfare. Ms. Brown will examine Delaware State's approach to creating and implementing a statewide trap-neuter-release (TNR) program in an effort to humanely and effectively manage free-roaming cat populations. Ms. Brown brings her extensive expertise and experience to lead a workshop outlining specific steps municipalities and cat welfare organizations can take to develop a county-wide TNR program across the County of Bucks.

Kline School of Law Holiday Party
Thursday, Dec. 15
Pennsylvania 6, 114 S. 12th St.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday season and the end of exams with faculty, staff and classmates!

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion Announcements

Diversity Training Make up Sessions

For those who missed the Diversity Training Sessions on Fostering an Inclusive Community and learning more about the University's WIRED initiatives, please join us at one of these make-up sessions. This is a "Bring Your Own Dinner" Event. This session is for students only. Faculty and Staff training dates will follow shortly.

  • Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Room 140
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Room 240
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Room 240

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Symplicity is the central resource for all career-related information including all job postings, announcements, law firm lists, podcasts, educational programs and networking opportunities. It’s simple…check Symplicity! We always look forward to seeing you in the CSO for personal advice, encouragement, and a welcoming cup of coffee, tea or water.  

Attention 3Ls Interested in Federal Government

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Class of 2017 application period will be open November 18, 2016 through December 1, 2016. PMF is a prestigious leadership development program for advanced degree candidates interested in federal government and public policy. Fellows of this program participate in leadership training and obtain full-time jobs with federal government agencies. For details about the program and application process, see the Symplicity job posting and visit

Bristol-Myers Squibb 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Law Department Summer Internship Program
Deadline: Jan. 4, 2017

The Law Department at Bristol-Myers Squibb invites Kline School of Law students to submit applications for the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Law Department Summer Internship Program. We are seeking qualified law students of diverse backgrounds who are interested in obtaining a unique experience within a world-class corporate law environment. First year students are preferred, but students at different stages of their legal education will be considered, including LLM students. Summer internships are not expected to lead to an offer of full-time employment.

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global BioPharma company focused on the discovery, development and delivery of innovative medicines to help people prevail against such serious diseases as cancer, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis C, HIV and rheumatoid arthritis.

Since 1999, our summer internship program has consistently attracted outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in learning more about corporate practice at a global BioPharma company. In addition to gaining in-house experience, our program provides learning opportunities in areas of the law relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.

Past activities have included direct exposure with clients and outside counsel, monthly seminars conducted by senior management representatives of various business units, career development programs, tours of our manufacturing facilities and an opportunity to present to the General Counsel.

This year, we plan to host up to eight students in various areas and supporting multiple geographies within the law department, including commercial, regulatory, corporate/transactional, employment/privacy, intellectual property and litigation, primarily at our offices in Central New Jersey.

For complete details and to apply, please see Symplicity Job Posting.

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Study Abroad Announcements

New Study Abroad Opportunities

The Kline School of Law has two new semester abroad opportunities. Contact Prof. Coleman if you’re interested!

  • Aberdeen, Scotland: Study European Union Law, Comparative Law, Energy Law, the Law of Multinational Corporations and dozens of other courses at the University of Aberdeen. One of the four “ancient” universities of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen has offered courses in law since 1495, and its highly ranked School of Law enrolls more than 300 graduate students. Aberdeen is Scotland’s third-largest city, which has served as home to Celts, Vikings and even Romans before its charter in 1179. Located on the North Sea, with a moderate ocean climate, it is now a cosmopolitan modern city that boasts great shopping, outdoor parks and recreation, as well as theater, arts and a strong football (soccer) club.
  • Rennes, France: Take courses in varied legal topics at the Université de Rennes I, one of the 12 main universities in France. Courses are taught in English, through the university’s International School, which attracts more than 3,600 students from around the world. The capital of Brittany in Northwest France, Rennes is a dynamic city where researchers, faculty and students make up about one third of the population. Majestic 18th century buildings overlook spacious public squares, and La Vilaine River runs across the city, which is a two-hour trip from Paris and one hour from historic destinations such as Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo.

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Legal Research Center Announcements

A New Face at the LRC Circ Desk

Urooj Nizami
photo available on LRC Facebook page

Urooj is a recent graduate from the McGill University School of Information Studies in Montreal, Canada. Having received her Master’s in Information Studies, she just moved to Philadelphia to pursue a career in librarianship with a focus on grassroots relationship building and engaging undergraduates in publishing their research. Urooj completed her undergraduate degree, also, at McGill University in Sociology and Middle East Studies. She is currently co-authoring a book chapter on Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian approved for Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) publication. Urooj is joining the LRC team as a Senior Circulation Assistant, and she looks forward to helping you at the Circulation Desk!

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Opportunities


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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Janet D. Steiger Fellowship
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

Experience a career-making internship opportunity through The ABA Antitrust Law Janet D. Steiger Fellowship. Work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state Offices of Attorneys General and other governmental offices throughout the US.

In order to be eligible for a Janet D. Steiger Fellowship, applicants must currently be first or second year law students at an ABA accredited law school. Each Steiger Fellow will receive a gross stipend of $6,000 for a specified 8 or 10 week period, and will be responsible for all taxes and other required deductions. Please note that the Steiger Project in its discretion offers an optional small supplemental housing/travel allowance (administered through the American Bar Association) where a clear need is demonstrated.

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2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently seeking first and second year law students to participate in our 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program. This is a paid internship program that is designed is to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in legal services and to honor Dr. King. All interested law students are encouraged to apply.

Participants in the program are placed within the nine regional and six specialty legal aid programs that comprise the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. Over a ten week period, law students will experience the real world of legal advocacy through direct client contact, participation in court and administrative hearings (for those certified), and legal research and writing on actual cases under the supervision of seasoned legal aid attorneys.

Interns are challenged to put classroom training and talent to work on behalf of the many needy individuals the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network serves and to work creatively to reduce the barriers to a more just society. Each MLK intern is treated as a valuable member of the legal staff and is expected to participate in case strategy and contribute to overall case management.

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James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarships
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation annually provides three, $3,000 scholarships through its James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two of the scholarships are specifically designated for support of historically underrepresented minority law students. The awards are based upon financial need, academic achievement and a student’s potential for making a significant contribution to society in general and the legal profession in particular. Applications are due no later than Dec. 1, 2016. The scholarships will be awarded by Dec. 30, 2016.

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The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: July 1, 2017

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship awards an annual scholarship to a law school student or grant to a lawyer in practice less than 3 years who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to animal law/animal welfare. The maximum annual award is $5,400. Eligible applicants include: 1) Pennsylvania residents enrolled in a non-Pennsylvania law school within the United States; 2) law students enrolled in any of Pennsylvania’s accredited law schools; and 3) Pennsylvania lawyers in 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. Applications are due no later than July 1, 2017. The scholarship/grant will be awarded by Aug. 23, 2017.

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American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers Writing Competition
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016

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.

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Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Writing Competition
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2016

Students are invited to join in the 2017 writing competition of, the virtual museum and archive of the history of financial regulation, administered and built by the SEC Historical Society.

Pacific Legal Foundation Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 13, 2017

Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) this week announced its 2016-17 Law Student Writing Competition, under the auspices of PLF’s Program for Judicial Awareness. The competition awards up to $9,000 in three cash prizes for essays on designated constitutional issues by students currently enrolled in law school in the United States.

This year’s topics address the reach of Congress’s commerce power with reference to the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial “waters of the United States” rule; judicial deference to government agency rules; the impact of occupational licensing on professionals’ freedom of speech; and the Williamson County doctrine, which creates procedural obstacles to property owners seeking just compensation for government takings.

The essay questions and detailed information about the eligibility rules and contest requirements are available on our website.

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Third Annual Jameson Crane Iii Disability And The Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2017 (midnight PST)

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.

Submitted papers may be on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.

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American Indian Law Review 2016-17 Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017 (6 p.m. EST)

Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.

The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.

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The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: June 15, 2017 (midnight EDT)

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2016 -2017 writing competition. Th is 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 December 1, 201 6. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not el igible. 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. Students must present and discuss competing points of view with respect to the issue addressed and must distinguish their conclusions from opposing positions with sound logic and reference to multiple primary and secondary sources. We discourage students from writing articles about recent a Supreme Court decision or a case pending before the Supreme Court unless the article focu ses upon case law or statutory developments subsequent to the Supreme Court’s decision.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $ 3000, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first -place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law. In addition, the author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law a nd honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College and the Section reserve the right not to select any article for publication or award any prizes if, in their judgment, the submissions do not meet their standards for outstanding lega l writing.

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