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Weekly Newsletter

Oct. 20, 2014

Important Exam Software Information

Upgrading to Mac's OSX 10.10 Yosemite? Not so fast!

If you would like to avoid panic attacks, heart attacks or other atrocities around exam time, read ALL the following, and behave accordingly.

Macintosh OS X 10.10 Yosemite NOT supported for Fall 2014 exams.

This is a reminder that the exam software (Exam4) provider currently plans NOT to support the new Macintosh OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system version for Fall 2014 exam. This is consistent with existing policies for operating system version releases issued close to exam season. Support for Yosemite cannot be assured due to its unspecified “late fall” release date, and the time required for review, possible modification, and testing. As a matter of security, we cannot certify the operating system from developer pre-releases and must review the final public release.

Students planning to use their laptop for exams SHOULD NOT to upgrade to Yosemite, nor buy a new laptop with Yosemite, until we announce support (likely not until the Spring 2015 exam period).

Windows 10 Technical Preview also NOT supported.
Similarly, the developer pre-release of the upcoming Windows 10 Technical Preview operating system will not be supported this semester, and the public release expected in April 2015 will most likely be too late for Spring 2015 exams on the same basis as above.

Students planning to use their laptop for exams SHOULD NOT upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview, nor buy a new laptop with Windows 10 Technical Preview, until we announce support.

Students who upgrade, intentionally or otherwise, will not be able to use their laptops to take exams. Due to the potential for system instability, LawTech will not provide assistance with ‘rolling back’ or support for students who have upgraded and ‘rolled back’ to an earlier operating system.

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Mock Trial Call for Judges

Undergraduate Mock Trial Call for Judges

This year, Drexel will be hosting the inaugural Market Street Invitational on October 25th and 26th, and the Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial team is seeking your help as a judge.

The tournament will host a field of up to 24 teams from schools all across the East Coast, including teams from Drexel, the University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University, the University of Richmond, and the University of Maryland. With four rounds over the course of two days, we are expecting 48 exciting trials of Lee and Andy Park v. Hayden Duran, a wrongful death suit where the plaintiff is alleging that the defendant’s child shot their daughter when the children were at the plaintiff’s home alone one day.

Mock trial, of course, cannot happen without judges, and as a competitor myself, I can tell you how much your time and feedback is appreciated by everyone involved in this tournament. For that reason, I am reaching out to ask that you volunteer your valuable time and energy to serve as a judge for the Market Street Invitational. We greatly appreciate any time that you are able to offer over the weekend.

There are a total of four rounds for which we need judges. Two rounds will be on Saturday, and the other two will be on Sunday. Each trial is limited to no more than three hours. There will be a judges’ meeting one hour prior to the start of trial. Breakfast or lunch will be provided at this meeting (depending on the time of day), and over the course of the meeting all judges will be made familiar with the case and with the basics of judging collegiate mock trial. The morning rounds will have a judges’ meeting at 9:00 with the rounds ending around 1:00; afternoon rounds will have a judges’ meeting at 1:30 with the rounds ending around 5:30.

We hope that you will consider giving of your time, experience, and expertise. If you are interested and available to judge, even if only for a round, please visit this form to register.

Sincerely,
Christina Schweingruber
Tournament Chair
Drexel Undergraduate Mock Trial

NITA Mock Trial

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy, a non-profit runs CLE courses throughout the US and runs a trial skills program in Philly coming up in November. The NITA is recruiting jurors for its mock trial on Friday Nov. 14.  NITA pays jurors $40 for 3.5 hours, and have morning and afternoon sessions.  Kline School of Law students are welcome to apply.

Learn More »

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On Campus Events

Building the Brand
Tuesday, Oct. 21
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Room 140

The Intellectual Property Law Society will be hosting a panel event focused on building a brand. As United States corporations seek to keep pace with global competitors, businesses are investing more resources into intellectual property. Whether it be copyrights, trademarks, or patents – protection of these intangible assets is key to a thriving global business. In an open market, intellectual property is only worth that which can be produced from it. This panel event will introduce the concepts of protecting intellectual property via copyrights, trademarks, and patents, and how to convert protected ideas into marketable products while building recognizable brands.

A Startup's Guide: Working with Investors & Attorneys
Wednesday, Oct. 22
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Room 140

Please join us in welcoming a panel of experts as they provide invaluable insight on getting through to early-stage investors, negotiating term sheets, perfecting pitches and much more! Panelists include: Ellen Weber (Robin Hood Ventures, Temple University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute), Chris McDemus (Baer Crossey), Jeff Snellenburg (PA Angel Network, Mid-Atlantic Angel Group, Delaware Crossing Investor Group), Kendra Brill (DeSimone Group Investments), and Liz Sigety (Fox Rothschild, Delaware Crossing Investor Group), Chuck Sacco (Close School of Entrepreneurship, Baiada Institute) . The panel will be moderated by Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law alumus, Eamon Gallagher (Weber Law).

Mid-Atlantic Angel Capital Expo
Thursday, Oct. 23
7:15 a.m.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 31st & Market Streets

Accredited Angel Investors, Venture Capital Principals, Private & Family Wealth Professionals, and other members of the private equity community are cordially invited to join us at the 15th Angel Capital Expo (the second on the East Coast) on Thursday, October 23, 2014. The Expo is Keiretsu Forum’s signature event bringing together investors and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Free tickets available in Dean Dennis' office, see Leslie Friedman.

More Info »

Premier Lawyer's Breakfast: Lorraine K. Koc, In-house Counsel
Thursday, Oct. 23
8 a.m.
Faculty Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Ever wonder how lawyers land those coveted in-house legal department jobs? Here is your chance to hear first-hand from an expert. Lorraine K. Koc joined Sugar House Casino as its first in-house attorney in 2012, previously serving as Vice President and General Counsel of Deb Shops, Inc., a national retail chain. She focuses on employment law, internal investigations, risk management, real estate and corporate matters. Ms. Koc was the 2005-2006 President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) (Delaware Valley Chapter), Penn State University (Abington), and Hastings University Workplace Law Center. She has also been chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee/ General Practice Section of the American Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NAWL Foundation and of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia. Ms. Koc graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in economics and political science, and was awarded the Senior Prize in Economics. She earned her J.D. and an M.A. (Public Policy) from the University of Pennsylvania as well.

RSVP via Symplicity; 1Ls can register by email to jdm368@drexel.edu. Limited to 12 students! Your reservation is your firm commitment to appear in a timely manner, so please mark your calendar.

Are Police Stealing From the People? Civil Asset Forfeiture in America
Thursday, Oct. 23
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Room 140

Are the Police Stealing from the People? ACLU Legal Fellow Scott Kelley will give a presentation on Civil Asset Forfeiture in Pennsylvania and on the legislation being prepared to put an end to this abuse of power. Hosted by Drexel American Constitution Society and Criminal Law Society. Lunch will be served. 

American Health Lawyers Association's Young Professionals Council Networking Event
Thursday, Oct. 23
5:30 p.m.
3rd Floor Gallery

The American Health Lawyers Association's Young Professionals Council is hosting an evening of drinks and networking. This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in health law. RSVP here (top right).

Women's Rights and the Supreme Court: After Hobby Lobby and McCullen
Thursday, Oct. 30
2:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room 140

This CLE conference will feature speakers on U.S. Supreme Court women's rights jurisprudence. Dahlia Lithwick will deliver the keynote address. She is a senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate, writes the column "Supreme Court Dispatches" and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues. Ms. Lithwick was awarded the Online News Association's award for online commentary in 2001. She received a B.A degree in English from Yale University in 1990 and a J.D degree from Stanford Law School in 1996.

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Off Campus Events

Philadelphia Tax Conference
Nov. 5-6
Union League Philadelphia
140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Philadelphia Tax Conference will be held this year on November 5-6 at the Union League in Philadelphia.  Full-time J.D., LL.M. or M.T. students can attend the conference free of charge.  The conference is a great opportunity for students to network with local practitioners (law firm, government, CPA firm, and industry) and to learn from nationally recognized speakers about today’s hot tax topics.

Register »

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Dean's Scholars Sessions

DS SESSIONS

Con Law (Prof. Abu El Haj):

Thursday 10:45 – 11:45 (Room 230)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Asbury):

Tuesday 3:45 – 4:45 (Room 240)
Thursday 12:10 – 1:10 (Room 240)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Saunders):

Monday 4:30 – 5:30 (Room 112 ISB)
Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30 (Room 112 ISB)

Contracts (Prof. Cimino):

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 440)
Thursday 3:45 – 4:45 (Room 440)

Contracts (Prof. Boss):

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 112 ISB)
Thursday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 240)

Torts (Prof. Furrow):

Tuesday 12:15 – 1:15 (Room 240)
Thursday 1:00 – 2:00 (Room 112 ISB)

Torts (Prof. Geisinger):

Monday 12:45-1:45 (Room 240)
Wednesday 3:30-4:30 (Room 240)

DS OFFICE HOURS (Held in the second floor study rooms, as noted below.)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Asbury)

Melanie: Wed, 3:30-5:30 & Fri, 11:20-12:20 (222)
Stacey: Mon, 12:30-1:30 (222)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Saunders)

Candice: Tues, 9:15-10:15 (221)
Emily: Tues, 3:30-5:30 (222)

Constitutional Law (Prof. Abu El-Haj)

Marc: Wed, 1:30-3:30 (221)

Contracts (Prof. Boss)

Erika: Tues, 1:30-3:30 (221)
Rachel: Mon, 12:00-2:00 (221)

Contracts (Prof. Cimino)

Alen: Tues, 3:30-5:30 (221)
Kate: Fri, 2:00-4:00 (221)

Torts (Prof. Geisinger)

Alice: Mon, 3:30-5:30 (221)
Kyle: Tues, 1:30-3:30 (222)

Torts (Prof. Furrow)

Ben: Thurs, 12:00-1:00 & 4:50-5:50 (221)
Erin: Fri, 12:00-2:00 (221)

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Spring 2015 Registration

Spring 2015 Registration Materials are now posted! This page includes the master schedule with CRNs, grid schedule, exam schedule, and other course planning information.

Registration Dates:

Third-year students priority day: Monday, October 20, 12:15 PM – 11:59 PM

All Other Continuing Students: Wednesday, October 22, 12:45 PM through Monday, January 19, 11:59 PM

(Online registration for Spring is closed October 21 for capacity evaluations and adjustments. No one can add or drop, or request adds or drops, on that day.)

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SBA Announcements


Attention Philadelphia Flyers Fans

The SBA is sponsoring a Thomas R. Kline School of Law Flyers game on Thursday, November 6th at 7pm.  The cost of tickets will be $35, which includes a FREE soda and hot dog. SBA will be tabling ALL week (10/20-10/24) on the Second Floor Gallery from 12pm-2pm selling tickets, so stop by because this is going to be an event you don't want to miss! Please email us with any questions or stop by the SBA office.

Graduation Date and Location

Graduation will be held on May 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kimmel Center.

Keynote Speaker for Graduation

While the central administration has the final say on whom our keynote speaker is, our law school administration has requested suggestions from the 3L Class. Please send suggestions for the graduation keynote speaker to Anthony DiJiacomo. This will be discussed at the 3L Town Hall.

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Student Organization Announcements

SBA General Body Meeting Schedule

The SBA Meeting Schedule for the Fall Semester are on the following Monday nights:
10/27
11/10
11/24

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

Pie Auction Committee

The PIE Auction Committee is holding a general meeting on Monday, Nov. 3, at 12:15 p.m. in room 440. All students interested in volunteering for the PIE Auction are encouraged to attend. There will be a brief presentation on what the PIE Auction is, how students may get involved, and an opportunity to signup for volunteer positions. In previous years, the PIE Auction has successfully funded grants for students working in unpaid public interest positions over the summer. To be eligible for a public interest grant, students MUST volunteer for the PIE Auction. Questions can be forwarded to Stanford Ponson, Public Interest Liaison.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

A message from Dean Gerson:

Cultivate An Air of Mystery in an Age of Over-sharing

We live in world where over-sharing is the new normal. With Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, everyone now publicizes the mundane details of one’s life with the tap of a finger. Telegraphing the details of your horrific blind date to your friends? Hilarious. Tweeting how you felt about a recent work project? Possibly cause for termination and almost certainly a basis for a malpractice claim against your employer.

Read More »

Cover Letter Obstacle Course
Wednesday, Oct. 22
5:15 p.m.
Room 250

Employers read cover letters.  They really, really do.  How can you draft a cover letter that differentiates you from the rest of the platoon?  We’ll talk about how to stand out (in a good way).  Bring your cover letter with you tonight and work on revisions right here.

Premier Lawyer's Breakfast: Lorraine K. Koc, In-house Counsel
Thursday, Oct. 23
8 a.m.
Faculty Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Ever wonder how lawyers land those coveted in-house legal department jobs? Here is your chance to hear first-hand from an expert. Lorraine K. Koc joined Sugar House Casino as its first in-house attorney in 2012, previously serving as Vice President and General Counsel of Deb Shops, Inc., a national retail chain. She focuses on employment law, internal investigations, risk management, real estate and corporate matters. Ms. Koc was the 2005-2006 President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) (Delaware Valley Chapter), Penn State University (Abington), and Hastings University Workplace Law Center. She has also been chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee/ General Practice Section of the American Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NAWL Foundation and of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia. Ms. Koc graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in economics and political science, and was awarded the Senior Prize in Economics. She earned her J.D. and an M.A. (Public Policy) from the University of Pennsylvania as well.

RSVP via Symplicity; 1Ls can register by email to jdm368@drexel.edu. Limited to 12 students! Your reservation is your firm commitment to appear in a timely manner, so please mark your calendar.

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair -
October 24 - 25

Each year, the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair brings together 1,200 law students with more than 125 public interest employers from around the country under one roof. This is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair  All class levels welcome to register  (Note: Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during "Table Talk" on Friday and Saturday.)

Networking 101:  Basic Training
Monday, Oct. 27
5:15 p.m.
Room 250

Everyone is telling you to network and build relationships during law school.  What are they talking about?  How do you break out of your shell and meet lawyers?  How do you create a game plan?  What if you’re an introvert and dislike big social events?  What is an informational interview and why is this so important? Let’s talk through the fundamentals of networking, the tools already at your disposal, and techniques that work (even if you’re shy).

Pick a Practice Area: Planning for a Satisfying Legal Career
Monday, Nov. 3

Successful job seekers know that thoughtful, deliberate planning matters.  You don’t simply fall into the right job.  Students will learn about the many different practice areas (including the hot practice areas), types of employers, and how your individual temperament and values can inform your job search process.

Presenters:
Betsy Walton, Division Director – Legal, Beacon Hill Staffing Group
Cathyann Bixby, Director of Lateral Growth and Integration -  Ballard Spahr LLP
Lisa Feden, Recruiting Coordinator - Ballard Spahr LLP
Katie Ball, Manager of Lateral Recruiting - Ballard Spahr LLP

Networking 201:  Officer Candidate School
Tuesday, Nov. 4
5:15 p.m.
Room 340

This is the advanced level course for those who attended Networking 101 and want to learn more.  It’s not absolutely required that you attend the 101 course and all students are warmly welcomed.  We’re going to deal with issues related to business cards, follow-up strategies, creating an annual plan, and more. 

Please RSVP on Symplicity for all CSO events so we can plan accordingly.

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LRC Announcements

Technology at the LRC

The LRC has recently added a new Apple charger to the Reserves collection. The charger is compatible with the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad (4th Generation), and iPods. Other technologies available for 2-Hour check out include: chargers for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and previous model Mac laptops, iPhones, iPads, and iPods. For PC users, we have a charger with interchangeable adapter heads to fit most PC laptops. We also have webcams, a hands-free headset, HDMI/Ethernet cables, a DVD player, and more. Come check them out today!

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Competitions

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Barristers' Association' Honorable C. Darnell Jones, II Book Scholarship
Deadline: Oct. 24

The Barristers' Association is delighted to announce a one-time book scholarship opportunity for incoming Black first year law students, in the namesake of the Honorable C. Darnell Jones, II, Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This scholarship is to help offset the cost of law school textbooks and textbook-related necessities. As such, this one time award will take care of the spring 2015 semester books and supplies for two (2) first-year students from each school! Applicants must submit a completed application, transcripts, a headshot and personal statement. Don't miss your chance! Applications are due October 24, 2014 by email to barristerscholarship@gmail.com.

Application »

The Justinian Society of Delaware County Scholarship
Deadline: Nov. 1

The Justinian Society of Delaware County Scholarship for the next school year is given to a student of Italian American heritage, who exhibits specific aptitude in the study of law and has exhibited outstanding law school performance. The application should be forwarded to Delaware County Justinian Society, Albert M. Greto, Esquire, 319 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063. The amount awarded will be a minimum of $1,000.00 for the school year. The deadline for the applications is November 1, 2014.

Application »

Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies
Deadline: Nov. 10

Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner by creating a scholarship program to encourage the pursuit of a graduate-level degree in labor studies. Beginning January 2015, the Players Trust will annually award up to five $10,000 scholarships to individuals dedicated to a career supporting workers’ rights.

Learn More »

Mark T. Banner Scholarship
Deadline: Nov. 12

This $5,000 scholarship is available to law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the Fall semester 2015.

Learn More »

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: Dec. 1

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, 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. Students must affirmatively demonstrate their interest by completing the application form and submitting a 250-500-word essay about how they meet the eligibility criteria, proof of academic progress and good academic standing, proof of Pennsylvania residency, a resume, and up to two letters of recommendation from a faculty advisor, professor, dean, employer or lawyer. Applications are due no later than December 1, 2014. More information about the program may be found at: http://www.pabarfoundation.org/Programs%20and%20Awards/James%20W.aspx.

WRITING COMPETITIONS: 

Center for Alcohol Policy
Deadline: Nov. 17

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 »

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
Deadline: Dec. 1 (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 »

First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015

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.

Learn More »

OTHER COMPETITIONS:

National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC)
Entry deadline: Oct. 31

The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

Learn More »


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Connect with Drexel Through Social Media

Because the law school 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 the law school through social media, please consider the following options:

  • Facebook: the main law school page is a great way to track what classmates, professors and alumni are up to.  The “Class of” groups are a resource for finding roommates, used textbooks, etc.
  • Twitter: the law school feed focuses on faculty appearances in the news media and at conferences, upcoming events and newsworthy student and alumni accomplishments.
  • LinkedIn: the law school 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 videos on Drexel University's YouTube page.

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