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Weekly Newsletter

June 29, 2015

Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Summer 2015 "Outside the Classroom" Event Series

The Office of Student Affairs has scheduled a series of events to help welcome new students to the school. Please see the list of events below and contact Professor Clare Coleman (ckc32@drexel.edu) with any questions.

Monday, June 29

Career Lunch: Practice Areas Panel

Thursday, July 9

Drexel’s Own! Lunch +

Prof. Deborah Gordon

Thursday, July 23

Drexel’s Own! Lunch +

Prof. Rob Field

Friday, July 24

Quizzo

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Events

LGBT Civil Rights Movement National Legal Panel
Thursday, July 2
6:30 p.m.
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA

With a highly anticipated Supreme Court marriage equality decision expected in late June 2015, a panel of leading legal activists and scholars explores our progress—from the first Supreme Court brief for LGBT equality, filed by Gay Pioneer Frank Kameny in January 1961, to this latest landmark ruling—as well as the current and future legal challenges facing the LGBT community.

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HURRICANE KATRINA: Court Ruling on Floodwall Failures (Armstrong, C.A. No. 10-866)
Tuesday, July 7
3 p.m.
LeBow Engineering Building (31st and Market Streets)
Hill Seminar Room - Room 240

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall and devastated New Orleans with maximum sustained surface winds of 298 km (175 miles) per hour. Litigation ensued to recoup some of the extensive losses (~$200 billion) for almost eight years by property owners against a variety of parties. The ruling on April 12, 2013, essentially ended the litigation against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) when Judge Duval ruled against property owners in the Lower Ninth Ward that were inundated by two breaches of the floodwall along the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC). This lecture will discuss the events prior to and during Hurricane Katrina; the negligence claim brought by Lower Ninth Ward property owners against the USACE, the USACE’s defense to the negligence claim, and the substantial cause of the two breaches.

Dr. Stark has received a number of awards for his research, teaching, and service including the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2013 and 1998; Editor of the Year by the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2011; R.M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society, 2006; R.S. Ladd ASTM Standards Development Award from the ASTM, 2014, 2011, and 2002, and Walter L. Huber Research Prize from ASCE, 1999.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

ATTENTION Rising 2Ls and 3Ls

Summer is an ideal time to get a jump start on your job search, and you do not want to miss application deadlines. Review this podcast to keep track of summer deadlines that are approaching quickly:   https://1513041.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Summer+Deadlines+-+Dunn+-+June+9/0_59s46w3f

Review this podcast to learn how to identify and apply for federal government jobs (both internship and post-graduate positions):   https://1513041.mediaspace.kaltura.com/media/Federal+Government+Job+Opportunities/1_det42g1j Government Honors Program applications are typically due one year in advance!

EVENTS

“Practice Area Panel Discussion”
Monday, June 29
12 p.m. To 1:15 p.m.
Room 240

Come hear from lawyers who are practicing in different areas – from private to public, litigation, corporate, and more! We’re assembling a panel and promise there will be something for everyone. Since no one knows for sure about practice area preferences, you should all attend. This is the first step in beginning to explore the many options that will influence your law school experience and beyond.

Lunch will be provided!

RSVP by emailing Jennifer Moore in the CSO at jdm368@drexel.edu

Please note that your RSVP is a firm commitment to attend. As lawyers-to-be, your word is your bond. Please mark your calendars and we’ll see you there.

SUMMER 2015: PUBLIC INTEREST INFORMATION & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES 

Each summer, the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association coordinates several events for law students.  The events are intended to provide information about public interest practice and allow law students to connect with public service minded attorneys and students.     

Public Interest List Serve

Details of these events will be shared through the Summer Public Interest List Serve.  To be included on the list serve, please register on Event Brite with your email address (it's quick and painless). http://www.eventbrite.com/e/philly-summer-public-interest-law-student-events-registration-17067192432?aff=DrexelLaw

Brown Bag Lunch Series

One of the cornerstones of the summer programming is the Brown Bag Lunches held most Thursdays from noon – 1:30 at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 11th floor conference center.

The Brown Bag Lunch schedule is posted in Symplicity- Events

IMPORTANT SYMPLICITY UPDATE - ATTENTION RISING 2L/3Ls

Summer means updates!  You will need to update your profile by adding a new placement for “Summer 2015”.  You will be prompted to add this info the next time you log in.

Help us better serve your needs by letting us know what you will be doing this summer and where you’ll be working.  Adding this info to Symplicity will allow the CSO to better assist students with conducting employer due diligence and researching employment opportunities. 

Contact Jen Moore jdm368@drexel.edu with ANY Symplicity questions or log in and use the LIVE CHAT feature.  You can also drop by the office if you need a quick refresher.

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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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Swords to Plowshares
Deadline: June 29

Swords to Plowshares seeks a candidate to sponsor for a legal fellowship beginning in August 2016. They offer free assistance to veterans who seek Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare, disability compensation, and pension; we also specialize in military discharge reviews and upgrades for veterans who received less than fully Honorable discharges.  Swords is seeking a fellowship candidate to sponsor for Skadden and Equal Justice Works fellowships.  Applicants are encouraged to propose project ideas. 

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  Women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBT individuals are also encouraged to apply.  Please note that Swords to Plowshares will make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.

TO APPLY please send a cover letter detailing your interest in Swords to Plowshares along with a resume, academic transcript, writing sample, and list of three references to: bvonbehren@stp-sf.org.  Please be sure to include “Fellowship Candidate” in the subject line. 

Community Legal Services
Deadline: July 5

Community Legal Services (CLS) is actively seeking law students and current judicial clerks to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate public interest law fellowships that will begin in September 2016. CLS has a proud history of hosting fellows funded by the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, the Independence Foundation, and other organizations. CLS seeks people who share their mission to help low-income Philadelphia residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters; advocating for their legal rights; and conducting community education about the legal issues that affect them. Prospective applicants can learn more about fellowship opportunities by visiting the website: http://clsphila.org/about-cls/fellowships.

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Rutgers-Newark Child Advocacy Clinic and Pro Bono Fellow
Deadline: July 10

The Child Advocacy Clinic at Rutgers-Newark School of Law (the CAC) and the Rutgers Law School Pro Bono Program are delighted to announce the creation of a newly funded Child Advocacy Clinic and Pro Bono Fellow position. The Fellow will work with both the Child Advocacy Clinic and the Law School’s Pro Bono Program. The CAC, a law school based clinical program, provides comprehensive advocacy and representation to children and youth in child abuse and neglect proceedings; the majority of these cases concern youth ages 14-21. The CAC also works with immigrant children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and low- income children with disabilities who are attempting to receive or maintain childhood SSI benefits. The Rutgers Law

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Louis D. Brandeis Law Society 2015 Fellowship Program
Deadline: Sept. 11, 2015

The Brandeis Law Society is pleased to announce its fourth annual Brandeis Fellowship Program. The program will give recent 2014 and 2015 law school graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience while providing legal services to needy Philadelphians. We also have limited placement of interested Fellows with Judges of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

The Fellowship will begin in October 2015. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, résumé, law school transcript and brief writing sample to Robert Katz, Esq. (robert.katz@pacourts.us) by Friday, September 11, 2015.

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund has been created to support the award of an annual scholarship 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 will be $5,400.

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Women's Lawyers Division Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander Scholarships
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The WLD Foundation scholarship awards are made to current African American female law students who display financial need, academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to the principles exemplified by Justice Stout and Sadie T.M. Alexander. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2015.

Each year the WLD Foundation awards up to six book fund scholarships and a tuition scholarship in honor of two African American women of many “firsts.” Justice Juanita Kidd Stout was the first African American woman to sit on the bench in Philadelphia and the first African American woman in the United States to serve on a state Supreme Court. Sadie T.M.Alexander was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and the first African American woman to be admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar.

Second and third year African American female law students attending area law schools with a record of academic excellence and demonstrated need should apply for scholarship consideration. To read more about the WLD Foundation scholarships programs and how to apply, please visit the WLD website: www.nbawldphila.org.

WRITING COMPETITIONS: 

The Warren E. Burger Prize
Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court.

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2015 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Oct. 7, 2015

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center), the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society (ASIL), and the American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law team are pleased to announce the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship and deepen understanding among students in this important area of international law.

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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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