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Weekly Newsletter

Sept. 28, 2015

Papal Visit Law School Schedule

The law school will and Legal Research Center will remain closed on Monday, Sept. 28. The following schedule adjustments remain as a result of the papal visit:

Monday, Sept. 28

Law School closed and no live classes held; Law Building closed; Legal Research Center closed

Tuesday, December 1


Legislative Thursday schedule – (see schedule)

Wednesday, December 2

(previously a legislative Friday)

Legislative Monday schedule – courses normally scheduled for Monday will meet. Some 1L/AJD classes will be extended (see schedule)

Thursday, December 3

(previously unscheduled)

Legislative “double” Friday – courses normally scheduled for Friday will meet on either extended or “doubled” schedules (see schedule)

Integrated Sciences Building

Please note that the Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) now requires you to tap your DragonCard for access. This is effective immediately, and unrelated to the papal visit.

Law Library

The Libraries will offer reduced services during the Papal Visit.  Information and assistance will be available in person, by phone, or via chat.  Members of the Drexel community (with a valid Drexel ID) will have access to W. W. Hagerty Library to use the space or borrow materials and equipment during the hours listed below.

W. W. Hagerty Library 
Monday 9/28     10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. 
* The 24 hour space (Bookmark Café) will be available to members of the Drexel community only.

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Important Announcement About The Spring 2016 Co-op Cycle

The matching process for the Spring 2016 co-op cycle is about to begin.  If you are interested in applying for a co-op this cycle, please attend the Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop.

Event:                   Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop

Host:                     Co-op Faculty Featuring Co-op Alumni

Date:                     Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Time:                    12:30-2:00 p.m.

Location:             Room 140

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Moot Court Board Internal Competition Final Round
Thursday, Oct. 1
5:30 p.m.
Room 140

Moot Court Board finalists Gregory Kiss and Immon Shafiei will go head to head in the Final Round of the Moot Court Board Internal Competition. The finalists will have to stand their ground and defend their respective positions as Judge Bernstein, Judge Minehart, and Judge Overton grill them with questions. Come show the Moot Court Board support, and come network with the Judges at the reception in the 3rd floor gallery afterwards!

Justinian Society of Philadelphia Seventh Annual Reception for Area Law Students
Thursday, Oct. 1
5:30 p.m.
Philadelphia City Hall Law Library

Join the Justinian Society for a panel discussion featuring Hon. Matthew Carrafiello and Hon. Vincent Melchiorre discussing"Life After Law School: What You Should Know About Judicial Clerkships"

Cocktails for a Cause
Friday, Oct. 2
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Room 12 (a bar at 12th and Sansom)

The Student Bar Association is excited to announce the this year’s Cocktails For A Cause event, benefiting MANNA, will take place on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 from 4pm-7pm at Room 12 (12th & Sansom).  

MANNA is a non-profit organization that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically-appropriate meals and provides nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease and HIV/AIDS. Through the delivery of 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, MANNA provides hope and nourishment to the Greater Philadelphia area and Southern New Jersey.

Besides raising money for this excellent organization, attendees each year are excited to see their professors and administrators step behind the bar in 20 to 30-minute guest bartending stints!  This is where you come in.  Please complete the following short form by Monday, September 28th and identify all times that you would be available to guest bartend.  This is a truly fun event that is fueled by the willingness of our biggest supporters to volunteer.


There will be a $10 cover that will be directly donated to our cause. Attendees also have the option of purchasing a $25 open bar for 2 hours (draft beer and well-drinks).  Food will be provided.  Tickets will be sold beginning tomorrow on the second floor of the law school from 12pm-2pm, and each day up until the event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Annual Drexel - Rutgers Law 6K Run
Friday, Oct. 2
4:45 p.m.
Cooper River Stadium (start and finish)
Pennsauken, NJ

Joint students, faculty, alumni and friends for pizza, beer, soda and revelry afterwards at Haddonfield home of Professors Amy Boss (Drexel) and Roger Clark (Rutgers). For more information, contact or Bob Alexander at

Married on Sunday...Fired on Monday
Tuesday, Oct. 6
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Kline School of Law, Room 140

Even though LGBTQ people can now legally marry in Pennsylvania, there is no statewide law currently protecting LGBTQ individuals from workplace discrimination. This program will inform and empower attendees on legal issues in employment for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff. Join Thomas Ude, Legal and Public Policy Director at the Mazzoni Center as he sits down members of the Drexel University community to discuss these issues.

Crossroads: Crime, Community and Public Health
Friday, Oct. 16
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This symposium, organized by the Drexel Law Review and co-sponsored by the School of Public Health, will feature the perspectives of scholars and professionals in the fields of law and public health who work at the crossroads of these intersecting disciplines.

The symposium will explore the role of community at the intersection of criminal justice and public health.

Continuing education credits will be available for attorneys and public health professionals.

More Info »

Register »

Pennsylvania Bar Talk
Thursday, Oct. 22
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kline School of Law, Room 140

Join Gicine Brignola, executive director of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, for a discussion of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association honors Professor Amy Boss
Thursday, Oct. 22
5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo History Museum
123 South Broad Street

Boss, nationally renowned commercial law scholar and authority on codifying international commercial law through treaty, will be honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association as a Giant of the Business Bar. Light refreshments will be provided. Complimentary, but the Philadelphia Bar Association requires registration. Full details and registration available HERE.

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Revised Guidelines for Student Professional Development Funds

New guidelines for the use of Student Professional Development Funds have been developed and posted on the law school website. The guidelines feature some modifications to eligible expenses. 


Students are entitled to a discount on Kimmel Center tickets using KimmelSTIX.

How it works:

  1. Sign up for FREE
  2. Receive monthly STIX email
  3. Buy $10 tickets online (pay NO fees!)
  4. Pick up your tickets at Box Office (don’t forget your student ID!)
  5. Enjoy an awesome show!


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Career Services Office Announcements

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Dear First Year Students,

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is excited to offer the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for first year students at Drexel Law School.  LCLD is a national organization of more than 220 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners.  For more information about LCLD, please visit LCLD’s website at

LCLD believes that success in law school is the first step to a successful legal career.  To support the success of diverse students in law school, LCLD is launching the 2015-2016 LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program in more than 30 cities around the country, including the Philadelphia area.   Participating mentees will be paired with an experienced lawyer in your city, from one of LCLD’s Member organizations.  Mentees will also have an opportunity to participate in the LCLD Group Mentoring Program, which includes networking events and substantive informational programming. 

You can register online for this first come, first serve program beginning October 15, 2015.  Please register on LCLD’s website, using the following link:

Upcoming CSO Programs – Mark your calendar


Stress Free Student Loan Management with Heather Jarvis, Loan Expert

Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00 pm, Rm. 340 Registration requested HERE.

Drexel Public Interest Employer Table Talk and Reception

 Wednesday, October 7th, 4:30-6:30 pm, Second Floor Gallery
Email Liz Dunn at to register. 


Camden County NJ Bar Association Networking Event! Join CCBA NOW!  For membership information:

PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR (free event): October 22, 2015, PJ Whelihans, Cherry Hill, NJ  RSVP required:

Watch the podcast to get tips for proofreading and avoiding self-inflicted wounds in the application process +101/0_nbprkwed

The CSO will gladly supply students with 30 business cards.   Please visit the CSO to sign up – be sure to print your contact information clearly.  Our Ambassadors will fill orders once a week.  You will receive an email when cards are ready for pick up.  
Here’s a five minute podcast on business card etiquette that we hope you find helpful: +Card+Etiquette+Podcast/0_njuj69tw


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Legal Research Center Announcements

Pizza with Legal Research Toppings
Sept. 21, 2015 - Feb. 29, 2016
12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Legal Research Center Conference Room L362
Lunch will be provided






Everybody knows how to Google, but nobody knows how to do it right.

Steven Thorpe,, Head of Access Services/Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law












What is a docket and how would I find one?




Lindsay Steussy,, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law








Free online legal research resources.



Peter, Egler,, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Adjunct Professor of Law

To reserve a seat for any or all of the sessions, please RSVP Steven Thorpe at


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Dean's Scholars

The Dean's Scholars Session Schedule is available on Community Property

Workshop Schedule:

Sept. 30:
Deconstructing Statutes

Oct. 7­:
No Workshop (LM deadline)

Oct. 14:
Outlining for Exams

Oct. 21
Exam Strategies I: Exam Success Strategies

Oct. 28:
No Workshop (LM deadline)

Nov. 4:
Writing the Rule Explanation for the 1L Memo (Prof. Coleman)

Nov. 11:
Exam Strategies II: Writing a Structured and Fully
Analyzed Exam Answer

Nov. 18:
Revising and Editing the 1L Memo (Prof. Coleman)



Office Hours Information for Fall 2015:

Civil Procedure (Asbury)

Caitlyn Smith ’17 -

  • Monday 3:30-4:30 (Rm. 222)
  • Friday 12:30-1:30 (Rm. 223)

Jason Saruya ’17 –

  • Monday 5:00-6:00 (Rm. 221)
  • Wednesday 5:00-6:00 (Rm. 221)


Civil Procedure (Asbury)-AJD

Lauren McGinley ’17 -

  • Tuesday 2:00-3:00 (Rm. 221)
  • Wednesday 12:15-1:15 (Rm. 222)


Contracts (Benforado)

Ariel Ruggiero ’17 -

  • Wednesday 3:30-5:30 (Rm. 222)

Immon Shafiei ’17 -

  • Friday 12:30-2:30 (Rm. 222)


Contracts (Cimino)

Alex Buckingham ’17 -

Alex Woolsey ’17 -

  • Monday 3:30-5:30 (Rm. 223)


Torts (Furrow)

Jennica Janssen ’17 -

  • Thursday 12:00-2:00 (Rm. 222)

Erin Kelly ’16 -

  • Tuesday 3:30-5:30 (Rm. 221)


Torts (Geisinger)

Victoria Pietruszka ’17 -

  • Thursday 3:30-5:30 (Rm. 222)

Alice Thornewill ’16 -

  • Tuesday 3:30-4:30 (Rm. 222)
  • Wednesday 4:30-5:30 (Rm. 223)


Civil Procedure (Saunders)—no office hours

Parthiv Patel ’16 -
Yvette Tyson ’17 -

Academic Skills

Autumn Gramigna ’17 -

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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.

Learn More »

Independence Foundation Fellowships
Sept. 23, 2015

Independence Foundation is committed to supporting free legal services for residents of the Philadelphia region. The Independence Foundation Public Interest Law Fellowship Program is a key element of this commitment. Through the Fellowship Program, the Foundation funds the compensation and employment benefits for accomplished young lawyers who have decided to direct their considerable talents to public interest service. The Foundation requires that the focus of all Fellowship work be on direct representation of disadvantaged clients. The Foundation also assists the Fellows in repayment of their often substantial educational loans. Thus the Foundation enables some of the best and brightest law school graduates to come to the Philadelphia area and obtain employment with a local organization that provides free legal services to the underserved.

Learn More »

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
Application period Monday, September 28 through Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

PMF is a prestigious leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible and is designed to develop a cadre of potential government leaders.  For a complete overview of the program and information on eligibility, the application and assessment process, specifics for the 2016 PMF application, an Assessment Preparation Guide, and FAQs, please visit:

Please contact the CSO with any questions.

Critical Language Scholarship
National Deadline is in November

This program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesia, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, and Urdu: all levels, Arabic and Persian advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced and Chinese, Japanese and Russian, intermediate and advanced . Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and to apply their critical language skills in their future careers. Learn more at an information session Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 3 pm in Hagerty Library, L33Registration requested in advance. An additional information session will be held on Oct. 15 at noon, location TBA, but a light lunch will be provided. Registration is requested in advance.

Boren Awards
Deadline is noon EST on Jan. 5, 2016

An initiative of the National Security Education Program, the Boren Awards fund undergraduate and graduate US citizens to study less commonly taught languages in world regions that are critical to U.S. national security. The awards promote long term cultural and linguistic immersion in countries in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren awardees commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. Boren Fellows may receive up to $24,000 plus a supplementary grant for domestic language study, if applicable, for a maximum total of $30,000. An information session about the Boren Awards will be held Wed, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. in Disque 109. Registration is requested. A webinar will also be held Wed., Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.


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.

Learn More »

Pacific Legal Foundation Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015

Pacific Legal Foundation's Program for Judicial Awareness promotes the publication of works of legal academic scholarship that advance an understanding of key constitutional issues before the nation's courts.

Essays submitted to the writing competition address one of three questions on areas of the law within PLF's mission, incorporating pertinent case law, and applicable academic literature.

The Law Student Writing Competition awards up to $6,000 in three cash prizes for publishable essays by students currently enrolled in law school in the United States. In addition to the grand prize, the top winner will be presented with an award at the annual PLF gala event. And competition winners will work with our staff to have their winning entries published in a law review.

Please visit for essay topics and rules.

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2016

Law Students for Reproductive Justice, in collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law School, is pleased to announce the Call for Submission for the eleventh annual Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights.

This year, the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize’s suggested theme is “Restoring Public Insurance Coverage for Abortion,” with a focus on the Hyde Amendment and Harris v. McRae (1980). However, submissions on other topics will also be accepted. For more information, please download the 2015 Call for Submissions:

Winning authors will receive cash prizes: $750 (first place), $500 (second place), or $250 (third place).  Additionally, each winning author will receive a copy of the newly released casebook, Melissa Murray and Kristin Luker’s Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice. The first place winner will also have a chance at publication with the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.  



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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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