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Weekly Newsletter

Nov. 23, 2015


PIE Auction Planning Meeting and Lunch
Monday, Nov. 23
12:15 p.m.
Room 340

Join us for lunch and the first PIE Auction planning session of the year.

The PIE Auction is a student organized, student run fundraising event that raises money for students working in public interest positions over the summer. Last year, the auction raised over $22,000, and students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the law school consistently rate it as one of the law school’s most fun!

The PIE Auction Committee has an exciting event planned this year, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved! So, join us for lunch and find out more information. We’ll also discuss the various committees and leadership positions. The more money the auction raises, the more money available for student grants!

This year’s auction will be held at the 23rd Street Armory at 22 S. 23rd Street on Wednesday, March 16, 2016.

Salsa with LALSA
Tuesday, Nov. 24
4 - 6 p.m.
Third Floor Gallery

Sip sangria, enjoy empañadas and show off your new salsa dancing skills with the Latin American Law Students Association and your other Kline School of Law friends and family. New to salsa? No problem: 1L Jonathan Paulino will teach.

Prepare Your Startup for Funding: Equity and Cap Tables, an Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Workshop
Tuesday, Dec. 1
6 p.m.
Third Floor

An entrepreneur's cap table tells the story of the ownership of her company. This workshop will help make sure he'll have a clean story to tell to future investors.

Learn from ELC student lawyers, Jeffrey Bodle of Morgan Lewis and Justin Watkins of Drinker Biddle how to manage your equity like a pro.

The workshop, sponsored by Morgan Lewis and Drinker Biddle, is free but registration is required.

Young Lawyers Division Annual Holiday Party, Award Ceremony and Gift Drive
Thursday, Dec. 3
6 p.m. - 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. Help support Cradles to Crayons by donating a winter jacket for a child, all sizes are needed. Please also consider donating an unwrapped toy or simply make a monetary donation!

The Craig M. Perry and F. Sean Peretta Service Awards and the Vision Award will be presented. 2016 Chair Erin Lamb of Rawle & Henderson will be welcomed.

Student tickets, which cover open bar, hors d'oeuvres and dinner stations, cost $25. Advance Registration required by Tuesday, Dec. 1. Student tickets at the door will cost $35.

Law School Holiday Party
Thursday, Dec. 17
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Field House, 1150 Filbert Street

Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the holidays and the end of final exams!

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Trial Advocacy Announcement

From Professor Gwen Roseman Stern

Hi everyone. I am delighted to update you with our great Trial Team news. Our team of 3Ls Hannah Molitoris, Tony Alvarez, Jenna Farr and 2L Rachel Holt competed in the most competitive trial competition sponsored by the University of Buffalo Law School from 11/7-11/9. 36 of the finest teams start the competition and after four preliminary rounds, our team advanced to the top 20. Then, they advanced to the Quarter-Finals which is the top 8. They did not advance any further, but that was an outstanding result. The team was coached by alums Sam Haaz and Michael Benz and me.

The weekend of 11/14-11/15, 3L Kevin Farrington and 2L Yvette Tyson competed at the Fordham University Law School competition and received great accolades. Kevin was awarded “Best Direct” in the preliminary rounds and Yvette was told by the judges that her closing was phenomenal. The cut is a very difficult one-it goes from 18 to 4 and unfortunately, we did not make the cut. This team was coached by alums Carla Wasko, Brittany Wakim, Brett Kaminsky and Michael Benz.

Please congratulate the students when you see them.

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Work Study Opportunity

Technical Support Positions are Available at the Kline School of Law 

The Law School's Tech Team is looking for a few good men and women who have received federal work-study financial aid awards.

The job entails:

  • Contributing to the Law School's Help Desk support for faculty, staff and students
  • Assisting with the use of classroom A/V systems for classes and events
  • Accepting calls/emails/request tickets and logging them into the tracking system.

This is an entry-level position.  Qualified candidates should be able to work independently and as part of a team, should possess analytical and problem-solving skills, have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and offer strong customer service skills.

For more information, contact Jerry Arrison or 215.571.4750

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Legal Research Center Announcements

GoPro Camera Now Available!

Thanks to the Student Bar Association’s Good Idea Fund, a GoPro Camera is now available for 2 Hour check-out at the Circulation Desk. It can be used by any member of the law community—students, student groups, faculty, or staff to record presentations, group discussions, meetings, speakers, and more. Check one out today!

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Academic Skills Program

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

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


U.S. Bankruptcy Court Internship
Applications due Jan. 15, 2016

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Philadelphia welcomes applications for its 2016 Summer Internship Program. This unpaid internship offers law students the opportunity to participate in the judicial side of the bankruptcy process and attend district court activities.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and (if available) a current law school transcript. Application packages should be sent via email.

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship
Applications due Jan. 15, 2016

The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law invites students to apply for the Janet D. Steiger Fellowship, named in memory of the late chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. Selected students will serve for eight or ten weeks during the summer of 2016 in the consumer protection or consumer affairs offices of participating state and territorial governments. Each selected student will receive a $6,000 stipend for the summer (administered through the offices of the state/territory attorneys general and subject to certain federal taxes). In the event that a Steiger Fellow is not living at home during their fellowship, there is a possibility that a limited optional travel/housing stipend allowance in an amount yet to be determined may be available. Fellows could work in one of 36 office locations around the country.

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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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Mark T. Banner Scholarship
Deadline: Nov. 23

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds. The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school.

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James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarships
Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2015; Scholarships to be awarded by Dec. 31, 2015

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.

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Latham & Watkins Diversity Leadership Academy for 1Ls
April 1-3, 2016
San Francisco, Calif.

The Diversity Leadership Academy brings together Latham lawyers from around the globe and talented first-year law students from across the United States to develop and empower future leaders of the legal profession and creating community among our lawyers, recruits, and 1L guests, all of whom share a commitment to diversity.

This three-day training and development retreat, held in San Francisco, will help students prepare for job interviews, the hiring process and the transition from student to attorney while providing networking opportunities and ongoing mentoring from Latham lawyers.

All first-year law students are welcome to apply, and Latham attorneys will review candidates based on academic and leadership achievements, obstacles encountered in advancing career objectives, life experiences that have shaped values and professional goals, a desire to practice at a global law firm and demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity.

The application process opens on Dec. 1, 2015; the deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 11, 2016.

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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.

Serbian Bar Association of America Scholarship
Application deadline: March 18, 2016

The SBAA is the professional organization for Serbian-American attorneys, legal professionals, and law students. The SBAA’s mission is to maintain and advance the honor and dignity of the legal profession, especially amongst lawyers of Serbian ancestry; to cultivate interaction amongst members of the Association; to protect the interests of the people of the United States and Canada, especially those of Serbian ancestry; and to protect the civil rights of all, especially religious liberties of Orthodox Christians in the United States and Canada.

The SBAA provides scholarships every year to persons of Serbian birth or ancestry and/or their spouses who are enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States. The SBAA typically awards scholarships in the following amounts:

  • Two (2) $2,000 scholarships
  • Two (2) $1,000 scholarships
  • One (1) $500 scholarship

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The Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Application deadline: July 1, 2016; Scholarships will be awarded by Aug. 23, 2016

This annual scholarship goes 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 is $5,400. To be eligible, applicants must be Pennsylvania residents enrolled in an accredited law school in the US or licensed Pennsylvania lawyers admitted to 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.

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Mollie and Paul Hill Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration
Deadline: Jan. 4, 2016

The Florida State University Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law, based in both the FSU College of Medicine and the College of Law, will award  outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and by a medical student in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. The Outstanding Paper by a Law Student will receive $250.

The contest question: Discuss some of the ways in which medical and other health care professionals can work innovatively and collaboratively with members of the legal profession in the next few years to jointly protect and promote public health in the face of actual and potential challenges including Ebola, infectious diseases, the rise of obesity and related ailments, natural disasters and threatened acts of bioterrorism, while also respecting individual and institutional personal and property rights.

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Pacific Legal Foundation Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

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.  

2015-2016 Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law
Deadline: Jan. 19, 2016

This competition is co-sponsored by the Jackson Lewis law firm and Chicago-Kent College of Law. Judges will consider papers on any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits or employment discrimination. Entries must be the law student author’s own work and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must have completed or be currently taking course work in employment or labor law, and must be enrolled in an accredited law school during the Fall 2015 semester. Only the first two submissions per law school will be accepted as entries for consideration.

The top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented. The top three entries will be published in the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.

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Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition
Deadline: Feb. 17, 2016

Participate in the 2016 Bloomberg Law Write-On Competition! Pick a topic impacting the legal landscape and write a brief article examining the issue in a relevant, influential way. Ten winners will be chosen to have their articles published in a national Bloomberg BNA Law Report and receive $2,500. Registration opened on Nov. 4.  Articles can be submitted from Jan. 18 through Feb. 17, 2016.  Winners will be announced on March 16, and winning articles will be published in April.

Apply and learn more.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2016; Essay Deadline: April 29, 2016

This essay contest, sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, encourages law students to think about current issues in family law and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time JD students. Winning entries receive the following: Monetary prize, certificate of recognition, consideration of essay’s publication in Family Law Quarterly and the Section website, letter to law school dean regarding the achievement, and one year complimentary membership to the Section.

Information including the entry form can be downloaded. For questions, contact ABA Section of Family Law Program Assistant Samantha Schooley.

College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: Midnight June 15, 2016

This 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 Dec. 1, 2015. LLM candidates are not eligible. 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. The following prizes may be awarded: First Place: $3,000 and publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law; Second Place: $1,000; Third Place: $500.

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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