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Weekly Newsletter

March 3, 2014

Successful Competition Season Continues

3Ls Grant Kulonda and John Walsh were semi-finalists in the Mid-Atlantic Regional LawMeet held at Cardozo School of Law on Feb. 28. The region included teams from Columbia, Cornell, American and Temple universities in the competition, which tests students' deal-making skills.

The competition was one of many this winter in which the Kline School of Law students have demonstrated keen mastery of a range of legal skills.

3L Roderick Fancher was named the Top Oralist in the Mid-Atlantic Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition on Feb. 20-23. Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries taking part. Fancher was among a number of students who have demonstrated stellar skills in a variety of competitions pitting them against peers from other law schools this winter.

3L Jennifer Ceglinski and 2L Brian Denk took second place in the regional American Bar Association National Representation in Mediation Competition.

For more information, please read http://drexel.edu/law/news/articles/overview/2014/February/Competitions-02102014/.

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Graduation Fair - March 5th

Attention 3Ls:

Get ready for graduation! Attend the Graduation Fair!
Wednesday, March 5th
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Gallery

Rental of Graduation Regalia
Graduation Announcements
Diploma Frames
and More

Meet with Bar Review Course Vendors:

BarBri
Themis
PMBR Supplemental Bar Review

They will have literature about their programs and bar review materials available for your review. In addition, several of the companies will offer valuable discounts and raffle prizes, so stop by their tables during the Graduation Fair.

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1L Cocktails with the Faculty

All first-year students are invited to a cocktail party with the faculty on Thursday, March. 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the third-floor gallery. No agenda, just drinks and conversation.

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Strategies and Secrets: Jury Selection in Federal and State Court

March 10 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | Room 140

Simulating the voir dire process, this CLE program will provide insights on how to recognize a good juror, what questions to ask potential jurors and what to expect from judges and opposing counsel. The program will be led by:
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice
Andrew J. Stern, Partner, Kline & Specter
Caren Litvin, Attorney at Law

2 CLE credits will be offered for $100 ($10 for the Kline School of Law alumni). A reception will follow the program, which will be held at the Kline School of Law in Room 140. Click here to register. Questions? Please contact mary.k.mcgovern@drexel.edu. Sponsored by the Civil Litigation Society.

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DELVACCA 2014 Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program

Application deadline March 14!

The Delaware Valley chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (DELVACCA) is sponsoring its Seventh Annual Diversity Corporate Summer Internship Program, aimed at increasing ethnic and racial diversity within corporate legal departments. DELVACCA is a leading chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations, and has more than 1200 members who practice as lawyers in more than 400 organizations, most of whom live and work in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

DELVACCA is pleased to invite area law students who are members of minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession to apply to participate in the program. This opportunity is open to students who will be 2Ls or 3Ls in the fall of 2014.

For more information, see the application.

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Career Strategies Announcements

Upcoming Events:

  • Ever wonder what career coaching is all about? Join the CSO for an informational program on March 11th.
  • The Annual FEDS in PHILLY Program will be held on March 25th. Look for more details soon.

For a complete list of events or to RSVP, please log on to Symplicity-Events.

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Law Review Write-On Competition

The Law Review Write-On Competition will begin on May 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Interested 1L and 2L students will receive the competition packet on that date and will have until May 28, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. to submit their completed materials.

If you are interested in writing on to Law Review you must do the following:

• First, add the “Law Review Write-On Competition 2014” page on TWEN. The TWEN page will be available to add after March 24. All materials, including the packet for the write-on competition, will be posted on TWEN as they become available. You will also turn in your submission on TWEN.

• Second, you need to request an anonymous ID number for the competition. You can request a number any time between March 24, 2014 and May 11, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. To request a number, please e-mail Dana Duggan (dmd82@drexel.edu) from your Drexel email account with the following information:

o Name o Rising Class Year (rising 2L or rising 3L)
o E-mail address
o Phone number

If you do not request an anonymous number by May 11 at 5:00 p.m., you cannot participate in the write-on competition. If you have any questions or problems before the competition, please e-mail Executive Editor of Membership, Connor Hackert at cjh76@drexel.edu

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Access to Student Professional Development Fund (SPDF)

Attention Class of 2016:

Current 1L students will be able to access the SPDF after they have met three requirements:
(1) attending a networking workshop;
(2) meeting with a Career Counselor for resume review, parts 1 and 2; and
(3) attending a mock interview.

The school has developed a web based application, the Professional Development Fund Management System, for you to access the fund. The system has three components – student account for reimbursement request, prerequisites tracking by the Career Strategies Office, and payment process by the Office of Finance and Budget. In order to track each student’s eligibility status and funding balance, all reimbursement requests must go through this system. Here is the site where you may find SPDF policies and procedures, system instructions, and the login portal for accessing your SPDF fund - http://drexel.edu/law/career/students/SPDF/.

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Academic Skills Announcements


Academic Skills Workshop: “Answering Statute-Based Exam Essay Questions”

This workshop is designed to further hone your skills in answering statute-based essay questions. This is one of the most difficult, but most important, skills to master in law school. To master this skill, you need practice—lots of it! You practice this skill in your Crim Law and Con Law classes and your Dean’s Scholar sessions. But with more practice, comes greater proficiency. And with greater proficiency, comes improved exam performance. Hope to see you at this Exam Skills Workshop!

• March 4, 2014
• 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Law 240

Work on answering statute-based exam questions. Submit your answer for individual feedback. Win an awesome Academic Skills raffle prize.
Questions? Contact Professor Kraybill at nck26@drexel.edu.

Spring Dean's Scholars


Constitutional Law (Professor Abu El-Haj)
Hillary Anderson (3L) and Patrick Woolford (2L)

Constitutional Law (Professor Cohen)
Lauren Runza (2l) and Suraji Wagage (JD/PhD)

Criminal Law (Professor Kalhan)
Chelsea Biemiller (3L) and Christine Weller (3L)

Criminal Law (Professor Tibbs)
Stephany Gordon (2L) and Ruben Perez (2L)

Spring 2014 Dean's Scholars Office Hours

PROFESSOR TIBBS
Stephany:
Tuesday 9:20-10:20 - Room 221
Wed 12:30-1:30 - Room 221

Ruben:
Tuesday 9:20-10:20 - Room 222
Wed 12:30-1:30 - Room 222

PROFESSOR KALHAN
Chelsea: 
Wednesdays 2:30 – 3:30

Christine:
Tuesday 4:00-5:00 - Room 221
Wednesday 11:30-12:30 - Room 221
Friday 9:20-10:20 - Room 221

PROFESSOR COHEN
Lauren:
Tuesday 4:50-5:50 - Room 222
Friday 2:50 - 3:50 - Room 221

Suraji:
Thursday 12:30-2:30 - Room 221
  
PROFESSOR ABU EL-HAJ
Patrick:
Tuesday 3:50-5:50 - Room 223

Hillary:
Thursday 12:10-2:10 - Room 222

Dean's Scholar Sessions

Prof. Abu El Haj
Monday: 12:20-1:20 p.m. - Rm. 440
Thursday: 2:15-3:15 p.m. - Rm. 340 (except 4/24 – Room 240)

Prof. Cohen
Monday: 12:20-1:20 p.m.- Rm. ISB 112
Wednesday: 5:10-6:10 p.m.- Rm. 340

Prof. Kalhan
Tuesday: 9:20-10:20 a.m.- Rm. 340
Thursday: 9:20-10:20 a.m. - Rm. 340

Prof. Tibbs
Tuesday: 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Rm. 340 (except 3/11 – Room 302)
Thursday:9:20-10:20 a.m. - Rm. 112

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Student Organization Announcements

Drexel Brehons

Paddy's Purim Party
March 13 | 7:00-11:00 p.m. | Cav's University City (39th & Sansom)
​​​Come join the Brehons & JLSA for their combined Paddy's Purim Party! $5 cover gets you great drink specials, free pizza, and a chance to support two immigration-oriented philanthropies. It'll be a fun way to kick off spring break & get a jump on the Erin Express!

Health Law Society

MLCP Skills Lab: Utilities

March 11 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Room 250
Learn how to help clients with utility issues! ALL ARE WELCOME!

MLCP Skills Lab: Debt & Bankruptcy
March 25 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. | Room 250
Learn about the legal issues surrounding debt and bankruptcy, and learn how to help clients with these issues!

Labor and Employment Law Society

Women in the Law Panel

March 6 | 12:15-2:00 p.m. | Room 140
​Please join us for a lunch panel. Prominent female attorneys and staff persons will be here to discuss women in practice, as well as women in the labor and employment sphere.

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Events/Opportunities Outside of the Building

7th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges
The Drexel University Office of International Programs is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges.  Focusing this year on GENDER, the conference will take place on Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:30am-5:30 p.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

This full day conference will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of students, academics, and activists to address a diverse set of issues related to this year’s topic of GENDER.  This conference offers students opportunities to share their research and engage in critical reflection and dialogue about sex and gender as it relates to the diverse disciplines of health, education, science, human rights, technology, medicine, law, media, economics, politics, culture and history.

There will be six student panels open to undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Global Science, Technology, and Society
  • Global Health
  • Global Media, Culture, and Arts
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Global Business and Economic Trends
  • Global Political and Social Trends

How can you get involved?
This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience presenting on an academic panel and to think critically about one of the world’s most pressing issues.  You can apply to present on a panel or register to attend the conference online at www.drexel.edu/international.
To apply to be a panelist, please submit a short abstract (1-2 paragraphs) in the online form.   If your student organization works on issues related to Gender and you would like a table at the reception, please contact Adam Zahn alz26@drexel.edu or 215-895-6372.
The student conference is free, open to the public and will include breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception with raffle prizes. 

For more information please visit www.drexel.edu/international.

An Evening of Jazz and Rainmaking With Steve Goodman
March 13, 2014 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom Street

The Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce an evening of jazz and rainmaking with Steve Goodman, renown jazz pianist and senior partner and major rainmaker at Morgan Lewis. Steve will provide insights to client development, retention and growth in an interview format with Karl Stark, Health and Science Editor and Jazz Reviewer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and then will be joined on stage by the other members of the Goodman Trio, bass player Bruce Kaminsky and drummer Bruce Klauber, to complete the evening. Registration is required in advance. Includes hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. Walk-ins are not permitted.

Cost:
Law Student Members - Complimentary
Association Members - $10
Non-Members - $20
(Law students who are not members of the Association that register for this event will automatically be Association members for the remainder of 2014.)

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Scholarships and Writing Competitions

Scholarships:

2014 Alford Excellence Award Application- Deadline: April 15, 2014
For details, please visit http://tiny.cc/q2r5bx

Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship - Deadline: April 30, 2014
For details, please visit http://www.hcbalaw.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=a9tB2czEPyA%3d&tabid=71&mid=415

The Hon. Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation - Deadline: May 1, 2014
The Foundation awards scholarships to law students from the New Jersey counties of Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland. Letters requesting applications should be addressed to:
The Honorable Nathan C. Staller Law Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
c/o Dorothy F. McCrosson, Esquire
McCrosson & Stanton
200 Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, New Jersey 08226

Essex County Bar Association – Vincent J. Biunno Scholarship - Deadline: May 9, 2014
Awarded to New Jersey residents who have been accepted or are attending law school and have a present and permanent physical or mental disability.
For details, please contact imendez@essexbar.com.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Scholarships and Interest Free Loans - Deadline: May 15, 2014
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is currently accepting applications for scholarships, as well as interest free loans, for the 2014-15 academic year.
Students may download applications at www.jewishphilly.org/programs-services/educational-scholarships.

Writing Competitions: 

2014 Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition in Medical-Legal Interprofessional Collaboration - Deadline: April 1, 2014
For details, please visit http://med.fsu.edu/userFiles/file/Writing%20Competition(1).pdf

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Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter

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Associate Professor of Law. Submissions are due by noon on Wednesday for the following week's issue.

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