Please be aware that photo crew will be on campus April 4 & 5 to capture images that will appear on our website and in marketing/promotional materials.
Some specific photographs have already been scheduled with particular students and faculty, however, it is quite likely that the photographers will happen upon people and scenes that lend themselves to strong photos, and it would be greatly appreciated if you would cooperate with their requests.
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Drexel Law Review Ranking Announced
Now that the Drexel Law Review is in its third volume, we are finally able to be ranked. The Board of the Law Review is very excited to announce that among all journals (a total of 1,664), we are #219. Among general law reviews (314), we're 108. This positions us well to compete with other area law schools--the closest area school is Rutgers Camden, which is 213 and 105, respectively. This ranking should also help us get both more and better submissions, and hopefully help our school's overall ranking as well.
The Board would like to thank all of the Drexel Law Review staff (current and former) who made this happen, and the administration and faculty for your support.
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Law Review Write-On Competition 2011
The Law Review Write-On Competition is scheduled to begin May 14. Interested 1L and 2L students will receive the competition packet on that date and will have until June 1 to submit their completed materials. Those who are accepted to Law Review should be able to attend a new member training session sometime in late July. We encourage all interested students to keep these dates in mind when making summer plans. Want more information about being on Law Review, plus tips on how to successfully complete the write-on? Attend the following sessions!
Wednesday, April 6, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Room 240
--Current members will be on hand to discuss what Law Review is really like and to answer all your questions. Lunch will be provided.
Friday, April 15, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 240
--Writing Specialist Clare Coleman will present on how to approach the note portion of the competition, including formatting and other tips. There will also be a Bluebook session
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EMSoL Annual Students vs. Faculty Volleyball Tournament
Who Rules.... Faculty or Students??
Join us for our first ever EMSoL Annual Students vs. Faculty Volleyball Tournament held Today!, April 4th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Drexel Recreation Center (across the street from the law building). Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the tournament and to the team with the most creative name! Questions? Please contact Anahita Buhariwala in the OSA (firstname.lastname@example.org). See you there!
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Preparing for the Bar Exam
Notices from Bar Prep Providers:
Attention 1Ls: It is that time of year again! Please mark your calendar to reflect the schedule for BARBRI's First Year Review Videos, which greatly assist you in your studies and preparation for your Spring Exams. Please look for announcements from your 1L BARBRI representatives.
The schedule is as follows:
Constitutional Law: Wednesday, April 6 from 3:30-6:30 in room 340
Property Law: Wednesday, April 13 from 3:30-6:30 in room 340
Criminal Law: Wednesday, April 20 from 3:30-6:30 in room 340
Questions? Please contact Mallory Pelland at email@example.com.
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Academic Skills Announcements
Dean's Scholar Schedule - Spring 2011
Please Note: All office hours are held in Study Room 223 on the second floor, across from Law 240.
Constitutional Law--Professor Abu El Haj
Dean's Scholars: Tori Caracciolo and Nate Howard
Sessions: Monday 3:35-4:35 p.m., Law 240 | Wednesday 3:35-4:35 p.m., Law 240
Tori's Office Hours: Monday 4:35-6:35 p.m.
Nate's Office Hours: Friday 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Constitutional Law--Professor Cohen
Dean's Scholars: Marisa Grillo and Earthen Johnson
Sessions: Tuesday 4:00-5:00 p.m., Law 420 | Wednesday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Law 440
Earthen's Office Hours: Wednesday 8:00-9:00 a.m. | Thursday 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Marisa's Office Hours: Tuesday 8:00-9:00 a.m. | Wednesday 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Criminal Law--Professor Filler
Dean's Scholars: Krysten Connon and Blair Thompson
Sessions: Monday 12:15-1:15 p.m., Law 240 | Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Law 420
Blair’s Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Thursday 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Krysten’s Office Hours: Wednesday 10:30-12:15 p.m.
Criminal Law--Professor Tibbs
Dean's Scholars: Ted Kopec and Joe McPeak
Sessions: Tuesday 12:45-1:45 p.m., Matheson 208 | Thursday 12:45-1:45 p.m., Matheson 208
Joe's Office Hours: Wednesday 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Ted's Office Hours: Thursday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Library Hours for Legal Methods Dean's Scholars:
Kristen Sawicki -- Monday: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. | Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Thursday: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Mourin Khaleel -- Wednesday: 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Friday: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
1L Academic Skills Workshops
The 1L Academic Skills Workshops will be held throughout the Spring semester on Fridays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. in Law 240*. Workshops, presented by Professor Kraybill, will focus on the further development of exam-taking skills. In these workshops, you will answer exam hypotheticals and get feedback on your written work. Diana Silva, a Dean's Scholar for Professor Bogus last fall, will assist Professor Kraybill with these workshops. Professor Coleman's workshops are designed to provide additional assistance on the brief assignment in Legal Methods II. The workshops are listed below.
April 8, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
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Office of Student Affairs and Financial Aid
- Summer and Fall Registration Dates
Rising 3Ls (current 2Ls) Priority Day
Summer registration: Monday, April 4, 12:15 - 11:59 p.m.
Fall registration: Monday, April 11, 12:15 – 11:59 p.m.
All Continuing Students
Summer registration: Thursday, April 7, 12:15 p.m. through Monday, May 30, 11:59 p.m.
Fall registration (Note New Time): Thursday, April 14, 12:45 p.m. through Friday, July 8, 11:59 p.m.; Monday, July 25, 8:00 a.m. through Sunday, August 28, 11:59 p.m.
- Spring Exam Conditions
The final exam version of Exam4 is now available, as are Spring anonymous IDs. You must complete an Exam Policies and Procedures Verification Form in order to retrieve your ID. Please visit the Virtual Community for all information on your exam ID and the exam software.
You can also register for an Exam4 workshop. They are optional this term, but strongly recommended for anyone who may be using Exam4 for the first time or taking a take-home exam in Exam4 for the first time. They will run from 12:30-1:30 PM from April 4-April 8.
As suggested in some previous communication with students who typically write their exams, we will be implementing a new policy about multiple choice exams for Bluebook students. If your exam has a multiple choice component, you must use Exam4 to submit these answers. You are still free to handwrite your essay answers. Since many of you may not have attended an Exam4 workshop, we recommend you attend this term. If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact Theresa Gallo or Dean Oates.
To be eligible to receive technical support during your exams, you must upload a practice exam no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22. We strongly encourage you to type a few lines into the practice exam document and use some features to make sure everything goes as expected.
- New Administrative Assistant in OSA!
OSA welcomes Nora Olsewski! Nora is a graduate of Susquehanna University, and worked in several offices there as a student assistant. We are very excited to welcome her to the Law School today. She will be responsible for front desk assistance and intake, as well as supporting the OSA staff with course evaluations, textbooks, exams, and other administrative considerations.
Financial Aid Announcements
- New Required Financial Aid Form for 2011-2012
In addition to the FAFSA, all returning law students wishing to receive financial aid MUST fill out an Institutional Financial Aid Application in order to receive financial aid for the 2011-2012 academic year. This form can be accessed on the web at http://drexel.edu/src/financialaid/forms/. There are also forms available in the Office of Student Affairs. Completed forms should be brought to the Office of Student Affairs in Room 450 of the Law School. Forms must be submitted by May 1, 2011.
Mary de Rivera, the law school financial aid advisor, will be available on Wednesday March 23rd in Room 420 to assist any student who still needs to complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application for 2011-2012. Stop by for a few minutes, take care of this requirement, and avoid unnecessary financial aid delays in August.
- Summer Financial Aid
Any student interested in a Graduate Plus Loan to cover costs for the Summer Semester, should apply for a 2010-2011 loan starting April 1st at www.studentloans.gov. At least 4.5 credits are required to qualify for these federal loans which can be used to cover the cost of tuition as well as living expenses. Funds for summer are scheduled to disburse to the University the week of May 16th. Tuition for the Summer semester will be $1,190 per credit with students receiving a 25% discount bringing the actual cost to $892.50 per credit.
- 2011-2012 FAFSA
The Financial Aid Office would like to remind returning law students that your 2011-2012 FAFSA must be completed by May 1, 2011. You should review the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive from the Department of Education to determine if your application is complete.
You can fill out the FAFSA before you file an income tax return. The required amounts for the FAFSA can be estimated. Your financial aid package may be adjusted once the actual tax information is submitted.
Drexel's financial aid code for the FAFSA is 003256.
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Career and Professional Development Office
**Appointments are available outside of the scheduled hours upon request**
- April 6, 2011 - Getting in with the Government, Rm. 340, 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. 1Ls and 2Ls -Start planning for next Fall’s job search. Find out what you need to know about working for the government. How do I conduct my job search? When are the deadlines? RSVP in Symplicity, under “Events.”
- April 13, 2011 - How to Have a Successful Summer - Private Practice, Rm. 140, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. 1Ls and 2Ls – Hear from private practice attorneys and recruiters on how to maximize your performance and experience as an associate or intern in a law firm this summer.
- April 13, 2011 - How to Have a Successful Summer - Public Interest, Rm. 240, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. 1Ls and 2Ls – Hear from government and public interest attorneys on how to maximize your performance and experience as an intern in public service organizations this summer.
- Attention 1L Students: If you have not scheduled an appointment to meet with a CPDO counselor to review your resume, please do so ASAP! REMINDER: Effective, November 1, prior to using any services offered by the CPDO, students are required to have their resume reviewed by a member of the CPDO counseling staff. Please contact Krystal Lespinasse at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment.
- The 18th Annual DuPont Legal Minority Job Fairs, August 6, 2011, in Wilmington, DE. Information regarding job fair registration is on the blog. Please read the information carefully as the site to register is password restricted and limited to students from selected law schools. Note that the deadline for registration is Friday, April 15th at midnight! Questions, contact Christine Dougherty at email@example.com.
New This Week On The Blog!
- Law Offices of Allen L. Rothenberg Needs Law Clerk to Start Immediately (1L, 2L, 3L)
- Glaxo Smith Kline Legal Group Diversity and Inclusion Event, April 13, 2011 - Reply Deadline extended to April 5, 2011 (1L, 2L. 3L)
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Notices From The Student Bar Association
Donuts with the Deans - April 11, 2011
Cure the Monday blues with coffee, tea, and donuts at the SBA sponsored "Donuts with the Deans." Stop by to grab a cup of Joe, a donut, and some light conversation with the deans and your classmates. Monday, April 11, 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the First Floor Lobby.
SBA Open Meeting - April 5, 2011
The next SBA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 5th at 8:00 p.m. in Room 301. All are invited to attend.
Barristers' Ball 2011 - Update!
Please join your fellow classmates and faculty for a night of eating, drinking, and dancing. Our 5th Annual Barrister's Ball will take place on May 7, 2011 at the Loews Hotel-Regency Ballroom from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Each student is invited to attend and can bring one guest.
Thank you for making your timely deposits! Full balances will be due between April 4th-April 18th at https://deptapp.drexel.edu/barristerball/Default.aspx. If you have not made your deposit but would still like to attend, the Student Affairs Committee will open deposits up once again for a limited number of tickets after final balances are due on 4/18. More details to follow. If you have any questions, contact Steph Cieslak (firstname.lastname@example.org) or any member of the Student Affairs Committee.
A small block of rooms has been reserved at the Loews Hotel for the night of May 7th. The room rate for double occupancy is $189.00 plus taxes. Rooms will be held until Friday, April 8th. Those wishing to reserve a room should call 1-888-575-6397 and specify that they are will the Drexel Law Barristers Ball for the reduced rate. First come, first serve.
Faculty and staff planning to attend should contact Steph Cieslak (email@example.com).
Student Organization Announcements
American Constitution Society:
Viewing of The West Wing (Episode: "Take This Sabbath Day")
Today! April 4 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 340
ACS will be co-hosting a "West Wing" screening of the episode "Take This Sabbath Day," an episode about the Death Penalty, with the Christian law Society in Room 340.
US Congressman Patrick Murphy Discusses "Don't Ask, Don't Tell";
Tuesday, April 5 | 5 p.m. | Drexel’s Intercultural Center, 33rd and Chestnut
ACS will be co-hosting US Congressman Patrick Murphy in his discussion of the history of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The event will take place at the Multicultural Center at 33rd and Chestnut. Don't miss it!
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197546096946396
Speaker Event: Exonerated Death Row Inmate, Ray Krone
Thursday, April 6 | 4:30 p.m. | Room 140
ACS will be co-hosting an event with the NLG - Ray Krone, exonerated death row inmate will be speaking.
Viewing Oral Arguments at the Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Wednesday, April 13 | 1 p.m. | 6th and Market Sts.
ACS will be leaving EMSoL to watch the pro's in action! We will be traveling down to the 3d Circuit Court of Appeals at 6th and Market St to watch oral arguments.
Please RSVP to DrexelACS@gmail.com as soon as possible with "3d Circuit" in your subject line to let us know you are interesting in attending. There are three oral arguments scheduled, so expect to be there until about 3:30 p.m.
The cases will be: Lesher v. Law Office of Mitchell N. Kay (law firm accused of violating the FDCPA by acting as a debt collector, 724 F.Supp.2d 503), Viera v. Life Insurance Co. of NA (labor & employment case dealing with accidental death and dismemberment benefits, 2010 WL 1407312), and U.S. v. Carthens.
Environmental Law Society:
The Drexel Environmental Law Society has several upcoming events. Please join us!
- General Meeting & Officer Elections: April 7 (12:00-1:00, Room TBA).
- Greensgrow Urban Farm Philanthropy Project: April 7 (we will leave from the EMSoL lobby at 3:30).
Spend a couple hours working in the fresh spring air while volunteering at a local urban farm. We will plant seedlings, work with earthworm composting, tour the farm, and learn about the farm's innovative techniques. To learn about Greensgrow Farm, visit http://www.greensgrow.org/farm/index.php. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can let the farm know how many people to expect and arrange carpooling.
- Environmental Law & Policy Career Panel: Thursday, April 21 (6:00-8:00, Room 140 - followed by reception on 2nd Floor lounge). Featuring attorneys from the private, government, and non‐profit sectors including representatives from Manko, Gold, Katcher and Fox, LLP; Bradley Campbell, LLC; Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; Archer & Greiner, P.C.; and, Penn Futures. Co-hosted with the American Constitution Society
For more information, please contact Shari Berger Kulanu, email@example.com
Philosophy Club Charity Poker Tournament to benefit the Free Library of Philadelphia
Wednesday, April 6 | 5:00- 9:00 p.m. | Blarney Stone (3929 Sansom Street)
The Drexel Law Philosophy Club is holding a charity poker tournament from 5-9pm at the Blarney Stone (3929 Sansom Street) on Wednesday, April 6. Buy-ins for the tournament must be made by 5:30 and are $10 per player. The Blarney Stone has offered our guests an extended happy hour: $2.50 beers, $3 well drinks, and $1 off anything else. All proceeds will benefit the Free Library of Philadelphia. The tournament winner will be awarded a one-of-a-kind t-shirt featuring an artist's caricature of you being crowned winner of this prestigious event.
Please invite your friends and compete for the honor of becoming the 2011 poker tournament champion! Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF):
Animal Law 101 | Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 420
Come and learn about the fascinating area of study that is Animal Law. Animal Law encompasses many areas of law including but not limited to criminal law, trust and estates, torts and environmental law. Drexel Law's very own Animal Law Professor, Dara Lovitz, will be giving a presentation on the study of animal law and a brief review of Drexel's Animal Law course which will be offered in the Fall of 2011. Lunch will be provided.
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Events on Campus and Around Town
Philly Spring Clean-Up - April 2, 2011
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has made Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 Philly Spring Clean-Up Day. The Mayor has requested Philadelphians to join him once more in hopes of having the largest city wide clean-up event in Philadelphia. The cleanup will take place from 9am-2pm throughout the city. Drexel wants to show their support of this worthwhile initiative and needs your help to make this a success.
We are working with the City to send teams of Drexel students, faculty and staff to specific locations throughout Philadelphia. Drexel will provide shuttle service, t-shirts and refreshments for their volunteers. Shuttles will depart at 8:45am from the Recreation Center Lobby and return at approximately 2:00pm.
To register, e-mail email@example.com.
Thanks for your support and let's help make Philadelphia a cleaner place.
For more information on the Philadelphia Clean-Up you can visit:
ACS Presents: An Evening with Congressman Patrick Murphy on the History and Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell - April 4, 2011
EMSoL First Annual Speed Networking Event - April 7, 2011
Come out and meet one on one with lawyers in the Philadelphia community at McCormick & Schmick's on April 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! Networking is key component of the legal community both in developing business opportunities and creating job opportunities especially in a struggling economy.
Don't know how to network? There will be a brief presentation by Leo Mulhivill '10 on networking. Also, the structured speed networking environment will permit students to talk to people they wouldn't otherwise have come into contact with, and can decide whether they have an interest in a particular kind of employer or practice area. Following the one-hour speed networking session there will be a short reception where all participants can have the opportunity to speak more informally.
Each participant will receive one free drink ticket, and food will be provided. Pre-registration is required at http://drexelemsolnetwork.eventbrite.com/.
This event is co-hosted by CPDO, PAD, APALSA, BLSA, LALSA, and OUTLAW.
Skydiving for Charity!
The Real Haiti: A Street Level Discussion - April 13, 2011
SALDF Presents : What is Animal Law - April 14, 2011
Join EMSoL's Team and Fight Back Against MS One Step at a Time! - April 17, 2011
Get involved in a worthy cause and have a good time with friends while you’re at it! The walk is 8 miles through historic Moorestown, with several rest stops along the way. Although it is a walk, you are also welcome to jog or run if you would like. There will be food before and after the event, along with music and other activities. Funds collected from this event go towards research to find a cure and provide programs to address the needs of the people living with MS today.
You can register for the event at:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nicole Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Sunday, April 17th
Time: Registration starts at 9:00am ~ Walk starts at 10:00am (rain or shine!)
Location: Moorestown High School, located at 350 Bridgeboro Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057.
Note: There is a $25 minimum donation for all participants
Barristers' Ball 2011
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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
Essex County Bar Association Biunno Scholarship for Law Students with Disabilities - Deadline: May 6, 2011
This scholarship was established by the Essex County Bar Association and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Honorable Vincent J. Biunno memorial Fund. Designed to offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities who are currently attending law school.
- Applicant must demonstrate a present and permanent physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual. Medical documentation establishing the nature and extent of the disability will be required.
- Applicant must be a resident of New Jersey. There will be a preference given to Essex County residents.
- Applicant must be attending law school or be accepted to and commencing studies in law school.
- Applicant must have attained a 3.0 or equivalent GPA in law school, or if they are an incoming student, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
- Preference given to a person seeking to pursue a career in the field of advocacy for persons with disabilities. Intent may be demonstrated by completing a course in disability law, work in a disability or disability-related clinic or prior job experience
- Preference given to students who can demonstrate financial need.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should contact Alanna Bridgett at email@example.com to obtain an application form.
Drexel Publishing Group Writing Contest Announcement - Deadline: April 13, 2011
Open to Drexel undergraduate and graduate students. For details, please visit http://drexelpublishing.org/dpg-essay-contest-2011/
New! National Law Review 2011 Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: April 25, 2011
For details, please visit this link.
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees Second Annual Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: April 30, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.nactt.com/seminars/LawStudentWritingCompetition2011.pdf.
2011 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Pursuit of Justice" Legal Writing Competition - Deadline: May 9, 2011
This competition is open to full- and part-time law students who are in their second or third year of study during the 2010-11 academic year at one of the following six institutions: Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rutgers University School of Law - Camden, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova University School of Law and Widener University School of Law (Delaware Campus). Part-time law students in their third or later year of study are also eligible. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. The submission may not have been published previously, although it may have been prepared in connection with a law school course or for a law journal. The submission also may not have been submitted for any other competition during the time when it is under consideration for this competition, until after the time when awards are announced. The submission must be the work of one author alone (joint submissions will not be considered), and the author must certify that the submission has been prepared without substantial editing from others.
Candidates may submit a law review quality submission on any topic relating to rights, privileges and responsibilities under federal law. Entries must be received by Monday, May 9 at 4 p.m. by Dawn Petit, Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St., 11th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The author of the winning submission will receive a cash award of $2,500, the publication of the winning submission in The Philadelphia Lawyer, on the Bar Association's website and/or in an appropriate Bar Association publication. The winner will be invited to a Quarterly Meeting of the Bar Association, at which time the award will be presented.
AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund’s 2011 Mike Eidson Scholarship. - Deadline: May 31, 2011
For details, please visit this link .
Alice Paul Feminist Jurisprudence Essay Contest - Deadline: June 1, 2011
For details, please visit http://www.wcl.american.edu/gender/wlp/essay_contest.cfm.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Law and Public Policy Writing Competition - Deadline: August 1, 2011
Details can be downloaded at http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/030711/PVA-2011-Writing-Competition.pdf.
Missouri University/CIArb Writing Competition - Deadline: August 15, 2011
This writing competition is sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch and offers a $300 prize to the competition winner. The winner may also have his or her winning submission published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution along with other symposium papers. The Journal is recognized as the leading legal publication in the area of alternative dispute resolution and contains articles written by nationally and internationally prominent authors and students on a wide variety of topics. Further information on the CIArb student writing competition is available at http://www.law.missouri.edu/csdr/symposium/2011/writing.html
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Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter
Submissions for the "EMSoL Weekly Newsletter" are approved by Kevin Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Law. The newsletter is published each Monday during the academic term. Please forward all material for the newsletter to Alanna Bridgett (email@example.com) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - Monday, April 4, 2011