Recent Grad Helps Win Case for Client with HIV
Kailee Farrell, a member of the Class of 2010, played a key role in winning damages and penalties for a woman who was evicted from an assisted living facility in Northampton County, Pennsylvania after disclosing that she has HIV.
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission on Sept. 28 awarded the client more than $63,000 in damages, based on a lawsuit filed by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where Farrell worked as a Civil Practice Field Clinic intern in 2009-2010.
The award significantly exceeded the amount the PHRC typically grants, which averaged $10,000 to $15,000 in the last five years.
Farrell contributed significantly to the successful outcome, Civil Practice Field Clinic Professor and AIDS Law Project Deputy Managing Attorney Cathryn Miller-Wilson said, noting that the student conducted critical research, prepared for depositions and assembled evidentiary materials, performing with the skill of a second or third-year associate.
AIDS Law Project Executive Director Ronda Goldfein and Sarah Schalman-Bergman, of counsel to the AIDS Law Project and an associate at Berger & Montague, PC, were lead counsel on the case. Goldfein, Miller-Wilson and Schalman-Bergen characterized Farrell as an indispensable member of the team.
"We relied upon Kailee to conduct detailed interviews with witnesses, draft documents and research complicated statutory and regulatory issues," Schalman-Bergen said. "Kailee's invaluable insight was based on her understanding of this case, as well as the issues that we routinely deal with at the AIDS Law Project."
The victory affirms the value of integrating hands-on experience into the law school curriculum, said Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Susan Brooks.
Dean Roger Dennis said the case also demonstrates the power of the law school's partnerships with premiere public interest organizations like the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania.
"It allows our students to work on litigation that really meaningfully changes lives," Dennis said.
Farrell, who graduated in May, is currently a clerk for New Jersey Superior Court Judge Evan H.C. Crook.
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ABA Team Visit
What to Expect
As part of the ongoing application process for full ABA accreditation, we will be visited by a site team. The visit is scheduled for Monday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 26, 2010. The chair of the team is Professor Catherine L. Carpenter of the Southwestern University School of Law. Other members of the team are:
- Professor Marcella David, University of Iowa College of Law
- Professor Stephen G. Margeton, Catholic University of America School of Law
- Professor Jerome M. Organ, University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minnesota
- Ms. Shauneen Hutchinson, Esq.
- Provost Paul LaBel, University of North Dakota School of Law
- Professor Mary Berkheiser, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
The team has already been provided with extensive written materials describing all aspects of the school including: finances, facilities, curriculum, library, students, and faculty. While on site, the team will interview university administrators and many members of the law school community. Our visitors will also attend classes as part of their review of institutional quality. The team very much wants the students' candid input about their experience at the Earle Mack School of Law. There will be several opportunities to meet the team. There will be an open meeting with the team for all students on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Room 240. Student leaders will meet with the team for lunch on the same day. Any student who might wish to speak individually with any member of the team should feel free to email Professor Carpenter directly at email@example.com.
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Congratulations to Anne Marie and Dan Cellucci on the birth of their son! John Peter Cellucci was born on Sunday, October 3, 2010, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Isn't he adorable?
Congratulations are also in order for Keith and Kati West! They celebrated birth of their first child, Atticus Thomas, on October 3. The youngest Mr. West weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
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Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours for Fall Semester
Legal Research Center and Law Building Hours are available at: http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/studentLife/studentAffairs/building_hours/.
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Office of Student Affairs
OSA & Financial Aid Announcements
- Spring Registration
Registration for upper-level students has started and will remain open through the first week of classes. Remember that waitlist notifications may be sent at any point over this time period, and will be sent through your Drexel email, so be attentive. Additionally, all 1Ls whose accounts are free of holds have been registered for their Spring courses and J-Term INC section. For any questions about registration, please contact Theresa Gallo. For course advising, please see your faculty advisor or Dean Toth.
- Graduate Plus Loans
Any student interested in applying for a Graduate Plus Loan for the 2010-2011 academic year can still do so at www.studentloans.gov. Allow 2-3 weeks after you are approved for Drexel to certify your loan and the funds to begin disbursing.
- Student Bills
Students are reminded to check their eBills. The link to the eBill is sent to a student's official Drexel email account each month and is available on their Drexel One accounts. Payment can be made in person at the Cashier's Office in the Main Building, mailed, or through your Drexel One account using either Master Card, Discover, American Express, or electronic check via web ACH.
In October, the Office of Financial Services will begin placing Financial Holds on any student's account that has a balance due. If a student is having difficulty paying their bill, or is concerned that financial aid has not posted correctly on their bill, they should contact Mary de Rivera, the Law School's Financial Aid Advisor, now located in the Office of Student Affairs.
Please remember to put a lock on your locker, and do not use a locker that has not been assigned to you.
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Career and Professional Development Office
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**Appointments are available outside of the scheduled hours upon request**
- November 10, 2010 - Philadelphia Area Diversity Law Group Information Session, 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., Room 340
Working for a large law firm or corporation your 1L summer is quite rare. On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, Lois Kimbol from the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG) will be here to discuss the 1L summer program. The PDLG is an organization that offers first-year students an opportunity of summer employment in outstanding law firms and corporate law departments otherwise reserved for 2LS. The PDLG Program is designed to identify first year law students who have overcome obstacles in pursuing a legal career, come from disadvantaged backgrounds or from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the Philadelphia legal community and who have demonstrated the ability, based on academic achievement, writing ability and other accomplishments, to succeed in the summer programs run by our member organizations.
SAVE THE DATE:
- November 12, 2010 - Interactive Interview Training
- November 15 - 19, 2010 - Mock Interview Week
Full Time Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel - Legal Honors Program - October 15, 2010
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Chief Counsel's Civilian Honors Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Environmental Protection Agency - R9 2011 Honors Attorney Fellowship - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Dept. of Homeland Security - OGC DHS General Counsel's 2011 Honors Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Dept. of Labor - Office of the Solicitor Honors Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- National Labor Relations Board - Board General Counsel HQ & Regional Offices Honors Attorney Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Ohio Attorney General - 2011 Simon Karas Fellowship - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Environmental Protection Agency - 2011 Honors Attorney Fellowship - Deadline Oct. 18, 2010
2L Jobs from Government Honors & Internship Handbook:
- Dept of the Air Force - OGC Summer Law Clerk Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Environmental Protection Agency - R9 Summer Law Clerk Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Dept. of Homeland Security - OGC Summer Law Intern Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - OGC Summer Intern Program - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- Texas Attorney General - Law Clerk Program Summer - Deadline Oct. 15, 2010
- City of Philadelphia - District Attorney's Office - Summer Legal Internships - Deadline Nov. 1, 2010
Post Graduate Fellowship Deadlines:
- Presidential Management Fellows Program - October 15, 2010
NEW THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG!:
- Legal Intern, Summer 2011, The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA Office
- Internship, Summer 2011, EQT Corporation, W.VA & PA locations
- Law Intern, Summer 2011, PSE&G Law Department, Newark, NJ
- ACLU, Racial Justice Program, Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship, 2011-2012
- Art & Entertainment Law Career Panel - Wednesday, October 20th at 4:30 pm at Penn Law School
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Dean's Scholars Sessions
- Professor Furrow's Torts Class
Dean's Scholars: Sara Goldstein and Priscilla Jimenez
Monday: 4:45-5:45 p.m., Room 340
Wednesday: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 420
- Professor Geisinger's Torts Class
Dean's Scholars: Kevin Anderson and Ben Simmons
Thursdays: 9:20-10:20 a.m. in Room 420 and 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 250
- Professor Asbury's Civil Procedure Class
Dean's Scholars: Earthen Johnson and Matt Lynch
Monday: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 240
Wednesday: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Room 240
- Professor Bogus's Civil Procedure Class
Dean's Scholars: Kevin Demko and Diana Silva
Thursday: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Room 420
Tuesday: 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 308 Matheson
- Legal Methods I
Dean's Scholars: Kristen Sawicki and Mourin Khaleel
Kristen Sawicki's Library Hours
Wednesday- 3:30-5:30 p.m., Legal Research Center
Thursday- 8:30-10:30 a.m., Legal Research Center
Mourin Khaleel's Library Hours
Monday- 12:00-12:50 p.m., Legal Research Center
Tuesday- 12:00-12:50 p.m., Legal Research Center
Wednesday- 10:30-12:30 p.m., Legal Research Center
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Academic Skills Program
Brown Bag Workshops
The Academic Skills Program lunch-time workshops are open to all first-year students. The workshops are led by Professors Kraybill and Coleman and focus on the skills needed for academic success in substantive law courses and Legal Methods. All workshops will be held in Law 240.
No registration is required, just bring your lunch and join us!
- Friday, October 29: Exam Writing Skills II (Practice Exam)
11:30-12:30 | Room 240
- Friday, November 12: Self-Editing the First-Year Memo
11:30-12:30 | Room 240
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Professor Rich Freer (author of the Civil Procedure casebook that many of you use in class), will be lecturing 1L students on "How to Succeed in Law School" on Monday, October 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Room 240. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED. This event is open to ALL 1L students and is sponsored by BARBRI.
In less than an hour, Professor Freer will help you learn what you need to do to excel on your first year exams; providing you with some useful tips on learning what is necessary for your final exams and provide guidance on how to most effectively distill the material you are learning into a manageable outline for studying for finals. He will give you suggestions about the exams you will be taking and provide some tips on how to maximize your grades on these important eXAMS. He will help you work through a typical civil procedure final exam question, demonstrating persuasively how his method can be used to get the highest possible grades.
Do you want to learn Civil Procedure before your exam? Please attend Professor Rich Freer's lecture on Civil Procedure on Sunday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (34th and Sansom Streets) in Gittis #213. Lecture and materials are provided by BARBRI. This event is open to ALL law students.
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Student Bar Association
- Halloween Party - New
The SBA is happy to announce the school's first ever Halloween Party!
Friday, October 22 at Public House beginning at 8:00 p.m.
FREE open bar 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Drink specials to follow from 9:00-11:00 p.m.
Costumes encouraged but not required. Law students that come dressed in costume get another drink on us and the chance to win one of our "Best Dressed" prizes.
All students, faculty, and staff of the EMSoL are invited. Guests are welcomed and encouraged.
More information can be found on the Facebook event page "Halloween Party: Presented by the EMSoL SBA" or by contacting the SBA Student Affairs Committee: Steph Cieslak, Teagan Henwood, and Kevin Rieffel.
- Cocktails for a Cause - New
One of the school's most popular events is back. On Friday, November 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., our professors and staff will be pouring drinks behind the bar at Mad River once again to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. $5 cover. $2 drafts, well drinks, and house wine. You won't want to miss this!
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Drexel Business Law Organization:
General Meeting | Monday, October 25 | 12:15 p.m. | Room 240
The Drexel Business Law Organization (DBLO) will be holding a general meeting on Monday, October 25 at 12:15 in Room 240. This meeting is mandatory for those wishing to participate in the upcoming ABA Business Law Meeting in Washington, DC. Please e-mail DrexelBusinessLawOrg@gmail.com if you would like to join the mailing list but cannot make the meeting, or if you wish to sign up for the Fall ABA Business Law Meeting. We will be discussing our upcoming Fall Happy Hour, and lunch will be provided. Hope to see you there!
Christian Legal Society:
Meeting | Wednesday, October 21 | 12:00-12:50 p.m. | Room: 420
Come join us as we continue with "Community Discovery" and discuss plans for our upcoming philanthropy project.
- Criminal Law Society:
Panel Discussion | Tuesday, October 26 | 5:00 - 6:15 p.m. | Room 240 | Reception: 3rd Floor Lounge
The Criminal Law Society cordially invites you to join us for a panel discussion as we proudly present three of Pennsylvania's most prominent and successful criminal defense attorneys: Chuck Peruto Jr., Michael Diamondstein, and Scott DiClaudio. A reception will follow in the third-floor lounge.
- Dispute Resolution Interest Group, International Law & Human Rights Society, Business Law Organization:
Career Panel: Alternative Dispute Resolution Options| Wednesday, November 10 | 4:30-6:00 p.m. | Location: TBA | Reception to follow
Co-sponsored by the Dispute Resolution Interest Group, the International Law & Human Rights Society, and the Career Planning Development Office.
- Law Students for Reproductive Justice:
Temple LSRJ Happy Hour | Wednesday, October 20 | 7:00 p.m. | Nodding Head, 1516 Sansom Street
Temple Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Medical Students for Choice are hosting a happy hour at Nodding Head, 1516 Sansom Street, on Wednesday, October 20 at 7pm. All are welcome!
- Phi Alpha Delta:
3rd Annual Community Service Day | Saturday, October 16 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Come join PAD as we clean up a local neighborhood in conjunction with Philadelphia Cares Day!
Transportation to and from the event, and lunch will be provided.
Attendance for PAD members is mandatory.
Please email Sara Goldstein at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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Events on Campus and Around Town
2010 CAA Blood Drive Thursday, October 21, 2010
Help the Dragons surpass last year's total of 859 pints collected and win the CAA Challenge for the 5th year in a row!
The Red Cross will be collecting blood at the University City Main Campus, Center City Hahnemann Campus, Burlington County Campus and Sacramento Campus.
In 2009, the Drexel Dragons beat arch rival University of Delaware Blue Hens and matched their 4-year winning record! YOU can make a difference in helping save someone's life and at the same time help Drexel win the CAA Blood Challenge.
Register Now to Give Blood
We need your help to save lives!
Show your school spirit and help Drexel win the CAA Blood Challenge!
Want to volunteer for the Blood Drive Challenge?
Email email@example.com with you name and contact information and we will contact you about ways you can help Drexel win the CAA Blood Drive Challenge!
For more information:
Rebecca Weidensaul, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Athletics, Academic Services, Drexel University Athletics
American Red Cross Board of Directors (Penn-Jersey) www.giveblood.org
Office: (215) 895-6092 / ACHIEVE Center (215) 895-2035
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Scholarships and Writing Competitions
WEF Scholarship - Deadline: October 21, 2010
The Hardy Williams Education Fund will award scholarships to the most talented graduating high school senior, undergraduate students and graduate students in Philadelphia interested in a career in government, law, or social action. All completed applications must be submitted to the address on the application on or before October 21, 2010.
The application is available for download here. If there are any questions, please contact our office at your earliest convenience via e-mail at bdcwrites@gmail or by calling 215-843-2027.
List of HWEF Scholarships:
Graduate Student $2,500 (2 available)
Undergraduate Student $2,000 (2 available)
Public, Parochial or Charter School Student (grades 8 - 12) $500 (2 available)
Banner & Witcoff is proud to offer the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.
Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship - Deadline: November 1, 2010
The Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school and pursuing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be a member of a historically under represented group (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability) and must have exemplary writing and oral communication skills.
Applicants may not be a current or past employee of Banner & Witcoff, or directly related to a current employee of Banner & Witcoff.
For additional information and an application, please click here.
The Center for Alcohol Policy's 3rd Annual Essay Contest - Deadline: November 22, 2010
The Center for Alcohol Policy sponsors an annual national essay contest to foster debate, analysis and examination of the importance of state-based alcohol regulation. The essay contest attracts entries from academics, legal professionals, students and others. Topics have included "State regulation of alcohol is important because..."and "The 21st Amendment is important because..."
2010 Essay Contest
The Center for Alcohol Policy is pleased to announce the launch of its third annual national essay contest.
The theme of this year's contest is: "Describe how state-based regulation of alcoholic beverages promotes public health and safety."
The top three winning entrants will receive prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.
"For more than 75 years, alcohol has been effectively regulated in the United States by a state regulatory system guaranteed by the 21st Amendment," said CAP Advisory Council member and Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. "This year's essay contest is intended to highlight and explore the impact of state alcohol regulation on society and its role in protecting Americans in today's environment."
The deadline for submission is November 22, 2010, and winners will be announced in 2011.
2010 Essay Contest Entry Form | 2010 Essay Contest Rules
Read essays from 2009 winners:
1st Place: Josephine Thomas, Florida
2nd Place: Martha Lantz, Washington
3rd Place (tie): Jason Koransky, Illinois and Majid Rizvi, Texas
For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest.
PA Bar's James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Program- Deadline: December 1, 2010
The James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship program provides two scholarships to each of the accredited law schools presently serving Pennsylvania, one of which is specifically designated for support of a minority law student. The scholarships are provided on an annual basis and are awarded based upon the following criteria: academic achievement, financial need, and the potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession either through anticipated legal field or other efforts.
Only Pennsylvania residents in their 2nd year of a three-year law school program (current 2Ls) may apply. Also, applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, which is free for law students choosing to be electronic members. Two scholarships will be awarded: one general and one specifically designated for historically under-represented ethnic minority students (African-American; Hispanic American; and Native American). The Pennsylvania Bar Association determines that amount of the award annually. This year, the amount of each award is $3,000.
As reflected in the attached scholarship application, the eligibility requirements are as follows.
Applicants must confirm:
- Pennsylvania residency - as evidenced by a copy of driver's license or voter registration;
- Second year in a three-year program or third year in a part-time program as confirmed by an unofficial transcript;
- Good standing and academic achievement as evidenced by an unofficial transcript;
- Financial need - as certified by the law school's Financial Aid Office; and
- Membership in the Pennsylvania Bar Association Law Student Division which is free for electronic members;
Additionally, an essay of up to 500 words explaining how the applicant will make a contribution to society and the legal profession, a current resume, and up to two recommendations are also required.
The application deadline is December 1, 2010, and recipients will be selected prior to the end of the year. No more than two scholarships will be awarded to students at any one law school.
Awards from the Drexel Fellowships Office
Santa Clara Centennial Writing Competition - Deadline: Jan 31, 2011
Santa Clara University School of Law turns 100 in 2011, and one of their celebratory events is a law school writing competition, open to all students from ABA law schools. The topic is "Future ethical challenges lawyers may face practicing in the areas of (i) intellectual property law, (ii) international law, or (iii) public interest law." Submissions are due by midnight, Pacific Time, January 31, 2011.
For additional information, please click here.
American Indian Law Review Writing Competition - Deadline: Jan 31, 2011
Eligibility: The competition is open to students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada who are enrolled as of the competition deadline of Jan. 31, 2011. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible.
Topics: Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian Law. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.
Standards: Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.
Awards: First place - $1,000 and publication of paper in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution. Second place - $500. Third place - $250.
The three winning authors will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review, and will receive copies of Felix S. Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LEXIS. Other entries of publishable quality may also be published in the American Indian Law Review. These authors will be so notified.
For additional information, please click here.
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Announcements from LexisNexis
LexisNexis® is giving away double point every day in October when you Sherpardize. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to earn points faster!
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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 morning during the academic term. Please forward all material for the newsletter to Alanna Bridgett (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - Friday, October 15, 2010