Join Us for a Day of Community Service
We are pleased to announce that we are hosting a Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 16, 2012 for all students, faculty, and staff. We will be volunteering our services at the Philadelphia Reads Book Bank located at the Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia by sorting and shelving new and gently used donated books. Teachers visit the Book Bank and select books for use in their classroom libraries.
Philadelphia Reads is an organization that builds children’s literacy skills through 5 core programs: Reading Coaches, Summer Reads, Reading Olympics, Power Partners and the Book Bank. All programs are directed by education professionals and offer exciting volunteer opportunities.
The Philadelphia Reads Book Bank
provides children’s books and school supplies free of charge to Philadelphia educators who teach in public, charter and parochial schools, day care centers, after school programs and other educational sites. All books and supplies at the Book are donated through Philadelphia Reads book drives and corporate and individual donations. Teachers who visit the Book Bank are welcome to select up to 400 books per year for their classroom libraries. Teachers may select up to 100 school supplies per year. Books are geared for preschool to 8th grade students. The Philadelphia Reads Book Bank has provided more than 250,000 books to classrooms since 2006!
If you are interested in participating along with faculty and staff, transportation will be provided from the Law School to Martin Luther King High School. You may select one of two volunteer opportunities:
10:00– 11:45 a.m. (bus departs Law School at 9:15 SHARP; return trip 12:00)
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (bus departs Law School at 11:15 a.m. SHARP; return trip 2:00)
To register, click here.
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The Coat Racks are Here!
We are pleased to announce that just in time for the start of the spring semester, student coat racks have been installed in the building to help house your winter coats. There are several rows of coat hooks in the second floor kitchen, and there is a large coat rack in the first floor locker room.
Please realize that while we have provided coat racks, we cannot be responsible for the loss of either coats or any valuables left in coats. So feel free to hang your coats, but do so at your own risk.
Before leaving with a coat, please make every effort to ensure that it is in fact your coat, and not merely a cleverly disguised imposter. This problem can also be avoided by purchasing garishly colored coats, or more mundanely by putting your name in your coat.
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The Strath Haven Chapter of A Better Chance (ABC), a nationwide program providing educational opportunities to talented students of color, is currently seeking Tutors/Mentors for the upcoming academic year (2011-2012).
The program houses 6-8 female students during any given academic year, a Resident Director, and 2 Tutors.
THIS IS A VOLUNTEER POSITION, providing a private room and board and a stipend for 5 months, in exchange for part-time hours. Tutor/Mentors will be on-duty two nights per week and one weekend per month, during which time they will supervise study hall, tutor students, participate in weekday dinners and take responsibility for fostering a family-like atmosphere in the house.
The Tutor/Mentors are expected to maintain an appropriate standard of behavior, demonstrating a respect for the integrity of each Scholar and staff member, as well as a concern for the overall welfare of the program.
Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
• Completion of a minimum of two years of college; degree completion preferred
• Strong tutoring skills
• Experience working with teenagers
• Maturity, and ability to enforce rules
• Good interpersonal skills
• Valid Driver’s license (car ownership a plus)
• Must commit to the academic school year (through June)
For more information about the program, talk to Prof. Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org); candidates should also visit www.abcstrathhaven.org and should reply with a resume and unofficial transcripts to DRGINZBERG@AOL.COM and cc Stacey.S.Joseph@Verizon.com.
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Career Strategies Office
Spring 2012 OCI
BrownSpring 2012 OCI will begin on Feb. 6, 2012. Student bidding will open Jan. 9 and close Jan. 16. See your email from Christine McCarry for specific instructions and detailed information.
Job Opportunity - Comcast
The Human Resources department is looking for a summer associate to assist its Labor and Employee Relations team.
Specific Position Responsibilities & Duties:
- Provide assistance to HR professionals (many of whom have law degrees) in developing employment policies, researching labor & employment issues, conducting employee investigations, and communicating guidance on employee relations issues to business and HR leaders throughout the organization
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Candidates must be interested in Labor & Employment and practicing in Philadelphia. See Symplicity Job Postings for specific information regarding qualifications and how to apply.
Jan. 11 - Writing Sample Workshop, 12:30 in Room 240 with Alex Vecchio and Professor Coleman
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Office of Student Affairs
- Spring Schedules: Upper-level students may add and drop classes online through Monday, January 16, at 11:59 PM. This deadline also applies for Independent Study proposals. During the second week of classes (Jan. 17 on), you must receive Prof. Coleman’s permission to add or drop a class. During the third week, you may not add a class, and dropping a class will result in a “W” grade, with potential financial consequences. If you change the total number of credits you are registered for, you must fill out a new Institutional Financial Aid form!
- Spring Books and Reading: Be sure you have attended to the booklist and first week assignments for your classes, posted HERE.
- Fall Grades: We anticipate that Fall grades will be posted at the end of the first week of classes.
- Concentrations: If you have decided that you will be pursuing OR no longer pursuing a concentration, please complete the Change of Curriculum form when you’ve made this decision.
- May Graduation: Students who intend to graduate in May should apply for their degree through DrexelOne by Tuesday, January 31. Go to the Student Records section, click “More Bannerweb Student Records,” and then “Apply for Your Degree.”
- Legislative Days: Friday, April 20 will follow a Monday class schedule. See the full academic calendar HERE.
- Name Changes: If you’ve changed your name, make sure to let us know so that we can update our files and lists. You will still need to change your name officially with the University by bringing the appropriate documentation to the Student Resource Center, on the 2nd floor of Drexel’s Main Building.
Financial Aid Information
- Spring Refunds: Financial Aid for all 1Ls disbursed on December 26th and refunds were issued by the Bursar’s Office over the following 2 days. Disbursement of Financial Aid for the 2Ls and 3Ls occurred on January 3rd and refunds will be issued over the next two weeks as each student’s account is audited by the Bursar’s Office. If a student has not received an expected refund by the end of the second week of January, please check with Mary de Rivera in the OSA.
- Adding/Dropping a Class: Please be aware that any registration change could result in extra charges on your Ebill. The per credit charge this academic year is $1,245. Make sure to check the current activity tab of your Ebill carefully during the next 2 weeks. If you add or drop a class, you may see changes on the account.
- 1Ls: We will be holding a Town Hall event on March 22 at 12:15 PM to introduce first-year students to course planning and their concentration options. We will send a reminder when the date approaches, and include the locations.
- 3Ls: Mary de Rivera will be holding a presentation on Funding the Bar Exam. It will take place on January 24 at 12:45 PM in Room 420.
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Second Semster Pro Bono Opportunities
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Winter Break. As you return to campus, keep in mind that it is time to start working towards satisfying the 50-hour Pro Bono Service Requirement.
The Pro Bono section of the Drexel Law Website has now been updated. You can find the Pro Bono section under the “Academics” pull-down menu: http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/academics/pro-bono/. The Pro Bono Service Handbook, explaining the policy, guidelines, procedures, and responsibilities for the Requirement is available to download, as well as the forms you will need to fill out to register for a project, keep track of the time you volunteer, and receive credit for the work you have done.
Below is an updated list of the Pro Bono Opportunities that are available this semester. Recruiting and training for these projects will take place in January when you return to campus. The registration deadline for these pro bono projects is Friday, January 13 at 12:00pm.
For more information on the projects described below, or any of the other Pro Bono Opportunities listed on the website, please be in touch. I’m excited to work with all of you to find a rewarding and meaningful pro bono experience.
Karen Pearlman Raab
The full list of Pro Bono Opportunities is available at
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Spring Semester Academic Skills Workshops and Dean’s Scholars Program
The Academic Skills Workshops in the spring will focus on exam-taking skills. The schedule of the workshops will be available at the beginning of the Spring semester.
The Dean’s Scholar Program will continue in the spring semester in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. The sessions will begin the second week of classes and run through the last week of classes. The Dean Scholars for the Spring are:
Academic Skills: Jordan Fischer (2L)
Criminal Law (Professor Kalhan): Tanishka Cruz (3L) and Nicole Allen (3L)
Criminal Law (Professor Tibbs): Ted Kopec (3L) and Jonathon Luff (2L)
Constitutional Law (Professor Abu El-Haj): Nate Howard (3L) and Peter McCall (2L)
Constitutional Law (Professor Cohen): Krysten Connon (3L) and Jim Wise (3L)
If you have questions about the Academic Skills Workshops or the Dean’s Scholar Program, please contact Professor Kraybill at email@example.com.
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American Constitution Society
Get Ready For the Spring Semester | January 11, 2012 | Noon | Room 340 | Pizza will be Served!
Get 400 Lexis Points (equal to a $5 gift card)! Lexis will do an orientation for LexisAdvance, then 2L and 3L ACS Board members will answer questions about the Criminal Law and Constitutional Law professors.
Lunch Discussion About the Republican Primaries | January 12, 2012 | 12:30 p.m. | Pizza will be served
Drexel ACS and Drexel Federalists will discuss the Republican Primaries.
Intellectual Property Law Society
Winter Coat Drive | Now until January 13, 2012 | Boxes located in 2nd, 3rd, & 4th floor elevator lobbies
Share Some Warmth This Holiday Season! Donate a Coat The IP Society would like to invite its members, and the EMSoL student body and faculty, to donate coats to the Greater Philadelphia Cares Winter Coat Drive. The IP Society will be collecting the coats at EMSoL and will deliver the collected coats to GPC in time for Martin Luther King Day, right as winter is becoming coldest. The drive will run from now until Jan 13, 2012. Boxes will be set out on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor near the elevator. Collection from the boxes will occur weekly. Please be kind and only donate gently worn coats.
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Events on Campus and Around Town
Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court January Meeting | Jan. 18 | 6 p.m.
If you are interested in intellectual property law and have a desire to network with local practitioners in the IP field, then you should become involved with the Benjamin Franklin Inn of Court! This particular Inn of Court is an intellectual property focused Inn. Meetings last an hour during which students and local IP practitioners are involved in an educational segment about a current hot topic in IP law. After the meeting there is a dinner/social hour during which students have the opportunity to network with the IP attorneys.
The next meeting will be held at the Federal Court House located right here in Philly on January 18th.
If it is the first time you are attending a Benjamin Franklin Inn of Court meeting, its free! Please RSVP to BenFranklinInn@gmail.com. Please include your name, school and year in school. If you like the experience and want to become a member of the Inn, contact Amber Stiles (VP of the IP Society) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a wonderful networking opportunity for anyone interested in practicing IP law in the Philadelphia area.
The details are as follows:
Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court
Annual Judges' Meeting
January 18, 2012 6:00PM
This meeting will be at the Ceremonial Courtroom of the U.S. Courthouse, located at 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Please use the 6th Street entrance to the building.
Our distinguished panel will include Judge Richard Linn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Judge Berle Schiller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA. The program will explore notable recent developments in patent law from the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court, with a tip of the hat to William Shakespeare.
For meetings at the U.S. Courthouse, proper business attire is requested.
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Event Advertisement Policy
The new Event Advertisement Policy (“EAP”) is as follows:
If you would like to have your event included in the Weekly Newsletter, please submit a short announcement to Dean Oates and Alanna Bridgett by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for the following Monday issue. If you do not receive a response from Alanna or Dean Oates within 24 hours, please resend the announcement.
- All flyers and posters for law school events are to be submitted by email to Dean Oates, Dean McGovern, Alanna Bridgett, and Jerry Arrison for approval.
- Upon Dean Oates’ approval, the flyers will be posted on the plasma screens.
- Five stamped, color copies of the flyers can be picked up from Alanna Bridgett in Suite 400.
- Flyers may only be posted on bulletin boards in the School of Law Building and only the five stamped flyers picked up from Alanna Bridgett may be posted.
- Flyers may only be posted on floors 2, 3, and 4. Only one flyer may be posted on floors 3 and 4. On the 2nd floor, only 1 flyer may be posted in the elevator lobby and only 1 flyer may be posted in the gallery. On the 3rd floor, only 1 flyer may be posted on the bulletin board near the rear stairwell.
- Approved posters may be displayed in the lobby on the day of the event only. Posters must be removed at the end of the event.
- Poster size shall not exceed 20” x 30”.
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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law -
Deadline: January 17, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/plel/LouisJacksonNWC.html.
American Indian Law Writing Competition - Deadline: January 31, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.ailr.net/writecomp.
Hazing Awareness Scholarship - Deadline: Several. Check website for details.
Please visit http://www.collegegreekbooks.com/cashaward.html.
Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP Diversity Scholarship and Summer Associate Position-Deadline: January 20, 2012
Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP (www.hselaw.com) will award one 1L law student with a $7500 scholarship to be applied to the student’s second year tuition and a paid 10-week summer associate position between the student’s first and second year of law school. To be eligible for the Diversity Scholarship, the applicant must be a full-time currently enrolled 1L law student who is in good standing at an accredited law school. First year students who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession are encouraged to apply. Winners will be selected by February 12, 2012. For details on selection criteria and how to apply, please see Symplicity Job Postings.
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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. Please forward all material for the newsletter to Alanna Bridgett (abridgett at drexel.edu) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for the following Monday issue.