Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
2011 National Law Review Law Student Writing Competition - Deadline: October 17
For details, please visit http://www.natlawreview.com/NLR-law-student-writing-competition.
2012 ACCFSL Writing Competition - Deadline: December 1, 2011
For details, please visit http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/091911/2012ACCFSLComp.pdf.
American Indian Law Writing Competition - Deadline: January 31, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.ailr.net/writecomp.
Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Fund Scholarship and Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Tuition Scholarship - Deadline: October 13, 2011
The National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Chapter awards two scholarships to deserving female African-American law students. There will be one Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Tuition Scholarship awarded in the amount of $5,000 and up to six Sadie T.M. Alexander Book Scholarships awarded in the amounts of $500 (possibly up to $1,000). The deadline to apply is October 13, 2011. The application materials for the scholarships are available by clicking on the following link: http://earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/092611/NBAScholarshipApplication2011.pdf
James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship - Deadline: December 2, 2011
The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for the James W. Stoudt Memorial Law School Scholarship. This award provides four, $3,000 scholarships, two of which are specifically designated to support minority law students, to second year students attending any one of the eight accredited law schools presently serving Pennsylvania. Applicants must be able to document residency with either a current voter registration card or current Pennsylvania driver’s license. Applications are due December 2, 2011 and can be found at http://www.pabarfoundation.org/Programs%20and%20Awards/James%20W.aspx.
Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship - Deadline: January 5, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.bannerwitcoff.com/about/diversity/.
This year, EMSoL has the privilege of hosting the northeast regional Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition on Oct. 21-22, and we need your help! We need volunteers to help with set-up, registration, bailiffs, etc. This is a great way to be involved, meet lawyers from the community, and to watch some fantastic oral arguments on constitutional law.
If you're able to help out or at all interested, please send an email to Elisa at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information and sign-up opportunities will be forthcoming via email.
Taking the Pennsylvania Bar Exam?
Then come to the presentation
Today, October 3, 2011
Gicine Brignola, Executive Director, PA Board of Law Examiners
Patti Bednarik, Director of Character and Fitness, PA Board of Law Examiners
This session will cover the following on the PA Bar Exam: the application procedure, testing procedures, ADA accommodations, character and fitness requirements, passing standards and the grading process. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
Legal Research Center
The Legal Research Center is now on Facebook!
The LRC Facebook page is now up and can be found at http://www.facebook.com/EarleMackLRC. "Like" our page to get library news and updates, or just leave a comment and tell us how we're doing!
Reference Chat and SMS texting now available
You may have noticed the new Law Library Chat button on the left menu of our webpages. Our LRC reference librarians are now available to answer your research questions and general inquiries through instant messaging. You can access Law Library Chat through our website, or by adding email@example.com to your preferred chat client. It works with AIM, MSN, Gchat, Yahoo!, ICQ, and any Jabber-based client.
In addition, we now have SMS text functionality available. Just text your question to 918-DREXEL-1 and we'll get back to you (carrier charges may apply). Both chat and SMS reference are available during our open reference desk hours.
Office of Student Affairs
Financial Aid Advising During the Week of October 3
Mary de Rivera, the Law School Financial Aid Advisor, will be away from her office during the week of October 3rd and she will return on October 10th. While away, she will not have access to student records. Financial aid advisors will be available in the Student Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Main Building to assist students. The counselors can also be reached by phone at 215-895-2537.
Non-Traditional Law Students Group Meeting - October 6
Wrestling with family/school issues? Balancing children, aging parents, and school? If you’re interested in forming a Non-Traditional Law Students Group, Prof. Coleman is hosting a facilitating meeting, Thursday, Oct. 6 at 8:15 a.m. in Room 301.
1L Town Hall Meeting - October 6
We will hold the first 1L Town Hall Meeting of the academic year on Thursday, October 6 in Room 240 at 12:00 p.m. The Town Hall meetings are opportunities to ask the deans about issues affecting students or to just tell us how much you love it here. We will also discuss 1L electives for Spring Semester and the INC course in January. See you there!
2Ls and 3Ls – Sign Up for Mock Interviews
An Announcement from the Career Strategies Office
Practice your interviewing skills in live interviews with local law firm representatives, many of whom are Drexel grads. Mock Interviews will take place October 4, 5 and 6 in two sessions – Noon to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm. See Symplicity for additional information about interviewers and to sign up for a time slot.
MOCK INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
WHEN: This Week- Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday | (1/2 hour slots) | 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHO: ALL 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible | 30 Interview slots
WHY: Real interviews with experienced interviewers | Real feedback on your effectiveness | Practice...
HOW: SIGN UP ON SYMPLICITY AND BE SURE YOUR RESUME HAS BEEN UPLOADED
Academic Skills Fall Workshops for 1Ls
The Academic Skills Program lunch-time workshops are open to all first-year students. The workshops, led by Professors Kraybill and Coleman, focus on the skills needed for academic success in substantive law courses and Legal Methods. Workshops take place on Wednesdays* from 12:15-1:15 in either Law 240 or 440. No registration is required, just bring your lunch and join us. We'll bring snacks!
October 5 | Creating Flow Charts and Analytical Checklists | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
October 19 | Exam Writing Skills (Practice Exam) | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
October 26 | Exam Writing Skills II (Practice Exam) | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
November 9 | Exam Success Strategies | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
Thursday, November 17* | Self-Editing the First Year Memo | 12:15-1:15 in Law 240
*NOTE: The final workshop will be held on Thursday, instead of Wednesday.
The Academic Skills Workshops schedule is available for download at this link.
Fall Dean’s Scholar Session Schedule
Schedule Change: Professor Asbury's Tuesday Dean's Scholar Sessions will no longer be held in Room 230. Instead, they will be held in Room 140. A revised copy of the schedule will be posted shortly. The older version can be downloaded here.
A list of office hours for Dean’s Scholars has been posted on bulletin boards around the law school.
If you have any questions, contact Professor Nancy Kraybill at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office, Room 418 (on the 4th floor next to Classroom 420).
Professor Nancy C. Kraybill
Director of Academic Skills and Associate Teaching Professor
Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law
3320 Market Street, Room 418
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Student Bar Association
Cocktails for a Cause
The Student Bar Association would like to thank everyone who attended Cocktails for a Cause and extend a special thank you to our fabulous volunteers! We are pleased to announce that we raised $1,265 to support The Feal Good Foundation supporting first responders and had 180 people in attendance! Also, Congratulations to the big 50/50 raffle winner of the night - Haley Jeffords!
Mark your calendars! The annual EMSoL Halloween Party will be on October 21st! More details to follow shortly!
American Constitution Society
This program is for students who need additional help with their writing. Professor Coleman will detailed instructions on successful writing tips for the first year memo, in addition to her already scheduled weekly academic skills sessions. This is for students who need extra guidance with their work.The Drexel Brehons invite you to join us for our Brown Bag Lunch series. On the first Wednesday of each month, the Drexel Brehons will host a brown bag lunch in which a practicing lawyer from the Philadelphia Brehons will speak about his practice area and career path. This is a great opportunity to learn more about different areas of the law and network! The Business Law Organization will be holding a General Meeting to elect 1L representatives and discuss details for the DC trip in November. Pizza will be provided!
Taxes Lunch Discussion | October 5 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 440
Drexel ACS and Drexel Federalists will discuss whether there should be a flat tax. Lunch will be served.
Black Law Students Association
Workshop: "Extra Skills for Research and Writing" | October 24 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 240
This program is for students who need additional help with their writing. Professor Coleman will give detailed instructions on successful writing tips for the first year memo, in addition to her already scheduled weekly academic skills sessions. This is for students who need extra guidance with their work.
Brown Bag Lunch Series | First Wednesday of Every Month | 12:00 p.m. | Room 230
The Drexel Brehons invite you to join us for our Brown Bag Lunch series. On the first Wednesday of each month, the Drexel Brehons will host a brown bag lunch in which a practicing lawyer from the Philadelphia Brehons will speak about his practice area and career path. This is a great opportunity to learn more about different areas of the law and network! This month’s speaker is Paul P. Gaffney, a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney. Join us Wednesday, October 5, at 12:00pm in Room 230.
Business Law Organization
General Meeting | October 4 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 240
The Business Law Organization will be holding a General Meeting to elect 1L representatives and discuss details for the DC trip in November. Pizza will be provided!
Environmental Law Society
"Hot Topics" Lunch on America's Energy Crisis | October 10 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Room 250
Please join ELS for a presentation and discussion on the status of America's energy system. We will explore our country's energy policy and proposed solutions to meeting our nation's energy needs. Lunch will be provided.
Event: "The Court's Tortuous Treatment of Religion" | October 11 | 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. | Room 240
We will be hosting USD Law professor Patrick Garry to speak on the Supreme Court's confusing and contradictory establishment clause jurisprudence. He will offer a reconciliation in a new constitutional model that better reflects the intent of the framers. The event is co-sponsored by the Christian Legal Society and the ACS. All opinions welcomed! Lunch to be served.
Health Law Society
Speaker Event: Lois Shepard Discusses Physician-Researcher Conflict | October 6 | 4:00 p.m. | Room 140 - Reception to follow in 3rd Fl. Gallery
Join Professor Barry Furrow and the Health Law Society for a talk that explores the ubiquitous physician-researcher conflict. Lois Shepard, a Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia, will propose a novel, yet simple, solution: In clinical research, each research subject should have a doctor independent from the research. Ms. Shepard directs the programs in medicine and law for the UVA Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities.
Intellectual Property Society
General Meeting | October 3 | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 240 | Lunch will be provided
Patents - Copyrights - Trademarks - Trade Secrets
Have you always dreamed of being attorney to the stars?
Or being the legal mind behind Nike's “Just Do It” Trademark?
Or maybe arguing that Harry Potter infringes upon Lord of the Rings?
If so, come to the IP Society's general meeting to learn about the IP Concentration and IP Society.
(No technical background required for most aspects of IP Law.)
IP is an important business tool involved in numerous industries such as pharmaceuticals, software, entertainment, and music. Please join us for our first general meeting of the year. Oh yeah, and if you're a patent nerd, you belong here too. For more information contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Law Society
General Meeting | October 3 | 12:30 p.m. | Room: 420
ILS will be holding Elections for Secretary and 1L Reps, discussing upcoming events and receiving short LexisNexis training on researching international law topics. Pizza will be provided! For location information, please contact Calandra at email@example.com.
Labor and Employment Law Student Organization New Group!
A new student organization focused on Labor and Employment law is gauging interest and we want to hear from you! We hope to include student members from both sides of the table and reach out to the Philadelphia community as the FIRST Labor and Employment Law student organization in the city. If you would like to see a Labor and Employment Law Student Organization at EMSoL please contact: Irene at IDL25@drexel.edu.
Latin American Law Students Association
"Black in Latin America" Series | September 15 - October 15
In celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, September 15, 2011 through October 15, 2011, LALSA is hosting a documentary viewing and discussion of "Black in Latin America" a four part PBS series dealing with race relations and the Afro-Latino culture across six countries, including Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru, each country serving as representative of a larger phenomenon.
Join LALSA on Wednesday, October 5, from 4- 6 p.m., in room 140, as we explore another episode in the series: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided.
In Haiti, Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves' hard-fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte's French Empire became a double-edged sword. In the Dominican Republic, Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of intermarriage, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. Following the film viewing, Professor Anil Kalhan will be facilitating a discussion with students. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Join LALSA on Thursday, October 20, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., in room 140, as we explore the last episode in the series: Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet
In Mexico and Peru, Henry Louis Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people -- the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States -- brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru. Following the film viewing,Professor Bret Asbury will be facilitating a discussion with students. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Drexel National Lawyers Guild
Legal Observer Training Session | October 4 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 250
Drexel National Lawyers Guild is holding a training session for Legal Observers. Attendees will learn how to serve as neutral observers of protests and will be able to volunteer as Legal Observers for pro bono hours. Pizza and soda will be served! Mr. Joseph Z. Traub of Raynes McCarty will do the training. You do not have to be an NLG member to be trained! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Hour / Fundraiser for AIDS Walk 2011 | October 6 | 4:00-7:00 p.m. | Mikey's (32nd & Chestnut)
Admission is $6 and half of the proceeds go to AIDS Walk.
Philly AIDS Walk | October 16
OUTLaw has a team for the Philly AIDS Walk, which raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS education, community outreach, and support. The walk takes place on October 16th. Interested students and faculty may register online at www.aidswalkphilly.org. The team name is OUTLawDrexel, and registration is FREE!
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
General Meeting for SALDF Members | October 7 | 12:00 p.m. | Room 250
The Drexel Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will be meeting to discuss event ideas for the upcoming school year. Student with any interest in animals of all kinds--pets, farm, wild--should attend this meeting. Animal law intersects many other areas of law and can be a great introduction, or review, to property, torts, contracts...etc. Lunch will be provided! For more info about the national organization, check out this website: http://www.aldf.org/
Events on Campus and Around Town
Rhythm, Music & Dance: Celebrating the Latino Culture
Community Legal Services Justice for All 5K Run
October 9. 2011 | 8:30 a.m. | Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park
(4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA)
We hope to see you there!
LAW SCHOOL CHALLENGE
Teams: There will be one team from each school: Temple, Drexel, Rutgers, Penn and Villanova. Each school must have a minimum of 10 team members to be eligible to win. There is no upper limit on the number of participants from each school.
Law School Challenge participants will also be eligible to win individual age group award categories. The men’s and women’s age groups are U-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. We will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for men and women in each age group. These awards will be plaques with our logo.
Law School Challenge participants should register online using this link:
The entry fee is $25. Participants should select “Law School Competition Entry Fee (individual)” on the registration site. During registration, participants will be prompted to type in their school name. All participants will be automatically added to their school team by typing in their school name.
All participants will receive an event T-shirt while supplies last. An upgraded technical T-shirt is optional for an additional $10 fee during online registration.
Visit www.clsphila.org/justiceforall5k for more information about the Justice For All 5K. To get updates about the race, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JusticeForAll5K. Those who cannot participate but would like to support CLS can donate online at www.clsphila.org/donate .
Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Haiti
Brian Concannon, one of the world’s leading attorney working for human rights for Haiti, and founder and director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, will be visiting the Earle Mack School of Law on Thursday, October 13th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 240, to talk about the state of human rights and the rule of law in Haiti, and what lawyers and law students can do to help. The International Law Society and National Lawyers Guild will both be sponsoring this engagement.
Stay afterward for a brief presentation by Philadelphia attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law, Thomas Griffin, who will discuss the Haiti Justice Project, the “Human Rights Advocacy” class on the March 2012 Drexel Delegation to Haiti and how you can apply!
Justice Stephen G. Breyer to Speak at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
October 13 | Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building at 100 Penn Square East
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer will speak Oct. 13 at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia on the topic, “Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View.”
Justice Breyer will discuss how the Supreme Court can keep things running smoothly without compromising Constitutional law, by respecting the power of the other branches of federal government. He will also offer his perspective on how the Court can work within the confines of democracy while maintaining public confidence.
A limited number of tickets will be made available to students at the price of $10.
The event will be held in the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building at 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia. Additional information is available here.
Reservations are required and may be made at www.wacphila.org/programs/center_city.html#breyer or by calling 215-561-4700.
NIAF Graduates to Leaders (G2L)
Saturday, October 15, 2011 | Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
NIAF is offering a Graduates to Leaders Workshop that focuses on professional leadership skills. The Program will examine the success of Italian Americans’ in the legal profession as well as outline how leadership skills assisted the speakers in achieving their professional goals. The guest speakers will give advice and motivate college students and young professionals in the legal profession. The workshop is being offered in conjunction with the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission Conference on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
The Keynote Speaker is Hon. Samuel A. Alito, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Registration is $25.00 and includes the NJIAHC Conference, the G2L workshops and an annual membership to NIAF. Recent college graduates and young professionals ages 21 and over are invited to participate. Additional information and the registration form are available for download here. Space is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact Alexandra Dall at email@example.com or call 202-939-3118.
2011 CAA Blood Drive
LexisNexis and Aspen Publishers
October is Shepard's Month. Get double points each day you Shepardize on Lexis for a potential of 930 points. And don't wait until Halloween to satisfy your sweet tooth. Stop by the Lexis table in the lobby on October 4th between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for some sweet treats to celebrate Shepard's month.
"Like" the LexisNexis for Drexel Law Students Facebook page for a chance to win 1000 points! facebook.com/LexisforDrexelLaw
LexisNexis Student Reps are Available to Help You:
This year we have 2 student reps to help students with LexisNexis. Come take advantage of the opportunity.
Erica Cohen is available in the library Mondays/Wednesdays, 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-1:00 p.m.; Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Karla Cruel is available in the library Mondays/Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.; Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Aspen Publishers (Wolters Kluwer: Law & Business) is offering 25% off your purchases. Go to www.wolterskluwerlb.com/learn and you will receive a 25% discount off their entire STUDY AID order, when you enter the discount code, REP14. Included are Academic Success Titles, Examples & Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines, CrunchTime, Law in a Flash, Blond’s, Friedman’s, Siegel’s, Aspen Treatise Series, Bar review titles.
If you are interested in organizing your notes, for free, on a Windows system go to Aspenlaw.com add StudyDesk (either the CD or download) to cart and hit apply to receive 100% discount. You will have to continue with the registration process and then can access the download.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. for the following Monday issue.