Law School's Trial Team Kicks Off Fall Competition Season with Big Successes
We have fantastic news regarding last weekend’s Trial Team performances in national competitions. First, one team became the 2012 Champions of the Fordham Law School Judge Paul Joseph Kelley, Jr. Invitation Trial Competition which started with 16 teams. The team consisted of Racquel Hubbs (3L) who won “Best Advocate” in the final round and Josef Mensah (3L) who won “Best Advocate” in the preliminary rounds. This team was coached by Royce Smith.
Congratulations are also in order for our other two teams. One team did an outstanding job at the St. John’s University School of Law Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Competition who advanced to the Semi-finals which was the final four of a competition that started with 16 teams. That team consisted of Stephen Kulp (3L), Haley Welch (3L), Abbie Heller (2L) and Jasleen Singh (2L). This team was coached by Matt Leckman and Drew Sciolla.
Congratulations are also in order for our other team who did an excellent job at the Quinnipiac University School of Law Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition who narrowly missed advancing to the quarter-finals. That team consisted of JJ Luff (3L), Brittany Wakim (2L), John Wilson (2L) and Micah Wright (2L). This team was coached by our alums Michael Benz and Sam Haaz.
Please extend your congratulations to those Trial Team members!
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Honor Code and Bylaws - Information Sessions for Students
Over the last year and half, a committee of students and faculty have been working together to develop an Honor Code and implementing Bylaws for the law school. Last Spring, the faculty and students approved a working draft of the Honor Code. Since then, the Honor Code Development Committee has drafted Bylaws to implement the Honor Code and has also made some revisions to the Honor Code in response to the feedback that we received last year from faculty and students.
Students and faculty will be asked to vote on the Honor Code and Bylaws in November, and if approved, the Honor Code and Bylaws will go into effect with the beginning of the spring semester.
To ensure that the law school community is informed about the Honor Code and to answer any questions or concerns that arise before voting, the Honor Code Development Committee has set up several information sessions to discuss the Honor Code. Food will be provided at the sessions, and they will be held on the following dates:
- Tomorrow!, November 1 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | Room 340
- Wednesday, November 7 | 5:15-6:15 p.m. | Room 340
The current Honor Code and Bylaws, and a list of the Committee members can be found on Community Property here: https://colleges.moss.drexel.edu/law/SitePages/Honor%20Code.aspx
If you cannot make any of the sessions, please feel free to reach out to any of the Honor Code Development Committee members. We will be happy to answer questions and address any concerns.
Thank you very much for your participation in this important process.
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2L Cocktails with the Faculty
All second-year students are invited to a cocktail party with the faculty tomorrow!, November 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the third-floor gallery. No agenda, just drinks and conversation.
A similar event will be held for 1Ls and 3Ls during the Spring semester.
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Position Announcement: Law School Ambassador (1L)
The Admissions Office is looking for six (6) first-year law students to join our Law School Ambassador (LSA) group. First-year Law School Ambassadors play an important role in the admission recruiting process and, as the name implies, act as ambassadors for the Law School. LSAs are called upon to give tours of the law school, assist in recruiting events such as Open Houses, meet with prospective and admitted students, and serve as student representatives at alumni and community events. As an Ambassador, you will serve as a “port of entry” to our visitors each year, and we are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated students to represent the School of Law in this capacity.
If you are interested in applying for the position, please send your resume to Tiffany McClendon at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012.
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Upcoming Academic Skills Workshops
All AS workshops are held from 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. in Room 340 (*except when noted below)
Nov. 1 | Exam Strategies II - Practice Exam, 2:45 p.m., Room 340
In this week's Academic Skills session, you will have the opportunity to further develop your exam-taking skills with a 45-minute practice exam. You will receive feedback on your exam-writing if you participate.
Nov. 8 | Exam Success Tips (*Law 240)
Nov. 15 | Revising and Editing the 1L Memo | Professor Coleman, Writing Specialist
Dean's Scholar Sessions and Office Hours
For information on the Dean's Scholar Sessions and office hours, please visit http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/docket/enewsletter/090412/#02.
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Office of Student Affairs
Exam Accommodation Information
Any student who is eligible for exam accommodations must submit their documentation to the Office of Student Affairs by the last day of classes, Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at the latest. We cannot guarantee that any requests submitted after that date will be granted.
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Career Strategies Announcements
2013 Ella Baker Summer Internship Program
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.
The Ella Baker Summer Internship Program is part of CCR’s new Social Justice Institute (SJI), an innovative training institute for social justice law students and lawyers created in partnership with the Bertha Foundation. Along with the Ella Baker Program, the SJI supports existing and aspiring social justice lawyers through a range of programs including: post-graduate fellowships, fall/spring internships and externships, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, regional conferences and national training institutes.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Ella Baker Summer internship Program.. Please see the posting in Symplicity for complete details. 2L Applications Due: November 11, 2012; 1L Applications Due: December 15, 2012
The Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court is now taking applications for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro Fellowship. Each year, the Inn sponsors an eight-week summer internship with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The chosen recipient will receive a $7,000 stipend and the opportunity to work for each of the six Judges of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court. The deadline to apply is December 3, 2012. Details on the internship and application instructions are posted in Symplicity.
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Black Law Students Association
Veteran's Day Happy Hour Fundraiser
November 9 | 8:00-10:00 p.m. | Paddy Whacks (2nd and South Sts.)
BLSA & DVLA host Veteran's Day Happy Hour, Friday November 9th 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Paddy Whack's on 2nd & South, $20
The Drexel Brehons had the opportunity to participate in the US / Ireland Legal Symposium from October 10 – 12 at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia. Students worked as volunteers at the Symposium and also had the opportunity to attend the various panel discussions and social events at the Symposium. Brehons who volunteered on October 12th had the opportunity to have breakfast with the Taioseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland and meet the High Jurist Hon. Peter Kelly. Drexel had the most students out of any law school in the area in attendance with 12 Brehons making an effort to volunteer and to attend the sessions!
Health Law Society
Mass shootings in the US:
How mental health impacted this behavior and the confidentiality rights of the shooters
November 7* | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Room 140 (Lunch will be provided)
Dr. Kirk Heilbrun from Drexel University's Psychology Department will discuss the recent shootings at the Batman movie and the Empire State Building. He will share his views from a mental health perspective, specifically issues of doctor-patient confidentiality. *Please note: This event will be held on November 7th, not November 11th as previously advertised.
Intellectual Property Law Society
Apple v. Samsung, A Dinner Discussion
November 8 | 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Room 340 (Dinner & Drinks will be provided during the discussion.)
Professor Gregory Lastowka, Esq., Professor Jennifer Sheridan, Esq., & Steven Rocci, Esq. will provide commentary on the arguments, decision, and repercussions of the decision.
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Screening of the Documentary "Motherless" and Discussion
November 5 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | Room 140 (Food will be provided)
Please join Law Students for Reproductive Justice on Monday, November 5th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 140 for a screening of the documentary "Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortion" followed by a pre-election discussion with director Janet Goldwater and Professor David Cohen about the implications of overturning Roe v. Wade.
Phi Alpha Delta
Harvest for Homeless (Community Service Event)
October 22 - November 2 | Collection boxes are located near the elevators
Phi Alpha Delta is teaming up with YLD of Philadelphia to raise non-perishable goods for Harvest for Homeless. Boxes will be placed outside the elevators to collect clothing, cans, toiletries, shoes, and other goods for shelters in and around Philadelphia. On November 3rd, the materials will be gathered, sorted, and distributed! Please check your closets and make a trip to CVS to donate to this great cause.
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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Writing Competitions
The National Law Review
Fall 2012 Law Student Writing Competition -
Topics: Healthcare Law and Social Media Legislation in Relation to Labor and Employment Law, Deadline: November 19, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.natlawreview.com/nlr-writing-competition.
DISH "Best in Class" eDiscovery Legal Research & Writing Competition - Deadline: December 1, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.dishediscovery.com/main.html
Center for Alcohol Policy National Essay Contest - Deadline: December 14, 2012
For details, please visit http://www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/.
The American College of Legal Medicine’s 2013 Loletta M. Orr Post-Doctoral Student Writing Competition - Deadline: January 4, 2013
For details, please visit http://www.aclm.org/resources/swc/pdfs/swcpostdoctoral2013.pdf .
The American College of Legal Medicine’s 2013 Student Writing Competition in Law, Medicine & Bioethics - Deadline: January 4, 2013
For details, please visit http://www.aclm.org/resources/swc/pdfs/swc%202013.pdf .
American Indian Law Review Writing Competition - Deadline:January 31, 2013
For details, please visit http://www.ailr.net/writecomp.
30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition - Deadline: June 7, 2013
For details, please visit http://bit.ly/R2qONl.
New! Hogan/Smoger Access To Justice Essay Contest - Deadline: March 31, 2013
For details, please visit http://publicjustice.net/news-events/awards/hogansmoger-essay-contest
2012 James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Program - Deadline: December 3, 2012
For details, please visit http://pabarfoundation.org/Programs%20and%20Awards/James%20W.aspx
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On and Off-Campus Events
Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division
Young Lawyer/Law Student Mixer
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Mexican Post (on Cherry St. in Phila.)
Appetizers will be provided and
drink coupons will be distributed. However, attendees must RSVP to Jared Margulis to be eligible for a drink coupon. Upon arrival, seek out a law school rep for your drink coupon!
Seminar: “Procedural & Jurisdictional Challenges”
November 8, 2012 | Shusterman Hall of Temple University Beasley School of Law
On November 8th, the Philadelphia Global Initiative on the Rule of Law will present “Procedural & Jurisdictional Challenges,” the second seminar in our series of seminars and events for the 2012-2013 academic year. These events are meant to be eligible for professional education credits and will be open to students and professionals in the fields of Law, Political Science, International Relations, and Peace and Social Justice. This seminar will take place at the Shusterman Hall of Temple University Beasley School of Law. Registration is free, but there is a charge for CLE Credits and the special guest will be Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng, the First Vice President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). For more information and to register, visit: http://www.una-gp.org/global.initiative/.
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Free 1L Resources - www.aspenlaw.com/1L/offers
Several free resources for first-year law student. Students may download free digital chapters of our popular Academic Success titles and best selling study aids.
Study on the Go with the Siegel’s 1L Q&A App for Android Devices - aspenlaw.com
Only $19.99, the app consists of roughly 500 questions comprised of the following subjects: Civil Procedure, Contracts and UCC Sales Article 2, Criminal Law and Procedure, Property, Torts, and Constitutional Law. The content is repurposed from our Siegel’s series and is geared towards Law Students in their first year. The app includes the following features and functionalities:
- Multiple choice, question and answer format study questions
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- Save quiz feature
Book a 5 to 10 minute presentation on our new EChapters at your next organization meeting with your student advocate! Contact Rosa Parks, at email@example.com, for details.
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Rewarding the Time You Spend on Lexis Advanced with Extra Points
2Ls & 3Ls who research on Lexis Advance™ can earn up to 5,000 LexisNexis® Rewards points each month this fall. Use Lexis Advance for your assignments this fall and you could win up to 5,000 points each month.
- Spend just 20 minutes using Lexis Advance in October or November.
- You'll receive an email with a Rewards Spin Code within a week of hitting the 20-minute threshold.
- Spin the wheel for a minimum of 100 points - with the chance to win up to 5,000 points! (Everyone who spins, wins.) You'll receive your points as soon as you spin.
Remember that points = rewards!
Only 2L and 3L students will receive an email with a Rewards code and a link to spin the wheel. You may spin the wheel any time after receiving your Rewards code, which will be about a week after reaching the 20-minute research threshold. For more information visit: www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool. If you have any questions, see your friendly Lexis Representative: John Wilson
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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. Submissions for the Weekly Newsletter are due by Wednesday at noon for the following Monday issue. To submit a notice for publication in the Weekly Newsletter, please follow the appropriate link: *organizers of meetings/events held at EMSoL , *all others.
End of EMSoL Weekly Newsletter - October 31, 2012