Spring 2019 – Week 11

Ross Lecture in Litigation

Please join us on March 25th at 11:45 am in the Moot Court Room for the 2019 Ross Lecture, “The 10 year Anniversary of the NAS Report: Two Steps Forward or One Step Back?”, presented by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack.  You can RSVP and find more information here.

Academic Advising & Registration Help Desk

Stop by the Second Floor Information Desk at Klein Hall for academic advising and registration assistance. Staff will be available on March 25th and 26th from 11 am to 1 pm and 4 to 6 pm. See you there!

Faculty Academic Advising Panels

Have you attended your faculty academic advising panel of interest yet? There are two lunchtime panels remaining; please plan on attending at least one (lunch provided). The livestream links for two panels are also below.

The sessions will provide detailed academic advising for students interested in the field of law covered in the respective panel, will review the 2019-2020 academic schedule, and answer questions about courses, sequencing of courses, experiential programs, and more.

Federal Internship & Employment Student Symposium

The U.S. Office of Personnel is hosting the Federal Internship and Employment Student Symposium on Tuesday, March 26th from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Students have the option of participating virtually AND in-person. If you are interested in working for the federal government, please consider participating in this event. Click here for more information.  

Use this link to register to participate virtually: https://federalvirtualstudentsymposium.eventbrite.com

Use this link to register to attend in person: https://opmfederalstudentsymposium.eventbrite.com

Discussion on the Conflict in Venezuela

Join Temple’s Institute for International Law & Public Policy for a discussion on the Venezuelan crisis with Santiago Martínez, legal consultant to the Due Process of Law Foundation and the International Commission of Jurists, on March 27th from 12 to 1 pm (Check the LiveWhale calendar – room to be announced!).

SDAS Symposium – Except(ional) Students Access & Exclusion in the Philadelphia School System

There will be a guided panel discussion on March 28th from 5 to 7 pm in the Third Floor Lounge of Barrack Hall on special education in the Philadelphia school system, with a particular focus on access to resources and how special education students can be excluded from an equal student experience. Our panelists have varying experiences and viewpoints, ranging from special education attorneys to school personnel. Dinner will be served. Register here: mytlawconnection.com/SDAS2019. We hope to see you there.

1L Talent Show

Can you bust a move? Do your singing skills rival Mariah Carey? Are you the next Kevin Hart? Show off your skills at the 1L Talent Show on March 28th beginning at 7:30 pm in K1E. Stick around for fun, dancing, and karaoke!

Legal Careers in Federal Law Enforcement

Please RSVP by March 22 bit.ly/lawenforcementcareersfor this event on Thursday, March 28th at the Drexel Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy (1200 Chestnut Street). We anticipate the following schedule: Registration at 5 pm, Panel from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and Networking from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Consistent with the Feds in Philly program, there will be food and non-alcoholic beverages at the reception. See you there!

Phillies Spirit Day 

Temple Law is Philly proud. Celebrate the season home opener of the Philadelphia Phillies by wearing your best gear on March 28th. Remember the game against the Atlanta Braves starts at 3:05 pm at Citizens Bank Park.

Volunteers Needed – Re-Entry Program with the NFL Players Coalition

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is seeking volunteers to assist in a re-entry program with the NFL Players Coalition in a few weeks.  This will be an amazing and rewarding event assisting current and former NFL players with various legal needs.  We are expecting a big turnout and are in need of some more volunteers.

For those interested, we are looking for volunteers on March 28th from 6 to 8 pm and March 29th from 7 am to 4 pm. If you would like to help out, please reach out to Chad Lewis (chad.lewis@temple.edu) or Professor Jacobsen (kenneth.jacobsen@temple.edu). The SELS appreciates your willingness to assist!

Military Assistance Project: Post-Traumatic Stress, Military Veterans & a Lawyer’s Responsibility

This training, on March 29th from 12 to 3 pm at the University of  Pennsylvania Law School (Gittis Hall, 3501 Sansom Street) will provide advocates (attorneys and students) with the tools to provide trauma-informed lawyering through an understanding of PTSD that will allow them to: (1) understand how PTSD may relate to clients’ legal issues; (2) work productively with clients who have experienced trauma; (3) partner effectively with mental health professionals; and (4) develop trauma –informed lawyering/interviewing skills. Students are admitted for FREE! Visit the CPM, Events Page for more information and register here: https://bit.ly/2Gh4pLS

Need a Notary Public for the Bar Application?

Professor Kathy Mandelbaum is a Notary Public and is happy to notarize documents (if necessary) for the bar application.  Professor Mandelbaum is in K518 – please stop by or email to set a time (kathy.mandelbaum@temple.edu).

Public Health Courses with Professor Burris & the Certificate in Public Health 

There are two Public Health courses with Professor Scott Burris offered this Fall, 2019: Public Health Law and Empirical Legal Research Methods: Health Policy. Public Health Law surveys the broad terrain of law and the public’s health while Empirical Legal Research Methods provides a comprehensive introduction to the scientific methods for measuring law and its effects. These are sequence courses (interested students would take Public Health Law then Empirical Legal Research Methods).

These two courses are offered in collaboration with the College of Public Health as the basis for a Certificate in Public Health Law (pending approval). The two other courses for the Certificate will be offered by the College of Public Health: Multivariate Statistics and Health Law Research Project. Over the four course set, students will learn to conceptualize, design, and conduct an evaluation research project. Please note that JD students who do not wish to get the Certificate will still be able to take the two law school courses as part of the normal JD curriculum.

A Conversation with Lara Bazelon

Join Rectify author and former Innocence Project director Lara Bazelon and Marissa Bluestine for a discussion about restorative justice on April 1st at 4 pm in the Moot Court Room. RSVP here: https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/bazelon-conversation2019/

Green Lecture with Paul Butler

Join us for the 2019 Green Lecture, “Chokehold: Policing Black Men”, presented by Paul Butler on April 3rd at noon in the Moot Court Room. RSVP here:  https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/green2019/

1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament

Are you ready for some Kickball? The 1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am. Register your teams here: https://goo.gl/forms/ogrcl6gQeRWyaICs2 Invite your friends and family for a day of fun and community.

Love for the City Award Luncheon

Join us on April 11th at noon in Shusterman Hall for the Love for the City Award Luncheon, honoring Dawn Staley’s Contributions to Sports and Society. Order tickets here: https://www2.law.temple.edu/events/loveforthecity2019/

Spring Exam Schedule

The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.  This Spring, the last day of classes is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th.  Please be aware that the exam period is very compressed and that, under our exam conflict policy, you may likely be required to take an exam every other day.

Information about exam conflicts and the Exam Conflict Form can be found here.  If you have a conflict please complete the form at this link and email it to Ms. Kathy Wilson (kilson@temple.edu) in Student Services (Barrack 103) by Monday, April 8th.

Hard copies of the schedule are available in the Student Services Office, Barrack Hall, Suite 103.

Philadelphia Bar Association Student Memberships 

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association? The Board of Governors is sponsoring a number of student memberships so that you can join for free! If you are interested, please email Amber Racine at amracine@rayneslaw.com.

Workout Wednesdays – Spring Restart

Join Professor Levy and Britt Walden every Wednesday from 5 to 6 pm for Workout Wednesdays, a run, jog, or walk around campus.  Meet us on the front steps at 5 pm.  Please RSVP to britt.walden@temple.edu and check out our Facebook event/group here.

Canvas Site for May & July 2019 Graduates

We have a Canvas page for all 2019 Graduates.  We will use this page to let you know of important information regarding graduation.  Please accept your invitation if you have not done so already!

Antitrust Law 2019 Spring Meeting

Join the American Bar Association at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, D.C. from March 26th to 29th for the 67th Spring Meeting of the Section of Antitrust Law where competition and consumer protection meet. Last year there were over 3300 delegates from 65 countries present.

Students are invited to attend the Spring Meeting CLE events for the nominal fee of $35, $40 or $50 (depending on membership status)! Register here

2019 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Sponsored by Notre Dame Law School, any current student may submit an essay on any legal ethics topic.  The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic.  The winning essay will receive a $2500 prize.  Submission deadline is April 26th at 5 pm.

2019 Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of the Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship for a student or lawyer committed to animal law and animal welfare. The application period opened February 1st and closes May 21st.  Read more about the scholarship here and find application instructions here.

The Alford Excellence Award Scholarship

Every year the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association awards a $3000 scholarship to at least three future practitioners who will sit for the July 2019 Delaware Bar Exam. The 2019 Alford Excellence Scholarship Application is due by April 12th. Please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu for the most up to date instructions and application.

2019 Judge John Brown Scholarship

The Judge John Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award, honoring excellence in legal writing. The awards range from $10,000 to the first place winner to $1000 to a finalist.  Your submission must be postmarked no later than June 3rd.

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.  Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism.  The winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  Submission deadline is July 1st.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 1L Scholars Program

The 1L LCLD Scholars Program offers first-year law students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with attorneys from LCLD Member organization.  See the LCLD flyer and LCLD 1L Scholar website for more information.  Application deadlines vary by firm and organization.  Questions?  Email lcareer@temple.edu.

Mindful Mondays

Join Mindful Mondays every Monday at noon in K5B until April 22nd.  Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention on purpose to the present moment without judgement.  Significant research demonstrates that this practice can help reduce stress, increase productivity, and promote physical and mental well-being.  No experience is necessary.

Fingerprinting for the PA Bar

Beginning in January 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners will require all applicants to the bar to submit their fingerprints to IdentoGo (the Company contracted by the State of Pennsylvania) in order to have their federal criminal history record provided to the PA Board for use in the character and fitness review.  Applicants must submit their fingerprint to IdentoGo, and no other provider.  IdentoGo has facilities across the state.  Applicants must apply to the bar before they will be able to submit their fingerprints to the Board.  The Board does not have a deadline for applicants to meet this requirement.  However, like all other required documentation for admission, the faster the applicant does their part to complete the file, the earlier the file goes into the queue for initial approval or denial.  A summary of the process will eventually be make available on the Board’s website.


The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is a two hour, 60 question multiple choice examination that is administered three times a year.  The first test date for 2019 is March 23rd; registration has closed.  The next test date is August 10th, with a $125 fee and registration deadline of June 13th. Find more information here.