Spring 2019 – Week 12

Course Registration – Priority Course Selection Begins Next Week

Course registration begins next week.  All students will be permitted to select a Priority Course(s).  Please plan ahead and review the course schedule , the Faculty Academic Advising Presentations which can be found on this page and the registration timeline – there have been some changes and new courses have been added.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out (jennifer.bretschneider@temple.edu).

Mandatory: All May & July 2019 Graduates Please Stop By Student Affairs

All May and July graduates should stop by Student Affairs beginning the week of April 15th. Please come by Barrack Hall, Suite 103 anytime that week (Monday to Thursday 10 am to 7 pm and Friday 10 am to 3 pm) to receive information about graduation and regalia, your parking pass, and register your vote for your favorite professor for the Williams Award.  Don’t forget to accept your 2019 Graduates Canvas page invitation if you have not done so already!  We are looking forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks before Graduation!

Temple Law National Trial Team Auditions

First round auditions for spots on the 2019-20 National Trial Team will be held on Thursday, April 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and, if needed, Friday, April 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  All (non-graduating) current students are eligible to audition. Please sign up for an audition time beginning at 1:00pm on Tuesday, April 2nd in Klein, Room 612, with Mary Beth Wilson or via email at mwilson6@temple.edu.

Students should be prepared to give an opening statement [either side] from the file or case you are currently using in LRW or ITA/ITAP.  1Ls enrolled in LRW, please prepare an opening statement from the “assignment” on which your oral argument is based.  Upper level students currently enrolled in ITA or ITAP, please prepare an opening statement in the case assigned for your final trial.  You will have approximately 5 minutes for your statement, although you need/should not attempt to complete the entire opening in 5 minutes. You may be interrupted and asked to address a particular part of the case and how it bears on the argument. You may also be asked to speak extemporaneously about a topic of our choosing. Finally, you may be interviewed about your background, schedule and commitment.

INFORMATION SESSIONS will be held on MONDAY, APRIL 1st and TUESDAY, APRIL 2nd at 12pm in Room K6A. We encourage you to attend one of these sessions.  Please review Audition Information and Materials posted to the National Trial Team ‘Auditions’ Webpage here:

  • Memo to Prospective Trial Team Members
  • Opening Statements Narrated PowerPoint
  • Opening Statements Articles
  • Video Samples of Opening and Closings:
    • Prosecution Opening
    • Defense Opening
    • Prosecution Closing (Excerpt)

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.  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.

Faculty Academic Advising Panels

We hope you found the faculty academic advising panels useful. Feel free to visit this page for the recordings from the sessions on ITP, Tax Law, Immigration Law, Criminal Law, and Public Interest Law.

Immigration Law Panel with Temple in the City

Join Temple in the City on Friday, March 29th from 3 to 4:30 pm in Gladfelter 413 for a panel discussion on immigration law including DACA, asylum, and travel bans. The panel will include legal experts Renee Hykel Cuddy, Lauren Berkowitz, and Douglas Carman. Lauren Berkowitz (a recent Law graduate!) will also be discussing law school, law internships, and a career in the field of immigration law for students in attendance considering law school (if you are interested in sharing your experience as a law student!). Any questions and to RSVP please contact pscity@temple.edu.

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/

Defense Logistics Agency Presentation

Please join us on April 2nd from 12 to 1 pm in K6B for a career presentation from Defense Logistics Agency. As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency manages the global supply chain – from raw materials to end user to disposition – for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations.

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/

TLR Write-On Training Session

Temple Law Review’s Write-On Training on April 3rd from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in K2A will cover how to approach each of the different components of the Volume 92 Write-On Packet. Additionally, general tips for approaching write-on as a whole will be discussed. We hope to see you there!

1L Networking Reception at City Hall

We invite the Temple Law Classes of 2021 and 2022 to meet members of the Philadelphia Legal community. This event will be held in Conversation Hall (second floor) in City Hall on April 4th from 5 to 7 pm. RSVP in the CPM on the Events page!

Practicums – Deadlines & School Designed Opportunities

Practicum forms, including updated deadlines for the 2019 to 2020 academic year, will be posted to the website in early April. The updated forms will include both (1) the registration form for school designed and approved practicums as well as (2) the form which is submitted for Dean Ramji-Nogales’ approval concerning independent, repeat, or for profit practicums.

Also in early April, the Fall 2019 School Designed Practicum list will be released. The list will detail excellent experiential opportunities in a range of fields including compliance, criminal law, immigration, and tax. Make sure to keep an eye out for it in the Post. Practicum questions? Reach out to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

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).

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.

Tools for Success in Summer and Practice: Navigating Difficult Dialogues

Join IDEAL and the Dean’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion on April 8th from 4 to 5 pm in K2A for a workshop to provide tools to help navigate difficult conversations that can arise with peers, supervisors and clients – in classes as well as at work.

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/

Ways to Connect with Al Otro Lado

Inspired by last week’s Sheller Center Talk with Nicole Ramos ’07, of Al Otro Lado? Here are ways for you to stay involved:

  1. Al Otro Lado Border Rights Project Wishlist for supplies: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoWishlist
  2. Volunteer Application including remote opportunities. Also provides useful information for interpreters, health care professionals, social workers, and others: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoVolunteers
  3. To sign up for week and weekend trips to Tijuana: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoTijuanaTrips
  4. Financial donations: https://alotrolado.networkforgood.com/. For questions about fundraising in general, or how you can be involved in remote fundraising, please contact Daniella Ortiz-Padilla at dani@alotrolado.org
  5. To receive acknowledgement of your donation, please fill out their In-Kind Donation Form and contact Daniella Ortiz-Padilla at dani@alotrolado.org. Here is the form: http://bit.ly/AlOtroLadoDonationForm
  6. Great Nonprofits is an opportunity to write reviews of volunteer experiences. This is connected to Guidestar, which helps funders. Please suggest to volunteers who you’ve worked with, and who you think have insightful and helpful comments to share, that they write a review here: https://greatnonprofits.org/org/al-otro-lado-inc
  7. Facebook volunteers group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/308974436499223/
  8. Like Al Otro Lado on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter
  9. For media requests, please contact Erika Pinheiro, erika@alotrolado.org, or Nicole Ramos, nicole@alotrolado.org.

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.

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.