Spring 2019 – Week 13

1st Annual Temple Law Kickball Tournament

Looking forward to seeing you, your friends, and family tomorrow, Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am for Temple Law’s 1st Annual Kickball Tournament! You can register here if you have not already:  https://goo.gl/forms/ogrcl6gQeRWyaICs2

Spring Exam Conflict Forms Due Monday April 8th!

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.

Tools for Success in Summer & 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.

A Discussion on the Effect of Criminal Records

Join a discussion on the effect of criminal records with Zane Johnson, attorney with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, on April 8th from 12 to 1pm in K1A. This event is cosponsored by The Expungement Project and Public Interest Programs.

Volunteer Jurors for the LLM for Trial Advocacy Program

The Law School’s LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program is seeking volunteer mock jurors for our upcoming LL.M. Final Trials on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th.We are looking for up to 60 jurors on Saturday and 40 on Sunday. We are in need of student volunteers to sit as jurors.  Our LL.M. students will be trying two different cases on both days, one is a criminal trial, the other is civil.

We will be holding our final trials at the Criminal Justice Center (1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102), and anticipate actual courtroom surroundings will give an added sense of realism and make the day much more compelling for all involved.

Participating mock jurors are to arrive at the Criminal Justice Center and sign in at the registration table outside Courtroom 504 no later than 8:30 am. All jurors will be impaneled and will deliberate on the verdict. This is an all-day commitment – jurors should plan to stay until 5 pm.

Please RSVP to Professor Braccia at marian.braccia@temple.edu.

Temple International & Comparative Law Journal Write-On Training

The Temple International and Comparative Law Journal will hold write-on training sessions.  The training will cover how to approach the various write-on components as well as general tips for a successful write-on.  We will reference substantive Bluebook Rules as well as the process for completing the write-on materials.  Please join us on Tuesday, April 9th from 12 to 1 pm in K1D or Thursday, April 11th from 5 to 6 pm in K6A.

ACE Sessions – Exam Strategies

Please join ACE Counselors, Prof. Shellenberger, and Mai Le for a helpful discussion on tackling exams this semester. These will be the final sessions before the end of the semester!

  • April 9th from 12 to 1 pm in K2B for Section 1
  • April 10th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A for Section 2
  • April 10th from 5:30 to 6:20 pm in K2A for Section 51
  • April 11th from 12 to 1 pm in K2A for Section 3

Food will be served. Questions?  Contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

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 am to 5 pm and, if needed, Friday, April 12th, from 9 am to 1 pm.  All (non-graduating) current students are eligible to audition. Please sign up for an audition time beginning at 1 pm 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.

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)

Fellowship Panel & Workshop

Join the Office of Public Interest Programs, current and former fellows, faculty, and your classmates on April 11th from 12 to 1 pm in K1D for this essential introduction to and overview of post-graduate legal fellowship opportunities.  This is a “can’t miss” event for anyone interested in learning more about fellowship opportunities, preparation/planning, deadlines – and all the available resources here on campus to help along the way.  Lunch will be provided.

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/

School Designed Practicums

Practicum forms (both approval and registration), with updated deadlines for the 2019 to 2020 academic year, are now posted to the website. You may now also find the Fall 2019 School Designed Practicum Catalogue here, which details experiential opportunities in a range of fields including compliance, criminal law, immigration, and tax. Make sure to continue to keep an eye out for updates to this list in the Post. Practicum questions? Reach out to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

Mandatory: All May & July 2019 Graduates Please Stop By Student Affairs Beginning April 15th!

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!

Summer Work Study Help Desk & Law Foundation Matching Funds Application 

Financial Aid Staff will be available at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of Klein on April 15th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Stop by to get all of your questions answered about Summer Work Study and the Law Foundation Matching Funds application process, which opens on April 15th at 10 am!

Interested in a Career in Tax?

Learn more about the rich diversity of practice settings and practice areas that make Tax such a rewarding field.  Panelists include lawyers working in state and federal governments, in private practice, and doing pro bono work; their practices span entity taxation, international tax, state and local tax, issues facing low income taxpayers, tax controversy and litigation, judicial clerkships, and employee benefits.  Join us on Monday, April 15th at 12 pm in K1E.  Lunch will be provided.

Kelley Drye Diversity Scholarship

In support of their commitment to diversity and inclusion, Kelley Drye is offering a $25,000 diversity scholarship award and paid summer associate position to an outstanding second-year law student who belongs to a diverse population that has been historically underrepresented in the legal profession. You can learn more about the scholarship here. The application period will begin June 1, 2019 and close July 31, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply soon! Please contact recruiting@kelleydrye.com with any additional questions.

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.

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).

Ways to Connect with Al Otro Lado

Feeling inspired by the 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 that 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.

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.