Spring 2019 – Week 15

Reminders for All May & July 2019 Graduates

Mandatory Student Affairs Visit

Friday from 10 am to 3 pm is the last day to stop by Student Affairs (Barrack Hall, Suite 103) to receive information about graduation and regalia, your parking pass, and register your vote for your favorite professor for the Williams Award.

Children at Graduation

At Temple, there is a tradition that has been passed down from year to year that graduates who have children bring them up to the stage to accompany them as they receive their diplomas. (Children don’t sit with you for the whole ceremony; your family can bring them down to you when they see you line up to go on stage). We like to collect the names of the children who will be joining our graduates on stage and try to announce their names as well. We make no guarantees that this will work, but if we’re able to do it, we think your children will enjoy it.  If you’re interested, you should e-mail Kathy Wilson at kilson@temple.edu with your children’s names (first name only please) and whether they are daughters or sons.

Alumni Family

Graduates whose parents, grandparents, spouses or siblings received their law degrees from Temple Law School can make special arrangements to have their degrees presented by their family members. To be part of this group, please contact Dorothy Lee at dlee3@temple.edu no later than Monday, May 6th with the name of the alumni, their relation to you, their year of graduations, and a telephone number and e-mail address where you can be reached.

Spring Exams, Download Examsoft, & Help Desk

Spring exams begin next week! The last day of classes this semester is Monday, April 22nd.  Exams will begin on Wednesday, April 24th and end on Monday, May 6th. The Spring 2019 Examination Schedule is available here.

If you are planning to take your in-class or free slot exams on a computer, it is now time to download your exam files. Your exams are available under “My Exams” in Examplify. If you experience any difficulty downloading the Exam Files, please stop by the 2nd Floor Help Desk at Klein for assistance. Staff will be available on April 22nd from 4 to 6 pm and April 23rd from 11 am to 1 pm and 4 to 6 pm. See you there!

Summer Course Schedule and Registration Information

The summer course schedule and registration information is now posted on the law school website and can be found here.  If you have questions please do not hesitate to reach out to jennifer.bretschenider@temple.edu.

Locker Clean Out

All 1L’s, 2L’s, & 3LE students will need to clean out their locker by May 7th.  Graduating students have until August 4th to clean out their lockers.  After these dates, the lockers will be cleaned out and anything remaining in the lockers will be thrown out.

Temple Law Review & Temple International & Comparative Law Journal – Intent to Participate

Students must submit by midnight on May 15th their intent to participate in either journal’s write-on.  If you intend to participate, please click here.

Student Interviewers Needed for Library Head of Public Services Candidates

On-campus interviews for law library Head of Public Services candidates will be held May 1-3.  The search committee would like students to have input into the hiring of this important position, which includes teaching and student outreach responsibilities.  Currently the student portion of the interview is scheduled from 11:30-12 each day.  Please consider volunteering for one or more days; you’ll review the candidate’s resume, formulate questions, and, after the interview, write down your thoughts on the candidate.  If interested, or if you’d like to know more, please email Julie Randolph at julie.randolph@temple.edu.

The Sovereignty Symposium XXXII

The Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Sovereignty Symposium, Inc. will host The Sovereignty Symposium XXXII, June 5 to 6th, at Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hotel.  The Symposium is the premier conference on Indian Law.  Each year they invite law students to submit papers to the Chief Justice John B. Doolin writing competition.  The three winning papers are published in the annual Symposium book of materials on Indian Law. Cash prizes of $750.00, $500.00, and $250.00 are awarded. The Symposium also awards the Hargrave Prize of $1,500, $1,000 and $750.00 for the best three original and unpublished papers submitted by faculty or other legal scholars. Find information on both competitions here.

FFZ Fellowship – A 12 Week Paid Fellowship for a 2019 Graduate

The Foster, Flowers and Ziomek Legal Fellowship – named for three Philadelphia lawyers admired for their commitment to pro bono, mentoring, and collegiality in the profession – is a paid opportunity designed to provide a recent law school graduate with a strong foundation to begin a legal career in Philadelphia. The Fellowship is a paid, 12-week, full-time immersion in civil pro bono at Philadelphia VIP. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by June 7th. More details available here.

Semester Abroad in Japan

Expand Your J.D. Education in Tokyo! Attend the only full-time J.D. semester abroad program in Japan accredited by the American Bar Association. Learn international, comparative, and U.S. law from an outstanding faculty composed of globally educated professors and practitioners. Students are immersed in international culture daily as they interact with law students from Japan and around the world, Temple’s faculty, and the legal and business community. Open to 2L, 3L, evening, and part-time program students who have completed their first year of study and are in good academic and disciplinary standing at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school. Learn more and apply here!

School Designed Practicums

Up to date approval and registration Practicum forms are available on the website. You will 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; this week’s update includes an exciting opportunity in Contracts with the Thomas Jefferson Innovation Pillar. Practicum questions? Reach out to Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu

External Clinic – Federal Reentry Court

The Federal Reentry Court Clinic is just one of our incredible external clinical learning opportunities.  In this clinic, students assist previously incarcerated federal prisoners in successfully reentering the community through the Supervision to Aid Reentry Court (STAR) program in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Under the supervision of practicing attorneys, students will interview and counsel clients, draft pleadings, conduct fact investigations, and represent clients in court proceedings. Students will assist participants on legal matters, including challenging traffic citations and fines, obtaining/restoring driving privileges, establishing affordable payment plans for court costs and fines, waiving supervision fees, challenging default judgments entered while incarcerated, business planning/non-profit formation, obtaining no fault divorces, and landlord/tenant disputes. A student has said of this experience, “Law students are given the opportunity to hone and practice their skills in many different areas of law and be a part of positive change for both individuals and the community. Re-entry has been the most impactful experience of my law school career and overall has not only made me a better lawyer but a better person.”

This is a yearlong clinic for 3Ls, with 3 credits awarded in the Fall semester and 3 credits awarded in the Spring semester. Students will attend a classroom component every other Thursday evening from 4 to 6 pm along with either biweekly Tuesday morning or biweekly Wednesday afternoon Reentry Court. Participation in this clinic does not prevent students from also participating in other clinics during their 3L year. The CRN for Fall 2019 is 28352. Any questions please contact Mai Le at mai.le@temple.edu.

Philadelphia Bar Association Judicial Commission – 2019 Election Day Voter Outreach

The Philadelphia Bar Association needs you on election day to hand out the Judicial Commission’s ratings. Please volunteer to sign up for one or both Election Day shifts.  Volunteers are needed to work at polling places across Philadelphia on May 21 from 7 to 10 am and 5 to 8 pm.  Handing out the ratings at polling places will help to educate voters as to which candidates are highly recommended or recommended by the Commission as they are preparing to cast important votes for judicial vacancies.  You can sign up to work either or both shifts at: https://forms.gle/yYWEkMQ5o9WKarza7. Please pass on this information to anyone you know who might be interested in volunteering to help.  Remember, you do not need to be an attorney to participate in this effort, so encourage your non-attorney friends to volunteer as well.  Please ask them to sign up via the above link.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.