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Top Gun XI Trial Advocacy Competition | A Q&A with Eric Love LAW ’20 and Lauren Doig LAW ’21

The below is excerpted from conversation held about a week after Eric Love competed in the Top Gun XI Trial Advocacy competition. Eric was supported by his second chair, Lauren Doig, and his coach, Professor Sara Jacobson. Top Gun is a unique tournament, giving only 24 hours to prepare before a lone advocate tries both the plaintiff and defense side of the case. This competition was also unique because it was the first full mock trial tournament conducted wholly online. It was conducted one week after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis as a weekend of protests and unrest swept the country. Eric and Lauren won the professionalism award for the tournament for the issues they faced during the final round. Eric, Lauren, and Professor Jacobson were working out of a rented apartment suite on the 7th floor at 15th and Chestnut. Eric’s final round began about 4pm. He and Lauren were unaware that blocks away, civil protest had turned to civil unrest at Philadelphia’s City Hall and that looting, small fires, and …

Sheller Center Students File Tort Claims for Families Separated at the Border

The Trump administration has engaged in a policy of family separation, which it ramped up in 2018. Under that policy, families apprehended for crossing the border outside of a port of entry were forcibly separated. Parents were placed in adult detention while their children were sent to shelters for unaccompanied minors. They were frequently subjected to cruel conditions of confinement, including overcrowding and the inability to obtain adequate nutrition, hygiene, medical care or mental health services. Notably, the administration expressly announced its family separation policy as a tactic to deter Central American migrants from seeking safety in the United States. In these facilities, parents and children endured weeks or even months without contact with one another. Parents and their children did not know when or if they would be reunited because immigration officials would not provide any information. The separation of parents from their children has predictably caused significant and long-lasting trauma to these families who had sought refuge in the United States. Through the Sheller Center for Social Justice, we represented eight families in …

A Path to Publication

Temple Law School: What led you to write your paper, Title VII v. State Legislation: Protecting the Black Crowning Glory, 13 Drexel L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2021)? Nadijah Campbell LAW ’20: Like many Black girls, I wear braids, twists, faux locs and fros as everyday hairstyles. When I found out that employers, by law, could and have been preventing Black people like me from having a job because of hairstyles, ones that are completely professional at that, I was hurt, but mostly outraged. I didn’t come to law school to just be hurt and mad though, I came to law school to make changes. So, I took a guided research class with professor Bonny Tavares and I wrote a paper advocating for more states to pass legislation to illegalize this practice of discriminating against Black hairstyles. I’m happy that I was able to customize my legal education to write and learn about this topic that I was so passionate about. TLS: Could you share a short excerpt from your paper? NC: My paper explains how …

The South Asian Law Students Association | Student Organization Voices Series

  Your Name: Reena Naik Graduation Year: May 2021 Name of Organization: The South Asian Law Students Association Position in Organization: President Temple Law School: When did you join this organization? Reena Naik: I joined the South Asian Law Students Association as a 1L. I first heard about SALSA at the student organization fair during 1L orientation. The members of SALSA were incredibly welcoming and approachable. I later became a 1L Representative as I wanted to have a more active role in the organization. TLS: Why did you decide to join this group? RN: I decided to become a SALSA member because it truly felt like a family and my “home away from home.” As a native of Birmingham, Alabama, I was completely new to Philadelphia. Luckily, I found some of my closest friends and mentors through SALSA which helped ease the transition to a new city and starting law school. I also joined SALSA because I am a first-generation law student. I knew very few lawyers prior to law school and wanted to expand …

The Education Law Practicum | A Student’s Perspective

Participating in a practicum at the Education Law Center was one of the most enriching experiences I’ve had at Temple.  I first learned about this practicum from the Temple Law School practicum website. I had come to law school really interested in Education Law. I had heard amazing things about the Education Law Center and I knew it was a leader in fighting for civil and educational rights of students and families. So, when I saw this practicum, I knew I had to apply.  The Education Law Center practicum is 3 credits and 10 hours per week. I went to their office twice a week for 5 hours at a time. They just got a new office and it’s beautiful! It’s right in Center City, down the street from City Hall. The first few days of the practicum, you get a really in-depth orientation where you learn about the organization, special education law, and the realities of education in the Philadelphia area. You are then trained in making intake calls for the organization. After orientation …

North Philly | My Philly Neighborhood

I found my accommodation through Craigslist. I reached out to the owner and drove down for a tour of the home. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with the space. I live in a North Philadelphia Row Home, near the Temple University Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry by 13th and Allegeny. These homes were first constructed to meet the needs of industrial workers who wanted to live close to their factories. My house in particular was constructed in 1916—and has beautiful period features. The home has high ceilings, intricate tile-work, tiled over fireplaces, a skylight in the dining room, and floor to ceiling butler pantry. It is an old home and slightly rough, but with much character. My landlord connected me with another Temple Law student from Washington State interested in the property. We spoke about the house and decided living together would be a fit! I paid about $500 in rent per month for my room-utilities included. I chose the neighborhood in large …

Intellectual Property Law Society | Student Organization Voices Series

Your Name: Catherine Cuff Graduation Year: May 2020 Name of Organization: Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) Position in Organization: President Temple Law School: When did you join this organization? Catherine Cuff: I joined IPLS as a 1L my first year at Temple. I worked in IT prior to law school and knew I was interested in the subject. I made sure to sign up at the student activities fair. TLS: Why did you decide to join this group? CC: With our society relying more and more on technology I wanted to better understand how law and science interact. I also wanted to demonstrate to employers that this was an area of interest for me. Embarrassingly, I’ve always had a bunch of crazy ideas for inventions. I wanted to learn how to make them reality! TLS: What is your organization’s mission? CC: The purpose of IPLS is to promote the discussion of legal challenge presented by technological advances through speakers and events. We want to connect students with this wonderful field of law! TLS: Can you …

Washington Square West | My Philly Neighborhood

I live in a one bedroom and one bathroom apartment in Washington Square West. I found my apartment on Craigslist. It has a full kitchen, living room, bedroom, and backyard. Washington Square West is a fantastic place to live. The neighborhood is residential, filled with historic brownstones, and brimming with personality. It is surrounded by other great neighborhoods, like Bella Vista, Queen Village, the Gayborhood, and Center City. I love this neighborhood because of the food and location. I’m two blocks from Acme and Whole Foods on South Street. I am surrounded by great restaurants. To name a few: Crybaby Pasta, Angelo’s Pizzeria, Little Italy, Little Nonna’s, Emmy Squared, Nomad, Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop, and BAP. They’re all so good! Bon Apetit ranked the cheesesteak from Woodrow’s as the third best one in the city. You seriously have to try it! The neighborhood is within walking distance to other great places, like Queen Village, Center City, Old City, Bella Vista, Fitler Square, you name it. I’m close to the best parts of the city, but far …

The Family Law Society | Student Organization Voices Series

Your Name: Erin Ambrose Graduation Year: May 2021 Name of Organization: The Family Law Society Position in Organization: President Temple Law School: When did you join this organization? Erin Ambrose: I joined the Family Law Society as a 1L at the student organization fair! TLS: Why did you decide to join this group? EA: I decided to join this organization because it is an area of law that I am interested in practicing. I knew that the organization worked with the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association so there would be great opportunities to network as well as learn more about this subject area. TLS: What is your organization’s mission? EA: Our goal as the Family Law Society at Temple is to increase family law awareness and allow students to explore family law opportunities. We want students at the law school to gain a deeper understanding of the various aspects of family law by hearing guest speakers, panel discussions, and attending networking events. We will also aim to raise awareness of the expansive …

Center for Compliance and Ethics Practicum

One of the benefits of being a Temple Law student is the opportunity to step out of the classroom and work in the field with practice area experts. As a participant in the Center for Compliance and Ethics Practicum, I have had the opportunity to build fundamental skills in healthcare compliance. Through the efforts of Professor Jon Smollen and Bea Raccanello, of the Center for Compliance and Ethics at Temple Law, I have been given the opportunity to intern with Temple University Health System and experience the day-to-day work of a compliance department in a major healthcare entity. No textbook or class discussion can measure up to the benefits of an experience like this one. I have been working at Temple University Health System in the Office of General Counsel, specifically with Senior Counsel, Corporate Compliance and Privacy Officer, Maribel Valentin. At Temple Health, I am gaining firsthand experience in understanding the compliance and regulatory risks of a major healthcare organization. I am actively learning and working in privacy matters related to HIPAA and HITECH. …