Drexel Students Will Have Option To ‘Fast Forward’ Their Law Degree | CBS Philly | By Steve Tawa | 4/2/13

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The Earl S. Mack School of Law at Drexel University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some Drexel University Law School students will soon have the option to fast-track their careers – after two years of study, rather than three. The program requires the same number of credits as the traditional three-year J.D. program, and will cost the same as the traditional degree, but a student would save a year’s living expenses without any income.

Drexel will begin accepting applications for the ‘Fast-Forward’ program this June, for classes that start in May 2014.

For full article see: Drexel Students Will Have Option To ‘Fast Forward’ Their Law Degree « CBS Philly.

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EVENT: Penn Law “Diversity in Education” Panel 3/28/13

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The following is a message from Stephanie Shyu, Chair of the Diversity Committee at the University of Pennsylvania Law School:

Penn Law “Diversity in Education” Panel 3/28

The committee is hosting a panel this Thursday, March 28th titled “Diversity in Education” from 4:30 to 6:30.  The idea for the event was spurred by a prior law school event at which a speaker asked whether there really are concrete benefits to having diversity in education.  We hope that the event will provide a forum for open discussion on the merits of diversity–however it may be defined–both in schools and in the professional field.  The panel will feature the diversity chairs of Morgan Lewis and Cozen O’Connor along with two professors from Chicago-Kent Law School and Temple University who have studied the issue.

The first hour and a half will consist of a guided discussion with audience input and the last 30 minutes will be a formal Q&A session.  We really want to feature as many viewpoints as possible in the audience to make for a well-rounded exchange of ideas, so we hope you will attend.  There will be a reception following the event…

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  I may be reached at sshyu@law.upenn.edu.  Look forward to seeing you there!



Stephanie J. Shyu

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Pennsylvania House Passes Victim Advocate Parole Law | By Tony Romeo | 3/20/13

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Map of violent crime per 100,000 people in the USA by state in 2004. “Violent crime” includes Homicide, rape, robbery and serious assault. >100-200 >200-300 >300-400 >400-500 >500-600 >600-700 >700-800 >800 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill to ensure that victims or their representatives have a voice when someone who committed a violent crime against them is up for parole.

The legislation was prompted by controversy earlier this year when Rafael Robb, a former Penn professor, who pled guilty to manslaughter in the death if his wife, was set to be released.

Robb’s parole was rescinded after an outcry that highlighted the fact that when a prisoner convicted of violent crime is up for parole, victims of their crime or their representatives currently have no opportunity to appear before the state Board of Probation and Parole…

For full article see: Pennsylvania House Passes Victim Advocate Parole Law.

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Pa. Law Enforcement Wants Easier Access to Your Internet Activities | By Eric Boehm | PA Independent | 3/17/13


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Should law enforcement have easier access to Pennsylvanians’ Internet records?

HARRISBURG – Law enforcement officials say they should not have to go to a judge before seeking personal data about Internet users in Pennsylvania.

The state House is set to vote early next week on a bill that would allow law enforcement to obtain permission from a district attorney or attorney general – instead of requiring a warrant from a judge – to force internet service providers to turn over potentially sensitive personal data about what Pennsylvanians are doing online.

Advocates for the change say law enforcement should be given easier access to the data in order to track down and arrest predators targeting children on the Internet, but there are red flags being raised by civil liberties advocates.

For full article see: Pa. Law Enforcement Wants Easier Access to Your Internet Activities 

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Temple Law SPIN’s Live and Online Auction Funding Public Interest Internships | Please Consider Bidding & Sharing With Your Networks 3/18/13 to 3/24/13

Here is the description of the auction:
Welcome to the 2013 Live and Online Auction brought to you by Temple Law’s Student Public Interest Network (SPIN). All proceeds go to funding our students, who are working at unpaid public interest internships this summer at organizations including Community Legal Services, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Community Defenders, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and State and Federal Judges.
Live Auction
Our live auction is on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Duane Morris LLP, 30 S 17th St, Philadelphia from 5pm to 7pm. For more info on items, please visit http://www2.law.temple.edu/auction/Category.aspx?cat=LA.
Some of our live items include:
  • Gift certificates at Kanella, Han Dynasty, Bistro La Minette, and Jose Garces
  • Four Hall of Fame Club tickets to the Phillies v. Nationals game on June 19th.
  • A Flyers Jersey signed by Broad Street Bullies, including Brian Propp, Bob Dailey, and Dave Schultz
  • A Phillies Jersey signed by Robin Roberts
  • An envelope signed by President Grover Cleveland
  • Three month gym membership to Sweat Fitness and a healthy cooking class for four by certified Holistic Health Counselor Sally Eisenberg
  • A weekend vacation stay in a beautiful four-bedroom beach house in Ocean City, NJ
  • A historic map of 19th Century Philadelphia with a $200 gift certificate for framing
Online Auction
Our online auction runs from March 18 to 24, 2013 at http://www2.law.temple.edu/auction/.
Some of our online items include
  • Gift certificates at restaurants, gyms, hair salons, yoga studios, bike shops, bakeries, and jewelry shops in locations all over Philadelphia
  • Tickets to Ambler Theater, National Constitution Center, Arden Theater Company, Inis Nua’s The Hand of Gaul, Philadelphia Art Alliance, and more.
  • $500 worth of design services from J.Thom Kitchen Cabinetry
  • Signed memorabilia by World Heavyweight Champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier
  • Sports tickets to Phillies, Wings, and Flyers games. 
  • A copy of “My Beloved World” signed by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Please visit and support our auctions. Donation items are from local Philadelphia businesses and from the hard work of Temple Law’s students, alumni, administration, faculty, and staff. Questions? Please email us at spin@temple.edu.
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