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2017 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition

Public Citizen is a non-profit, progressive consumer rights advocacy group in Washington, DC. Public Citizen is hosting the 2017 Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition.

The Topic is: What Does the Trump Presidency Mean for Access to Justice?

The Prize for the best essay is $5,000, plus a complimentary one-year Public Citizen membership for the top three essays!

Essays must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on April 28, 2017, to Amanda Fleming at

For more information, including specific issues essays may cover, please visit: or call Amanda Fleming at 202-588-7734

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III Hispanic Film Festival – 339 Amin Abel Hasbun. Memory of a Crime

Elon University Main Campus is hosting a screening of 339 Amin Abel Hasbun. Memory of a Crime, the first film of the III Hispanic Film Series (w/English subtitles) on Thursday, September 29th in LaRose Digital Theatre at 5:30pm. (no RSVP required).

Directed by Etzel Baez (Dominican Republic), the film shows the investigation of the murder of student leader Abel Amin Hasbun by the police forces in 1970. After the screening, there will be a short session of Q&A in regards of Human Rights violations organized by Federico Pous and Eduardo Alvarez.

Based on a real story, 339 Amín Abel Hasbun. Memory of a Crime is an intriguing account of the murder of Amín Abel Hasbun, a brilliant student leader in the Dominican Republic accused of kidnapping US Embassy official J. Crowley. Hasbun was one of many young leftists fighting against the government of Dr. Joaquín Balaguer, who favored a repressive regime.

Hasbun’s death shook the sensibility of the Dominican people to the point that Balaguer had to orchestrate an investigation despite the fact that his government had been responsible for the cold-blooded murder.

With a plot that involved the CIA and the Dominican Republic Police Force, the film deconstructs the events that took place the morning of September 24, 1970, when Amin, his wife and 2-year-old son received the fatal visit of the police and country’s District Attorney.

For more info about the movie, see the synopsis below and the trailer:

We hope to see you on Thursday!

Sponsoring Department/Organizations: Department of World Languages and Cultures /School of Communications /Stigma Delta Pi/ EL Centro/International and Global Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies/ Pragda / Spain-USA Foundation / Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. 



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2nd Alamance Pride Festival

2nd Alamance Pride Festival will be held in Downtown Burlington
Saturday, October 1, 2016 ! ! !

We are excited to announce Alamance Pride for Saturday, October 1st – 
the start of LGBT History Month and National Coming Out Month.

Alamance Pride is a non­profit organization serving the LGBTQ
(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/sexual, and queer) communities of Alamance County by organizing and presenting an annual Pride festival.

Our purpose through this event is to celebrate the LGBTQ community,
promote inclusion and diversity, provide opportunities for community outreach, and to educate ourselves, allies, and the 
Alamance County community about the importance of equality.

Situated in central North Carolina between Greensboro and Durham,
Alamance County serves 150,000 residents across the cities of Burlington, Graham, and Mebane
as well as the towns of Elon, Gibsonville, Green Level, Haw River,
Ossipee, Swepsonville, and Alamance Village.


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Scrofano Law PC Aspiring Public Defender Scholarship

At Scrofano Law PC, we believe that working as a public defender is one of the highest callings in the legal profession. Too often public defenders are overworked and under resourced. They face daily insurmountable odds in the courtroom and in a system that is often rigged against their clients. To give back to the legal community and express our admiration and appreciation to those who aspire to fight for the underdog, we have created a scholarship for law students interested in pursuing a career as a public defender.

Scholarship Amount: $1,500.00

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 1st or 2nd year law student;
  • Interest in legal career representing individuals rather than institutions
  • Employed in summer position at a public defender’s office
  • Deadline: June 1 each year
  • Application Requirements: Resume, Transcript, Offer letter or other proof of internship at PDS that indicates whether paid or unpaid

In addition, please include an essay on the following topic.

As a public defender or private criminal defense lawyer, you will often be asked the question: how can you defend people you know are guilty? Respond to that question in 500-700 words.


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Updates and RSVP’s from the Elon University Gender and LGBTQIA Center

Friends & Fans of the Gender and LGBTQIA Center – Some great RSVPs and events as we enter LGBT History Month!

Major RSVP action – Email ASAP To Reserve Your Spot for ANY of the following 5 events…

  1. Sat Oct 1 – RSVP for Alamance Pride Volunteering – Faculty/Staff/Students Between 10:30AM-5:00PM to staff the Elon Table (just email with which 1, 2, or 3 hours you can do)
  2. Thu Oct 6 / 5:30PM – RSVP for Reception & Dinner with Esera Tuaolo (retired gay NFL player) – only room for 6 people, RSVP now!
  3. Mon Oct 10 / 6:30PM – RSVP for Dinner with Dr. Therese Huston (psychologist on gender & decision-making) – only room for 14 people, RSVP now!
  4. Sat Oct 22 / 12:00PM – RSVP for LGBTQIA Mimosa Brunch & LGBTQIA Alumni Awards – free lunch, mimosas, & chance to connect w/LGBTQIA Elon alumni!

Upcoming Events (in chronological order):

Thu Sep 30 – “Apply to be on Leadership Team at Ripple Conference” – Apply via

Sat Oct 1 – “Alamance Pride” / 11:00-5:00 / Downtown Burlington – Music, drag, shopping, schedule

Tue Oct 4 – “Poverty Simulation” / 4:00-6:00 / Moseley’s McKinnon Hall – Interactive simulation about living near the poverty line.  Email if interested in attending.

Thu Oct 6 – “Meet and Greet with Esera Tuaolo” / 4:00 / Moseley 211 – Come hang with celebrity Esera Tuaolo in the GLC, bring a friend!

Thu Oct 6 – “Creating A World of Acceptance” / 7:30 / Whitley Aud – Esera Tuaolo shares his experiences as a gay NFL player

Mon Oct 10 – “WGSS Meet-and-Greet” / 4:00 / EFFECT Office (1st Floor Moseley) – Come hang with WGSS students & faculty!

Mon Oct 10 – “What We Should Know (but often don’t) About Gender & Decision-Making / 5:00 / Lakeside 2ndFloor

Tue Oct 11 – “College Coffee” / 9:40 / Phi Beta Kappa plaza – Rainbow donuts & GLC/Spectrum as part of National Coming Out Week

Fri Oct 21 – “Deadline to Register for Intersect Diversity & Leadership Conference” – check out for details, run by Center for Leadership!


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Upcoming Elon Phoenix Athletic Events


  • Elon Football Live Radio Show, Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., The Fat Frogg
  • Elon vs. Villanova, Saturday, Oct. 1, at 3:30 p.m., Rhodes Stadium

Women’s Soccer

  • Elon vs. South Carolina St., Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., Rudd Field

Follow us on Twitter @elonphoenix and @elonscores, “Like” Elon Phoenix on Facebook and continue to to stay current on all things Elon Athletics.

Go Phoenix!

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ACCSFL Writing Competition


American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers



The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce awards to be presented for

(a) the best book

(b) the best publishable article, book chapter, or substantial book review

(c) the best student note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law.


The awards include cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2017 meeting of the College. In any given year, depending on submissions, all three awards, or fewer, may be made.


Eligible entries will address a topic on consumer financial services, but not securities regulation, insurance, or the safety-and-soundness aspects of banking regulation. Works on subjects within these (or other) areas, however, will be considered if they bear directly on consumer financial services.


Entries must have been written or published between November 15, 2015, and December 1, 2016. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2016. Unpublished entries should be typed, double spaced, and in law review format.


The winners will be honored at the annual meeting of the College held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, to be held in New Orleans in April 2017.


The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is a nonprofit association of attorneys who have made significant contributions to consumer financial services law over an extended period of time. Its members include academics, present and former federal and state regulatory and enforcement officers, authors in the field, private practitioners, counsel for financial institutions and other service providers, and representatives of consumer protection and advocacy organizations.


Entries must be submitted in electronic format and should be sent to:


Richard P. Hackett, ACCFSL Writing Competition Chair
Hudson Cook, LLP
22 Free Street. Suite 205

Portland, Maine 04101


More information on the College may be found at:

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The Reeves Law Group 2016 Writing Competition

For 2016 The Reeves Law Group is awarding a $3,000 scholarship to a deserving law student who authors a winning essay in our fourth annual Scholarship Essay Contest.

Our law firm specializes in representing victims of accidents and other tragic circumstances. As lawyers, we feel fortunate to be advocates in the justice system for those who have no voice of their own. Helping people in need by providing them with our resources and expertise in the legal system is one of our greatest rewards.

America has a superb justice system, but it could use more exceptional individuals with a passion for improving the conditions of the less fortunate, via the legal system and other means. For our fourth annual scholarship contest, we are pleased to support a future lawyer who demonstrates through past, current and expected future deeds a genuine commitment to serve the less-fortunate.

Tell us about such deeds, including contributions you may have made or are currently making to help a non-profit institution, a specific group, your local community, or the public at large. Tell us also how you intend to use your legal training to advance those goals.

Apply Today!


We would like you to tell your story in a brief narrative, starting with an introduction about who you are, your interests, and anything else you feel we should know about you. Then, please provide your entry in a 750-1000 words essay, or a Prezi presentation. Graphic or creative presentations are welcome.

Judging Criteria

The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates a genuine desire and goal of using the legal system to fix problems or improve conditions in our society. Worthy deeds that you have already performed will be considered.

Scholarship Dates and Submission

When: We are now accepting submissions.

Where: Please send your story to

Deadline:The deadline for submitting essays is December 15, 2016.

You may send us your entry either as a link or attachment to your email. Include your name, mobile phone number and contact information in the email.


To be eligible for our scholarship contest, you must be: a legal US resident, and either a current (1) law student at an accredited U.S. law school, or (2) an undergraduate student who has applied or will apply to law school. Students with full academic scholarships are not eligible to enter this contest.

Proof of enrollment must be provided. We will accept digital scans of the following as a valid proof of enrollment via email attachment with your application:

  • Unofficial transcript (Applicant must submit by mail an un-opened copy of official transcripts if elected as a finalist).
  • Letter from Admissions confirming deposit on school letterhead
  • Official enrollment verification form
  • Acceptance letter on school letterhead

Additionally, you must:

  • Verify you have read and understand the Reeves Law Group Law School Scholarship requirements
  • Submit a readable copy of your entry (only one entry per law student is allowed).
  • Submit a clear headshot no smaller than 300 pixels (width) of yourself. The image file must be in the following format .PNG or .JPG.

Your application must be emailed no later than the December 15, 2016 deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Winner Notification

The winner will be notified by phone, email and/or U.S. mail after the judging has been completed.

Award Distribution

The $3,000 award will be paid to the winner by January 15, 2017. Students must provide proof of enrollment prior to disbursement of the award.

Use of Award Monies

The award winner understands and represents that the scholarship monies will be sent directly to the winner’s school and shall be used only for education-related purposes, such as tuition, books, etc.

Fine Print

Submissions: All content and creative work become the property of The Reeves Law Group upon submission and may be reposted or displayed online or through any media channels, in whole or part, without notification. When you send email communications to The Reeves Law Group, its agents and/or representatives may retain those communications.

By submitting an application, the applicant grants The Reeves Law Group, its agents and/or representatives permission to post the applicant’s name, school or university, applicant’s photo, and the winning entry in the firm’s website (The Reeves Law Group), and in other marketing platforms, including but not limited to blog, social media accounts, and related sites. The winning applicant also agrees to assist The Reeves Law Group and its agents with any tasks that the law firm deems reasonable or necessary to help with the above and other promotional activities.

Most Recent Winners

2015: Alamea Deedee Bitran

Congratulations to our 2015 scholarship winner, Alamea Deedee Bitran! Alamea’s application on how she plans to assist the disabled in the field of Public Interest Law was the clear winner. The new bride plans to use the award to complete her final year of law school at Florida International University in Miami, FL.

Alamea Deedee Bitran of Miami, Florida on her Wedding Day with Groom - Picture by Alisa Rauner

Full details on Alamea’s selection can be found in the official press release.

2014: Heather Marzenski

We’d like to congratulate our 2014 scholarship winner, Heather Marzenski. Heather beat out a strong field and will use the award to continue her education at Baldwin-Wallace University located in Berea, OH.

Heather Marzenski 2014 Scholarship Winner

Full details on Heather’s very deserving selection can be found in the official press release.

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Interested in Environmental Law?

The Environmental & Animal Law Society (E.A.L.S.) is looking for interested students to raise awareness and interest in the wide range of issues and career opportunities encompassed by this important and ever-growing area of law. 

Save the date for an interest meeting on Tuesday, March 29 at 12:30 in Room 211. Bring your lunch and we will provide dessert!

If you wish to receive more information, sign up on the bulletin boards by the lockers, or click here.

Contact Chelsea Jarvis ( or Robert Trimble ( for more info!

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International Law Panel: Wednesday, February 17

International Law Panel – Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Room 105 from 12:40 – 1:20 p.m.

Sponsored by K&L Gates LLP and the Office of Career & Student Development

The International Law Panel brings together experienced professionals to share their collective wisdom with Elon Law students interested in careers in International Law. Panelists will describe their own career paths and share their thoughts on what it takes to be successful in this exciting and complex area of law. This is a great opportunity to meet some practicing international law attorneys and learn more about this fascinating field!

This year’s panel will feature:

Charles T. “Chip” Hagan III, Senior Partner, Hagan Barrett & Langley PLLC, Greensboro, NC

See more about Charles T. Hagan III here.

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Scott R. Hile, Vice President – Corporate Development, Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, SC

See more about Scott R. Hile here: Scott Hile Speaking Bio

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Nicole Murphey, Attorney at Law (NC, SC), BridgehouseLaw LLPCharlotte, NC

See more about Nicole Murphey here: Nicole Murphey Speaker Bio

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