Vol. 39 No. 2
By AnnMichelle Hart
Your Division’s Board of Governors is committed to assisting you in building the bridges you need to seamlessly move from student to employed lawyer. We’re working hard to give you a clear, strong voice in the ABA. As law students, you are the future of the legal profession. Your time and talents are needed in our communities and I urge you to make a positive difference.
The ABA Law Student Division provides opportunities for you to get involved. One way is through the Work-A-Day public interest project. Each year law students across the country participate in programs based on the Work-A-Day theme in their communities. This year, the Work-A-Day goal is to reinforce civics education in public schools. As Americans, our government is unique and precious. In order to ensure the system works going forward, students in primary and secondary schools need to understand the system. The freedoms and liberties we enjoy today are based on, and protected by, that system. For more information about this year’s theme and how you can get involved, visitwww.americanbar.org/groups/law_students.
Student-led programs and initiatives may create financial needs. The Division recognizes this and through its Grant Program offers financial support to law student organizations of ABA-approved law schools for first-time programs and activities that emphasize public interest, public service, veterans advocacy, professionalism and ethics training, diversity, and mental health. Grants of up to $500 are made on a reimbursement basis for pre-approved programs meeting all the grant funding requirements. If your student organization is interested in applying for grant funds, please review the guidelines and fill out the application form at www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students. If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The ABA Law Student Division serves law students across the nation. Encourage your fellow students to join the Division and add their voices to the over 40,000 current members who are gaining an edge in this competitive market by networking, cultivating leadership skills, participating in competitions, vying for scholarships, volunteering, and of course, saving money through the ABA discount program partners. Take advantage of all the Division and the ABA has to offer you. Start building your bridge to your career now; I promise, you won’t regret doing so.