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A Passion to Serve


Vol. 39 No. 4

By Kevin R. Johnson

There is a lot that I can say about passion, leadership,service, and people. However, if you want me to speak all day and night, I can do so about leaders who have a passion for the people they serve. I consider representing and advocating on behalf of the students in the 199 ABA-approved law schools in this country to be one of my greatest honors, and I take it very seriously.

One of the greatest, most rewarding things a person can do is to serve other people using the talents, skills, and abilities that are inherent in each of us. Now,perhaps more than ever, the Law Student Division needs strong leaders to help chart the course for the future of the Division and for its law student constituents. Students who possess a high level of leadership, management, and business acumen should consider serving their fellow law students.

To be clear,these positions are not for those simply looking for a résumé boost; these positions require real work, time, and effort. If you have a passion for service to this nation’s law students, then I encourage you to step forward.Begin preparing now for leadership by learning as much as you can about the ABA, the Law Student Division, and the issues that confront law students. Consider your class schedules now. Plan to take summer classes to lighten your course load during the fall term so you can serve more efficiently. Get involved now.

I encourage you to contact anyone in the Division’s leadership to acquire an understanding of what is required to serve. Information on leadership opportunities can be found on the Division’s website at

Rest assured that your current leaders are working hard on your behalf. For example, we are trying to get as many student interests as we can before Congress. We are working with other ABA entities to ensure that no student who considers a law school education does so with faulty or misleading information. We are working to make ABA conferences, meetings, and events more accessible to students. We are working on ways to provide greater support to your in-school ABA representatives so you know what resources and opportunities are available to you as a law student member of the ABA.

The Division’s Board of Governors wishes you the best during this exam period and happy holidays to each of you.

Student Lawyer Student Lawyer magazine provides guidance on educational, career, and related issues for ABA Law Student Division members and other subscribers. It is published four times a year by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Student Lawyer is available online to members of the ABA Law Student Division and to print subscribers.

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