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Officially Speaking: Something for All Law Students


Vol. 39 No. 6

By Kevin R. Johnson
One of the purposes of the ABA Law Student Division is to promote diversity and equal opportunity within the legal profession. The Division encourages members to visit the Diversity Day homepage for ideas on how they can participate in Diversity Day, which is scheduled for March 2, 2011.
At the Division level, your leaders are working on increasing diversity in judicial clerkships, and increasing collaboration with entities such as the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities, and other diverse entities. Additionally, leadership is in the process of updating the Division’s diversity goals and the Diversity Day toolkit to assist you with planning your on-campus programming.

In addition to Diversity Day, March 27 is National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country. According to Taylor Denslow, Mental Health Initiative Project Director, “National Mental Health Day serves to increase awareness of mental health issues among law students. This is another opportunity to serve your fellow students in an area that garners little attention. These times are very stressful ones. Why not take the time to implement programming that could have long-term positive effects on others?” More information on Mental Health Day can be found on page 48 or

As spring approaches, now is a good time to plan to attend the spring meetings of the ABA groups that focus on areas of law that you have an interest in. If you have never attended meetings of these entities, I highly encourage you to do so. These entities consistently seek law student participation and most do not charge students a fee to register. Attending these meetings is a great way to interact and network with prominent ABA lawyers who are practicing law in areas that interest you. Please review the ABA calendar of scheduled events ( and register online for the meetings. Many of these meetings take place in cities where law schools are located. No matter what your interests are, there is something available for you.

Kevin R. Johnson
University of Alabama School of Law
Chair, ABA Law Student Division

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