Vol. 39 No. 9
ByTonnya Kennedy Kohn
Law students and lawyers from across the country will meet in the historic Canadian city of Toronto for the ABA Annual Meeting August 4–9. Themed “Leveraging Strengths,” this annual event is a place for law student leaders to debate and decide Law Student Division policy, network with other students and lawyers, and participate in diverse ABA-sponsored continuing legal education (CLE) programs.
The ABA Annual Meeting is the premier conference of legal professionals where students can network with leading lawyers who share their interests and concerns, stay abreast of recent developments in the law, and experience the ABA EXPO where there will be more than 100 exhibitors providing legal products and services.
While law students who attend the meeting may participate in the sessions and events of the Law Student Division and other ABA entities, they may also attend any of the 150 CLEs scheduled during this year’s meeting at no additional cost.
“Annual is a great opportunity to network with some of the nation’s most successful legal professionals, while also learning skills to be successful yourself,” says Tommy Preston Jr., the Division’s Representative to the ABA Board of Governors. “Also, the Law Student Division hosts a number of events that allow law students to weigh in on some of the most pressing legal education issues in the country.”
For Preston, a third-year student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, this year’s Annual Meeting will be the third that he has attended. “Going to Annual is well worth the $50 registration fee,” he says.
The Division will offer two Résumé Review and Career Advice sessions featuring legal career service professionals and legal recruiters who will critque résumés with an eye toward maximizing impact and effectiveness. Other career-related programming will also be offered.
The Division has a voice in the ABA House of Delegates through its three Division delegates, and the ABA Board of Governors through its one representative. Though the Division’s representative to the ABA Board of Governors is elected in the spring, law student leaders will elect the Division’s delegates to the ABA House, and vice chair for student bar associations during the Annual Meeting.
While only ABA representatives and SBA presidents can vote at the Annual Meeting, every law student is encouraged to attend and offer input to their school’s voting leaders.
In addition to conducting the business of the Law Student Division, the Annual Meeting provides social and networking opportunities. During the Division Assembly, the Division honors student leaders, deans, and law schools for their accomplishments during the school year. Also, during the Annual Meeting various entities will hold receptions, and tours of Toronto will be offered.
Early registration for Law Student Division members is $50 by May 31. It then increases to $75, including on-site registration. For law students who are not Law Student Division members, registration is $75 if paid by May 31. It increases to $100 thereafter, including on-site registration. For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit www2.americanbar.org/annual/pages/default.aspx. To stay updated on what will be happening at the Law Student Division portion of the meeting, visitwww.americanbar.org/groups/law_students.html.
Tonnya Kennedy Kohn, a third-year student at The University of South Carolina School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer.
Travel Information for ABA Annual in Toronto: All persons, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, must present a valid passport or alternate approved travel document to enter or depart from the United States by air. Please note that some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Therefore, if you are traveling to the Toronto Annual Meeting and your passport expires prior to February 10, 2012, you need to renew.
General Travel Information: http://travel.state.gov
Apply for a U.S. Passport: http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/get_4855.html
Renew Passport: http://travel.state.gov/passport/renew/renew_833.html