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Liaison Notebook: Section Of Family Law Guides Students Through A Dynamic Area of Practice


Vol. 40 No. 4
ByBonnie Warner

Bonnie Warner, a 2L at Charlotte School of Law, is the 2011-12 Law Student Division liaison to the Section of Family Law.
While attending my first official ABA Meeting in Toronto this past August, I was lucky enough to sit in on a conversation about how the Family Law Section helped develop and encourage laws concerning international child abductions. While looking through the Family Law Section’s website, I read an article about the Family Law Section’s support of military families and how they advocated for laws that were helpful to their unique situations. Since joining the Section, I have been contacted via e-mail by many young and seasoned lawyers offering advice, general support, or looking forward to meeting me at upcoming meetings. I even attended a dinner party with the Honorable Debra Lehrmann of the Texas Supreme Court.

Law students know that support and networking are an integral part of the law school experience. Making professional acquaintances (and sometimes friends) can open doors to opportunities throughout a lawyer’s lifetime. It is even more meaningful when those connections are within a field of law you may want to practice one day. The Section of Family Law supports students throughout their education and beyond.

Family Law is its own Section within the ABA, but it can often cross into other areas of practice. Public service lawyers often deal with families and children. International law, estate law, and finance law are a few other areas where a family law issue may arise. Regardless of what field of law you plan to practice, this Section has something to offer you.

Benefits include a subscription to the Section’s magazine, Family Advocate; online access to the scholarly journal Family Law Quarterly and monthly e-newsletter; and monthly updates from Case Update, an e-digest that keeps you abreast of recent decisions in family law cases. Also, students may join more than 20 substantive committees.

Start networking today and join the Section of Family Law. Student membership is just $6.50.

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