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Liaison Notebook


Vol. 40 No. 6
ByMauricio Benavides


Mauricio Benavides, a 3L at Indiana University School of Law, is the 2011–12 liaison to the Business Law Section.
The Business Law Section is one of the largest and most active ABA entities. The Section is home to 8 major business groups (Business Organizations, Capital Markets, Financial Services, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Specialty Practices, Professional Development, and Outreach) that oversee 62 active committees. The Section offers students a wealth of resources and opportunities to refine leadership skills and demonstrate scholarship.

Scholarly publication and judicial clerkships. The Section offers two highly competitive and prestigious opportunities for matriculated students. First, the Mendes Hershman Award Student Writing Contest solicits high-quality papers on a business law topic. The top three authors receive cash prizes ($2,500, $1,000, $500) and the winning submission is published in the Section’s journal, The Business Lawyer. Additionally, each winner is honored at the Annual Spring Meeting among thousands of attorneys. Next, the Diversity Clerkship Program exposes students to business law and the business courts. Selected students receive $6,000 and placement in a business court clerkship in Delaware or Philadelphia.

Substantive meetings, networking, and travel. The Section and its committees host annual substantive meetings (often free or at a nominal cost) that provide students with invaluable exposure to cutting-edge issues and unparalleled networking opportunities. As an added bonus, these meetings are held throughout the country providing a great opportunity for students to travel to new cities and experience different professional markets.

Section spotlight. The Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities is actively involved in all aspects of federal securities law and regulation. The committee monitors legal developments, comments on regulatory proposals of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and securities exchanges; reviews securities legislation; and addresses legal issues and regulatory interpretations with securities regulators. The committee publishes position papers, provides practical guidance to its members and conducts programs and forums covering topical securities law issues. Additionally, the committee focuses on international developments in securities regulation that may affect US markets or US regulation. The committee’s distinguished leadership and members are eager to partner with ambitious students.

To join this committee or for more information, please the Section’s website.

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