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Immigration

Lawyers were the heroes? I’ve never heard that joke!

March 29, 2017

We’ve all heard the lawyers jokes – heck, my Dad saw my entry into law school as his chance to try out every one in the book! But, lawyers' actions in the opening days of the Trump administration have been no laughing matter. Lawyers "descended” when President Trump’s executive order

Client Counseling Competition

Nebraska wins Client Counseling Competition

March 29, 2017

The finals of the American Bar Association Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition took place on March 17-18 at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Okla. Here were the results: National First Place University of Nebraska College of Law Jenna L. Cope, Kari Krier Schmitz, Alan Frank National Second Place Lewis &

Mental Health Day 2016

More resources for Mental Health Day

March 28, 2017

If you're looking for more information and help with mental health issues, visit these links from the  ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: Webinars “Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers” “I’ve Got Your Back; You’ve Got My Ear: Suicide Prevention in the Legal Profession” “Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion

Depression

Depression: Laughing at (and with) your enemy

March 28, 2017

Some days, you win the fight with depression. Some days, you lose. It's a lesson many law students and attorneys have learned and live with daily. I've never been either, and it's one I deal with daily. And traditionally, humor has been my coping mechanism of choice. A few weeks ago, Chris Grady, the

Mental Health Day

5 ways to make your campus more mental health friendly

March 28, 2017

According to a 2014 Survey of Law Student Well-Being, almost 90 percent of law students had a drink of alcohol in the last 30 days and more than 20 percent admitted to binge drinking in the past two weeks.  While lawyers and future lawyers alike focus on obtaining

Federal Law Clerk

Hear what a federal law clerk does from the experts

March 24, 2017

Law students and lawyers are encouraged to pursue federal clerkships; however, no one explains exactly what a job or career as a federal law clerk entails. Now, you can hear all about it from current law clerks in “A Day in the Life of a Federal Law Clerk,” a webinar in

Legal Aid Defender

Join us in defending Legal Services Corporation

March 24, 2017

Last week, in his budget proposal to Congress, the President called for the elimination of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC is the single largest funder of legal aid for people who cannot afford a lawyer. Let’s imagine for a second what would have happened without LSC funding in

Abbott Laboratories v. Gardner

SCOTUS puts a ripe label on the FDA

March 24, 2017

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of

Thomas Kim and Meredith Parnell

Meet the newly elected ABA Law Student Division officers

March 23, 2017

You, the voter, have spoken – spring council elections are over, and the results are in! The ABA’s Law Student Division would like to introduce Thomas E. Kim as the 2017-2018 Division Chair and Meredith Parnell as the 2017-2018 Law Student At-Large on the ABA Board of Governors. Thomas is a rising 3L at

Carl E. Douglas

Discussing the O.J. Simpson Case with Defense Attorney Carl Douglas

March 22, 2017

Labeled the “trial of the century” by many, the O.J. Simpson case brought forth issues of race, celebrity, and police dishonesty. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Chris Morgan talks to Carl Douglas, one of the defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson murder case, about the

Rene Morency

Calling all 1Ls: Some helpful rules for success

March 22, 2017

We are all familiar with the benefits of hindsight.  Unfortunately, as a 1L, we do not yet know what we do not yet know.  At least, if we do know, it is not with as much clarity as we have with hindsight. Well, here are six success rules that will hopefully

New Orleans

Big business, Big Easy, big free event for law students

March 21, 2017

Is your spring break coming up? Want to spend some time in warmer climates and work on your legal future? It's so easy we'd classify it as Big. Join the ABA Business Law Section in New Orleans for its Spring Meeting from April 6-8. Law students are encouraged to register today –

Here's what A Day in the Life of a Federal Law Clerk looks like

March 21, 2017

Law students and lawyers are encouraged to pursue federal clerkships; however, no one explains exactly what a job or career as a federal law clerk entails. Expanding on our “Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience” program, our panel of federal law clerks and a federal judge will share their

Hadley v. Baxendale

English case provides grist for U.S. contract law mill

March 17, 2017

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of

Guide

Starting your own law firm? Your answers are a pocket away.

March 17, 2017

Hanging your shingle is no easy task. It's not a simple process and unfortunately most of the issues you need to consider when starting your own law firm weren't covered in law school. There are so many questions that need to be answered! Should you incorporate? What types of

E-discovery

E-discovering your career path

March 16, 2017

Legal technology is constantly changing, improving, growing, and increasing in importance. Now is an ideal time to reflect upon past advances and start setting goals for the future. Recently, there have been major advancements in the importance of e-discovery. Law and paralegal students alike need to find opportunities to increase their knowledge

Trolls

Patent trolls storm the podcasting industry

March 16, 2017

Podcasting has become a lucrative business.  The increasing popularity of podcasts has in its wake advanced an army of patent trolls. Comedian and acclaimed podcaster, Adam Carolla recently commented, during a patent lawsuit, that these trolls “make a business of buying technology that they didn't create and then find

Legal Career Chat

How to set up your career in legal tech

March 14, 2017

The American Bar Association's Legal Career Central talked with R. Amani Smathers about careers in legal tech and ABA TECHSHOW in a Twitter chat on Monday, March 13. [View the story "Legal Tech Careers on #LegalCareerChat" on Storify]

Quimbee-INS

Facing deportation, one immigrant took his case to SCOTUS – and won

March 10, 2017

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of online Quimbee study aids for law student members. And if you go Premium, you'll receive Quimbee's Outline on Legal Ethics as part of

Discipline

Keep your practice out of disciplinary trouble with these tips

March 09, 2017

There are bad examples in every profession, even in the law. This webinar will help you from becoming the next bad example. "Steering Clear of Lawyer Discipline" addresses several pitfalls of the trends in today's legal field. Many recently licensed lawyers are going solo, practicing in small firm settings or are

Attorney Discipline

Learn how to steer clear of lawyer discipline

March 08, 2017

No law student or lawyer sets out to become a disciplinary statistic. Sign up for our next webinar, "Steering Clear of Lawyer Discipline," on Thursday to learn how to stay out of trouble. In today’s challenging legal services marketplace, many recently licensed lawyers are going solo, practicing in small firm

Samuel Chang

How the decline of bar exam passage rates impacts law students

March 07, 2017

Samuel M. Chang, the outgoing 14th Circuit Governor for the ABA Law Student Division, spoke at an event titled "Declining Passage Rates on the California Bar Exam: Possible Explanations and Impacts," an informational hearing of the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee on Feb. 14. Chang spoke during a panel titled "Possible Impacts of

Equal Justice Works

Equal Justice Works awards – it's in the public interest!

March 07, 2017

Equal Justice Works, a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing the next generation of public interest lawyers, is currently accepting applications for the annual 2017 Public Interest Law Student Awards. Applicants must be current law students who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and helping underserved, marginalized, or vulnerable client

Amani Smathers

Talking tech: Join #LegalCareerChat to learn about legal tech careers

March 06, 2017

Join ABA Legal Career Central (@abalcc) as we tee up #ABATECHSHOW and host #LegalCareerChat showcasing a career in legal technology with R. Amani Smathers on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. ET. Amani works on the cutting edge of legal technology helping legal teams find better and faster

2017 Oscars

Don't cause the next 'Envelopegate' – get your Oscars moment right, young lawyers

March 03, 2017

Q: Are there lessons for new lawyers from the recent Academy Awards “Envelopegate” snafu involving PricewaterhouseCoopers? A: Oh yes. The more obvious lessons are that even with straightforward assignments, the consequences of mistakes can be huge and “do-overs” may not be possible. I discuss these and other lessons below. “Envelopegate” is