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Catch a free screening of 'Marshall' with the ABA!

August 16, 2017

One of the most exciting things about this year's Annual Meeting came this summer when we started talking with the team behind "Marshall," the new film about an early case in the career of Thurgood Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role. It was so exciting to get

Hilarie Bass

The coming year at the ABA – 3 initiatives and 1 lawsuit

August 16, 2017

Greetings from New York City! It has been an exhilarating week at the ABA’s Annual Meeting – thought-provoking panels, CLE’s at law firms throughout the city and at the United Nations, and the House of Delegates took action on numerous important issues affecting our bar association, our courts and our

Linda Klein

A year of taking action – Linda Klein reflects

August 14, 2017

Law students can be proud of the work we’ve done at the ABA this past year. The ABA was front and center when the rule of law was challenged – here in the U.S. and internationally. We stood up for the independence of our American judges when they came


Mr. Damore's folly: Aftermath of a manifesto

August 08, 2017

Yesterday, Google terminated a Googler who wrote a “manifesto” against “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.”  This is not surprising.  That said, the belief that Google only did so because of its “politically correct monoculture” either fails to see the significant problems in the memo or intentionally glosses over them

Studying as a 1L

Paying it forward: A guide to your 1L year (from a rising 2L)

August 07, 2017

Congratulations!  Law school is a big deal, there is a lot of doom and gloom in the media about attending law school based on the market and the employment outcomes.  I cannot speak for all my peers, but I am incredibly happy with my decision to take on the challenge

Alexander v United States

Justices say RICO seizure wasn't overly obscene (Alexander v. United States)

August 04, 2017

This is the latest in a series of 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


Win a trip to see 'Marshall' with the ABA – or catch a free screening!

August 03, 2017

One of the most exciting things about this year's Annual Meeting came this summer when we started talking with the team behind "Marshall," the new film about an early case in the career of Thurgood Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role. It was so exciting to get

Meredith Parnell

Why every non-traditional law student should attend ABA Annual Meeting

August 03, 2017

I’m a non-traditional law student. I’m a mid-thirties parent of two young kids. Balancing school work, a marriage, and parenting – it’s not easy. Neither was making the decision to walk away from a previous career to go to law school. For me, the decision was less about the intellectual

Pizza Fight

The deepest slice: Who makes better pizza – Chicago or New York?

August 02, 2017

Pizza came from Italy to the United States. And then, according to the Italians, pizza went to hell. The evolution of pizza has brought it far from its Neapolitan roots. And yet, it has the New World to thank for its creation. The tomato, native to the Americas, first


OCI advice: How to stand out from the crowd

August 01, 2017

Imagine you are sitting in your ninth on-campus interview of the week, talking to yet another potential employer about the unique attributes of this particular firm. The attorney sitting across from you earnestly describes her firm’s associate training program: “We give summer associates real client work, not make-work. And once

Work Product

You will feel stupid (part 1): Work on your work product!

July 31, 2017

Looking out my office window toward the courthouse door, I am conflicted by the view of the gentleman entering. On one hand, I agree with his obvious belief that John Elway is the greatest quarterback in history (well, retired – Tom Brady may take his place), and I truly appreciate

Annual Meeting

What to do (and what not to do) at ABA Annual Meeting

July 28, 2017

With just a few short weeks to go before the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting, we figured some tips for a great Annual Meeting might be in order.  Whether it’s your first time to Annual, or you’re a veteran attendee, each of these tips should help you have a great time

LSC Defender

How law students can defend Legal Services Corporation

July 26, 2017

As you may know, there is a huge “justice gap” in the United States. 86% of civil legal needs go unmet. Think about that: the vast majority of Americans do not have their rights protected in the civil justice system. And it might get worse: Donald Trump has

Ethics Question

Doing someone a legal favor? You're not doing yourself any.

July 25, 2017

Nate has been your daughter’s soccer coach for almost 3 years. Nate’s daughter is your daughter’s closest friend. Nate is a pretty good soccer coach and has led your daughter’s team to the finals every year. After a mid-season game all the players and the parents decided to go out


The 3 basic elements of making a good impression during OCI

July 21, 2017

From a 5-minute conversation at a networking reception to phrasing job entries on your resume to on-campus and callback interviews, your ability to make a good impression can help you land your dream internship or summer associate position and set the tone for your career. In every interaction you’ll have during the hiring process,

Benjamin Cardozo

Did Benjamin Cardozo really fail the bar exam five times?

July 20, 2017

Editor's Note: This post first appeared on the RIPS Law Librarian Blog with the title, "If You Come at the Justice, You Best Have Sources". And trust us, Christine has 'em. It started out, as most catastrophic events do, with a simple tweet. Should be easy enough, right?


Face time with your supervisor: A formula for success in oral briefings

July 19, 2017

It’s 6:30 p.m. and you are at your office desk, responding intently to emails.  You feel someone’s stare and look up. Your supervising attorney, briefcase in hand, has paused at your door.  “How’s the Martinez matter coming along?”  Before you can answer, you hear the dreaded invitation: “Walk with me.”


A crash course on FMLA and HR as an alternative career

July 18, 2017

So, what can you really do with your legal degree? The opportunities are vast and you might consider looking into an alternative career. An alternative career gives you the chance to use your cultivated skills in a myriad of fields like human resources. HR is the management of a company’s

Second Time Around

Second time’s a charm: A day in the life of a bar exam failer

July 13, 2017

For years, I’ve worked with what you might call a secret society. It’s a society that law schools, and many others, often pretend doesn’t exist. Indeed, it’s a society that most of us wish did not exist. That’s because this is the society of bar failers – made up of


Meet the law students running for our council before you vote!

July 13, 2017

We've got four positions up for election at this year's ABA Annual Meeting in New York. The three Delegates and the Vice Chair will work on issues that are important to all law students. And we want you to meet them – and see what they have to say before you

How to Communicate

How to effectively communicate: Your bosses and fellow interns

July 12, 2017

Ahhh – the smell of interns getting on the Metro in DC means it must be June!  Summer has begun, which means your summer internship has just started or if you’ve graduated, a new crop of interns or summer associates are frequenting your office.  Our column this month talks about how


How to study your way to law school survival

July 07, 2017

Getting into law school is thrilling. You’ve been preparing for this moment a long time. After the giddiness wears off, you may start to feel a bit apprehensive. That’s because law school is an extremely competitive environment. It’s truly a jungle where the law of the land includes survival of