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Officially Speaking

April 01, 2012

By Cleveland M. Patterson, III. In my capacity as a Law Student Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and as the ABA representative at Southern University Law Center, I have addressed and interacted with countless members of the Law Student Division. In almost every conversation, the question “What can

Liaison Notebook: Rule of Law Initiative: Europe and Eurasia

April 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 8 ByBenjamin K. Reitz   Benjamin K. Reitz, a 2L at William S. Boyd School of Law-UNLV, is the 2011–12 Law Student Division liaison to the Rule of Law Initiative: Europe and Eurasia Program. Despite the enduring rule of law in Western Europe, many Eastern European and Eurasian countries are still

Legal Nomad

April 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 8 ByLeslie A. Gordon   Leslie A. Gordon is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years. Jodi Ettenberg never went to college, but when a friend bet her that she couldn’t get into law school, she was determined to prove

In Brief - The paperless casebook, good news about legal jobs, adjunct professors

April 01, 2012

The paperless casebook, good news about legal jobs, adjunct professorsThe paperless casebook, good news about legal jobs, adjunct professors The paperless casebook? In case you missed it, Apple recently ventured into the e-textbook market and will release several high school textbooks for use on an iPad. What does that have to do with

I Wish I'd Known - Ralph Nader

April 01, 2012

By Ralph Nader. How can there be a meeting of the minds when one party sets all the terms? When I was taking the class First Year Contracts with the exceptional Harvard Law professor Lon Fuller, we learned about how freedom of “contract” replaced the subservience of “status” back in medieval

Lexis Advance

April 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 8 ByShawn G. Nevers   Shawn G. Nevers teaches legal research and is head of reference services at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University. While LEXIS spearheaded the change in legal research, it too has changed over the years. It eventually abandoned the capitalized “LEXIS” and became

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John Kastl - TV Doctor Turned Law Student

April 01, 2012

As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, John Kastl double majored in biology and drama. The son of an ER doctor, Kastl admired his father and saw that his dad loved being a doctor. That biology degree was originally intended to be the first step in following the

Tuning Your Language

April 01, 2012

Until well into the 20th century, there were traditionally thought to be only three professions: medicine, the ministry, and the law. Strange, isn’t it, to think that teachers, executives, accountants, scientists, and engineers were not considered professionals? That’s the old‑school view: only doctors, the clergy, and lawyers

The Performance Review

April 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 8 ByCarla J. DeVelder   Carla J. DeVelder, a former law school associate dean with experience in student affairs and career development, is in-house counsel in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebraska. The performance review. In concept, it sounds like a good idea: An employer regularly takes time to review the

Investing Time in Your Teachers

April 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 8 ByChristi Guerrini   Christi Guerrini is an attorney and affiliated researcher at the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Houston Law Center. There is a New Yorker cartoon from the ’80s that shows a bearded, middle-aged man sitting alone on a couch during a cocktail party. With

Disabled Law Students See Largest Hurdles at Entrance, Exit

April 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 8 ByEd Finkel   Ed Finkel is a freelance writer/editor in Evanston, Illinois. Stanford University Law School has handled third-year student Elizabeth Kolbe’s physical disability virtually without a hitch, but Kolbe is well aware she’s lucky in that regard. Through her role as president of the National Association of Law Students