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Vol. 39 No. 4 1st Circuit. University of Connecticut School of Law third-year student Jessica Stein received the Exemplary Public Service Award for a Student from Equal Justice Works. This award is presented annually to a student or student group to recognize exceptional workwithin the law school community for meeting the

Liaison Notebook: Issues to Maintain Independence

Vol. 39 No. 4 By Nicholas D. Wittenberg Nicholas D. Wittenberg, a third-year student at The University of Toledo College of Law, is the 2010–11 Law Student Division liaisons to the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence. The ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence has undertaken and made significant accomplishments on many projects regarding

Liaison Notebook: SEER Offers Plenty of Networking Opportunities for Students

Vol. 39 No. 4 By Brian D. Kenyon Brian D. Kenyon, a third-year law student at Florida State University College of Law, is the Law Student Division liaison to the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER). The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) kicked off its 2010–11 calendar year on

Assembly Delegates Vote on Division Positions at Annual Meeting

Vol. 39 No. 4 Law students from across the country met in San Francisco in August at the ABA Annual Meeting to determine the Law Student Division’s policy positions for the next year. Student Bar Association (SBA) presidents and ABA representatives from every ABA-approved law school were eligible to debate and

Use and Abuse of Metadata

Vol. 39 No. 4 By Mary Dunnewold Mary Dunnewold is a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. Imagine that you are a lawyer conversing with a client in your office. It’s a nice day, so you leave your window open. Another lawyer who works in the same building, and happens

Gear up for Your Spring Job Search

Vol. 39 No. 4 By Erin Binns Erin Binns is assistant director for career planning at Marquette University Law School. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF winter break—when casebooks aren’t competing for your time—to establish the foundation for a spring job search. There’s much you can do now to ready yourself to roll out a strategic

A Passion to Serve

Vol. 39 No. 4 By Kevin R. Johnson There is a lot that I can say about passion, leadership,service, and people. However, if you want me to speak all day and night, I can do so about leaders who have a passion for the people they serve. I consider representing and advocating

Deciphering Your Doubts

Vol. 39 No. 4 By G.M. Filisko G.M. Filisko is a lawyer and freelance writer in Chicago. Many law students experience that moment when they think: “How did I get here? Is law school really for me?” If these thoughts have crossed your mind, it would be good to evaluate whether you are

Cultivate Relationships: Studying, Socializing, and Scheduling Your Time

Vol. 39 No. 4 By Robert J. Derocher Robert J. Derocher is a Loudonville, NY-based freelance writer and a frequent contributor to StudentLawyer and other American Bar Association publications. It’s not unusual for law students to lose friends the way they lose sleep, to take a week or two to return Mom’s call,

WestlawNext: Westlaw’s Next Generation Research System

Vol. 39 No. 4 By Shawn G. Nevers Shawn G. Nevers teaches legal research and is head ofreference services at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University. Beginning January 1, 2011,all law students will have access to WestlawNext—the next generation of Westlaw. So, let’s take a look at some of the