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A paperless world? Not so fast

December 14, 2014

Put down your iPad, your Kindle, or other “device”—just for a second. Recent studies have shown that reading in print leads to better comprehension and recall than reading on a screen. That’s according to Myra Orlen, associate professor of legal research and writing and director of academic success programs at Western

Capitalizing on Curiosity

December 14, 2014

Alicia Morga quips that she went to law school because she “didn’t know what else to do with [her] life.” The one-time investment banker graduated from Stanford Law School in 1999 and spent a year as a Silicon Valley corporate lawyer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati before being recruited

It Is Critical for Women and Minorities to Find Mentors, Sponsors

December 14, 2014

By Lisa M. Passante Lisa M. Passante is vice president and associate general counsel for Thomson Reuters in its Philadelphia office, where she is the senior US-based legal advisor to the Intellectual Property & Science business unit. She is currently serving as president of the National Association of Women Lawyers for

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Getting the Backstory: Tips for Employer Background Research

December 14, 2014

By Markeisha J. Miner. You are just beginning your job search. You know you are interested in a certain practice area, but do not know how to go about finding prospective employers in your preferred location. Or, like many lawyers in this country, you want to practice in a small firm

The Literacy Advocate

December 14, 2014

By Nicole Israel. TODD HOOVER moved to Pinellas County, Florida, when he was 15 from an all-white neighborhood in Ohio. Hoover, now a part-time 3L at Stetson University College of Law, attended a mixed-race high school and quickly saw a discrepancy among students when it came to their ability to read. He

Liaisons Roundtable

December 01, 2014

Law Student Division Liaisons act as ambassadors to the greater ABA, representing the Division’s interests to their assigned ABA entity, and vice versa. Liaisons also provide insight to the entity leadership on issues under consideration that relate to law students and legal education. Here, three liaisons weigh in on key trends,

Make Mental Health a Priority This Holiday Season

December 01, 2014

By Aaron Sohaski Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Chair, ABA Law Student Division sohaskia@gmail.com The holiday season is upon us and that means food, friends, family, and fun. It also means finals. Between studying for torts and planning your holiday schedule, it can get a little rough. That is why it is important

TWELFTH CIRCUIT: Susy Sobel: Inspired by Work with Prison Inmates

December 01, 2014

By Lauren E. Hill Lauren E. Hill, a 3L at Arizona State University College of Law, is Fifteenth Circuit lieutenant governor of communications and public relations for the ABA Law Student Division. Susy Sobel, a 1L at Seattle University School of Law, said that her mom sometimes has a tough time explaining

SIXTH CIRCUIT: Sarah Perlmutter: Clerking in Israel During the Gaza Conflict

December 01, 2014

By M. Blair James M. Blair James is a 3L at the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington. In today’s economic climate, law students jump for joy with the opportunity to work as a summer clerk at a firm or government entity. While most students seek work in familiar territory,

The Law News Wins Division’s Newspaper Award—Again

December 01, 2014

The Law News, published by Washington & Lee University School of Law, won the ABA Law Student Division’s Law School Newspaper Award for the second year in a row at the Annual Meeting in Boston this past August. Even though the newspaper existed for 41 years, former Editor in Chief Howard

Reigning VITA Champ Barry Law Continues Momentum

December 01, 2014

By Leanna H. Cannafax Leanna H. Cannafax, a 3L at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi, is an ABA representative of the Law Student Division. This year’s winner of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program Award was a repeat: Barry University—Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law has won the

Florida State’s Innovative Initiatives Earn Fifth SBA Award

December 01, 2014

By Iris Gutiérrez Berríos Iris Gutiérrez Berríos, a 3L at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, is the Law Student Division’s Seventh Circuit lieutenant governor of communications. The ABA Law Student Division awarded its Student Bar Association (SBA) award for the fifth consecutive time to Florida State University College of Law

Law Schools 3.0

December 01, 2014

By Sherry Karabin. MyCase, Clio, Nextpoint, LawGives, LawPay, LawPal and many more—these are the new tools of the trade that many lawyers are wielding, and legal experts say they are just the tip of the technological iceberg. The American Bar Association recently updated its Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Comment 8 of Rule 1.1

Proceed with Caution: Evaluating Financial Planning Services

December 01, 2014

When it comes to money, today’s law students have a lot to think about. You’ll soon face a wide variety of financial concerns—including saving, investments, insurance, taxes, retirement, and estate planning. A qualified financial planning professional can assess every aspect of your financial life and help you develop a detailed

How (Technologically) Competent Are You?

December 01, 2014

By Erin E. Rhinehart Competency is the ability to do something successfully and efficiently. It is a threshold requirement of every lawyer. Put differently, the foundation of all good lawyers is competency. But, what can you do in law school to start getting ahead? A lot, actually. This article does not set

Conducting Effective Legal Research “On the Cheap”

December 01, 2014

“I need to learn how to do effective legal research without spending so much money!” It is a refrain I hear time and time again from law students. They know the electronic databases they rely on in law school are terribly expensive

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