Officially Speaking: Take Advantage of the Opportunities Before You

Vol. 39 No. 5 By Stephanie McCoy Loquvam The New Year is here and with it is the start of a new chapter in your life. If you are like most people who make resolutions, you know those things that need changing in your life. For law students, it may be preparing

Substance Abuse and Its Effect on Lawyers

Vol. 39 No. 5 By Morgan Windbiel Throughout 2010, the ABA Standing Committee on Substance Abuse made it a goal to bring transparency to the effects of substance abuse on state and federal legislation, family law, professional responsibility in the law, and many other important legal areas. With the increase in state-enacted marijuana

Attend Your Spring Circuit Meeting

Vol. 39 No. 5 Beginning in February,  law students from across the country will meet to learn professional skills, network with experienced lawyers, and help determine the future direction of the ABA Law Student Division. The Division’s 15 circuits will meet this spring to host individual regional meetings. Spring meetings offer attendees

Leadership and the ABA

Vol. 39 No. 5 By Paul D. Edger The ABA Law Student Division offers its law student members opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. While the ABA offers its members a plethora of wonderful benefits such as internships and job opportunities, the Division also offers the opportunity for law students to

Excellence in Community Service: Building a Successful VITA Program

Vol. 39 No. 5 By Tonnya Kennedy Kohn For the fifth year in a row, Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law is the recipient of the ABA Law Student Division Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site Award. Program adviser Professor Patrick Tolan attributes university and student commitment to the program’s strength. “Commitment

Jobs: Job Search Beyond Your Backyard

Vol. 39 No. 5 By Carla 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. It is the fortunate law student who manages to make the planets align in such a way that

In Brief

Vol. 39 No. 5 Let’s be careful out there The ZiefBrief blawg from the University of San Francisco’s Dorraine Zief Law Library offers yet another reason to be careful with what you post online: A new service called Social Intelligence Hiring prepares a full dossier on someone—such as a potential intern or

I Wish I'd Known

Vol. 39 No. 5 By Scott Turow Scott Turrow is author of nine best-selling works of fiction and two nonfiction books about his experiences in the law. He has been a partner in the Chicago office of SNR Denton since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense while also devoting part of

Law School Nation

Vol. 39 No. 5 CALIFORNIA On December 15, the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law at Pepperdine University School of Law launched its Microfinance Program, in partnership with the Union Rescue Mission. The program, which was dedicated in 2007 by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, will begin by supporting 12 individuals