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Officially Speaking: Take Advantage of the Opportunities Before You

January 01, 2011

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

January 01, 2011

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

January 01, 2011

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

January 01, 2011

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

January 01, 2011

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

Job Searching

Jobs: Job Search Beyond Your Backyard

January 01, 2011

It is the fortunate law student who manages to make the planets align in such a way that he or she is attending the law school of his or her choice, which just happens to be located in the city from which he or she hails and in which he

In Brief - Let's be careful out there

January 01, 2011

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 summer associate—with information

I Wish I'd Known - Scott Turrow

January 01, 2011

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 his time to

Law School Nation - January 2011

January 01, 2011

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 who are also

Head of the Class: Fleeing the War Zone

January 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 5 By Tonnya Kennedy Kohn KARMA BAILEY’s ancestors were freed American slaves who left South Carolina with hopes of a better life in the new African nation of Liberia. Generations of her family prospered there. But less than a hundred years after her ancestors fled the oppressiveness of the

Law student using social networking.

Social Networking: Friend or Foe?

January 01, 2011

The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center reports that 56 percent of lawyers currently maintain a presence on at least one social networking site. As a law student, up until now, you may have used LinkedIn for your professional profile and Facebook or other sites mainly as a way to have

Finding Good Writing Mentors

January 01, 2011

Early in your career, find some way of working with the best lawyers and the finest writers that you’re able to. That’s what I did, but more by luck and instinct than by design. When I received my first permanent job offer many years ago from the Dallas firm of Carrington

Build Your Brand: Distinguish Yourself from the Crowd

January 01, 2011

Standing out in a cluttered job market means more than submitting a stellar résumé and enthusiastic cover letter. With law firms doing limited recruiting, and even less hiring, it’s important to build your own personal brand and your “unique selling proposition.” But how do you begin building your brand, and what

50 Ways to Do More in Less Time

January 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 5 By Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek 1. Most things that take less than five minutes should be done right away. 2. Something you DREAD doing? Do it first. Compel yourself. Your day will be much nicer when it’s over. 3. Get up and walk around. Do not be

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