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Officially Speaking: Something for All Law Students

Vol. 39 No. 6 By Kevin R. Johnson One of the purposes of the ABA Law Student Division is to promote diversity and equal opportunity within the legal profession. The Division encourages members to visit the Diversity Day homepage for ideas on how they can participate in Diversity Day, which is scheduled

Circuit Board

Vol. 39 No. 6 Compiled byTonnya Kennedy Kohn 1st Circuit University of New Hampshire School of Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center, third-year students Georgia Ellis, Nicole Wanty and Timothy Willis, assisted Ashlyn Lembree, assistant clinical professor of the Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic, in presenting oral arguments in front of the

In Brief

Vol. 39 No. 7 Depression and law school If you think you might suffer from depression—or are concerned about a classmate—Buffalo, New York, lawyer Daniel T. Lukasik would like you to know you’re not alone. Lukasik has coped with clinical depression for about the past eight years and blogs about depression among lawyers

Secret Lawyers: Private Practice to Pizza

Vol. 39 No. 7 By Leslie A. Gordon Leslie A. Gordon is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years.  Private Practice to Pizza CPK’s founders enjoy continued success 26 years after opening their first restaurant. Best friends for four decades, Larry Flax and Rick Rosenfield

Create Partnerships with Those Committed to Diversity

Vol. 39 No. 6 By Tonnya Kennedy Kohn In 2010, the Law Student Division presented its Henry J. Ramsey, Jr. Diversity Award to the SBA of the  University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law’s Diversity Committee. The Division recognized the committee for efforts that promoted diversity in thinking and encouraged students

Law School Nation

Vol. 39 No. 7 Idaho The University of Idaho College of Law is being sued by one of its students for its policy banning firearms from campus. Aaron Tribble, who will represent himself in the suit, lives in on-campus housing and claims the rule is a violation of his right to bear

Head of the Class: Life as a Foster Parent

Vol. 39 No. 7 By Tonnya Kennedy Kohn Joshua Bisker knows exactly what he wants to do when he graduates from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. He has a two-year-old reminder every day when he returns home––his foster son. Bisker, a first-year and part-time law student, aims to practice family law,

How to Absorb Information to Make It More Memorable

Vol. 39 No. 6 By Amy L. Jarmon Amy L. Jarmon, assistant dean for academic success programs at of Law, is a professor and coeditor of the Academic Support Blog. She has practiced law in the United Sates and the United Kingdom. Successful law students increase understanding, retention, and recall through absorption learning

The Secret Lawyers: Leveraging the Law in Creative Ways

Vol. 39 No. 6 By Leslie A. Gordon Leslie A. Gordon is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years. They lurk in sometimes surprising places: boardrooms, sports arenas, even artist studios. You can’t spot them with eyes alone—you have to get to

Start a Drive to Boost Your Vocabulary

Vol. 39 No. 7 By Bryan A. Garner Bryan A. Garner (@BryanAGarner) is the president of LawProse Inc. ( He is the author of many widely used books, including Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (with Justice Antonin Scalia) and Garner’s Modern American Usage. He is the editor in chief