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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

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Vol. 39 No. 6 Writing Contests Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP Levit Essay Contest. Award: $5,000 and an expenses-paid trip to the Spring 2011 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Boston, April 27–29. The legal writing contest, only open to law students and young lawyers who are members

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

Wear Yellow for Diversity

  Vol. 39 No. 6 To mark the ABA Law Student Division’s commitment to diversity in the legal profession, the Division’s leadership will be encouraging law students and law schools across the country to observe Diversity Day on March 2. The purpose of Diversity Day is to recognize and celebrate law students

ABA Law Student Division Seeks Award Nominations

Vol. 39 No. 6 The ABA Law Student Division recognizes the achievements of individual students and schools through its annual Awards Program. This year’s awards will be announced and presented on Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Division’s Assembly during the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada.   Further details about each award and applications

In Brief - 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 at In a post called

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,

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

If you want to write really well, one thing you simply must do is to stock your mind with an ample vocabulary. You need words at your disposal. Lots of them. Interesting words. Apt words. Your real vocabulary is measured not by how many words you can recognize, but by

Jobs: Present Yourself Like a Lawyer, Not a Student

By Erin Binns. You’re not a law student anymore. Ok, technically you are. But for students, if you are in your final semester of law school, it’s time to adjust how you view and market yourself. Legal employers aren’t hiring you to serve as an understudy. You’re being cast as a

I Wish I'd Known

Vol. 39 No. 7 By Catherine Lamboley Catherine Lamboley is retired as senior vice president and general counsel of Shell Oil Company. She is a past chair of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, served on the ABA Racial and Ethnic Diversity Commission, and currently serves on the ABA