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ABA Law Student Division Annual Meeting Focuses on the Future

Vol. 41 No. 2 ByEileen M. Laux   Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. The ABA Annual Meeting was held this past August in Chicago and was “Focused Forward.” The Law Student Division hosted a multitude of activities for law students who

Work Habits That Can Become a Barrier to Professional Success

Work Habits That Can Become a Barrier to Professional Success Vol. 40 No. 7 ByMary Dunnewold   Mary Dunnewold is a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to professional behavior. We agree to take on projects we aren’t

Succeeding in Both Family and Law School

Succeeding in Both Family and Law School Vol. 40 No. 7 ByG.M. Filisko   G.M. Filisko is a lawyer and freelance writer in Chicago. Rebecca A. Clark admits she was stunned into tears by a three-student panel discussion on handling family life during her law school orientation. “It was not a positive presentation,” says the 2008

Finding Motivation When You Have None

Finding Motivation When You Have None Vol. 40 No. 7 ByAmy L. Jarmon   Amy L. Jarmon, assistant dean for academic success programs at Texas Tech University School of Law, is a professor and coeditor of the Law School Academic Support Blog. She has practiced law in the United Sates and the United Kingdom. Law

Hot Practice Profiles

Vol. 40 No. 6 ByJanan Hanna Janan Hanna is a Chicago freelance writer and an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She has written for numerous news organizations, including Reuters, the Chicago News Cooperative, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and the Chicago Tribune. Some lawyers begin their careers with a

Officially Speaking

Vol. 40 No. 7 ByMichelle A. Philo   Michelle A. Philo, Whittier Law School, is the Vice Chair SBA of the ABA Law Student Division. Recognizing the Role of the SBA Student Bar Associations (SBAs) continue to be the strongest advocates of the student voice. In working with your SBA presidents, I have been thoroughly

Liaison Notebook: Gain Knowlege and Experience with VITA

Vol. 40 No. 7 ByKeith A. Tidwell   Keith A. Tidwell, a 3L at the University of Kentucky College of Law, is the 2011–12 National Student Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. “The only two certainties in life are death and taxes.”—Benjamin Franklin Taxes affect everybody. Even if you aren’t remotely interested in

Liaison Notebook: Are You Interested in Litigation and Trial Practice?

Vol. 40 No. 7 ByBrenda L. Rosales   Brenda L. Rosales, a 3L at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, is the 2011–12 liaison to the Section of Litigation. If you answered yes, the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation is for you. All student members of the ABA can join the

Liaison Notebook: Update on the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence

Vol. 40 No. 7 ByBrenda Tso Brenda Tso, a 3L at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, is the 2011-2012 liaison to the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence. State courts are largely responsible for administering the justice that is so important to us as future lawyers and as American citizens. The ABA Standing Committee

ABA Law Student Division Seeks Award Nominations

Vol. 40 No. 7 ABA Law Student Division Seeks Award Nominations 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 4, 2012, at the Division’s Assembly during the ABA Annual Meeting in