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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

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 graduate now employed at the Law Office of James B. Palmquist III in Medina, Ohio. “It was very dark,

Finding Motivation When You Have None

Law students often hit a slump in early March. The excitement of a new semester has worn off. The initial interest in learning a new legal topic has waned, And everything has settled into the too-familiar routine. It was easy to believe at the beginning of a new semester that study

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

Drawing a New Career

Vol. 40 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. Stephan Pastis has been drawing comic strips since he was a little kid. Without any formal training, he created cartoons for every school

In Brief - Student access to Westlaw or Lexis, clinics, success tip.

Law clerks: Keep your free Lexis, Westlaw to yourself You’re working as a law clerk. Your boss comes by and asks you to look up something on Westlaw or Lexis—using your free student access. Nothing wrong with that … right? Actually, according to the ethics advisory committee for at least one state bar—Utah—it

I Wish I'd Known

Vol. 40 No. 7 ByPeter J. Dekom Peter J. Dekom practices law in Los Angeles and is also “of counsel” with the Beverly Hills law firm of Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall llp. He formerly was a partner in the firm of Bloom, Dekom, Hergott and Cook. Dekom’s clients include

Own Your Job Search with Planning, Persistence, and Determination

Own Your Job Search with Planning, Persistence, and Determination Vol. 40 No. 7 ByErin Binns   Erin Binns is director for career planning at Marquette University Law School. Planning, persistence, and determination are essential ingredients in every legal job search. Jobs—summer or permanent—aren’t secured by luck. Even the right-place-at-the-right-time stories have a backstory of someone

Life Comes Full Circle

Vol. 40 No. 7 ByMatthew Gorney   Matthew Gorney, University of Kansas School of Law. On a 400-acre dairy farm east of Pittsburgh is where Lindsey Harties spent the first 18 years of her life. With four years at Franklin & Marshall College—including nine months studying at Oxford—combined with a variety of activities in between,

Passion, Commitment and a Desire to Serve: Is Public Interest Law for You?

Vol. 40 No. 7 ByCarla 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. “So, why’d you go to law school?” Oftentimes, the answer to this question is “to make a difference” or