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Recognize Your Peers and Get Involved in Your SBA

By Nick Guinn Nick Guinn is Vice Chair-SBA of the Law Student Division. The ABA Law Student Division offers students an opportunity to recognize the achievements of their peers. Through the Division’s Awards Program, you can recognize efforts in diversity, public interest programs, your student bar association (SBA), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, membership

Mental Health Day Reminder

By Nicholas Cantrell Nicholas Cantrell, a 2L at Emory University School of Law, is Project Director of the Law Student Division’s Mental Health Initiative. The ABA Law Student Division’s National Mental Health Day is fast approaching. On March 27, law schools across the country are being encouraged to spread awareness and promote discussion

Criminal Justice Globalized

By Genevie Gold Genevie Gold, a 2L at Boston University School of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Criminal Justice Section’s International Committee. Today, issues of international criminal justice are issues for the American judge, jury, and lawyer. This phenomenon is a product of increased movement of peoples and

Improving Procedural Fairness and the Sentencing Process

By Eliana Torres Eliana Torres, a 2L at The John Marshall Law School, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Criminal Justice Section’s Sentencing Committee.  The Sentencing Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section focuses on the need to improve procedural fairness and the sentencing process. The committee organizes several events

SLD Gives Students Experience in Elder Law

By Paul Bennett Paul Bennett, a 3L at Florida State University College of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Senior Lawyers Division. The ABA’s Senior Lawyers Division (SLD) serves both the professional and personal interests of lawyers and judges as their careers evolve. In the legal practice arena, SLD

Critical Thinking Skills Have Been . . . Critical

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. Eric Tao went to law school “to defer life,” quips the 1995 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law. “I didn’t know what I

In Brief - Vol. 41 No. 7

In Brief Fear, your laptop, and grammar help. Does something scare you? Good! Does something scare you about law school or your future legal career? If so, you’re not alone. “Let’s face it—law school (and being a lawyer) is pretty scary for most people,” writes Alison Monahan, at The Girl’s Guide to Law

I Wish I'd Known - Delida Costin

I Wish I'd Known By Delida Costin Delida Costin is the general counsel of Pandora, where she manages the Internet radio company’s legal department. Before Pandora, Costin maintained a private legal practice and served as a member of the Attorney Bench at Axiom Legal. Prior to that, she was vice president and assistant

Balancing Law School with Life

By Amy 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 States and the United Kingdom. Be realistic about the number of hours you must study

Good Process = Good Ethics

By Mary Dunnewold Mary Dunnewold is associate dean of academic affairs at Hamline University School of Law. In fact, a significant portion of ethical complaints against lawyers arise in three contexts related to law practice organization: client communication, handling of money, and conflicts of interest. Lawyers who do not have good systems in