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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

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 wanted to do.” Yet despite what he calls “aimless direction,” Tao says putting himself in the law school environment was the best decision

In Brief - Fear, your laptop, and grammar help.

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

Be realistic about the number of hours you must study each week. Most law students will study more hours than ever before in their lives. They may need to double or triple their college study time to get A and B grades in law school. However, studying every moment without

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

Mind Your Mannerisms: It's Not Just What You Say But How You Say It

Carla 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. You’ve pressed your interview suit, printed extra copies of your résumé and writing samples, and researched your interviewer and potential employer. You

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The Ethics of Online Advertising

Before you begin practicing, make sure your seemingly innocuous online chatter does not expose you to an ethics violation. No matter where you land after passing the bar, you will probably have some online involvement. Whether you have your own website, blog, Facebook page, or Twitter feed or contribute to those

Student Loan Timeline for Graduating Students

By Heather Jarvis. Graduating law students have a lot to think about. You’ll need to pay attention to your student loans while you are studying for the bar examination and conducting your employment search. An organized approach can keep your payments affordable, protect your credit rating, and help you avoid fees and

ER Physician Uses Medical Skills as Law Student

Vol. 41 No. 7 By Eileen M. Laux Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer.   Brown graduated from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in 1995, but recently decided it was time to take a long, hard look at the law. She