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Three Classes to Advance Your Law Career

May 10, 2011

You've made it past your first year in law school and now you get the freedom of choice. What classes will you take? How do you choose? Are you going to base your decision on your interests or what type of law you will pursue? Will you listen to what

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Summer Associate Cautionary Tales

May 01, 2011

By Arin Greenwood. Behold Aquagirl. She’s not a superhero, exactly—more of a cautionary tale for summer associates. One of many, many cautionary tales for summer associates. One night at a firm-sponsored charity event at the Chelsea Piers, on a deck overlooking the Hudson River, a summer associate—not named Aquagirl quite yet—took

Character and Fitness: How to Handle Substance Abuse or Mental Illness

May 01, 2011

Law students and lawyers reveal how they overcame substance abuse and mental illness and offer advice on answering bar application questions on these personal issues. Christopher Gutschenritter knew he had a drinking problem. But he worried that if he sought treatment, it might jeopardize the work he had already completed at

Punctuate Your Exit with Gratitude and Good Judgment

May 01, 2011

You have things to do before you go. You need to wrap up your summer internship or job with the same attention to detail and deliberate actions that got you the position in the first place. Your departure should be thoughtfully orchestrated. Recommendations, references, and offers can hinge on your

Reforming Our Law Reviews

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByBryan A. Garner Bryan A. Garner (@BryanAGarner) is the president of LawProse Inc. He is the author of many widely used books, including Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges (with Justice Antonin Scalia) andGarner’s Modern American Usage. He is the editor in chief of all current

Expand Your Legal Horizons This Summer

May 01, 2011

As the summer break approaches, many students are focused solely on finding paid legal employment. Although a line on your résumé and money in your pocket are certainly desirable, do not overlook other ways that you can acquire some legal skills or broaden your understanding of the law, legal system,

Chicago Student Takes a Spin on the Wheel of Fortune

May 01, 2011

By Tonnya Kennedy Kohn. Jaclyn Hilderbrand credits her winning on Wheel of Fortune to part luck and part skill. Lucky that she was picked for the show, and skill attained over a lifetime watching the show with family and friends. Hilderbrand, a third-year student at Chicago-Kent College of Law, won $42,500 and

Law School Nation

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 California A new course at Southwestern Law School will soon require students to surf the Internet and blog about Hollywood. In Entertainment Law and Web 2.0, students will earn academic credit while honing both tech skills and getting a pulse on legal issues in the world of entertainment. Colorado Professor

I Wish I'd Known - Mary Cranston

May 01, 2011

By Mary Cranston. Mary Cranston is the firm senior partner and immediate past chair for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She practices complex litigation, including antitrust, telecommunications, and securities litigation. Among many other honors, she was the 2005 recipient of the ABA Margaret Brent Award, which recognizes women lawyers for their

In Brief - Continuing the conversation

May 01, 2011

This time of year, the blawgosphere is usually full of goodbye posts from 3Ls who have blogged all through law school and are now bringing both experiences to a close. However, Jack Whittington of World Wide Whit (www.worldwidewhit.wordpress.com) recently made an announcement of a different sort. Whittington, along with fellow bloggers

Shaping Firm Culture

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByLeslie A. Gordon Leslie A. Gordon is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years. When Maja Hazell graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1998, her immediate goal was to join a large law firm. “I wanted to gain

Don’t Miss the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByTonnya Kennedy Kohn Law students and lawyers from across the country will meet in the historic Canadian city of Toronto for the ABA Annual Meeting August 4–9. Themed “Leveraging Strengths,” this annual event is a place for law student leaders to debate and decide Law Student Division policy,

Texas Wesleyan Wins National ABA Negotiation Competition

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 Sarah E. Jelsema, a third-year student at Harvard Law School, is the 2010–11 National Student Director of the Negotiation Competition. What strategies would you use if you represented a pharmaceutical company negotiating a licensing agreement with a researcher who had found the next big pediatric AIDS drug? How

Students Wanted for ABA Leadership Posts

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 Through the ABA Law Student Division, members have the opportunity to gain leadership experience while still in law school. The Division offers something for every student at every level of their legal education. Depending on how much time you have to devote outside your studies, there’s an

Advance Human Rights, Civil Liberties, and Social Justice

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 BySam Feinson Sam Feinson, a second-year student at Seattle University School of Law, is the 2010–11 liaison to the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Founded at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities (IRR) has been the leading voice in the

Are You Duty Bound?

May 01, 2011

By Javier Centonzio. Almost daily I talk to at least one person who regrets never having served in the military. They offer several reasons that prevented them from joining and serving, but my response is always the same. It is never too late to serve your country and there are several

Criminal Law Is Not Just About Criminals

May 01, 2011

By Rashida I. Sims. If you are interested in equal justice and serving others, then consider joining the Victims Committee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section (CJS). This committee encourages a new conceptualization of the notion of the victim. The Victims Committee examines issues relating to crime victims and their participation

Become a Prosecutor and Serve Your Community

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByBen Kappelman Ben Kappelman, a third-year student at Suffolk University Law School, is the 2010–11 liaison to the Criminal Justice Section–Prosecution Function Committee. The Prosecution Function Committee of the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section (CJS) offers law students the opportunity to meet and learn from more than 100 experienced prosecutors

Building Bridges for a Better Tomorrow

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByVik Kapoor Vik Kapoor is the law student liaison to the Section of Dispute Resolution, an active member of the Section’s membership and mediation committees, and chair of the law student advisory committee. Conflict is pervasive. We see it every day––on the streets, in casebooks, perhaps over dinner. But

Love Tax or Even Think You Might Like It?

May 01, 2011

By Lillian Bozonie. There are numerous ways you can get involved with the ABA Section of Taxation before you are in practice. The biggest is the ABA Law Student in Tax Challenge, which looks for groups of either JD or LL.M. students to review a fictional taxpayer’s situation and decide

Continue Your ABA Membership with the Young Lawyers Division

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 Compiled byTonnya Kennedy Kohn The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the American Bar Association aims to touch as many new bar admittees as it can. With more than 150,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, the YLD is the largest young lawyer organization in the world and provides professional opportunities

ABA Offerings

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 Writing Contests Commission on Domestic Violence. First place: Publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Deadline: May 31. www.americanbar.org/groups/domestic_violence/awards/law_student_writing_competition.html Section of Dispute Resolution. First place: $1,000 and online publication of essay. Deadline: June 15. www.abanet.org/dispute/essaycomp.html   Section of real property, trust and estate law. First place: $2,500,

Circuit Board - May 2011

May 01, 2011

Compiled by Tonnya Kennedy Kohn. 1st Circuit Yale Law School students Lindsey Luebchow, Michael Love, Stephanie Lee, Kathryn Bradley, and Cheryl-Lyn Bentley, contributed to the start-up of the New Haven Promise program. The students participated in legal and non-legal aspects of establishing the program, which provides college scholarships for local residents who

Take an Active Role and Attend the Annual Meeting

May 01, 2011

Vol. 39 No. 9 ByKevin R. Johnson First and foremost, I would like to congratulate my fellow 2011 law school graduates on achieving what is still an elite accomplishment. You have worked hard to navigate your way through law school these last few years, and I do not have to tell you

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