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Don’t Find a Fault, Find a Remedy

November 01, 2013

By Steven D. Cometa As law students, we are cognizant that many issues face our profession. Some of those issues include a grim employment outlook, student loan debt, and efforts to improve transparency in the administration of legal education. Because we are most likely the busiest that we have ever been, complaining

Ignore Law School Etiquette at Your Career Peril

November 01, 2013

Law school is a social and cultural world unto itself. Like all societies and cultures, it has its own set of norms and rules. Understanding and employing proper etiquette will help you succeed. “We had an incident in a student’s first week at school,” recalled Sarah Zearfoss, senior assistant dean for

New Delegates Elected

November 01, 2013

By Nicole Israel Four new Division Delegates are ready to embrace the responsibility of representing and helping promote the ABA Law Student Division’s interests and concerns to the ABA House of Delegates (ABA-HOD). Raymond Gennawey, Michael Perez, and Joseph Zeidner join Jim Manning, the Division Representative to the ABA Board of Governors

I Wish I'd Known

November 01, 2013

Vol. 42 No. 3 ByBrad Meltzer   Brad Meltzer is the author of eight New York Times bestselling novels. He hosts Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. He received the Eisner Award for his work on the critically acclaimed Justice League of America. His newest works are History Decoded: The 10 Greatest

New Vice Chair–SBA Sworn In

November 01, 2013

By Nicole Israel Nicole Israel, a 3L at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer. The ABA Law Student Division elected Joseph Cunningham to serve as Vice Chair–Student Bar Associations, a 3L from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Cunningham hails from a background of

Getting the Deaf a Fair Hearing

November 01, 2013

Vol. 42 No. 3 ByNicole Israel   NICOLE ISRAEL, a 3L at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Talila Lewis gives voice to the voiceless. Lewis, a 3L from American University Washington College of Law, has an ambitious schedule— holding a day job as a paralegal, attending classes, and running

How’s Your Command of Grammar?

November 01, 2013

In the writing seminars I teach for practicing lawyers, I frequently ask how many don’t know what the passive voice is. In a group of 100 or so, typically one or two will fess up. At least 98 percent will claim to know what passive voice is. Then I’ll give

How to Use Study Aids in Law School

November 01, 2013

Most law students are shocked at the cost for their required books and optional study aids. By choosing study aids wisely, students can reap the academic benefits without overspending. How do you know what study aids to buy—if any? Remember that study aids complement your own hard work. They are not

In-House Law: Do They Even Hire Students?

November 01, 2013

Vol. 42 No. 3 ByCarla 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. The stereotypical career trajectory for an in-house lawyer begins at a midsize to large law firm. As corporate legal departments

Fictional Lawyers Reel Lessons to be Learned

November 01, 2013

Vol. 42 No. 3 ByAnna Stolley Persky   Anna Stolley Persky is a freelance writer in the Washington, D.C. area. From the enshrined-in-our-culture Perry Mason to the more contemporary Saul Goodman, fictional lawyers, and the writers behind them, provide hours of amusement as they muddle through outrageous imaginary ethical dilemmas. After all, real-life lawyers never

Coaching Lawyers to Better Futures

November 01, 2013

Secret Lawyers Vol. 42 No. 3 By Leslie A. Gordon LESLIE A. GORDON is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than ten years. Seven years into her legal career, Whittney Fruin decided she wanted to try something other than practicing law. She wanted a new

New Vice Chair–SBA Sworn In

November 01, 2013

Vol. 42 No. 3 By Nicole Israel   Nicole Israel, a 3L at New York Law School, is student editor of Student Lawyer. The ABA Law Student Division elected Joseph Cunningham to serve as Vice Chair–Student Bar Associations, a 3L from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Cunningham hails from