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Learning Legal Interpretation

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByBryan A. Garner Bryan A. Garner 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) and Garner’s Modern American Usage. He is the editor in chief of all current

Networking: As Important As Ever for Law Students

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByEd Finkel Ed Finkel is a freelance writer/editor in Evanston, Illinois. The recession and non-recovery have made finding that first job out of law school as challenging as ever—and that means networking with potential employers is as important as ever. But many students find the process uncomfortable and don’t

(Not So) Risky Business: The Big World of Insurance

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByArin Greenwood Arin Greenwood is a writer in the , area, and author of the novel Tropical Depression, published by Back Porch Books in 2011. Jobs in the insurance industry can be interesting, not to mention remunerative, varied, personally rewarding—and perhaps even available. Before you start thinking this is a

Time Management for the Successful Lawyer (and Law Student)

Vol. 40 No. 2 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. By implementing good habits in law school, law students will be more productive and balanced while in school, and

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Working for Uncle Sam

By 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. Some argue that it would be hard to find a job with better benefits, job security, steadier hours, or a deeper

Circuit Board

Vol. 40 No. 2 Compiled byMatthew Gorney 1st Circuit Sarah Chervinsky from Yale Law School won the Baylor Law School National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition in June, taking away the $10,000 prize. The competition is by invitation only where advocates from the ’ top 18 competitive schools individually face each other head-to-head

Officially Speaking

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByWill Binkley Secretary-Treasurer of the Law Student Division With the new school year in full swing, it is time to get down to business. The ABA Law Student Division encourages students to create and participate in new programs and initiatives that will benefit your schools and communities. The Division’s Work-A-Day

Work-a-Day

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByMatthew Gorney During the ABA Annual Meeting in , the theme for the year’s Law Student Division Work-A-Day was announced. The theme for 2011–12 is “Civil Gideon: Representation for All.” The focus of this theme is to raise awareness of the issues low-income people face when trying to access

ABA House of Delegates Authorizes Law Student Vote on ABA Board

Vol. 40 No. 2 ByMatthew Gorney Matthew Gorney, a 2L at the University of Kansas School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Although the Law Student Division addressed a number of issues during the ABA Annual Meeting in in August, arguably none was more important than the passage of Resolution 11-3. This

Law as Writer's Fodder

Vol. 40 No. 2 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. Even though she only practiced law for three years, science fiction writer Melinda Snodgrass says she has never regretted going to law school. After graduating