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Vol. 40 No. 1 Compiled byMatthew Gorney 1st Circuit Boston College Law School student Cori Phillips was awarded the Association of Corporate Counsel Ethics Award in April. Professor Alan Minuskin nominated Phillips for her work as a student attorney in Boston College Law School’s Civil Litigation Clinic and said Phillips was, “consistently strong,

Move Onward and Upward with the Law Student Division

Vol. 40 No. 1 ByTremaine Reese Chair, ABA Law Student Division As chair of the ABA Law Student Division, I eagerly welcome you to the 2011–12 school year. I look forward to working alongside each of you as we address areas of concern for law students in law schools across the country. Please

In Brief - Tweet, tweet! Using Twitter to build career connections now

If you’re just starting law school, maybe you think of Twitter as a time-wasting vice you’ll have to give up in favor of more study time. Think again, advises Jason M. Tenenbaum, a 2L at Hofstra University School of Law. The social media platform has been instrumental in helping him plan

Grant Programs Helps Fund New Initiatives

Vol. 40 No. 1 ByMatthew Gorney Matthew Gorney, a 2L at the University of Kansas School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Generating ideas for new and interesting law school programming is often the easy part. The dilemma frequently arises when funds do not exist to implement those ideas. The ABA Law

Law Student Division Chooses New Officers

Vol. 40 No. 1 ByMatthew Gorney Matthew Gorney, a 2L at the University of Kansas School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Increasing the Law Student Division’s visibility to students at American Bar Association (ABA) schools is one of the goals that the new officers have for their tenure. Tremaine Reese, chair;

Duke University School of Law Wins National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Vol. 40 No. 1 ByZelideth Maguina   Zelideth Maguina was the 2010-11 NAAC national student director. Duke University School of Law’s team of Karen Beach, Catherine Lawson, and Benjamin Baucom narrowly defeated the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law team of Kim Bowman, Jeremy Ehrlich, and Conness Thompson to become the 2010–11

Thomas M. Cooley Law School Team Wins Client Counseling Competition

Vol. 40 No. 1 ByBettina L. Hollis Bettina L. Hollis was the 2010–11 national student director for the Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition. Congratulations to Erin Moss and LaToya Palmer from Thomas M. Cooley Law School for winning the national championship at the ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition National Finals

A lawyer on the court

By Bettina L. Hollis Bettina L. Hollis was the 2010–11 national student director for the Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition. Congratulations to Erin Moss and LaToya Palmer from Thomas M. Cooley Law School for winning the national championship at the ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition National Finals (CCC) March

I Wish I'd Known - Mark Hermann

By Mark Herrmann. What would I most like to have known when I was in law school? Most people answer this question by saying things that law students already intuit: Hard work counts; mentors help; experiences matter. But there’s one thing I wish I had known that I, at least, didn’t intuit, and

Helping Kids See a Different Reality

Vol. 40 No. 1 ByMatthew Gorney Many people begin the story on August 27, 2007. But to better understand Western School of Law 3LAgustin Peña, a more accurate starting point is with the high school student who skipped classes almost to the point of not graduating. “Long story short, I went to night

Be Mindful of the Advice You Give

Some law schools have formal mentoring programs with returning students matched to incoming students. Student organizations often run “boot camps” for incoming first-year students. At every law school, informal advice helps the first-years integrate academically and socially. Upper-division students are very generous with their advice, time, and study materials. Most law

Plagiarism: Proceed with Caution

Vol. 40 No. 1 ByMary Dunnewold Mary Dunnewold is a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. Plagiarism is in the news. Last spring, a law school graduate admitted to plagiarizing the graduation speech he delivered at his school’s graduation ceremony. He’s now waiting to see how the incident will affect his

Stats and Grads: You Can Learn from Both

By Erin Binns. NALP’s most recent Employment Report and Salary Survey results indicate changes in legal hiring. You should pay attention. Use the data provided by NALP and available through your career services offices to assess the prudence of your career goals. Knowing that small firm hiring saw an uptick while

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To Blog or Not: That Is the Question

Blogging has proved to be a boon to lawyers when it comes to establishing their professional brand and expertise. Can it do the same for you? Lawyers who have jumped into the blogging waters say it has helped them build name recognition and solidify their reputations as experts in their fields.