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Circuit Board

Vol. 39 No. 2 To find out which ABA Law Student Division circuit your school is in, read about your circuit, and get contact info for your circuit governor, visit To report news from your school, e-mail your circuit governor and 1st Circuit. Brendan Sponheimer and James Murtha of Western

Liaison Notebook: Why Media Law Is Important for Every Law Student

Vol. 39 No. 2 By Alicia Wagner Calzada Alicia Wagner Calzada, a student at St. Mary’s University School of Law, was the 2009–10 Law Student Liaison to the ABA Forum on Communications Law. There were a mere 14 students in my copyright class last year. About twice that many were in my First

Liaison Notebook: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Vol. 39 No. 2 By Ali Iglehart Ali Iglehart (, a third-year law student at Stetson University College of Law, is the 2010–11 Law Student Division Liaison to the Commission on Domestic Violence. The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence was founded in 1994 to increase access to justice for victims of

Legal Encyclopedias: Research “Well Begun”

Vol. 39 No. 2 By Shawn G. Nevers Shawn G. Nevers ( teaches legal research and is head of reference services at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University. Well begun is half done. The old saying applies to legal research just as it does to much of life. Finding

Professionalism 101: Obtaining letters of recommendation

Vol. 39 No. 2 By Mary Dunnewold Mary Dunnewold ( is a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. Chances are, sometime during your law school career, you’ll need letters of recommendation to accompany a job application. When a potential employer requests recommendation letters, don’t be shy about asking professors and

What brand are you selling?

Vol. 39 No. 2 By Erin Binns Erin Binns ( is assistant director for career planning at Marquette University Law School. What people think of you matters. Your professional reputation—or brand—will impact the opportunities that are available to you. Even big law firms that are obsessed with grades move beyond academic performance to

Use Your Time and Talents to Make a Positive Difference

Vol. 39 No. 2 By AnnMichelle Hart Your Division’s Board of Governors is committed to assisting you in building the bridges you need to seamlessly move from student to employed lawyer. We’re working hard to give you a clear, strong voice in the ABA. As law students, you are the future of

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How To Save Money and Build Wealth During Law School

Vol. 39 No. 2 By G.M. Filisko G.M. Filisko ( is a lawyer and freelance writer in Chicago. Law school is not for the financially faint of heart. But that does not mean you have to mire yourself in debt that will dictate your every move for years to come. With careful research,

Students Protecting Democracy: One Vote at a Time

Vol. 39 No. 2 By Paria Kooklan Paria Kooklan ( is a graduate of Loyola Law School. After law school, she worked as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and later as a homelessness policy analyst for the City and County of Los Angeles. As the political parties get ready


So You Want to Make Policy? Think Tank Jobs for Lawyers

Vol. 39 No. 2 By Arin Greenwood Arin Greenwood ( is a writer in the  Washington, D.C., area and edits Out of the Storm News for the Heartland Institute’s Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. So what is a think tank, anyway? The term “think tank” can mean lots of different things. It