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Circuit Board

October 01, 2010

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

October 01, 2010

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

October 01, 2010

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”

October 01, 2010

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

Letter of Recommendation

Professionalism 101: Obtaining a letter of recommendation

October 01, 2010

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 current or past employers. Most expect to support students in their job searches by providing them. But when requesting

What brand are you selling?

October 01, 2010

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

October 01, 2010

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

Student Debt Webinar

How To Save Money and Build Wealth During Law School

October 01, 2010

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, planning, and diligence, you can shrink both large and small school expenses—and even lay the

Students Protecting Democracy: One Vote at a Time

October 01, 2010

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

October 01, 2010

By Arin Greenwood. So what is a think tank, anyway? The term “think tank” can mean lots of different things. It usually (though not always) is used to describe a nonprofit, public policy-oriented organization that does research and advocacy. But there is no strict definition of what makes an organization a think

South Texas College of Law Wins National Appellate Advocacy Com-petition

September 01, 2010

Vol. 39 No. 2 By Alvan Balent Alvan Balent graduated with honors from Florida State University College of Law in May 2010. He was the 2009–10 NAAC national student director. For the second year in a row, South Texas College of Law won the ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). “It