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Is It Time for a Tutor?

Everyone struggles in something. What if your struggle is unraveling the concept of foreseeability in torts? Or the intricacies of personal jurisdiction in civil procedure? You are not alone—and help is available. Feeling Lost? Join the Club Deciding whether you need help in a class is difficult, perhaps even more so for

Resumes - Creating the Best First Impression

By Erin Binns. Résumés have two stand-out moments in the application process. The document’s first job is to generate an interview. The second is to serve as a springboard for questions and conversations during the interview. Approach résumé creation with an eye toward both. All formatting and content decisions should be

Should Lawyers Contribute to Judicial Campaigns?

ByMary Dunnewold Mary Dunnewold is a legal writing instructor at Hamline University School of Law. Whether electing judges is a good idea at all is a topic being hotly debated in legal circles right now. Election campaigns require money, and there is some doubt that even the best-intentioned judges can resist the

Entity Update: ABA Standing Committee on Law & National Security

Vol. 41 No. 3 Sarah B. Markensen   Sarah B. Markenson, a 3L at Saint Louis University School of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Standing Committee on Law & National Security. So Americans understand the costs of war. Yet as a country, we will never tolerate our security being

The Commission on Disability Rights Aims to End Bias and Discrimination

Vol. 41 No. 3 ByMichael K. Morton   Michael K. Morton, a 2L at Saint Louis University School of Law, is the 2012-2013 Law Student Division liaison to the Commission on Disabiltiy Rights. One of the ABA’s principle goals is to end bias and discrimination in the legal profession. The ABA’s Commission on Disability

Civility in Politics

Election Law: Careers at the Intersection of Law and Politics

In addition, with the polarization of politics, society, and the economy, issues related to the election process itself have become a major focus. Who can forget the 2000 election, which pointed out flaws in voting equipment, ballot design, and election administration and ended up before the US Supreme Court? In

In Re: Obama vs. Romney

ByEd Finkel   Ed Finkel is a freelance writer/editor in Evanston, Illinois. Education, the economy, health care, and more. Law students have much to consider when comparing and contrasting the two major-party candidates for president as they head to the polls in November. And the campaigns for Democrat Barack Obama and Mitt Romney,

Florida State Awarded SBA Award

Vol. 41 No. 3 ByEileen M. Laux   Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. The Student Bar Association (SBA) at Florida State University (FSU) was honored by the Law Student Division at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Former SBA President Alex Haddad

ABA Law Student Division Annual Meeting Focuses on the Future

Vol. 41 No. 2 ByEileen M. Laux   Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. The ABA Annual Meeting was held this past August in Chicago and was “Focused Forward.” The Law Student Division hosted a multitude of activities for law students who

From Law to the Social Sector

Vol. 41 No. 3 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. After graduating from George Washington University Law School in 1986, Kyle Zimmer practiced energy law and later served as a legislative advocate. “I love

In Brief - Law review, handwritten notes, and moot court jitters.

You made law review . . . Now what? If you made it onto the staff of a law review or journal for this year, it’s possible that—along with your excitement about this great opportunity—you felt a bit panicked over the question of what to write about. If that’s true for you,

I Wish I'd Known

Vol. 41 No. 3 "Know that you must see each moment for what it is: an opportunity to be seized." Patricia Timmons-Goodson is an associate justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina, a position she has held since 2006. She is the first African-American woman to sit and the third woman

Take Advantage of What the Division Has to Offer

Vol. 41 No. 1 By Adena Leibman Adena Leibman, a 3L at Lewis & Clark Law School, is chair of the ABA Law Student Division. It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to another year of learning, engagement, camaraderie, and career development. I am very excited for the year ahead. We have

Division Provides Assistance for First-Time Programs

Vol. 41 No. 1 By Eileen M. Laux Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. There is a first time for everything, including programs at ABA-approved law schools. The ABA Law Student Division, through the Grant Program, provides financial support to student organizations

Washington University School of Law Wins NAAC

Vol. 41 No. 1 By Shannon Allen Shannon Allen was the 2011–12 national student director for the Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Congratulations to the national champion team of Justin Lepp, Mikela Sutrina, and Nick Rosinia from Washington University School of Law for winning this year’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC).

University of Nebraska Wins Client Counseling Competition

Vol. 41 No. 1 By Hanna Jamar Hanna Jamar was the 2011–12 national student director for the Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition. Christine Baughman and Audrey Johnson from the University of Nebraska College of Law are the national champions of the ABA Law Student Division’s 2011–12 Client Counseling Competition held March 16–17

Law Student Finds Adventure on the Road

Vol. 41 No. 3 ByEileen M. Laux   Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer.   Orzechowski began by driving a smaller truck while working for a rental furniture moving company. “I thought if I can drive a small truck, then I can drive a

Embracing the Blogosphere

Vol. 41 No. 1 By Leslie A. Gordon Leslie A. Gordon is a secret lawyer who has been working as a freelance legal affairs journalist for more than 10 years. When Kevin O’Keefe graduated from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1982, his sole goal was to be “a

How Movement and Touch Relate to the Study of Law

This generation of law students includes many kinesthetic-tactile learners. In the simplest of terms, kinesthetic means movement, and tactile means touch. Kinesthetic-tactile students will differ from one another because of the strength and combinations of these two attributes for each individual. One student may have a very strong kinesthetic-tactile preference, another

Let's talk about your writing and how to use different legal research tools.

In Brief Vol. 41 No. 1 Let’s talk about your writing Part 1: Wherever you are in your law school career, chances are, you’ll do a lot of writing this year. And, chances are, it has been a while since you had any instruction in grammar and proper word use. As a quick refresher,

Dispute Resolution Becomes Mainstream

Vol. 41 No. 3 Cara Henley Johnson   Cara Henley Johnson, a 3L at the University of Houston Law Center, is the 2012-13 Law Student Division liaison to the Section of Dispute Resolution. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers exactly that—alternatives to litigation. The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution supports practitioners and students in all

The Bad Writing in Casebooks

If you entered law school with a literature or journalism background, the reading can be especially torturous to your sense of style. If you’re inattentive, tone-deaf, or just impervious to bad grammar and clunky style, you may be fortunate enough to miss all the linguistic vandalism taking place before your

Wyoming State Bar

Bar Exam Directory Vol. 41 No. 3 2013 Directory of State Bar Exams *Test dates for Arizona, Iowa, and Minnesota have been corrected since this directory printed. About these listings Student Lawyer collected the information in these listings from each state’s bar exam administration office. Readers interested in sitting for an exam should contact the

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Vol. 41 No. 2 ByMatthew Gorney   Matthew Gorney, a 3L at the University of Kansas School of Law, is Secretary-Treasurer of the ABA Law Student Division. Another old saying offers that it is impossible to make all people happy all of the time, and that is true. It’s never difficult to find someone

Nick Guinn Becomes Vice Chair-SBA

Vol. 41 No. 2 ByEileen M. Laux   Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer.   The newly elected vice chair-SBA had a unique tagline as he was running for his position: “Win with Guinn.” And win he did. Nick Guinn, a 3L at St.