The ABA student liaison program immerses students into ABA leadership by placing them in ABA entities.There’s no better way to make connections with experienced ABA lawyer members!
We are in our second round of liaison applications. Positions are open for the following sections, divisions, forums, and committees.
Judicial Division – Council on Tribal Courts
Solo, Small Firm and General Practice
Infrastructure and Regulated Industries
Public Contract Law
Armed Forces Law
Continuing Legal Education
Delivery of Legal Services
Disaster Response and Preparedness
Law Library of Congress
Domestic and Sexual Violence
Homelessness and Poverty
Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts
Law and Aging
Youth at Risk
Centers and Other Entities
Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Council of Appellate Lawyers
Coordinating Committee on Veterans Benefits & Services
Diversity in the Educational Pipeline
Several positions include funding for meetings such as the ABA’s annual and midyear meetings and individual entity events. This year will include a number of new opportunities for liaisons – including having a vote for the Law Student Division’s Assembly events.
Deadline: May15, 2017
What a liaison does
The liaison’s entire goal is to build a relationship with the leadership of an ABA entity; help that group develop content, programs and events for law students focused on that group’s special expertise; and report progress back to the Division.
Not only will you interact with experienced ABA lawyer leaders, but many groups subsidize participation by funding liaison travel to entity meetings.
To be appointed as a liaison, you must be an enrolled for the 2017-2018 law school year and you must be an ABA Law Student Division Premium member.
Time commitment: 10 hours monthly.
- Work with entity leadership to facilitate law student content and events/programming centered around that entity’s specialty:
- Content examples:
- Blog articles
- Student Lawyer magazine articles
- Webinars, videos, or podcasts
- Slideshows from presentations
- Programming/event examples:
- Coordinated visits by entity leadership at law schools
- Local programming and receptions for students at scheduled meetings
- Videos and webinars on timely topics
- Represent the Law Student Division to ABA entities and represent the ABA entities to the Law Student Division, keeping each other informed of the other’s activities.
- Submit monthly reports to the Division.
- Work closely with and under the purview of nationally elected student officers, as assigned.
- Consult with the Web Editor and Student Editor on writing a articles for law student blog and Student Lawyer magazine.
- Attend the entity’s required meetings. If funding is unavailable from the entity, the liaison should attempt to secure alternate funding from his/her law school. See this chart for funding traditionally open to liaisons. *
- Write a letter of introduction to the entity chair outlining liaison duties and offering to become active.
- Actively promote law student membership and involvement in the ABA entity.
- Work with appropriate entity leaders to produce a law student section newsletter column or student specific webpage on entity website.
- Participate on the liaison training conference call.
Complete the liaison application form to be considered for a liaison position.