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Law School Nation – January 2011


On December 15, the Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law at Pepperdine University School of Law launched its Microfinance Program, in partnership with the Union Rescue Mission. The program, which was dedicated in 2007 by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, will begin by supporting 12 individuals who are also residents of the Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles. Students will participate as teaching fellows for the instructional components of the program and as coaches for individual borrowers throughout the duration of the program.

On November 19, a new student-run publication at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law released its inaugural issue. The Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy tackles environmental topics and provides a blend of expertise on environmental and legal issues, by bringing together students from various fields. The journal is completely online—something that sets it apart from the typical law journal. This format is green and cost-efficient.

Nearly 800 members and friends of the University of New Mexico School of Law community packed the school’s Forum on November 12 to help launch 60 for 60: Shaping Law in New Mexico Since 1950, a book celebrating the school’s first 60 years of graduates and the many ways they have contributed to the development of modern-day New Mexico.

On October 19, the Northern Illinois University College of Law’s Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic received the 2010 Partner in Peace Award bestowed by the Violence Prevention Coalition (VPC) in honor of the clinic’s dedication, leadership, collaboration, commitment, and innovation in violence prevention efforts.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law has completed deployment of state-of-the-art digital signage technology aimed at decreasing its carbon footprint and enhancing the aesthetics of its campus environment. Using a software product called CODA (Content Delivery Architecture), the school is reducing its environmental impact through the installation of electronic digital signage displays that minimize the need for hundreds of flyers, postings, and announcements generated by student groups and the administration.

On November 18, the American University Washington College of Law announced the unveiling of the State Burial Laws Project, a website of state laws affecting burial sites, including human remains and funerary objects, which was developed by 27 students. The project began at the National Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program Office. NAGPRA is a federal law that deals with situations when human remains and funerary objects are unearthed on federal or tribal lands. However, when human remains and funerary objects are found on private or state-owned land, state laws govern. Such laws vary widely from state to state, and there is no clear protocol for dealing with such discoveries.

In November, University of Miami School of Law Immigration Clinic students successfully argued in immigration court to stop the deportation of the father of two U.S. citizen children, one of whom suffers from numerous physical and mental health concerns.

On November 23, alumni, students, faculty, and administrators came together at St. John’s University School of Law to celebrate the launch of the Office of Career Services’ (OCS) new Alumni Mentor Program. Over 80 alumni representing a wide range of legal settings and practice areas volunteered to participate in the program. Matched with current law students, mentors meet with students at least once a semester to offer practical advice and information relevant to career development, the practice of law, and the legal profession.


Vol. 39 No. 5

Student Lawyer Student Lawyer magazine provides guidance on educational, career, and related issues for ABA Law Student Division members and other subscribers. It is published four times a year by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Student Lawyer is available online to members of the ABA Law Student Division and to print subscribers.