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Opportunity knocks: Apply to become an ABA LSD liaison

ABA Judicial Division liaison Jonathan Shirts (standing) speaks to guests at a roundtable session at the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting in New York. Shirts organized a panel on judicial clerkships at the event.

If you’ve been wanting to get more involved with both the Law Student Division and your practice area, your time is now! We’re opening up applications for our next round of LSD liaisons to ABA specialty groups.

There are more than 50 openings this year. And starting this year, each law student will be limited to one liaison position. If more than one ABA entity selects an individual law student, he or she will have to choose one position, and the entity will have an opportunity to select a different candidate.

But even if you’re appointed to one specialty group, you’ll be able to work and interact with any other group in the ABA.

Why should you become a liaison? We’ve got plenty of reasons.

  • Networking. You’ll get to interact with hundreds of professionals interested in your area. You’ll help them plan, publicize, and facilitate events throughout the country and play a key role in making them a success.
  • Publishing. This is a great opportunity to start your trail of expertise by writing about your leaders and their work to the rest of the ABA, to law students everywhere, and to other legal professionals.
  • Leadership. You’ll be invited to participate in the ABA Law Student Division General Assembly at Annual Meeting and you’ll vote on key issues and future representation in the division throughout the year.
  • Funding. Many ABA entities will help pay for you to come to their events, including Annual Meeting, which is in Chicago this year.
  • Awards. Each year, liaisons who stand out are eligible to be named Liaison of the Year at the Assembly. Here is one of last year’s recipients, Lauren Ritter of LAMP (Legal Assistance for Military Personnel).
Lauren Ritter


Just prep your resume, a short statement about why you’d be the perfect liaison for the group you’re looking at, and make sure you’re an ABA Premium Member. Not a Premium member? You’re missing out on discounts on books, MPRE tools, bar prep, and more for just $25.

Deadline is April 16, 2018. Don’t miss out.

Apply now!

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