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Texas Tech Team

Texas Tech wins 2021 ABA NAAC competition

April 14, 2021

There can be only one. And last weekend in “Chicago,” the final 24 teams in the 2021 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition competed virtually to see who would take the title in this year’s moot court battle. In the end, the team of Taylor Holley, Alicia Mpande,

What I Wish I Knew: Learning from Women Lawyers of Color about Their Law School Experiences

Here's what women lawyers of color wished they knew about law school

April 07, 2021

Navigating through law school can be a challenging experience for everyone; often, advice about how best to navigate law school is not uniquely tailored to students of color generally, or to women of color's experiences. In honor of Women's History Month, join us as women attorneys of color

Civil Procedure Podcast

The pursuit of a civil right to counsel (podcast)

March 31, 2021

In the United States, the right to counsel in civil cases is currently a very complex issue. Some states provide counsel in certain types of civil cases, but not others; while other states may have little or no access to civil counsel in any matters. With this complicated

2021 NAAC Regional Results

March 25, 2021

Over the past few weeks, law school teams competed in the regional rounds of the ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). Here are the results from those rounds, including the four teams who advanced to the national final rounds, the top advocates, and top briefs.

William & Mary team

William & Mary win Client Counseling Competition title

March 25, 2021

The team of Katheryn Maldonado and Nick Armah from William & Mary Law School won the national title in the 2021 ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Maldonado and Armah won over the team of Brennan Collins and Malory-Anne

Uniform Bar Exam

Pennsylvania adopts the Uniform Bar Exam

February 12, 2021

The news for bar exam takers in the pandemic has been mostly bad—unless you've been praying for movement on the Uniform Bar Exam. As of today, the UBE has added as many states (5) in the past year as it had in 2018 and 2019 combined!

California Western School of Law

California Western wins 2021 ABA Negotiation Competition

February 08, 2021

The team from California Western School of Law, Francis Carlota and Jonathan Gonzalez, won the 2021 ABA Negotiation Competition, held on February 6, 2021. The Mitchell Hamline School of Law team of Austyn Boothe and Daniel Sheikhan came in second place.

Legal Self Help

Pro se support: The ins and outs of a legal help program

January 29, 2021

Not everyone can afford a lawyer, and not everyone needs one. But, when a regular person has a pressing legal question, where can they find answers? Promoting access to justice should include helping those with legal problems obtain the information they need to successfully navigate their matter, even

Arbitration Competition Winners

Fordham wins 2021 ABA Arbitration Competition crown

January 27, 2021

Fordham University School of Law's team of Joshua Zelen, Margaret Revera, Catherine Young, and Perry Zirpoli took the top spot at the 2021 ABA Arbitration Competition on Jan. 23. This year's topic was Contracts and Warranties. Fordham Law's team designation was Team

Rep Rewards Winners

ABA Rep Rewards winners named for Fall 2020

January 11, 2021

The ABA Law Student Division congratulates the winners of the Fall 2020 Rep Rewards contests. Fall 2020 Semester Winners (most points accumulated): 1st place: Sarah Volmy, Western Michigan Cooley School of Law – 5,768 total points2nd place: Celyn Whitt, University of Wyoming

Working on a Pro Bono Plan

Student Lawyer: Pro Bono Changes Lives

January 07, 2021

Want to help build empathy, starting with your own little corner of the world? Pro bono is your best move. You can make a career out of it, develop projects and initiatives to meet every situation, or pave the way for the next generation of lawyers.

AI Law

Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition: In the matter of Infinite Monkeys

January 01, 2021

This short story is a work of fiction originally submitted for the Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition hosted by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Access to Justice Tech Fellows and sponsored in part by LexBlog. All rights reserved. This information

Smart Home

Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition: Shall I Begin?

January 01, 2021

This short story is a work of fiction originally submitted for the Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition hosted by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Access to Justice Tech Fellows and sponsored in part by LexBlog. All rights reserved. This information

Facial Recognition

Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition: F(A.I.)LIED US

January 01, 2021

This short story is a work of fiction originally submitted for the Legal Tech Fictional Writing Competition hosted by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Access to Justice Tech Fellows and sponsored in part by LexBlog. All rights reserved. This information

Arbitration Competition

Teams advance in 2020 Arbitration, Negotiation competitions

December 17, 2020

The top teams in two of the American Bar Association's competition season have advanced to the next rounds. Here are the top law schools in the National Arbitration Competition and National Negotiation Competition. 2020-2021 Arbitration Competitions Regional Champions Brooklyn Law

Jim St. Germain’s Journey From Juvenile Delinquency to Community Leader

December 14, 2020

After immigrating to the United States with his family at the age of ten, Jim St. Germain was met with the harsh reality that his hoped-for better life seemed nowhere to be found. But, after ending up in the juvenile justice system at fifteen, his life took a positive turn,

Uniform Bar Exam

Lakes effect: Michigan adopts the Uniform Bar Exam

December 04, 2020

Ah, Michigan. While not the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it does touch four of the Great Lakes—and about twice as many slogans and mottos. Nowhere is Michigan's embrace of slogans more evident than in