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LinkedIn

Why you shouldn’t discount creating a LinkedIn profile

October 18, 2017

One of my important tips I pass along to job seekers is to create and maintain a robust LinkedIn profile. This advice is often met with a big sigh or an eye roll.Yes, I know, another social media account to maintain. Hear me out: Whether you’re new in the marketplace

Talking to Yourself

Take a pause and make a plan when using your filters

October 17, 2017

Question: I am a new lawyer, and I understand the need to keep my “filter” on. But it seems awkward to focus on that all the time. And I sometimes find that I have let my guard down before I know it. Any suggestions?

Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis talks about the SEC, Women in the Profession

October 16, 2017

Tracy Davis has served as the Assistant Regional Director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's San Francisco office for over fifteen years. Here, she offers her insights into her work in both the private and public sectors, and speaks candidly about her experience navigating a legal career as a first generation lawyer and woman of color.

Quimbee: Katzenbach v. McClung

Barbecue joint gets served for discrimination (Katzenbach v. McClung)

October 13, 2017

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of Quimbee study aids (a $72 value) for law student members. And if you go Premium, you’ll receive Quimbee Legal Ethics Outline (a $29 value)

Soldier with Books

Service to School helping veterans enter top-tier law schools

October 12, 2017

The halls and classrooms of your favorite law schools are becoming a lot more green—and we are not just referencing more environmentally friendly schools. We’re talking about more military veterans gaining admittance to top tier universities through Service to School.

John Weber

You're building more than a network as a law student

October 11, 2017

Now, I look at the term “network” differently now than I did when I entered law school. I may have tended to think of a network as more of a rolodex (linked image for those younger than me!) of business cards and faceless names at one point, but I realized that it is a network of friends, a group with shared experiences and fun memories, with whom I rolled up my sleeves and worked over the years.

Puerto Rico-Map

Get up to date on Puerto Rico with CRSJ webinar on Tuesday

October 10, 2017

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Rapid Response Team and its Environmental Justice Committee will host a free webinar on "Hurricane Maria and its Aftermath in Puerto Rico" on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. ET.The Department of Defense reports that two weeks after Hurricane Maria

Empty Wallet

Withdrawing from the client who owes you money

October 10, 2017

If a lawyer has a client who has fallen behind in payments, and future payment does not appear to be forthcoming, a lawyer may try to withdraw from the representation. If you withdraw, how much information should you share about the reason for your withdrawal?

Quimbee: Poe v. Ullman

Doc seeks protection for contraceptive users (Poe v. Ullman)

October 06, 2017

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of Quimbee study aids (a $72 value) for law student members. And if you go Premium, you’ll receive Quimbee Legal Ethics Outline (a $29 value)

Thomas Kim

Leading the effort to remove bar admission barrier for undocumented law students

October 05, 2017

Law students successfully lobbied the ABA House of Delegates in August to adopt Resolution 108, urging Congress to amend federal law to add language that bar admission shouldn’t be denied based solely on immigration status.Support for the resolution was heavily one-sided in support of passage. In fact, the

Supreme Court

Supreme Court opens with a ‘monumental’ caseload

October 04, 2017

Monday, Oct. 2 marked the first day of fall term for the Supreme Court of the United States, and the legal field is abuzz with the line-up of cases that will be presented. Off to an exciting start Starting off with a bang, the court has already heard two major test cases,

Shh

An attorney's loose lips can sink a client's ship

October 04, 2017

The origins of the title to this article derives from World War II at a time when ship convoys from the United States were making their way across the Atlantic to the United Kingdom.  Anyone in the know about ship movements was warned not to talk about it publicly for

Cleaned Up

Use (cleaned up) to make your legal writing easier to read

October 03, 2017

Here's a solution to a legal citation problem that comes up all the time. Please bear with me for the intro. It will be worth it.While reading a court decision earlier this year, I came across a passage in which the court quoted authority from an earlier decision which, in

Minority In-House Counsel Association conference agenda

October 01, 2017

When: October 24, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. CTWhere:  Metropolitan Club 233 S. Wacker Drive, 66th Floor Chicago, IL 60606Law student registration: Use the code GUEST at the registration page.MAXIMIZING RELATIONSHIPS, INSPIRING SUCCESS, HONING SKILLS, COLLABORATING ON OPPORTUNITIES AND ACTIVATING CAREERSJuliette Pryor - General Counsel of Cox Enterprises Luis Avila  - Former

Quimbee: United States v. Butler

Justices don't cotton to mill's spin on taxes (United States v. Butler)

September 29, 2017

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of Quimbee study aids (a $72 value) for law student members. And if you go Premium, you’ll receive Quimbee Legal Ethics Outline (a $29 value)

Professionalism

A word to new lawyers: We're all professionals here

September 28, 2017

The need to address behavior surprises many law students and young lawyers because they carry the assumption that adults should and will behave in a professional manner.  Unfortunately, experience shows that assumption is far from reality.  Being a professional goes beyond your work product and your everyday

Junior Associate

Be strategic: How associates can create an impactful law firm experience

September 27, 2017

I wish I had been more thoughtful about my legal career.  When I started my legal career, like many new law firm associates, I did not fully appreciate what it meant to be a law firm associate nor did I have a plan for being successful.  After practicing for several

Pledge

The Pledge of Professionalism a part of law school orientation

September 26, 2017

What was the first thing you learned in law school? Maybe it was why you should double check the name of the ship you’re loading with cotton? Or how you can be liable for someone losing their leg if all you did was kick them under

Quimbee: Duncan v. Louisiana

A hundred years later, 14th comes Due for juries (Duncan v. Louisiana)

September 22, 2017

This is the latest in a series of Quimbee.com case brief videos. Have you signed up for your Quimbee membership? The American Bar Association offers three months of Quimbee study aids (a $72 value) for law student members. And if you go Premium, you’ll receive Quimbee Legal Ethics Outline (a $29 value)

Gerrymandering

Redrawing the country: How will SCOTUS rule on gerrymandering?

September 20, 2017

The Supreme Court recently announced that it will once again risk entering the “political thicket” to consider the question of partisan gerrymandering in American politics. The case, Gill v. Whitford, comes to the Court from Wisconsin, where a panel of three federal judges, in

hurricanes

Law students can make a difference for hurricane victims

September 19, 2017

Amid the flood of natural disasters literally flooding parts of our nation, many law students and American Bar Association members alike are wondering how they can help those in need, whether it is with donations, supplies, manpower, or legal assistance. Before the Bar has already posted about resources

John Weber, Law Student Podcast

Introducing our new ABA Law Student Podcast host, John Weber

September 18, 2017

The end of bar exam season results in many happy law grads, an exciting future of career paths, and a new ABA Law Student Podcast host! In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Kareem Aref talks to new host John Weber about why he chose to run for the Law Student Division’s