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Sports Betting

Legalized sports betting: One year later

October 14, 2019

Just about this time last year, as I was facing the world as a newly-minted 2L, I wrote my first blog article for the ABA Law Student Division. I picked a topic that I had grown up with my entire life: legalized sports betting. This past summer, I remember

Masks

Behind our masks: The problem with hiding our problems

October 11, 2019

“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.”—Arthur Fleck, "Joker" Shockingly, I found some time in my 2L schedule to see “Joker” over the weekend. It’s a gritty commentary on society,

Success

Defining success in terms of satisfaction starts in law school

October 11, 2019

As a first-generation lawyer, I really didn’t know what to expect from the practice of law.  I wasn’t prepared for the pressure and the stress, and I didn’t know how to overcome the need for perfection and validation that I’d inadvertently nurtured through a lifetime focused on academic performance. 

Intervention

Intervention: The benefits of stepping in with compassion

October 10, 2019

August 2018, on a late Thursday afternoon, I received a call asking me if I was available to come up and meet with a chief assistant state attorney.  I was an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida, handling mental health cases, so these requests were common.  I

Mental Health Day 2019

I see you, 1L: Time to reflect on your well-being

October 10, 2019

You’re on the path to join a profession in which you will spend most of your life advocating for others. But if you hope to be an effective advocate for others, you must first learn to be an advocate for yourself.  Today, on Law

Failure

The future is failure (so start getting good at it)

October 08, 2019

“Dear Ms. Leader, Thank you for your application. Unfortunately, at this time, we are not able to offer…" Sound familiar?  Some version of this email has started to grace my inbox as frequently as the latest J. Crew discount code or law school lunch talk

Wellness

Why a week of wellness isn’t well enough

October 07, 2019

If you have ever picked up a free banana smoothie or granola bar from your law school’s wellness week booths, you are not alone. Free food is great, and law schools do seem to care more about wellness than they used to, but I still find myself asking: how

Mental Health Day shirt

Common threads: Enter the Mental Health T-Shirt Contest

October 07, 2019

October is Mental Health Awareness Month, and World Mental Health Day is October 10. We observe this month and day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to increase support for wellness. This day is meant to provide an opportunity for all those affected to talk about

Miosotti Tenecora

The importance of pipeline programs: I would not be here without them

September 09, 2019

As a first-generation college graduate, I did not know what kind of doors a college degree or a graduate degree could open. Coming from an economically disadvantaged background, I did not have the resources or the tools to leverage a college degree or graduate degree. At my local

Conisha Hackett

The ABA and I: How we met

September 06, 2019

Hi, my name is Conisha, and I am your Delegate for Diversity and Inclusion. Now that introductions are out of the way, let me tell you a little bit about my pathway to this position. While I would like to start with the usual “once upon a time”

Personas

3 personas to create when building your credibility as a legal writer

September 03, 2019

Law students and young lawyers often miss one of the most important parts of their writing: Credibility. Because with the right credibility, you can persuade even the most skeptical readers.  Your reader can't see you; they can't hear you. Everything about who you are must spring from

Suffragettes

DC Bar writing competition examines the 19th Amendment

August 29, 2019

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the right for women to vote became law in the USA. And the 19th Amendment is the topic of the DC Bar's writing competition. The D.C. Bar Communities Office is presenting this year's competition. The winner will receive

Patent Office

Understanding the patent landscape: An inside look

August 16, 2019

A patent is a type of intellectual property which protects any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof. A claim cannot be patented if it was previously “patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on

What can you do with your diploma

What can you do with your law degree? (podcast)

August 14, 2019

Many law students are motivated by the desire to make a difference, but how can they hone in on opportunities that align with their personal and professional goals? Host Ashley Baker talks to Gaylynn Burroughs about her work at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human

Johnnie Nguyen

Meet the incoming Law Student Division Council

August 06, 2019

As the Law Student Division heads into annual meeting, our new council wants to say hello. Here's a brief bio of the our incoming law student leaders. Chair-Elect Johnnie NguyenUniversity of Colorado School of Law Hello! My name

CareerForward

Rev up your legal job search with ABA Career Forward

August 02, 2019

As a law student looking to land that perfect job out of law school, you can never have enough help. And we've got a great new tool for ABA members to use to get noticed in their job search. Meet ABA Career Forward, 

Florida State College of Law

The envelopes please: Announcing the 2019 Law Student Division Awards

July 29, 2019

The ABA Law Student Division is proud to announce the winners of the yearly Law Student Division Awards. Congratulations to this year's winners, who will be recognized at our ABA Annual Meeting awards breakfast held in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division on

What law students can get out of Annual Meeting

July 17, 2019

As a law student, you may not have attended an ABA event before. The 2019 Annual Meeting, August 8-10, is a perfect place to get to know the ABA while still taking part in programming that is specific to your goals and interests.