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Prince Memorial

The future of Prince's estate: Looming legal battles

May 09, 2016

The world was shocked and heartbroken to hear of the untimely and sudden death of music icon, Prince last month.  Prince’s career spanned three decades and involved selling more than 100 million records and amassing an estate reportedly worth more than $350 million.  In addition to that, record sales in the


'I Never Meant to Cause You Any Sorrow' -  Lessons from Prince on intestacy

May 09, 2016

On April 21, the world was shocked to learn that the musician Prince had died in his home near Minneapolis. As family, friends, and fans mourned with tribute concerts and purple lights, another story emerged: the singer may have died without executing a will. His sister, Tyka Nelson, filed documents

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Ethics Tip: Facebook might not be a lawyer's friend

May 06, 2016

It goes without saying, but also bears repeating - that lawyers should be careful to avoid conduct that has the potential to mislead or deceive others when using social media as it relates to their law practice. Over the past few years, ETHICSearch research lawyers have published several Eye on Ethics

Career Assistance

Working relationships with attorneys can take you to the next level

May 05, 2016

Developing working relationships with attorneys at your internship can make a real difference in your success after law school. Attorneys operate at the center of the robust legal industry. They are walking, talking small businesses regardless of whether they are self-employed, employed by the government, in- house at a company,

Star Wars

Video: When Darth Vader goes on trial, the Empire strikes back

May 04, 2016

For many of you, the turning of the calendar merely means today is May 4, 2016. For sci-fi geeks who like puns, it's Star Wars Day – as in May the 4th Be With You. Star Wars itself has been a framing device over the years for points of law.

Marcia Clark

Podcast: Marcia Clark on 'The People vs. O.J. Simpson,' her latest book

May 03, 2016

Marcia Clark, most notably known for serving as the prosecutor for the trial of O.J. Simpson, joins the ABA Law Student Podcast to discuss her new novel “Blood Defense,” the FX series “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” and her experiences as a prosecutor.

Quimbee Case of the Week: Morrison v. Olson

Independent counsels born of Watergate, upheld in Morrison v. Olson

May 03, 2016

In response to the Watergate scandal and the Saturday Night Massacre that occurred under the Nixon presidential administration, Congress passed the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, which imposed a number of ethical obligations on government officials and public sector employees.

Ruck March

What 22 miles means for veterans march participants

May 02, 2016

Twenty-two veterans a day commit suicide. I’m sure this is a statistic everyone has heard at this point. On May 27, the third annual Ruck of Honor: A Tribute to Fallen Heroes will kick off in Chicago. This ruck march will have teams and individuals marching 22 miles with

Podcast: Why Washington should save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

With your help, the ABA is working to save Public Service Loan Forgiveness

April 29, 2016

The ABA’s Governmental Affairs Office (GAO) was established in 1957 to monitor legislative action affecting lawyers. It has since evolved into a full-blown lobbying department with 10 federally registered lobbyists who actively advocate for the adoption of ABA policies by Congress and federal agencies. GAO uses the traditional tools


Don't let the law school jungle bring you down

April 28, 2016

They say love is a battlefield – or at least that’s what Pat Benatar tells me. But going through law school, and the apex, the “Bar” can feel, at times, like her song. Or on a more welcoming vibe, “Welcome to the Jungle.” There is constant pressure to achieve, the hypervigilance,

Consumer Protection

Showcase your knowledge of consumer protection

April 26, 2016

The three Consumer-Protection related committees of the ABA Antitrust Section (Consumer Protection, Privacy, and Advertising Disputes & Litigation Committees) are excited to announce a new initiative geared towards young lawyers and law students interested in the consumer protection and privacy fields – an opportunity to get published in

Quimbee Case of the Week: Katzenbach v. Morgan & Morgan

Literacy test fails voting rights test (Katzenbach v. Morgan & Morgan)

April 26, 2016

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed by Congress as part of an effort to guarantee the voting rights of all citizens, regardless of race. The VRA included a provision guaranteeing that anyone who completed the sixth grade at an accredited school in Puerto Rico could not be denied the right to vote on the basis of an inability to read or write in English. Meanwhile, in the 1960s, New York state law required all would-be voters to pass a literacy test in English.

Andrew Rhoden

So you want to be an ABA delegate? Here's what it's like.

April 25, 2016

The Law Student Division is currently looking to fill our final four board positions for 2016-2017: Vice Chair of Student Bar Associations and our three delegates to the ABA House of Delegates. Let's focus on that last one for a bit. It's a position that puts you

Legal Incubator

The incubator alternative: New post-grad options in the legal field

April 22, 2016

The world’s first incubator was launched in Batavia, N.Y. following the shutdown of the region’s largest employer, Massey-Ferguson, in 1956, leaving vacant an 850,000 square foot building and 20 percent of the community unemployed.  After failing to find a sole tenant, the subsequent property owner, Joseph Mancuso, came up with an


What a week for webinars

April 21, 2016

What do you want to learn? How to get a clerkship? We can do that. How to build relationships? That's covered too. Closing that resume gap? Consider it done. And you can do learn all of that from your classroom or favorite coffee shop next week. First up on Tuesday, April

Law Student Podcast

Podcast: Law School and Depression

April 20, 2016

Fact: 20% of lawyers suffer from depression, more than double that of the general population. Beyond that, 60,000 law students suffer from depression by the end of their second year. What resources are available for lawyers who find themselves battling the rigors of the profession and the struggles of depression? In

Quimbee Case of the Week: Celotex v. Catrett

A trilogy from the 1980s that involved summary judgments, not George Lucas (Celotex v. Catrett)

April 19, 2016

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986), construing that rule would become one of the most important and often cited cases on federal civil procedure. Along with Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, 477 U.S. 242 (1986), and Matsushita Electric Industries Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 US 574 (1986), Celotex is part of what has come to be known as the 1986 Trilogy setting forth the substantive standards for Rule 56 summary judgments.

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Student leaders recognized through the ABA Law Student Division

April 18, 2016

Five outstanding individuals were recently recognized by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association for his or her hard work, dedication, passion and enthusiasm displayed over the last year on the Law Student Division board. The awards given were the Star of the Division awards, the Silver Key

Growth Mindset Webinar

Webinar recap: Making The Grade With Growth Mindsets

April 15, 2016

The pressure of law school can make many law students feel so exhausted and uncertain that, regardless of how well they do academically, they still feel like failures or impostors. One way that science has found to enhance resilience is through the “growth mindset” framework. Research has linked the growth mindset

Uniform Bar Exam

#UBEWatch: Jersey Shore edition

April 14, 2016

Our resident Uniform Bar Exam watch correspondent Chris Jennison informs us today that New Jersey will join the list of states accepting the test starting next February.

Tom Grella

Leadership Profile: Tom Grella

April 14, 2016

Tom Grella is a House of Governors delegate from the ABA’s Law Practice Division. He talked with Peggy Liu, ABA Law Student Division delegate and liaison to the division, about his experience and role. Q: How did you decide on pursuing law as a career?  A: I was actually studying to

2016 NAAC Champions

2015-2016 National Appellate Advocacy Competition results

April 13, 2016

The finals of the 2015-2016 ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition were held at the Everett McKinley Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago from April 7-9, 2016. Here are the winners of the team and individual awards. Photos can be found on our Facebook page. National Champion St. Mary's

Stop Look Listen

Making a case for mindfulness and law student wellness

April 13, 2016

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., penned the phrase “Stop Look and Listen” as a life saving instruction for the driver and passengers of a car approaching a railroad track.  Holmes’ memorable phrase is sage advice across a range of circumstances and matters of consequence.  It is an important mindfulness reminder