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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.

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How law students helped others during the pandemic

January 01, 2021

Law students have leveraged their legal training to pursue relief for tenants and prisoners confined during the pandemic. While some have worked though their law schools’ clinical programs or local legal aid societies, others have teamed up directly with local attorneys engaged in pro bono

Student Intake Interview

How the ABA stepped up legal aid efforts during the pandemic

January 01, 2021

The pandemic has affected people and businesses of all varieties—and pro bono services and legal aid organizations haven’t escaped its devastation. That has exacerbated the justice gap. Eighty-six percent of civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans were handled with inadequate or no legal help,

Working With Empathy

Pro bono: The cradle of empathy in our profession

January 01, 2021

Pro bono work is work undertaken without charge. It’s shorthand for the longer phrase pro bono publico, which literally means “for the public good.” It’s something the legal profession has always encouraged for many reasons. That’s mostly because it’s the profession’s contribution to the community,

Growth Mindset

Motivation, growth, and the bar exam

January 01, 2021

This winter, as 1Ls reflect on their first completed semester, 2Ls—who are halfway done— consider what they want to do in the remaining year and a half, and 3Ls think about finishing up their final semester and passing the bar exam, I encourage all of you to think

Pro Bono Skills

Putting the pro into pro bono

January 01, 2021

Simply put, we need more productive people to provide more help to more people. If living through this pandemic has taught us nothing else, at least we’ve learned how interconnected we truly are. To borrow a line from Disneyland, “It’s a small world after all.”

Diversity Event

ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center supports diverse students

January 01, 2021

What does the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center do? The better question might ask what doesn’t it do. Between awards, scholarships, programs, CLEs, webinars, networking events, and pipeline programs, the center’s entities work to strengthen networks of attorneys and civil rights professionals inside and outside the ABA.

Practicing Law With Civility

Student Lawyer: How to lead in your legal career with civility

November 18, 2020

Attorneys hold a unique position in society and have a responsibility to be peacemakers. That starts with practicing with civility. Here’s how to do your part. Learn how to be mindful of others—and be aware of when you're potentially being uncivil—in the latest issue of Student Lawyer magazine.

The rules of civil(ity) procedure

November 01, 2020

Imagine being a third-year associate and heading to your first deposition without a more senior lawyer from the firm. You’ve sat second chair countless times, led the deposition for clients with the aid of partners, written and argued dozens of motions, and now gained the self-confidence—as well as

Seeking civility during your job search

November 01, 2020

You open the glass doors and enter the law firm for your interview. A quick glance around and you notice the office-facing walls act more as windows. Staff smile as they walk around, giving you bright grins and promising looks. You think you’ve hit the utopia of law

Minimize microaggressions: How to avoid unintentional offenses

November 01, 2020

You’d have to have been cut off from all news for the past several years not to have heard the term microaggression. In its simplest terms, it’s an unintentional slight that’s usually based around someone’s identity. For Simon Tam, the term means disrespect. It’s an

Civility made simple: It's the right choice

November 01, 2020

There’s no shortage of incivility in the country today. On what seems like a daily basis, we’re witness to more divisiveness, more violence, and more ugly rhetoric than I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we, as lawyers and future lawyers,

Training tools you can use to achieve civility

November 01, 2020

For all the lawyer jokes out there, and despite there obviously being some particularly rude law students, legal educators, and practicing attorneys, many more regularly practice politeness, especially in their professional roles. Think, for example, of courtesies extended in courts, where attorneys must address judges

Incivility insights: Professor teaches using her own life experiences

November 01, 2020

As a law professor, I draw on upon my own encounters to educate students, of all races and creeds, about the importance of treating all people with decency and respect. I stress that people are individuals, and we are to be judged by the content of our character

Do you actually need a full-time job? Try freelance legal work

November 01, 2020

Many attorneys who want flexibility and freedom have turned to freelancing for meaningful, substantial legal work. Opportunities for freelance legal work have even increased recently as law firms suddenly needed help in both litigation and transactional work—especially as courts opened up after COVID-19-related closures.

Zoom School of Law: From meme to moneymaker

November 01, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, one clever law student transformed the distressing idea of online law school into a multi-thousand dollar organization. Sadie Hillier’s Zoom Law School merchandise raised more than $46,000,

Barbara McQuade

I Wish I'd Known: Barbara McQuade

November 01, 2020

If you want to do something, don’t wait to be asked. The invitation may never come. I’ve seen lawyers make this mistake again and again. They believe that if they’re highly qualified, someone will come and tap them on the shoulder to offer them business,

ABA adopts police reform, racial justice resolutions

November 01, 2020

Resolutions addressing qualified immunity for law enforcement officials, their use of lethal force, and hate crimes were among those passed by the ABA’s House of Delegates at its Annual Meeting in August.

The Pandemic Issue

Student Lawyer: The Pandemic Issue

September 24, 2020

Unlike the popular perception, lawyers have always been willing to help others. The pandemic is just the latest example. This issue of Student Lawyer Magazine looks at the summer of change for all its beauty.

Unlike the popular perception, lawyers have always been willing to help others. The pandemic is just the latest example.

Lawyers did good during the pandemic (as usual)

September 01, 2020

Lawyers do exceptional things every day. For many, that continued, even increased, during the pandemic. Throughout the country, lawyers mobilized to support their communities and, through their efforts, demonstrated their commitment to service and their community. Here are snapshots of how lawyers have changed lives with their volunteer work during the pandemic.

Pandemic Workspace

What we did on our summer (lockdown) vacation

September 01, 2020

COVID-19 has meant that law students have had to be creative. For months, sometimes even for years, they’ve developed networks to achieve the career they wanted. Then the pandemic happened. For some law students, things have worked out. Others, however, are still trying to find their best path.

Judy Perry Martinez and Trish Refo

ABA Leaders to law students: 'We hear you'

September 01, 2020

The future is uncertain for law students, and ABA Presidents Judy Perry Martinez and Trish Refo are leading the ABA in an effort to make it less so.