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Former Navy Pilot Succeeds in Law School

February 01, 2013

By Eileen M. Laux. With a stellar military background, McCollough is currently a fourth-year student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. She grew up going to air shows and slowly started to notice that she never saw female pilots. Her dream of becoming a pilot started to

Transactional Law Research

February 01, 2013

A focus on litigation in TV and movies is unsurprising in that the courtroom provides a stage for drama. What is surprising is that law schools, the training ground for real lawyers, have traditionally shared a similar focus on litigation. This is problematic because many law students will become transactional

Navigating the Mentor-Mentee Relationship

February 01, 2013

Depending on the relationship and the moment, they may serve as your cheerleader, coach, reality check, therapist, and/or teacher—and who doesn’t need one or all of those from time to time? I find four compelling reasons, among many others, that make it particularly important for you to establish mentor-mentee relationships: The

Speak of the Dictionary

February 01, 2013

First, as I was lecturing with Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, January 5, he paused to admonish the professional audience to read the “front matter” of their dictionaries. He pointed out that in a judicial opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer mistakenly suggested that the first definition in the Oxford English Dictionary

The Other Legal Jobs

February 01, 2013

Although the employment market remains soft, there are opportunities for those who pay attention to the businesses and industries that are weathering the recession—particularly those that might be expected to show growth in the near future and those that value a legal background. Many of these opportunities lie outside the traditional

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Exploring Growing Areas of Law

February 01, 2013

By Janan Hanna. Building on Student Lawyer’s article about hot practice areas (February 2012), this year we examine three areas of law that are starting to grow because of changing demographics, health care reform, and a poor economy. While major change is often scary, if you step back and look at

Celebrating Strength in Diversity

February 01, 2013

ByJames C. Manning James C. Manning, a 2L at the University of Virginia School of Law, is Division Delegate. The ABA and Law Student Division have long recognized that diversity is a strength. At the Annual Meeting last August, the Law Student Division was one of three entities honored with the Commission

Mental Health Day

February 01, 2013

ByEileen M. Laux Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer. Mark March 27 on the calendar. The ABA Law Student Division has selected that day as the official National Mental Health Day at law schools across the country. Law schools are encouraged

Juvenile Justice

February 01, 2013

ByAndrea Erwin Potter Andrea Erwin Potter, a 4L at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Criminal Justice Section’s Juvenile Justice Committee. The ABA’s Criminal Justice Section is the “unified voice of criminal justice.” As part of the section, the Juvenile Justice Committee

Learn More about Communications Law

February 01, 2013

ByRob Walker Rob Walker, a 3L at University of California Hastings College of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Forum Committee on Communications Law. The ABA Forum Committee on Communications Law exists to promote discussion of problems relating to the legal counseling and representation of print, broadcast, online,

Start Planning Now for Diversity Day

February 01, 2013

ByLucas LaRose and Jamila Young   Lucas LaRose, a 3L at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, is 15th Circuit Governor and cochair of the Division’s Diversity Committee. Jamila Young, a 3L at Florida A&M University College of Law, is 5th Circuit Governor and cochair of the Diversity Committee. This

An Indie Publishing Evangelist

February 01, 2013

Barry Eisler entered Cornell Law School as part of what he jokingly calls the YEP—the Youth Extension Program. “My parents thought, rightly so, that I lacked direction,” Eisler recalls. “My choice was not sufficiently bold or imaginative. My passions hadn’t emerged yet, so I took the path of least resistance.” He

In Brief: Practice now for a better bar exam result later

February 01, 2013

Practice now for a better bar exam result later When Lee Burgess, an adjunct law professor and one-on-one bar exam tutor, talks to a potential new client who has failed the bar exam, one of the first things she asks is how much the would-be lawyer practiced for it. Not just

I Wish I'd Known - Lucy Lee Helm

February 01, 2013

By Lucy Lee Helm. Lucy Lee Helm is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Starbucks. She leads the company’s Law & Corporate Affairs department and L&CA’s Litigation and Brand protection team, which involves litigation, intellectual property, marketing and communications, and regulatory and government affairs. Helm received both her BA