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Division Delegates on . . .

February 01, 2015

By Lara Marie B. Edmonds, Ryan Meyerhoff, Bennett E. Resnik In 2008, the ABA House of Delegates, the Association’s legislative body, adopted four big goals. ABA Goal III: Eliminate Bias and Enhance Diversity, one of those goals, has two objectives: promote full and equal participation in the Association, our profession, and

Love your iPad or other device? Here’s some great news

February 01, 2015

Say you do most of your reading on an iPad, laptop, or other device, and you tend to write as if it will be read that way, too. You’re going to have to change that before your first court appearance as a new lawyer—right? Maybe not. Judges are people, too, and just

ELEVENTH CIRCUIT: Aiding Women and Children Facing Deportation

February 01, 2015

By Ryan Tilley Ryan Tilley is a 2L at Drexel University School of Law in Philadelphia. Students and faculty members from American University Washington College of Law’s (WCL) Immigrant Justice and International Human Rights Law Clinics traveled to New Mexico to work with detainees in the Artesia Temporary Facility for Adults with

FIFTH CIRCUIT: Shayna Hudson: Caribbean Bar Association’s Rising Star

February 01, 2015

By Nii-Amaa Ollennu Nii-Amaa Ollennu, a 3L at Univeristy of Idaho College of Law in Moscow, is 12th circuit lieutenant governor of membership and communications for the ABA Law Student Division and president of his school’s Student Bar Association. This past October,

Tackling Mental Health Issues

February 01, 2015

By Rick Ma Rick Ma is a 3L at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California, and the project director of the ABA Law Student Division Mental Health Initiative. Have questions, ideas, or need advice? Email Ma atrma@poets.whittier.edu. What do doctors, attorneys,

LIAISON EXCLUSIVE: ABA Commission on Disability Rights

February 01, 2015

By Daniel Van Sant Here, Daniel Van Sant, liaison to the ABA Commission on Disability Rights and a 2L at Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, New York, weighs in on key trends, future industry forcast, and more. Law Student Division Liaisons act as ambassadors to the greater ABA, representing the

In Search of the Real Roberts Court

February 01, 2015

By Stephen Wermiel Stephen Wermiel (swermiel@wcl.american.edu), a professor of practice at American University Washington College of Law, teaches constitutional law and a course on the Supreme Court. He covered the Supreme Court for the Wall Street Journal from 1979 to 1991 and is past chair of the ABA Section of Individual

Live in X but Want to Work in Y? Here’s How to Make the Leap

February 01, 2015

So you have decided to look for opportunities beyond your current law school’s typical geographic footprint. Or you’ve become so passionate about a practice focus that you are willing to go anywhere to practice. Here’s some practical tips for helping you figure that out. The first thing you need to do

Public Service Loan Forgiveness 101

February 01, 2015

Interested in a public service career? Afraid you won’t be able to afford your student loan payments? Law graduates can afford to pursue lower-paying public interest positions in spite of student loan debt thanks to federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness and a variety of loan repayment assistance programs. If you

Hang On to Your Hustle

February 01, 2015

By Tim Hwang. During the first few weeks of 1L year, my class was treated (as I imagine most were) to a short welcome from the dean of our law school. After going through the well-worn tropes of law schools as an institution (“this place is here to teach you how

Secret Lawyer: Meet the Brains Behind North America’s Music Festival Scene

February 01, 2015

By entering law school, Simon Rust Lamb was launching a second career. After college, he’d already started his own indie music label and worked as a freelance journalist for music magazines. So when he graduated from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007, entertainment law was a natural specialty. After

A Magazine Maven on a Mission: Empowering West African Girls

February 01, 2015

By Leanna H. Cannafax Leanna H. Cannafax is a 3L at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi, where she serves as editor in chief of The Legal Eye. Cannafax is also a representative of the ABA Law Student Division. Fatmata S. Kabia is no ordinary third-year law student. Balancing her

Let’s Hit the Links?

February 01, 2015

By Mark Cooney Mark Cooney (cooneym@cooley.edu) is a professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, where he teaches research and writing and advanced writing. On the ninth hole at Blackacre Golf Club, two first-year law students indulge in a rare moment of relaxation: “Ya gonna waggle and twitch until I’m eligible for

Law students networking.

How to Network Effectively in Different Scenarios

February 01, 2015

By Katherine A. Erwin Some people are natural networkers, and basically network all the time: in line at the grocery, at the airport, on the sidelines at a softball game. For those who don’t do it automatically, I want to touch on three different categories of networking you should be aware

Raise Awareness About Diversity Day

February 01, 2015

By Rosa Sosa-Vargas Rosa Sosa-Vargas, a 2L at Arizona Summit Law School in Phoenix, is 15th Circuit Governor and Diversity Committee Chair of the ABA Law Student Division. The legal profession is constantly improving its efforts to recognize diversity in the different legal communities around the country. The Law Student Division also

Adventurers Sought in Rural America

February 01, 2015

By Karen Schwartz Karen Schwartz (writerks@sbcglobal.net) is a freelance journalist and business writer based in Oak Park, Illinois. You may seek work at a firm in a large city where you’re paid handsomely, specialize in one type of law, and there’s a Starbucks on every corner where you can grab a cup