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HOPE at the University of Miami School of Law

January 01, 2012

By Ambika Sahni.Each year at the ABA Annual Meeting, the Law Student Division presents the Judy M. Weightman Memorial Public Interest Award to a law school or individual to honor them for their strong commitment to public interest.Last summer in , the award went to the HOPE Public Interest Resource

Annoying the Judge: Recent Examples of What Not to Do in Federal Court

January 01, 2012

Most judges are reasonable people, trying to do their jobs and solve the problems that come up in their courtrooms. But sometimes judges get pushed to the limit by attorney behavior that reflects a lack of attention to professionalism. Some interesting orders and opinions result.For instance, in a recent, much

Law and Medicine

Combining Law and Medicine

January 01, 2012

One stereotype about lawyers is they chase ambulances. When she graduates in 2016, Southern Illinois University School of Law 2L Joyce Yong will have the opportunity to ride in one. Yong is a dual-degree-seeking student at Southern Illinois pursing both her JD and an MD.“[I] would love to practice medicine

Hang On! Legal Careers Can Take Wonderful Twists and Turns

January 01, 2012

I have a Peanuts© comic sitting on my desk where Charlie Brown asks Linus if he knows what he wants to be when he grows up. Linus responds quite simply: “Outrageously happy!” Worrying about class rank, student loans, and job searches makes it easy to forget that the goal of

Different Paths

What You Can Do with a Law Degree (Besides Practice Law)

January 01, 2012

As a graduating law student with a couple of law firm job offers in hand, I was walking down the hall past the dean’s office at my law school when the dean’s secretary called to me to say that the dean wanted to see me. Ushered into his office, I

Schools Respond to Shifts in Legal Landscape

January 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 5 ByEd Finkel Ed Finkel is a freelance writer/editor in Evanston, Illinois. The rapid technological, economic, and cultural changes sweeping through the legal profession at the dawn of the 21st century have left forward-thinking educators pondering ways to better prepare their students, particularly 3Ls, for the new realities they will

Officially Speaking

January 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 5 ByLauren AcquavivaLauren Acquaviva is Vice Chair of the ABA Law Student Division. NEW YEAR, NEW BEGINNINGSThe year 2012 has arrived and it’s time to take control over your future! Some of you have just completed your first semester of law school, while others are preparing for your final

Circuit Board

January 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 4Compiled byMatthew Gorney 1st Circuit Northeastern University School of Law was selected by the Boston Bar Association as the 2011 recipient of the Beacon Award for Diversity. The award “recognizes exceptional leadership in creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession that has had a significant impact in Massachusetts

Liaison Notebook - Stay at the Forefront of Labor and Employment Law

January 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 5 ByJoe SullivanJoe Sullivan, a 3L at the University of Notre Dame Law School, is the 2011–12 Law Student Division liaison to the Section of Labor and Employment Law. Labor and employment law has been at the forefront of public attention in the past year. From public sector employee

Liaison Notebook: Begin Networking with IP Lawyers

January 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 5 ByFrancisco GonzálezFrancisco González, a student from DePaul University College of Law, is the 2011–12 Law Student Division liaison to the Section of Intellectual Property Law. The Section of Intellectual Property Law (IPL) is an invaluable resource for students interested in intellectual property. As a student member of the

Loyola Law School LA Wins Diversity Award

January 01, 2012

Vol. 40 No. 5 ByDaniel SellDaniel Sell is a 2L at Capital University Law School. The Dean Henry J. Ramsey Jr. Diversity Award was presented to Loyola Law School Los Angeles during the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto last August. The school’s Student Bar Association Diversity Week Committee won the award for its

Courtroom to Dressing Room

January 01, 2012

After majoring in political science and international relations in college, Adam Beltzman then––in what he calls an “autopilot decision”––enrolled at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law.“I wasn’t one of those people who wanted to save the world,” Beltzman recalls. “I figured I’d either be a businessman like my grandfather or

I Wish I'd Known - Mary L. Smith

January 01, 2012

By Mary L. SmithMary L. Smith is president-elect of the National Native American Bar Association and was the first Native American woman to be elected to the ABA’s Board of Governors. She was the highest-ranking Native American in the Clinton White House. In 2012, she will receive the Spirit of


Exam Review Begins Now

January 01, 2012

There are techniques to improve your exam results in May. If you implement them diligently, your grades can increase with any exam format.