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Practice Your Leadership Skills within the ABA

January 01, 2013

By Raychelle A. Tasher. I agree with the great football coach Vince Lombardi when he says that leaders are made through hard work. How else are we going to develop leadership skills without being challenged? As vice chair of the ABA Law Student

A Tribute to Gary Munneke: Professor, Mentor, and Friend

January 01, 2013

Gary A. Munneke, a longtime American Bar Association member and professor at Pace School of Law in White Plains, New York, passed away on November 22, 2012. Professor Munneke was a dedicated member of the profession, mentor, and friend to many. “Gary was a great friend, co-author, and mentor. Gary

At the Forefront of Change in the Criminal Justice Arena

January 01, 2013

By Artist Hicks Artist Hicks, a 2L from Florida A&M University College of Law, is the 2012–13 Law Student Division liaison to the Criminal Justice Section. As the 2012–13 student liaison to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, I implore students who have an interest in pressing issues facing today’s

Student Works to Secure ABA Membership for Law School Class

January 01, 2013

By Marilyn Cavicchia Marilyn Cavicchia is a staff editor at the American Bar Association. As ABA representative at Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Law, Clifton Martin was pleasantly surprised by something he learned about in Chicago this past August at the association’s Annual Meeting: a program that offers ABA membership, at

Spring Circuit Meetings: What, When, Where, and Why to Attend

January 01, 2013

By Candace M. Ruocco Candace M. Ruocco is a 3L at Saint Louis University School of Law. While wise people say “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” the wisest people append to that adage “except when you’re in law school.” If you’re interested in free opportunities, including and far surpassing

VALOR at Wake Law

January 01, 2013

By Candace M. Ruocco Candace M. Ruocco is a 3L at Saint Louis University School of Law. After two tours in Vietnam, one veteran waited decades to hear five simple words: “thank you for your service.” Last February, former Army Captain Mike Miranda gave Army Major Gen. Gil Beck those thanks––along with

Look Out, Gophers

January 01, 2013

After graduating from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1993, Phil Ginsburg became a union-side attorney at Carroll, Burdick & McDonough in San Francisco. It was a job he got, at least in part,

Legal decisions have real human consequences.

January 01, 2013

Legal decisions have real human consequences. I wish I had known how much of my legal education would happen outside the classroom. Law school, particularly in the first year, does an excellent job of teaching you the finer points of complex procedure and abstract formalities. But learning to “spot the issue”

Life's Journey Leads Student to Health Policy Law

January 01, 2013

By Eileen M. Laux. Law school was always in the back of Thomas DeLorenzo’s mind. His father was an attorney, but he figured maybe acting was more fitting for him. But DeLorenzo’s life changed when his partner, David, lost his battle with AIDS. David told him that he would go on

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Evaluating Your First Semester Study Habits

January 01, 2013

Realize that everyone’s grades can improve each semester by honing study strategies. Students who did well can do even better. Students who ended up in the middle of the class can improve. And students whose grades placed them on academic probation can turn things around. Changes in study habits can mean

An Ethical Duty to Use the Internet?

January 01, 2013

But as a practicing lawyer, you may have an ethical responsibility to use the Internet and social media as tools to actually help you in your practice. Obviously, a great deal of attorney advertising, business generation, and client communication occurs over the Internet, and these uses raise their own ethical

Legal Recruiters: Fact vs. Fiction

January 01, 2013

In an effort to lighten the load and get some help on the job hunt, both law students and new lawyers reviewing the resources available to them often wonder about recruiters. Do recruiters work with law students? Who are they and what do they really do? Are they worth it?

LinkedIn® or Locked Out

January 01, 2013

You’ve heard it before. The decisions you make on social media sites can damage your professional reputation. Career services offices remind new law students every fall: Be careful. Keep it private. Shut it down. Don’t offer photographic evidence of your lapses in judgment. All sound recommendations. But the advice here

Taxes, Student Loans, and the Bottom Line

January 01, 2013

Many people take care in preparing a tax return so that they do not pay more tax than is required. Not only can careful tax preparation minimize the amount of tax you pay, but it can also influence your monthly student loan payments. What specific tax considerations do student loan

I Wish I'd Known - Deval Patrick

January 01, 2013

By Deval Patrick Deval Patrick is governor of Massachusetts and served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President Clinton. He is his state’s first African American governor and the nation’s first African American governor to be re-elected. Patrick graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was president of the