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May 01, 2014

By Mathew Kerbis Thank you for an incredible year. This year, the Law Student Division continued to meet the needs of law students. New issues reared their heads, as they often do, and the Division addressed them directly. Overwhelmingly, students requested the ability to be paid and receive class credit as

Students Competed and Questioned a Retired Justice in the Florida Sun

May 01, 2014

By Adrian Peguese Adrian Peguese, a 2L at University of South Carolina School of Law, is the 2013–2014 Law Student Division Liaison to theABA Forum on Communication Law. A moot court competition, a Q & A with retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and the Miami sun? It all happened

Secret Lawyer: From the Courtroom to the Beach

May 01, 2014

After graduating from the John Marshall Law School, Michael Palermo spent two-and-a-half years representing labor unions at a Chicago law firm. He later worked for the state of Illinois, prosecuting doctors, dentists, and other professionals. After returning to private practice to handle construction litigation and personal injury cases, Palermo eventually

In Brief: Taking the bar exam in July? Here’s what not to obsess over:

May 01, 2014

If you’re a 3L who’s gearing up for the bar exam this summer, it might seem like obsessing and studying are one and the same. Not so, writes Lee Burgess, in a post called “Four bar exam obsessions (you could do without)” at Solo Practice University ( Burgess, a private bar

I Wish I'd Known - Kathlynn Smith

May 01, 2014

By Kathlynn Smith. Kathlynn Smith is a partner at Hunt Ortmann in Pasadena, California. She specializes in construction and general business litigation. Kathlynn has successfully represented owners, developers, contractors, and subcontractors in a wide variety of matters relating to contract administration and construction claims. She places a particular emphasis on construction claims

Champion Against Abuse

May 01, 2014

Chavez was raised in Mexico City before moving to Washington State as a grade-schooler. Growing up, Chavez realized she wanted to serve one the most vulnerable segments of the population—victims of domestic abuse. “I wanted to help provide services for those who didn’t have access to legal representation,” Chavez said. “For

Take a Step Back and Reflect on Your Skills

May 01, 2014

As another semester winds down, some law students will graduate and begin bar review. Rising 2L and 3L students will head for summer jobs, summer school, or study abroad. Now is an ideal time to step back from your academics and consider the important skills that you have learned. Those

Eliminate Zombie Nouns and Minimize Passive Voice

May 01, 2014

One thing you’re certain to be doing in a law-related job is writing. So take every word you write seriously. You’ll be judged by your words. At the sentence level, two perils can spoil your writing: zombie nouns and passive voice. You need to be thoroughly familiar with them, or else

Arbitration Program

Refining Your Career Aspirations

May 01, 2014

What do you plan to do with your law degree? This question evokes tremors of anxiety in many law students because either they don’t know or they thought they knew but their interests are now expanding rather than narrowing. Relax. You don’t need to define “forever,” today, but you do