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I Challenge You . . .

November 01, 2014

By Jenn Bartick Indiana University— Robert H. McKinney School of Law Vice Chair, ABA Law Student Division j.bartick@me.com As we prepare to embark on a new chapter in our book of Life as a Law Student, I urge you to challenge yourself. For some, this may be chapter one and for others it may

Training students to be aware of implicit bias

November 01, 2014

By Nicole Israel Cindy Dinh, a 2L at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, intends to show that integration is everyone’s fight. “We want to promote an environment where everyone feels included and becomes self-aware of how their words and actions affect members of their community,” Dinh said. Dinh is

EIGHTH CIRCUIT: Kylie Oversen: Woman to Watch in North Dakota

November 01, 2014

By Courtney Carroll. While many second-year law students are licking their wounds from their first year in law school, Kylie Oversen, a 2L at University of North Dakota School of Law, is preparing to accept her award as North Dakota Women’s Network Woman of the Year. The North Dakota Women’s Network presents

Vice Chair-SBA Josephine Bahn Outlines Key Goals

November 01, 2014

By Terrence Jane II. The ABA Law Student Division elected Josephine Bahn, a 3L from New York Law School, to serve as the new vice chair of the Student Bar Association. Bahn assumes the many duties and responsibilities that come with the vice chair-SBA position. These duties include maintaining the records of

New Division Delegates Discuss Priorities for Term

November 01, 2014

By Iris Gutiérrez Berríos Iris Gutiérrez Berríos, a 3L at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, is the Law Student Division’s Seventh Circuit lieutenant governor of communications. The ABA Law Student Division recently announced the election of three new Division delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston. The delegates are

Coaching Google Execs (Among Others)

November 01, 2014

When Michael Melcher entered the joint JD/MBA program at Stanford University, he had “no clear view” of what he wanted to do. But having worked in the US Foreign Service before law school, he was interested in public policy and international work. After graduating in 1994, he joined the securities practice

In Brief: Time to assess your tech tools?

November 01, 2014

Time to assess your tech tools? If you’re a 1L, and you didn’t buy yourself a brand-new laptop before school started . . . good for you. Why? Now that you’re a few months in, you have a much better picture of what it is you really need: a laptop that’s lightweight and

On Disrupting the Formula for Failure and Not Becoming a Monster

November 01, 2014

By Jeff B. Cohen Jeff B. Cohen is a partner at entertainment law firm Cohen Gardner LLP based in Beverly Hills, California. In 2013, he was named to Variety ’s Dealmakers Impact Report. He has been profiled by theHollywood Reporter, the ABA Journal, Chambers Associate, LawCrossing, and others. He regularly authors

Bringing the Healing Power of Yoga to Houston’s Homeless

November 01, 2014

By Kinnari M. Bhojani. When not juggling a full law school course load, Jonathan Chatham, a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center, spends time addressing the wellness needs of Houston’s homeless. Chatham has pledged to devote 200 hours toward improving access to health care through the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship,

How to Choose Your Courses Wisely

November 01, 2014

Wise choices of law school courses can optimize grades and increase preparation for the bar exam and future legal practice.

The Case for Streamlining Citations

November 01, 2014

A pressing issue in legal writing: We must—absolutely must—develop a short-form method for citing cases, even in a first reference to a case. Given where things stood 20 years ago—when virtually all legal writers stuffed their cumbersome citations mid-text and often mid-sentence—I’m delighted by how many courts have taken to

Been There, Done That—Stand Out with Practical Training

November 01, 2014

Are you making choices that will keep you competitive in the job market? Legal employers are calling for “practice-ready” graduates who can hit the ground running when it comes to performing on the job. The economics of practice disfavor past-used training structures where new attorneys tagged along to depositions, meetings,

The Perks of Specializing

November 01, 2014

Laura D’Angelo is smiling in the winners’ circle at the Kentucky Derby as the news cameras roll. Paul Levine is walking along the Venice Beach, California, boardwalk in shorts and sandals, talking to someone about a new book. Mary Grieco is at a private fashion show in Manhattan, getting a

Training a New Breed of Lawyers

November 01, 2014

By Ed Finkel. Interviewing clients, meeting their families, filing affidavits, and attending hearings with supervising attorneys on various matters were all part of Katherine Klein’s hands-on educational experience. Klein spent her last two years at Northwestern University School of Law handling cases for the school’s Bluhm Legal Clinic in between juggling