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Law Clerks

New initiative seeks to boost diversity of law clerks in the federal judiciary

July 08, 2020

Federal clerkships, for better or worse, are often seen as a gateway to many of the country’s top-tier legal jobs. Sadly, it comes as no surprise that diversity among law clerks in the federal judiciary is disproportionately low. Even though minorities increasingly make up a growing percentage of law school graduates nationwide, and

Act Now

Students take to Twitter to demand racial equality

July 01, 2020

The killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade brought long overdue conversations about anti-Black racism—and police brutality against Black communities—into the mainstream. But at the University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, it took hundreds of emails from

Bostock v. Clayton County

In a Nutshell: What Bostock means for LGBTQ+ workers

June 29, 2020

We’ve all been there. The social version of a “cold call.” Your friends ask about a headline you haven’t had any time to read about. Maybe you were working, or maybe you were just enjoying time away from reading lengthy opinions. Whatever the reason

Trans Pride Flag

I’m Nicole: A law student and trans woman

June 29, 2020

July 5, 2019, I came to the striking realization that I’m a trans woman. And since that day I’ve lived the life I’ve always wanted to live. Albeit sober and in law school—which are challenges in and of themselves. So. Yay me. Starting London Tipton.

Discussion Group

Want to change the law? Change law school

June 17, 2020

Bright students pay on average $43,020 dollars annually to become the world-changing attorneys they see in the news—those creating stay-at-home orders to halt the spread of COVID-19 or calling for the end of the qualified immunity doctrine to reduce police brutality against communities of color. To get into law school, these students

Black Student in Class

A letter to my white classmates

June 12, 2020

I’m your classmate, and I’m Black. I was Black before I enrolled, and I will be Black after we graduate. Can you count how many Black classmates you’ve had throughout the years? Can you name them? I can count how many Black students I’ve

Diverse Innovation Staff

'Diversity and Inclusion': Understanding buzzwords and moving beyond them toward innovation

February 21, 2020

The words “diversity” and “inclusion” (as well as “equity” and “justice”) are often buzzwords in today’s workplace, on social media, and in classrooms across law and other graduate schools across the country. For those who come from historically (and currently) marginalized backgrounds, especially people of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities,

Miosotti Tenecora

The importance of pipeline programs: I would not be here without them

September 09, 2019

As a first-generation college graduate, I did not know what kind of doors a college degree or a graduate degree could open. Coming from an economically disadvantaged background, I did not have the resources or the tools to leverage a college degree or graduate degree. At my local

Florida State College of Law

The envelopes please: Announcing the 2019 Law Student Division Awards

July 29, 2019

The ABA Law Student Division is proud to announce the winners of the yearly Law Student Division Awards. Congratulations to this year's winners, who will be recognized at our ABA Annual Meeting awards breakfast held in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Division on

Diversity

Make diversity part of your bar group's future plans—it's essential!

March 19, 2019

As bar leaders, lawyers can successfully integrate diversity into your bar, into your leadership, and into your future plans for your organization. Today, I’m happy to talk about how you as bar leaders can successfully integrate diversity into your bar, into your leadership, and into

Diversity-Podcast

Looking for real changes for real diversity in the legal world (podcast)

February 14, 2019

What unique challenges to people of color face in the legal profession and what can be done to effectively address these issues? In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Kristoffer Butler talks to Jerome Crawford and Tiffany Buckley-Norwood about how the legal profession can become more welcoming for

Choices

Joining a law firm? Choose the right one for you with these 4 tips

November 29, 2018

How does one tell if a firm is truly committed to diversity and inclusion? While many firms tout their commitment to service, diversity and inclusion, and professional development of its junior attorneys, law students should consider the following tips when evaluating a firm’s culture to determine if it is the right fit.

Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson's blueprint for his year as ABA president

August 07, 2018

All ABA presidents are sworn to follow the policies of our Association, adopted by our House of Delegates. We value due process and democratic input with the consensus of state and local bar associations from every state, plus specialty bar associations and the ABA’s full range of expertise from all our sections and divisions. Yes, we are driven by ideology, but let’s be clear what our ideology is.

Diversity

Join us on Friday for our annual meeting diversity roundtable

August 02, 2018

Learn all about "Increasing Diversity Competence: How Office Culture Promotes Good Working Relations" on Friday morning at 9 a.m. during annual meeting events with the Law Student Division. Come and listen to this panel of attorneys talk about their experiences with diverse workplaces, office relations, client connections, and how the legal

Diversity

5 ways law students can interrupt implicit bias

May 29, 2018

Let me tell you a story about implicit bias. In 2009, I married a man I met the first day of law school. He is white. I am black. In 2010, we moved to Chicago. By various measures, Chicago is the most segregated city in the United States. Specifically, for

Implicit Bias

Confronting implicit bias: What law firms can learn from Starbucks

May 29, 2018

Implicit bias is pervasive.  It is a consequence of our brains’ quest for efficiency.  Instead of laboring over every decision we need to make each day, our brains take shortcuts when making routine decisions.  For example, each time you stop at a red light you don’t contemplate what that means

Grutter v. Bollinger

Promoting diversity? It's Constitutional! (Grutter v. Bollinger)

April 06, 2018

Barbara Grutter was a successful business owner with excellent academic credentials. In 1997, Grutter applied to the University of Michigan Law School. Grutter was ultimately rejected from the program. Grutter, who was white, argued that the denial amounted to racial discrimination.

Women Graduates

Where women go (and don't go) to law school, 2018

March 30, 2018

Once again, 2017 data reveals that female enrollment in law schools has outpaced male enrollment. 2016 was the first year women made up the majority of law school attendees, and now 51.3% of women are attending in comparison to 48.7% of men. It is a significant achievement that women have caught up in terms of law school enrollment – for the second year in a row.

Diverse Professionals

'Diverse neutrals' in dispute resolution and ABA 113's impact on young lawyers and law students

March 20, 2018

Most civil disputes settle or are resolved out of court, which creates space for more young lawyers and law students to pursue careers in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). There is also a need to increase opportunities for diverse lawyers to serve as neutrals and represent people in ADR processes. This article explores the barriers to inclusion for diverse attorneys in the legal profession and means to overcome them. It also discusses practical steps diverse young lawyers and law students can take to access opportunities in mediation practice. Discussions on these topics will continue during the Section on Dispute Resolution’s 20th Annual Spring Conference April 4-7 in Washington, DC.

Division-Update

Revising accreditation standards for greater transparency for incoming law students

March 02, 2018

We, the American Bar Association Law Student Division Council affirm that the American Bar Association can and should do more to protect potential law students and current law students as they seek to enter the legal profession. We also affirm that greater transparency, achieved through accreditation rules, will ensure that students can make informed decisions. We, thus, call for the Council of the Section of Legal Education (“Council”) to increase the reporting requirements already authorized under Standard 509.

Google

Mr. Damore's folly: Aftermath of a manifesto

August 08, 2017

Yesterday, Google terminated a Googler who wrote a “manifesto” against “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.”  This is not surprising.  That said, the belief that Google only did so because of its “politically correct monoculture” either fails to see the significant problems in the memo or intentionally glosses over them

Future-Of-Law

Dear law student: The future of law is now

June 07, 2017

The Future Is Now. Not only is that title prophetic, it was also the name of a conference hosted by my organization, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, last month. Held in the Art Institute of Chicago, we welcomed almost 400 attorneys to a series of TED talks