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Become a liaison: Be a leader in your area of interest!

September 18, 2020

Interested in serving as a liaison?  Know someone that may be interested?  The Law Student Division has a few open liaison positions. The ABA student liaison program immerses students into ABA leadership by placing them in ABA entities. There’s no better way to make connections with experienced

Judy Perry Martinez and Trish Refo

ABA Leaders to law students: 'We hear you'

September 01, 2020

The future is uncertain for law students, and ABA Presidents Judy Perry Martinez and Trish Refo are leading the ABA in an effort to make it less so.

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Ayat Nizam elected Chair of the 2020-2021 LSD Council

April 21, 2020

The Law Student Division has tabulated the results of its elections for the 2020-2021 Council—and some familiar faces are returning in new roles. Ayat Nizam, who served as Vice Chair, will move up to Chair. Her predecessor, Johnnie Nguyen, won his election for Law

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Former ABA President Hilarie Bass talks pro bono, wellness (podcast)

June 10, 2019

In this edition of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Kris Butler sits down with Hilarie Bass to discuss her career highlights and advice for today’s law students. Together, they explore her chosen path and what led her to become president of the American Bar Association.


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

Negeen and Matthew

Meet your next ABA Law Student Division officers: Chair, BOG rep

March 23, 2018

The votes have been counted, and the law schools have spoken. Now, we'd like to introduce you to the next Chair, Negeen Sadeghi-Mohaved, and the next Law Student At-Large on the ABA Board of Governors for the ABA Law Student Division, Matthew Wallace.

Start now to become tomorrow’s legal leader

January 01, 2018

Leadership is a skill that’s essential to most legal roles. As student now and shortly a new lawyer, you may think you’re not qualified to assume a leadership role today or when you land your first legal job because of youth, inexperience, or your short tenure on the job. However,

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Your second chance to become an ABA liaison

April 13, 2017

Our first round of applications for ABA Law Student Division liaison posts has ended – but we've still got plenty of ABA groups who want to work with you! So if you're looking for a leadership opportunity – and you will be a 2L or 3L next year – why are you waiting?

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Become a liaison and advance your career – and the profession

February 15, 2017

We're nearly two months into 2017. By now, you're probably thinking about summer internships and other ways to get ahead in some niche of the law profession. Here's one great opportunity you shouldn't miss – apply to become a liaison to an ABA practice specialty group for the 2017-2018 school

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When I was a law student and how the ABA Business Law Section helped me

September 22, 2016

The ABA Business Law Section would like to introduce you to our its 2016-2017 Chair, Bill Johnston. He participated in the section's Leader Spotlight to share his experiences when he was once a law student and how the ABA has helped him. Q: Where did you attend law school?

Michael Dumas (right) introduces panelists for the TIPS (Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section) breakfast at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

5 ways to maximize your ABA membership

September 01, 2016

MIchael Dumas, immediate past vice chair of the ABA Law Student Division, offers his advice on leveraging the more than 60 different practice, interest, and specialty groups to your career's advantage.

Members of the Law Student Division House of Delegates vote on resolutions at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Law Student Division tests new caucuses

September 01, 2016

Now that the Law Student Division has elected to alter its bylaws to cut the circuit governor structure and work more directly through the LSD Assembly, it’s a good time to reflect on the process and the division’s future.

Andrew Rhoden and Zac Berkstresser

Why you should become a division delegate

May 23, 2016

You have less than a month to apply to join the ABA Law Student Division's leadership team. There are four positions open – Vice Chair of Student Bar Associations and three division delegates to the ABA House of Delegates. Today, we'd like to talk about the

How to boss like a boss

How to boss like a boss

January 11, 2016

Horrible bosses aren’t always horrible people. Supervising others well can be a difficult skill to master, and it certainly isn’t taught in law schools. Following a few simple best practices can help you build a collaborative, supportive relationship with your support staff that will make the practice of law easier,

Get on board our Board of Governors

Get on board our Board of Governors

December 18, 2015

It's that time of year when we start looking toward the 2016-2017 school year. And that means we're looking for the next set of leaders for the Law Student Division. Do you want to lead, advocate, and shape policy on a national scale? Feel like networking with prominent attorneys and law

Welcome to the new ABA for Law Students

Welcome to the new ABA for Law Students

December 02, 2015

Fellow law students, legal career job-hunters, and aspiring attorneys, I’d like to welcome you to our new ABA Law Student Division website and our Student Lawyer blog. Here you’ll find useful tools like a leads on jobs and internships, free and quality Quimbee study aids, and practical advice featured

It Is Critical for Women and Minorities to Find Mentors, Sponsors

December 14, 2014

By Lisa M. Passante Lisa M. Passante is vice president and associate general counsel for Thomson Reuters in its Philadelphia office, where she is the senior US-based legal advisor to the Intellectual Property & Science business unit. She is currently serving as president of the National Association of Women Lawyers for

New National Officers Take the Reins

September 02, 2014

By Nicole Israel. The new team of national officers has taken the reins for the upcoming 2014–2015 school year. This dynamic group brings a diverse set of backgrounds, skills, and interests to the ABA Law Student Division. They say they are ready to lead the board with the hard work and

Leadership Starts from the Heart

December 01, 2013

By Lisa Holton. Jillian Berndt, 3L at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, probably won’t have much trouble adjusting to a busy schedule as an associate once she gets a job. Since her first year, she’s carried a full academic load while serving in officer positions in both her school’s

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