Your interest in policy, content creation, and keeping records are going to set you apart in this role.
You will be working with a few different groups within the ABA during your term like the Division’s editorial boards to help create Student Lawyer magazine and the Student Lawyer blog, the ABA House of Delegates to develop and vote on policy, and of course, the members who you will engage with directly through forms of communication like social media and the podcast among others.
- Time commitment: 10-15 hours weekly.
- Election Method: Elected in March by an electronic vote of the Assembly.
- Officer-Elect Period: Serves immediately upon election in a non-voting, Officer-Elect capacity on the Council through the conclusion of the next ABA Annual Meeting in August.
- Term: Assumes the official one-year term starting at the next Annual Meeting through the following Annual Meeting (August to August).
- Membership Level: Must be a Premium Law Student Division member.
You must complete the application form in its entirety, including the required attachments:
- Your Required Certification Form PDF
- Statement/resume PDF
- Headshot image
- Publicly available video statement link (optional, 5 minute maximum time limit, and not needed for editorial positions)
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021 at 11:59 AM Central Time. No exceptions will be granted.
Law Student Division Delegate of Communication’s responsibilities include:
- Liaise between the Division and the Association staff with respect to the retention and maintenance of books, records, papers, documents, and information in any form, and other property pertaining to the work of the Division.
- Keep record of the proceedings of all meetings of the membership of the Division, the Assembly, the Division Council, and the presidents of the student bar associations, and make records accessible to membership.
- Serve on editorial board of the Student Lawyer magazine to review copy and provide comment.
- Host or help to choose the host of the ABA Law Student Podcast with Legal Talk Network Producers and Chair.
- Appoint and oversee in consultation with the Division staff and the Chair any nonvoting, non-traveling LSD communications & publications appointees such as Student Lawyer Editor and any specialized communications positions created by the Chair.
- Represent the Division in the Association House of Delegates.
- Inform the Division Council of actions taken by senior bar entities.
- Work with the Chair to execute the Division’s legislative agenda.
- Oversee and communicate regularly with the Council, liaisons to ABA entities, and Assembly.
- Solicit the opinion of the Division Council and Assembly on matters subject to vote in the House of Delegates and abide by instructions of the Assembly regarding such matters.
- Keep the Assembly informed of votes and activities on behalf of the Division.
- Keep the membership of the Division informed of matters of the Association pertaining to law students.
- Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.
This position is expected to attend the following in-person events or meetings. Travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division, subject to guidelines.
- ABA Annual Meeting in August 2021
- Fall SCOM Meeting in October 2021
- ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2022
- Spring SCOM Meeting in April 2022
- Spring YLD Meeting in May 2022
To be certified as a candidate for Delegate, an individual must be:
- A law student attending an ABA-approved law school;
- An ABA Law Student Division member for the current bar year by the filing deadline;
- A Premium Law Student Division member
- A law student in good standing at law school (not on academic probation or suspension) during the academic year;
- A law student who has not received his/her first degree in law;
- A law student attending law school during the academic year subsequent to June 1, 2021;
- A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All nomination forms must be approved and signed by each candidate’s dean; and
- A law student who is in compliance with the submission deadlines and requirements.