Not only will you join your peers on the Law Student Division Council, but you will also be a voting member of the ABA Board of Governors and ABA House of Delegates. Meaning, you have some serious power. In this role, you cannot forget Uncle Ben’s warning, “With great power, comes great responsibility,” because you are the liaison between the students and the greater ABA when it comes to initiatives and changes being made in the ABA.
Your previous organizational leadership experience will come in handy in this position. A lot of your time will also be spent working closely with the high ranking officials in the ABA, so your punctuality, articulate communication, and positive attitude will help you succeed.
- Time commitment: 15-20 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, 2020 at 11:59 AM Central Time. No exceptions will be granted.
Law Student Division Member of the ABA Board of Governors:
- As directed by the Division leadership, promotes Law Student Division positions to the ABA Board of Governors.
- Works with the ABA Board of Governors on adoption of Division initiatives and initiatives directly affecting law students filed with the ABA Board of Governors.
- Attending and representing the Division to the ABA House of Delegates sessions at the Midyear and Annual Meetings.
- Vote as a member of the ABA House of Delegates.
- Work with the Division Delegates to coordinate advocacy strategy on behalf of the Division in the House.
- Informs the Division Council of actions pending before the Board, as well as any action taken by the Board, at the conclusion of each of the ABA Board of Governors meetings.
- Seeks out and informs the Division Council of any pending resolutions before the Board that the Division may be interested in supporting.
- Serves on an ABA Board of Governors’ Committee designated by the Board, and at the Board’s request, and must prepare to participate in the duties involved therein.
- Works with the Division Chair and other council members to determine which issues to support.
- Assists in judging the Division’s National Awards.
- Serves on Division Council. Participates on Division Council conference calls.
- Prepares and submits comprehensive reports on Association, Division, and ABA Board of Governors activity and action.
- Follow and understand the current Law Student Division Bylaws.
This position is expected to attend the following. Travel-related expenses are reimbursed by the Division, subject to guidelines.
- ABA BOG Meeting in June 2020
- 2020 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago in August (as officer-elect)
- Section Officers Conference/Fall Council Meeting in September 2020
- ABA BOG Meeting in November 2020
- ABA Midyear Meeting in February 2021 in Chicago
- ABA Day in April 2021 in Washington, D.C.
- ABA BOG Meeting in June 2021
- ABA Annual Meeting in August 2021 in Toronto (as officer)
To be certified as a candidate for Law Student Division Member to the ABA Board of Governors, 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, 2020;
- A law student who has received the approval of his/her law school dean to run for office. All application 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.