American Bar Association
Law Student Division
April 2011 News and Activities

Law School Leaders / Competition Winners / Legal Education Matters / Career Resources / Internships, Clerkships & Fellowships / Good Works Competition / Writing Competitions & Awards / ABA Annual Meeting / Specialty Group Meetings / Teleconferences & Webinars / Contact Us / MyABA

 

2011-2012
Division Officers

During their March meeting, the Law Student Division Board of Governors elected the 2011-2012 Division Officers who will assume office on August 10, 2011 at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tremaine Reese
Chair-Elect
Florida A&M University College of Law

Lauren Acquaviva
Vice Chair-Elect
University of South Carolina School of Law

Will Binkley
Secretary Treasurer-Elect
Mississippi College School of Law

Brandon Smith
Representative to the ABA Board of Governors-Elect
University of South Carolina School of Law

For a complete listing of the Division's Board of Governors, click here.

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Attention 2011-2012
Law School Leaders

Report Your Law School's Election Results Tell me more

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Congratulations
2010-2011 Competition National Champions

This year, 170 ABA-approved law schools competed in the Law Student Division 2010-2011 Competitions Program. Tell me more

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Legal Education
Matters of Notice and Comment

Written comment on proposed changes to Rule 20 and Standard 105 are now being collected. A hearing is also scheduled for May 5 in Chicago. Tell me more

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Apply for ABA Law Student Division Grant Funds

LAW STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS at your law school can apply for ABA Law Student Division grant funds (up to $500!) for a  new program!  Tell me more

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Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

Environment, Energy and Resources Law - Diversity Fellowship

International Law - Summer Internship

Taxation - Public Service Fellowship

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Career Development Opportunities and Resources

Criminal Justice - New Global Anti-Corruption Website

Law Student Division - Career Series Library

Real Property, Trust & Estate Law - Free eCLE Programs

State and Local Government - Resume Database

Taxation - Student eNews

Taxation - Careers in Tax Law Book

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Good Works Law Student Competition

Help the Section of Litigation identify its next public service project. Tell me more

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Writing Competitions and Awards

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Contest

Criminal Justice - William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

Dispute Resolution - James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

Domestic Violence - Student Writing Competition

Environment Energy and Resources - Program of the Year Award

Family Law - Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Law and National Security - 2011 Writing Competition

Public Contract Law - 2011 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation - K. William Kolbe Writing Competition

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law - Law Student Writing Competition

State and Local Government Law - 28th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition

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Other Items of Interest

University of Connecticut
Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 1, 2011

Three cash prizes will be awarded: $750 First Prize, $500 Second Prize, and $250 Third Prize. Open to all law students attending an ABA-approved law school. This competition is designed to encourage and reward original student writing on legal issues affecting persons struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addiction, or substance abuse. Tell me more

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Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - 7th Annual National Institute on Administrative Law (5/2-3/11)

Criminal Justice - Building Community Trust: Improving Cross Cultural Communication in the Criminal Justice Section (5/12/11)

Professional Responsibility - 37th National Conference on Professional Responsibility (6/1-4/11)

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law - 22nd Annual Spring Law Symposia (4/28-29/11)

State and Local Government Law - Spring Meeting (5/12-14/11)

Taxation - 2011 May Meeting (5/5-7/11)

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CLE Now!

Free CLE is now accessible to ABA Law Student Division members.  Programs are digital downloads that you can access at your convenience.  Visit the ABA website for a complete list of ABA CLE programming, including Live Teleconferences and Audio Webcasts Tell me more

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Teleconferences and Webinars

Entertainment and Sports Industries - Formats for Reality Television: Trends and Developments (5/26/11)

Family Law - Keys to an Effective Deposition (5/18/11)

Family Law - Boilerplate Language in Settlement Agreements: Making a List and Checking It Twice-It's Not Just for Santa Clause (6/15/11)

General Practice, Solo and Small Firms - Internet Marketing: An Opportunity to Level the Playing Field (5/24/11)

Intellectual Property Law - The Nuts and Bolts of Trademark Law (4/29/11)

Labor and Employment Law - Social Networking in the International Workplace (4/20/11)

Lawyers Professional Liability - Applying for Legal Malpractice Insurance: A Practical Guide to Controlling Costs (5/5/11)

Professional Responsibility - Foreclosures, Debt Collection & Other High Volume Areas of Practice: the Ethical Perils of Partnering with Nonlawyers (5/1/0/11)

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law - The Dodd-Frank Act: Back to Basics for End Users (6/7/11)

Young Lawyers - Movin' On Up: How to Succeed as a Diverse Associate and Young Lawyer (5/3/11)

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Law Student Support Disaster Relief for Japan

The following law student initiatives to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the disaster in Japan were found through random searches of internet news sources. 

Harvard University students organized Harvard for Japan, a university-wide alliance to aid in Japanese relief efforts. Law students collected donations from throughout the campus and at last report raised more than $4,100.

The University of Pennsylvania Law School joined in a fundraiser by selling t-shirts, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. The t-shirt says in Japanese, "You can do it, Japan!".

The small campus of Ave Maria School of Law proved it was filled with big hearts. In three days, Ave Maria students and administrators donated over $5,100 for quake-tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law students joined neighboring colleges in a crusade for Japan by walking through the streets of downtown San Diego seeking donations for Help Japan. Their jars were named after devastated cities in Japan and at last report, students raised over $1,300.

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Are You Stressing Over Your Student Debt?
Click here for advice and resources

Find the latest information from the ABA on how to get through the economic downturn. The ABA Economic Recovery Resources portal contains resources and tips on a variety of topics from job searching, to practice management, to professional development and more. Tell me more


Visit the ABA Job Board

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Don't Lose Your Privileges of ABA Law Student Division Membership

To check your membership status or to bring your dues up to date, visit MyABA or contact the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221 for assistance.

Licensed law professionals pay up to $400 a year for the valuable benefits of ABA membership. As a law student, your dues are substantially reduced at only $25 and if you enroll and pre-pay for all three years during your first year of law school, you have the option of paying only $60 for all three years of law school (only $20 per year). As an added bonus, once you are admitted to the bar, dues for your first year in the ABA Young Lawyers Division is waived. So that's four years of uninterrupted ABA membership for only $60.00.

Keep Your Member Profile
Up-to-Date

Has your address changed? Did you forget to pay your dues? Don't lose out on the valuable benefits of ABA Law Student Division membership because we can't find you. Log on to MyABA today and confirm that your dues are up-to-date and your profile is in order.

Get Ahead of the Competition with the ABA

As the premier legal organization, the ABA gives law students access on a national scale to career-building networking opportunities with peers, lawyers, judges and other legal professionals online or in person. Log on at MyABA to join a specialty Section or an electronic discussion group.

For assistance, contact the ABA Service Center via email or by phone at 800.825.2221.

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Letters to the Editor

For comments or suggestions to the eNewsletter, please contact the Law Student Division at abalsd@americanbar.org.

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Submit Your Nominations for
Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates
or Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations
by June 1, 2011 (postmarked)

Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates
Position Overview and Nomination Form
The Law Student Division elects three Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates (the ABA's governing body) to serve a one-year term. In short, these delegates are responsible for:

  • Representing the Division to the ABA House of Delegates and advocating Division positions to other ABA entities;
  • Working for ABA House of Delegates adoption of Division resolutions, co-sponsored resolutions, and resolutions directly affecting law students filed with the House;
  • Serving as the primary contact and coordinators to the 65+ Law Student Division liaisons to ABA lawyer groups; and
  • Maintaining a webpage on the Division's website devoted to updating the membership regarding legislation on Capitol Hill and within the ABA on issues relevant to law students.

Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations
Position Overview and Nomination Form
Student Bar Associations serve as an essential link between the Division and law students around the country. SBA Presidents bring the concerns and issues of their students to a regional and national level. The Vice Chair-SBA serves as the voice and representative of SBAs on a national level. Serving a one-year term, the Vice Chair-SBA is responsible for:

  • Strengthening relationships between the SBA and ABA organizations at local, regional and national levels;
  • Facilitating discussions with SBA Presidents regarding issues of concern to law schools, law students, and legal education;
  • Representing the interests of student bar associations and assisting these organization leaders in drafting/filing policy recommendations on behalf of SBA Presidents; and
  • Maintaining and developing resources and materials for the Division's SBA webpage, handbook, conferences and law school organizations.

The three Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates will be elected in August by the SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives from each ABA-approved law school in attendance at the ABA Annual Meeting and who have completed a reporting form. The Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations will be elected during the ABA Annual Meeting by the SBA Presidents in attendance at the Annual Meeting. Details regarding the Annual Meeting and eligibility to vote in the election will be released in May.

ATTENTION 2011-2012 LAW SCHOOL LEADERS
Report Your Law School's Election Results

The Law Student Division requests that all SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives submit a Division Reporting Form so we may communication information about important events and responsibilities relating to your leadership position in your law school.

The SBA President and ABA Representative are very important leaders in the ABA , as they serve as the (2) official voting delegates in the ABA Law Student Division Assembly - the Division’s 398-member governing body of ABA Reps and SBA Presidents from each of the 199 ABA-approved law schools. In addition to electing the circuit governor for your region, the Assembly delegates also represent their schools at the ABA Annual Meeting in August of each year to debate and vote on ABA policy issues affecting law students and legal education.  

By completing the Reporting form, you will also be registered on our ABA Reps or SBA Presidents list serve to allow you to connect with other law school leaders across the country, as well as receive important information and updates on legal education and accreditation issues, best practices, and other law student related issues.

Apply for a Bar Review Course Grant!

Kaplan PMBR is offering 100 grants for bar review courses to 3Ls who have financial need and are members of the ABA Law Student Division. Grants of $500 each will be provided for the Kaplan Full Bar Review Course, where available, and the Kaplan MBE Combination Course in states where the full course is not available.  Tell me more

Law Student Division Congratulates the
2010-2011 Competition National Champions

Arbitration Competition
Georgia State University School of Law
Tell me more

Client Counseling Competition
The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Tell me more

National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Duke University School of Law
Tell me more

Negotiation Competition
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
Tell me more

Entries for the 2011-2012 competition season will open on June 1, 2011. Check out the May issue of this eNewsletter for all the details. Tell me more

Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Matters for Notice and Comment

At its March 11, 2011 meeting, the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar considered and approved the following proposals for Notice and Comment:

The proposed changes to Standard 105 and Rule 20 conform to new DOE regulations regarding major changes in a school’s program of legal education. A proposed major change requires a school to apply to the Accreditation Committee and, in most instances, to the Council as well, for acquiescence before the school can implement the major change. The most common major change applications the Section currently receives are for creating a new degree-granting program in addition to the J.D. (e.g., a new LL.M. program) and opening of a satellite or branch campus. The additional major changes, each of which is required by DOE regulations, that would require an application for acquiescence are:

  • contracting with another educational entity that is not certified to participate in Title IV, whereby a student could earn 25 percent or more of the course credits required for graduation from the approved law school [proposed Interpretation 105-1(16); Rule 20(a)(10)];
  • the addition of a permanent location at which a law school will be conducting a teach-out for students at another law school that has ceased operations [proposed Interpretation 105-1(17); Rule 20(a)(11)]; and
  • a significant change in the mission or objectives of the law school [proposed Interpretation 105-1(18); Rule 20(a)(12)].
The section solicits and encourages written comments on each proposed change by letter or email. A hearing on these proposed changes is also scheduled for 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on May 5, 2011 at the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark, Chicago IL. Please address written comments on the proposals and requests to speak at the hearing to Becky Stretch, Assistant Consultant. Comments should be submitted no later than April 20, 2011.

It is expected that final Council action on these matters will occur at the Council meeting scheduled for June 10-11, 2011. Tell me more

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Legal Education Updates and Announcements

Amendments to Standard 509 Basic Consumer Information; Rule 10 Appeal of an Adverse Decision of the Council; Rule 22 Teach Out Plan and Agreement and Closure of a Law School; and Rule 24 Complaints Concerning Law School Non-Compliance with the Standards; Statement of Ethical Practices in the Process of Law School Accreditation Tell me more

At its meeting on February 14, 2011, the ABA House of Delegates concurred in changes to the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools. The changes became effective immediately.

At its meeting on March 11, 2011, the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved changes to the Statement of Ethical Practices in the Process of Law School Accreditation. The changes became effective immediately.

Good Works Law Student Contest
Entry Deadline: April 27, 2011
Grand Prize: $10,000

This competition has been established to assist the Section of Litigation to identify its next public service project. Awards will be given to law students through a competitive process with the first place winner receiving a $10,000 grant to implement the project, a $2,500 cash award and a trip to Laguna Beach in June to present the winning project idea to 300 Section of Litigation leaders.

The Section of Litigation has a long history of Goods Works Projects from Judicial Internships for minority students and economically disadvantaged law students, to pro bono military justice assistance, to the advancement of children’s rights. The Competition will provide students with an opportunity to experience the benefits of engaging in legal public service work. The ultimate goal of the Competition is to forge relationships among law students and litigators so that the students are provided a meaningful and appropriately supervised work experience. For additional competition details, visit the Section's Facebook Fan Page under the GW Competition tab or on YouTub.

Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

You must be an ABA Law Student Division member to be considered for the opportunities listed below unless otherwise indicated.

International Law
2010-2011 International Summer Internship
Application deadlines vary by program
Submit your application early to have the best chance at these internships that are all over the globe.  The program is intended to facilitate the establishment of legal internships for U.S. law students interested in the practice of international law with overseas law firms.  Tell me more

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Law
Application deadline: Varies by state

Designed to encourage disadvantaged or traditionally underrepresented law students to study and pursue careers in environmental law. Work on environmental justice is coordinated with not-for-profit organizations representing traditionally underserved groups, other not-for-profit environmental organizations, and local, state, and federal governmental organizations which provide placements for summer Fellowship recipients. For more information contact Dana Jonusaitis at (312) 988-5602. Tell me more.

Taxation
2012-2014 Public Service Fellowship
Application deadline: November 1, 2011
The Tax Section offers up to two Public Service Fellowships each year, which provide funding for recent law students or judicial clerks who commit to working in a tax-related 501(c)(3) organization for two years.  The Fellowships were established to address the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate. Tell me more  

Career Development
Opportunities and Resources

Law Student Division
Career Series Library
Visit the ABA Bookstore for a complete listing of titles offered by the ABA including the Career Series Library. To order these guides, visit our website or call the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221.

Non-Legal Careers Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers (5th Edition)
This guidebook will show you what you can do with your law degree, besides practice law. More importantly, this book will illustrate how to use your legal skills to rise above the competition. The authors lead you step by step through the process of assessing the special skills that legal training provides, choosing a nonlegal career, and conducting a nonlegal job search. PC 5110567

   
Legal Careers The Legal Career Guide: From Law Student to Lawyer (5th Edition)
This is one of the ABA's best selling career guide books that has been updated to address the unique needs of today's law students seeking both career satisfaction and a healthy life balance in the profession. PC 5110667
   
How to Start and Build a Law Practice How to Start and Build a Law Practice (5th Edition)
This definitive guide to starting, growing, and maintaining a solo law practice is full of practical advice and guidance on setting up a practice, finding clients, setting fees, maintaining ethics and professional responsibility, marketing your practice and much more. PC 5110508

Criminal Justice
New Global Anti-Corruption Website

This new website provides up-to-date, practitioner-oriented information and analysis on global anti-corruption matters. The website’s distinguishing features include:  a) all published articles are peer-reviewed and available free of charge online; b) its subject-matter focus covers the globe, and not just the United States; c) published pieces come from leading practitioners and industry leaders from all over the world; and d) its objective is to provide news and analysis that is "for and by" practitioners who are looking for the latest developments and insights in the ever-changing global anti-corruption arena.  Tell me more

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Free eCLE Programs
Did you know that as a law student you can listen live via webcast to all Real Property, Trust and Estate Law eCLE programs for FREE? Visit the Section's homepage for a current listing of available eCLE programs! Tell me more

State and Local Government Law
Resume Database
The Section's database allows employers to find candidates that fit employers’ specific needs. It is searchable and current, providing employers direct access to a pool of talented students and recent grads whose interest and expertise for state and local law is assured. If you are a job seeker for a summer or permanent position in any area of state and local government law, including land use, administrative law, environmental law, public education, public finance, public utility law, regulatory practice or zoning, upload your resume now!  Tell me more

Taxation
Student eNEWS
Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of tax law and how it relates to law students. The ABA Tax Section’s Student eNEWS highlights career information, interviews with prominent tax practitioners, and upcoming Section meetings and events. Tell me more

Taxation
Careers in Tax Law: Perspectives on the Tax Profession and What It Holds for You
NEW LOW PRICE of $25!!
An informative guide presented in a series of offerings—autobiographies in miniature—by a broad cross section of working tax professionals. Each contribution stands as a unique story of paths taken, choices made, and lessons learned. Get a composite portrait of the profession and its possibilities for the next generation of tax lawyers. Nowhere else will you find such an honest and entertaining portrayal of the tax profession and what it holds for you.  Tell me more

Writing Competitions and Awards

To be eligible to participate in the writing competitions listed below, you must be an ABA Law Student Division member unless otherwise indicated.

Family Law
Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest
Entry deadline: April 22, 2011
First Place: Certificate of Recognition, possible publication in Family Law Quarterly and on the Section’s  website, letter to the winner’s Law School Dean, and a one-year complimentary ABA Section of Family Law membership. This essay contest has been created to entice a greater interest in the field of family law among law students. Essays should focus on an issue of law, although some interdisciplinary material may be useful in addressing a legal issue. Tell me more

Criminal Justice
William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Application deadline: April 25, 2011
First Prize:  2,000 cash prize, airfare and accommodations to attend a Section meeting at which the award will be presented, and possible publication in Criminal Justice magazine. This contest is open to all ABA Law Student Division members who, at the date the entry is submitted, are in good standing at an ABA-approved law school. Entries should address any timely and important issue of American criminal constitutional procedure of interest to practitioners of criminal law.  Tell me more

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
Program of the Year Award
Application deadline: May 16, 2011
Recognizes the best student-organized educational program or public service project focusing on issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources law. For questions, contact Dana Jonusaitis at (312) 988-5602. Tell me more

Domestic Violence
Student Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: May 31, 2011

First Place: Possible publication in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Resolution from the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, and honorarium. Essays should address domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective. Tell me more

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
K. William Kolbe Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 1, 2011
First Place: $2,500, free Section membership, airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting.  Essays should address a current legal topic of general interest specific to industries that provide important or essential services to the general public. Tell me more

State and Local Government and Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association
28th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 6, 2011

First Place: $2,500, possible publication in The Urban Lawyer. This competition, honors three leading figures in American city planning law (R. Marlin Smith, Richard Babcock, and Norman Williams). Essays should address a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law. Tell me more

Dispute Resolution
James Boskey ADR Writing Competition
Nomination deadline:  June 15, 2011

First Place: $1000 and posting of the winning essay online. The purpose of this competition is to create greater interest in the field of dispute resolution among law students.  The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the author chooses. Tell me more

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 19, 2011

First Place: $2,500. Open to all law students attending an ABA-approved law school. This competition is designed to encourage and reward law student writing on real property, trust and estate law subjects of general and current interest. Tell me more

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Contest
Entry deadline: June 30, 2011 (7:00pm Eastern Time)
First Place: $2,500, travel to the 2011 Administrative Law Fall Conference in Washington, and possible publication in a Section publication. Papers should discuss a problem or issue relating to presidential control of agency rulemaking. Tell me more

Law and National Security
2011 Writing Competition
Entry deadline: August 15, 2011

First Place: $500 and free registration, coach travel and one night’s lodging for the 21st Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, DC. Entries should address this year’s theme, “The Constitution and National Security – First Amendment Issues.” Tell me more

Public Contract Law
2011 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition
Entry deadline: September 30, 2011
First Place: $5,000 and possible publication in the Public Contract Law Journal, and possible invitation to present winning papers during the Annual Federal Procurement Institute in Annapolis, Maryland. Papers should address a topical issue of interest to the public contract and grant law community. Tell me more

ABA Annual Meeting
August 4-9, 2011 (Toronto, Canada)
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 31, 2011

The ABA Annual Meeting is just around the corner. For those of you who have not yet registered, the law student early-bird registration of $50 ($75 for ABA non-member law students) will end on May 31. After May 31, the student rate will increase to $75 ($100 for ABA non-member law students). Be sure to register for the Annual Meeting at the early-bird rate. Remember, your registration fee includes an "all access to CLE" student badge giving you complimentary access to most educational events sponsored by the ABA's various practice specific entities.

Don't Forget Your Passport! Please note that some countries require that your passport be valid at least six (6) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Therefore, if you are traveling to the Toronto Annual Meeting and your passport expires prior to February 10, 2012 you need to renew. Tell me more

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
22nd Annual Spring Law Symposia
April 28-29, 2011 (Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC)
Registration is free for law students!

This is a great opportunity for students to network with legal professionals from a variety of work environments, discuss the latest trends and developments as you expand your expertise and working knowledge, and discover more information about what it takes to work in trust and estates or real estate law. Tell me more

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
7th Annual National Institute on Administrative Law
May 2-3, 2011 (Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC)

Panel session admission is free for law students
Interested in how the government functions?  The first day of this event will feature “Rulemaking 101,” an introductory course on the practical issues and challenges in rulemaking and judicial review.  The second day will include programs on how judicial settlements drive rulemaking and the recently reconstituted Administrative Conference of the United States. Tell me more

Taxation
2011 May Meeting
May 5-7, 2011 (Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC)
Registration for law students is FREE!
Get educated and connected.  You will have the opportunity to 1) attend programs to help you gain exposure to cutting-edge tax developments; 2) obtain information about tax issues and specific tax related topics; and 3) network with tax professional from around the country and establish beneficial contacts. This year's meeting features the Tax Bridge to Practice program designed to introduce new lawyers to tax concepts and practitioners from different perspectives than the standard law-school treatment. Tell me more

Criminal Justice Section
Building Community Trust:  Improving Cross Cultural Communication in the Criminal Justice Section
May 12, 2011
(ABA Washington DC Office, 740 15th Street N.W. Washington DC)
This training session will be facilitated by Wayne McKenzie, Vera Institute and Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office; Edwin Burnette, Vice President, Defender Legal Services, National Legal Aid and Defender Association; and Catherine Beane, Principal, Beane Consulting, and co-author of this session's curriculum. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Salma S. Safiedine.

State and Local Government Law
Spring Meeting
May 12-14, 2011 (The Westin Portland, Portland, OR)
Law student registration fee for the entire program: $10

Meet local and national attorneys specializing in areas of state and local government law. In addition to programming, law students are invited to a complimentary networking reception featuring a presentation by Dr. Rachelle Alterman, author of 'Takings International' on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30-6:30 at Portland State University (506 SW Mill St., Room 212). For more information or to RSVP, contact Marsha Boone by May 6. Tell me more

Professional Responsibility
37th National Conference on Professional Responsibility
June 1-4, 2011 (The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, TN)
Free registration for ABA Law Student Division members who pre-register no later than May 7!
 
Take this opportunity to hear nationally known ethics experts and learn about issues that will help you build an ethical practice in your legal career.  Space is limited so you must pre-register no later than May 7, 2011 by sending an e-mail to the Center for Professional Responsibility with your contact information, law school and year of graduation. Tell me more

Teleconferences and Webinars

Labor and Employment Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
Social Networking in the International Workplace
April 20, 2011 (1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time)
The phenomenal growth of social networking has presented both opportunities and challenges for companies, employees, and labor organizations. Panelists will analyze social networking issues in the workplace including developing trends, case law, and legislation in the U.S. and the EU. Tell me more

Intellectual Property Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
The Nuts and Bolts of Trademark Law
April 29, 2011 (1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time)

This presentation provides a basic overview of trademark law for the novice practitioner. Speaker Lawrence J. Siskind cites the works of literary stars such as Shakespeare, Tennyson, Ayn Rand, and Dorothy Parker to illustrate legal concepts. Tell me more

Young Lawyers Division (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
Movin' on Up: How to Succeed as a Diverse Associate and Young Lawyer
May 3, 2011 (12:00 Noon - 1:30pm Eastern Time)
Clients increasingly demand diversity within their own ranks and from their outside counsel. Diverse in-house counsel and outside attorneys, however, continue to be outnumbered by their majority counterparts. These numbers are even more pronounced in certain areas of legal practice like intellectual property, labor, tax, and real estate. Learn how to become the "go to" lawyer by seeking out challenging assignments and honing in on your business development skills as a young diverse attorney. Tell me more

Lawyers' Professional Liability (Live Webinar)
Applying for Legal Malpractice Insurance: A Practical Guide to Controlling Costs
May 5, 2011 (1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time)
Panelists will review their top ten underwriting criteria, explore the most important factors in-depth and discuss how these risks influence the underwriter’s decision.  Learn how attorneys can control many of these elements and significantly influence an underwriter’s decision on whether to insure and at what price. Tell me more

Professional Responsibility (Live Webinar)
Foreclosures, Debt Collection & Other High Volume Areas of Practice: The Ethical Perils of Partnering with Nonlawyers
May 10, 2011 (1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time)
Lawyers frequently team with other professionals to meet clients' needs effectively and economically.  At times, however, a lawyer's relationship with a nonlawyer can create serious ethical problems.  What are the ethical limitations of partnering with a nonlawyer, and how can a practitioner ensure that she or he doesn't violate these limits in the course of helping clients? Tell me more

Family Law (Live Webinar)
Keys to an Effective Deposition
May 18, 2011 (12:00 Noon - 1:30pm Eastern Time)
Using excerpts from videotaped depositions, panelists will focus on common pitfalls to avoid whether the goal of your deposition is fact finding, soliciting admissions for summary judgment, or creating a record for impeachment at trial. Tell me more

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm (Live Webinar)
Internet Marketing: An Opportunity to Level the Playing Field
May 24, 2011 (1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time)
Discover how solos and small firms can use websites, blogs, and social media to grab market share from Biglaw. Solos and small firms can compete with, and often surpass, large law firms and gain business by effectively using internet marketing in conjunction with offline efforts to get the clients they want. Tell me more

Entertainment and Sports Industries (Live Audio Webinar and Teleconference)
Formats for Reality Television: Trends and Developments
May 26, 2011 (1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time)
Reality television is a valuable and economical source of network content that resonates with broad audiences. Panelists will present an overview of the legal basis for protecting and defending format rights in the United States, and will touch upon similar issues in international markets.  The decisions in several major cases will be analyzed and reviewed, as well the circumstances surrounding some lawsuits that have recently been filed.  Tell me more

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law (Live Webinar)
The Dodd-Frank Act: Back to Basics for End Users
June 7, 2011 (1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time)
This program will focus, in practical terms and in plain English, on ways Dodd-Frank will impact power and natural gas utilities, pipelines, communications companies, rail and airline companies, and any other companies that use commodity, foreign exchange, interest rate and other swaps to manage the risks associated with their core business. Tell me more

Family Law (Teleconference)
Boilerplate Language in Settlement Agreements: Making a List and Checking It Twice-It's Not Just For Santa Clause
June 15, 2011 (1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time)
We all use "boilerplate" language in marital settlement agreements, but how often do you review it carefully?  This program will provide practical strategies, checklists and tips for spotting issues and potential traps in drafting and improving work product. Tell me more


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