ABA Law Student Division
March 2011 News and Activities

 

The Conspirator
Free Screening of
Robert Redford's New Movie

Tell me more

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Upcoming Division Events and Initiatives

Law Student Division Mental Health and Wellness Day - March 27, 2011

Law Student Division Annual Awards - Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2011

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Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Amendments to the Standards

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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 - Internship

International Law - Summer Internship

Taxation - Public Service Fellowship

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Career Development Opportunities and Resources

Health Law - Free Law Student Podcast Series

Law Student Division - Career Series Library

Public Education - PREVIEW of U.S. Supreme Court Cases (online analysis)

State and Local Government - Resume Database

Taxation - Student eNews

Taxation - Careers in Tax Law Book

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Writing Competitions and Awards

Criminal Justice - William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

Dispute Resolution - James Boskey ADR Writing Competition

Domestic Violence - Student Writing Competition

Environment, Energy & Resources - 6th Annual "Endangered Environmental Law" Student Writing Competition

Environment Energy and Resources - Program of the Year Award

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation - Law Student Writing Competition

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

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Admiralty and Maritime Law Student Writing Competition

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Student Writing Competition

University of Connecticut - Student Writing Competition

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Careers in Tax Law Panels

The Section of Taxation co-hosts annual Careers in Tax Law Panels at law schools around the country.  The panels introduce students to careers available in the tax practice area. Panelists relate information about how they pursued their careers, pitfalls they may have encountered, and any advice they may have for the students interested in pursuing a career in tax law.  A Q&A session concludes the panel, followed by a networking reception for all attendees. If you’re interested in having a career panel at your law school, please contact Yolanda Lee.

Pathways to Employment for International Law Programs

The 2010-2011 Pathways Program brings international lawyers together with law students to share career paths and options.  If you are interested in bringing a Pathways program to your school, contact Angela Benson (202) 662-1664.

Upcoming Pathways Programs:

University of Ottawa School of Law
March 30, 2011

Spring Meeting in Washington, DC
April 5, 2011

John Marshall School of Law (Atlanta) – Spring 2011

The John Marshall Law School Center (Chicago) – Spring 2011

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Specialty Group Meetings
and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Spring Conference (4/8-10/11)

Criminal Justice - 2011 Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting (4/14-17/11)

Criminal Justice - Can Good People Be Good Prosecutors? A Discussion of the Role of the Prosecutors in the Criminal Justice System (4/14/11)

Criminal Justice and Litigation - Trying Children as Adults: Are We Doing It Right? (4/15/11)

International Law - Spring Meeting (4/5-9/10)

Law Practice Management - TechShow (4/11-14/11)

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

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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 compeltition 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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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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Good Works Law Student Competition
Entry Deadline: April 27, 2011

This competition has been established to assist the Section of Litigation 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 YouTube.

Upcoming Division Events and Initiatives

Law Student Division Mental Health and Wellness Day
March 27, 2011

Law school is filled with deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many students, living with stress has become a way of life that they have learned to accept and manage. In fact, some stresses can help you learn to perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you constantly operate in overdrive, your mind and body wear down. The Law Student Division Mental Health Day is designed to increase awareness of the health issues resulting from the overwhelming stresses and demands associated with getting a law degree. Law schools are encouraged to organize forums to further the dialogue for maintaining a healthy attitude and how to recognize the warning signs of mental health issues associated with stress and anxiety. The Division’s Mental Health website offers resources to help law schools address the challenges faced by students when balancing their personal, professional and academic lives. Tell me more

Law Student Division Annual Awards
Postmarked Deadline: April 1, 2011

The ABA Law Student Division recognizes the achievements of individual students, schools, and school-programs through its annual Awards Program. Awards are given in the following categories.
  • Diversity
  • Public Interest
  • Student Bar Association
  • Division Membership and Activity
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
  • News Publications

For more information, the nomination process, and to print a nomination form, click here.

Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Amendments to the Standards

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.

The Conspirator
Free Screening of Robert Redford's New Movie

Wednesday, March 30 (7:00pm)
AMC Loews, 600 E. Michigan, Chicago

Join the ABA for an exclusive FREE screening of Robert Redford’s new movie, The Conspirator, before it arrives in theaters on April 15.   This film tells the true story of the woman charged with conspiracy in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the lawyer -- a Union war hero -- who defended her. The movie runs for 2 hours. Tickets are FREE, but seating is limited so reserve your seats here. You also have a chance to win a trip for two to the Red Carpet Premiere of The Conspirator on Sunday, April 10, at the Ford Theatre in Washington DC.  Learn more about the movie and watch the movie trailer. Register now to attend a showing in your city! Seating is limited.

San Francisco
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 (
7:00pm)
Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market Street, Westfield Shopping Center, San Francisco, CA

Chicago: SOLD OUT - Waitlist Reservations Only
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
(7:00pm)
AMC Loews, 600 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Washington, DC
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
(7:00pm)
Landmark's E Street Theatre, 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC

Philadelphia: SOLD OUT - Waitlist Reservations Only
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
(7:00pm)
Ritz 5 Theatre, 214 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

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
Public Service Fellowship
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. Applications for the 2012-2014 term will be accepted beginning this spring. 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

Health Law
Free Law Student Podcast Series
Hear from a variety of practicing lawyers – both government and private practice – who will share their insights on this exciting area of law. Recorded during a series of free teleconferences, these podcasts are designed to help law students understand the field and succeed in obtaining an appropriate position once they graduate from law school. Contact Simeon Carson for more information. Tell me more

  • What Is a Career in Health Law? | Podcast Audio File
  • How to Prepare for a Career in Health Law  | Podcast Audio File
  • Tips on Securing a Job in Health Law  | Podcast Audio File

Public Education
PREVIEW of United States Supreme Court Cases
Free and Special Reduced Rates for Law Student Division Members
Interested in learning more about the Supreme Court? PREVIEW provides expert, plain-language analysis of all cases given plenary review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Published before each Supreme Court oral argument session and one wrap-up issue at the conclusion of the Supreme Court term (eight issues total), PREVIEW is written by experts in easy to understand language. Also, be sure to bookmark the ABA’s Supreme Court website for a complete collection of Supreme Court merits and amicus briefs. Other free features include interviews with PREVIEW authors after oral argument and the opportunity to sign up for a weekly briefs email update. Tell me more

State and Local Government Law
Resume Database
The Section's new resume database gives students who are interested in state and local government law an opportunity to connect with employers looking for applicants in a variety of areas.  If you are looking 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 Book – NEW LOW PRICE of $25!!

Careers in Tax Law: Perspectives on the Tax Profession and What It Holds for You
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.

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 8, 2011

The first place winner will receive $500 plus an additional $500 to be used towards attendance at the Section's Spring Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida or the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Papers should address a topic that relates to Admiralty and Maritime law.  Authors should be able to address these issues by considering cases published in this area, as well as the changing market place in the maritime world. Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest, not state-specific issues. Tell me more

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 8, 2011

The first place winner will receive $500 plus an additional $500 to be used towards attendance at a Section Meeting of your choice; possible publication is the Section newsletter or Journal. Papers should address the topic “Recent Developments in Alternative Dispute Resolution.”  Entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest, not state-specific issues.  Tell me more

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
6th Annual “Endangered Environmental Laws” Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: April 11, 2011
Award: $2,000 cash prize, an offer of publication in the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI. Submit any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay addressing a topic related to recent developments or trends in U.S. environmental law that have a significant constitutional or “federalism” component. For more information, contact Louise Yeung or click here.

Criminal Justice
William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Application deadline: April 25, 2011
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.  A winning entry will contain an original discussion of the issue chosen, will be substantively accurate, will be supported by citations, and will be grammatically correct, concise, and clearly written. 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

Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective. The first place entry will be published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. Tell me more

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 1, 2011

Cash prize is $2,500, free Section membership, airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting. For complete contest rules, please contact the Section at pubutil@americanbar.org.

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

$1000 to the first prize winner and posting of the winning essay and runner-up 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 contestant chooses. Tell me more

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

First prize: $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

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

International Law
Spring Meeting
April 5-9, 2011 (Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC)

Attend CLE programming geared towards young lawyers and law students and network with over 1,000 leading international practitioners from around globe during daily luncheons, networking breaks and receptions. Don’t miss out on special programs such as International Practice Boot Camp, Speed Networking, Pathways to Employment in International Law, and the YIN/SIN/WIN/GIN Outreach Reception.  Tell me more

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Spring Conference
April 8-10, 2011 (Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville, VA
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Interested in wine and beverage law?  Food and drug law?  Securities regulation after Dodd-Frank?  The Section of Administration Law and Regulatory Practice’s Spring Conference in Charlottesville, VA features these cutting edge seminars and a Friday morning job fair.  Contact the Section to register or for more information.  Tell me more

Law Practice Management
ABA TechShow 2011
April 11-14, 2011 (Chicago Hilton and Towers, Chicago, IL)

Nearly 70 legal technology programs including:

  • Keynote Speaker, Professor Larry Lessig, speaking on the law's place in a digital society
  • An EXPO Hall with the leading legal technology vendors 
  • Multiple social events to connect you with experts in the field of legal technology:
    • Welcome Reception - Sunday, April 10, 2011
    • Silver Jubilee Reception - Monday, April 11, 2011
    • Taste of ABA TECHSHOW - Monday, April 11 & 12, 2011
  • Tell me more

Criminal Justice
2011 Criminal Justice Section Spring Meeting
April 14-17, 2011 (Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach, FL)
Student Registration Fee: $25

Held in conjunction with the Section of Litigation Spring Meeting. Tell me more

Criminal Justice
Can Good People Be Good Prosecutors? A Discussion of the Role of Prosecutors in the Criminal Justice System
April 14, 2011 (5:00pm) - University of Miami School of Law (1311 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146, Student Lounge) Reception to follow

This insightful panel discussion will consider how an increase in minorities in public sector positions will reduce racial bias and disparity in the criminal justice system.  Additionally, the panelists, along with other invited guests, will serve as a resource for law students and young lawyers, highlighting the value of becoming active in the bar and providing real world examples of how professional associations can assist law students and young lawyers in their legal careers and enhance their opportunities now and in the future.  Attendees will have an opportunity to network with public sector agency representatives and receive information on how to obtain internships or permanent employment in the public sector at a reception following the panel discussion. RSVP to Tami Behland no later than Thursday, April 7.

Section of Litigation and Criminal Justice Section
Trying Children as Adults: Are We Doing it Right?
Friday, April 15, 2011 (3pm - 6pm)
Morton's Steakhouse (4041 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL)
Registration is requested for this complimentary training: email Cathy Krebs (202 547 3060)

This panel will address the crime prevention and community safety goals of directly filing a child into the adult criminal system while taking into consideration scientific evidence about adolescent development and the lasting effects a criminal conviction has on a young person. The panel includes leaders from prosecution, defense, the judiciary and a clinical psychologist who will consider both sides of the issue and will also debate the question of whether these decisions should be left in the hands of prosecutors or should be made by judges.

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


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