ABA Law Student Division
December 2010 News and Activities

 

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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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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JUDICIAL INTERN OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM (JIOP)

Application Deadline:
January 7, 2011

Tell me more

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Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

Antitrust Law - Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project

Business Law - Diversity Clerkship

Environment, Energy and Resources Law - Diversity Fellowship

International Law - Internship

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Career Development Opportunities and Resources

Affordable Housing and Community Development - Law Student Initiative Program - Career Panel - University of San Francisco School of Law (1/25/11)

Business Law - 2010 Holiday Networking (Free Audio Podcast)

Law Student Division - Career Series Library

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

Science & Technology Law - The Sci-Tech Edge: Career and Business Development (online articles)

State and Local Government - Resume Database

Taxation - Student eNews

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - TIPSter Law Student Newsletter

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Vice Chair and Liaison Program

Young Lawyers Division - Career Development Audio Downloads

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Civic Education in Our Nation's Schools

Help Support Civic Education Programs in Schools Across the Country
Tell me more

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Public Service Spotlight

Chapman University Sponsored Halloween Carnival
Tell me more

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Writing Competitions

Affordable Housing and Community Development - Law Student Writing Competition

Business Law - Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Construction Industry - Law Student Writing Competition

Entertainment and Sports - Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Environment, Energy & Resources - Spring 2011 Environmental Justice Symposium - Law Student Writing Competition

International Law - Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition and Scholarship Award

Lawyers' Professional Liability - Levit Essay Contest

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - 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

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ABA Midyear Meeting
Atlanta, GA
February 9-15, 2011

More than 3,000 lawyers will visit Atlanta for the ABA Midyear Meeting to conduct various association business, attend CLE programming and network with colleagues from across the country. Tell me more

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Specialty Group Meetings
and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Lobbying the New Congress: Rules, Good Practices, and Perspectives on Hiring Lobbyists (2/3/11)

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - 6th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute (3/2-3/11)

Environment, Energy and Resources Law - 29th Annual Water Law Conference (2/23-25/11)

Environment, Energy and Resources Law - 40th Annual Conference on Environmental Law (3/17-19/11)

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

National Black Law Student Association - 43rd National Convention: A Legacy of Empowerment (3/9-13/11)

Taxation - 2011 Midyear Meeting (1/20-21/11)

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Live Teleconferences
and Webcasts

Veterans Benefits: A Closer Look at the Veterans Administration Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) (1/26/11)

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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Other Items of Interest

Law Student Division - Arbitration Competition Regional Winners

Law Student Division - Negotiation Competition Regional Winners

Labor and Employment Law - 2010 Trial Advocacy Competition Semi-Final Winners

Begin a Rewarding Career Advocating for the Rights of Seniors

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ABA Law Student Division Spring Meetings

Each year, the Law Student Division's 15 circuits host a Spring Meeting. These events provide an opportunity for students to network, attend substantive programming and participate in the election of the Circuit Governor.

The SBA President and primary ABA Representative at each of the ABA-approved law schools in the circuit will vote in the election of the 2011-2012 Circuit Governor. Tell me more

All dates and location listed below are Tentative and subject to change . Watch your circuit webpage for details as they are finalized.

1st Circuit
February 19, 2011
Harvard University

2nd Circuit
February 19, 2011 (Tentative)
Location to be announced

3rd Circuit
February 12, 2011
Widener University - Delaware

4th Circuit
Date and location to be announced

5th Circuit
February 12, 2011
Atlanta, GA
(held in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting)

6th Circuit
Date to be announced
Louisville, Kentucky

7th Circuit
February 19, 2011
Valparaiso University

8th Circuit
February 26, 2011
University of Nebraska

9th Circuit
February 26, 2011
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

10th Circuit
February 19, 2011
University of Tulsa

11th Circuit
February 26, 2011
Washington, DC

12th Circuit
February 19, 2011
Seattle University

13th Circuit
Date to be announced
New Orleans, LA

14th Circuit
February 12, 2011
Las Vegas, NV

15th Circuit
February 26, 2011
University of New Mexico

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ABA Law School Visits

Labor and Employment Law
Careers in Labor & Employment Luncheon Panels
A regularly updated schedule of panels is available on the Section’s Law Student page.

University of Louisville Brandeis
February 23, 2011

Northern Kentucky University
February 23, 2011

Albany School of Law
February 23, 2011

University of Alabama
March 8, 2011

International Law
Pathways to Employment in International Law Program
The Pathways Program bring experienced international lawyers together with law students to share career paths and options. Tell me more  

Law Society of England and Wales (England)
January 2011

Suffolk University
March 1, 2011

George Washington University
Spring 2011

The John Marshall Law School (Chicago) – Spring 2011

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Memphis Alternative
Spring Break Conference

University of Memphis
School of Law
March 7-11, 2011

This Conference combines educational discussion with real-life client interaction. Students can choose between three tracks: Advance Directives (Estate Planning), Pro Se Divorce, or Non-Profit Advocacy (non-legal). Lodging assistance is available for out-of-state students attending the conference.

To submit your application, visit "Memphis Alternative Spring Break 2011" on Westlaw's TWEN site by 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, January 5, 2011. For questions, contact C. Grace Whiting, PALS President. Tell me more

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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 Pack
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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Join Our 2011-2012 Leadership Team

Representing over 45,000 ABA Law Student Division dues-paying members is a significant responsibility and requires the commitment of our nation’s most talented and dedicated law student leaders. There are over 100 leadership positions available for election or appointment that entail interaction with practicing attorneys, advocating the needs of law students and helping to shape ABA Law Student Division policy. The postmark deadlines are quickly approaching:

January 15, 2011
(Note: January 15 falls on a Saturday. Please be sure to plan accordingly in order to meet the mailing requirements and deadline. This is a strict liability requirement. No exceptions or extensions will be granted.)

  • Law Student Division Representative to the ABA Board of Governors (Elected)

February 1, 2011

  • Law Student Division National Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer (Elected)
  • Circuit Governors (Elected)
  • Student Editor (Appointed)
February 15, 2011
  • Law Student Division Liaisons to ABA Entities (Appointed)
  • National Student Directors for Law Student Division Competitions and VITA (Appointed)
  • Project Directors for the Law Student Division Mental Health Initiative and Veterans Advocacy Initiative (Appointed)

Nomination and Application Forms
All nominations require the signature of your dean.

Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

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

Litigation
Judicial Intern Opportunities Program (JIOP)
Application deadline: January 7, 2011

Sponsored by the ABA Section of Litigation, the JIOP provides opportunities to students who belong to racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession, as well as students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged and students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.

In 2010 , the JIOP placed 170 law students in judicial internships. These positions are made possible through the generous judicial officers at state, federal and appellate levels. In 2011, Internships are available in the following locations:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Miami, FL
  • Illinois
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Texas
  • Seattle, WA

Qualified students who pass through the initial screening interview will receive a judicial interview.  Interns will receive an award of $1,500. Law students need not be an ABA Law Student Division member to apply; however, students accepted into the program will be required to join the ABA ($25.00) and the Section of Litigation (Free). Tell me more

Business Law
Diversity Clerkship Program
Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE
Application deadline: January 21, 2011

Provides summer business law internship placements to qualified first or second year law students. This program is designed to expose participants to essential business practices. In considering a student's diversity, the Section will give special consideration to individuals who have overcome social or economic disadvantages such as a physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student. Tell me more

Antitrust
Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project
Application deadline: January 31, 2011
Provides law students the opportunity to work in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States. Fellowships last for an eight-week period. Each selected law student will receive a $5,000 stipend. 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.

International Law
International Internship Program
Application deadline: Varies by program

Designed to give law students the opportunity to apply for internships all over the world including Latin America, Europe and Asia. For questions, contact
Angela Benson, Section Membership Director. 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 . Prices indicated for the following titles reflect a 25% discount through January 31 with discount code PEP9ASCG at checkout.

Non-Legal CareersNonlegal 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. $22.50 (through January 31 with discount code PEP9ASCG at checkout) PC 5110567

  
Legal CareersThe 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. $26.00 (through January 31 with discount code PEP9ASCG at checkout) PC 5110667
  
How to Start and Build a Law PracticeHow 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. $27.95 (Law Student Division members) PC 5110508

Affordable Housing and Community Development
Law Student Initiative Program - Career Panel

January 25, 2011 (5:00pm Pacific Time - University of San Francisco School of Law)
Housing and community development attorneys from throughout the Bay Area will discuss career opportunities and current legal issues facing the housing and community development field.  For more information on attending this event, contact
Myshanda V. Upton, ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development.

Business Law
2010 Holiday Networking
FREE Audio Podcast Download

Before you head home for the holidays or hit the holiday party circuit, learn how to make the most of social events and family gatherings in advancing your career and practice development prospects. Do not waste this wonderful season sitting on the sidelines!  Law students, young lawyers and those new to client development will enjoy this session. 
Download the Free Audio Podcast / Tell me more

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

Science & Technology Law
The SciTech Edge: Career and Business Development
Today, the most important job for a law student is to find a job.  In response to our current economic climate, Section leaders recently shared their insights to effectively find a job. The site has been developed so you may select job finding tips that are best aligned with your career goals. 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

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
TIPSter Law Student Newsletter - Fall Edition Now Available
Published quarterly by TIPS student members, articles include such topics as summer clerkships and tips and resources geared towards 1Ls. Tell me more

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
Vice Chair and Liaison Program
Application deadline: March 7, 2011

Leadership in TIPS is a great opportunity to meet and work with trial attorneys, enhance your resume, write for nationally-circulated publications and, most importantly, develop professional relationships that will follow you through the rest of your legal career. Each year, more than 32 students are appointed as vice-chairs to TIPS general committees.  Note: The TIPS Vice Chair and Liaison Program is not part of the ABA Law Student Division Liaison Program. Tell me more

Young Lawyers Division
Career Development Audio Downloads
Download practical tips, tactics and legal updates from today’s leading attorneys.  Audio downloads are FREE for ABA members. Tell me more

  • The Ethics of Social Media for Young Lawyers
  • Jump In: Utilizing Professional Organizations to Develop Your Career
  • Legal and Technological Issues in Making Content Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities
  • Medical Malpractice 101
  • Serving Those Who Serve Our Country
  • The Top 5 Issues Affecting New/Young Litigators
  • Top Resources to Help You Become a Better Lawyer
  • Utilizing Social Networking Websites: Opportunities and Pitfalls

Civic Education in Our Nation's Schools

ABA President Stephen Zack’s primary initiative is to help support civic education programs in schools across the country (elementary grades through high school). Learn how you can help in your community, receive updates, or simply learn more about this initiative. Tell me more

Looking for information about law-related education programs in your area? The National Database of Law-Related Education Programs is a great source for information about programs and organizations focused on educating youth and the general public about the law. Tell me more

Law schools and law school groups are encouraged to sponsor activities and programs that foster civic education in their communities throughout the school year. For a toolkit to help you organize a Civic Education event at your school or in your community, visit the Law Student Division's Work-A-Day website.

Public Service Spotlight
Chapman University Sponsored Halloween Carnival

More than 60 law students, faculty and alumni of Chapman University School of Law participated in a special Halloween Carnival in October for the children of Orangewood Children's Home, a shelter for children who have been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment and many of whom have parents awaiting trial.  Activities included painting pumpkins, a table of terror, ghost bowling, mask making, building with sticks, various sports, making Halloween decoration, and juggling.  Highlighting the event, 3L Mike King, arrived to the carnival on stilts to entertain the crowd.  According to Chapman SBA President, Samantha Deutschel, "It was amazing to see so many Chapman students, alumni, and faculty come together and make the children at Orangewood smile.  Everyone's participation and excitement during the actual event and days leading up to the event really exemplified Chapman as a community and its dedication to service."

The Law Student Division is interested in learning about your law school community service events. If your law school sponsored a community service event, please share your experiences with us by completing our Work-A-Day Survey.

Writing Competitions

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

Construction Industry
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: December 30, 2010
The winner will receive travel expenses and registration to attend the Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, April 14-16, 2011 in Scottsdale, AZ, where the prize will be presented: $2,000 plus possible publication in the Forum Newsletter, Under Construction or the Forum Journal, The Construction Lawyer. Tell me more

Entertainment and Sports Industries
13th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entry deadline: January 3, 2011
The first place winner will receive $5,000, one Grammy Awards show ticket, roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, and one ticket to The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner. The ELI Essay Competition invites law students focusing on a career in entertainment law to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. The contest culminates with the winning students presenting their essays at the prestigious ELI luncheon on February 11, 2011. For details, visit the Entertainment Law Initiative on Facebook.com and search for “ The Entertainment Law Initiative” or click here.

Business Law
Mendes Hershman Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: January 14, 2011

The first place winner will receive $2,500, travel and lodging to attend the Section Spring Meeting; and possible publication in The Business Lawyer. This competition is designed to encourage and reward law student writings on a business law subject of general and current interest. Tell me more

International Law
Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition and Scholarship Award
Entry deadline: January 21, 2011

The first place winner will receive $1,000, an additional $1,000 stipend to attend the Section's Spring Conference in Washington, DC, April 5-9, 2011, and possible publication in a Section publication. Submissions should address The Geneva Convention-What Past, What Future? Tell me more

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
Spring 2011 Environmental Justice Symposium - Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: February 15, 2011
The winning entry will receive $1,000 and possible publication in a special issue of the Mississippi Law Journal together with other articles and materials from the Symposium. The Section and the University of Mississippi School of Law are co-hosting a national Environmental Justice Symposium at the Ole Miss Law School in Oxford, Mississippi on April 1, 2011. In conjunction with this Symposium, ABA-SEER announces its Environmental Justice Student Writing Competition and invites law students to submit papers exploring current issues in environmental justice. Contact Fawziah Bajwa for more information. Tell me more

Lawyers’ Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP
Levit Essay Contest
Entry deadline: February 18, 2011

The first place winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and an expenses-paid trip to the Spring 2011 National Legal Malpractice Conference in Boston, MA, April 27-29, 2011. The legal writing contest encourages innovative and original research and writing on issues in lawyers’ professional liability. 
Tell me more

Affordable Housing and Community Development
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: February 25, 2011

The winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to the Forum's Annual Meeting, May 25-27, 2011 in Washington, D.C.  All writers must submit an unpublished work addressing the legal issues impacting affordable housing and/or community development.  Tell me more

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice
Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: March 7, 2011

The first place winner will receive $1,500 cash, airfare and hotel accommodations to the Section's portion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, and possible publication in the Tort Trial & Insurance Law Journal.  Entries should address a current topic in a legal area covered by one of the Section's substantive law committees (of which there are dozens covering many civil law areas).  Tell me more

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.  The writers 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

ABA Midyear Meeting
Atlanta, GA
February 9-15, 2011

More than 3,000 lawyers will converge on Atlanta to conduct association business and review and vote on recommendations submitted to the ABA House of Delegates. There is no registration fee to attend the Midyear Meeting and most educational programs are free to Law Student Division members. Although more information will be available in the January eNewsletter, a preview of activities taking place during the Midyear Meeting is provided below. Tell me more

State and Local Government Law
Networking Reception
February 10, 2011 (5:30pm -7:00pm)
Georgia State University (140 Decatur Street, Room 100)

This is a complimentary reception and a great opportunity to meet public and private attorneys who practice in municipal law.  Midyear Meeting registration is not required. Please RSVP by January 28th to Marsha Boone (312/988-5649). Tell me more

Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline
Third Annual Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity Reception
February 11, 2011 (5:00pm - 7:00pm)
Marriott Marquis - Atlanta (265 Peachtree Center, Marquis Ballroom Salon D)

The ABA Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline works to increase the number of diverse students who are on track to becoming lawyers. The Pipeline Council acts as a think-tank and programmatic incubator for activities that foster a more diverse educational pipeline into the legal profession, and provide a forum for key stakeholders to address particular issues and build networks for change in legal education and the profession. Tell me more

Law Student Division
5th Circuit Spring Meeting and Governor Election
February 12, 2011 (8:00am - 5:00pm)

The Division's 5th Circuit will host its 2011 Spring Meeting to include the election of the Circuit Governor, during the ABA Midyear Meeting. The Spring Meetings provide an opportunity for students to network, attend substantive programming and participate in the election of the Circuit Governor. If you are interested in becoming involved in the activities of the ABA Law Student Division, this is the perfect venue for you to experience first-hand what the ABA and the Law Student Division can offer. Watch the 5th Circuit webpage for details as they become available.

American Bar Foundation
What Defines Competence? A Debate on the Future(s) of Lawyering
February 12, 2011 (2:00pm - 4:30pm)
Marriott Marquis - Atlanta (265 Peachtree Center, Atrium Level, A705)
Join The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation for an invigorating debate on where lawyering is headed in the coming decades and what will be required of lawyers in order to be successful. Is the definition of what makes a competent lawyer changing? Is there an evolution of legal practice underway or is it more of a revolution? Is there consensus as to what makes a lawyer successful? Can that be translated into a practical law school curriculum? Can law schools and legal employers predict who will become successful lawyers? These and other fundamental questions will be discussed by a panel of experts, including leading futurists, legal profession scholars and practicing lawyers during this provocative program.

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Taxation
2011 Midyear Meeting
January 20-21, 2011 (Boca Raton Resort, Baca Raton, FL)
Free to full-time law students who are ABA Law Student Division members!

Join tax attorneys from across the country for outstanding CLE programs – including ethics CLE. You’ll have the opportunity to network and participate in high-level discussions with private practitioners and government officials on the most important issues facing tax lawyers today.   Tell me more

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Lobbying the New Congress: Rules, Good Practices, and Perspectives on Hiring Lobbyists
February 3, 2011 (Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC)

If you hope to work on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer, lobbyist, or in public advocacy, you won't want to miss this event.  Learn what you need to know when lobbying the government, including what you can and cannot do under the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the Federal Election Campaign Act.  Your admission fee will include a copy of The Lobbying Manual with its new 2011 update. Tell me more

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
29th Annual Water Law Conference
February 23-25, 2011
(Westin San Diego,
San Diego, CA )

Offers reduced registration rates and scholarship opportunities for ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources members who wish to attend. The conference will address water topics of national impact, from how the federal government may change its analysis of the benefits of large water development projects to the mapping of flood plains in a changing climate. For more information, contact Yumeka Brown at 312.988.5577. Tell me more

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
6th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute
March 2-3, 2011 (Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC)

Admission to CLE sessions is FREE to ABA Law Student Division members
Interested in a career in Homeland Security?  Learn about cybersecurity, defense, immigration, critical infrastructure, energy security, financial security, and much more. Program founder, Joe Whitley, and his team lead attendees through approximately twenty critical security related topics.   Contact the Section to register or for more information. Student discounts on companion printed resources are also available.  Tell me more

National Black Law Students Association
43rd National Convention - A Legacy of Empowerment
March 9-13, 2011 (Houston, Texas)
Early bird registration deadline: November 14, 2010

This year's theme, A Legacy of Empowerment, serves as a call to action for all attendees to remember and participate in NBLSA's rich tradition of excellence and community service. The NBLSA National Convention provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with students from across the nation, perform community service, and engage in enriching workshops. The meeting will also feature the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. Questions / Tell me more

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
40th Annual Conference on Environmental Law
March 17-19, 2011
(The Grand America,
Salt Lake City, UT
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Offers reduced registration rates and scholarship opportunities for ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources members who wish to attend. Join SEER for a conference spanning four days full of cutting-edge plenary and breakout sessions, packed with keynote and special speakers and an abundance of networking sessions. Sample a collection of complimentary audio programs of presentations conducted at last year's Annual Conference. Tell me more / listen to the audio programs

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

The meeting features four days of programming, distinguished speakers, networking breaks and social events. Special programming for Law Students includes: the Young Lawyer’s Interest Network Outreach Welcome Reception, International Practice Boot Camp Series, Pathways to Employment in International Law and more than 15 concurrent sessions in the Young Lawyer track. Tell me more

Live Teleconferences and Webcasts

Fees to participate on ABA Teleconference and Audio Webcasts vary by program. Unpublished discounts for these programs are available to ABA Law Student Division members.  For more information, contact the ABA Center for CLE

Commission on Law and Aging and the ABA Enterprise Fund Veterans Advocacy Pro Bono Project
Veterans Benefits: A Closer Look at the Veterans Administration Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD)

Live Visual Webcast - Free to all ABA Members
January 26, 2011 (2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time)

This program will take a closer look at the VA disability rating schedule, also referred to as the VASRD.  This schedule aids in the evaluation of disabilities resulting in a disease or injury incurred during or related to military service.  The program will discuss the different parts of the ratings schedule, including the evaluation of both physical and mental health disabilities. Tell me more

For a complete list of Live Teleconference and Webcasts, visit the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education website.

Other Items of Interest

Law Student Division
2010-2011 Arbitration Competition Regional Winners
Congratulations to the following regional winners of the Law Student Division 2010-2011 Arbitration Competition. These winners will advance to the National Finals, January 21-22, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Tell me more

  • California: Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Iowa: Drake University Law School
  • Kentucky: Northern Kentucky University - Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • Pennsylvania: University of Houston Law Center
  • Washington, DC: Stetson University College of Law

Law Student Division
2010-2011 Negotiation Competition Regional Winners
Congratulations to the following regional winners of the Law Student Division 2010-2011 Negotiation Competition. These winners will advance to the National Finals, February 11-12, 2011 in Atlanta, GA. Tell me more

  • Region 1: Boston College Law School
  • Region 2: Fordham University School of Law
  • Region 3: Georgetown University Law Center
  • Region 4: University of Miami School of Law
  • Region 5: Northwestern University School of Law
  • Region 6: Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Region 7: University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis
  • Region 8: University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Region 9: University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • Region 10: Willamette University College of Law

Labor and Employment Law
2010 Trial Advocacy Competition Semi-Finals

Congratulations to the following regional winners of the 2010 Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition semi-finals. These winners will advance to the National Final, January 29-30 in Los Angeles. Tell me more

  • Miami: Emory University
  • Washington: University of Virginia
  • Boston: George Washington University
  • San Francisco: University of California Berkeley
  • New York: Brooklyn Law School
  • Los Angeles: Southwestern Law School
  • Chicago: Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Dallas:  Baylor University

Senior Lawyers Division
Begin a Rewarding Career Advocating for the Rights of Seniors
If you are interested in Elder Law as a career or as an area of pro bono work in the future, you should join the SLD. It’s a fact that the elderly population is expected to double between 2000 and 2025.  Law students interested in pursuing a general practice career focusing on issues affecting the elderly should consider gaining valuable experience and connections through membership in the SLD. The Division is currently developing a future program to connect members of the Division seeking assistance on cases with law students interested in gaining hands on experience.  For questions, contact the Senior Lawyers Division at 312.988.5582.  Tell me more


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