ABA Law Student Division
January 2011 News and Activities

 

ABA Law Student Division Spring Circuit Meetings

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

During the Circuit Spring Meeting, 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

1st Circuit
February 19, 2011
Harvard University

2nd Circuit
February 26, 2011
Brooklyn Law School

3rd Circuit
February 12, 2011
Widener University - Delaware

4th Circuit
February 26, 2011
William & Mary School of Law

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

6th Circuit
February 26, 2011
University of Louisville
Brandeis School of Law

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
The George Washington University Law School

12th Circuit
February 19, 2011
Seattle University

13th Circuit
February 18, 2011
Loyola New Orleans

14th Circuit
February 19, 2011
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV

15th Circuit
February 26, 2011
University of New Mexico

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Upcoming Division Events and Initiatives

Law Student Diversity Day - March 2, 2011

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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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

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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Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Law School Clinics Under Fire
During the 2011 Midyear Meeting, the Section will consider Resolution 100A which reaffirms the ABA’s support for the ethical independence of law school clinical programs and courses and opposes outside efforts to interfere with clinics representing unpopular clients or causes. Tell me more

Accreditation of Foreign Law Schools
At its December 3-4, 2010 meeting the Section Council decided that until it has fully vetted the issue as to whether to expand the accreditation role of the Section to encompass law schools located outside of the U.S. and its territories, the Section will not proceed with consideration of any application for provisional approval from a foreign law school.  Read the Full Report / Read submitted Comment

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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)

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

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Vice Chair and Liaison Program

Young Lawyers Division - Career Development Audio Downloads

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Student Lawyer Magazine Seeks Students to Spotlight

Do you know any distinguished law students with intriguing life experiences outside the classroom? Student Lawyer may want to profile them in our Head of the Class column. Email suggestions and contact information to Student Lawyer today (subject line: Head of the Class).

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Writing Competitions and Awards

Affordable Housing and Community Development - Law Student Writing Competition

Criminal Justice - William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

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

Environment Energy and Resources - Program of the Year 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)

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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)

Beginner's Guide to Entertainment Law (1/27/11)

2010-2011 Rule of Law Informational Sessions Series: Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI) (1/27/11)

Hot Topics in Diversity Law (2/10/11)

Gotcha! Top Ten Insurance Traps for Corporate Counsel (2/18/11)

How to Ethically Prepare Corporate Witnesses for Deposition and Trail (2/18/11)

The American with Disabilities Act and Its Amendments: What's New and What Are the Hot Issues (2/23/11)

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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Career Growth is in Your Hands!

Grow your legal career by joining an ABA Section, Division, or Forum

Sections provide important resources focused on legal issues of interest to you. Sections can help you meet the challenges of law school and start building your career. Many Sections are FREE for students! For a complete listing and to join a Section, log on to MyABA or call 800.285.2221. Tell me more

Criminal Justice Section
Now on Facebook and Twitter
Follow the Criminal Justice Section on Facebook (fan page for ABA Criminal Justice Section) or twitter (ABACJS) to get the latest information and breaking news on Section activities and stay abreast of the issues important to the criminal justice community. Facebook / Twitter

Criminal Justice
Global Anti-Corruption Task Force (TF) Website
The TF Website provides 1) peer-reviewed cutting-edge analysis, articles, and updates; 2) a forum for submission of timely and topical articles; 3) one-stop shopping for online resources, tools, and links; and 4) information on upcoming events and seminars. 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 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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Back Issues of the
eNewsletter

Previous issues of the eNewsletter can be found by clicking here

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Letters to the Editor

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New Design - New Features
for Student Lawyer magazine

How to Start and Build a Law Practice 

Be on the lookout for the January 2011 issue of Student Lawyer with its new design, layout and features including advice from award-winning author and lawyer, Scott Turow.

Published monthly September to May, exclusively for Law Student Division members. Tell me more

 

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. The nomination form, candidate's statement and resume must be postmarked by February 1 using an overnight mail service (for example, UPS, Federal Express, DHL, etc) to furnish clear proof of sending and receipt . Nominations sent via regular or certified mail are not eligible for certification. This is a "strict liability" deadline and requirement. No exceptions will be granted.

Upcoming Division Events and Initiatives

Law Student Diversity Day
March 2, 2011
The ABA Law Student Division has selected March 2, as the official day law schools across the country sponsor educational programs and events that teach and foster respect for different races, genders, religions, sexual orientations and individuals with disabilities. The Diversity Committee’s website offers resources to help you organize events and initiatives for your law school's Diversity Day activities. Tell me more

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 encouraging 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
Nomination 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 download an application, click here.

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

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 20% discount through January 31 with discount code PEP9ASCG at checkout. To order these guides, visit our website or call the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221.

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. $22.50 (through January 31 with discount code PEB9ALSD at checkout) PC 5110508

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Criminal Justice
William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition
Application deadline: April 25, 2011
The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and airfare and accommodations to attend a Section meeting at which the award will be presented. Open to ABA Law Student Division members in good academic standing. The chosen topic may be 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

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. A preview of activities taking place during the Midyear Meeting is provided below. Tell me more

Litigation
ABA Day on Campus - Litigators Offer Career, Resume Advice

February 9, 2011 (2:30pm - 5:00pm)
Georgia State University College of Law

By Appointment Only - Resumes must be received by Wednesday, February 2
Learn about career paths in litigation and meet one-on-one with a practicing litigators to discuss your resume.  Interested students are invited to send their resumes to Sherion Reason.  Individual appointments will be scheduled, so please include any potential time conflicts.

ABA Day on Campus - Polish Your Resume and Interview Strategy
February 10, 2011 (3:00pm - 5:00pm)
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

By Appointment Only - Resumes must be received by Wednesday, February 2
Energize your job search!  Take this opportunity to meet with practicing attorneys to discuss your career goals.  Bring your resume and your questions about interview strategies.  To schedule an appointment, submit your resume to Sherion Reason.  Appointments will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Practice
Trials and Tribulations of Solo and Small Firm Practice
Georgia State University College of Law
February 10, 2011 (2:30pm - 3:30pm)

A panel of law professionals will discuss the trials and tribulations of solo and small firm practice, and how to best prepare yourself to get a job with a small firm.  Contact Grant Beardsley, ABA Law Student Division Liaison to GPSolo for more information. Tell me more

State and Local Government Law
Hot Topics in Diversity Law
February 10, 2011 (4:00pm - 5:30pm)
Georgia State University (140 Decatur Street, Room 100)

Co-sponsored and represented by each of the Atlanta area minority/diversity bar associations: Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys (GAAAA); Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL); Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia [GLBT] (SBA); South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA GA); Georgia Hispanic Bar Association (GHBA); and the Georgia Asian Pacific Bar Association (GAPBA).  The program is designed to focus on a current legal issue confronting the community(ies) served by their respective association, and/or an issue confronting practitioners or law students regarding minority/diversity in the legal profession.  The program admission fee is $10 for lawyers and free for law students. This event will be telecast as a Live Audio Webinar and Teleconference for those not attending the Midyear Meeting. 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)

Law students are invited to this complimentary reception 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 provides a forum for key stakeholders to address particular issues and build networks for change in legal education and the profession. Tell me more

Private Movie Screening: Robert Redford's New Film, The Conspirator
February 11, 2011 (7:30pm)
Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16 (261 19th Street NW)

Space is Limited - Reserve Your Seat by February 2
Midyear Meeting registrants and students attending Atlanta-area law schools are invited to an exclusive screening of Robert Redford’s new film, The Conspirator.  This true story chronicles the lone woman tried in the 1865 conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and the lawyer -- a Union war hero -- who defended her. The movie will be released to the public in April. Transportation will be provided to and from the theater for Midyear Meeting registrants.  Pickup and drop-off will be at the Marriott Marquis main entrance.  Seating at the theater is limited.  If you would like to attend, please send your name and number of attendees to movie@americanbar.org by Wednesday, February 2.

Tort Trail and Insurance Practice
I’m Getting My J.D. – Now What?
Friday, February 11, 2011 (4:00pm – 5:00pm)
Hyatt Regency Atlanta (265 Peachtree Street, NE)

A panel of legal experts will explain their experiences in the fields of tort, trial, and insurance law and will share their secrets of career success. After the panel, all students and recent alumni are invited to Gibney's Pub (231 Peachtree Center Ave) for refreshments. Additionally, TIPS will sponsor a one year ABA membership for the first 50 non-ABA member law students who RSVP to Linda Wiley with the Section staff and attend the event.

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 and Governor Election 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. Tell me more

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

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)

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

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

In additional to over 60 CLE programs across 8 program tracks and 6 mini-tracks, twice daily networking breaks, dynamic luncheon speakers, and exclusive receptions in the Capitol’s top venues, there will be special programming geared towards law students and young lawyers. The meeting has a program track with 19 sessions dedicated to Young Lawyers as well as the always popular Pathways to Employment in International Law, International Practice Boot Camp, Speed Networking, and the annual YIN Outreach Reception. Take advantage of Law Student and Early Bird Rates-- Register before February 28th!   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

Entertainment and Sports Industries
Beginner’s Guide to Entertainment Law
Live Audio Webinar and Teleconference
January 27, 2011 ( 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern)

Back by popular demand, this program discusses the significant challenges and the rewards for entering into the field of entertainment law. Seasoned entertainment lawyers will present a lively discussion for beginning entertainment lawyers. Get an insiders view of the basic considerations in starting an entertainment practice; where to find clients; gaining knowledge and experience in the various fields of entertainment law; an overview of ethical and professional responsibility issues especially important for entertainment lawyers; and common mistakes for would-be entertainment lawyers. A question & answer session will conclude the event. Tell me more

International Law
2010-2011 Rule of Law Informational Sessions Series: Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI)
January 27, 2011 (10:00am – 11:30am Eastern Time)
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
101 Constitution Avenue, Suite 900, NW , Washington, DC
FREE and presented in-person and as interactive teleconferences

This ROLI informational session will explore the notion of the rule of law, which organizations are involved in fostering the rule of law, and how to get involved.  The sessions are free of cost and presented in-person and as interactive teleconferences (advance registration is required). Teleconference will be recorded and accessible on the ABA International website. Advance Registration is required.  Tell me more

State and Local Government
Hot Topics in Diversity Law
Live Audio Webinar and Teleconference from the ABA Midyear Meeting

February 10, 2011 (4:00pm - 5:30pm Eastern)
Panelists will focus on current legal issues confronting the community(ies) served by their respective associations, and/or an issue confronting practitioners or law students regarding minority/diversity in the legal profession. Tell me more

Litigation
Gotcha! Top Ten Insurance Traps for Corporate Counsel

Live Webinar from the Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
February 18, 2011 (9:30am - 10:30am Eastern)

Insurance-related traps lurk in every case, even before suit. They trip the most sophisticated law departments and counsel.  Not spotting covered claims means lost insurance; notice/consent provisions can cause forfeitures; and insurer communications can be privilege minefields.  Learn the traps, how to avoid them, and even how to set some. Tell me more

Litigation
How to Ethically Prepare Corporate Witnesses for Deposition and Trial

Live Webinar from the Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar
February 18, 2011 (1:30pm - 2:30pm Eastern)
Litigators and in-house counsel will demonstrate how to ethically prepare corporate witnesses for deposition and trial based upon their experience in high-stakes litigation.  Videotaped deposition testimony from high-profile cases will demonstrate the need for proper corporate witness preparation. Tell me more

General Practice Solo, and Small Firm Practice
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Its Amendments: What's New and What Are the Hot Issues?
Live Audio Webinar and Teleconference
February 23, 2011 ( 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern)
Learn about the changes in the ADA brought about due to recent amendments as well as new and pending regulations implementing the Act. Also, participants will learn about the hot issues in this field of law. By the end of this program, you will better understand the changes in the ADA and be able to better spot issues across titles I, title II, and title III of the ADA as amended. Tell me more

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


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