ABA Law Student Division
May 2010 News and Activities

 

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Economic Recovery
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Find the latest information from the ABA on how to get through the economic downturn. Our 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

Highlights

Join the ABA Law Student Division Leadership Team (Deadline: June 1)

ABA Law Student Division Career Fair and Resume Review (8/6/10)

ABA Annual Meeting (8/5-10/10)

Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

Criminal Justice - Internship

Environmental Law - Diversity Fellowship

International - Internship

Litigation - Editorial Opportunity

Taxation - Public Service Fellowship

Awards, Scholarships
and Competitions

Dispute Resolution - Boskey Law Student Essay Writing Competition

Domestic Violence - 7th Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Environmental Law - Law Student Program of the Year Award

National Security - Writing Competition

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law - Writing Competition

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law - Student Writing Contest

Entity Meetings
and Events

6th Annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute (6/1/10)

8th Annual National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement (6/2-4/10)

26th National Forum on Client Protection (6/4-5/10)

12th Annual National Institute on Banking Law Basics (6/7-9/10)

18th Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section Fall Meeting (9/28-10/2/10)

Live Teleconferences
and Webcasts

The Ins and Outs of Publicity: Potential Benefits, Pitfalls, and Ethical Concerns to Your Client if Your Case is on the Local News (5/20/10)

Digital Platforms 101 (5/25/10)

The How and Why of the Administrative Lawyer: What Lawyers Need to Know to Represent Their Clients (5/26/10)

The New Wave of Dispute Resolution (5/26/10)

Re-Structured Financing: Voluntary or Involuntary Changes to Deal Structures (6/1/10)

Access to Public Records: Are Freedom of Information Acts Working Properly and How Can They Be Used Effectively (6/3/10)

Divorce: Taking the "Family" Out of the Family Business (6/9/10)

The Complex World of Licensing Songs and Composing Scores for Television, Film and Videogames (6/24/10)

Tax Exempt Bonds: Schedule K, Private Use, and Other Compliance Issues (6/29/10)

What Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Need to Know About Mitigating the Effects of a Projected $1.1 Trillion in New Tax Increases Over the Next 10 Years - Starting 2011 (7/27/10)

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Coming in June
2010-2011 Competitions
Entry Forms and Details
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Attention
Newly Elected SBA Presidents
and ABA Representatives

The ABA Law Student Division is currently collecting 2010-2011 election and appointment results from each of the 199 ABA-approved law schools across the country. If you are a recently elected / appointed SBA President or ABA Rep at your law school, please be sure to report your leadership position to the ABA using the appropriate reporting form. If you are interested in becoming an ABA Rep at your law school, please contact your law school dean or SBA President for information on how your law school elects or appoints individuals for this position. Tell me more

Career Resources

Health Law
Law Student Podcast Series | Free to the General Public

Is a career in health law for you? Join the Health Law Section for a series of teleconferences designed to help law students understand this field and succeed in obtaining an appropriate position once they graduate . Click on the links below to hear from a variety of practicing lawyers – both government and private practice – who will share their insights and experiences. Tell me more. For more information, contact Simeon Carson.

What Is a Career in Health Law? (11/17/09) | Podcast Audio File

How to Prepare for a Career in Health Law (1/26/10) | Podcast Audio File

Tips on Securing a Job in Health Law (4/6/10) | Podcast Audio File

Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law - Free Podcast Download
In this quick download of the January 27, 2010 teleconference, four lawyers with varied backgrounds in the fields of environmental, energy and natural resources law provide practical guidance on various career options, advice for achieving certain career goals, and overviews of their day-to-day practices. Free MP3 Download

Intellectual Property Law - On-Line Articles for Law Students
A group of the Section’s young lawyers offer their wisdom on issues that they have recently dealt with and that law students will soon experience. Visit the ABA-IPL law student webpage for articles in the new Careers in IP for Non-Technical Students series. Tell me more

Other Items of Interest

The California Supreme Court Historical Society Writing Contest
Award: $2,500 and publication in the Society's journal, California Legal History.
Entry deadline: June 30, 2010.
Tell me more

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Award: 10,000 euros

Recognizes authors contributing written papers on a subject related to the development and promotion of intellectual property. Tell me more

ABA Nominated for Webby Award
ABANow.org is one of five finalists for Best Law Website in the 14th annual Webby Awards, the leading international award program honoring excellence on the Internet, established by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Past winners include Amazon.com, eBay, Yahoo!, iTunes, Google, CNN, The New York Times, NPR, Twitter, Meetup, Wikipedia, Flickr, ESPN, Comedy Central, PBS, and The Onion.

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.

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Special Annual Meeting Issue Coming Next Month

ABA Annual Meeting & Career Fair
August 5-10, 2010
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
San Francisco, CA

Career Fair
August 6, 2010

Law Student Division Activities
August 5-7, 2010

May 28, 2010
Early Bird Advance Registration Deadline:

$50 LSD Members
$75 Non-Member Law Students

Registration Fee after May 28, 2010
$75 LSD Members
$100 Non-Member Law Students

The Law Student registration fee includes complimentary admittance to the Career Fair and most CLE programs during the meeting.

Law Student Division Annual Meeting Website

Law Student Division Annual Meeting Preliminary Program Brochure

Career Fair and Resume Review Information

ABA Annual Meeting Website

Online Registration and Housing Forms

Brochures including a printable/faxable Registration and Housing Form

 

 

 

ABA Student Health Insurance Plan Enrollment for Graduates
Deadline – May 22, 2010

Numerous graduating third year law students who are either currently unemployed or on deferred employment have inquired about the availability of health insurance from the ABA Law Student Division.

The ABA Law Student Division health insurance plan with UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR) offers a health insurance coverage extension for up to one year PROVIDED the student is a member of the ABA Law Student Division, currently carrying the Division’s plan with UHCSR, AND there is no break (lapse) in that coverage between the date of graduation and the first day of this one-year extension.

Graduating law students who are not currently carrying this health insurance coverage with the ABA Law Student Division UHCSR plan may still qualify for the graduate extension by enrolling and purchasing the last quarter of the 2009-2010 health plan no later than May 22, 2010.

Enrollment in the health plan by May 22, 2010 is an ABSOLUTE requirement of the carrier for graduating students seeking the extension coverage. Additionally, this program is offered to ABA Law Student Division members only. Tell me more

Join the ABA Law Student Division
Leadership Team

2010-2011 National Leadership Opportunities
Nominations Postmark Deadline: June 1, 2010

Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates
The Law Student Division elects three Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates to serve a one-year term. In short, these delegates are responsible for:

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

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

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

For more information, a position overview and a Nomination Form for the Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations position, visit the ABA Law Student Division website.

Circuit Lt. Governors
Application deadlines vary by Circuit -- Most application deadlines have been extended due to Finals
The opportunities for leadership development and professional advancement as a Lt. Governor are tremendous! Candidates for Lt. Governor need not have previous ABA Law Student Division involvement. The experiences are varied, the time commitment is manageable, and the rewards are numerous. Be part of an interested and motivated team of ABA Law Student Division members working together with SBA Presidents, ABA Representatives, Liaisons, and your fellow law student at every academic level to enhance the law school experience on a local and regional level. For information regarding opportunities available in your Circuit, visit your Circuit webpage or contact your Circuit Governor for details.

ABA Law Student Division
Career Fair and Resume Review
Friday, August 6, 2010 (San Francisco, CA)

CAREER FAIR
Friday, August 6 from 10am to 4pm

RESUME REVIEW
Thursday, August 5 from 2pm to 4pm and Friday, August 6 from 10am to 3pm

You are invited to attend the fourth annual ABA Law Student Division Career Fair, which takes place on Friday, August 6 in San Francisco during the ABA Annual Meeting. The Career Fair is structured as a table-talk and resume submission event to provide law students an opportunity to interact with legal employers without the typical stress of formal, sit-down interviews. Law students can drop off their resumes and meet representatives from law firms of all sizes, local, state and federal government agencies, military JAG, and public interest groups to discuss summer and new associate positions, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities.

The Law Student Division’s Career Fair also features a Resume Review component, with a panel of lawyers and legal recruiters available to critique resumes and offer suggestions to maximize impact and improve effectiveness.

Law students must be registered for the ABA Annual Meeting to gain access to the Career Fair and Resume Review. There is no separate Career Fair registration, but only law students wearing official ABA Annual Meeting name badges will be admitted to the Career Fair. Tell me more

ABA Annual Meeting
August 5-10, 2010
San Francisco, CA

Registration fees are $50 for members and $75 for non-members through May 28. After that, the fee will increase to $75 for members and $100 for non-members. (The additional $25 fee for non-members will be used to enroll the registrant into the American Bar Association as a Law Student member.) Tell me more

Law students registered for the Annual Meeting may also take advantage of the many educational sessions offered during the ABA Annual Meeting. While lawyers must pay for CLE events, registered law students generally are allowed complimentary admittance to educational events providing students the opportunity to meet and interact with legal professionals from across the country.

Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

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

Criminal Justice
Internship Opportunities
Applications accepted year-round

Previous successful candidates spent a summer or semester in the Washington, DC offices of the Section assisting with criminal justice policy
research, Section committee projects, and various other activities. 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 under served groups, other not-for-profit environmental organizations, and local, state, and federal governmental organizations that provide placements for summer Fellowship recipients. For more information contact
Julie Connell at (312) 988-5625. 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

Taxation
2011 Public Service Fellowship
Application Deadline: October 4, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Public Service Fellowship program. Applicants selected for interviews will be invited to attend the Section’s meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, January 20-22, 2011 and asked to participate in interviews on January 22, 2011. Tell me more  

Editorial Opportunity
Application Deadline: June 15, 2010

Are you a rising 2L or 3L interested in white collar criminal litigation?  Are you interested in an opportunity to influence the national outlook on criminal litigation?  Are you interested in networking and working with practitioners who are leaders in the field?  Are you interested in being published in a national newsletter?   Chances are, if your answer was “Yes” to the first question, so it was to the rest.  Here’s your chance to have it all.

The ABA Section of Litigation-Criminal Litigation Committee is looking for a motivated law student to fill a position on its newsletter editorial board.   This individual will be responsible for writing or soliciting two articles—non-law review type—each year and will assist in developing content of interest to young lawyers. If interested, please submit your name, ABA ID number and resume via email to Stacey Gottlieb by June 15, 2010.

Awards, Scholarships and Competitions

You must be an ABA Law Student Division member to be considered for the awards, scholarships or competitions listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
Law Student Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award
Nomination deadline extended: May 25, 2010

Recognizes the best student-organized educational program or public service project that focused on issues in the field of environmental, energy, or natural resources law. For more information, contact Julie Connell at (312) 988-5625. Tell me more

Domestic Violence
7th Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: May 31, 2010
Award: Publication in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law and an honorarium

Designed to further the legal needs of victims of domestic violence or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence. Tell me more

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
K. William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 1, 2010
Award: $2,500 cash; free one-year Section membership after graduation; airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Meeting.

Submissions should address a current, general interest, legal topic relating to a specific industry covered by the section. For questions, contact
Raiford Smith, ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the Section of Public Utility. Tell me more

Dispute Resolution
2010 Boskey Law Student Essay Writing Competition
Entry Deadline: June 15, 2010
Award: $
1000
 

Essay entries may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Tell me more

Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
2010 Student Writing Contest
Entry deadline: June 19, 2010

Award: $2,500; one-year free section membership; airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section Fall Meeting in Dana Point, California (November 19-22, 2010); and possible publication in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Journal.
This competition is designed to encourage and reward law student writing on real property, trust and estate law subjects. Tell me more



Law and National Security
2010 National Security Law Student Writing Competition: National Security in a Globalized World
Entry deadline: August 15, 2010

Award: $500; airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Standing Committee's 20th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, DC (November, 2010); possible publication in the National Security Law Report.
This competition is designed to encourage scholarly debate regarding current issues related to U.S. national security in the global environment; international security; international treaties and their impact on national security.
Tell me more

Entity Meetings and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
6th Annual Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Institute
June 1, 2010
Capitol Hilton Hotel (Washington, DC)

Tell me more

ABA Center for CLE
8th Annual National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement
June 2-4, 2010
Washington Marriott at Metro Center (Washington, DC)

The Civil False Claims Act (FCA) is the fastest growing area of federal litigation, particularly because of its unique qui tam enforcement mechanism. A panel of experts from DOJ, state AG offices, federal agencies, leading defense and plaintiff firms will discuss this ever-growing area of litigation and enforcement. Tell me more

Standing Committee on Client Protection
26th National Forum on Client Protection
June 4-5, 2010
Seattle Westin Hotel (Seattle, WA)

Among other highlights, topics explored during the 26th National Forum include: handling cross-border claims for reimbursement; recovering funds following lawyer bankruptcy and criminal proceedings; getting the most out of your fund’s reserves; a discussion of hot topics for lawyers’ funds for client protection; and the implications of a lawyer’s role in loan modification scams. In addition, the Committee will hold its annual Town Hall Meeting and Difficult Claims Workshop. 
Tell me more

Business Law
12th Annual National Institute on Banking Law Basics
June 7-9, 2010
Hotel Nikko (San Francisco, CA)

This comprehensive introduction to banking law regulations is designed for those considering a career as a banking lawyer, consultant or other bank professional. Take home a fundamental understanding of the basic laws and regulations governing banks and bank holding companies and attend a two-hour segment addressing the ethical considerations you may face when representing a banking organization.
Tell me more

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
18th Section Fall Meeting
September 29-October 2, 2010

Offers reduced registration rates and scholarship opportunities for ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources members who wish to attend. For more information, contact Julie Connell at (312) 988-5625. Tell me more

Live Teleconferences and Webcasts

Law Practice Management - Teleconference and Integrated Visual Webcast
The Ins and Outs of Publicity: Potential Benefits, Pitfalls, and Ethical Concerns to Your Client of Your Case Being on the Local News
May 20, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

This program is designed to give attorneys, particularly those without a marketing or media director, a better understanding of the issues when their case has the opportunity to be on the local television news. Tell me more

Entertainment and Sports Industries - 2010 Teleconference and Live Webcast Series
Digital Platforms 101
May 25, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

Discover the major digital video distribution trends, platform technologies, services, business models and related digital rights management solutions within the U.S. and abroad. Tell me more

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm - Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast
The How and Why of the Administrative Lawyer: What Lawyers Need to Know to Represent Their Clients
May 26, 2010 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm Eastern Time)

As entities seek to comply with the various regulatory requirements affecting business, there is a need for skilled legal personnel to work in this field. A diverse panel will provide advice and guidance on the dynamic and interesting field of administrative law. Tell me more

Forum on Franchising - Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast
The New Wave of Dispute Resolution
May 26, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

Th
e current dispute resolution system doesn’t work well for franchisers or franchises: nearly all would like to see disputes resolved faster, cheaper, and fairer.  Professor John Lande has identified techniques that he believes can make resolution of business disputes faster, cheaper, and fairer.  He calls his approach “planned early negotiation.”  A panel will take a critical look at how this approach might (or might not) work in the franchise area.  Tell me more

Entertainment and Sports Industries - 2010 Teleconference and Live Webcast Series
Re-Structured Financing: Voluntary and Involuntary Changes to Deal Structures
June 1, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

Significant challenges have emerged for borrowers and lenders as they re-evaluate traditional methods of loan restructuring and enforcing commercial loan facilities as they re-evaluate resources available to recapitalize a borrower’s balance sheet. Recent court decisions on fraudulent conveyances, intercreditor and syndicated loan issues have further added to these challenges. This program will explore current trends and strategies available to both borrowers and lenders.
Tell me more

Communications Law - 2010 Teleconference and Live Webcast
Access to Public Records: Are Freedom of Information Acts Working Properly and How Can They Be Used Effectively?
June 3, 2010 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm Eastern Time)

Explore how the federal FOIA works and does not work, in practice. Access to information under state public records laws will also be examined.
Tell me more

Family Law - Teleconference and Live Webcast Series
Divorce: Taking the "Family" Out of the Family Business
June 9, 2010 (12:00 Noon - 1:30pm Eastern time)

Review the difficulties that arise when spouses who co-own and operate a business decide to divorce. Topics include authority to make decisions regarding the business while the case is pending, compensation issues, dissipation, and access to business information, as well as the effect of one spouse leaving the business on its value. The panel will also discuss different options for settlement in these particularly difficult cases.  
Tell me more

Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries - 2010 Teleconference and Live Webcast Series
The Complex World of Licensing Songs and Composing Scores for Television, Film and Videogames
June 24, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

Panelists will discuss the many different types of licenses that are being negotiated for the use of pre-existing songs in audiovisual productions as well as the changing language for composer deals.
Tell me more

Health Law - Teleconference and Live Webcast Series
Tax Exempt Bonds: Schedule K, Private Use, and Other Compliance Issues
June 29, 2010 (12:00 Noon - 1:30pm Eastern time)

Over the past few years, the IRS has increasingly focused on post-issuance compliance of tax-exempt bonds and stepped up its examination activities.  The general IRS focus is on issues associated with document retention, private use of bond-financed space, policies and procedures, and arbitrage rebate calculations.  Compliance in these areas is not only important for tax purposes but is also important for complying with bond covenants. This program will focus on the highlights of what organizations should be thinking about in the area of post-issuance compliance.  
Tell me more

Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries - 2010 Teleconference and Live Webcast Series
What Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Need to Know About Mitigating the Effects of a Projected $1.1 Trillion in New Tax Increases Over the Next 10 Years - Starting 2011
July 27, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

Panelists will discuss Putting More Money Away in Deductible Form.
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