ABA Law Student Division
November 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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Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

Antitrust Law - Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project

Business Law - Diversity Clerkship

Immigration - Internship

International Law - Internship

Public Service - Internship

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Attention!
2011 Graduates

THE CLOCK IS TICKING
ACT NOW!

2011 BarBri Scholarship Application
Application Deadline:
November 30, 2010
Tell me more

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Career Development Opportunities and Resources

ABA eJournal - Find Satisfying Employment with the Federal Government (article)

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

State and Local Government - Resume Database

Taxation - Student eNews

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Vice Chair and Liaison Program

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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

Health Law - Writing Competition

Lawyers' Professional Liability - Levit Essay Contest

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice - Law Student Writing Competition

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Apply For ABA Law Student Division Grant Funds

ANY ORGANIZATION 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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Specialty Group Meetings
and Events

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

Criminal Justice and Taxation Joint Conference (12/2-3/10)

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)

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

Defending the Drug User ...PS Your Client is a Liar (11/17/10)

Getting Your First Job (11/18/10)

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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This Month's Featured
ABA Entity

Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development

About the Forum Committee - by Myshanda V. Upton, ABA Law Student Division 2010-2011 Liaison to the Forum Committee

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Other Items of Interest

Survey of LSAT Test-Takers with Disabilities

Begin a Rewarding Career Advocating for the Rights of Seniors

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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.

This past year, 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

Other Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships
December and January Deadlines Approaching

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

Immigration
Internship and Clerkship Program
ABA Washington, DC Office
Application deadline for Spring/Summer: December 1, 2010

The ABA Commission on Immigration seeks talented law students to assist in cutting-edge national advocacy work for immigrants, refugees and newcomers to this nation. Selected students will participate in research and development of various policy initiatives to ensure that immigration laws respect the due process rights of immigrants, to benefit adult and children immigrants and refugees detained by the ICE, and to promote pro bono practices across the country. Tell me more

Public Service
Internship Program
ABA Washington D.C. Office
Application deadline for Spring/Summer: December 1, 2010

The Division for Public Service provides summer internships to design and carry out a public interest legal research and writing project of particular interest to the law student. Typically involves conducting project research and writing; developing information for directories and other databases; coordinating survey development, distribution and results; or editing manuscripts for publication. 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. These paid Fellowships last for an eight-week period. 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

Non-Legal CareersNonlegal Careers for Lawyers (5th Edition)
This newly revised 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.

  
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
  
How to Start and Build a Law PracticeHow to Start and Build a Law Practice (5th Edition )
This newly updated Fifth Edition is a definitive guide to starting, growing, and maintaining a solo law practice, 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.

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.

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. For details and an application, click here. Note: The TIPS Vice Chair and Liaison Program is not part of the ABA Law Student Division Liaison Program.

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 with interests 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

From ABA eJournal (October 2010)
Find Satisfying Employment with the Federal Government
Law students may not immediately think of the federal government when it comes to employment options, but the benefits of such work are numerous, including challenging assignments that serve the public good, attractive work-life balance in the form of reasonable and flexible work hours, and the highest attorney salaries in the public sector. Read 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

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.

Health Law
9th Annual Writing Competition
Nomination deadline: December 3, 2010

The first place award includes publication in an issue of The Health Lawyer, a $500 honorarium, airfare, hotel for two nights and a $50 per diem for two days to attend the Emerging Issues Conference, February 23-25, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. For more information, contact Simeon Carson with the Health Law Section staff. Writing competition guidelines / Tell me more

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

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

First prize includes $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.  Second prize is $500 and an honorable mention in the section magazine; third prize is an honorable mention in the section magazine. 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

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Criminal Justice and Taxation - Joint Conference
National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud
December 2-3, 2010 (Hotel Nikko, San Francisco, CA)

Free to ABA Law Student Division members who volunteer to assist at the conference.
This is a great way to serve the profession while learning valuable legal information not often taught in law school. Law students who volunteer to assist preparing conference materials, aid with various registration tables, and attend panels to collect CLE registration forms will receive free admittance to the conference. Space is limited and assignments will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. Tell me more

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

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

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

Substance Abuse
Defending the Drug User…P.S. Your Client Is a Liar
November 17, 2010
(12:00 Noon-1:30pm Eastern Time)
Join an expert faculty as they provide valuable information about technical applications, limitations, nuances, and myths of various drug and alcohol testing methods. This program will include a discussion about the products used to attempt to falsify or negate a test result or cleanse the system of toxins.  This presentation will also focus on the use of such information in presenting evidence in family law cases regarding substance use and compliance with court orders for testing.  Tell me more

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (Teleconference)
Getting Your First Job
November 18, 2010 (1:00pm-2:15pm Eastern Time)

Complimentary to ABA Law Student Division members
Are you worried about how to get a job in this highly competitive legal market? Are you interested in learning tips and strategies that can help you increase your chances of finding a job? Would you like to hear from a diverse group of attorneys who will share their insights and guide you on your journey to finding a job once you graduate law school? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then please join the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section as they present their first annual teleconference on finding your first job. There will be time for you to ask questions of panelists. All calls are anonymous. Tell me more

This Month's Featured ABA Entity:
Forum Committee on
Affordable Housing and Community Development

About the Forum Committee
by Myshanda Upton, ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the Forum Committee (University of San Francisco School of Law)
On November 2, all I could think about were the communities that have been impacted by our political choices. I thought about how every decision for or against an issue or representative effects where someone can afford to live, whether the foreclosure rates will continue to rise, and if our communities will be safe or not.  Whatever side you are on, the current housing environment makes most people feel like they are losing. The Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development offers its members the ability to join the national  discussion about the impact legislature, statutes, and court decisions have on housing and community development law. Tell me more

Other Items of Interest

Mental and Physical Disability Law
Survey of LSAT Test-Takers with Disabilities

Deadline: December 1, 2010
Professor Carrie Griffin Basas of the University of North Carolina School of Law and a member of the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law is conducting a brief online survey of LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) test-takers with disabilities who received accommodations on the exam.  Anyone who has taken the LSAT—whether or not they ended up attending law school—and received an accommodation for the LSAT is eligible to participate.  The results of the survey will be completely confidential and anonymous.  The data will assist Professor Basas in understanding the potential impact of accommodated LSAT tests on law school admissions.  Tell me more

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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