ABA Law Student Division
September 2010 News and Activities

 

Plan to Attend Your Circuit
2010 Fall Leadership Summit

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Circuits 1-2-3-11
October 1-2, 2010
Villanova University School of Law
Details and Registration

Circuits 4-5-6
October 22-23, 2010
University of Miami School of Law
Details and Registration

Circuits 7-8-10-13
October 1-2, 2010
South Texas School of Law
Details and Registration

Circuits 9-12-14-15
October 8-9, 2010
Loyola Law School-Los Angeles
Details and Registration

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Proposed Revisions to the Standards for the Approval of Law Schools

Proposed Change - Rule 22 of the Rule for Approval of Law Schools

Proposed Amendment - Accreditation of Law Schools Outside the United States Borders

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Plan Your
2010 Work-A-Day
Project Today!

Law's Cool:
Creating Change with
Civic Education

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Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

Business Law - Diversity Clerkship

Children and the Law - Internship

Dispute Resolution - Internship

Immigration - Internship

Individual Rights - Internship

International Law - Internship

Litigation - Judicial Internship Opportunity Program

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law - Internship

Public Service - Internship

Rule of Law - Domestic and International Relations Internship

Taxation - Public Service Fellowship

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Awards and
Writing Competitions

Business Law - Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Communications Law - First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

Entertainment and Sports - Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition

Health Law - Writing Competition

National Law Review - 2010 Law Student Writing Competition

Taxation - Tax Challenge Competition

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Career Development Resources

ABA Legal Technology Resource Center

Health Law - Law Student Podcast Series

Taxation - Careers in Tax Law Book

Taxation - Student eNews

Young Lawyers Division - Podcast: Networking in a Difficult Economy

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Attention!
New Law Students

Now Available Online!

How to Survive Your
First Year of Law School

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Specialty Group Meetings
and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice 2010 Conference (11/4-5/10)

Criminal Justice 3rd Annual Sentencing & Reentry Institute (11/5/10)

Labor and Employment Law - 4th Annual Conference (11/3-6/10)

Labor and Employment Law - Careers in Labor and Employ Law (11/6/10)

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Live Teleconferences
and Webcasts

Construction Industry - MySpace and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know About Social Networking (9/23/10)

Science and Technology - A Brave New World: The Impact of Electronic Health Records and Exchanges on Industry Standards (9/26/10)

Intellectual Property - The Nuts and Bolts of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice (9/29/10)

ABA SmartSoloing School - Ethical Traps in E-Discovery (9/30/10)

Professional Responsibility - The Ethics of Investigations (10/5/10)

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, including Live Teleconferences and Audio Webcasts Tell me more

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Attention!
2011 Graduates

Now Available

2011 BarBri Scholarship Application
Application Deadline:
November 30, 2010
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Visit the ABA Job Board

Economic Recovery
Resources

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

Taxation
Job Locator Program

Continue to check the ABA Section of Taxation’s Job Locator site for jobs available in tax-related fields.   The site lists employment opportunities in law firms with tax practices, government entities in the tax profession, accounting firms and others.

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New Law Student
Member Benefit!

Save on all purchases of West, Foundation Press, and Gilbert study guides and selected publications.
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ABA Law School Visits

Panel Discussions on Careers in Criminal Justice
The panel discussions will highlight the careers of the panelists/invited guests and the benefit of using bar associations to network and meet decision makers in the criminal justice field. Tentative presentations are scheduled for:

Northwestern University School of Law
September 23, 2010

“Professions within Criminal Justice”
Panel Discussion Highlighting Careers in Criminal Justice

DePaul University College of Law
Room 905 Lewis Building
25 East Jackson Boulevard
September 24, 2010
12:15pm-1:30pm
All law students from the Chicagoland area are invited to attend

University of Miami School of Law
October 1, 2010

Widener-Delaware Law School
October 7, 2010

Howard University School of Law
November 4, 2010

Careers in Labor and Employment Law
These popular on-campus luncheon panels will resume in October. Tell me more

Brooklyn Law School
October 21, 2010

Roger Williams School of Law
October 27, 2010  

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Law Student Division Competitions
NOW AVAILABLE -- 2010-2011 Competition Entry Forms

Entry forms for the 2010-2011 competition season are now available.   Tell me more
  • Arbitration Competition
    Entry deadline: September 17, 2010
    This competition promotes excellence in arbitration advocacy. Tell me more
  • Negotiation Competition
    Entry deadline: September 17, 2010
    This competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. Tell me more
  • Client Counseling Competition
    Entry deadline: October 22, 2010
    A competition promoting preventive law and counseling functions. Tell me more

  • National Appellate Advocacy Competition
    Entry deadline: November 5, 2010
    A traditional moot court competition focusing on written and oral advocacy skills. Tell me more


Attend Your Circuit's Fall Leadership Summit

Members of the Law Student Division's 15 circuits will convene four Regional Leadership Summits. These summits are designed to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among law school leaders.  Attend your circuit summit and meet leaders from other schools in your region and discuss issues of mutual concern to law students and law schools in your area as well as professional development sessions and opportunities to network with attorneys.  All law students are encouraged to attend including current and aspiring law student leaders.  Registration is free and includes complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. Tell me more


Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Review and Comment:
Proposed Revisions to the Standards for Approval of Law Schools

Proposed Revision - Rule 22 of the Rule of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools (Deadline for Comment: October 15, 2010)
If a school loses its accreditation, loses its Title IV lending authority, ceases operation on its own accord or if its state license to operate is revoked, the school must develop a teach-out plan and may be required to enter into a teach-out agreement. A hearing on the proposed change is scheduled for November 6, 2010 (3:30pm-5:00pm) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. Written comments on the proposals and requests to speak at the hearing should be submitted to Charlotte Stretch, Assistant Consultant, no later than October 15, 2010. Tell me more

Proposed Recommendation - Accreditation of Law Schools Outside the United States Borders (Deadline for Comment: October 15, 2010)
A Special Committee on Foreign Law Schools Seeking Approval Under ABA Standards has recommended that the " Council should authorize the Accreditation Project to go forward with considering the accreditation of law schools outside the United States borders that meet all of the prevailing Section Accreditation Standards and Rules of Procedure." A prior report by a Special Committee on International Issues provides relevant background. Groups and individuals with relevant views on these matters are encouraged to review these reports and provide their comments regarding any of the recommendations contained in the report. Please email your comments to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar using " Foreign Law Schools" as your subject. Tell me more

For more information about the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, visit their website by clicking here.


2010 Work-A-Day Community Service Project
Law's Cool: Creating Change with Civic Education

Work-A-Day is the annual public service project of the ABA Law Student Division which brings law students from across the country together to participate in a one day public service project in their community. Law schools and students are encouraged to create activities and events during the first two weekends of October to promote and educate their communities about the role and structure of local, state and federal governments. Use this opportunity to demonstrate how the voices of even a small group can be heard and how everyone can make a difference in contributing to positive change. Tell me more


Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

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

Taxation
2011 Public Service Fellowship
ABA Washington, DC Office
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  

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. You 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

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law
Internship Opportunities         
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline for Spring (January to May): Mid-December, 2010

Duties include using Westlaw to research disability law issues, cite-checking cases and legislation, and assisting with various other Commission projects. Tell me more

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

Seeks to provide internship opportunities for minority or financially disadvantaged law students, those who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the legal profession. The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first or second year minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in participating cities. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications. Interns will receive an award of $1,500. 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 physical disability, financial constraints, or cultural impediments to becoming a law student. Tell me more

Children and the Law
Internship Opportunity
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline: Year-round

Internships are available during the summer, spring and fall for students with an interest in child welfare issues.  Summer internship positions will be focused on child and adolescent health; a background in health or psychology is strongly preferred for this position.  Tell me more

Dispute Resolution
Internship Opportunity
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline: Year-round

Law student interns focus on ADR research into emerging critical issues under the supervision of an attorney, conduct needs assessment and systems design for dispute resolution in specific practice areas or institutions, and make site visits to local programs such as the D.C. Court's Multi-Door Program.
Tell me more

Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Internship Opportunities
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline: Year-round

The Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities is the only entity within the ABA dedicated solely to civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues. Legal interns work directly with Section attorneys and other staff members on policy and project development and implementation: conducting legal research and assisting in monitoring state and federal legislative developments on various civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights issues. 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

Rule of Law Initiative
Domestic and International Relations Internships
ABA Washington, D.C. Office
Application deadline: Year-round

Responsibilities will vary depending on the section’s immediate needs. Duties may include assisting the department with the management of international programs, monitoring the political and economic developments in a region, researching areas of interest, aiding with correspondence, working with program and in-country staff on day-to-day support tasks, and performing administrative duties requested by the relevant office staff. Tell me more 


Awards and Writing Competitions

National Law Review
2010 Law Student Writing Competition
October 2010 Feature: Health Care Law (Submission deadline: September 27th, 2010)
November 2010 Feature: Labor & Employment Law (Submission deadline: October  25th, 2010)

Offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the
NLR Web site. Content Guidelines must be followed by all entrants to qualify. Entries must be submitted via email to your law school’s NLR Marketing Coordinator by 5:00pm (Central Standard Time) on the dates indicated above. Tell me more

Communications Law
First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition
Entry deadline: October 1, 2010

Teams from ABA-approved law schools are invited to participate in the 2010-11 First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition. Eight teams will be selected to write a brief of no more than 30 pages on a hypothetical “hot topic” in media law. The four teams with the best briefs will receive a free trip to square off in a moot court competition at the Forum on Communications Law’s Conference in Rancho Mirage, California.  Tell me more

Taxation
Law Student Tax Challenge (LSTC)
Submission deadline: November 5, 2010
An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, each two-person team is asked to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in an everyday tax practice. View slideshows of students and judges in action from past competitions! Winners accept their awards after the final decisions are rendered. This year's J.D. problem focuses on the personal income tax effects of a famous athlete's divorce from his wife, as well as his subsequent attempts to revive his marriage and his professional sports career. The LL.M problem focuses on a wealthy energy tycoon's attempt to reorganize his existing investments and acquire an interest in the burgeoning electric car business. Tell me more

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

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, one ticket to The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner. The ELI Essay Competition invites law students focusing on the entertainment practice to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. The contest culminates with the winning student authors 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; 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


Career Development Resources

Legal Technology Research Center
Looking for discounts on hardware and software? Want to learn how to get the most out of the software you already have? Come visit the resource page just for law students from the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center. We’ll help you leverage technology from law school into law practice.  Tell me more

Health Law
Law Student Podcast Series | Free to the General Public
Is a career in health law for you? Hear from a variety of practicing lawyers – both government and private practice – who will share their insights on this exciting area of law. These free teleconferences are designed to help law students understand the field and succeed in obtaining an appropriate position once they graduate from law school. For more information, contact Simeon Carson with the Health Law staff. Tell me more

Taxation
Student eNEWS
Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of tax and how it relates to law students.  The ABA Tax Section’s Student eNEWS highlights career information, interviews with prominent tax practitioners, and upcoming Section meetings and events. Tell me more

Taxation
Careers in Tax Law Book
If you’re considering what specialty to pursue, consider tax!  The Tax Section has published Careers in Tax Law: Perspectives on the Tax Profession and What It Holds for You, an informative guide to this area of law 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. You’ll see 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

Young Lawyers
Podcast - Networking in a Difficult Economy
Available only to ABA member (Free)
Whether you are a young lawyer or law student, are currently employed or not, this program will help you build a solid network. Downloadable topics include the following. Tell me more

  • Networking based on your practice setting
  • “Starting out” as a new lawyer or law student
  • Best types of events to attend with limited free time and resources
  • Preparing to attend an in-person event
  • Following-up after an in-person event
  • Using Social Media


Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
2010 Administrative Law Conference
November 4-5, 2010
Capitol Hilton (1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC)

Free to ABA Law Student Division members
Join national experts as they discuss current issues in election law, government affairs, immigration, environment and energy, and rulemaking and regulatory policy.  ABA Law Student Division members are also invited to a free breakfast and presentation, “ The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:  What Legal Employers Look For In Candidates,” featuring senior attorneys discussing tips to help you navigate the interviewing process.  Contact the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice for more information.  Tell me more

Criminal Justice - White Collar Crime Committee
Fall Conference – Third Annual Sentencing & Reentry Institute and Criminal Justice Legal Educators Colloquium
November 5, 2010
The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel (415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC)
Discounted $25 Registration Fee for all ABA Law Student Division Members

Join the Criminal Justice Section for a discussion of critical White Collar Crime practice issues. Featuring a Town Hall Meeting focusing on audience participation where you will have the opportunity to be heard and ask questions of the experts on timely topics. Tell me more

Labor and Employment Law
4th Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference
November 3-6, 2010
Chicago Marriott Hotel Downtown (540 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago Illinois)
This program will be attended by more than 1,000 attorneys from around the country. This event is complimentary to all ABA Law Student Division members who are also members of the Section of Labor and Employment law. To join the ABA Law Student Division and/or the Section Labor and Employment Law, click here. Membership in the Section of Labor and Employment Law is free for law students. Membership in the Law Student Division is $25 per year or you may purchase a three-year membership for $60. Tell me more

Labor and Employment Law
Complimentary Luncheon: Careers in Labor and Employment Law: How-To Exploration of Options and Advice for Law Students on Finding the Right Job
November 6, 2010 (1:00pm-2:15pm)
Chicago Marriott Hotel Downtown (540 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago Illinois)

Attendance and lunch is complimentary for those who RSVP in advance to Tracey Moore .
Take this opportunity to meet with leading labor and employment law attorneys and discover the many varied career paths available to new lawyers in this growing specialty area. You will receive concrete advice on how to get a job that interests you, whether in a big firm practice, a union legal staff, a boutique litigation firm, a federal regulatory agency, or a corporate legal department. 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

Construction Industry (Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast)
MySpace and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know About Social Networking
September 23, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

This cutting-edge program will provide key information about the many new legal issues arising from employees' use and misuse of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other forms of social networking.  Learn about employer liability, issues surrounding the monitoring and interception of electronic communications, recommended employer policies, and the use of social media as evidence.  Given the increased use of social media, bloggers and Facebook users, it's only a question of " when" these issues will arise. Tell me more

Science and Technology Law (Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast)
A Brave New World: The Impact of Electronic Health Records and Exchanges on Industry Standards
September 26, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

With 2010 shaping up as a revolutionary year in healthcare, the industry is being redefined.  The transition towards longitudinal Electronic Health Records including the use of Health Information Exchanges (HIE) will require new methodologies and strategies, and give rise to new technological and legal issues. Hear perspectives from healthcare industry professionals as well as legal expertise from practitioners in the field.  Tell me more

Intellectual Property Law (Teleconference and Integrated Visual Webcast)
The Nuts and Bolts of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Practice
September 29, 2010 (11:30am-1:00pm Eastern Time)

Join an expert panel as they discuss the most often encountered aspects of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) practice including pleadings, discovery, motion practice, and ethical concerns.  Tell me more

Center for Continuing Legal Education (Presented in conjunction with the ABA 3-Day Virtual Event / Webcast Series: ABA SmartSoloing School, September 28-30, 2010)
Ethical Traps in E-Discovery
September 30, 2010 (11:00am-12:30pm Eastern Time)

Electronically Stored Information (ESI)  often is the most cost effective way to keep and transmit information today.  Storing and sharing information electronically, however, presents several ethical risks in discovery.  Join an experts panel to learn how to avoid e-Discovery ethics traps. Tell me more

Professional Responsibility (Teleconference and Integrated Visual Webcast)
The Ethics of Investigations
October 5, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

Lawyers are frequently called on to conduct, oversee, plan, or use the fruits of investigations.  Of course, the ethics rules and case law limit a lawyer’s role and activities in investigations:  Is any deception permitted?  Is any contact with an opposing party permissible?  And many other laws also govern the conduct of lawyers and their investigators:  When does surveillance stray into trespass, stalking, or invasion of privacy?  Are some forms of online interaction forbidden?  When does creative online digging turn into violations of federal law?  A panel of experts on ethics and on the law governing investigations will address all these questions and more. Tell me more


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