American Bar Association - Law Student Division
Law Student News and Activities
April 2012

In this Issue

Join Our Leadership Team

Attention 2012-2013 Law School Leaders - Report Your Leadership Position to the ABA

Section of Legal Education News

Podcasts and Live Webinars

Internships, Clerkships and Fellowships

Competitions and Writing Contests

Law Student Division Career Series Publications - Top Picks

Career Development Resources

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Legal Entry-Level
Job Opportunities

Looking for an entry-level or junior-level position?  Visit the ABA job board for more than 400 associate positions waiting to be filled!


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Law Student Study Abroad Programs

Law students planning to study abroad should refer to the criteria provided by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

2012-2013 Officers-Elect

During the Division's March Board of Governors Meeting, the Board elected the following individuals to serve as your 2012-2013 Officers:

Adena Leibman

Lewis & Clark Law School

Vice Chair-Elect
Raychell Tasher

Florida A&M University College of Law

Matt Gorney

University of Kansas School of Law

Representative to the ABA Board of Governors-Elect
Bryan Rogers

Valparaiso University School of Law

The new Officers will serve as Elects through the ABA Annual Meeting in August. At the conclusion of the Division's Assembly, they officially will assume their positions as 2012-2013 Officers.

2012-2013 Circuit Governors

During the Spring Circuit Meetings held this past February and March, the SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives elected the following individuals to serve as your 2012-2013 Circuit Governors:

1st Circuit
David Husband

Harvard Law School

2nd Circuit
Shantal Sparks

New York Law School

3rd Circuit
Scott Barlow

Earle Mack School of Law
Drexel University

4th Circuit
Brendan Manning

Charlotte School of Law

5th Circuit
Jamila Young

Florida A&M University School of Law

6th Circuit
Zachary Berkstresser

Ohio Northern University
Claude W. Pettit College of Law

7th Circuit
Katrina Castillo

Valparaiso University School of Law

8th Circuit
Andrew Polzin

University of South Dakota
School of Law

9th Circuit
Steven Cometa

Whittier Law School

10th Circuit
Jordan Haygood

Oklahoma City University
School of Law

11th Circuit
Michael Andry

Howard University School of Law

12th Circuit
Brian Church

University of Idaho College of Law

13th Circuit
Braxton Bragg

Texas Wesleyan University
School of Law

14th Circuit
Laura Tucker

William S. Boyd School of Law
University of Nevada-Las Vegas

15th Circuit
Lucas LaRose

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Arizona State University

The 2012-2013 Circuit Governors officially took office on Sunday, March 18, 2012.


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Letters to the Editor

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ABA Annual Meeting
August 2-7, 2012 (Chicago, IL)
Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 31, 2012

The ABA Annual Meeting early-bird registration fee for law students is only $50 ($75 for ABA non-member law students*) until May 31. Beginning June 1, the student rate will increase to $75 ($100 for ABA non-member law students*). Your registration fee includes an "all access to CLE" student badge giving you free access to most educational events sponsored by the ABA's various practice-specific entities.

*Note: The additional $25 for non-member law students will be used to provide eligible registrants with a one-year membership in the ABA Law Student Division.

Join Our Leadership Team
Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2012

Submit Your Nominations for
Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates
or Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations

Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates
Position Overview and Nomination Form
The Law Student Division elects three Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates (the ABA's governing body) to serve a one-year term. In short, these delegates are responsible for:

  • Representing the Division in 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 and legal education filed with the House;
  • Serving as the primary contact and coordinators to the 65+ Law Student Division liaisons to other ABA entities; and
  • Working with Division and other ABA leaders to promote, advocate and lobby for law student and legal education legislation.

Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations
Position Overview and Nomination Form
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 organizations.
Attention 2012-2013 Law School Leaders
Report Your Leadership Position to the ABA Today

The Law Student Division requests that all SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives submit a Division Reporting Form so we may communicate information about important events and responsibilities relating to your leadership position in your law school.

SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives, are very important leaders in the ABA, as you serve as the (2) official voting delegates in the ABA Law Student Division Assembly - the Division’s 400-member governing body. In addition to electing the circuit governor for your region, as Assembly delegates, you also represent your school at the ABA Annual Meeting in August by electing the Division Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates and the Vice Chair-SBA, and debating and voting on ABA policy issues affecting law students and legal education.  

By completing the Reporting Form, you will also be subscribed to our SBA Presidents or ABA Representatives list serves to allow you to connect with other law school leaders across the country, and receive important information and updates on legal education and accreditation issues, best practices, and other law student related issues.

Section of Legal Education News

Written Comments Encouraged - Revisions to Standard 509: Basic Consumer Information
At its March 16-17, 2012, meeting, the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar approved for Notice and Comment proposed revisions to Standard 509: Basic Consumer Information. The proposed revisions are published on the Section’s website. A hearing is scheduled from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654. Written comments regarding the proposed changes and requests to speak at the hearing are being accepted by JR Clark through April 27, 2012. [Tell me more]

Provisional Approval of the University of La Verne College of Law
The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, at its meeting on March 16-17, 2012, granted provisional ABA approval to the University of La Verne College of Law in Ontario, California.

Podcasts and Live Webinars


Law Student Division - 12th Circuit Spring Meeting - Saturday, February 18, 2012 (Portland, OR)
Listen to practicing attorneys provide their perspectives on how to thrive in the legal profession. Discover the secrets to finding your first legal job, internship or clerkship and take note of the many valuable tips and strategies for adjusting and thriving in the legal profession. [Tell me more]

Business Law
Essentials in Job Hunting for the New Lawyer

Center for Continuing Legal Education
CLE Now -- Access digital downloads of programs at your convenience. [Tell me more]

Live Webinars
Fees to participate on ABA Live Webinars vary by program. Unpublished discounts and scholarships for these programs are available to ABA Law Student Division members.  For more information, [contact the ABA Center for CLE].

Environment, Energy and Resources Law

Health Law

Intellectual Property Law

Labor and Employment Law


Science and Technology Law

State and Local Government

Young Lawyers Division

Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

International Law Internship Opportunity
Application deadline varies by location
Intended to facilitate the establishment of legal internships for U.S. law students interested in the practice of international law with overseas law firms.

Competitions and Writing Contests

Criminal Justice Section “Citizen Amicus Project
Award: $500 and possible publication in the Criminal Justice Newsletter
Topic:  Fourth Amendment issues raised by law enforcement's warrantless use of trained narcotics dogs to detect narcotics from outside of a home based on the Florida v Jardines case currently before the Supreme Court. Submissions will be accepted until the case is decided. [Tell me more]

Law Student Division Career Series Publications -- Top Picks
Non-Legal Careers Careers in Animal Law
Hot off the Presses - How do I use my law degree to help animals? Combining profiles of lawyers from all areas of animal law practice with insightful, practical advice, the author lays out everything you need to know to pursue a legal career in animal law, find the job, locate the clients, identify the issues, and help the animals. [PC 5110723]
Non-Legal Careers Nonlegal 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. [PC 5110567]

Legal Careers The 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. [PC 5110667]
How to Start and Build a Law Practice How 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. [PC 5110508]

Other Publications of Interest to Law Students

Criminal Law - Careers in Criminal Law
Provides the reader with insight into the type of person who will do well in a career in criminal law and how to find your niche in this specialty.

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law - Directory of Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities (BIAD)
Review of state bar requirements for requesting accommodations for the bar exam in the form of questions asked for character and fitness (as they relate to disabilities).

Taxation - Careers in Tax Law Book
An informative guide presented in a series of offerings - autobiographies in miniature - by a broad cross section of working tax professionals.

The Road to Independence:  101 Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms 
A collection of 101 letters from women who have taken the courageous and difficult step of creating a law firm of their own, either as a solo or with others.

Career Development Resources

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Legal Technology Research Center (LTRC)

FREE Networking Opportunities for Law Students
Section of Litigation
Life After Law School

April 19, 2012 (5:30pm-7:00pm)
JW Marriott Hotel, Russell/Hart Rooms
Washington, DC
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Section of Dispute Resolution
April 19, 2012
Hyatt Regency Hotel (Washington, DC)

  • Career Paths in ADR
  • Networking Reception
  • Young Lawyer/Law Student Dine Around

Held in conjunction with the Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference [Tell me more]

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Communications Law 31st Annual CLE Program on Representing Your Local Broadcaster
April 15, 2012 - Encore Wynn Hotel (Las Vegas, NV)

Dispute Resolution - 14th Annual Spring Conference
April 18-21. 2012 - Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (Washington, DC)

ProBono and Public Service 2012 Equal Justice Conference
May 17-19, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront (Jacksonville, FL)


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