American Bar Association
Law Student Division
October 2011 News and Activities

Division Competitions / Work-A-Day Community Service / Teleconferences & Webinars / Internships, Clerkships & Fellowships / Career Development Resources / Networking and Career Development Events / ABA Competitions and Writing Contests / Specialty Group Meetings and Events / News From the Sections / Entity Liaison Spotlight / Contact Us / MyABA

 

2011 Work-A-Day
Community Service
Legal Gideon: Representation for All
Tell me more

-----------------------

Teleconferences and Webinars

Business Law - 1-2-3s of Finance (11/10/11)

Business Law - Understanding Third Party Legal Options (12/8/11)

Business Law - How to Use Forms Wisely in Secured Transactions (12/15/11)

Construction Law - The Effects of Bankruptcy on Construction Projects (11/15/11)

General Practice, Solo and Small Firms - The Accidental Nonprofit Lawyer (10/27/11)

Health Law - Fundamentals of Medicare/Medicaid (12/17/11)

International Law - A Review of Recent Developments in International Securities Regulation and Enforcement (10/27/11)

Science and Technology Law - Cloud Computing Demystified (10/27/11)

Women in the Profession - Road to Independence: Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms (10/24/11)

Young Lawyers - Using Social Media in Discovery - Avoiding Ethical Land Mines (11/1/11)

----------------------

Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

Antitrust - Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project

Business Law - Diversity Clerkship Program

Taxation - Public Service Fellowship

-----------------------

Enter 2011-2012 Law Student Division Competitions

Develop the skills you will use as a practitioner while enhancing your resume. Tell me more

Other Practical Skills Competitions

Taxation - 11th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge

----------------------

Writing Competitions

Antitrust Law - Writing Competition

Business Law - Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

Construction Industry - 2011 Law Student Writing Competition

Health Law - Student Writing Competition

---------------------------

Career Development Resources

NEW Career Series Publication - Careers in Animal Law

Business Law - Helpful Articles

Law Student Division - Career Series Library

Legal Technology Research Center

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law - Directory of Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities

State and Local Government - Resume Database

---------------------------

Networking and Career Development Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Call-In Brownbag Series

Criminal Justice - Careers in Criminal Justice (10/27/11)

International Law - Pathways to Employment in International Law Series (beginning 10/21/11)

Legal Technology Research Center - Tech Tuesdays Series (beginning 10/25/11)

-----------------------

ABA Center for CLE Seeks Law Student Volunteers in Exchange for Free Program Admission
Tell me more

-----------------------

Communications Law
Scholarship to Attend Annual Conference and Media Advocacy Workshop

Tell me more

-----------------------

Attention Graduates
Deadlines Approach For Bar Review Discounts

BARBRI will be awarding partial bar review scholarships to ABA Law Student Division members. The post-marked deadline for February 2012 bar examinees is November 16, 2011. See the inside back cover of your October Student Lawyer for details.

-----------------------

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Fall Conference (11/16-17/11)

Criminal Justice Victims Committee - Luncheon Meeting (10/27/11)

Criminal Justice - 2011 Fall Conference: Criminal Justice Legal Education Colloquium and 4th Annual Sentencing and Reentry Institute: Reducing Reliance on Incarceration (10/27-28/11)

Family Law - Fall CLE Conference (10/26-29/11)

Taxation - 2012 Midyear Meeting (2/16-18/12)

-----------------------

News From the Sections

Criminal Justice - Citizens Amicus Project

Criminal Justice - Peer-to-Peer Project

Women in the Profession - Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award Video

-----------------------

Liaison Spotlight

Section of
Public Contract Law

The Section of Public Contract Law is a wonderful group that welcomes law students with open arms. Tell me more

----------------------

2011-2012 Law Student Health Insurance information is now available

UnitedHealthcare Student Resources gives you the financial peace of mind knowing that should the unexpected happen, you and your dependants are covered while giving you more benefits for your buck. And providing there is no lapse in your coverage, you can keep your coverage for an additional year after graduation. For more information, click here or call 800.505.5450.

-----------------------

Support Breast Cancer Research by Simply Requesting a Liberty Mutual Quote

Liberty Mutual will contribute $5 to the Komen Foundation for each completed auto, home, and renters quote between October 1 and November 30, 2011.  Tell me more

------------------------

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

-----------------------

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

------------------------

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.

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.

------------------------

Free Subscriptions

Law school administrators who wish to be added to our eNewsletter monthly mailing list, should send an email to the Division at abalsd@americanbar.org.

Letters to the Editor

For comments or suggestions to the eNewsletter, please contact the Law Student Division at abalsd@americanbar.org.

------------------------

American Bar Association
Law Student Division
321 N. Clark Street
19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
www.americanbar.org

 

 

Here's Your Chance to Win $10,000
Just By Visiting Our Facebook Page

Enter today to be eligible for all weekly prizes!
The sweepstakes ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Time on October 31, 2011

Enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 in the ABA Facebook Sweepstakes and put a dent in your law school debt! The ABA will put a dime in the grand prize jackpot for every law student attending an ABA-approved law school who Likes the ABA for Law Students Facebook page. So, tell all your law school friends and pump up the grand prize jackpot!

In addition, when you register in the sweepstakes, you’ll have a chance to win weekly prizes:

  • Two $1,250 travel packages from Hertz
  • Six $500 gift certificates for bar review courses from BARBRI

Competition Deadlines Approaching

The Law Student Division's national competitions offer participating students a forum to develop the very skills they will use as practitioners, and a chance to meet and network with fellow law students—future colleagues—from around the nation. Competitions also provide an excellent opportunity for law students to gain important resume-building experience and recognition. Tell me more

Client Counseling Competition
Entry deadline: October 21, 2011
Tell me more

National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Entry deadline: November 4, 2011
Tell me more

Plan Your Work-A-Day
Community Service Activity Today!
Legal Gideon: Representation for All
October 2011

The October Work-A-Day project 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 communities. This year's theme, “Civil Gideon: Representation for All", is designed to encouraged law students to create activities and events that contribute to the civil legal representation of those in their communities without the means to hire lawyers.

A Work-A-Day Tool Kit, available online, will help get you started, but please feel free to be creative in designing programs that target the unique civil representation-related challenges in your community. Work-A-Day provides a meaningful way for law students to give back to the community and help effect real change for people. The Law Student Division encourages students and law schools to get involved by implementing a Work-A-Day initiative during the 2011-2012 school year. Your community will benefit from your efforts. Tell me more

Teleconferences and Webinars

Fees to participate on ABA Teleconference, Webinars and Audio Webcasts 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.

Women in the Profession (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
The Road to Independence: Women's Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms
October 24, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)
The Commission’s newest publication, The Road to Independence, recounts the experiences and insights of 101 women lawyers who have taken the courageous and difficult step of creating a law firm of their own, either as a solo or with others. Panelists will discuss why an increasing number of women are opting to create their own law firms and will share practical advice and lessons learned. This program will serve as a catalyst and inspiration for any woman lawyer contemplating the possibility of blazing her own trail to success and fulfillment. Tell me more

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
The Accidental Nonprofit Lawyer
October 27, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)
Learn the basic triage and survival tips for nonprofit clients or your personal volunteer activities. Panelists will cover governance, state registrations, choice of entity, tax implications, conflicts of interest, basic nonprofit law, and other important skills. Tell me more

International Law (Video Conference)
12th Annual "Live from the SEC" - A Review of Recent Developments in International Securities Regulation and Enforcement
October 27, 2011 (11:30am-1:30pm Eastern Time)
Participate in a live video conference with high-ranking Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff. Tell me more

Science and Technology Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
Cloud Computing Demystified
October 27, 2011 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm Eastern Time)
Learn the business model of cloud computing, and how to mitigate the legal risks.  Panelists will impart actionable recommendations concerning cloud computing so that your clients and your office can properly and productively assess the benefits and risks of embarking upon a cloud computing undertaking. Tell me more

Young Lawyers (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
Using Social Media in Discovery - Avoiding Ethical Land Mines
November 1, 2011 (1:00 Noon-1:30pm Eastern Time)
Panelists will discuss the use of social media as discovery tools through the use of fact patterns.  Explore whether the use of such discovery is ethically permitted under recent state and federal case law and analyze the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as it relates to social media. Tell me more

Business Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
1-2-3s of Finance
November 10, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)
This nuts and bolts session will provide an overview of the national market system and roles of intermediaries and financial advisors, plus business finance and valuation concepts. Tell me more

Construction Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
The Effects of Bankruptcy on Construction Projects
November 15, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)
This creditor and debtor focused program will address fundamental construction specific bankruptcy issues including the treatment of mechanics liens in bankruptcy, the impact of bankruptcy on sureties and bonds, how to protect your client prior to filing for bankruptcy and working for the debtor post-petition. You will also learn strategies to seek and potentially achieve recovery despite the bankruptcy obstacle. Tell me more

Business Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
Understanding Third Party Legal Options
December 8, 2011 (1:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time)
Panelists will address the fundamentals of third party legal opinion practice in order to give you an understanding of what is involved in preparing and reviewing legal opinions given in connection with the closing of transactions. Tell me more

Business Law (Live Webinar and Teleconference)
How to Use Forms Wisely in Secured Transactions
December 15, 2011 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)
Panelists will walk you through various forms used in secured transactions and highlight key elements that should be included, the viewpoints of the borrower and secured party, traps for the unwary, and provide valuable drafting tips. Tell me more

Health Law (Live Webinar)
Fundamentals of Medicare/Medicaid
December 17, 2011 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm Eastern Time)
Gain an understanding of the types of health care services covered by the Medicare and Medicaid programs, how these services are paid, and the differences in how each program is regulated and administered.  Panelists will guide you through the various strategies and resources for researching the often complicated questions raised by health care clients participating in multiple federal health care programs. Tell me more

Internships, Clerkships, and Fellowships

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

Taxation
2012-2014 Public Service Fellowship
Application deadline: November 1, 2011
Provides funding for 2 recent graduates or judicial clerks who commit to working in a tax-related 501(c)(3) organization for two years.  Both LLM and JD candidates are eligible to apply. The Fellowships were established to address the need for tax legal assistance, and to foster an interest in tax-related public service among those individuals who participate. Tell me more

Antitrust Law
Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project
Application deadline: November 4, 2011
This 8-week paid fellowship provides law students with the opportunity to work for the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial Offices of Attorneys General throughout the United States, as well as the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs.  Tell me more

Business Law
Diversity Clerkship Program
Application deadline: December 23, 2011
This 8-week summer program provides business law clerkship placements for qualified diverse candidates who are first or second year law students. 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

Competitions and Writing Contests

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

Taxation
11th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge
Entry deadline: November 18, 2011
As an alternative to traditional moot court competitions, solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.  The competition is a great way for law students to showcase their knowledge in a real-world setting and gain valuable exposure to the tax law community. For more information, please contact the ABA Section of Taxation via email or at 202-662-8670. Tell me more

Health Law Section
Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: December 3, 2011
The winner is awarded a $500.00 honorarium, publication of the article in the Health Lawyer and a paid trip to attend the Emerging Issues Conference. For details, contact Simeone Carson.

Construction Industry
2011 Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: December 31, 2011
The winner will receive $2,000 plus travel expenses and registration to attend the 2012 Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Students may submit articles on any topic related to construction law. The format of the articles should resemble the articles published in either of the Forum's two publications, The Construction Lawyer (law journal format) or Under Construction (newsletter format with articles of 1000-2000 words). Copy of the rules. For more information, contact Amanda Raible or Marilyn Klinger.

Business Law
Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest
Entry deadline: January 20, 2012
This competition is designed to encourage and reward law student writings on a business law subject. Awards include cash prizes of $500 to $2,500. Each of the first, second and third place winners will receive all expenses paid by the Section to attend the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting to collect his/her prize. Tell me more

Antitrust Law
Writing Competition
Entry deadline: February 1, 2012
The first place winner will receive a check for $2,000, and an invitation to the Antitrust Section’s Spring Meeting (March 28-30, 2012) in Washington, D.C., where the award will be presented.  Airfare (if living outside DC area), accommodations, and registration will be paid by the Section. Tell me more

Career Development Resources

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, 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

Business Law
Helpful Articles
Four articles from Business Law Today are perfect for the soon-to-be young business lawyer and are written in a style that is informative and helpful.

Legal Technology Research Center (LTRC)
The Place for Legal Tech Support and Guidance
LTRC serves as a starting point for legal professionals interested in understanding and implementing technology.  To help ABA members at every level of their career effectively and efficiently use technology, LTRC offers the following services:

  • Technology training and discounts on products and services through ABA TechEZ
  • Personalized assistance with technology questions via the LTRC Hotline. E-mail ltrc@americanbar.org or call 312-988-5465.
  • News, tips, and resources regarding legal technology on the LTRC blog, ABA Site-tation.
  • An extensive collection of articles, comparison charts, overviews, and guides on important technology topics.

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law
Directory of Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities (BIAD)
One-stop-shop for figuring out what your soon-to-be state bar requires of you both in terms of requesting accommodations for the bar exam and in the form of questions asked for character and fitness (as they relate to disabilities). The directory also has a listing of applicable state laws and cases regarding these two issues. Tell me more

State and Local Government Law
Resume Database
The Section's database allows employers to find candidates that fit employers’ specific needs. It is searchable and current, providing employers direct access to a pool of talented students and recent grads whose interest and expertise for state and local law is assured. If you are a job seeker 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

Networking and Career Development Events

International Law
Pathways to Employment in International Law
Enjoy a unique forum that brings law students and new lawyers together with experienced legal practitioners to explore opportunities for employment in international law.  Upcoming Programs this Fall include:

  • Michigan State University School of Law (October 21, 2011)
  • International Law Weekend / Fordham Law School (October 21, 2011)
  • Capital University Law School (October 25, 2011)
  • Duke Law School (Fall 2011)
  • Marquette University Law School (Fall 2011)
  • Seattle University School of Law (Fall 2011)
  • Suffolk University School of Law (Fall 2011)

Legal Technology Research Center
Tech Tuesdays
Want to harness technology to become more efficient?  Just tune in to Tech Tuesdays.  These free weekly webinars deliver brief, (15 minutes or less) practical technology training to ABA members at 3:00 p.m. (EST) every Tuesday afternoon.  Upcoming topics of particular interest to law students include:

Throughout the year, tech experts cover varied topics including E-Mail, Google, Macs, Social Media, Microsoft Office, and more.  If you miss a session, just browse the training library of more than fifty videos to view past presentations at your convenience. Tell me more

Criminal Justice
Careers in Criminal Justice
Thursday, October 27 (12:00 Noon)
George Washington University Law School (720 20th Street NW, Washington, DC Stockton Hall, Room S301)

Learn how professional associations, specifically the ABA, can assist law students and new members of the bar in their legal careers and enhance their opportunities now and in the future. Panelists will provide guidance and resource to law students as they begin the transition from law school to law firm and how to make a smooth transition into the legal community.  A networking reception (and pizza) will conclude the program.

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Call-In Brownbag Series
Participate in free call-in career development discussions.

  • Careers in Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (11/15/11)
  • Careers in State and Local Government Law (2/12)

Registration is required to obtain dial-in information. Tell me more

ABA Center for CLE
Seeks Law Student Volunteers
in Exchange for Free Program Admission!

The ABA Center for CLE is looking for law student volunteers for the following programs:

Volunteers will be able to attend all sessions and networking events at no cost.  Space is limited so please contact Courtney Anderson at Courtney.Anderson@americanbar.org or 312.988.6210 to volunteer.

Communications Law Scholarship to Attend
the Annual Conference and Media Advocacy Workshop

Communications Law
Law Student Scholarships to Attend Forum's Annual Conference and Media Advocacy Workshop
February 9-11, 2012
Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes (Orlando, FL)
Application deadline: November 7, 2011

Each year, the Forum on Communications Law awards up to three full-ride scholarships to law students to attend its Annual Conference and Media Advocacy Workshop. Scholarships include registration fees (including meal events), lodging, airfare and ground transportation. Tell me more

Specialty Group Meetings and Events

Family Law
Fall CLE Conference
October 26-29, 2011 (Encore at Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, NV)
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from--and network with--family law experts from around the nation (and the globe)! CLE topics include alimony, alternative families, assisted reproductive technology, trial practice & techniques, and much more! Special rates for law students and new practitioners. Tell me more

Criminal Justice Section - Victims Committee
Victims Committee Luncheon Meeting
October 27, 2011 - 12:00 Noon (Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC)
The Victims Committee examines issues relating to crime victims in the criminal justice process, including their rights and fair treatment, financial compensation, restitution, and justice. As one of its goals, the Committee is initiating a survey that will be distributed to all ABA-approved Law School Deans regarding current victims' curriculum, and the development or inclusion of such programs as a stand-alone course or part of a criminal law or criminal procedure course already in place. Volunteer Opportunity for Law Students: The Committee is seeking volunteers to work on updating this important work. For more information about these projects, please contact Angela Downes.

Criminal Justice Section and the Association of American Law Schools
2011 Fall Conference - Criminal Justice Legal Educators Colloquium and Fourth Annual Sentencing & Reentry Institute: Reducing Reliance on Incarceration
October 27-28, 2011 (Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC)
Explore the normative, empirical, and practical consequences of historically high incarceration rates, including the impact of overcrowded prisons, shrinking federal and state budgets, and the efficacy of lengthy sentences on recidivism. Breakout panels will include topics such as judges' decision-making, legislative initiatives to reduce reliance on incarceration, and sentencing alternatives such as restorative justice. This collaborative effort between the ABA and AALS reflects a growing national consensus among prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, academics, and policy makers that the legal system must reduce its reliance on incarceration, and rethink alternative options to lengthy prison sentences. Tell me more

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Fall Conference
November 16-17, 2011 (Georgetown University, Washington, DC)
Explore a wide range of legal topics covering all areas of government.  Student admission to CLE sessions is free.  Contact the Section to register or for more information.

Taxation
2012 Midyear Meeting
February 16-18, 2012
Manchester Grand Hyatt (San Diego, CA)
Registration for Full-Time J.D./LL.M/MT candidates is waived

Take this 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

News From the Sections

Criminal Justice
Citizens Amicus Project
Project Focus: U.S. v. Jones and the Fourth Amendment questions surrounding warrantless GPS surveillance.
The “Citizen Amicus Project,” is a new initiative that seeks to educate and involve students in thinking about a case currently before the United States Supreme Court by collecting student views on cutting edge criminal justice subjects.  Tell me more

Criminal Justice
Peer-to-Peer Project
Watch for information from the Criminal Justice Section updating you on developments in the “peer-to-peer” outline bank.  This student-initiated, student-run project will focus on the collection and sharing of subject matter class outlines. Watch the Criminal Justice Section website for updates.

Women in the Profession
Video Introductions and Acceptance Remarks of the 2011 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award Honorees
View the videos and read the honorees' bios from The Margaret Brent Award, which recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. If you wish to receive a DVD containing video footage of the entire luncheon (for a nominal $5 charge for shipping/handling), please contact the Commission via email or 312-988-5715. View the videos

Entity Liaison Spotlight
Section of Public Contract Law

The Section of Public Contract Law is a diverse community committed to the improvement of the public procurement process and upholding the highest ethical and professional standards while providing a collegial forum for networking, sharing ideas, and building consensus.

What do public contract lawyers do? Public contract lawyers (PC lawyers) litigate in federal and state courts as well as administrative tribunals. PC lawyers give counsel to both defense and civilian contractors and agencies. The agencies include NASA, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice to name a few. PC lawyers analyze contracts and regulatory issues, international procurement issues, and corporate compliance programs. PC lawyers follow the money through federal appropriations laws, through cost accounting issues, through fraud, bribery, and kickback investigations, and through complex financing arrangements. PC lawyers work in all industries ranging from information technology, missiles and aircraft carriers, to drugs and pharmaceuticals.

The Section of Public Contract Law is a wonderful group that welcomes law students with open arms. Sections members provide a wealth of information and are willing and ready to help law students enter into a career in procurement law. The Section sponsors a writing competition for both current law students and for lawyers under the age of 36 who have practiced for less than five years. Winners are selected and notified in January with awards in the amounts of $5000, $2500, and $1000. Tell me more about this Section


Your e-mail address will only be used within the ABA and its entities. We do not sell or rent e-mail addresses to anyone outside the ABA.

Update your profile | Unsubscribe | Privacy Policy

American Bar Association | 321 N Clark | Chicago, IL 60654 | 1-800-285-2221