Affiliates Building the Future—One Law Student at a Time
Lindsey R. Buchheit is an assistant editor of The Affiliate and an associate with the Sioux City, Iowa, firm of Corbett, Anderson, Corbett & Vellinga, L.L.P.
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” These words were spoken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his Address to the University of Pennsylvania on September 20, 1940. Despite all the triumphs, trials, and technologies that have come to pass since these words were spoken, the importance of educating our youth is one element of America that never seems to change. A former lawyer, Roosevelt would be proud to know that such emphasis on our youth remains a high priority of the legal community.
Iowa State Bar Young Lawyers Division
To be sure, several affiliates of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) are reaching out to law students and young lawyers. For example, the Membership Chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ISBA YLD), Ryan Carter, teamed up with the University of Iowa Law School in Iowa City, Iowa, to host a social event for law students and young lawyers in August. Other co-sponsors included the Linn Law Club of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the Johnson County Young Lawyers Division. A partner at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. and a member of the ISBA YLD Executive Council, Carter said that the goal of this event, and of the YLD in general, is to “have young lawyers and law students interact with one another to promote the practice of law in Iowa.” As Carter noted, law students generally feel more comfortable speaking to—and therefore learning from—younger attorneys.
The ISBA YLD has hosted similar events for law students in the past and plans to continue the tradition in the future, with events already on the agenda for this fall at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa City event, which was held at Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, provided an informal setting in which law students could meet and ask questions of young attorneys. The event was specifically designed to help second-year law students prepare for on-campus interviews held the following week at the Iowa Law School. Members of the ISBA YLD even helped conduct mock-interviews earlier that day. According to Carter, the ISBA YLD plans to host another social event for Iowa City law students this fall, this time geared toward first-year law students.
Washington State Bar Young Lawyers Division
The Iowa State Bar Association, of course, is not alone in its efforts to help prepare law students for the future. Several other affiliates of the ABA YLD have joined the cause. The Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (WYLD), for example, opened its membership up to law students, and in fact, has three students—one from each of the state’s law schools—who sit on the WYLD’s Board of Trustees. Offering many volunteer and educational opportunities for law students, the WYLD will also host the “Third Annual Race Judicata 5K Walk/Run” in Seattle, Washington, on October 19, 2008. WYLD members, students, judges, and other members of the legal community will join in this event, which “seeks to raise funds to support student work in public-interest law geared toward public health issues.” Visit www.wsba.org/lawyers/groups/wyld/default1.htm#race
for more information .
Other Opportunities for Law Students
Other affiliates have created a Law School Division within their state bar associations that provides several benefits for law students. For instance, as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Law School Division, law students receive monthly editions of the Illinois Bar Journal
, participate in local law school-sponsored activities, are eligible for admission to the Law Education Series programs and seminars throughout the state, and have the invaluable opportunity to meet with and learn from Illinois attorneys. For more information, visit http://law.niu.edu/law/organizations/isba.shtml
Similarly, the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Law School Division gives law students the opportunity to network with the legal community, get involved with over thirty MSBA sections, and attend continuing legal education courses and programs specifically designed to address the concerns and issues facing law students. Visit www2.mnbar.org/sections/law%2Dstudent
for more information.