Officially Speaking

Vol. 40 No. 4

By

Tremaine Reese, Florida A&M University College of Law, is chair of ABA’s Law Student Division.

We have reached the time of year when we often pause to reflect and give thanks for the many things we have received. Neighborhoods come alive with colorful lights, family members come to town for a meaningful visit, friends who haven’t talked in years cross paths at the grocery store, and law students break from college life for a much needed vacation.

This can also be the time of year when some law students hide how overwhelmed they really feel. They hide signs of stress and other serious mental health problems. If you or someone you know is suffering, reach out to a friend, family member, your local lawyer assistance program, or the Law Student Division. Someone can assist you in finding the help you need. Thousands of students suffer each year and thankfully, many find the help they need to move on and take control of their lives again. Take control now and start your next semester on a positive note. 

With the new year just around the corner, it’s also a good time to think about how you can make a difference and what you can do to advocate for the needs of your fellow law students. If you’d like to get involved and play an integral role in advocacy efforts, consider a Law Student Division leadership position. Check out the Division’s website for more information about leadership opportunities.

On behalf of the Division’s Board of Governors, I would like to congratulate all December graduates and wish each of you a happy and healthy holiday season. We hope that your time off will be full of happiness, joy, and laughter. Relax, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and sit by the fire. Whatever you do, have fun and be safe.

 

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