Take Advantage of What the Division Has to Offer

Vol. 41 No. 1

By

Adena Leibman, a 3L at Lewis & Clark Law School, is chair of the ABA Law Student Division.

It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to another year of learning, engagement, camaraderie, and career development.

I am very excited for the year ahead. We have assembled an excellent leadership team composed of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals from law schools across the country. All of us are eager and ready to work diligently in the coming year to ensure the Law Student Division continually does its best to serve you.

We are very grateful to last year’s leadership, who built a strong foundation for us. We will build upon that foundation as we work to achieve three main goals for this year. First, we will work to better our communications, both within the Division itself, and within the greater ABA. Look for an increased presence on the web as we better utilize technology and social media to help us bridge the physical distances between our members. Second, we hope to strengthen our connections with other ABA entities. As a member of the Law Student Division, there are many opportunities already available for you to actively participate in other ABA sections, including attending CLEs at a free or reduced rate, participating in special receptions, and even publishing in entity newsletters. And, finally, we will also work to ensure that our operations, meetings, and communications within the Division are as efficient and cost-effective as possible. This goal will largely be focused on the internal operation of our Board, but we will also continue to make efficiency a priority for the Division as a whole.

Trust me when I say that we all understand what it means to be a law student—the seemingly constant stream of e-mails, the quick bag of chips between torts and constitutional law classes that we call dinner, the caffeine-fueled late-night study sessions in the library. Although the life of a law student is not glamorous, and each of us may have been drawn to this profession for different reasons, we are all bonded as students taking the first step toward our future careers as lawyers. Some of us may end up in the courtroom, some of us in the classroom, and perhaps even some of us will make our way to Capitol Hill. No matter where we end our journeys, we will all have started together as ABA Law Student Division members. We want you to see your membership in the Division for what it really is—a forum to connect with other law students and legal professionals while building a foundation to your future career.

So, take advantage of what the Division has to offer, begin engaging in the profession, make your own mark on the ABA, and never hesitate to reach out to any member of leadership, including myself. Our contact information is readily available on the Division’s website, www.americanbar.org/lawstudent.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to serving as your chair in the coming year.

 

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