ABA Law Student Division
July 2010 News and Activities


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Economic Recovery

Find the latest information from the ABA on how to get through the economic downturn. Our 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


ABA Annual Meeting
August 5-10, 2010
San Francisco, CA

Law Student Division Activities during the ABA Annual Meeting (August 5-7)

ABA Law Student Division Career Fair and Resume Review (August 6)

ABA Annual Meeting Programs for Law Students and Recent Grads (August 5-10)

ABA Annual Meeting Networking Opportunities (August 5-10)


Now Available!

Law Student Division
2010-2011 Competition Entry Forms

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Career Resources

Health Law - Free Law Student Podcast Series

Intellectual Property - On-Line Articles for Law Students

Law Practice Management - Career Resources

Young Lawyers Division - Free Podcast: networking in a Difficult Economy


Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

Criminal Justice - Internship

International - Internship

Judicial Internship Opportunity Program

Law and Aging - Internship

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law - Internship

Taxation - Public Service Fellowship


Writing Competitions

National Security - Writing Competition


Live Teleconferences
and Webcasts

PowerPoint Storyboarding in the Courtroom (8/18/10)

Preparing Lawyers (Effectively) to Prepare Witnesses (Ethically) (8/24/10)

Preparing For Your First Use of Technology in the Courtroom (8/25/10)

Byte-Sized Trial Practice: Converting ESI into Evidence (8/25/10)

The Future of Section 5 Enforcement (9/2/10)

Find Info Like a Pro: How to Do Legal Research (9/15/10)

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, including Live Teleconferences and Audio Web casts Tell me more


ABA Meetings and Events

Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law -- 2010 Joint Fall CLE Meeting -- 9/23-25/10 (Toronto)

Environment, Energy and Resources Law -- 18th Section Fall Meeting -- 9/29-10/2 (New Orleans)

International Law -- Fall Meeting -- 11/2-6/10 (Paris, France)


Now Available!

2011 BarBri Scholarship Application
Application Deadline:
November 30, 2010
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2010-2011 SBA Presidents and ABA Reps

The ABA Law Student Division is currently collecting 2010-2011 election and appointment results from each of the 199 ABA-approved law schools across the country. If you are a recently elected / appointed SBA President or ABA Rep at your law school, please be sure to report your leadership position to the ABA using the appropriate reporting form. If you are interested in becoming an ABA Rep at your law school, please contact your law school dean or SBA President for information on how your law school elects or appoints individuals for this position. Tell me more


Legal Resources

Legal Technology Research Center
Looking for discounts on hardware and software? Want to learn how to get the most out of the software you already have? Come visit the resource page just for law students from the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center. We’ll help you leverage technology from law school into law practice.  Tell me more

Student eNEWS

Stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of tax and how it relates to law students.  The ABA Tax Section’s Student eNEWS highlights career information, interviews with prominent tax practitioners, and upcoming Section meetings and events. Tell me more

Young Lawyers
Podcast - Networking in a Difficult Economy

Whether you are a young lawyer or law student, are currently employed or not, this program will help you build a solid network. Tell me more


Phoenix Law School
Granted Full ABA-Approval

June 22, 2010 — The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar announced that it has granted full approval to Phoenix Law School in Phoenix, Ariz. The action by the section’s governing council is effective immediately and was made at the recommendation of the ABA Accreditation Committee, which determined that the school is in full compliance with the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools.

DePaul University School of Law APALSA! 

A Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines, is being presented to the DePaul University Asian Pacific American Law Student Association for their DePaul Law Idol Karaoke Benefit Concert last fall that raised over $1,000 for Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) victims in the Philippines.


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ABA Urges Help For Students Repaying Educational Debts

ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm urged Senate and House support last month for S. 3219 and H.R. 5043, legislation to grant dischargeability of private student loans for those who have made good faith efforts to repay educational debts yet have had to declare bankruptcy as a last resort because of the current economic downturn and low-hiring job market.

In a June 16 letter to members of Congress, Lamm pointed out that 80 percent of students rely on student loans to help finance higher education, and law students, on average, incur almost $60,000 in debt to attend public schools and more than $90,000 in debt for private schools in addition to an average debt of $20,000 for undergraduate loans. She explained that limits in the federal Stafford loan program cause many borrowers to turn to private loans that often do not provide the same repayment flexibility as federal loans.

Lamm said that in 2009 the nation’s largest law firms suffered the deepest cuts in their attorney numbers in more than 30 years, and the legal industry as a whole lost approximately 42,000 jobs between November 2008 and November 2009. “ The current job market makes it difficult for many borrowers to find gainful employment to enable them to pay back their students loans,” Lamm wrote. The number of associates in large firms shrank by almost nine percent last year, she said, and 42 percent of incoming first-year associates had deferred start dates. " While bankruptcy is a difficult decision for anyone enduring economic hardship, allowing dischargeability of private student loans would provide help to borrowers who have tried but are simply unable to repay in full their educational loans,” Lamm said. She also suggested expanding the bills to provide other forms of loan relief to help avoid bankruptcy. Options would include: increasing Stafford loan limits; incorporating bar study loans into the definition of an educational loan; allowing borrowers to refinance private loans in the federal system; and relaxing the criteria and provisions of income-based repayment and other federal loan programs so more individuals may qualify.  Tell me more

ABA Annual Meeting
Law Student Division Activities
August 5-7, 2010 (San Francisco, CA)

Registration fees are $75 for ABA Law Student Division members and $100 for non-members. (The additional $25 fee for non-members will be used to enroll the registrant into the American Bar Association as a Law Student member.) Although the advance registration and housing deadline for the Annual Meeting ended on July 12, you can register onsite at the meeting by visiting the ABA main registration Desk at the Moscone Center West (747 Howard Street, Exhibit Hall, Level 1). Requests for hotel accommodations will continue to be processed through Thursday, July 22, 2010 based upon availability. Starting July 23, you must contact the hotel directly to establish your hotel reservations. Prices and availability cannot be guaranteed. Tell me more

Law students registered for the Annual Meeting may also take advantage of the many educational sessions offered during the ABA Annual Meeting. While lawyers must pay for CLE events, ABA Law Student Division members registered for the Annual Meeting receive an " All Access CLE Badge:" that allows complimentary admittance to educational events providing you with an opportunity to meet and interact with legal professionals from across the country and from an array of practice settings. Keep in mind that social events or those that include a meal function may require you to purchase a ticket.

ABA Law Student Division
Career Fair and Resume Review
Friday, August 6, 2010 (San Francisco, CA)

Friday, August 6 from 10am to 4pm

Thursday, August 5 from 2pm to 4pm and Friday, August 6 from 10am to 3pm

You are invited to attend the fourth annual ABA Law Student Division Career Fair, which takes place on Friday, August 6 in San Francisco during the ABA Annual Meeting. The Career Fair is structured as a table-talk and resume submission event to provide law students an opportunity to interact with legal employers without the typical stress of formal, sit-down interviews. Law students can drop off their resumes and meet representatives from law firms of all sizes, local, state and federal government agencies, military JAG, and public interest groups to discuss summer and new associate positions, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities.

The Law Student Division’s Career Fair also features a Resume Review component, with a panel of lawyers and legal recruiters available to critique resumes and offer suggestions to maximize impact and improve effectiveness.

Law students must be registered for the ABA Annual Meeting to gain access to the Career Fair and Resume Review. There is no separate Career Fair registration, but only law students wearing official ABA Annual Meeting name badges will be admitted to the Career Fair. Tell me more

Sampling of Annual Meeting Programs
of Interest to Law Students and Recent Grads
August 5-10, 2010 (San Francisco, CA)

Law Practice Management
The Journey from Start-up to Mid-Size – What We Learned
Thursday, August 5, 2010 (8:30am-10:00am)

WWM will be five years old next April. The firm was founded by eight equity partners from Lord, Bissell & Brook’s Chicago Office with some terrific and some naive ideas about building a better law firm. Their journey was as interesting as it was challenging, but they would not trade a single day. This panel will present three different points of view on what the founders of WWM learned on their way through this transitional journey, and offer their collective advices and experience for assessing needs and evaluating solutions.   Tell me more

International Law
Pathways to Employment in International Law
Thursday, August 5, 2010 (6:00pm-7:00pm)
University of California Hastings College of the Law

“How to” for law students looking to launch their career in international law, young lawyers seeking to transition their skills into the global arena, or experienced practitioners who wish to expand their practices into international law.  Top practitioners speak frankly about their formative experiences and tips they have about getting one’s foot in the door from transferable job skills and law school courses to take (or miss) to interview tips and where to spend those critical summer breaks. A reception will follow the program. Tell me more

Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress
LegalResearch@theLawLibraryofCongress: How to Conduct FREE Legal Research Online
Friday, August 6, 2010 (8:30am-10:00am)

Discover the wealth of legal research services available from the Law Library of Congress. Following a general overview, panelists will lead you through an explanation of the organization, structure and content of the two leading websites maintained by the Law Library—THOMAS, covering federal legislative information beginning with the 104th Congress (1995) and the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), providing access to both full-text primary source materials in vernacular languages and summary information in English for 50 nations’ laws.

Young Lawyers Division
Anatomy of Business Law: ABCs of an IPO
Friday, August 6, 2010 (11:00am-12:00 Noon)

A panel of specialty practitioners will share the fundamentals of the Initial Public Offering.  Whether you need to know about due diligence, reporting obligations, filing, or anything in between, this program will cover the essential steps you should know to help your clients go public. Tell me more

Law Practice Management
The Virtual Law Firm: How to Build Your Practice in an Online World
Friday, August 6, 2010 (2:00pm-3:30pm)

A panel will discuss the concept of practicing law virtually and how it can enhance an existing traditional law practice, or exist as a totally virtual law firm. Learn how to make the most of the benefits of delivering legal services online and how it can help a law firm acquire clients who are members of the connected/Facebook generation as well as provide more effective services to existing clients. Tell me more

Law Practice Management
Get Real: How the Younger Generations Will (or Will Not) Change the Look and Feel of the Legal Workplace
Saturday, August 7, 2010 (8:30am-10:00am)

The landscape of the workplace is changing, and the legal profession is no exception.  Indeed, issues like relationships between employees of different generations are sometimes more pronounced in the often tradition-bound legal workplace. Learn from leading authorities who are at the “front lines” when it comes to addressing the various challenges firms face with employees who have differing priorities, attitudes, and skills. Take home a clear understanding of the issues and their solutions.

Commission on Women in the Profession
From Generation to Generation: Remarkable Women Leaders
Saturday, August 7, 2010 (10:00am-12:00 Noon)

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, a panel of successful women lawyers and leaders, all former Brent Award honorees, will discuss the personal qualities and experiences that shaped their careers.  Common behaviors in women leaders – including (1) finding passion and meaning, (2) choosing energizing activities, (3) positive thinking and framing, (4) networking, and (5) speaking up and taking risk – will serve as the framework for this panel discussion.  The panelists’ stories, insights, and perspectives on their journeys to the top of the legal profession will inspire you and teach you how to inspire others. Tell me more

Law and National Security
What does a Career in National Security Law Really Look Like?
Saturday, August 7, 2010 (10:30am-12:00 Noon)

National security law has grown increasingly critical for government and private sector organizations. A panel of experts from government, academia, and the private sector will guide you down the path to a legal career in this rapidly growing legal specialty. Learn insider tips and proven tactics for infiltrating and beginning a career in this exciting field. A question and answer session will conclude this session. Tell me more

Sampling of Annual Meeting Networking Opportunities
for Law Students and Recent Grads
August 5-10, 2010 (San Francisco, CA)

State and Local Government Law
Networking Reception
Thursday, August 5, 2010 (5:30pm-7:00 pm)
Bingham McCutchen LLP, Three Embarcadero Center 

This is a complimentary reception and a great opportunity to meet public and private attorneys who practice in municipal law. Pease RSVP by July 30th to Marsha Boone (312) 988-5649.

Law Practice Management
ABA Women Rainmakers 20th Anniversary Reception
Thursday, August 5, 2010 ( 5:30pm-7:30pm)
Winston & Strawn, 101 California Street, 39th Floor

Join the ABA Women Rainmakers as they celebrate 20 years of rainmaking!  Beginning as a small group of women interested in improving their business development skills, the group has greatly expanded its membership and purpose.  This year marks a special year for Rainmakers as they commemorate their achievements at the 3rd Biannual ABA Women Rainmakers Mid-Career Workshop, this October, in Washington DC.  Tell me more

International Law
Pathways to Employment in International Law Reception
Thursday, August 5, 2010 (7:00pm-7:30pm)
University of California Hastings College of the Law

Law Student Division Competitions
NOW AVAILABLE -- 2010-2011 Competition Entry Forms

Entry forms for the 2010-2011 competition season are now available.   Tell me more
  • Arbitration Competition
    This competition promotes excellence in arbitration advocacy. Tell me more
  • Client Counseling Competition
    A competition promoting preventive law and counseling functions. Tell me more

  • Negotiation Competition
    This competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. Tell me more
  • National Appellate Advocacy Competition
    A traditional moot court competition focusing on written and oral advocacy skills. Tell me more

Career Resources

Health Law
Free Law Student Podcast Series

Is a career in health law for you? Join the Health Law Section for a series of teleconferences designed to help you understand this field and succeed in obtaining an appropriate position once you graduate. ABA Law Student Division members are invited to hear from a variety of practicing lawyers – both government and private practice – who will share their insights and experiences. Tell me more. For assistance downloading the podcasts, contact Simeon Carson.

Intellectual Property Law
On-Line Articles for Law Students
A group of the Section’s young lawyers offer their wisdom on issues that they have recently dealt with and that law students will soon experience. ABA Law Student Division members are invited to visit IPL for articles in the new Careers in IP for Non-Technical Students series. Tell me more

Law Practice Management
Career Resources

The newly redesigned LPM Career Resource Center provides helpful articles and publications written by career experts.  This collection of resources is available to ABA Law Student Division members to help you find career satisfaction and success.  Tell me more

Young Lawyers Division
Free Podcast - Networking in a Difficult Economy – How to Make the Most of Your Time and Money

Whether you are a continuing law student, recent graduate or young lawyer, are currently employed or not, this program will help you build a solid network. Tell me more

Clerkships, Fellowships and Internships

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

Mental and Physical Disabilities Law
Internship Opportunities         
ABA Washington, D.C. Office

Fall (September to December) application deadline: through Mid-August
Spring (January to May) application deadline: December
Summer (May to August) application deadline: April

Available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Duties include using Westlaw to research disability law issues, cite-checking cases and legislation, and assisting with various other Commission projects. Tell me more

2011 Public Service Fellowship
Application Deadline: October 4, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Public Service Fellowship program. Applicants selected for interviews will be invited to attend the Section’s meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, January 20-22, 2011 and asked to participate in interviews on January 22, 2011. Tell me more  Follow the ABA Tax Section on Twitter.

Law and Aging
Internship Opportunities
Application deadline: November 1, 2010

Seasonal internships designed to provide law students interested in pursing a career focusing on law and aging issues with experience in a nationally known organization in that field. Tell me more  

Judicial Intern Opportunities Program
Application deadline: December 3, 2010

Seeks to provide internship opportunities for minority or financially disadvantaged law students, those who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the legal profession. The Judicial Intern Opportunity Program is a full-time, six-week minimum, summer internship program open to all first- or second-year minority and/or financially disadvantaged law students who want to do legal research and writing for state or federal judges in participating cities. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications. Interns will receive an award of $1,500. Tell me more

Criminal Justice
Internship Opportunities
Applications accepted year-round

Previous successful candidates spent a summer or semester in the Washington, DC offices of the Section assisting with criminal justice policy
research, Section committee projects, and various other activities. Tell me more

International Law
International Internship Program
Application deadline: Varies by program

Designed to give law students the opportunity to apply for internships all over the world including Latin America, Europe and Asia. For questions, contact
Angela Benson, Section Membership Director. Tell me more

Writing Competitions

You must be an ABA Law Student Division member to be considered for the awards, scholarships or competitions listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Law and National Security
2010 National Security Law Student Writing Competition: National Security in a Globalized World
Entry deadline: August 15, 2010

Award: $500; airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Standing Committee's 20th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, DC (November, 2010); possible publication in the National Security Law Report.
This competition is designed to encourage scholarly debate regarding current issues related to U.S. national security in the global environment; international security; international treaties and their impact on national security.
Tell me more

Live Teleconferences and Webcasts

Fee to participate on ABA Teleconference and Audio Webcasts vary by program. Unpublished discounts for these programs are available to ABA Law Student Division members.  For more information, contact the ABA Center for CLE.

Law Practice Management (Teleconference and Integrated Visual Webcast)
PowerPoint Storyboarding in the Courtroom
August 18, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

The technique of storyboarding is a perfect fit for opening statements and closing arguments in the courtroom. Storyboards convey the big picture. By now, you have probably seen hundreds of bad PowerPoint presentations riddled with boring slides and filled with bullet points and text in "outline" formats. Learn from our experts how to develop themes and then use PowerPoint effectively to display graphics that actually help complement the story, instead of creating distractions that muddy your presentation. Our experts will show excellent examples of what to do and what to avoid. This first program in a three-part series is a must-see if you want to make your next courtroom presentation a smashing success. Tell me more

Center for Professional Responsibility (Teleconference and Integrated Visual Webcast)
Preparing Lawyers (Effectively) to Prepare Witnesses (Ethically)
August 24, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

Panelists will tailor the discussion based on responses to these polls and will have the ability to receive questions online throughout the program. The program is delivered via Microsoft Live Meeting, which most computers support. In order to access the interactive components, participants’ computers must be connected to the Internet. Links to test your system and install the Live Meeting plug-in will be provided. The optimum way to participate in the program is with the webcast and the teleconference.  You should consider the audio-only teleconference only if you cannot be at your computer. Tell me more

Law Practice Management (Teleconference and Integrated Visual Webcast)
Preparing For Your First Use of Technology in the Courtroom
August 25, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

You have put off as long as you could the use of technology in the courtroom to present your client’s case instead of the enlarged photos, poster boards, and easel charts to which you have become accustomed. Now you are scheduled to present the case before a judge who expects you to use some of the courtroom’s latest technology. Don’t panic. This session is designed to acquaint you with basic technology for courtroom presentations, enhance your confidence in working with the new medium, and prepare you to effectively present your client’s case in the courtroom using basic technologies. Tell me more

Law Practice Management (Teleconference and Integrated Visual Webcast)
Byte-Sized Trial Practice: Converting ESI into Evidence
August 25, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

You have worked hard to locate and discover your client and opponent's electronically stored information (ESI). As you prepare for trial, panic sets in. E-mails. PowerPoint slides. Spreadsheets. Databases. Private and government Web pages. You go through your mental check list: authenticity, admissibility, hearsay, business record, government record…are you ready for trial? Register for this program to find out the answer and listen to our experts explain how to turn bytes and bits into evidence. Tell me more

Antitrust Law (Teleconference and Live Audio Webcast)
The Future of Section 5 Enforcement
September 2, 2010 (12:00 Noon-1:30pm Eastern Time)

This teleseminar will look at the Federal Trade Commission’s use of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act in antitrust cases, and where the future might take us.  Using the FTC’s Intel case as a backdrop, it will consider the appropriate scope of Section 5 enforcement, look at the FTC’s history of Section 5 cases, and discuss how Section 5 fits in with other, more traditional antitrust enforcement tools such as Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.  Tell me more

Law Practice Management (Teleconference and Integrated Visual Webcast)
Find Info Like a Pro: How to Do Legal Research
September 15, 2010 (1:00pm-2:30pm Eastern Time)

This is the first in a series of three programs that will have Mark Robertson asking questions of the author’s of LPM’s three best-selling books.  This first book and teleconference will help attendees become better researchers and showcase the usefulness of an LPM publication. Tell me more

ABA Meetings and Events

Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law-Trust and Estate Division
2010 Joint Fall CLE Meeting
September 23-25, 2010 (Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

FREE Registration for ABA Law Student Division Members!
Come to Toronto where you’ll have the opportunity to network and participate in high-level discussions with private practitioners and government officials on the most important issues facing tax lawyers today.  Registration is waived for full-time J.D./LL.M/MT candidates who are members of the ABA Law Student Division!   Tell me more

Environment, Energy, and Resources Law
18th Section Fall Meeting
September 29-October 2, 2010 (Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, LA)

Offers reduced registration rates and scholarship opportunities for ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources members who wish to attend. For more information, contact Julie Connell at (312) 988-5625. Tell me more

International Law
Fall Meeting
November 2-6, 2010 (Paris, France)
The Fall Meeting Young Lawyer Track will feature 4 showcase programs. Social events of interest to young lawyers include speed networking with ABA members and an after hours reception sponsored by Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA).   Tell me more

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