ABA Law Student Division
November 2009 News and Update

2010 Graduating
Law Students

Bar/Bri Scholarship
The Bar/Bri Scholarship deadline for both the winter and summer courses: November 30, 2009. Eligibility requirements and an application

2009-2010 Law Student Health Insurance
The ABA Law Student Division offers students an opportunity to purchase health insurance, including their spouse/domestic partner and/or children. Law students currently enrolled in the Division's health insurance plan may extend coverage for up to one year after graduation, provided there is no break in coverage and the student meets all eligibility requirements. Note: Rates can be found on the enrollment form. Tell me more



GAO Law School Cost and Access Report

Economic Recovery Resources

Visit the New ABA Job Board


Liaison Spotlights

What is a Liaison?

Entertainment & Sports

Children and the Law

National Security Law


Internships and Clerkships

Children and the Law

Division for Public Service

Judicial Intern Opportunity


Writing Competitions

Entertainment & Sports

International Law

Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law

For a complete list of law student writing competitions, visit our website.


ABA Live Teleconference and Audio Webcasts

The Science, the Law, and Policy of H1N1 Preparedness and Response (11/17/09)

Don't Let the Flu Get You Down… Be Ready with the Legal Rx when the H1N1 Flu Hits the Workplace (11/18/09)

Litigation Fundamentals: Effective and Efficient Use of Depositions (11/24/09)

Diminished Capacity: How to Recognize It and What to Do About it (12/3/09)

" The Love Bug" and Other Ethical Issues Arising from the Use of Technological Tools (12/9/09)

Combating Gray Market Goods (12/9/09)

Limited Liability Company Update: Important Issues in Uncertain Times (12/10/09)

Save the Date

ABA Midyear Meeting
Orlando, FL
February 3-9, 2010
Free Registration. Tell me more

ABA Annual Meeting
August 5-9. 2010
San Francisco, CA
Details to be released in March

ABA Career Fair
August 6, 2010
San Francisco Marriott Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Details to be released in March


In Next Month's Issue

Dates and locations of your Law Student Division Circuit Spring Meeting and Governor Election


Letters to the Editor

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Join Our Leadership Team
2010-2011 Nomination Forms
Now Available

There are over 100 leadership positions (elected and appointed) offered each year by the ABA Law Student Division. Representing over 45,000 dues-paying law students is a significant responsibility and requires the commitment of our nation’s most talented and dedicated law student leaders. The various leadership positions entail interaction with practicing attorneys, advocating the needs of law students and helping shape ABA Law Student Division policy. The postmark deadlines are quickly approaching:

January 15, 2010

  • Law Student Division Representative to the ABA Board of Governors (Elected)
February 1, 2010
  • Law Student Division National Officers: Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer (Elected)
  • Circuit Governors (Elected)
  • Student Editor (Appointed)
February 15, 2010
  • Law Student Division Liaisons to ABA Entities (Appointed)
  • National Student Directors for Law Student Division Competitions and VITA (Appointed)
  • Project Directors for the Law Student Division Mental Health Initiative and Veterans Advocacy Initiative (Appointed)

All nominations require the signature of your dean. Election information and application forms

ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm on GAO Law School Cost and Access Report

According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, tuition and fees at law schools, and the debt load taken on by students, compare favorably with the costs of attending medical school, dental school and veterinary school, and the debt loads of students in schools preparing for those professions.The agency also concludes that differences in academic preparation are the primary barrier to attaining a more diverse legal profession. Recognizing those facts, the American Bar Association remains committed to addressing law student debt, to broadening the pipeline and assisting diverse law graduates with success to create a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. Read entire News Release

Entity Liaison Spotlight

Each year, the Law Student Division appoints law student liaisons to various ABA specialty sections, divisions, and forum committees. Division liaisons serve as a link between the Division and these ABA entities. They are responsible for reporting to the Division on issues that arise at these entity meetings which pertain to law students and serve as the voice of the Division (in consultation with the Division's national leaders) and law students when they advocate the interests of the Division to their entities.

Liaisons are an integral part of the Division's national leadership team as they often interact with ABA officials and focus their efforts on: (1) publicizing entity activities that may be of interest to law students (2) assisting the ABA entity with planning programs and outreach initiatives that will attract law students to the entity, especially programs that highlight career resources and job opportunities in that area of the law, and (3) establishing a strong rapport with entity members.

Below is a sampling of what Law Student Division Liaisons do during their term. If you are interested in serving as a 2010-2011 liaison, these positions will be appointed by the Division Chair based on applications received by February 15, 2010. Tell me more

Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries

The ABA’s Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law Annual meeting proved to be an exciting time. This year, the annual meeting was held in New York City’s Grand Hyatt where eager law students and lawyers were captivated by numerous panels that were hosted by some of the top lawyers in the field. The panels included topics from ethics and copyright to interactive technology and the arts. Many lawyers and law students reported that this year’s panels were impressive, filled with informative information that was easily accessible through the website and timely topics lead by and discussed by some of the most passionate, knowledgeable lawyers. The panels were so entertaining and informational that it became even harder for attendees to choose between them. Read entire article

Children and the Law

The ABA Center on Children and the Law will soon introduce a Facebook page and online updated portal dedicated to informing current and prospective law students about hot issues in child welfare, research, career routes, internship placement opportunities, state resources, international opportunities, summer stipend information, post-graduate fellowships, workshops around the country, and a section routinely updated that spotlights interviews with child advocates (including judges and practitioners) in different arenas with interviews and insights on their experiences. For questions or to share item of interest with prospective child advocates, contact Sunny Stevenson, ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the Center on Children and the Law.

National Security Law

The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security provides law students with unique opportunities to gain experience in this exciting and evolving area of law. The Committee has year-round internship opportunities, information about clerkships through the Division for Public Service, and an Annual National Security Writing Competition with a cash prize. The Committee also offers opportunities for you to begin a National Security and Law Society Chapter at your school. For more information about establishing a chapter, please contact Bernadette Kogut. Additionally, the Committee is seeking law students to assist with specific projects such as a project tracking developments concerning Guantanamo Bay Detainee Tribunals or as Reporters at workshops. For more information about the Committee, please contact Chris Heck, Law Student Division Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on National Security Law. Tell me more

Internships and Clerkships

Division for Public Services
Ten-week Spring/Summer Clerkship
Application deadline: December 1, 2009
Open by competition, reviewed on a rolling basis and offering students entering into their second or third year at an ABA-approved law school the opportunity to design and complete a legal research and writing project in substantive areas of Division concern. Applicants must be members in good standing (dues paid in full for the current bar year) of the ABA Law Student Division. For information contact the ABA Division for Public Services (phone: 202/662-169). Tell me more

Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

Application Deadline: December 31, 2009
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: Illinois; Texas; Miami, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; and Washington DC. Students may indicate geographic location preferences on their applications. Interns will receive an award of $1,500. Tell me more

Children and the Law
Internship Opportunities
Applications accepted year-round

Internships with the ABA Center for Children and the Law are available during the school year and summer months offering the opportunity to work on significant research and projects that improve the lives of vulnerable children and youth. For more information, contact Howard Davidson, Center Director. Tell me more

Writing Competitions

Entertainment and Sports Industries
12th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition
Entry deadline: January 4, 2010
Winners will be announced on January 22, 2010
Topic: 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today

First Place Winner $5000; Four Semifinalists $1,500 each
All winners receive: One GRAMMY Awards show ticket; round trip airfare to the GRAMMY Awards in Los Angeles; hotel accommodations; and ticket to The MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute Dinner.
The contest culminates with the winning student authors presenting their essays at the prestigious ELI luncheon on January 29, 2010. For competition rules and the ELI Writing Competition Workshops, visit the Entertainment Law Initiative page on
Facebook. From the Facebook homepage, search for “The Entertainment Law Initiative”. Non-Facebook users should send an e-mail to eli@grammy.com for more information and instructions.

International Law
Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards
Entry deadline: January 15, 2010
Topic: The Scope and Application of Universal Jurisdiction

Award: First and Second Place Winners $1,000 and travel stipend to attend the Section's Spring Conference in New York City, April 13-17, 2010 for presentation of award.
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Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
K. William Kolbe Law Student Writing Competition
Entry deadline: June 1, 2010
Topic: A current, general interest, legal topic which relates to a specific industry covered by the section.

Award: $2,500 cash, a free membership in the Section for one year after graduation, airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the Section’s Fall Council Group Meeting. Additionally, the winner’s essay will posted on the Section Web Site for approximately one year and be considered for publication in the Section's Annual Report. For questions, contact
Raiford Smith, ABA Law Student Division Liaison to the Section of Public Utility. Tell me more

Live Teleconferences and Audio Webcasts

Science and Technology Law
The Science, the Law, and Policy of H1N1 Preparedness and Response
November 17, 2009 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern)

Examines the science, policy, and law behind pandemic preparedness and response, featuring experts from Congress, academia, and the travel industry.
Tell me more

Labor and Employment Law
Don't Let the Flu Get You Down…
Be Ready with the Legal Rx when the H1N1 Flu Hits the Workplace

November 18, 2009 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern)

The arrival of the H1N1 flu vaccine on October 1, 2009 and the widespread public health concerns about how to respond to a possible pandemic raise a host of workplace issues. The Congressional Research Service recently concluded that " questions relating to employment are among the most significant issues" the nation needs to address. Hear from a panel of employment law experts how to navigate the legal issues surrounding workplace efforts to respond to a flu pandemic.
Tell me more

Litigation Fundamentals: Effective and Efficient Use of Depositions
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Conducting a smart and case responsive deposition is critical in the evolution of nearly all civil litigations. Learn how to effectively prepare for a deposition and provide solutions to common problems that arise during depositions. Tell me more

Senior Lawyers Division
Diminished Capacity: How to Recognize It and What to Do About It
December 3, 2009 (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time)

Take home the tools to objectively make preliminary assessments of capacity and undue influence, while balancing the competing goals of preserving autonomy and protecting vulnerable individuals. Participants will have online access to Assessment of Older Adults With Diminished Capacity: A Handbook for Lawyers, published by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging and the American Psychological Association.
Tell me more

Family Law
"The Love Bug" and Other Ethical Issues Arising from the Use of Technological Tools
December 9, 2009 (12:00 Noon - 1:30 PM Eastern)

Panelists will address ethical issues that arise from the increasing use of technological tools by family law attorneys and litigants, including issues that arise from the use of spyware on computers, metadata, electronic surveillance, recording devices, and website advertising. Tell me more

Business Law
Combating Gray Market Goods
December 9, 2009 (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern)

The current economic downturn has resulted in an increase in gray market goods in the United States – i.e., products with legitimate trademarks that are intended for sale overseas but sold in the United States without the consent of the U.S. trademark holder or distributor. It is very important for attorneys representing trademark holders to know what the " gray market" is, the problems it presents to clients and to be able to assist clients in identifying gray market threats and combating gray goods using legal enforcement and implementation of best practices.
Tell me more

Business Law
Limited Liability Company Update: Important Issues in Uncertain Times
December 10, 2009 (1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern)

Features a discussion among the faculty concerning issues involving limited liability companies and business lawyers.  Tell me more

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