October 01, 2017

Section Updates and Announcements

Erin Ruehrwein, Section Director

Erin Ruehrwein, Section Director

2017 Annual Meeting Recap

The ABA’s 2017 Annual Meeting took place last month in New York City. Section Annual Meeting events included a council meeting, a business meeting, a student debt program, and the Kutak Award Reception.

In collaboration with the ABA Law Student Division, the Section presented a complimentary program entitled “Road To Zero: A Strategic Approach to Student Loan Repayment.” More than 50 students attended the program that focused on student loan options, debt repayment strategies, debt resources, and refinancing.

The Section also presented Edward Tucker with the Robert J. Kutak Award, which is given annually to an individual who has contributed significantly toward increased cooperation among legal education, the practicing bar, and the judiciary. Mr. Tucker spent 40 years as a senior director, officer, and stockholder at Ellin & Tucker, Chartered, before becoming a consultant to the Maryland-based accounting and consulting firm in 2009. He served as a public member on the Section’s Council from 2008 to 2017, including terms as secretary and chair of the Finance Committee. Mr. Tucker also previously served as a public member on the Accreditation Committee from 2001 to 2007.

2018 Law School Development Conference: Save the Date!

The Section’s 2018 Law School Development Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 1, at the Loews Chicago Hotel.  The conference, last held in San Diego in 2016, brings together law school deans and development professionals to learn, collaborate, and discuss the changing philanthropic landscape, new development approaches, and best practices. More information will be posted on the section website and sent via email in the coming months.

If you have specific questions or suggestions regarding the conference, please email Erin.Ruehrwein@americanbar.org.

ABA Full School Enrollment Program for Students

Did you know that the American Bar Association offers free membership to students who attend ABA-approved law schools?  To facilitate access, the Full School Enrollment Program was created.  This registers all students in a single process so no student misses out on the valuable benefits of ABA membership. Currently, 100 schools are participating in the program, including public and private universities. There is no cost to the school or the student, and it’s easy to set up. To learn more, please contact Alyssa Hall at lawschoolinfo@americanbar.org.


The Section’s Conferences and Programming and Publications Committees are here to serve you and the profession by developing relevant and valuable content. If you have suggestions for Section programming or publishing, we would love to hear from you. Please contact me at Erin.Ruehrwein@americanbar.org.