Hello 11th Circuit Law Students: Welcome the ABA Law Student Division Eleventh Circuit update for the months of September and October 2009. We invite you to learn what’s going on within the Second Circuit, and beyond, by reading through the following information. Please pass on any relevant news to your ABA and SBA representatives. The September/October update includes information on: 1. Annual Meeting Recap 2. Fall Leadership Summit Recap 3. VITA 4. ABA/LSD Grant Program 5. Student Lawyer Magazine Contribution Solicitation 6. Diversity Day – Save the Date 7. Law Student Competition Entry Deadlines 8. ABA Writing Contest 9. BarBri Scholarship Opportunities 10. Kaplan-PMBR Discounts 11. Spring Meeting & Election – Save the Date Annual Meeting Recap: The ABA Annual Meeting took place July 30-August 2, 2009 in Chicago, IL where the Law Student Division’s legislative body, the Assembly, voted on a number of policy issues related to law students, legal education, and the profession. SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives from each of the 199 ABA-approved law schools were invited to represent their schools and participate in valuable leadership training sessions. All (7) schools from the 11th Circuit were represented at the meeting and voted in the Assembly on issues crucial to law students. These issues included: Mental Health and Full- Time Law Students being able to work in excess of 20 hours among other issues. ., Fall Leadership Summit Recap: The ABA Law Student Division 2009 Northeastern Fall Leadership Summit was held October 2-3, 2009 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Law students from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 11th Circuits convened for a two-day discussion of law, leadership, and marketability. Also in attendance were a number of prominent academicians and practitioners, from both the public and private sectors, who shared their insights on a host of topics, including: ways to maintain and improve leadership skills in this time of crisis and change; the face of the legal profession today and tomorrow; tips for motivating student bodies to action; how to adjust and thrive in the profession; national initiatives of the ABA; and concrete tips for using the ABA to build your resume and network. The summit also included a forum for student leaders to talk back. Students engaged professionals in a dialogue on ways to enhance the law school experience, both in- and outside the classroom. The ABA Law Student Division proudly welcomed Robert B. Barnett as the summit’s keynote speaker. Mr. Barnett, a partner at the esteemed law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP, has enjoyed a long career as successful litigator and consultant to politicians, authors, government officials, journalists, ex-presidents, the current president, and foreign leaders. Mr. Barnett addressed the attentive audience on how to succeed as a lawyer and what it means to be a leader in the profession. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: VITA offers free tax assistance to individuals who meet certain qualifications. Volunteers help prepare basic income tax returns for low-income taxpayers or those with special needs such as the elderly, non-English speaking persons, and persons with disabilities. Although training materials, forms, and technical assistance are provided by the Internal Revenue Service, ABA VITA programs, consisting of law students interested in reaching-out to their communities, are independent operations managed and operated by student groups under the direction of a law school faculty member and/or their administration. Volunteers at law school campuses are not agents of the IRS, but rather law students and law school faculty interested in helping the community and gaining valuable experience in tax preparation. All VITA volunteers, regardless of the background, provide this unpaid service in their spare time. To learn more about VITA programs, including opportunities for becoming an official participant of the ABA Law Student Division VITA Program, please visit the program’s website at http://www.abanet.org/lsd/vita/. ABA Law Student Division Grant Program: The ABA Law Student Division, through its Grant Program, provides financial and program support to student organizations of ABA-approved law schools to establish first-time programs and other activities that emphasize diversity, ethics, professionalism training, law student mental health and wellness, veterans advocacy, and public interest/service activities. Successful applicants can receive up to $500 per application and project. To learn more about the ABA Law Student Division Grant Program, including how to file an application and who to contact for more questions, please visit the program’s website at http://www.abanet.org/lsd/grant/. Student Lawyer Magazine Contribution Solicitation: The award-winning Student Lawyer magazine, published monthly from September to May by the ABA Law Student Division, provides guidance on educational, career, and related issues for ABA/LSD members and others. Student Lawyer publishes features and columns from both readers and professional writers. The magazine concentrates on legal- affairs features and, as such, is not a legal journal that publishes footnoted academic articles or briefs, poetry, or fiction. Student lawyer welcomes unpaid submissions from readers that adhere to its publication guidelines. Readers may submit: letters to the editor; opinion essays; reviews; and student/school news. Each format is governed by a separate set of guidelines. For more information on how to submit a contribution to Student Lawyer, including details on its editorial guidelines, please view the magazine’s Writers’ Guidelines at http://www.abanet.org/lsd/studentlawyer/. Important Date: Diversity Day – March 2nd, 2009 is slated to be this year’s “Diversity Day.” Diversity Day is a celebration of the ABA Law Student Sections Diversity Action plan by which the section seeks to increase diversity in its membership. While we strive to achieve diversity throughout the year, March 2nd and the preceding weekend will be the culmination and recognition of this goal. Please take a moment and visit the website to complete the Diversity Day Survey and to share your school’s plan for Diversity Day. For more information, visit http://www.abanet.org/lsd/diversity/. ABA Writing Contests: Intellectual Property - ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law (Entry deadline: Ongoing--winners chosen by participating schools) Health Law - Health Law Writing Competition Award: $500 plus travel and lodging to the Section's Emerging Issues Program (Entry deadline: December 4, 2009) Entertainment and Sports Industry Forum Committee and the Recording Academy Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) - Annual GRAMMY® Foundation Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI) Writing Contest Award: $5,000, plus all expenses to Grammy Awards. For additional information, visit Facebook.com and search for "The Entertainment Law Initiative". If you are not a Facebook user, simply send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Entry deadline: January 4, 2010) Section of Business Law - Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest Award: $2,500, travel and lodging to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting, possible publication in The Business Lawyer. (Entry deadline: January 8, 2010) International Law - Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards Award: 2 Winners receive $1,000 prize each plus a travel stipend to the Section’s Spring Meeting for the presentation of the Award. Publication of Essays in a Section Publication (Entry deadline: January 15, 2010) Antitrust Law Section - Writing Competition Award: First Place: $2,000, registration fee, transportation, lodging and luncheon at Antitrust Spring Meeting in Washington, DC. Second Place Award: $500 (Article submission deadline: January 30, 2010) Environmental, Energy and Resources Law - Student Writing Competition Award: Publication in selected entity periodicals and on website (Postmarked entry deadline: February 8, 2010) Lawyers' Professional Liability Standing Committee - Levit Essay Contest on Lawyers' Professional Liability Award: $5,000 plus an expense-paid trip to the Spring National Legal Malpractice Conference (Postmark entry deadline: February 19, 2010) Science & Technology Law - Law Student Writing Contest Award: The winner will receive a trip to the ABA Annual Meeting and may have his or her submission published in The SciTech Lawyer. (Entry deadline: March 1, 2010.) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) - Law Student Writing Competition First Place Award: $1,500, airfare and lodging to ABA Annual Meeting, possible publication in Tort Trial & Insurance Law Journal. Second Place Award: $500. All winners will be announced in the Section's magazine, The Brief. (Entry deadline: March 1, 2010) Affordable Housing and Community Development Forum Committee - Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Writing Competition Award: $1,000 plus possible publication in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. Winner will receive airfare and lodging to attend the Forum Committee's Annual Conference where prize will be presented. (Postmark entry deadline: March 2, 2010) Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice - Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Contest Award: $500 cash prize and round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference; possible publication in Administrative and Regulatory Law News. (Entry deadline: March 31, 2010) Criminal Justice Section - William Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition Award: $2,000, publication of winning essay in Criminal Justice magazine, and expense-paid trip to ABA Annual Meeting (Entry deadline: April 23. 2010) Bar Review Course Discounts and Scholarship Opportunities: BarBri Scholarships are now available. The deadline for applying – November 30, 2009. Please complete the form available at http://www.abanet.org/lsd/barbri.pdf. Kaplan-PMBR Discounts: The Bar Exam is important and the ABA understands how stressful it can be. In order to facilitate a less stressful time, the ABA offers discounts to the Kaplan-PMBR bar courses. Receive tuition discounts of $50 to $100 off specialized study courses. Please see your on campus Kaplan-PMBR representative for more details. Spring Meeting – Details Forthcoming Watch for details regarding the 11th Circuit Spring Meeting and Governor Election to be held in Washington DC this winter. For up-to-date information and updates, visit the Circuit’s webpage at http://www.abanet.org/lsd/11thcircuit/. ABA Law Student Division Nominations and Elections Each year, the ABA Law Student Division offers over 100 leadership positions (elected and appointed) representing over 45,000 dues-paying law students. This is a significant responsibility and requires the commitment of our nation’s most talented and dedicated law student leaders. These 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. For eligibility requirements and nomination/application forms, visit http://www.abanet.org/elections/. Wishing you all a holiday weekend and best of luck studying for finals! Sincerely, Albert C. Asphall Howard University School of Law JD Candidate:Class of 2010 Goler T. Butcher International Moot Court Team ABA Law Student Division Member: 11th Circuit Governor 2009-2010.
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