July 2008 by fsb96139


									                                          American Bar Association
                                           Law Student Division
                                             Monthly Update

                 ABA Networking Opportunities, Activities, Programs,
                   Internships, and Scholarships for Law Students
                                      July 2008

                                   ABA 2008 Annual Meeting
                    Networking, Leadership Training and Career Development
                               August 7-12, 2008 – New York City

Attending the ABA Annual Meeting will give you access to hundreds of meetings, educational programs and social events. It
offers you an extraordinary opportunity to meet and network with fellow law students as well as attorneys accomplished in a
wide range of practice areas and settings. While other Annual Meeting attendees pay separate and additional fees to attend
educational programs, law students registered for the meeting will be granted admission to most substantive programming at
no additional charge. To register for the Annual Meeting, visit http://www.abanet.org/annual/2008/

Career Fair – August 7, 2008
The 2nd Annual Career Fair will kick-off the Law Student Division’s portion of the ABA Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 7.
This one-day event is open to all law students registered for the Annual Meeting. Meet legal employers from across the
country – all in one day and place. The Career Fair will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet with representatives
from law firms, state and federal government agencies, as well as public interest and non-profit groups to learn about summer
and new associate positions, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities. Visit
http://www.abanet.org/lsd/career/home.html#emp for a list of participating employers. For more about the Career Fair, visit

Resume Review – August 6-7, 2008
Law students registered for the Annual Meeting are invited to meet with legal career services and recruitment professionals
who will provide constructive suggestions for making your job search documents stand out and get noticed by legal employers.
Note: In order to participate in the Resume Review on Wednesday, August 6, you must have pre-registered for the Annual
Meeting prior to the July 8 deadline. Only registered Annual Meeting attendees will be admitted to the Resume Review and
the ABA Registration Desk does not open until Thursday morning. To learn more about the Resume Review Sessions, visit

Career Fair Programming – August 7, 2008
Take a break from the career fair by lunching with practicing attorneys. You will have your pick of two concurrent career
development programs taking place over lunch. The first program will introduce you to leading labor and employment lawyers
who will share their diverse perspectives on labor and employment law and their real-life experiences practicing on behalf of
management, unions, and plaintiffs or serving as government attorneys and neutrals. The second luncheon program will
include panelists who will share their knowledge and tips for excelling in your first associate positions. Discover the finer points
of a law practice and discover how to be successful in the core areas of marketing, management, and finance.

Awards Reception – August 8, 2008
Mingle with friends from across the country while supporting your fellow law students as they are recognized for their
outstanding achievements during a presentation of the Law Student Division National Awards: SBA, SBA President, Diversity,
Public Interest, VITA, Law School News Publications, and Membership Activities.

Law Student Division Annual Meeting Activities
August 6-10, 2008 - New York Marriott Marquis Hotel (1535 Broadway) - New York City
The Law Student Division Board of Governors looks forward to welcoming you to New York City. The Division is working hard
to develop a program that will allow you to take advantage of the many opportunities for mixing business, education and social
activities during your visit to the Big Apple. Please refer to the Law Student Division's preliminary program brochure for details.
For more about the Law Student Division’s Annual Meeting Activities, visit
                            Annual Meeting Opportunities for Law Students
                                    From ABA Specialty Entities
Take advantage of the Annual Meeting by attending educational programs sponsored by other ABA specialty Sections,
Divisions and Forums and use this opportunity to meet and interact with law professionals from a variety of settings. Law
students registered for the Annual Meeting are generally allowed complimentary admittance to educational programs. For
more information, visit http://www.abanet.org/annual/2008/docs/cle_programs.pdf

Commission on Women
Day of Equality – CLE Sessions, Luncheon, Equalitea/Reception/Rally
Thursday, August 7 (all day) – Hilton New York Hotel
Join the Commission on Women in the Profession for an entire day of programs focusing on issues relevant to women
lawyers. Topics include Leadership: The Last Frontier; First Chair: Trying Intellectual Property Cases; Diversity in the National
and Homeland Security Field; Women in Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Section; Maternal Wall Bias and Family
Responsibility; 7 Habits of Highly Successful Women in the Industry; Pathways to Employment in International Law; and
Women on the Bench: Looking Back, Looking Forward. For more information, visit www.abanet.org/women/dayofequality.html

    •   Luncheon Program (12:15 - 1:45 p.m.): Gender Diversity: Not Just a Woman’s Issue: An all-male panel will
        discuss their views on how best to retain and advance women in the profession. Tickets cost $40.

    •   Equalitea/Reception/Rally (5:30 - 7:00 p.m.) – No additional fee (must be an Annual Meeting registrant to
        participate.) The Equalitea is a tea/rally/reception that concludes the Day of Equality by bringing together hundreds of
        people for celebration and inspiration. It will celebrate the Commission’s accomplishments during the past 20 years,
        highlight the CLE program participants, and issue a call to action regarding the work that still needs to be done to
        achieve full equality in the profession.

International Law
Pathways to Employment in International Law
Thursday, August 7 (3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.) – Hilton New York Hotel
Presented in conjunction with the Commission on Women Day of Equality
Panel of women lawyers from different regions of the world will discuss how they became involved with international law. The
panel will consist of leading women jurists who practice in different areas of international law. For more information, visit

State and Local Government Section
Law Student/Young Lawyers Networking Event
Thursday, August 7 (4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) – Robinson & Cole, 885 Third Avenue, 28th Floor, New York
Get the inside scoop on working in State and Local Government Law. As one of the most diverse legal practice areas, the
broad cross-section of legal disciplines includes land use, government operations and liability, public finance, election law,
environmental law, and homeland security and emergency management, to name a few. You will enjoy interacting with
seasoned practicing attorneys in public and private practice that handle municipal law issues. RSVP to Marsha Boone
(boonem@staff.abanet.org) if you plan to attend.

Young Lawyers Division
More information is available at: http://www.abanet.org/yld/annual08/details.shtml

    •   Welcome Reception
        Thursday, August 7 (9:00 p.m. – 12:00 Midnight.) – Providence Restaurant (http://www.providencenyc.com/)
        The Young Lawyers Council would like to welcome you to New York by inviting law students registered for the Annual
        Meting to join the Young Lawyers Division for a complimentary welcome event and to meet the YLD leadership.

    •   Forensic Accounting 101: How It Can Help You in Litigation, Bankruptcy, Family Law and More
        Co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Tax Law
        Friday, August 8 (9:45 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.) - New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
        Hear from an internationally-known asset recovery specialist and a leading forensic accountant and bankruptcy trustee
        who will explain: how forensic accounting is important in litigation and other areas of the law; why it is important to
        have a forensic accountant involved in different types of cases; what a forensic account can do to assist your case or
        client from the beginning of litigation through resolution of the case; how to protect a client’s assets. international asset
        search and recovery methods for collecting judgments; and freezing assets and attachment procedures nationally and
    •   What Every Real Estate Attorney Needs to Know about Environmental Law
        Co-sponsored by the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
        Friday, August 8 (9:45 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.) - New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
        Join a commercial real estate attorney, an environmental compliance counselor/litigator and an environmental
        insurance broker for a discussion of modern trends in environmental law and the challenges environmental risk
        imposes on commercial real estate transactions. You will leave this session with an overview of statutory
        environmental liability and shields; contractual allocation of environmental liability; post-closing environmental issues:
        litigation considerations from both buyers' and sellers' perspective; and current insurance products offered to manage
        environmental risk.

    •   Understanding Domestic Violence in Family Court Proceedings
        Co-Sponsored by the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence
        Friday, August 8 (11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.) - New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
        Gain an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence while examining the impact that allegations of domestic
        violence can have on family court proceedings. The program will also outline important considerations that young
        attorneys should be aware of when representing victims of domestic violence or children in cases where domestic
        violence is a factor.

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
Navigating the Federal Clerkship Hiring Guidelines and Developing Skills to Succeed on the Job
Saturday, August 9, 2008 (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.) – New York Marriott Marquis Hotel
A clerkship is the most prestigious job available after graduation and is considered to be the capstone of a legal education. It
is the method by which many notable legal professionals and scholars have embarked on their careers. Very few other
achievements or accomplishments are as noteworthy as a judicial clerkship. In recent years, the federal judiciary has
implemented a revised hiring process to assess judicial clerkship candidates. What do law students need to know about
application timing, the use of OSCAR, and how to enhance their application? Additionally, for those students who have
obtained clerkships, what skills should they continue to develop or acquire prior to commencing their service at the court? For
details, visit http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/events/08annual/

Commission on Women in the Profession
Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon
Sunday, August 10, 2008 (11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) – Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers
Recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area
of specialty and have paved the way for the success of other women lawyers. Occasionally a limited number of tickets to this
event are donated to the Law Student Division for use by law students. Students interested in obtaining a donated ticket to
attend the luncheon should check in with the Law Student Division the day before the event.

                                    Division Activities and Deadlines
Registration is Now Open for the ABA Law Student Division 2008-09 Competition Season
Last year over 1,300 J.D. candidates from 153 ABA-approved law schools improved their legal skills by participating in the Law
Student Division Competitions Program. Part of that improvement can be attributed to the feedback and advice from the over
2,400 lawyers and judges who served as competition judges, as well as the students’ countless practice sessions.

We invite you to gain hands on legal experience by participating in one or more of the Law Student Division's four

•   Arbitration Competition (cosponsored by the National Arbitration Forum)
•   Client Counseling Competition
•   National Appellate Advocacy Competition
•   Negotiation Competition

Online entry forms, as well as details about the Law Student Division Competitions Program, can be found on the Competitions
website at http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/.
                                      Enhance Your Legal Education
The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
The Path to Becoming a Public Defender
July 26, 2008 (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) – George Washington University Law School (Washington, DC)
Explore a career in indigent criminal defense to during this free mini conference, featuring career, skills and substantive tracks.
A reception, with an additional opportunity to network with public defenders and public interest law students will immediately
follow the conference. To register, visit www.pdsdc.org and click on The Path to Becoming a Public Defender. Deadline for
advance registration: July 17, 2008. Questions? Call or email Jennifer Thomas (202) 824-2337 jenthomas@pdsdc.org.

Labor and Employment Law
2nd Annual CLE Conference
September 10-13, 2008 (Denver, CO)
Attend this premier meeting focusing on all aspects of labor and employment law. Use this opportunity to meet and talk with
top practitioners representing plaintiffs, employers, unions, in-house counsel, academics and government lawyers. The
meeting also features a Fundamentals Track co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division and designed to provide an
overview of 11 substantive areas in labor and employment law as well as comprehensive current updates of the law. ABA Law
Student Division members who are also members of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law will be admitted to the
conference at no charge (a $375+ value). For details http://www.abanet.org/labor/lel-annualcle/08/pdf/LaborCLE-News-5.5.pdf

State and Local Government
Fall Council Meeting and CLE Program
September 18-19, 2008 (Hotel Sax Chicago, 333 N. Dearborn, Chicago, IL)
The Section of State and Local Government Law (SLG) is pleased to offer law students a $10 meeting registration fee to
attend their Fall Council Meeting and CLE Program. SLG serves as a collegial forum for enhancing professional knowledge
and legal skills; for networking with attorneys in the public, private and academic sector; and for cutting edge information and
creative solutions to complex legal problems. The Fall Meeting CLE programs include the following:

    •   Smart Growth and Green Growth: Land Use Planning in a Time of Climate Change;
    •   Green Building: Local Initiatives for Sustainable Construction CLE;
    •   Flooded Development is not Sustainable Development: A Legal Primer on Floodplain Management CLE;
    •   Renewable Energy: Local Governmental Use and Regulation;
    •   What You Need to Say When You Borrow Money;
    •   Voting and Election Law;
    •   The Bermuda Triangle of Student Safety: Mental Illness, Privacy Rights, and the Duty to Protect;
    •   Electronic Voting;
    •   Civil Litigation as a Risk Management Tool in Law Enforcement;
    •   Affordable Workforce Housing: The Constitutional Dilemma and the Bonus Remedy;
    •   Preventing and Managing Workplace Violence; and
    •   Ethics Jeopardy.

On Thursday, September 18, hear from luncheon keynote speaker Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer for the City of
Chicago. Later on Thursday, law students are invited to join SLG for a networking reception from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at the
Hotel Sax in the New Orleans Room. During a Friday luncheon, Linda Mastandrea, Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee will
address meeting attendees. For more information, please contact Marsha Boone at 312.988.5649 (boonem@staff.abanet.org)
or visit www.abanet.org/statelocal for a copy of the program brochure.

Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Prosecuting and Representing Animal Abusers and Caring for the Victims – The Michael Vick
Case and Its Impact on Cruelty Cases
Friday, September 19, 2008 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – DePaul University College of Law (Chicago, IL)
The federal dog fighting case against Michael Vick and his codefendants generated overwhelming public concern. This
program will feature the forensic veterinarian, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a criminal defense attorney, and the court appointed
special master/guardian in the case. For details, visit https://www.abanet.org/tips/cle/vick.pdf
                     ABA Entities Offer Law Students Opportunities to
                      Build a Networking Base and a Strong Resume
Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law
Law School Climate Challenge
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law, in cooperation with the EPA, has challenged law offices to take
steps to conserve energy and resources, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. This program is
now applicable to law schools. Under the plan, participating law schools receive recognition from the ABA and the EPA, in
accordance with each programs' requirements. For details http://www.abanet.org/environ/climatechallenge/overview.shtml

Taxation Section
Tax Law Job Locator Program
The ABA Taxation Section is pleased to announce the addition of the Job Locator Program to its website. This website
provides resources for young lawyers and law students looking for available tax opportunities around the country. For
additional information, e-mail tax@abanet.org, or call 202.662.8670. For more information, visit

                     Writing Competitions Offer More Than a Little Extra Cash
Visit www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/writing-contests/ for a complete listing of law student writing competitions, scholarships,
and awards available from ABA entities.

Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Writing Competition
The ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security is pleased to announce its first student writing competition, "New
Perspectives for a New Threat." The competition theme asks that contestants provide an essay analysising a timely issue at
the intersection of law and national security. Submissions deadline: Sept. 15, 2008. For details, visit

                                                 Other Opportunities
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
New and Improved Law Student Homepage
The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division is proud to announce GP|Solo's new and improved Law Student homepage,
with regularly updated helpful articles, top ten lists, RSS feeds, Law Student Mentorship Program information, and more.
Below are some of the extraordinary benefits you will find from GP|Solo:
• Access to a wealth of essential resources for job searching, interviewing, briefing and finding a mentor...
• FREE subscriptions to GPSOLO magazine, SOLO newsletter, Technology eReport, NEW Lawyer, and The Buzz so you
    can begin now to develop strategies for your future practice and career.
• Access to SoloSez, an online discussion group designed specifically for solo and small firm practitioners.
• Listen to Panel Discussions on “How to Get a Job in a Small Firm.”

For more information about the American Bar Association and the Law Student Division, visit http://www.abanet.org.

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