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 http://www.abanet.org/lsd/career/home.html 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 http://www.abanet.org/lsd/career/home.html 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 http://www.abanet.org/lsd/annual/2008/prebrochure.pdf 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 http://www.abanet.org/women/anniversary/dayofequalitydescriptions.html#international 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 (email@example.com) 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 internationally. • 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 competitions: • 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202.662.8670. For more information, visit http://www.abanet.org/tax/lawstudents/jobs/home.html 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 www.abanet.org/natsecurity/ 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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