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ABA Law Student Podcast

Presented by the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, the ABA Law Student Podcast covers issues that affect law students, law schools, and recent grads. From finals and graduation to the bar exam and finding a job, this show is your trusted resource for the next big step.

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Apr 25, 2017

Defending Steven Avery, with Making A Murderer’s Dean Strang

Dean Strang, one of Steven Avery’s defense lawyers, talks about the Making A Murderer case from a lawyer’s perspective

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Mar 22, 2017
Discussing the O.J. Simpson Case with Defense Attorney Carl Douglas

Carl Douglas, one of the defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson case, talks about the case and the circumstances that lead to the controversial verdict.

Feb 27, 2017
The Library of Congress: A Free Legal Research Resource

Sheila Hollis and Barbara Bavis discuss the Law Library of Congress and the many resources it offers.

Jan 31, 2017
Broken Promises and Public Service Loan Forgiveness

ABA President Linda Klein discusses the history of Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a program to entice young lawyers to take public service positions.

Dec 19, 2016
The Importance of Legal Tech and Continued Education

Continuing Education of the Bar Executive Director Kelly Lake discusses disruptive effects of legal technology and why continued learning and development is essential for legal professionals.

Nov 29, 2016
The Challenges of Trying Death Penalty Cases

Washington state trial attorney Mark Vovos discusses his journey toward trying death penalty cases and the challenges involved.

Sep 15, 2016
Communication Tips that Combat Gender Bias

Andrea Kramer discusses her new book, Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, and gender equality in the workplace.

Aug 31, 2016
Finding Alternative Careers in the Law

Joe Patrice, Chad Burton, Chas Rampenthal, Joshua Lenon, and Laurence Colletti talk about their own experiences using a law degree.

Aug 30, 2016
Transitioning from Military Law to Civilian Practice

General Jack Rives, ABA executive director, discusses his career as a military lawyer, his transition to civilian life, and his current ABA role.

Aug 29, 2016
Courtroom Appropriate Fashion Tips for New Attorneys

Brooks Brothers District Manager Mic Clark discusses wardrobe elements that every lawyer should have.

Aug 26, 2016
The Challenges of Law School and Finding Your First Job

ABA Young Lawyer's Division president Anna Romanskaya discusses her journey through law school and her struggles finding work as a legal practitioner.

Jul 6, 2016
Pairing Legal Activism with Restorative Justice

Fabiani Duarte invites guest host Amanda Joy Washington to sit down with organizer, law student, and activist Ruby-Beth Buitekant to discuss restorative justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jul 5, 2016
Ending Mass Incarceration Through Restorative Justice

Guest attorney Sarah Walton takes a look at mass incarceration in our criminal justice system and how restorative justice concepts could be applied.

Jul 5, 2016
Applying Restorative Justice Concepts to Capital Cases

Fabiani Duarte and guest host Linsey Addington speak with Professor Sarah Gerwig Moore and Dr. Melissa Browning about the death penalty and ways restorative justice concepts can be used in capital cases.

Jun 14, 2016
Substance Abuse and Mental Illness in the Legal Profession

Fabiani Duarte interviews Patrick Krill about the prevalence of substance misuse and other mental health concerns among lawyers.

May 2, 2016
Marcia Clark on “The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” Sexism, and Her Latest Book

Marcia Clark, known as the prosecutor for the trial of O.J. Simpson, discusses "The People vs. O.J. Simpson" and her new novel “Blood Defense.”

Apr 18, 2016
Law School and Depression

20% of lawyers suffer from depression, more than double that of the general population. Beyond that, 60,000 law students suffer from depression by the end of their second year. What resources are available for lawyers who find themselves battling the rigors of the profession and the struggles of depression? In this episode of the ABA...

Mar 28, 2016
How to Land the Right Summer Associates Program

Many law students, upon graduating, find it very difficult to acquire employment in the legal profession straight out of school. Numerous law firms are unwilling to hire recent grads that have no previous work experience listed on their resumes. What should a recent graduate do to help increase their chances of finding a firm that...

Mar 25, 2016
ABA Law Student Division Board of Governors : Year in Review

The ABA Law Student Division serves to not only provide options for students to better engage with their peers but also to provide valuable leadership and career development opportunities. Individuals who wish to promote positive change within the profession will often seek to aid their peers by serving on the Law Student Division Board of...

Mar 24, 2016
Seeding Success: Cultivating YLD Opportunities with Bryan Rogers

The Law Student Division of the ABA provides many young lawyers with invaluable resources, benefits, and leadership opportunities. However, many students who are interested in pursuing a deeper level of engagement in the ABA aren’t sure how to continue their involvement as they enter the legal market. In this episode of the ABA Law Student...

Mar 24, 2016
The Intersection of Law and Social Science with Ajay Mehrotra

Have you ever wondered how many lawyers continue to practice after acquiring their Juris Doctor Degree? Perhaps you’ve pondered how your legal knowledge can be applied to different types of public work or social activism. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Fabiani Duarte takes an in-depth look at the American Bar...

Feb 24, 2016
Resolution 109: The Fight for Bar Exam Portability

One of the most demanding endeavors that any recent law grad will face is studying for and passing the bar exam. However, upon entering the legal market, many graduates aren’t aware of the challenges associated with transferring their bar exam scores between jurisdictions. In this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, host Fabiani Duarte...

Feb 19, 2016
Shaping Your Career Path with David Lat

As the law becomes ever more complex and the legal market continues to shift and grow, entering the workforce can be incredibly intimidating to a current student or recent grad. Sifting through the options and finding the career path that is right for you can sometimes feel daunting for even the most well-prepared of students....

Jan 21, 2016
Student Loans: Saving Your Future After You Leap

If you are one of the 40 million Americans who funded their education with student loan debt, you may be asking yourself now what? The bad news: you probably can’t get out of it with bankruptcy. The good news: with over 1.3 trillion dollars locked up in American educational loans, the country has a vested...

Dec 22, 2015
Student Loans: Look Before You Leap

With lower starting salaries and higher tuition rates, today’s law students face tough decisions when it comes to financing their education. In addition to school rank, employment rates, and average starting salaries, future lawyers need to be aware of loan terminology and how it affects their future ability to pay. But how much do you...

Nov 23, 2015
Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you are in or plan to go into public service, you may have heard about public service loan forgiveness (PSLF for short). This economic incentive was intended to attract and keep employees in public sector positions such as district attorney or public defender by offering student loan forgiveness following a minimum period of service...

Oct 28, 2015
ABA Board of Governors: How Law Students are Helping Themselves

ABA Law Student Podcast hosts Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke sit down with Chris Jennison, the ABA Law Student Division’s representative to the ABA Board of Governors, to discuss the governing role of the ABA Board of Governors and how its actions affect the lives of law students and recent grads. Since 2009, the Law...

Oct 8, 2015
Senator Lindsey Graham on Getting Through Law School and Being a Lawyer

On this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast, Senator Lindsey Graham joins hosts Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke. Together, they discuss getting through law school, being an advocate, and public service loan forgiveness. Tune in to hear about his early career and the importance of having your character tested in law school. Senator Lindsey...

Oct 8, 2015
ABA President Brown Wants You!

“If you look around at many of the general counsels in this country, they are not from the top ten law schools. They did not graduate from the top 10% of their class. But they have the moxy. They will dig in.” – Paulette Brown Surviving law school is difficult enough, but law students also...

Oct 8, 2015
Which ABA Sections, Divisions, and Forums Should You Join?

The American Bar Association Law Student Division is free, and its members have the opportunity to join five additional ABA sections, divisions, or forums. But with 64 to choose from, which is the best entity for each law student’s career path? In this episode of The Law Student Podcast, Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke interview...

Oct 8, 2015
BARBRI’s Richard Conviser on the Bar Exam

Richard Conviser joins hosts Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke for a discussion about the history of BARBRI, why it was founded, and how it continues to help law students pass the most important exam of their career. Hear why successful test takers fail the Bar exam, the growing prominence of the Uniform Bar Exam, and...

Oct 8, 2015
What is the ABA Law Student Division?

In this extended-play first episode of ABA Law Student Podcast, we start with an interview of our two hosts (Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke) before cutting to their first episode recorded at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. While there, they discuss the ABA Law Student Division, its free membership, and how it’s helping law...

Your Hosts
Sandy Gallant-Jones

Sandy Gallant-Jones is the Seventh Circuit Governor for the American Bar Association Law Student Division, representing all law school...

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan is the 12th Circuit Governor for the ABA Law Student Division. He is 3L at Gonzaga University...