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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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Aug 23, 2021

Jill Wine-Banks’ Rich and Varied Legal Career

How Jill Wine-Banks took on mobsters and Watergate criminals while shattering gender stereotypes.

Aug 9, 2021

Demystifying Hot Legal Topics of the Pandemic

Harvard Law professor Glenn Cohen offers an overview of pandemic-related legal issues and their implications in our daily lives.

Jun 21, 2021

Mental Health in the Legal Profession

Patrick Krill discusses legal field mental health issues and offers strategies for monitoring and improving personal wellness.

Jun 2, 2021

Career Preparedness: Navigating Career Choices in Law School and Beyond

Lauren Jackson shares forward-thinking tactics for preparing yourself for a fulfilling legal career.

Apr 20, 2021

Critical Issues in National Security Law

National security expert and Syracuse University professor William Banks sheds light on how current events interact with our nation’s security and the law.

Mar 31, 2021

The Pursuit of a Civil Right to Counsel

Public Justice Center staff attorney John Pollock outlines current efforts to institute the right to counsel in civil matters.

Feb 26, 2021

Housing and Eviction Law: Helping Tenants in the Midst of COVID-19

Zach Neumann explains how lawyers and law students can help tenants facing eviction during the pandemic.

Jan 29, 2021

Helping Litigants Help Themselves: The Ins and Outs of a Legal Help Program

Angela Tripp shares insights into her rewarding work with the successful Michigan Legal Help Program.

Dec 14, 2020

Against All Odds: Jim St. Germain’s Journey From Juvenile Delinquency to Community Leader

Jim St. Germain shares his experiences in the juvenile justice system and the critical role of mentors in his path to becoming a leader in his community.

Nov 10, 2020

Examining Racial Inequality in Juvenile Justice

Attorney Natasha Fortune discusses her work at the Legal Aid Society of New York in the Juvenile Rights Practice and the cycles of racial injustice that affect her work with children of color.

Sep 28, 2020

Representing Power: A Conversation with Attorney Robert Barnett

Attorney Robert Barnett sits down with host Meghan Steenburgh to discuss his storied career including his work with ten Presidential campaigns.

Jun 11, 2020

A Career in Legal Aid — Perspectives from Sally Fisher Curran

Sally Fisher Curran discusses her career in legal aid.

May 7, 2020

Richard Freer: Insights on Bar Review and Civil Procedure

Professor Richard Freer discusses his career and passion for helping students reach their potential.

Apr 9, 2020

Law School Innovators: Taking Legal Ed Online

ABA Law Student Podcast host Meghan Steenburgh hosts two sets of interviews focused on online legal education.

Mar 12, 2020

Dean Rodney Smolla: How Experiential Learning Makes Better Future Lawyers

Rodney Smolla, dean of the Delaware Law School of Widener University, discusses his career and offers practical advice for law students.

Feb 6, 2020

Erwin Chemerinsky: Litigator, Educator, Scholar

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, shares insights from his career and offers guidance to today’s law students.

Jan 9, 2020

Lawyer, Marine, & Senator: Career Highlights with US Senator Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan shares his career journey and advice for today’s law students.

Nov 14, 2019

Career in Focus: Colorado’s U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn

Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn shares his career experiences and offers guidance for law students as they enter the profession.

Oct 31, 2019

The Law Student Roundtable: Examining Stress–Offering Hope

Rachel Gentry, Kennedy LeJeune, and KyMara Guidry join host Ashley Baker for a roundtable discussion of law student mental health issues.

Oct 10, 2019

Dealing With the Pressures of Law School

Dionne Smith offers guidance for law students to manage their personal well-being throughout the rigors of law school.

Sep 12, 2019

The 2019-2020 Goals of the ABA’s Law Student Division Council

Newly elected ABA Law Student Division national chair Johnnie Nguyen and delegate of communications Julie Merow discuss the goals of the 2019-2020 council.

Aug 13, 2019

What Can You Do with Your Law Degree?

Gaylynn Burroughs shares insights for law students on how to hone in on the areas of law that align with their personal and professional goals.

Jul 12, 2019

Pro Bono Scholars and Increased Representation: Dissecting Law Student Division Resolutions

Matthew Wallace explains two of the resolutions up for consideration before the ABA House of Delegates.

Jun 10, 2019

Wisdom from Immediate Past ABA President Hilarie Bass

Hilarie Bass talks about her career highlights and gives advice to today’s law students.

May 16, 2019

Rabia Chaudry and the Case of Adnan Syed

Rabia Chaudry talks about the role of discrimination in our criminal justice system and what law students and the general public should learn from the story of Adnan Syed.

Apr 16, 2019

Mental Health and Well-Being: How Law Students Can Get Help and Help Others

Terry Harrell and John Berry talk about mental health and well-being in the legal profession and law schools.

Mar 25, 2019

Cultural Competency — How to Handle Bias and Develop Understanding

Kennedy LeJeune, Miosotti Tenecora, and De'Jonique Carter talk about the importance of developing cultural competency as a law student.

Feb 14, 2019

Real Changes for Real Diversity: A Discussion On the Efforts for Inclusivity in the Legal World

Jerome Crawford and Tiffany Buckley-Norwoodt talk about how the legal profession can become more welcoming for attorneys of color.

Jan 17, 2019

How to Survive Law School with Children

Shawnita Goosby, Crystal Taylor, and Meghan Matt talk about how they manage their lives as mothers in law school.

Dec 13, 2018

Space Law: The Next Frontier for Lawyers

Dr. Maria-Vittoria Carminati and Dr. Michael Foerster talk about the future of space and telecommunications law.

Nov 21, 2018

How to be Successful in Law School

Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed talks about law student life and her goals as chair.

Jun 7, 2018

Diary of a Part-Time Special Education Lawyer

Melissa Waugh talks about her life as a mother taking care of her two hyphenated kids as well as being a part-time lawyer specializing in special education law.

May 10, 2018

How to Overcome Barriers as a Young, Aspiring Judge

Judge Wilhelmina Wright shares her advice to any young, aspiring judges about building confidence, taking responsibility, and overcoming barriers in their careers.

Apr 25, 2018

Documenting an Icon: The RBG Documentary

Betsy West and Julie Cohen discuss their movie, The documentary RBG, as well as what makes the film unique, why they chose the subject, and what makes Justice Ginsburg worthy of her own documentary.

Mar 16, 2018

Maintaining Mental Health at Law School

It can be hard to maintain mental wellness as a law student because of established stigmas and a lack of available resources. We talk about how students are working on changing this.

Jan 2, 2018

Serving the Underserved: BYU’s Immigration Clinic

Carl Hernandez talks about the immigration clinic at Brigham Young University, which is managed mainly by students and meets a great need in the Utah community which has a large immigrant population.

Nov 28, 2017

The Life of a Law Professor

Benjamin Davis shares his personal experience as a law professor and how law students can foster relationships with their professors.

Sep 15, 2017

Introducing the New ABA Law Student Podcast Host, John Weber

Learn about the new ABA Law Student Podcast host John Weber in this episode of the ABA Law Student Podcast.

Aug 29, 2017

New ABA Law Student Division Chair Takes on Immigration

Tune into this law student podcast featuring Thomas Kim, the new chair of the ABA’s Law Student Division.

Jul 31, 2017

Broken Promises and Public Service Loan Forgiveness – Rebroadcast

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

Jun 22, 2017

The Gamble of Public Service Loan Forgiveness

ABA President Linda Klein talks about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and how it has fallen short.

May 23, 2017

O. J. Simpson and Reasonable Doubt with F. Lee Bailey

F. Lee Bailey, defense lawyer in the O.J. Simpson case, discusses his most notable cases and the definition of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

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

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.

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Meghan Steenburgh

Meghan Steenburgh is a 2L in the JDi program at Syracuse University College of Law. She is a graduate...

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