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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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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.

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...

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Ashley Baker

Ashley N. Baker is a 3L at Southern University Law Center where she holds memberships with the Journal of...

Kristoffer Butler

Kristoffer Butler is the SBA Executive President at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

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