ABA-LSD 3rd Circuit Meeting Update

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The ABA launched a new website on Monday, February 7. Unfortunately, this has negatively impacted some of the Law Student Division pages and links, including the page to the Circuit Spring Meeting and Leadership Applications. Until the situation can be remedied, we are providing you with direct links to important information you will need over the next couple of weeks. In meantime, we will send you important updates regarding Division activities via email.

New ABA website: http://www.americanbar.org

New Law Student Division website: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students.html

Liaison Applications

Postmarked Deadline: February 15, 2011

Link to General Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/about_us/leadership/leadership_opportunities/liaisons.html

Link to the Application Form:http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/lsd/elections/applications/lia_nsd_pd.pdf

Entity Funding Chart:If you would like a copy of the Entity Funding Chart, please contact Carol Simmons with the Division staff  (Carol.Simmons@americanbar.org) and one will be emailed to you.

3rd Circuit Spring Meeting and Governor Election Friday-Saturday, February 11-12, 2011

Widener University School of Law – Delaware
Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom

4601 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803

Law School Website
Law School Visitors Website Advance Registration Deadline: February 5, 2011

Final Agenda

Friday, February 11, 2011 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Welcome Mixer
Scrimmages Restaurant and Sports Bar
4723 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
Join 3rd Circuit Governor Paul Edger and members of the 3rd Circuit leadership for a cash bar, appetizers, and camaraderie. All ABA and non-ABA law students are invited.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 8:00am – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast and Registration
Sign-up for individual resume review/mock interviews. Sign-up are first-come first-serve.

9:00am – 9:15am
Introductions and Dean’s Welcome Address

J. Patrick Kelly, Vice Dean and Professor of LawPaul Edger, 3rd Circuit Governor, Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg 9:15am – 9:30am

State of the Circuit AddressPaul Edger, 3rd Circuit Governor, Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg 9:30am -10:15am

Healthcare and the Law
Healthcare is a up and coming field of law that does not get a lot of attention. While Congress now is pushing for a repeal of President Obama’s “Obamacare” there are aspects of health care that may have drastic consequences both if the law is continued or repealed.Professor Thaddeus M. Pope, Associate Professor of Law

10:15am – 10:30am


10:30am – 12:00 Noon (Library Special Collections Room)

Resume Review/Mock interviews. By appointment only

10:30am – 11:30am

Legal Rebels: Innovations in the Business of Practicing Law
As the recession grinds on, lawyers are becoming more inventive as they struggling to make ends meet and bring in new clients. The business of law is changing and attorneys are finding new ways of doing business and building a new kind of law practice through the power of innovation.Pamela Woldow, General Counsel, Edge International

11:30am – 12:30pm

The Shooting in Tucson, Arizona: Examining Major Events from a Legal Aspect
Everyone heard in some regards the shooting that killed and injured many, including Congresswoman Gillford. While the media immediately ended the story upon the shooter’s detainment, many don’t understand there are many other legal aspects to this story that was not explained. This panel with examine the different areas of law that touch on the event including criminal defense, the First Amendment, and victim compensation.Professor Judith L. Ritter, Professor of Law and Director of Criminal Defense ClinicProfessor Alan E. Garfield, Professor of LawProfessor John G. Culhane, Professor of Law

12:30pm – 1:30pm (The Barristers Cafeteria)
Lunch with Experience
Discuss your legal career with local law professionals who will share insights about adjusting and thriving in the profession. Learn what is really relevant from the law school experience and how to refine your career expectations while you’re still in law school. Remember to bring your business cards, just in case an opportunity arises during these informal discussions.

Michael Crane, Counsel, ING Direct (Trademarks, Privacy, Data Security, Banking)

Leo F. Doyle Jr, Senior Counsel, TD Bank NA (Litigation)

David L. Finger, Finger & Slanina, LLC, (Corporate/Commercial Litigation)

Todd Foster, Associate, O’Brien, Rulis & Bochicchio, LLC (Workers’ Compensation Defense)

Janine N. Howard-O’Rangers, DVLS/Widener Univ. School of Law (Family Law, Legal Services)

Pamela Anne Morris, Vice President, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing (Mutual Funds Regulations)

Christian Keeney, Grant & Eisenhofer PA, Corporate & Securities Litigation

Richard A. Levine, Partner, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP (Business and Real Estate Law)

Mark Albert Momjian, Shareholder, Momjian Anderer, LLC (Family Law)

Stanley B. Tarr, Associate, Blank Rome LLP (Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy)

Thomas Warnock, Senior Counsel, DuPont Legal (Commercial Litigation)

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Keynote Address: Former U.S. Congressman Patrick J. Murphy, (D-8th District)

Patrick J. Murphy, Fox Rothschild LLP (Former Congressman from Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District, an American lawyer, and a U.S. Army soldier)

2:30pm – 2:45pm

2:45pm – 3:30pm
Roundtable Discussions
Use this session as a forum for raising issues and presenting your ideas for enhancing the law school experience both inside and outside the classroom. Share your law school’s strategies for successful programs or seek advice on how to make a mediocre idea into a memorable event. Whatever the issue, bring your ideas with you, be prepared to think outside the box, and join your fellow law students for what promises to be lively and thought provoking discussions.

3:30pm – 3:45pm

3:45pm – 4:15pm
Speeches from the Candidates and Election of the 2011-2012 Circuit Governor
SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives from each ABA-approved law school in the 3rd Circuit will cast their vote for the 2011-2012 Circuit Governor. Listen to the candidate speeches and participate in the question and answer session in order to encourage your school delegation to vote for the best candidate.

4:15pm – 4:45pm
Law School Award Presentations and Announcement of New Circuit Governor 4:45pm – 5:00pm
Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks


On-Site Registration
On-Site Registration
Meeting registration will open at 8:15am on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Attendees should stop at the registration table to sign-in and pick up their badge and a final program. Registration for the meeting will open at 8:15am outside the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom at Widener University School of Law – Delaware Campus. If you were unable to complete the Advance Registration Form before the February 5 deadline, you may register on site at the meeting.  Transportation and Driving Instructions

For those driving to the meeting, please refer to Widener’s visitors website for driving instructions and maps. Click here for driving directions provided by Widener University School of Law

Voting and Elections

Election of the Circuit Governor:
Certified Delegates (SBA Presidents, ABA Representatives or their proxies) who wish to participate in the election of the 3rd Circuit Governor must be certified in order to vote. Please check in with the ABA Law Student Division Election Proctor as soon as you arrive at the meeting in order to be certified. Election results will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting on Saturday. Tell me about the responsibilities of the Circuit Governor http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/about_us/leadership/leadership_opportunities/gov.html

Who Votes for the New Governor?

The primary ABA Representative and the SBA President (hereafter referred to as Delegates) from each ABA-approved law school who are current members in good standing of the ABA Law Student Division (a member in good standing is one who has paid his/her 2010-2011 ABA Law Student Division dues in full) are eligible for certification to participate in the election.  A principle delegate who is not an ABA Law Student Division member, but wishes to vote in the election must join the ABA in order to be certified to vote.  Otherwise, he/she may proxy his/her vote to another law student from his/her law school, provided that law student is a fully paid member of the ABA Law Student Division.  Proxies must present signed, written authorization from the principle delegate, preferably on school letterhead stationery, in order to be certified.  The proxy may be faxed or emailed only if the Proctor can verify (via the email address the ABA has on record for the SBA or the Rep) that the sender of the proxy is actually the SBA President or ABA Representative.  Fax: 312.988.6033 – email:Patty.Brennan@americanbar.or and Carol.Simmons@americanbar.org.

Complete proxy instructions can be found at http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/migrated/lsd/elections/proxy.pdf.

Sample Proxy Letter Language
I, {principle delegate’s full name}, {title: ABA Representative or SBA President} of the {full official name of law school} and a principal delegate in the Assembly of the American Bar Association Law Student Division, in accordance with ABA Law Student Division Governing Rules, hereby designate as my proxy {name of student to whom proxy is being given}, to cast my vote(s) at the 3rd Circuit Spring Meeting and Governor Election, to be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE.{Signature and date} NOTE TO DELEGATES: In order to vote in the election, SBA Presidents, ABA Representatives or their proxies must be ABA Law Student Division members in good standing. An ABA member in good standing is one who has paid his/her 2010-2011 ABA Law Student Division dues in full. If you wish to join the ABA Law Student Division or bring your member status up-to-date, contact the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221.

ABA Rep Funds

The ABA Law Student Division is unable to provide funding to law students for travel to the Spring Meeting.  However, ABA Representatives attending their Circuit’s Spring Meeting may request Rep Funds (if available) to offset some of their travel expenses.  Representative Funds are limited in size and all reimbursement requests are processed on a first-come, first- served basis. To be eligible to receive Rep Funds to attend the Spring Meeting, you must be the primary ABA Representative at your school and the application must be received by the Secretary Treasurer and Division Director three weeks prior to the date of the Spring Meeting you are attending.  The amount of funding Representatives are eligible to request is based on available funds for your school. For more information visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_students/about_us/leadership/aba_representatives/fund_home.html

For an application form, please contact Carol Simmons with the Division staff at carol.simmons@americanbar.org and one will be emailed to you.

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