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ABA Law Student Division

2010 Fall Leadership Summit - Circuits 9-12-14-15
October 8-9, 2010
Loyola Law School - Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

Deadline Dates and Location

Advance Registration Is Now Closed
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Loyola Law School - Los Angeles
919 Albany Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1211
(213) 736-1000
Law School Website
Law School Visitors Website

A Message from the Governors

Law students from the from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast are invited to attend the ABA Law Student Division 2010 Fall Regional Leadership Summit, October 8-9, 2010 at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. Join your fellow law students in a substantive discussion of law, leadership, and marketability.

There is no registration fee to attend this meeting yet just look at all the valuable opportunities available to you during the Leadership Summit:

  • Learn from practicing attorneys about how to thrive in the legal profession;
  • Cultivate your leadership skills through practical approaches and tips from other student leaders and experienced attorneys;
  • Learn how law school leaders can effectively set a vision and agenda for the coming year and for law school leaders who will follow; and
  • Take home valuable tips and strategies for planning and implementing law school activities and events.

We hope you will join us October 8-9, 2010 for the ABA Law Student Division Regional Fall Summit at Loyola Law School - Los Angeles. If you have any questions about the Fall Leadership Summit, please feel free to contact us.

Who Should Attend This Summit?

The Fall Leadership Summit is designed to bring law school leaders together to exchange ideas and develop camaraderie. You should make plans today to attend this summit if you are:

  • All law student in the 9th, 12th, 14th and 15th Circuit
    • At every level of their legal education
    • Who are Student Bar Association Presidents
    • Who are Student Bar Association Officers
    • Who are ABA Representatives
    • Who are interested in becoming a leader
  • Law student leaders interested in:
    • Discussing important issues facing law students and legal education.
    • Debating the issues of public policy that effect law students at the regional and nation level.
    • Exchanging ideas for enhancing legal education.
    • Expanding their network with other law school leaders.

Summit Details

The Fall Leadership Summit will be held at Loyola Law School - Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA.

Hotel Accommodations
ABA members are eligible for discounts on room rates from Starwood Hotels. The Loyola Law School Visitors website also offers options for overnight accommodations. Most of the non-residential circuit leaderships will be staying at the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown as follows:

Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown
711 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, California 90017
Phone: (213) 488-3500
1.34 km/0.83 miles from center of Los Angeles
$129/night. Call 800.325.3535 and ask for the “ABA Law Student Division Summit” rate.
A few blocks from Loyola Law School and in the heart of the central downtown financial district. An easy walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center and near Hollywood.

Finding a Roommate
Law Student Division members seeking a roommate to share expenses during the Fall Leadership Summit may complete and submit the Roommate Request Form. Contacting potential roommates and agreeing upon arrangements will be your own responsibility. The ABA Law Student Division does not assume any responsibility for making such arrangements.
Below is a list of individuals currently seeking roommates:

No requests have been received at this time

Luke Bonucci
University of Colorado School of Law

Advance Registration
Advance Registration for this meeting is now closed. Please see the information below regarding "On-Site Registration".

On-Site Registration
Meeting registration will open as follows:

  • Friday, October 8 (5:00pm) - Loyola Law School - Los Angeles
  • Saturday, October 9 (8:30am) - Loyola Law School - Los Angeles

Attendees should stop at the registration table to sign-in and pick up their name tag and a final program. To register at the meeting, please print out the onsite registration form and be sure to have it completed before you arrive in order to expedite the check-in procedure.

Making Airline Reservations
The Los Angeles area is served by Los Angeles International Airport. Law Student Division members should visit the ABA website for information on the ABA Discounted Meeting Airfares Program. Be sure to indicate that you are attending an "ABA Calendar Meeting" when booking your airfare through Orbitz.

Los Angeles International Airport is the largest airport in California and one of the world's busiest airports. The city of Los Angeles is just 15 miles (24 kilometers) from LAX Airport and the two are linked by numerous rail and road connections. Loyola Law School is about 17 miles from LAX Airport.

Ground Transportation and Driving Instructions
Directions to the law school and information on parking during the meeting are provided on the law school's visitors website:

Loyola Law School is about 17 miles from LAX Airport and Burbank Airport. Travel time is about 30-45 minutes. Taxis to downtown LA cost $30-35 (plus a $2.50 airport taxi surcharge). SuperShuttle and the other van services will cost about $15. Be sure to clarify that you are going to Loyola Law School in downtown LA, or you may end up at the undergraduate campus in Westchester.

Also from the airport to your hotel or Loyola Law School, use the free shuttle at the airport to the Metro green line, take the green line to the blue line.

Other Information About the Meeting
For information about the American Bar Association Law Student Division, visit our website at www.abanet.org/lsd. Updates about this meeting will be posted on the 9th, 12th, 14th and 15 Circuit webpages as they becomes available.

Agenda and Speakers

Additional information on speakers and topics will be posted as arrangements are finalized. All meetings will be held at Loyola Law School - Los Angeles unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

5:30pm (optional event)
St. Thomas Moore Society's LA Red Mass
St. Thomas Moore Society's LA Red Mass 
The Red Mass was first celebrated in Paris in 1245 and began in England about 1310 during the reign of Edward I. The entire Bench and Bar would attend the Red Mass together at the opening of each term of Court. The priest and the judges of the High Court wore red robes, thus the Eucharistic celebration became popularly known as the Red Mass. The tradition of the Red Mass has continued in the United States. Each year in Washington, D.C. the members of the United States Supreme Court join the President, and members of Congress in the celebration of the Red Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Los Angeles has celebrated a Red Mass for a quarter of a century. The Mass is attended by government officials, judges, members of the legal profession and their supporters and is open to all faiths.Tell me more

Friday, October 8, 2010

5:00pm - 6:00pm
Registration and Welcome Reception
Details to be announced

Keynote Speaker

  • Victor J. Gold, Dean, Professor of Law and William M. Rains Fellow, Loyola Law School
    Senior Vice President, Loyola Marymount University

Details to be announced

Saturday, October 9, 2010

8:00am - 8:45am
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:45am - 9:15am
Welcome and Introductions

9:15am - 9:45am
Judicial Address: How to Secure and Excel in a Judicial Clerkship
Receive concrete advice for applying for a clerkship and discover what judges are looking for in applicants. Learn about clerkship programs available from your local, regional and national bar such as the ABA Judicial Internship Opportunities Program, and how to apply.

  • The Hon. Ramona G. See, Los Angeles Superior Court

9:45am - 10:45am
Proposition 8: Equal Rights Under the Justice System
How law firms, public interest groups and other organizations are impacting litigation and education to make a case for equality in state and federal court.

10:45am - 11:00am

11:00am - 12:00 Noon
Everything YOU Need to Know before Applying
Finding a legal job in this economic climate is not easy. Gain an understanding of what hiring partners and judges are look for when reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates. Get insider tips on how to present yourself in a professional manner and make the most of that all-important first impression including your presentation, attire and body language.

  • Timothy A Hogan, Assistant City Attorney, Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
  • Anthony J. Macauley, Partner, Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen
  • Jaymeson Pegue, Nelsen, Thompson, Pegue & Thornton
  • Michael Posner, Founding Partner, Posner & Rosen
  • Jeff Dasteel, Skadden, LLP & Affiliates

12:00pm - 1:00pm
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.

  • Moises Alcides Aviles, Aviles & Associates
  • Norman A. Chernin, Vice President, Senior National Underwriting Council, First American Title Insurance Company
  • Hon. Bruce T. Cooper, Administrative Law Judge
  • Janine P. DuMontelle, Associate Vice President of Legal Affairs and University Counsel, Chapman University 
  • Sheldon J. Eskin, Law Offices of Sheldon J. Eskin
  • Simona Farrise, Farrise Law Firm
  • Steven M. Glick, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Public Storage
  • Timothy A Hogan,  Assistant City Attorney, Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney
  • Anthony J. Macauley, Partner, Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen
  • Richard Niederberg, Los Angeles Designers' Theatre
  • Jaymeson Pegue, Nelsen, Thompson, Pegue & Thornton
  • Michael Posner, Founding Partner, Posner & Rosen
  • Alma L. Reyes, Law Offices of Alma L. Reyes

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Alternative Careers in Law
Maybe family, civil or criminal litigation isn’t for you? There are hundreds of attorneys who don’t practice in “traditional” areas of law, come find out what others are doing in their alternative legal careers and how they got there!

  • Janine P. DuMontelle, Associate Vice President of Legal Affairs and University Counsel, Chapman University 
  • Sheldon J. Eskin, Law Offices of Sheldon J. Eskin
  • Peter T. Kirchen, Kern & Wooley LLP
  • Lisa L. Lerch, Legal Equestrian
  • Joanna L. Morales, Director, Cancer Legal Resource Center
  • Richard Niederberg, Los Angeles Designers' Theatre

2:00pm - 3:00pm
How to Build Your Personal Legal Brand and Presence and Increase Your Legal Career Success
With so many people looking for jobs these days, how do you make sure you are memorable to prospective employers and potential clients?  Statistics find that you only have a few seconds to leave a positive first impression. It often takes a lifetime to change that poor first impression, if ever.  Come learn what it takes to develop a personal brand and presence to succeed in life and in your legal career.  You will walk away with tips on: how to establish that critical first impression, how to "show up" to interviews and in your career, how to communicate your personal brand effectively and how to behave in a way that integrates your personal brand most effectively, including via social media and community service.

3:00pm - 3:15pm

3:15pm - 3:30pm
What the ABA is Doing on Capital Hill for Law Student
The ABA Governmental Affairs Office (GAO) serves as the focal point for the Association's advocacy efforts before Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental entities on diverse issues of importance to the legal profession. During this presentation, learn what the ABA is doing to help law students reduce their student loan debt and how you can help the ABA help you.

3:30pm - 4:45pm
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.

  • SBA Presidents
  • ABA Representatives
  • Community Service Project

4:45pm - 4:30pm
Circuit Meetings

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks


Details to be announced

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dutch-Treat Breakfast

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