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2010 Fall Leadership Summit - Circuits 7-8-10-13
October 1-2, 2010
South Texas College of Law (Houston, TX)

Deadline Date and Location

Advance Registration Is Now Closed
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South Texas College of Law
1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Law School Website
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A Message from the Governors

Law students from the open grasslands of the Dakotas to the oil fields of Texas are invited to attend the ABA Law Student Division 2010 Fall Regional Leadership Summit, October 1-2, 2010 at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. 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 1-2, 2010 for the ABA Law Student Division Regional Fall Summit at South Texas College of Law. If you have any questions about the Fall Leadership Summit, please feel free to contact us.

  • Janice Dantes, 7th Circuit Governor
    DePaul University School of Law
  • Adam W. Landstrom, 8th Circuit Governor
    University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Shawn Yancy, 10th Circuit Governor
    Washburn University School of Law
  • Trevor Hall, 13th Circuit Governor
    St. Mary's University School of Law

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:

  • Current or aspiring law student leaders:
    • Student Bar Association Presidents
    • Student Bar Association Officers
    • ABA Representatives
    • Law student 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 South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.

Hotel Accommodations
ABA members are eligible for discounts on room rates from Starwood Hotels. South Texas College of Law also provides a Visitors page on their website that offers options for overnight accommodations or you can visit one of the many travel sites available on the internet .

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

No requests have been received at this time

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 at 8:00am on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at South Texas School of Law. Attendees should stop at the registration table to sign-in and pick up their badge and a final program. To register at the meeting, please print out the onsite registration form and have it completed before you arrive in order to expedite the check-in procedure.

Making Airline Reservations
The Houston area is served by two airports: George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport. Depending upon your specific travel needs and your city of origin, some airlines may offer better prices at one location as compared to another. When comparing fares and schedules, 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.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston's largest airport located approximately 23 miles north of downtown Houston, near the Sam Houston Tollway (Beltway 8 North).

William P. Hobby Airport is Houston's second largest airport and has been serving the Houston community for more than 80 years. Hobby Airport is located approximately seven miles south of downtown Houston, near I-45/Gulf Freeway, the major highway heading from the City to NASA and Galveston Island.

Ground Transportation from the Airports
Both George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport provide a variety of ground transportation options on their websites.

Driving Instructions and Parking
Directions to the law school are provided by the law school's visitors website. Parking instructions will be provided as soon as arrangements have been confirmed by the law school.

Other Information About the Meeting
For information about the ABA Law Student Division, visit our website at www.abanet.org/lsd. Updates about this meeting will be posted on the 7th, 8th, 10th and 13th Circuit webpages as they becomes available.

Agenda and Speakers

Friday, October 1, 2010

Baseball Game (Astros vs Cubs)
First pitch is at 7:05pm.  The Planning Committee has reserved a block of 35 seats at $24 each plus a $3 convenience fee. Tickets can be purchased directly from TicketMaster through September 27. After this date, the site will expire and be shut down. When ordering your tickets, the block is listed as "American Bar Association" and t he Password is "ABA."  Purchase Tickets.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Attire for Saturday is business casual. All meetings will be held in the Emilie Slohm and the Joe Green Auditorium at South Texas College of Law unless otherwise indicated.

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

8:45am - 9:00am
Introductions and Welcome Address

9:00am - 10:15am
Judicial Panel: Explaining the Mysteries of the Judiciary

A panel of judges and clerks will provide students with rare insights into the judiciary, including: valuable pursuits for students during law school; considerations and advice for successfully pursuing a clerkship upon graduation; and how to approach the bench, in word and action, to increase your success as a practicing attorney.

  • Moderator
    • Trevor Hall, 13th Circuit Governor, St. Mary's University School of Law
  • Judiciary
    • Hon. Caroline Baker, 295th District Court Judge
    • Hon. Lamar McCorkle, Executive Director, Texas Judicial Foundation, former Circuit Court Judge
    • Hon. Dion Ramos, 55th District Court Judge
  • Judicial Clerks
    • Joseph Buoni, Law Clerk to Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur
    • Meagan Wilder, Law Clerk to District Judge Lynn N. Hughes
    • Jonathan Williams, Law Clerk to District Court Judge Lee H. Rosenthal

10:15am - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Value of Bar Involvement From a Law Student's Perspective
Law students and new lawyers face many challenges as they begin their legal careers. Daniel Thies has been involved in the bar since he first entered law school, began building the foundation for his legal network and after graduating earlier this year, landed a rewarding judicial clerkship upon graduation. Now, Daniel will share with you his strategies for success and his experiences as a law student and now as a new attorney.

  • Daniel Thies, Former Law Student Division Liaison to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (two terms: 2008 through 2010)

11:30am - 12:30pm
Panel Discussion: Building Your Legal Network and Reaching Your Goals Through Involvement in the Organized Bar
Discover the hidden value of participating in the organized bar while you are still in law school. How can you effectively use extra-curricular experiences to make yourself stand out to potential employers? Panelists will share their experiences and help you identify activities outside the classroom that will prove priceless after graduation.

  • Leah Frazier, Mann & Stevens, PC
  • Ginna Galbraith, Director, Career Resources Center, South Texas College of Law
  • Veronica F. Jacobs, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc.
  • Keshia Babin Rodriguez, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran, & Arnold, LLP

12:30 - 2:00pm
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.

  • Alaina King Benford, Senior Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski
  • Anthony B. Cavender, Counsel, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman, LLP
  • John W. Clinton, Jr., The Law Office of John W. Clinton, Jr.
  • SJ Davidson Swanson, Swanson Law Firm, PLLC
  • Brad Eastman, Cameron International
  • Mary Evans, Partner, Luccia & Evans, LLP
  • Kevin Fulton, Fulton and White PLLC
  • Veronica F. Jacobs, Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc.
  • G. Troy Pickett, Butel & Pickett, PLLC
  • Keshia Babin Rodriguez, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran, & Arnold, LLP
  • Wayne J. White, Sindicatum Carbon Capital Americas
  • Richard Zook, Thompson & Knight LLP

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panel Discussion: Legal Rebels - Remaking the Legal Profession
There's no one more ordinary—or more inventive—than a solo practitioner. Half of the nation's lawyers in private practice are solos serving families, home buyers, the injured, criminal defendants and small businesses.  As the recession grinds on, a growing number of solos are finding new ways of doing business. They are building a new kind of one-lawyer practice, redefining their corners of the legal profession through the power of innovation. They're Legal Rebels.  Meet these 21st century innovators as they help you discover the power of taking control of your own professional success.

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.

  • Carter Alleman, Law Student Division Vice Chair/Student Bar Association, Valparaiso University School of Law

3:30pm - 4:45pm
"Idea-Raisers" and Discussion Roundtables
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.

  • Student Bar Associations
  • ABA Representatives
  • Other Student Organizations
  • Information for aspiring law student leader

4:45pm - 5:00pm
Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks


Dutch-Treat Dinner
Details to be announced

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