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ABA Law Student Division

2010 Fall Leadership Summit - Circuits 4-5-6
October 22-23, 2010
University of Miami School of Law (Miami, FL)

Deadline Dates and Location

Advance Registration Is Now Closed
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University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Road
Coral Gables, FL 33146
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A Message from the Governors

Law students from the from as far north as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the to the southern most tip of the Gulf of Mexico are invited to attend the ABA Law Student Division 2010 Fall Regional Leadership Summit, October 22-23, 2010 at the University of Miami School of Law in Miami, Florida. 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 22-23, 2010 for the ABA Law Student Division Regional Fall Summit at the University of Miami School of Law. 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:

  • 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 the University of Miami School of Law in Miami, Florida.

Hotel Accommodations
ABA members are eligible for discounts on room rates from Starwood Hotels. The University of Miami Visitors website also offers options for overnight accommodations. The Planning Committee has made arrangements with the following hotels to give attendees special rates for the Fall Summit:

Holiday Inn Coral Gables (across the street from UM)
Double bed or King Size guest rooms at a rate of $99.00 plus applicable taxes
1350 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Ask for Ninoska Mendoza and say you are with the ABA
Hotel Front Desk: 305.667.5611

Courtyard by Marriott Miami Coral Gables
Double bed or King Size guest rooms at rate of $109.00 plus applicable taxes
2051 LeJeune Road Coral Gables, FL 33134
Ask for Alba Morales and say you are with the ABA
Tel: 305.443.2301
Direct: 786.837.2836

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:

There have been no requests received at this time

There have been no requests received at this time

Advance Registration
Advance Registration for the Fall Leadership Summit is now closed. Please see below for instructions for registering for the meeting onsite..

On-Site Registration
Meeting registration will open at 8:30am on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the University of Miami School of Law. 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 Miami area is served by Miami International Airport, conveniently located within close proximity of Miami's major expressways and 5 miles from Coral Gables. Ongoing roadway construction in the areas surrounding Miami International Airport may increase your expected travel time to or from the airport so you should allow extra time when making your travel plans.

When making airline reservations, Law Student Division members are encouraged to 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.

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

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 4th, 5th and 6th 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 the University of Miami School of Law unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Welcome Reception
Holiday Inn Coral Gables (across the street from UM)
Alhambra Room
1350 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Attire: Business Casual
Join your host Circuit Governors and meet up with other meeting attendees.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

8:30am - 9:30am
Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:30am - 9:45am
Introductions and Welcome Address

9:45am - 11:00am
Panel Discussion - Current Hiring Practices with Firm Recruiters, Career Professionals and Recent Firm Hires
Panelist will help you put the economic impact on legal education and the practice of law into perspective and provide you with their insights for when and how recovery will be realized. Hear their stories as they share their experience about how they landed their first job, the mistakes that are commonly made by new associates, and how law students and new lawyers can avoid the pitfalls that may decide their future.

11:00am - 12:15pm
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.

12:15pm - 1:45pm
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.

  • Chalon Allen, Broad and Cassel
  • Robert J. Becerra, Fuerst Ittelman PL
  • Mary Cagle, Director of Children's Legal Services, Department of Children and Families
  • David L. Deehl, Deehl & Carlson, PA
  • Tiffany Eaton, Cove & Associates
  • Champagne Girten, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • Andrew J. Markus, Carlton Fields
  • Mark David Nichols, McCabe Rabin, PA
  • William C. Phillippi, Lubell and Rosen LLC
  • Ira B. Price, Ira B. Price, PA
  • Mycki Ratzan, Mycki Ratzan PA
  • Michelle M. Robles, IRS Office of Chief Counsel
  • Karen Stewart, United States Attorney's Office
  • Mark Trop, Mark Trop Law Firm

1:45pm - 2:00pm
Join other law students in a legal take-off the the popular TV game show.

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Keynote Speaker: Neal R. Sonnett
Neal R. Sonnett engages exclusively in federal and state criminal defense law throughout the United States, emphasizing white collar, corporate, and complex crimes litigation. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Sonnett has been profiled by the National Law Journal as one of 10 of the "Nation's Top Litigators" and one of the "Nation's Top White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyers." He serves on the ABA Board of Governors and served as Chair of both the Criminal Justice Section and the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. He is a past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Judicature Society, the Florida Bar Foundation, the Metropolitan Bar Caucus, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Dade County Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association, South Florida Chapter. Tell me more

2:30pm - 2:45pm
Reaping the Rewards of Public Service
Speaker: The Hon. Don Slesnick II, Mayor of the City of Coral Gables, FL and member of the ABA House of Delegates
Don Slesnick is currently serving in his fourth term as Mayor of the City of Coral Gables, Florida and served as President of the Florida League of Mayors (2009-2010). Don continues as the managing partner for the law firm of Slesnick & Casey, and is on the Board of Directors of the newly established Great Florida Bank. He has been in the private practice of law since 1978, representing public sector employee organizations. Prior to this, he held management positions with the Dade County Public Schools and the Dade County Police Department. Tell me more

2:45pm - 3:45pm
Panel Discussion - Making the Transition from Law Student to Lawyer
Join a panel of recent graduates and attorneys new to the profession who will share their experiences and tips for finding a job in today's legal environment. Explore the challenges and strategies for overcoming the hurdles as you enter the legal job market. Panelists will share their insights about adjusting and thriving in the profession and their perspectives about what is really relevant from the law school experience. Learn how you should refine your expectations given the current economic crisis facing the business of law from Main Street to Wall Street?

  • Lindsay M. Berman, Berman Law PA
  • Yolanda Paschal, Carlton Fields, PA
  • Christopher Spuches, Zorrilla & Associates, PL.

3:45pm - 4:00pm
Advocacy Update
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. Learn what the ABA and the Law Student Division are doing to help law students reduce their student loan debt and how you can help the ABA help. Use this opportunity to ask questions and voice your opinions and suggestion for how the Division can better serve the needs of the law students at your school.

  • Kevin Johnson, Chair, ABA Law Student Division, University of Alabama School of Law
  • Tommy Preston, Law Student Division Representative to the ABA Board of Governors, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Eric Cavanaugh, Law Student Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Tiffany Colbert, Law Student Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, Stetson University College of Law

Breakout Sessions
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

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks


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