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2010 Fall Leadership Summit - Circuits 1-2-3-11
October 1-2, 2010
Villanova University School of Law (Villanova, PA)

Deadline Dates and Location

Advance Registration Is Now Closed
To register on site at the meeting, please print and complete the on site registration form
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Villanova University School of Law
299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085

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A Message from the Governors

Law students from the from the Ohio Valley to the to the tip of Maine are invited to attend the ABA Law Student Division 2010 Fall Regional Leadership Summit, October 1-2, 2010 at Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, PA. 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 Villanova University 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 Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, PA.

Hotel Accommodations
ABA members are eligible for discounts on room rates from Starwood Hotels. The Villanova University Visitors website also offers options for overnight accommodations. Many circuit leaders will be staying at the Radner Hotel.

Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Ave.
St. Davids PA 19087
(800) 537-3000
Room Rate: $149 single/$159 double plus applicable taxes
To receive the discounted rate above at the Radnor Hotel, you must make your reservations and guarantee them with a credit card no later than Thursday, September 16. When booking your room mention the "ABA Law Student Division Third Circuit".
Driving Directions

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:


Yamuna Menon
University of Connecticut School of Law

No requests have been received at this time

Advance Registration
Advance Registration for the 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 Villanova University 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 Villanova, PA area is served by two airports: Philadelphia 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.

Philadelphia international Airport, Located approximately seven miles from downtown Philadelphia, the Airport is easily accessible from Interstates 76, 95, and 476. In addition, rail service to the Airport is available on SEPTA'S High Speed Rail Line.

Amtrak offers rail service into Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station (30th and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104).

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:

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 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 11th 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 in the Cafeteria at Villanova University School of Law unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Networking for Experience.
Join follow attendees and members of the local bar for an evening of networking. Wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Thank you to the following organizations for generously sponsoring this event.

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Kaplan PMBR
  • LexisNexis
  • Westlaw

October 2, 2010
All meetings will be held in the Cafeteria at Villanova University School of Law unless otherwise indicated.

8:00am - 9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome and Introductions

9:15am - 10:00am
Managing Stress for a Healthy Lifestyle
Understand the prevalence of substance abuse, addiction and depression within society and the profession. Ken Hagren will provide a brief explanation of the science underlying these illnesses, their causal factors, warning signs and how they differ; how these illnesses affect the law student / lawyer and the profession; how lawyer assistance programs can assist with an impaired law student or lawyer; and the impact recovering lawyers have on the profession.

  • Ken Hagreen, Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. (LCL-PA)

10:00am - 10:15am

10:15am - 11:15am
Career Experts Panel: Building Your Network: Conference Connection Tips
Linking the gap between meeting potential employers at this conference and constructively using what you've learned in the real world as you proceed to make connections and find a job.

  • Moderator: Ethan C. Ashley, 11th Circuit Governor, Howard University School of Law
  • Panelists:
  • Elaine Petrossian, Assistant Dean for Career Strategy & Advancement at Villanova Law School
  • Rachel Kopp, Esquire Associate at Spector, Roseman, Kodroff & Willis, P.C. in Philadelphia and the Membership Director of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

11:15am - 12:30pm
Participate in small group discussions with legal professionals and other meeting attendees as follows:

  • Legal Career Experts
  • Kaplan-PMBR
  • Introduction of Entity Liaisons and relevant news

12:30pm - 1:30pm
Keynote Speaker: Reflections on Leadership and Professionalism - What Are We Doing Here?

1:30pm - 1:45pm

1:45pm - 2:30pm
What You Can do with a Law Degree--Besides Practice Law
What other career options are available to those who have their law degree but do not wish to practice law? Professor Munneke, author of the ABA Career Series book, Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers will help you discover that just because you can practice law, doesn't mean you have to by exploring the wide range of careers for those who may not be interested in practicing.

2:30pm - 3:30pm
Campus to Corporate
There is nothing casual about one’s future. First impressions are critical when walking into a room for an interview. Although students may have excelled academically, it is their education in people skills, confidence and first impressions that that will help students create a successful image before they speak a word.

3:30pm - 4:15pm
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.

4:15pm - 5:00pm
Taking Your Student Organization from Good to Great
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 a lively and thought provoking discussion.

5:00pm - 5:15pm
Closing Remarks


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