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Message From The Co-Chairs, Task Force On Outreach To Law Students

Congratulations on taking the first steps towards a productive, vibrant legal career. You gained admission to law school in one of the most competitive cycles of applications in recent memory, attended your orientation, wandered through the bookstore flummoxed, either received your first jolt of learning Socratic-style or conquered the anxiety-ridden first year, and of course, joined the ABA. The only question remains, “What are you doing to make your legal career successful and meaningful?

If you are looking for a way to start your career on the right path while you are still in law school, then join TIPS (membership to law students is free) and let us know that you want to get involved. We have a place for you in TIPS!

Involvement in TIPS gives law students a major advantage over their peers. Students who get involved in TIPS have an almost exclusive opportunity to interact with the most experienced and successful lawyers in the profession. More than a handful of law students have started off by getting involved in TIPS and ended up with significant work experience, a valuable tool in today’s tight legal hiring landscape.

It does not matter what segment of the bar in which you wish to practice, whether you want to work for Plaintiffs, Defendants, Insurers, Companies, or Government. TIPS members can be found in almost every practice area throughout the country. Students can work closely with these attorneys, show their aptitude to work in a professional environment, and prove their value. Hiring attorneys take notice and often look no farther than the TIPS directory when an opening arises.

As an added benefit, TIPS meetings are a great opportunity to have fun and network. Every quarter the section meeting features continuing education, social events, and a chance to get to know other lawyers personally. Some of our fondest memories from school occurred at TIPS events.

I hope you strongly consider taking the next step in your professional development by getting involved in TIPS and attending our section meetings. Your investment today may well be a wise decision for a lifetime of professional delight.

Best Regards,
Terry C. Bruner, Esq.
Sherra Van Brunt

Terry C. Bruner, Esq. is the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Outreach to Law Students and is an attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Sherra Van Brunt is the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Outreach to Law Student.

Resources & Information

TIPS Law Student Leaders

2010 Liaison and Vice-Chair Application

TIPS CLE Calendar

Student Lawyer Magazine

ABA & TIPS Membership

Membership in the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is FREE to law students who are members of the ABA So what are you waiting for?

Fill out the online application and join TIPS today.

If you are not a member of the ABA, it's only $25 a year for law students, you'll need to become an ABA member before joining TIPS.

TIPS Writing Competition

The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) has established an annual Law Student Writing Competition with $1,500 cash, plus paid air and hotel accommodations to the ABA Annual Meeting awarded to the first place winner and $500 cash awarded to the second place winner.

Read about this year's winners and their winning papers here. The goal of the competition is to encourage and reward law student writings on legal subjects within the scope of the Section and general and current interest.

View the competition flyer and View the complete rules.

Committee Writing Competition

Admiralty and Marittime Writing competition

The Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee is offering an annual writing competition, open to all law students.

Learn about the competition Submission Deadline: April 8, 2011

Learn about the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee

Alternative Dispute Resolution Writing competition The Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) Committee of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section is offering a writing competition, open to all law students who are members of the ABA, attending an ABA accredited law school.

Learn more about writing competition.
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2011

Learn about the Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Committee

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