Get involved with a bar association!

The bar associations have an interest in reaching out to law students — you are the future leaders and members of these organizations.  Here are just a few ways in which you can get involved now, meet attorneys and fellow law students,  make contributions, and distinguish yourselves among your peers.

Although the semester has just begun, many bar associations are starting to plan for next year already.  On a national level, the American Bar Association Law Student Division has numerous leadership positions available for the 2013-2014 academic year.  The positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, Circuit Governor, Student Editor for Student Lawyer magazine, Entity Liaisons (to work with a particular specialty practice area), and National Student Directors are available.  Applications are due on February 1 by 11:59 p.m., so be sure to check  for more information.

On a local level, the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyer Division (ACBA YLD) is busy planning events for the spring.  ACBA student members are welcome to attend YLD events and meet attorneys who have been practicing law for less than 10 years.  The YLD annual meeting will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 12 noon in the ACBA Conference Center on the 9th Floor of the City-County Building.  While you enjoy a complimentary  lunch, learn more about events coming up this year and hear from next year’s chair about her plans for the YLD.  RSVP to Pam DeCecco at  (If you would like to become an ACBA student member, membership forms are availalbe at

The ACBA YLD invites student members to attend its very special networking event called “The Young Lawyers Division Second Annual Evening with the Bigwigs” from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at The Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. As noted in the ABCA YLD Sidebar, “[t]his event is intended to give ACBA YLD members the opportunity to meet and network with approximately two dozen of the region’s most successful and respected lawyers (“Bigwigs”).  The “Bigwigs” come from diverse professional settings and represent a wide variety of legal practice areas. This is an extremely rare and unique opportunity to network with some of the most influential lawyers in Pittsburgh including general counsels, hiring partners, community leaders and government officials.”  Registration for this event is$35.00 and includes participation in the structured and open networking portions of the evening, two drink tickets, appetizers and event favors. The event is limited to the first 75 registrants and only ACBA YLD members and student members are permitted to register. Stop by the CSO for a registration form or send a request to

At this week’s Health Law Speed Networking Event, the Chair of the ACBA Health Law Section graciously extended an open invitation to Duquesne law students to attend their monthly section meetings.  If you’re interested in attending a meeting, send a note to

And finally, ACBA Toastmasters group has kicked off the 2013 season and are looking for new members.  Students are welcome to attend a meeting to learn more about the club prior to joining.   The meetings are the first three Mondays of each month in the Academy Room on the 9th floor of the City County Building at noon.  If you’re interested in learning more about this, send a note to and I’ll pass along the name and email address of a current Toastmaster who you can contact for more details.

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