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42 Student Law. 32 (2013-2014)

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Thank you for an incredible year. This
year, the Law Student Division contin-
ued to meet the needs of law students.
New issues reared their heads, as they
often do, and the Division addressed
them directly. Overwhelmingly, students
requested the ability to be paid and re-
ceive class credit as an extern. The Divi-
sion advocated on your behalf and made
some progress.
The Division leadership drafted
and submitted a formal comment re-
questing a change to this standard to
the Section of Legal Education and
Admissions to the Bar's Standards Re-
view Committee (SRC). Students from
across the country joined the campaign
by completing our survey, liking our
Facebook page, and sending e-mails.
I advocated our position at a SRC

Mathew Kerbis
DePaul University College of Law
Chair, ABA Law Student Division
hearing. Following the ABA Midyear
Meeting, the SRC recommended that
the Section of Legal Education and
Admission to the Bar revise the current
standard to allow both credit and com-
pensation for externs. The Section has
circulated its revision for comment and
will vote at the Section's June meeting.
It will then submit its overall recom-
mendation at the ABA Annual Meeting
in August. We will continue to pursue
all formal means at our disposal to
change the accreditation standards to
law students' benefit.
This Division also ushered in the
new national circuit restructure ad-
opted last summer at the ABA Annual
Meeting in San Francisco by the Divi-
sion Assembly. Special thanks to the
outgoing circuit governors who helped

transition affected schools through the
reorganization. While on the subject
of the Division's leadership, I had the
pleasure to work with an incredible
team. The Division's Board of Gover-
nors excelled in their leadership roles
and volunteerism. The Division also
owes much of its success to its lieuten-
ant governors, national student direc-
tors, and liaisons. We also welcomed
new staff to the Division during this
term. I have confidence in those who
will take the reins in 2014-2015.
I wish the best of luck to my fellow
law school graduates as we become the
next generation of great facilitators. I
look forward to seeing everyone at the
ABA Annual Meeting this August in
Boston. Onward and upward! E

32    STUDENT LAWYER     MAY2014                                                                               American Bar Association


American Bar Association

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