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New England Law hosts ABA Student Division meeting

(Boston Revised-8/14/12)  New England Law | Boston:  New England Law | Boston hosted the 1st Circuit spring meeting of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division over February 24-26.  The circuit governor is Jeananne Russell ’12, and one of the meeting’s highlights was the election of her successor.

Lauren Jones, Jeananne Russell (L-R) Student Bar Association Chief Justice Lauren Jones ’12 receives a placque of appreciation from ABA Circuit Governor Jeananne Russell ’12.
The 1st Circuit includes the six New England states.  After becoming governor in November, Russell’s numerous responsibilities have included promoting and overseeing all Law Student Division activities, representing the interests of students, and facilitating communications.
Most recently Russell has been planning the spring meeting.  “I thought that this would be a good opportunity for the school," she says, "and since I was a member of the Student Bar Association, I was already familiar with our policies and facilities."
Russell’s leadership position culminates several years of involvement with the ABA.  “I have a great respect for the American Bar Association,” she says, “which I first became engaged with through the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program.”  (CLEO’s constituent organizations include the ABA.) 
Marc Veneziano Marc Veneziano ’12, New England Law ABA representative, accepting the Bronze Key on behalf of the law school for strengthening student participation in the programs and activities of the ABA Law Student Division and achieving the highest percentage of division members in the First Circuit.
“CLEO is a program for first-generation law students and minorities from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  I am the first person in my immediate family to graduate from high school, and CLEO taught me not just how to succeed in law school but also how to become a professional.  Because of this experience I wanted to serve in a leadership role in the ABA to promote the initiatives that I'm passionate about, particularly public service.”
As governor, Russell has taken advantage of several opportunities, including an “improv” workshop conducted by a former trial attorney at the ABA’s fall leadership summit in New York.  “I found it so valuable that I arranged for a training at the spring meeting by a Boston attorney who performs for Improv Jones Boston.” 
Russell is considering a career in IP or corporate law after graduation.
Additional meeting events included panel discussions with area practitioners, networking opportunities with attorneys and the Hon. Pamela M Dashiell, associate justice, Boston Municipal Court, and a bar preparation session with Professor Robert Coulthard.  The full agenda is available online.

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