Law Students Get Voice on ABA Board of Governors
By Rabiah Alicia Burks
August 30, 2011
WASHINGTON — The ABA House of Delegates voted unanimously to give the Law Student Division a voice on the Board of Governors at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto in August. The 2011-2012 year will be the first time since the division was created that they will be able to vote.
“What [the ABA] has done today has sent a strong message to students across the country that they are valued,” said Tommy Preston, a recent graduate from USC School of Law and the last non-voting student member of the board.
The Law Student Division of the ABA was established in 1967 and is the largest professional student organization in the country. It is also one of the largest dues paying entities of the Association.
Preston said that giving student members a vote in the ABA would help the association gain more student members. It shows that “[ABA] is looking out for our best interests, and that the association recognizes the contributions that students can make to improve the profession.”
The Board of Governors directs the operations of the ABA in line with policies created by the House of Delegates. Its 38 members are elected from the more than 500 members of the House of Delegates.
Brandon Smith, from Atlanta, GA, is proud to be the first law student voting member on the ABA Board of Governors. “My encouragement is to students all across the nation to get involved with the ABA. You have a voice that will be heard and now a vote to influence.”