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August 30, 2011

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.

Preston Proposes LSD Vote to Enthusiastic House

“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 Reflects on Reasons

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.

New Voting Member Speaks to Students

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.”


Comments (3)

  • scar preston
    10:35 AM September 14, 2011

    nephew we are so proud of you , keep-up the good works ,say hi to your bride, love in Christ our Lord.

    1:26 PM September 14, 2011


  • Cindy Davis
    1:38 PM September 14, 2011

    You made some great points Tommy! I love you! Hope to see yall soon!