Pathway to the Profession E-Newsletter, Issue 5, Summer 2016

Summer 2016

Section News

Dispute Resolution Section

American Arbitrator Association: Arbitration Competition 

Health Law Section 

Diversity Fellowship Winners

Real Property Law Section 

2017 Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL)

TICL's on Twitter!

Featured Articles

Welcome Priyanka

Here at Pathway to the Profession would like to welcome Priyanka Verma to the role of Student Social Media Content Editor.  Priyanka is a rising 3L at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Foster v. Chatman
By:  Priyanka Verma

In 1987, Timothy Tyrone Foster, who was 18 at the time, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of White, who was 79-years-old.[3]  Twenty years after his sentence, Foster’s attorneys obtained notes from the prosecution team using the Georgia Open Records Act of 2012[4], which included marking potential jurors who were black with a “b” written by their name when picking members of the jury.[5]

What I Learned Working for NYSBA
By:  Lexi Herman

Writing for the New York State Bar Association not only boosted my confidence in working within the legal field, it also allowed me to blend my two passions: Writing and the law.  Working as the Student Content Editor for NYSBA's Pathway to the Profession has had positive unintended consequences:  It helped in landing other jobs. 

The Repercussions of President Obama's Mental Health Reform Proposals
By:  Priyanka Verma

In early January of this year, President Obama announced his plan to reduce gun violence through several executive orders. This included expanding background checks for gun purchasers, upgrading the background check system, improving enforcement of existing gun laws, and researching gun-safety technology.[1] There was also a focus on mental health care as a means of preventing gun violence by including information about people who are prohibited from possessing a firearm in the National Instant Criminal Background System (“NICS”).

My 1L Self
By:  Lexi Herman

I still remember how I felt the first day of school my 1L year.  It was a mix of excitement, stress and, by the end of the day, pure fear.  I feared that I would fail, that I would drop out or, even worse, I would be kicked out.  Thankfully, none of those things happened. But, along the way I learned a lot of things I wish I'd known then; it would have made life a lot easier.  If I could go back and tell my 1L self these things I would.  But since, time travel has not yet been invented I've decided to share my “law school wisdom” with other students.