Law students serving in key student ABA positions
Six University of South Carolina School of Law students are serving in key positions with the American Bar Association Law Student Division, the largest USC representation in ABA history.
Representing the school in positions of national authority are Tonnya Kennedy-Kohn of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Tommy Preston of Clemson; Eric Cavanaugh of Columbia; and Taylor Denslow of Norfolk, Va. Holding regional positions are Sheila Abron of Sumter and Lauren Acquaviva of Holmdel, N.J.
Kennedy-Kohn, a third-year student, is student editor of the ABA Law Student Division’s magazine, Student Lawyer, which reaches more than 43,000 law students across the country. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and master’s degree in journalism from Murray State University. Kennedy-Kohn is former managing editor at The State newspaper in Columbia and former editor of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and the Nashville Banner in Nashville, Tenn.
Preston, a third-year student, was elected student representative on the ABA Board of Governors and is the first African American to serve in this post. He is responsible for voicing the concerns of ABA law student members on this board. Preston also is student liaison on the ABA’s Task Force on the Preservation of Justice, the Commission on Civics Education and the Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. A native of Clemson and a USC graduate, Preston was president of the USC student body.
Cavanaugh, a third-year student, is one of only three student delegates to the ABA House of Delegates. He is spearheading the Law Student Division’s efforts to educate students on the costs of attending law school. He also is responsible for coordinating law student advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. A native of Columbia, Cavanaugh earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and English at USC.
Denslow, a third-year student, was recently appointed to serve as the 2010-11 national project director for the Law Student Division Mental Health Initiative. She will serve as a link between the ABA Law Student Division and law schools around the country and will assist law student leaders in implementing mental health training and prevention programs in law schools. A graduate of Davidson College, Denslow is president of the USC Health Law Society, symposium editor of the South Carolina Law Review and ambassador for the law school.
Abron, a USC graduate and third-year law student, is in her second year as the 4th Circuit executive lieutenant governor, which links the ABA and law students in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Acquaviva, a second-year law student, serves as 4th Circuit lieutenant governor for public interest, which oversees programming activities related to community service and public interest. This year’s community service efforts focus on civics education. A graduate of Monmouth University, she also is ABA representative for the USC School of Law.
USC alumnus Kevin Johnson (’88) of Greenville, a third-year student at the University of Alabama School of Law, was elected chair of the ABA Law Student Division.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.