Law Student Named Student Editor of ABA Magazine

Lexington, VA Friday, April 18, 2008


Chuck Gates '09
Washington and Lee School of Law student Charles E. Gates, Jr. '09 has been named student editor of Student Lawyer magazine for the 2008-09 academic year. Published by the American Bar Association (ABA), Student Lawyer provides information and guidance on issues affecting law students across the county.

"I am excited for the opportunities this position offers me to represent Washington and Lee on a national level," said Gates. "This position is a perfect blend of my love for journalism and the law."

Gates, a graduate of Stanford University who transferred to W&L this year, served as a communications specialist and press secretary within the administration of Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich before attending law school. Gates was selected for the student editor position after interviews with the magazine editor and ABA student division chair and director.

As student editor, Gates is responsible for recruiting writers, assigning topics, writing, and editing articles for the magazine's Division Dialogue section. Each month he will review the magazine copy and make comments to the editor, Whitney Ward. Gates has already convinced Student Lawyer to cover the School of Law's dramatic third year curriculum reform in an upcoming article on trends in legal education.

Student Lawyer is published each month from September to May and delivered to every member of the ABA Law Student Division.

In his new position, Gates also serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the ABA Law Student Division. As a member of the Board of Governors, Chuck will attend the ABA Annual Meeting and board meetings and advocate for ABA membership and programs at the School of Law.

Gates has a busy year ahead of him. In addition to working for Student Lawyer, he will serve W&L as managing editor of the Environmental Law Digest and as a student attorney in the Community Legal Practice Clinic.

Gates lives in Lexington with his wife, Ashley, and their two daughters.

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