Fabiani Duarte, second-year law student, was elected 2015-2016 national chairman of the American Bar Association's Law Student Division at the division's board of governors spring meeting in Las Vegas, March 12-15. Duarte will serve as chair-elect until he is sworn into office at this summer's ABA annual meeting in Chicago. As chairman he will represent the Law Student Division and speak on its behalf to help execute the division's mission and goals.
The ABA Law Student Division represents the interests of the nation's 115,000 law students by developing and advocating for policies that help define the standards of legal education in the 205 ABA-accredited law schools in the U.S. Duarte was elected by the Law Student Division board of governors, which consists of five officers, three delegates to the ABA House of Delegates and 15 regional circuit governors.
“I am humbled, grateful, and energized to serve as chair for the Law Student Division,” said Duarte. “Having the opportunity to lead 22 of our nation's most talented, diverse and passionate student advocates focused on serving our national law student community is an honor and privilege that I am eager to transform into proactive policies, tangible benefits, and meaningful results for my fellow students at Mercer Law and law schools across the country.”
Duarte is a 2010 magna cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and has served as a 1L representative and vice president of Mercer Law's Student Bar Association. He currently works as a law clerk for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Robins Air Force Base and teaches Spanish classes at First Baptist Church of Christ Macon. Additionally, he is currently pursuing a dual J.D. – M.Div. degree with Mercer's McAfee School of Theology.