Students today are faced with myriad hurdles entering the working world. Most of the desirable positions require an advanced degree, which in turn require excessive tuition payments, years of work, and few employment guarantees. Despite these hurdles, each of us made the decision to attend the University of San Francisco School of Law for a reason—whether it was the unique atmosphere, the location, the phenomenal faculty, diverse extra-curricular programs, or otherwise.
Now, the school—and the profession—finds itself in a state of transition, attempting to adapt the traditional law school experience to modern legal practice.
As a candidate for SBA President, I view this change as an opportunity for us to create and maintain an academic experience that is collaborative, promotes professionalism, and inspires initiative.
To achieve these goals, we must:
• Engage in each step of the short and long-term strategic planning process for the law school;
• Strengthen our core academic curriculum and bar preparation opportunities;
• Identify and implement new experiential and career development programs;
• Create efficient and intuitive feedback mechanisms that allow the administration and faculty to adapt curriculum and career goals based on student need;
• Celebrate our national, religious, ethnic, and educational backgrounds by promoting student programming and community outreach;
• Consolidate and streamline our technology support and communication processes for (or between) students, student organizations, and administration and faculty; and
• Provide more opportunities for current and future students to engage with other law students, practitioners, and experts in their career fields.
You should elect me as your SBA President because I will utilize both my academic and professional experience to accomplish these shared goals.
I am qualified for this position because I have a long history of leadership experience. As an undergraduate, I succeeded in crafting and leading a campaign to pass a fee referendum that raised $3.4 million towards renewable energy installations on campus. Similarly, while in law school, I served as the president of the Environmental Law Society, reviving a pertinent on-campus law student organization that provides various networking opportunities, career development seminars, and social events. In addition, I have served on the USF Law Review staff, competed in a patent Moot Court competition, served as a senior editor on the Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, and represented SBA as co-chair of the budget committee.
As President, I will use this experience to support and inspire students in obtaining their own academic and career goals. Most importantly, if you choose me as your president, I vow to passionately represent the student voice to our administration and the greater law school community. Together we can build on the forward momentum to create the university that we are proud to attend.
Michael Hewitt, ‘15