Faculty Appointments Committee (2 positions)
February 27, 2012
Prior to attending law school, I worked at various jobs in positions which required me to learn and participate in the hiring process (from both sides). As a result, my experiences have exposed me to the advantages and flaws of the traditional interviewing and application gathering framework. I am, therefore, uniquely suited to participate and attempt to improve our current hiring methods. Additionally, I (like us all) have a vested personal interest in the value of my law degree. This interest does not end upon graduation, Ensuring that Lewis & Clark continues to acquire teaching talent suitable to (what I believe are) our academic goals, will hopefully increase our pride and recognition in a JD from the best law school in the Pacific Northwest.
As stated above, I first would like to take a look at out current hiring processes, and confirm that they look at potential applicants in a way which enables Lewis & Clark to attract the best possible talent. Additionally, I want to ensure that our voices (as students) reach new faculty before they take a step in the front door. Specifically, I want to establish that faculty applicants must understand the current atmosphere of legal education and, most importantly, changes occurring within it. I would like any new faculty members to arrive with fresh ideas on how to change legal education and make it work for students graduating today, not ten years ago.
As a IL at L&C I have come to appreciate the importance of having effective, approachable, and engaging professors. If elected as a member of the Faculty Appointments Committee, I will work diligently to identify strong candidates whose passion for teaching students is commensurate with their fascination of law. I strongly believe students should play an integral role in determining who is appointed a member of our faculty. In years past, I have served on several committees, e.g., City of Arcata Committee on Democracy and Corporations (Vice-Chair), Student Grievance Committee, Associated Students Presents Committee. It would be an honor and pleasure to represent the student body on the Faculty Appointments Committee.
I would greatly appreciate your vote. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Goal: To preserve L&C’s quality of education through closely vetting candidate applications and making informed recommendations on behalf of the student body. I strive to leave matters better than the way they were left to me.