Ellen Williams for LSS President

Serving on the LSS is not easy. Leading the LSS in 2L meant balancing the duties of President with civ pro assignments, recruitment interviews, and Pro Bono responsibilities. But the time crunch is true for many volunteer roles – one reason I admire so many of the student leaders we have at Weldon.

The true hardship of the LSS comes from the emotional toll it takes. The job often put us in a position where we need to make difficult decisions on issues where people can disagree. It sometimes meant standing up to the professors that taught our classes, or the staff we relied on to provide services. The hardest decisions came when student interests were themselves divided.

I am very proud of the LSS team we had this year. Each took their jobs seriously and weighed the information they had before them to make decisions they believed were in the student interest. As leader of that team, I am very confident that every decision we made was done to further the wellbeing of students, present and future.

My vision for Weldon is a positive one. I believe students deserve representation in every decision that affects the school and its reputation.

I believe our student groups – from DFLA to Law Games to the Black Law Students’ Association – are a huge benefit to Weldon and deserve more recognition for the work they do.

I also believe Weldon will be at its best when all students, faculty, and staff know they are supported by one another.

My term-two priority is in building these relationships. For one, the LSS can do better communicating the information it has so students understand how and why decisions are being made.

The LSS can also do more to build bridges with and between societies. Much of what makes the Weldon experience so unique happens because student groups volunteer their time – SOCO’s Law Ball, RAAD’s Art Auction, even Orientation Week. The more the LSS can do to promote and support our student societies, the richer our time here will be.

Lastly, we need to keep up our advocacy to make sure Weldon continues reforms that improve the student experience. We’ve already had important discussions about better organizing the 1L curriculum and making civ pro more flexible for students with job interviews. These are big picture changes, but day-to-day concerns brought to us by individual students are just as important. I’ve always believed a focus on wellness starts at the foundation by making the daily pressures students go through as manageable as possible.

The work of the LSS is hard, but it’s important.

As you look to the year ahead, I humbly ask for your support as we look to make Weldon its very best.