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Lawyers as Leaders Institute

The program will include practical nuts and bolts procedures and polices, but will be enhanced with training from various experts on how to navigate the fundamental issues and complex conflicts that will arise in nearly any leadership role. All students holding executive board positions in all of our student groups, journals, and moot court boards will participate as a unified team to interact through these building-block trainings, but also have a consistent forum to share ideas, collaborate and foster community among these important groups.

Lawyers as Leaders Online Retreat

All executive board members are required to watch all of these videos and review the Student Group Handbook.

Introduction (Video 1)
Event Procedures (Video 2)
Finances (Video 3)
-Authorized Officer Form (PDF)
Fundraisers (Video 4)
Funding Sources (Video 5 series):

SBA Funding
COGS Event/Conference Funding
Alumni Association Event/Conference Funding
Diversity Services Event Funding/Conference Funding

Meeting Protocols (Video 6)
Recruitment and Communication with Student Body (Video 7)
Working with Communications Office (Video 8)
Closing (Video 9)

All executive board leaders will receive an email from the Office of Student Engagement on 8/21/13 with the quiz that must be completed, ensuring comprehension of the content of all of these videos and the Student Group Handbook. Quizzes must be submitted by 9/9/13 at midnight. Once all members submit their quiz, Office of Student Engagement will remove the hold and activate your student group bank account for reimbursements and expenses.

Student Group Resources

All student leaders should review the Student Group Handbook (PDF) from front to back to learn the policies, procedures, pull out great checklists for planning events and meetings and learn inside-information about where to look for important resources. This Handbook has been updated with a lot of important changes over the summer, so even returning leaders will need to review this. Encourage all of your colleagues to use this as a helpful resource when planning events and meetings.

Conduct a preliminary conflict check your proposed dates for a student group event by viewing the school calendar here. Then, you will want to submit your Event Planning Form (PDF) to the Events Office right away to reserve your date and time.

End of Year Transition & Registration Process

Online Student Leader Transition Training

All Lawyers as Leaders Transition binders, complete with the End of Year Registration Form and all documents requested in the packet, within the tabs provided by OSE at the beginning of the year. All student groups, including journals and moot court, are required to complete this registration and transition/training process.

The Registration Form should be the first thing we see when we open your binder and each tab should be filled with applicable documents from your group from this academic year. Remember to create a student group dropbox (ie. BLSA Dropbox) where you upload these documents, so that your incoming leader can have an electronic version of these key documents. For more information on creating a free dropbox account, please visit

All of these materials are due to the Office of Student Engagement no later than Friday, March 28th before 5:00 p.m. Failure to submit these completed materials will mean your group will not be a registered and recognized student group for 2014-15. Please note that the date deadline stated in the video should be disregarded and the deadline noted here applies.

Please save the date for our Annual Student Life Awards Banquet, which will be held on Thursday, April 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 343. We hope that all of you will join us for a great event to celebrate your contributions during 2013-14.

Funding Options for Student Groups

To start out the year, the SBA has disbursed $75.00 into each registered student organization's bank account with the Accounting office. This should be used as seed money to start up the year, host a Student Group Fair table, and hold your first informational meetings. As you prepare to host events and need additional funding, you should prepare a detailed budget to find out what your needs are. Then, review your options for obtaining funds. There is additional detail in the Video 5 series above, but some of your options include:

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