Letter to the Editor: Amanda Yu
I appreciate all of the opinions stated regarding the SBA elections this year including this piece. This open communication is crucial! I only wish that there was more time to flesh out all of the issues.
I know a thing or two about accountability. I don’t leave a job half done and expect someone else to pick up the slack. I don’t abandon my responsibilities. I make mistakes, but I do my best to fix them.
As everyone knows, SBA is limited. There are plenty of changes that we would love to see but the power is just not in the hands of students. That is why my ticket and I promised to be the people that would take the issues to those who have the power. The more we are seen and heard in a positive and productive light, the more seriously we are taken. Aside from FLS administration, we also have to consider how we are perceived by alums, employers, and our peers. Who do you want to represent you?
We have run an honest, respectful campaign that does not resort to bad-mouthing or inflated promises. Our ideas are out there. Our platform has always been that we will be informed advocates. We know what’s going on in the school (graduating 3Ls – your take-home finals are due May 9th at 5pm unless your professor has set an earlier due date!) and will communicate with you. I know that it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but managing school-wide emails is a big task on top of everything else, and as SBA Events Senator, I know how to juggle emails and scheduling. It may seem trivial, but it is part of the job that needs to get done. Only doing half of your job is unacceptable.
I know that there are concerns about student organization funding. As a board member of APALSA, I am aware of the role SBA plays in training the Presidents and Treasurers as well as doling out the yearly budgets. APALSA endorsed me because the board unanimously believes in me and has seen what I can do.
Also in regards to the 50 hours of pro bono service, it’s truly just a big question mark right now. However, I do not only want to encourage administration to inform the student body of what the requirements are, but also to provide opportunities for students to fulfill the requirement. Organizing more PILC opportunities and student group volunteering will give participating students a jump start in getting those hours.
Additional issues that I would like to address if I am elected include transparency between faculty/staff and students, CPC programming, and all-around accessibility. We are students. We pay (a lot of) tuition. Our issues should be addressed – and addressed quickly!
I can only continue to stress what I have tried to stress during this entire campaign: I want to do what is best for FLS students. The best SBA Board is one that is truly in touch with what the students want/need and can effectively bring those issues to administration to enact change for the better. I came to law school because I want to be a legal advocate for my clients. But I also want to advocate for my fellow students. If elected, that’s just what I’ll do.