SBA Executive Board Positions

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In order to provide you with some insight as to what each SBA executive board position entails, each board member has answered a general list of questions. Good luck to all who decide to run!

Damiano Del Pino- President

DomdelPinoPlease tell us a little about yourself, feel free to include information about your background, your family, your decision to go to law school, hobbies, career goals, volunteer service, etc.

My name is Dom, I am a first generation Italian / Argentine, I went to law school after being out of school for some time, and have been a day and evening division student.  I have always enjoyed volunteering and have been a volunteer EMT and also Sunday school teacher and outreach worker.  Therefore, service to my school and fellow students was a no brainer and I began as president of the Military Law Society, then the Widener Chapter of the AAJ and eventually SBA President. I have also served on Faculty and student committees and was a 3-L Representative.  I want to be a judge one day and in the meantime hope to practice in family law and be an active alum.

Please talk about why you chose to run for a position on the SBA and why the position that you did.

Like I said before, I enjoy volunteering and think that service to your school is very important both as a student and an alum. I saw a need and my predecessors had done so much to build a strong foundation, I had hoped to build upon that and there was so much I wanted to do and so much I thought I could do. I honestly never thought I was SBA President material, but I was motivated and inspired, so I went for it.

In hindsight, is there anything you wish someone had told you about the job or the SBA that might have changed your decision to run and would you like to share that with any potential candidates?

I don’t want to sound negative, but let’s just say that it is a wonderful job and you work with wonderful people, and you accomplish and you are a part of some awesome things. At the end of the day there will be triumphs and there will be disappointments. There are aspects of the job I love and aspects of the job I do not love but you have to understand that it is a labor of love. If you are not doing it because your heart is in it; if you are doing it for the wrong reasons, then you will feel frustrated and burned out. You suffer, the job suffers, the students suffer.

What skills and talents and experience did you possess that made you think you were a good fit for this position? What additional skills and experience have you gained from your service on the SBA?

I have learned to pick my battles, I have learned not to take things personally, especially criticism or if an event doesn’t go the way you want it to.  I have learned that people always watch and always listen whether you know it or not so always conduct yourself professionally. I think that what I had going into it that made me feel confident that I could do the job was my organizational skills, my ability to multi-task, prioritize, handle stress, make tough and quick decisions and stand by them and face challenges. I think that in the last year, I learned that I wasn’t as strong in all of those things as I thought I was, but I gained strength through some hard lessons and a lot of work and support from my board and the folks in Student Affairs and my friends and a lot of Prayer.

How will, if at all, your experiences serving on the SBA serve you in your legal career?

Those hard lessons and the failures and successes are valuable in life no matter what you do, but in the law especially, they are skills you will need.

In your opinion, what would the “perfect” candidate for your position be like? What skills or talents would they possess?

That is not so easily answered because I didn’t think I was the perfect candidate, but I got by and there were others that I thought would be perfect for this job that have told me they couldn’t do this job. I think the skills mentioned above and the lessons learned above about criticism and such are important.  You have to have a thick skin, you must be able to pick yourself up and move on you must be willing to accept responsibility even when you think you are blameless.  The buck stops with you. You must be able to handle a crisis when it comes up, to address confrontation head on, to disagree with friends, faculty and administration and do so respectfully and professionally but understand when you have lost the battle or when you should not even fight the battle. You must be there for your school and your students – at all times.

Did you come to law school straight from college? If so, do you think some years in the work force might have better prepared you for your service in the SBA? If not, how do you think your years of experience helped you in your position?

I do not think it makes a tremendous difference, but I think it makes a little difference, I think it depends on the person – it is about maturity and professionalism and that doesn’t really come with age so much as personality, education and experience.

What goals or ideas did you have or hope to accomplish when you began your term?

I had a lot of ideas and goals, I hope that people will feel that I have achieved some of those goals, some I know I didn’t, and others I abandoned (see: picking your battles – above) I wanted to increase the SBA’s presence on campus, increase faculty interaction and I wanted to increase dialogue between the student leaders and the faculty.  These are tough goals and I think they take time and it started years ago with Presidents like John Cirrinicione and others before and since. It depends upon leaders taking the baton and running with it and building more and more each year.  We grow each year, we have more faculty involvement now than we ever did and I hope that continues to grow. We have more student organizations than we ever had and more events – some say too many, but I hope we continue to grow.

What goals or ideas would you like to see achieved by your successor?

I would like to see continued faculty – student interaction and I hope that none of the progress that has been made is lost and I hope that I can come back as an alum and see tremendous things being done with the SBA that I never could have imagined.

What words of advice do you have for your successor?

Be patient.  Be flexible. Be dynamic. Be open-minded. Be resilient. Be prepared. As SBA President you must be a leader and to me being a leader means that you take your lumps and move on learn from it apologize and do better the next time. It means that at 11 at night when someone in the administration calls you and says, hey this happened or that happened – the fallout is going to hit tomorrow – you say “I will be there, where and how do you need me?” When something catastrophic happens on campus or in the community that affects the campus or the students, you have to be there to respond and be prepared to handle it in whatever way you are asked to.

Describe what role you feel the SBA plays in the leadership of the student body and in the Widener community in general?

I think the SBA wears many hats, sometimes simultaneously, we are organizers, coordinators, managers, supporters, pioneers, cheerleaders, counselors, we are a mouthpiece and an earpiece, we promote our vision and sometimes we are the feet and hands of someone else’s vision; in the end what I think students miss is that the SBA is an extension of NOT an challenger of the administration – forget that, and you are dead and every organization that is a part of you is dead.

Kelly Allegretti- Evening Division Liason

kelly3Please tell us a little about yourself, feel free to include information about your background, your family, your decision to go to law school, hobbies, career goals, volunteer service, etc.

I am from San Francisco, California. I have always wanted to be a lawyer. In college I co-taught a class on hunger and homelessness. Since then I have had an interest in serving others. When I graduate I hope be involved in some type of public interest law.
Please talk about why you chose to run for a position on the SBA and why the position that you did.

I chose to run for a position on the SBA because I wanted to be involved in helping improve the students experience at school. I specifically ran the Extended Division Liaison position because I wanted to have more events on campus that were geared toward ED students. Being an ED student myself I wanted to see ED students interests and concerns were represented.
In hindsight, is there anything you wish someone had told you about the job or the SBA that might have changed your decision to run and would you like to share that with any potential candidates?

Before I ran I would have liked to know more about the administrative process so I would have had better understanding of how everything works it would not have changed my decision to run but made easier for me to fulfill my position
What additional skills and experience have you gained from your service on the SBA?

I been involved with PILA helping with different events and I am good at listening to people’s concerns and thinking of solutions. Through my experience with the SBA has improved my public speaking skills, learning how to deal with conflicts and improved my organization skills.
How will, if at all, your experiences serving on the SBA serve you in your legal career?

I think my experience on the SBA will serve me well in my legal career especially in seeing how to deal will conflicts and collaborating with a group to find a solution. As well as, the improvement in my public speaking skills
Describe how any experience prior to law school in the work force might have better prepared you for your service in the SBA? If not, how do you think your years of experience helped you in your position?

I think having some experience in the work force before going to law school would have helped in my service in the SBA.
What goals or ideas did you have or hope to accomplish when you began your term?

I wanted to get a better idea of what events ED students would like to see on campus especially evening division students were interested in having and putting some of those events on .
What goals or ideas would you like to see achieved by your successor?

As I was unable to put on more events I would like to see my successor do this.
What words of advice do you have for your successor?

To start the process for putting events together early
Describe what role you feel the SBA plays in the leadership of the student body and in the Widener community in general?

I think SBA can help bring the interests of the students to the awareness of the administration. That SBA organization help show the Widener community how involved the students are in the community.
Ted Henry- Recording Secretary

TedHenryPlease tell us a little about yourself, feel free to include information about your background, your family, your decision to go to law school, hobbies, career goals, volunteer service, etc.

I am currently a 2L, originally from Mendham, NJ. Upon graduating from the University of Vermont I knew that I wanted to attend law school after having taking several pre-law courses. Eventually, I would like to be a civil litigator and/or represent local governments in their legal affairs.

Please talk about why you chose to run for a position on the SBA and why the position that you did.

During my first year at Widener, I quickly recognized the importance of an effective student government, and each of the valuable resources that the SBA provides for the students here at Widener. SBA sponsored events undeniably added value to my experience at Widener, by offering opportunities to interact with fellow students, faculty, and practicing attorneys. In addition to being able to attend these events, I wanted to be able to ensure that similar events continued to be available to Widener Students.

In hindsight, is there anything you wish someone had told you about the job or the SBA that might have changed your decision to run and would you like to share that with any potential candidates?

No.

What skills and talents and experience did you possess that made you think you were a good fit for this position? What additional skills and experience have you gained from your service on the SBA?

I am an extremely organized, hardworking, and reliable person and I felt that these characteristics would translate well in the position of Recording Secretary.

How will, if at all, your experiences serving on the SBA serve you in your legal career?

Serving on the SBA Executive Board has given me the opportunity to make myself available to fellow students in regards to communicating concerns about their law school experiences, and attempting to address those concerns appropriately. Practicing attorney’s are expected to do the same on behalf of their clients in regards to their legal issues. Whether or not you are actually able to redress a specific concern, it was my responsibility to assess all possible options a student may have, and to candidly respond to such concerns.

In your opinion, what would the “perfect” candidate for your position be like? What skills or talents would they possess?

Someone who is devoted to furthering the overall purpose of the Student Bar Association. Somebody with advanced knowledge about how to operate a web page is a plus, but not necessary. It is also important that my successor is willing and able to lend a hand to other board members if they are in need of help.

Did you come to law school straight from college? If so, do you think some years in the work force might have better prepared you for your service in the SBA? If not, how do you think your years of experience helped you in your position?

After graduating from University of Vermont, I worked for a year as a real estate appraiser. In doing so, I was often required to work closely with others while performing my duties. This helped prepare me to work with fellow board members on the SBA, respect divergent viewpoints, and ultimately make decisions that benefit the students at Widener the most.

What goals or ideas did you have or hope to accomplish when you began your term? What goals or ideas would you like to see achieved by your successor?

After being elected as Recording Secretary, it was my goal to build upon the existing SBA webpage in an attempt to increase traffic, and to make students aware of the various events, news, networking opportunities, etc. During my first year, the web page was rarely maintained, and I sought to add value to this resource. I would like to see my successor continue to build on the website, and its functions, making it a primary source of information for students at Widener.

What words of advice do you have for your successor?

Work hard, play hard!

Describe what role you feel the SBA plays in the leadership of the student body and in the Widener community in general?

The SBA is an entity that serves the interests of Widener’s students.


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