Leadership Fellows Program graduates celebrated

Leadership is a service to others and a way to affect positive change. School of Law students in the Leadership Fellows Program spent this past year immersed in it, understanding the skills, awareness, and the mindset needed to meaningfully lead and serve others. They were recognized at a closing ceremony for the 2020-21 program on April 22. The virtual event culminated a year of classes and workshops designed to send law students into the world prepared for anything.

Law students enrolled in the program cultivated their legal expertise and broadened their leadership skills with classes that examined how to make decisions to navigate crisis and conflict. Professional career skills were enhanced. Students also investigated differing skillsets that make leaders and assessed the intrinsic skills they already possess.

The students who were recognized for completing the program and received a certificate include: Kebron Assefa, Alexa Austin, Jacob Broadway, Stephon Burton, Shreya Desai, Rosemari Fassette, Hannah French, Antonia Gelorme, Alexandria Iwanenko, Alexandria Jones, Derrick McNeely, Rachel Pressdee, Mary Schlicksup, Kristen Scipione, Brooke Shuck, Jonathan Sion, Julia Siracuse, Sarah Thomas, Kaila Williams, Casey Black, Maura Clark, Jake Harrison, Jacob Heinauer, Sarah Machinak, Jesse Marra, Taylor Martucci, Payton McAninch, Morgan Miller, Benjamin Norman, Jacob Schramm, Emily Stanley, Nina Victoria, and Samuel Whalen.

The Leadership Fellows Program is part of a shared vision and joint effort of multiple departments, professors, and alumni. Dean April Barton congratulated the students and was joined by those key supporters of the program. They include Maria Comas, director of career services; Beth Bauer, assistant director of student organizations and international programs; and Jeanine DeBor, director of law alumni relations and development. Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing Ella Kwisnek, Professor Jane Moriarty, Assistant Professor Ashley London, Assistant Professor Maryann Herman, and Associate Professor Jalila Jefferson Bullock represented faculty to offer their acknowledgements. Distinguished alumni board members Marie Milie Jones, Shanicka Kennedy, and Brian Parker were also present to congratulate the students.

Remarking on the successful completion of the Leadership Fellows Program for these students, Dean Barton said, "I congratulate all of them for embarking on this special path toward leadership. Each person who completed this program showed character, confidence, and resolve to create impact this world in a positive way. I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish."

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