Elections

Election Information

LLSA Elections for the 2010-2011 E-Board will take place on Monday, April 12th, 2010 at 6:30pm.

Eligibility

To vote or to run in the election, you must meet be:

  1. A current, dues paying member of LLSA; and
  2. Have a minimum of 7 community service points reported to LLSA Secretary Melissa Nepomiachi. You may report your point totals and activities done to earn those points to her via email here.

Community Service Points

LLSA members may earn community service points in the following ways:

  • 1 point may be earned for every hour of volunteer work that reasonably relates to LLSA or the Latino/a community. This includes, but is not limited to: volunteering for the Community Immigration Law Center, Dodge County Detention Center visits, staffing a table for a LLSA fundraiser, etc.
  • Up to 2 points may be earned by attending LLSA sponsored events, including but not limited to the WILJ Symposium, Events put on by our VP of Academic Affairs Aaron Seligman, the “Papers” movie screening, etc.
  • Up to 2 points can be earned by being an active participant (attending meetings, organizing events, etc.) in a LLSA committee.
  • Up to 3 points may be earned by attending LLSA general assembly meetings

If at any point you are unclear about whether an activity you participated in qualified for points, or would like to know how many points your activities amounted to, you may contact LLSA Secretary Melissa Nepomiachi via email here.

Running For an E-Board Position

To run for a position on the 2010-2011 LLSA E-Board, you must meet the eligibility requirements above. In order to expedite the elections process, candidates seeking to run for an E-Board position will be asked to submit their answers to a candidate questionnaire containing a handful of basic, pre-selected questions. The questions from the questionnaire are further down this web page, and will also be circulated via the LLSA listserve. Candidates will be expected to submit their answers to the candidate questionnaire via email to Eric Hinojosa, LLSA Webmaster by 5:00pm on April 9th, 2010. Eric may be contacted here. The answers to the candidate questionnaires will be posted at the bottom of this page as they are received for members to view before the elections meeting.

Candidates may also run from the floor at the elections meeting, but will not have the benefit of members having seen their answers to the candidate questionnaire.

Positions Available

  • LLSA President
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Vice President of Community Affairs
  • Legal Community Liaison
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • LEO Representative
  • Webmaster (Webjefe)

The position of 1L Representative is not available during this election since it will be elected in the fall by the incoming 1L class.

Elections Procedure

The elections meeting will be run according to Robert’s Rules of Order.

Candidates for the President position will be allotted a total of 10 minutes (combined) to give a candidate speech and take questions from the floor. After all candidates for president have spoken, 5 minutes will be allotted for discussion of the candidates. After discussion has concluded, eligible members will vote via secret ballot to determine the winner.

The procedure for candidates for other Positions will be similar to the procedure for the President, except that candidates will be allotted a total of 5 minutes (combined) to give their speech and take questions from the floor. 5 minutes will be allotted for discussion of the candidates, and the same balloting process will be followed.

Candidate Questionnaire

  1. What are 3 specific programs/event ideas you have related to the position you plan to hold next year?
  2. What unique skills/perspective will you bring as a LLSA board member?
  3. Why are you running for this specific position?
  4. What in terms of programing, focus, or management  would change about the position from the way the person holding the position ran it this year?
  5. LLSA requires some time, planning, organization, and execution. What other time commitments will you have next year and/or describe your time management/organizational skills.

Candidate Answers

Vice President of Community Affairs

Candidate: Joleen Rivera

What are 3 specific programs/event ideas you have related to the position you plan to hold next year?

  1. I want to establish a LLSA Mentorship Program—that will partner with an education related group (PEOPLE or Centro Hispano) to begin a big sister/brother program with students that have an interest in learning about law school
  2. I want to organize a program/panel on immigration issues that effect Wisconsin.  (like WI Dairy Farmers and H2B visas, drivers licenses,  immigration reform)
  3. I’d like to work to create a LLSA Community Blog that will feature issues of interests to the community and hopefully foster ideas and debate.

What unique skills/perspectives will you bring as a LLSA board member?
Before law school I worked for three years as a constituent liaison for an elected official. Through this experience I have built strong leadership and advocacy skills. I also enjoy facilitating and organizing diverse groups of people and organizations.

Also, as by serving as a 1L Representative this past year I gained insight into the functioning of the organization as a whole and to hope to use this knowledge in moving forward.

Why are you running for this specific position?
I want provide the LLSA membership with the opportunity to get involved in issues they care about and that extend beyond the law school’s walls into the community at large.

As a Latina law student, it important to never forget that I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to study law.  This privilege comes with responsibility of finding ways to serve and connect with communities that are underserved and underrepresented. I feel the LLSA membership (with or budding lawyer skills) is uniquely positioned to listen and help these communities be heard.

What in terms of programming, focus, or management would change about the position from the way the person holding the position ran it this year?
I thought Kate Frigo did an amazing job and accomplished a lot! I would like run a community action committee, where LLSA membership and interested community members can establish priorities and goals for action in the community. This group should meet once a month, or more depending on the project it decides to work on. I hope to get the LLSA membership involved and excited about shaping the direction of our community work.

I want LLSA to have an important and strong voice in the community. To accomplish this, I will work to build dynamic partnerships with other law student organization and community groups in addressing the needs of the community.

LLSA requires some time, planning, organization, and execution. What other time commitments will you have next year and/or describe your time management/organizational skills.
Next year my largest time commitment will be the Innocence Project. As a law student I have learned how to be handle many responsibilities at once. It keeps my mind and soul moving! I hope to bring the same sense dedication and patience to the e-board.

Treasurer

Candidate: Jami Crespo

What are 3 specific programs/event ideas you have related to the position you plan to hold next year?
One fundraising idea that has worked for other groups is to have a place like Five Guys or Chipotle set aside a night where they give us 10% of their proceeds.  It is a very easy way to raise money and would also create a social event for LLSA members and the rest of the law school.

Another idea for fundraising is to hold a LLSA book sale just for LLSA members.  We would set prices 20-25% or more below the book mart prices and then split the money between the booksellers and LLSA.

To encourage members to pay their dues right in the beginning of the year, I would develop a sheet listing all the benefits of being a dues paying member.  I think it’s important to focus on all the benefits up front not only to gain members, but also to show individuals all the resources they can take advantage of as a member.

What unique skills/perspective will you bring as a LLSA board member?
I am a dual-degree student in public affairs.  This past year, I served as the treasurer for the La Follette School Student Association (LSSA).  I ran the book sale for LSSA, which was our most successful fundraiser.

Why are you running for this specific position?
I’m a very organized person and pay close attention to detail.  Having already served as a treasurer for one year, I would like to put the skills I have already gained to use for LLSA.  Also, since I’m at both schools, I could easily run a Ponzi scheme to benefit LLSA without anyone knowing!  Finally because the acronyms of the two organizations are so close I think I could make an easy transition.

What in terms of programming, focus, or management would change about the position from the way the person holding the position ran it this year?
Since fundraising is a big job, I would create a fundraising committee.

LLSA requires some time, planning, organization, and execution. What other time commitments will you have next year and/or describe your time management/organizational skills.
Next year I will be taking classes as well as working 13 hours/week as a Project Assistant with La Follette.  I am also active with a few other student groups on campus.  This year, I’ve handled classes, a wedding (with a great LLSA member), student orgs, and La Follette without problem.

Legal Community Liaison

Candidate: Jorge Fragoso

What are 3 specific programs/event ideas you have related to the position you plan to hold next year?

  1. I’d like to help establish a yearly LLSA event that will rival the BLSA and APALSA/SALSA events, perhaps a quinceañera?
  2. I intend on using the WHLA/LLSA mixer as a real opportunity to introduce our law school to the local Latino law community, including opportunities to practice our job interview skills with actual lawyers and a quick “how to mingle” tutorial with a member of WHLA
  3. I want to organize a few fund-raisers throughout the year with the goal of sending a few members to the HNBA Conference along with our moot court team.

What unique skills/perspective will you bring as a LLSA board member?
I’ve done this once before. I know who to talk to, who needs some prodding along, and how easy some things can be if you just get them going. I also learned how to spell “liaison” without googling it every time.

Why are you running for this specific position?
I am running for this specific position because I think that I am uniquely positioned to actually get some interaction between the law school and the legal community. I’ve worked this job and emailed back and forth with the people that someone in this position needs to know.

What in terms of programing, focus, or management  would change about the position from the way the person holding the position ran it this year?
The guy that ran it this year was a clueless 1L who spent his weekends visiting his girlfriend in Chicago. I’ll bring my expertise as a slightly less clueless 2L – whose girlfriend will be in Madison next year! – to the position and make sure to get things off the ground sooner. I’ve learned that little gets done if we’re not persistent with our ideas, and I plan on doing just that next year. Further, we need to keep members’ enthusiasm high throughout the year, encourage them to attend events, and provide more incentives for people to participate.

LLSA requires some time, planning, organization, and execution. What other time commitments will you have next year and/or describe your time management/organizational skills?
I’ll be working at the LAIP Clinic and taking a heavy courseload…but did I mention my girlfriend will be in town and I won’t be bussed to Chicago anymore? I can manage my time well and will be much more flexible next year.

LEO Representative

Candidate: Jason Foster

What are 3 specific programs/event ideas you have related to the position you plan to hold next year?
One event I would like to plan is a LEO-wide informal social in the fall. LEO is supposed to be about a community of diverse students; however, there are only two times we get together as a full LEO community (LEO orientation and the LEO banquet). I would like to plan one additional event in the fall that will provide an opportunity for all LEO members, especially LEO 1Ls, to interact in a more informal setting.

A program I hope to implement is LEO-wide academic workshops. This spring, Aaron Seligman held an academic reflections workshop in conjunction with BLSA. I think more academic interaction among LEO members would be beneficial for all participants. Therefore, I would work with folks such as Aaron to provide academic workshops in collaboration with other LEO groups.

Another initiative that I will tackle is developing a more robust LLSA/LEO alumni outreach program. Especially in this economic climate and difficult job market, developing and fostering deeper relationships with LLSA/LEO alumni can be an effective way to give LLSA/LEO students a competitive advantage in the job search.

What unique skills/perspective will you bring as a LLSA board member?
My unique perspective has been shaped by being a person of mixed-race who is openly gay. Because of my background, I often faced adversity when I embraced my differences. But by working through difficult situations involving my identity, I became motivated to foster wider acceptance of people who are also from diverse backgrounds. By participating in LLSA and LEO, I can cultivate the skills that will empower me to further my efforts of encouraging diversity. I hope to contribute to LLSA and LEO by actively sharing my experiences while collaborating with others and learning from their unique backgrounds.

Why are you running for this specific position?
LLSA and LEO are two of the most salient reasons I chose to attend Wisconsin Law. As LEO representative for LLSA, I hope to contribute meaningfully to the growth of both programs, so that other prospective students have a similarly positive experience interacting with these groups when choosing a law school.

What in terms of programing, focus, or management  would change about the position from the way the person holding the position ran it this year?
I do not know enough about how Khrissy Scholtz ran the position to answer this question meaningfully. However, if elected, I do plan to discuss with Khrissy some of her self-assessed strengths and areas for growth in her role as LEO representative, in order to shape how I will approach the position.

LLSA requires some time, planning, organization, and execution. What other time commitments will you have next year and/or describe your time management/organizational skills?
I am the Vice President for Academic Affairs on SBA, and I am a member of QLaw and Phi Alpha Delta. Additionally, I have excellent time management skills. My main strength in this regard is familiarity with and utilization of event-planning and time-management technology, which helps me keep on task and make effective long-term planning decisions.

Webmaster

Candidate: Eric Hinojosa

What are 3 specific programs/event ideas you have related to the position you plan to hold next year?

I’ve got three great programs: Photoshop, Coda and Transmit.
In all seriousness, though, I don’t think there are a lot of programs or events I can think of that really tie themselves in to the website, unless we want to organize some sort of LLSA Tweetup or something of the sort. However, I would like to work on better establishing our presence on Facebook, setting up a UWLLSA alumni page on LinkedIn, and maybe even getting us on Twitter. I wanted to integrate social media in to our website a bit more this year, but I never quite got around to it.
Also, I’d like to be a bit more active about getting photos taken at LLSA events and putting them on our website. I’ve been working on the ILSA website recently, and I think adding the pictures that they’ve sent me to their site really helps to convey a sense of community that our site currently lacks.

What unique skills/perspective will you bring as a LLSA board member?
Other than my web design / site administration skills, I can bring a bit of institutional memory to the table. As of right now, I’m the only current e-board member running for a second term. I’ve been at the e-board planning meetings all year, and have participated in a lot of our events. I can try to keep the group from trying to reinvent the wheel and suggest how we can improve over this year next year.

Why are you running for this specific position?
I’ve been actively working on the website and have been operating LLSA’s digital infrastructure all year. I want to finish what I started.

What in terms of programing, focus, or management would change about the position from the way the person holding the position ran it this year?
I think I did a pretty good job this year, other than not accomplishing quite as much as I wanted to on the social media front. I’m going to work on that next year, if elected. Also, since I plan to work with all of the LEO groups on improving their websites this summer, I’ll see if we can’t do some more cross-group promotion, at least on the web sites of the different groups.

LLSA requires some time, planning, organization, and execution. What other time commitments will you have next year and/or describe your time management/organizational skills.
I expect to be a pretty busy guy next school year between class, work, and my work on the International Law Journal, but I don’t anticipate that will prevent me from maintaining and even improving our web presence. A lot of the major work can be hammered out over the summer, so I’ll take advantage of that. The day to day management of our web presence isn’t terribly taxing or time consuming – most routine updates I’ve been asked to make during the year take me a matter of a few minutes thanks to the back end software I set up for the site last summer.

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