I spent the remainder of my spring break in San Diego campaigning for a national office position with the ABA Law Student Division. Its the first time since my 3rd grade presidential campaign that I have thrown my hat into the political arena. I forgot how exhausting politicking can be. In a very bold (and balls-out) move, I changed my candidacy from Secretary-Treasurer to Chair. The Chairman of the LSD is "the Face" of the law student division, which represents over 51,000 members nationwide and an annual operating budget of $1.2 million. Of course, my decision prompted many questions. Most notably, "why?"
I keep wondering that myself. I keep wondering how I realistically expected an inexperienced 1L to lead a national organization. Well, my answer to everyone was that I had a lot of heart. If you've never had an opportunity to attend an ABA national conference, you're missing out on a lot excitement. Just having a chance to meet other law students and lawyers from all across the country, is the most fun I've had in law school. I became fascinated with the ABA and what the LSD benefits law students nationwide ever since the Mid-year meeting at Salt Lake City. My platform centered on solidifying our 51,000 membership base by encouraging stronger participation and increasing awareness of the LSD's advocacy pursuits.
Given that I was a last minute candidate, I felt that held up fairly well against the other candidates. One was a former circuit governor from Delaware and the other was a non-traditional 2L with significant experience in managing a national organization. While I may have lost the election, I've learned a lot from this experience. I'll see everyone at Chicago this summer when I run for the LSD Student Delegate position.