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Prospective representatives should note time commitments below and should plan to regularly update the DBA External Vice President about important developments in their respective committees.

Chair
Jane R. Wettach

Student Role

Consider policy questions arising under the Law School's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to encourage lower-paying public service and public interest work and to help achieve an equitable disbursement of available funds.

Meetings and Time Commitments

The Committee meets about once a semester. There may be more work around appeals, but if there are no policy revisions then the committee's burden is light.

Current Student Representatives

 Aaron Chou (3L), Danielle French (2L)

This committee has responsibility for overseeing the operations of the Career & Professional Development Center. This includes reviewing important school policies, ensuring that existing programming and other efforts are running smoothly, and incorporating feedback from students. In addition, students elected to this Committee become members of the Career Center's Student Advisory Board.

Current Projects

Developing and facilitating programming with a focus on professional development and leadership as a lawyer.

Meetings and Time Commitments

Faculty Committee: Once per semester, or more frequently if needed.
Student Advisory Board: Twice per semester, with assignments and projects arising periodically.

Current Student Representatives

Ian Sigalow (3L), Henry Hilliard (2L)

Chair

Kathryn Webb Bradley

Duties

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for approving all new courses, and for general review of issues relating to the course of study for the JD and LLM degrees. To date, the committee has received one specific request for action on a matter involving credit-hour allocations to a particular course; we have not been asked to undertake any general curricular reviews. However, both specific and more general requests do come in from time to time, and are not subject to the committee's control or discretion.

Meetings and Time Commitments

If no general curricular review is to be undertaken this year, the committee burdens will probably be light. However, as noted, the committee does not have the luxury of declining jurisdiction over curricular matters, so no binding promises can be made regarding its workload.

Current Student Representatives

Quentin Jorgensen (3L), Hadley Dreibelbis (2L)

Chair

John M. de Figueiredo

Duties

This Committee focuses on the promotion of Duke Law School to our alumni, current students, faculty and friends around the globe. The duties of this committee are to assist the Dean and the Office of External Affairs in the planning of major events held both within and outside the Law School. These events include the Hooding Ceremony, Reunion Weekend, Scholars Dinner, and the Graduating Class Gala (when should events occur, who to invite, what type of reception to host, etc.). The group is also involved in planning special programs such as bringing high-level alumni speakers and panelists to campus. The Committee is also encouraged to provide advice to the Office of External Relations to better engage our graduates and future alumni.

Meetings and Time Commitments

The Committee generally meets once during Fall semester and once during Spring semester unless there is a special issue needing consideration.

Current Student Representatives

Nick Buchta (3L), Brent McKnight (2L)

Chairs

Lateral Appointments Committee Chair: Curtis A. Bradley

Entry Level Appointments Committee Chair: Joseph Blocher

Duties

Hiring is based upon national and indeed international searches in areas. Also, the Committees are responsible for review the tenure files for untenured applications. Review for new hires and tenure files requires extensive reading of the candidate's written work as well as perusal of outside reviews.

Student Role

Students are especially involved in considering the applicants teaching abilities.

Meetings and Time Commitments

The Appointments Committees are probably the most active committees and the workload can be very heavy. While in some years, the Law School does little or no hiring, for each of the past couple years and for the next several years, the school has been active.

Current Student Representatives

Lateral Appointments Committee:
Dalton Powell (3L), Karen Huber (2L)

Entry Level Appointments Committee:
Diamond Zambrano (3L), Chris Ricigliano (2L)

Chair

Lawrence G. Baxter

Duties

This is an active committee that considers a wide range of issues relating to the library as well as student use of technology. In past years, the Committee has considered subjects as diverse as (1) student use of computers on exams (2) mandatory laptop policy for JD students (3) development of a wireless network at the law school.

Student Role

The Committee meets monthly to allow careful consideration of library and computing issues. The meetings are set early for the semester to avoid scheduling conflicts and to provide a regular forum for students and faculty to voice concerns about computing and library issues.

Current Projects

One of our major responsibilities this year will be to continue to discuss use of computers in the classroom amid concerns from some faculty.

Meetings and Time Commitments

Monthly meetings.

Current Student Representatives

Jonathan Schwartz (3L), Jen Goldshtein (2L)