P.A.D. Spotlight

The P.A.D. Spotlight features an exceptional member, alumnus, achievement, event, or articles of interest to our members, weekly. The P.A.D. community is so accomplished that peer recognition is well deserved.

Phi Alpha Delta members are encouraged to submit feature recommendations. Fellow P.A.D. members are eager to hear about the great things everyone is doing and what they have accomplished. Not only does it show the Executive Office what you can do, but it provides International recognition for a Chapter, person, or event.

We hope this spotlight will give the P.A.D. community the opportunity to further bond by creating discussions and attending fellow Chapter events, among many other things.

To submit recommendations, please email cory@pad.org.

We look forward to hearing about all of your amazing achievements!

Visit the P.A.D. Spotlight Archive for earlier posts.

October 7, 2014 - Spotlight on Dean Michelle Rahman

Pre-Law Conference Presenter Dean Michelle Rahman 
By Corey Lacey (Communications & Alumni Relations Assistant)

Dean Michelle Rahman is the Associate Dean for Admission at the University of Richmond-School of Law. She has been the Director of Admissions since 1990 and has worked with the Office of Admissions since 1985. 

Dean Rahman manages the full admissions process, recruits prospective students, and evaluates their applications. She works alongside the Admissions Committee to facilitate decision-making. She also dispenses financial aid and scholarships for the law school and arranges on-campus housing for law students.

From September to November every year, Dean Rahman travels the entire country and personally meets thousands of prospective students on the road. 

Her Pre-Law Conference presentation, Law Admissions: Behind the Curtain, will give insight into the law application process. This is an opportunity for pre-laws to hear first-hand what is needed to impress admission offices across the country.  

P.A.D. welcomes Dean Rahman’s law school expertise to the Pre-Law Conference. We look forward to welcoming her in a few short weeks!

Dean Michelle Rahman’s article in The Reporter (’02): 
Reading, Riting', Relaxation, The 3 R's of Preparing for Law School

Click Here For Pre-Law Conference Information.

October 2, 2014 - Spotlight on Vince August

The “Joking Judge”: Vince August 
By Corey Lacey (Communications & Alumni Relations Assistant)

Brother Vince A. Sicari (Tilden Chapter), professionally known as Vince August, graduated with a bachelor’s in accounting from Fordham University and his J.D. from New York Law School. 

Brother Vince performed as a comedian since debuting at Caroline’s, a Broadway stand-up comedy nightclub, in 1997. He spent the following years working in comedy and law, and later became a municipal judge in New Jersey in 2008. 

Brother Vince’s dual career came under scrutiny when the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that he had to choose between his role as a judge or his comedy career. He ultimately decided to step down and focus on comedy. 

Brother Vince has also been featured in various television shows and commercials. His most notable appearances were in ABC’s “Primetime: What Would You Do,” The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Recently, Brother Vince landed a role on the Starz cable series, Power, premiering last June.

His P.A.D. Pre-Law Conference presentation, Never Give Up on a Dream!, will help members stick with their passions throughout their lives. Brother Vince will benefit attendees who are discovering their aspirations by speaking about his entertainment work. 

His presentation will guide those who have struggled and strayed away from their goals. Brother Vince delivered a similar message about following ambitions at this past Biennial Convention which was well-received by attendees.

P.A.D. is thrilled to welcome Brother Vince and thank him for his continued support of the Fraternity. We look forward to having him at the Pre-Law Conference. 

For more information on Vince August: 
IMDB Profile

September 30, 2014 - Spotlight on Fundraising

P.A.D. Fundraising - From Bake Sales to Donation Campaigns
By Ilana Schear (Executive Office Intern)

Fundraisers can provide opportunities for Chapter members to bond while raising money. These fundraisers can help you fund Chapter events, registration for P.A.D. Convention or Pre-Law Conference, or even to cover new member registration fees and student Chapter scholarships (even if it’s just $100). This Spotlight highlights a few strategies to enhance your fundraising efforts. 

Plan annual donation campaigns. Campaign goals should include spreading awareness of P.A.D., growing prospects for future giving, and, of course, obtaining funds. This long-term campaign, up to six weeks, is where you recognize your annual givers and evaluate prospective donors. Clearly state who your audience is, what your goals and objectives are, and how you plan on achieving these objectives when asking for donations. 

Reach out to P.A.D. alumni and local law firms (click here to use the online P.A.D. Directory). Make phone calls, post flyers, or send donation cards in the mail. Do not be afraid to ask for a specific amount of money. You can also add a gift component, for example, if an alum donates $25 they receive a P.A.D. lanyard or keychain; something cheap that doesn’t eat at your fundraising profit but shows appreciation for their donation.

Host signature, annual, fundraising events and make them known to P.A.D. members and fellow law students or local law firms who may be interested. Events can be anything from a date auction, casino night, comedy night, or a spaghetti dinner. Establishing an event as signature proves Chapter organization and consistency, and in turn proves to those purchasing tickets that the event will be organized, professional, and worth their time and money.

Plan smaller fundraising events that can be held throughout the year and require little planning. These smaller events only involve your Chapter members and a prime location. While everyone loves a good bake sale, some other ideas include a used book sale, an auction for Chapter member’s services such as cleaning, or a finals week hold a ‘hug-a-gram’, where people can buy a hug and card for a friend for some extra motivation. 

Be specific with what you are asking for. Think about the reasons people want to participate and donate. This could be because, it feels good to give back or the event is fun. We understand why P.A.D. should be supported, so with that knowledge, relay why their support is in their best interest. Provide background into the Fraternity’s history, member benefits, and the impact we have on the student, profession, and community. 

Remember to keep events cost effective. Instead of hosting a high-end cocktail party, make it BYOB or have law firms and alumni become event sponsors by providing beverages. Host a raffle and/or silent auction at this event. Auction P.A.D. memorabilia or other law school items to spread awareness and interest for P.A.D.

If you have any fundraising questions or ideas you would like to share you can post to pad.org’s Open Forum for help and suggestions.

The Executive Office is always available as an additional resource. Contact us with any questions!

September 11, 2014 - Spotlight on Haley Moss (University of Florida Pre-Law Chapter)

It is impressive for any 20-year-old to write and publish a book. Senior Haley Moss (University of Florida Pre-Law Chapter) has accomplished this feat twice. Moss first chronicled her experience as a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in her first novel: Middle School - The Stuff Nobody Tells You About: A Teenage Girl with ASD Shares Her Experiences. She was only 15 when her book was released for purchase.

Her second book, A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About!, available on Amazon, discusses new challenges and experiences as a young adult. Moss notes the lack of resources for college students who have ASD so, like her previous novel, Moss wanted to provide an advice guide to those students.

“Pretty much everything out there is written by parents and not students. The amount of students with disabilities such as autism that go to college is low and I wanted to ‘beat the odds’ once again with my experiences and help others make it through college successfully. I made a lot of mistakes, I learned a lot, and thought by leading the expedition I could help another person have an easier time with the transition from high school to college,” said Moss.

Moss mentions difficulties writing her book and opening up about her college experiences. Many of the normal challenges college students tackle, including establishing friendships and adjusting to being away from home, increased for her. However, Moss felt that her book could only be successful if she was genuine about her time in college.

While the book is intended to assist prospective college students with ASD, any entering college student could relate to Moss and her tips. Her main message is for readers to understand that college is obtainable for everyone, but not everything is perfect, “not everything goes according to plan,” she says.  

“It's okay that not everything is sunshine and roses. It's okay to be yourself, and I really wanted anyone to know that going to college is a realistic goal, even if only 35% of young adults with ASD do end up enrolling.  My goals were to make sure someone gets something out of this book, whether it's something big or small,” said Moss.

Moss joined P.A.D. because of her interest in spreading awareness of ASD. She wants to eventually attend law school and work as a disability or family attorney. Moss reminds members that students similar to her should not be recruited or treated differently.

“Do not discount anyone because they are different than you physically, neurologically, or in terms of abilities. Make sure to reach out all over campus and make sure everyone feels included and welcomed into your P.A.D Chapter since lots of people of all backgrounds want to meet people or join the legal field someday,” Moss said.

To learn more about Moss and view some of her illustrations, check out her personal webpage