From Your President

Kelly Malloy

Update as of September 6th


Hi, Miami Law! I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend. I bring you the following updates on behalf of the SBA:


(1) UPLOAD YOUR VACCINATION INFORMATION.
If you have been vaccinated off-campus (not through UHealth), please submit your vaccination information through MyUHealthChart. Eligible students will be automatically entered to win prizes through the University’s voluntary vaccine incentive program.

 (2) LAUNCH OF SEBASTIAN’S CLOSET.
I am excited to announce the unveiling of Sebastian’s Closet, a professional attire lending resource sponsored by the SBA! Any law student can borrow the clothing items in Sebastian’s Closet for a reasonable period of time (e.g., for interviews, professional events, and the like). This is an Honor System resource, so it will remain unlocked for any student in need. You can find Sebastian’s Closet in the Shalala Law Lounge (the glass study space across from the UM food court that only law students can swipe into) – just enter and look for the grey metal wardrobe on your left. Please read the sign on the Closet for full instructions before borrowing, and be advised that this is a resource, not a storage space. Any items found inside or on top of Sebastian’s Closet that have not been inventoried by SBA will be discarded immediately. If you are interested in donating to Sebastian’s Closet, please contact Senator Carson Proctor at cep149@law.miami.edu. We expect Sebastian’s Closet to be fully operational by mid-week.

(3) SBA SENATE ELECTIONS APPROACHING.

In other news, SBA Senate elections are quickly approaching! We have six 1L seats, two post-J.D. LL.M. seats, and one transfer seat available. If you are interested in running for a Senate seat, please review the official communication from Honor Council regarding the mandatory information session dates. As always, feel free to contact any sitting member of our Executive Board or Senate about what it’s like to serve on Miami Law’s student government. The opportunity to represent your classmates is not only an incredibly rewarding experience, but is also a chance for you to effectuate positive change, spotlight areas for improvement, and put a microphone to your voice before the law school’s administration. Throughout the elections process, your point of contact will be honorcouncil@law.miami.edu.


 (4) MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING.
The last year and half has been exceptionally challenging for our community, and we want you to know that we are here for you. The UM Counseling Center is a great resource that you can learn about here and/or schedule an appointment with here. The University also offers a free, completely anonymous self-screening tool that is intended to help you determine whether you might benefit from additional assistance or support from a mental health professional. Only you see the results, and then decide if you’d like to speak with a UM counselor or an off-campus professional. Please also know that you can always reach out to our Dean of Students at deanofstudents@law.miami.edu.
Additionally, a new Miami Law student organization, the Mental Health Collective, was formed this semester and you can join here. Further, the American Bar Association has mental health resources available online for law students, as does the Florida Bar in their Mental Health and Wellness Center. You can also click here to learn about Miami Law’s “Mindfulness in Law Program.” Finally, Headspace is an awesome app with guided meditations that can help with law school stress or anxiety (it is available at a discounted rate for students).

Kelly Malloy
President Student Bar Association
J.D. Candidate Class of 2022
University of Miami School of Law