Each new cohort of members to join PAD is called a class. Classes serve as the first step to creating community for new members. The people in one's class will be interning in committees alongside each other, attending Membership Development (MD) with one another, and will provide some of the strongest friends throughout one's PAD experience. After completing the MD program, classes are initiated into PAD together and go on to become committee leadership and executive members.
Some people reading this will become a part of PAD's Spring 2020 class and we cannot wait to welcome them!
PAD's committees provide the fraternity a crucial service. These bodies plan professional, charitable, and social events for the benefit of our members, the student population, and the Berkeley community. Members of Berkeley PAD may become a part of committees by interning for them or by interviewing to become a Director or Associate Director after they complete their first semester.
Philanthropy In order to benefit the student body of UC Berkeley and to give back to the wider community of the city, the Philanthropy committee plans engaging service-oriented events aimed at giving membership an opportunity to invest their time and effort into meaningful charitable work.
Notable past events: Know Your Rights Awareness Week, Berkeley Project, Free Legal Clinic
Networking When students join Berkeley PAD, they receive the opportunity to benefit from our extensive contact network of attorneys, alumni, and other organizations. The Networking committee facilitates dinners and events with professionals so that our members can gain valuable experience in communicating in these types of spaces and making connections to benefit them as they go into the legal field.
Notable past events: Coffee Chats, Mini-Networking Dinners, Professional Dinner
Legal Events and Planning One of Berkeley PAD's goals is to ensure that our members are educated on the legal profession so they know what their options on when they move on to law school and beyond. In service to this purpose, LEaP plans panels, tours, and practical events aimed at advancing knowledge of the law field, law school admissions, and career prospects.
Notable past events: Legal Fields Panel, Tour of the Ninth Circuit Court, Berkeley Law Class Sit-Ins
Fellowship Part of creating an effective organization is upholding our values of fraternalism and inclusivity. With these principles in mind, the Fellowship committee crafts social events that encourage bonding between our members so that Berkeley PAD feels like a warm and welcoming community for each and every individual.
Notable past events: Semesterly Banquet, Retreat, Fenton's Ice Cream Social
Recruitment As UC Berkeley's only open membership professional fraternity, we make every effort to reach out to as many prospective pre-law students as possible so that they may benefit from the professional development and community we offer. Recruitment works intensively during the first month of classes to inform the Berkeley campus population on the benefits of joining Berkeley PAD.
Notable past events: Meet the Chapter, Professional Night, Social Night
Finance and Fundraising Berkeley PAD remains committed to providing our resources to members for the lowest cost possible in order to maintain our International values of inclusivity and accessibility. In order to balance the need for affordability with the high standard we have for events, the Finance and Fundraising committee raises money through events and fundraisers throughout the semester.
Notable past events: Carnations Valentines Fundraiser, Pie a PAD Member, Food Truck Fundraiser
Public Relations Our PR committee ensures that the wider public knows about our public events, that events are well-documented through photos, and that all the other committees are able to display beautiful graphics and ads for their events. PR handles all outward-facing social media such as our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as creates graphics for all of our events.
Notable past events: Recruitment Photoshoot, LinkedIn Photoshoot
While officially recognized as one of our committees, Membership Development operates with only its team of directors and involves the professional cultivation of the newest PAD class. We cover essential skills that will help members to work as productive members of the fraternity and which they can use in their future professional endeavors. These skills include: email writing and etiquette, networking skills, resume building, cover letters, getting internships, professional dress code, and much more. In addition, new members will be able to connect more thoroughly with their fellow class members and get to know more about the unique history and values of the Berkeley chapter.
The Executive Committee or ExComm acts as the five top officials in charge of PAD affairs. As a part of their duties, the members of ExComm work to better the fraternity, advance the visions of its members, and provide the support needed to maintain PAD's presence at Berkeley. Members are elected during the late Fall, serving a term lasting one calendar year. Each one serves a specific function, as prescribed by Berkeley PAD's constitution and bylaws.
President The President serves as the top executive of the fraternity, chairs ExComm, sets the agenda for and facilitates general meetings, conducts elections, and provides support to every committee and every member. Each President brings their own unique touch to the office, coloring the culture of the fraternity during their elected term.
Internal Vice President The IVP is the strongest advocate for fraternal cohesion and handles much of PAD's functioning as a fraternity seeing as they create the events calendar, maintain lists of active members, and facilitates a better-connected organization overall. The IVP also serves as oversight and main logistical contact for the Fellowship and Membership Development committees.
External Vice President The EVP embodies many of the professional aspects of PAD and represents us in inter-organizational matters, maintains lists of internships and opportunities for members, serves as steward of the fraternity's professional contacts, and negotiates discount contracts with test prep companies. The EVP also serves as oversight for the Legal Events and Planning and Networking committees.
Secretary The Secretary is responsible for ensuring PAD has the information and logistical support to succeed in its endeavors. By serving as oversight for Networking, taking and publishing notes at fraternity meetings, and handling all room bookings, they provide critical support for every member. The Secretary also serves as oversight for the Public Relations and Recruitment committees.
Treasurer The Treasurer serves the fraternity as the chief financial contact for the fraternity, ensures that PAD remains within its means, and collects dues from every member. In order to direct and manage the funding of the fraternity, the Treasurer serves as oversight for the Finance and Fundraising and Philanthropy committees.