A Kansas City, Kan., student has been named the head Dean's Fellow at the University of Kansas School of Law to mentor incoming students.
Becky Howlett, a third-year law student from Kansas CIty, Kan., was named the head Dean's Fellow, according to a KU news release. Howlett completed a bachelor’s in English and journalism at KU.
She and seven other law students at KU will serve as mentor for first-year students, providing them with a peer's insight into the first-year experience and helping ease their transition to law school. This is the seventh year for the program.
“To be selected as a Dean's Fellow, one must show leadership, compassion and a willingness to serve those following behind them,” said Kaitlin Brigman, student affairs counselor at the law school. “The Dean’s Fellows are a select group, and the ones chosen for this academic year possess an especially wonderful set of qualities that will serve as an invaluable resource to the incoming students.”
Howlett, who is returning for her second year in the program and will serve as the head Dean’s Fellow, said this year’s program would be revamped to foster more interaction between mentors and first-year students.
“As a returning Fellow, I know how easy it is for incoming students not to make use of this invaluable resource,” she said. “The goal is to create an environment where our entire team is accessible so that 1Ls feel comfortable reaching out to any of our student mentors for general advice, study strategies or the often-needed ‘It’ll be fine’ pep talk. Ultimately, the Dean’s Fellows are committed to promoting student success in the first year of law school and beyond.”
Howlett has served on the staff of the Kansas Law Review and will be an associate editor during the 2013-14 academic year.
Her student organization involvement includes Women in Law, Environmental Law Society and Native American Law Students Association. Howlett, who is returning for her second year of the program, will serve as the Head Dean’s Fellow.
She graduated from Piper High School and is the daughter of Wayne and Rosemary Howlett.