Kimberly Mallett was recently announced as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law Dean’s Fellow of the Year for 2017 during an awards ceremony on March 3.
Dean’s Fellows are upper level students chosen to mentor first-year students during the fall semester. These students are selected based on their demonstrated leadership skills, excellence in academic performance, professionalism, and desire to lead and care for their fellow students.
Last year, Mallett, a third-year law student at Bowen from Kosciusko, Mississippi, led two teams in the full-time student success team of the year competition. These teams consisted of entering law school students working together to cope with the rigorous demands of the curriculum.
Mallett’s teams finished in first and second place, with one of her teams winning the oath-writing competition that was chosen by United States District Judge D.P. Marshall as the oath that was taken by the entire first year class during their official pinning ceremony.
Mallett displayed dynamic leadership skills while working with these groups. Not only was she assisting student groups while completing her own strenuous course work, she also served as the president of the Black Law Students Association, which was awarded the student organization of the year for 2017.
During her time with the organization, the students hosted one of the most successful scholarship banquets to date, raising over $11,000. They also coordinated multiple large-scale speaker events, hosted their own first-year workshop to help new students transition into law school, sponsored an on-campus health fair, and hosted Black History Month programs.