SBA Honor Council Elections will take place on April 10th from 9:00am-7:00pm. According to the SBA Constitution there will be 3 Honor Council seats awarded to both members of the rising 2L and rising 3L classes. Below please find a list of the candidates and their statements regarding their campaign:
Rising 2L Candidates:
- Jake Brice
- Andi McDonald
- Emory Sloan
Rising 3L Candidates:
- Kirkland Dixon
- Cleburne Fant
- John E, Gardner
- Carson Sadro
Rising 2L Candidates:
- Jake Brice: Hi everyone! My name is Jake Brice and I am running to be one of your Honor Council representatives. I was fortunate to be elected to represent you all last year and am looking to represent everyone again with more experience and knowledge under my belt. As I have always contended, “The best violation is one that never occurs,” and that starts with us on the Honor Council. If we can effectively communicate and demonstrate the Honor Code to all, then we can prevent many violations from ever occurring. If elected to the Honor Council, I will try to be an effective communicator and source for all your questions and remarks so that no one is left confused or unclear as to any matters regarding anything that the Honor Council does and how it operates. I would love the opportunity to represent you all again as a member of the Honor Council. However, regardless of who you vote for, just make sure that you do vote!
- Andi McDonald:Hi all! My name is Andi McDonald and I am running to serve as Honor Council Representative. In my first year on the Honor Council, I had the opportunity to learn more about the Honor Code and assist my classmates in understanding its requirements. In addition, I served on boards of multiple student organizations as an undergrad, and my role as Vice President of a Film Society closely resembled the responsibilities I would hold as your Honor Council Representative: I learned the organization’s constitution, helped students follow its rules on individual projects and multi-organization films, and enforced the rules when necessary. On a personal level, I strive to treat everyone with kindness and understanding. Although disciplinary hearings are never fun, I will be sensitive to both sides while still appreciating the academic integrity that the Honor Code seeks to protect. I would be honored to continue upholding the values and standards of the University of South Carolina School of Law as your Honor Council Representative.
- Emory Sloan: My name is Emery Sloan and I am running again to represent the 2L class on SBA’s Honor Council. For those of you I haven’t met yet, allow me to introduce myself. I was born and raised in Rock Hill, SC and graduated from Furman University with a triple major in philosophy, Asian studies, and political science. I then went to American University in DC for my Master’s degree in philosophy and social policy. I interned at the Embassy of Israel while in DC and, shortly before coming back to SC, worked as an immigration paralegal in New Jersey. I have thoroughly enjoyed representing the 1L class on the Honor Council this year, and would like to offer two reasons (though I have many more) for why I am running again: First, I have significant experience. I was on the honor council as a boarding student at my high school, and also when I was a graduate student at American. That said, I was also brought in to the honor council (and thankfully found not guilty!) for something I did not do when I was at Furman. As someone who has been on both sides of the honor council, I understand the importance of having a student representative who is objective and will not assume guilt just because a hearing is taking place. I have learned through my past involvement how to be both mindful and fair while representing my peers and considering their conduct. Perhaps most importantly, having already served at USC, I know what the job entails and I am prepared to assume the responsibilities that accompany it. Second, while I’m not a fan of self-promotion, I should also add that I am a very motivated and driven person. I want to be involved and put in the work necessary to make a positive impact on our community. I also like to challenge myself and am excited to continue taking on the challenges that come with being a member of the Honor Council. Thank you all for your consideration and, hopefully, for your vote!
Rising 3L Candidates:
- Kirkland Dixon: My name is Kirkland Dickson and I am running to be re-elected as an Honor Council representative. I served on the Honor Council as a 1L and 2L representative and as the Secretary. I hope to continue to serve as one of the 3L representatives. During my time as an undergrad at Wofford College I was involved in various organizations and the school at large in roles similar to this position on the Honor Council. The time I spent on Wofford’s Honor Council put to use my skills of impartiality and dealing with sensitive, confidential information. It was through these trials as defender, prosecutor, or jury member that I was able to understand how an honor council serves the student body that it is representing. I also was part of deciding if and how to implement proposed changes to the Honor Code. If elected to represent the 3L class on the Honor Council I will work to the best of my abilities to ensure that access to the Honor Code is simple, the language of the code is transparent and easy to understand, and the opinions of the 3L class are heard when proposing potential changes. Thank you for your consideration and remember to vote on TWEN!
- John E. Gardner – Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character” -Robert E. Lee. Virtue is often nebulous and hard to gain practical import. Lee presents a simple, yet precise account of what I believe to be the chief concern regarding maintenance of order within society. In Law School our society is narrow, but the Honor Council preserves the lawful authority which governs us. My experience this past year serving you on the Honor Council has affirmed my convictions to offer my efforts in support of this authority. As such, I pray for your consideration and aid in being re-elected as a 3L representative of the Honor Council.