Monthly Archives: September 2019

SBA/HC Elections

SBA Candidates

Section 1

Bri Cacace

  • Hi! My name is Bri Cacace, and I am running to be one of your 1L SBA Legislative Representatives. I was fortunate to grow up in the Palmetto State, specifically in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina which will always be my home. Last December, I graduated from Clemson University, where I developed a passion for reading, writing, and communication. I have a deeply rooted love for history, politics, philosophy, and literature- this side of my interests pointed me in the direction of a legal career. During my time at Clemson, I was also fortunate to serve as my sorority’s VP of Recruitment, which allowed me to further cultivate my ability to provide leadership; including planning and executing meetings, maintaining communication channels, and educating members. Above all, I truly enjoy building relationships and look forward to not only being a classmate and colleague, but also being a friend. I would love to continue to serve, represent, and promote my classmates’ interests and goals here at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Section 2 

Andre Jeter

  • Greetings fellow classmates my name is André Jeter a candidate for this SBA election. I was born in Albany Georgia, raised in Union, SC., received a bachelor’s degree for History at Presbyterian College (Go Blue Hose!) and landed here USC Law. In all my years of schooling I’ve always been involved with different groups while juggling personal responsibilities; no matter how difficult things got I successfully managed to not only fulfill my obligations, but I also managed to improve the way things were. My goal in joining SBA and participating in this election is to create memorable and amazing experiences for every student that will inspire each to think outside the box. In the future as lawyers we will face each problem one at a time not knowing if the next case will be better or worse than the last; Regardless, we continue in our stride to change society for the better one step at a time and it begins here. The responsibility of the incoming class is to make the school better than the way we left it, constantly challenging tradition and inviting culture to enlighten the way we see the world. Everyone can accomplish great things; my belief is that by giving people opportunities to network and apply their skills while also creating an atmosphere that feels inviting to everyone then the outcome will be keys to a better society. It would be an honor to work with you all towards a better future!

Chandler Morgan

  • Hi y’all! Did I do that right? I’m new to the South… My name is Chandler Morgan and I am running as a Section #2 SBA Legislative Representative. I was born and raised in Columbus, OH and attended The Ohio State University! Throughout High School and College, I took part in several public speaking tournaments, was part of the Mock Trial team, and worked as an Engineering TA for 3 and a half years. These experiences taught me the importance of patience, persistence, and inclusiveness. These three attributes have helped me become the man and civil servant that I am today, and I will apply these skills in helping the Class of 2022 navigate through the next three years of law school. I look forward to promoting your ideas and helping to solve any problems we may encounter along the way!

Christina Olbrych

  • My name is Ana Olbrych and I am running for a a 1L legislative position on SBA. I’m from Charleston, South Carolina but have spent the past four years here in the city of dreams as an undergraduate student at USC. I’ve grown to love Columbia and am so excited to share this place with all of you. My goal is to be extremely approachable and accessible for y’all. Ultimately, I am here to serve you and am so excited to get to know each of you. In undergrad, I held leadership positions within my sorority that were directly involved with recruitment. After telling 300 women they all had to wear the same outfit and cheer for eight hours, I gained some thick skin and valuable leadership skills. With my previous undergraduate leadership positions and knowledge of Columbia, I would love to give back to the USC law student community and help improve student life here. I look forward to seeing y’all around campus. Straight up, we are all gonna be having a great time.

Dixie McCollum

  • Hey everyone, my name is Dixie McCollum and I’m running for a 1L position in SBA. I graduated from Wofford College last spring and while I was there, I had the opportunity to work on several school proposals including a recycling initiative and a suicide awareness memorial. I was also the Greek Liaison for a group advocating for mental health awareness- a notion I hold very close to my heart. I’m running for SBA because whether it be helping our class enjoy a positive learning atmosphere or helping improve the law school’s amenities, I find it important that we have a say in what goes on at the school. After all, we spend a large majority of time here.
  • On a lighter note, I also have some ideas for improving our dining situation. I think it would be nice if we could have another refrigerator, so I don’t have to watch students painfully struggle to cram their food in the two fridges we’re provided. I would also like to obtain some more microwaves, so students don’t have to stand in line for an eternity. That being said, I don’t want to be a representative who only pitches my ideas. If I’m representing all of you guys, I think it’s important to listen to what you all want to improve. So if you have any suggestions, I promise I’ll do my best to get them implemented. Ok, that’s it for now; thanks for attending my TedTalk. Hope I get your vote!

Jasmine Caruthers

  • Jasmine Caruthers is a native of Greenville, South Carolina (SC) who completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, graduating Cum Laude in just two years at the age of nineteen. She served as President for College Democrats for the state of South Carolina while also working for her district representative, Eric Bedingfield, at the SC State House. Through her term, Jasmine volunteered with several local, state, and federal campaigns, pushing for youth engagement and was an active member in the Legislative Action Network where she lobbied on behalf of the U of SC student body on issues like education reform and sexual assault awareness.
  • After working on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Alma Adams, Jasmine’s love for public service was solidified and her interest in advocacy affirmed. As a 1L Representative for Class of 2022, Jasmine plans to work to improve parking options, create a town hall focused on student input, and create a mental health initiative at the law school. Upon completing law school, Jasmine looks forward to serving her community and being a voice for the voiceless.

Leighton Carlock

Maxwell Patel

  • Hey everyone! My name is Max Patel and I am running to be one of your SBA 1L Legislative Representatives. Although we have only been in classes a few weeks, I have already developed a deep passion for the school and its community. As a 1L representative, I hope to serve as a conduit between SBA and the entire class, ensuring everyone feels they are included in decisions that impact student life. I hope to have your support!

Sheniya Marshall

  • This is my bio for campaigning, “Hello future lawyers! My name is Sheniya (A.K.A Niya) Marshall. I am in Section 2 of our great class of 2022, and I am running for Student Bar Association 1L Representative. As an undergraduate, I attended the University of South Carolina. I majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Sociology. I am passionate about helping people, in particular helping children, and promoting mental health awareness. Should you all elect me as one of your SBA 1L Representatives, I would love to be inclusive. I don’t plan to do any of this alone. I know Gamecock Nation, and we work best as a team! As I campaign, I am excited to meet more of you and hear the ideas you all have to better our university. Niya Marshall for SBA 1L Rep!!”

Section 3 

Aubree Manley

Chris Cato

  • My name is Christopher Cato, and I am running to be a 1L legislative representative on SBA. I am originally from Travelers Rest, SC. I went to Clemson for undergrad, and then I spent a few years as a political journeyman, working on Capitol Hill, and then on gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns around the country. After that, I worked on a small startup teaching tennis on the internet. And no, I do not play tennis, but luckily, I wasn’t the coach. We’re all in this together, and I am running to make sure that we’re all heard. If you see me in the halls and you’re not in a hurry, get my attention, let’s talk.

Jenn Stevens

Will Smith

  • Hi everyone! My name is Will Smith and I am running to be a 1L SBA Representative. I am originally from Piedmont, South Carolina and attended the College of Charleston for undergrad. While at CofC, I founded and served as president of a student organization, served on the executive board of my fraternity, and was a member of a national honor society. I also participated in service projects with the Be The Match Foundation and Dance Marathon. If elected, my goal is to simply be active. Whether it be actively listening to your ideas or actively participating in the law school community, I plan to be a useful representative. I also hope to be active in facilitating a law school community where all feel included. I would be honored to receive your vote!

Dan McCann

Garrett Simpson

  • My name is Garrett Simpson and I graduated from a small school in North Carolina called Gardner-Webb University in 2018. At Gardner-Webb, I swam for two years and played on the golf team for two years. Golf was definitely more fun. I was also a member of the Student Government Association where I served on a committee that planned events and activities for students (until I had to resign because I almost died during the fall semester of my senior year – feel free to ask me about it!).
  • I’m running for SBA because I have a passion for bringing people together, which I feel is extremely important to be an effective voice for my classmates. One goal I would have as an SBA legislative rep would be to orchestrate an event with Hilinski’s Hope to bring a new perspective on mental health awareness to the USC Law community. We often hear about this from individuals within the legal community, but I believe it would also be valuable to hear a different perspective. With the Hilinski family now living in Lake Murray, I feel like this is a realistic goal. I also believe I would thrive assisting in the planning and executing of social events put on by SBA and would love to be a part of SBA’s role in assuring the success of other student organizations.

HC Candidates 

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Chelsea Mott

  • My name is Chelsea Mott and I am running for the Honor Council representing Section 3. I would make a great member of the Honor Council by being compassionate and understanding while still preserving the integrity of our law schoolI will make sure that Section 3 is fairly represented in all Honor Council hearings. I guarantee full confidentiality in any matters that may arise. I also guarantee that I will make myself approachable to anyone who needs to discuss a possible honor code violation. I would be honored to serve Section 3 as a member of the Honor Council. 

Ian Kirkley Taylor

Sagar Patadia

  • My name is Sagar Patadia and I am running to represent the 1L class on SBA’s Honor Council. As many of you don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself. I was born and raised in India. I immigrated to the United States in late 2005. I moved to Columbia in 2016 to attend the University of South Carolina and graduated in May 2019 with a degree in Computer Engineering. I want to represent the 1L class on the Honor Council to uphold the Carolinian Creed and the University of South Carolina School of Law Honor Code. As a 1L, I am the president of the Technology and Law Student Association here at the law school. As someone that loves technology, and more specifically computers, I know how easy it is to unintentionally plagiarize and violate the honor code. Being an undergrad here taught me the value and seriousness of the honor code. As a 1L Honor Council representative, I want to teach my fellow classmates and future lawyers the value of upholding the School of Law’s Honor Code, and the fruit of our own hard work. Thank you for your consideration and remember to vote!


Election Code: SBA-Election-Code-10.22.18-1




SBA Fall Band Party



The University of South Carolina School of Law Student Bar Association is proud to present The 2019 Fall Band Party! This event will take place on September 27th, 2019 at Edventure Children’s Museum from 7:00 pm to 11:00. There will be a night of dancing, a live performance from Whiskey Mikes, wonderful BBQ from Doc’s, and an open beer and wine bar.  Please remember all must have an ID upon entering the venue. It is Parents weekend and therefore we strongly encourage you all to invite them to come! If you have any questions please feel free to contact our social committee or any of your student bar representatives!


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