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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

ConsitutionSBA-Constitution-as-of-9.20.18-1

ByLawsSBA-Bylaws-11.12.18-1

 

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!

 

TIckets at: https://usclawsba.ticketspice.com/band-party

SBA Yearbooks For Sale!

SBA Yearbooks are for Sale! This will be a soft cover, professionally bounded 70+ page yearbook that will include all students, faculty, staff and student organizations as well as your favorite events of this past year! Do not miss the opportunity to have all of the memories from this past year in one place. SBA has composed this yearbook, but it contains much more than simply SBA events. We have tried to include and capture all aspects of student life this past year. This Yearbook is $20 for 2018-2019 SBA Members and $25 for non-SBA Members.

Yearbooks can be purchased here: https://usclawsba.ticketspice.com/sba-2018-2019-yearbook

If you have any questions please contact Alyssa Iglesias, Lane Christopher or myself.

Thank you

SBA 3L Bar Crawl

SBA will be Hosting the 3L Bar Crawl on Tuesday May 7th. This is a free event SBA hosts for all 3Ls. This is an event exclusively for 3Ls & their dates; however, if 1Ls and 2Ls would like to participate please contact Jacqueline Donner to sign up to be a referee.

The 3L Bar Crawl is hosted at six of your favorite Five Points establishments and includes competitive games and team building! To sign up please use the free signup below and register you and your teammates complete with their birthdates and email. All participants that sign up before May 1st will receive a free koozie. SBA will not be providing drinks, but will be arranging for drink specials at each bar for those that would like beverages. If you do not have a team or only have a few teammates please sign up and we may put a few small groups together or if you have 2 teams of 10 that would like to stay together please just let Sam Sanders know!

Team Sign Ups and Shirts may be purchased here: https://usclawsba.ticketspice.com/sba-3l-bar-crawl

Comfort Colors Pocket T-Shirts & Tanks will be available for sale and will be in the day of the Bar Crawl for those who would like to wear their shirt! The proof is below:  

 

If you have any other questions please contact Sam Sanders, Jacqueline Donner or Lane Christopher.

SBA Town Hall

SBA will be hosting its first Town Hall on April 10th at 12:30pm in room 136! This will be hosted by both the old and the new executive boards in a joint effort to gain student insight into their thoughts on SBA. The old executive board will be able to explain what they tried and what worked, but also what did not work from an SBA perspective. As well as let them know any barriers that might be unknown to the general student body that SBA encountered and suggestions on how to fix these barriers. The new executive board will be there to let the student body know the SBA priorities for the next year.

 

Additionally, the main portion of the hour SBA hopes will be spent on student comments by the attendees asking questions and voicing their concerns or suggestions that they have. The SBA old and new executive boards will be there to respond to what they can and make sure any questions are addressed. This is truly the students chance to offer any insight into what they would like to see changed at USC Law by SBA. We hope to see you on Wednesday at 12:30 in room 136!

 

Honor Council Candidate Biographies

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.

SBA Executive Election Runoff Election

Below please find the April 2, 2019 Election Runoff Results. SBA would like to congratulate all the candidates and thank them for their hard work and determination to SBA the past few weeks! We are so proud of you and cannot wait to see all that you will accomplish for USC Law next year!

SBA Legislative Election Candidates

The SBA Legislative Election will occur on Wednesday, April 10th from 9:00am-7:00pm on Twen. Below please find the candidates and their statements.

Rising 2L Candidates:

  • Andi Borhanian – Representative
  • Grace Brown – Representative
  • Christian Carey – Representative
  • Ethan Carroll – Representative
  • Mary Driggers – Representative
  • Hugh M. Gallagher – Representative
  • Alan Lee – Representative
  • Nick Raphael – Representative
  • Michael Parks – Representative
  • Chandler Soaps – Representative

Rising 3L Candidates:

  • Nuri Aujla – Representative
  • Peri Imler – Representative
  • Natalie Maier – Representative
  • Macey Webb – Representative

Candidate Statements:

Rising 2L Candidate Statements:

  • Andi Borhanian – Hey everyone! My name is Andi Borhanian and I am running to be a SBA 2L Legislative Representative. I am SC born and raised and the vast majority of my family has attended the University of South Carolina. I love this school and its community so much and want to do everything that I can to make sure that every student is well represented and has the wonderful experience that I had here in undergrad and have continued to have in law school. As a minority, diversity and inclusion is so important to me and I will do my best as a SBA Representative to make sure that every single student has the opportunity to have their voice heard in decisions that affect the law school and the experience that they will have during their time here. If you see me in the commons or around school please feel free to stop and ask me any questions or voice any concerns you have regarding the law school. Representing the 2L class would be an honor and a privilege and I would be humbled to receive your support and vote in the upcoming legislative election.
  • Grace Brown – My name is Grace Brown, and I am a rising 2L in section 3 here at USC Law. I am originally from Maryville, TN and attended the University of Tennessee prior to law school– Go Vols! I am so excited to pursue the opportunity to be a Legislative Representative for SBA. Being a member of SBA has been a formative part of my law school experience thus far, and I feel compelled to do my part to ensure that it continues to do the same for others. I look forward to meeting and chatting with you all soon!
  • Hugh Gallagher – My name is Hugh Gallagher. I am running to be a 2L Legislative Representative on SBA. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio (never going back, ever!) and attended the University of Tennessee. While at the University of Tennessee, I was involved in Student Government, participated in Peer Mentoring, volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, and was the president of my fraternity. These experiences taught me the significance of accountability, inclusiveness, and follow-through. My goal is to promote student pride and involvement in events at the Law School and off-campus. I believe the University of South Carolina School of Law camaraderie and support are an intrinsic part of being a successful lawyer. It would be my honor to receive your vote in the SBA Legislative Election.

 

Rising 3L Candidate Statement:

  • Natalie Maier Hi! My name is Natalie Maier, and I am running to represent my peers as a 3L Legislative Representative. I believe that I can add a unique perspective to SBA because of my involvement in smaller organizations at school. I am the Justice for the Phi Alpha Delta chapter at USC Law. Because of this, I’d love to help other small organizations get turn out at events, because I know just how challenging they can be to plan.Additionally, I’m a member of the Pro Bono Board, and am in the Children’s Law Concentration. Through Pro Bono, I am a Guardian ad Litem with CASA, and a visitor for the the Probate Court. My dream job would allow me to advocate for issues primarily impacting women and/or children. So, one of my goals is to get more students involved with Pro Bono activities. I would love to organize joint events between SBA and Pro Bono. Hopefully, these events will facilitate networking and professional development.Finally, I would love to make mental health resources common knowledge among students. Law school can be very stressful, and I want to organize events to reduce that stress. I like to think outside of the box- examples include organizing group workout classes at local gyms, or having speakers in the financial services industry teach graduating students some budgeting basics (like how to pay loans and also save some money). Thanks for reading and considering me as a candidate!
  • Macey Webb – My name is Macey Webb. I am currently a 2L hoping to be one of your next 3L Legislative Representatives on SBA. I am currently a 2L representative on SBA and hope to continue to be the voice of my fellow 1L, 2L, and 3L friends and bring their concerns that they have before SBA as well as bring any ideas to the table that they recommend to me in order to better our law school. I am currently a research assistant for Professor Fox, a peer mentor, and also the Managing Editor on the Journal of Law and Education. I attended undergrad here at USC and was a member of the University of South Carolina Softball Team. My passion for the university runs deep and my goal is to help everyone else become passionate about the great school that we all have the opportunity to attend. My overall goal as your SBA 3L Legislative Representative is to help implement programs that will help encourage student involvement and engagement in activities at the Law School and outside of Law School. My goal will be to help us all grow as a law community together. Though the help of other SBA members, one main goal will be to continue to increase alumni networking opportunities for current students and get the alumni of the law school more connected with current law students. For these reasons and so many more is why I hope to be the next 3L SBA Legislative Representative.

SBA Executive Election Results on 3/26

The results of the 2019-2020 SBA Executive Board Elections are below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Election Committee. We look forward to Run-off, SBA Legislative and Honor Council Campaigning beginning now on March 28th at 9:00am with voting occurring on April 2nd beginning at 9:00am. Thank you to all the candidates for an amazing week and we can’t wait to see what leadership positions you will take at USC Law.

If you have any questions please contact any member of the election committee.

The SBA Election Committee:

Sam Sanders, Chair; Richard Capps, SBA Parliamentarian; Benjamin Brams. Honor Council Vice Chair; Brenae Jacobs, SBA Member; Creston Brown, Honor Council Member. 

 

SBA Executive Candidates Facebook Pages:

Below are the candidates for the SBA Executive Election and their Facebook Pages where you can learn more about them. Remember voting takes place on Twen from 9:00am-7:00pm. 

Candidates for President:

Candidates for Vice President:

Candidates for Treasurer:

Candidate for Secretary has a statement below:

  • I’m Matt Henderson and I’m running for SBA Secretary. Serving as a 1L Legislative representative, I had the pleasure of serving on the Social Organization Committee. While a liaison to multiple social organizations, I witnessed the struggle they faced drawing new members, and holding events in the law school. This opportunity allowed me to learn about their goals, and become engaged with the student body. I hope to help these organizations draw more members, particularly 1Ls, as well as host events that will attract the student body. Lastly, I hope to continue to help plan and budget for SBA’s fantastic social events, as well as advancing our goal of making SBA a better networking body.

Thank you for your time!

SBA Meeting Attendance and Service Hours from the 2018-2019 School Year

This year SBA has tried to be as transparent as possible. We have been asked for this information, therefore, we wanted make public knowledge both the SBA attendance from the meeting this year and the service hour sheet from this past year. We think it is important to highlight the students that have given so much of their time this past year to this organization.

SBA Service Hours Fall 2018

SBA Attendance 2018-2019

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Sam Sanders at ss26@email.sc.edu.

Thank you,

Volunteer at the Big Event!

A message from the Student Bar Association:

SBA is participating in a University wide initiative called The Big Event on March 30th at 9:00am – 2:00pm! We encourage you to sign up to volunteer with SBA by the deadline on March 28th.

The Big Event is an event that occurs at different colleges nationwide and is a day of service for our community. When you are signing up be sure to list “Student Bar Association” as your organization so that you can be placed with other members of the law school community! You can learn more about The Big Event here:https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/leadership_and_service_center/service_opportunities/volunteering/the_big_event/

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to any SBA Representative or contact the big event executive team at jaallen@email.sc.edu or abbyej@email.sc.edu.

We thank you for making it possible to help SBA help make a difference in our USC community.

SBA Election Committee Decisions 3/20 & 3/24

SBA Election Committee met via email on March 24th to discuss a formal complaint that had been submitted. The Committee decision is below. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to many members of the SBA Election Committee.

The SBA Election Committee met at 12:30 on March 20th to discuss the formal complaints that had been submitted. The Committee decision is below. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to many members of the SBA Election Committee. 

 

SBA Executive Election Application Submissions & Candidate Statements

This year SBA is publishing the Executive Applications. Please see below for the Candidate, their year, and the position that they are running for. Below is their candidate statements.

  • SBA President:
    • Nuri Aujla – Rising 3L
    • Christian Greene – Rising 3L
    • Alex Mende – Rising 3L
  • SBA Vice President:
    • Chris Siercks – Rising 3L
    • Peri Imler – Rising 3L
    • Harris Sinsley – Rising 3L
  • SBA Treasurer
    • Andi Borhanian – Rising 2L
    • Lane Christopher – Rising 2L
  • SBA Secretary
    • Matt Henderson – Rising 2L

Candidate Statements:

  • Nuri Aujla Running for President
    • Hi, I am Nuri Aujla and I am running to be the SBA President.  I have had the pleasure of serving as Secretary this past year and helping SBA make several improvements. Serving on the Executive Board and understanding how the organization functions at the executive level will help me create a more effective SBA. I have been directly involved with planning social events such as,  Monster’s and Barrister’s Ball. If elected President, I will work towards making these events more affordable for students and SBA members. As Secretary, I oversaw the membership committee, which sold the most amount of SBA memberships compared to previous years. However, there are still changes that could be made such as making the membership fees more affordable, and providing more incentives such as networking events and potential discounts. SBA worked closely with Career Services to host networking events, and worked with Deans Kuo and Miller to start the NAC Speaker Series. As President, I will continue to partner with Career Services and Faculty Members in order to host more events. I was actively involved in the Student Organization Finance Committee, ensuring that each student organization received appropriate funding for their events. This is something that I would continue to improve on by making the process to request money easier for the organizations. I am confident that I will be a great President because I will prioritize SBA and the student body as a whole. Additionally, I am extremely passionate about inclusion so if elected President, I will solidify a relationship with all the student organizations, and each student personally. Transparency is necessary, and I will work on making SBA more transparent to the student body by dedicating my time to having personal meetings with each organization to find out what I can do to help them. It is essential that students are able to use SBA as a platform for their causes. I have been a resource already for the student body by taking the initiative to reintroduce the SBA Monthly newsletter and revamp the SBA website, which detail a calendar of the upcoming school events, club meetings, law school information, suggestions and student accomplishments. My dedication to the newsletter and website showcases how I have taken steps to give students a voice in our law school. Beyond SBA, I also serve as a Peer Mentor. I have the experience necessary to serve as President and I am already extremely engaged with the student body and faculty. I truly believe that each student should have the opportunity to voice their opinions when it comes to SBA matters, and if elected to represent the student body, that is something I will ensure happens. I want each student to feel like a part of the U of SC Law community and I will do everything in my power to accomplish this goal.
  • Christian Greene Running for President
    • My Name is Christian Greene, and I am running for SBA President. I am running because I believe that SBA needs to change to become a better student organization for the whole student body. In order to accomplish this, SBA need to be an organization that works with every student organization to help them achieve their goals. This means working with organizations to have students and faculty come to their events; helping provide adequate funding for their event; and helping facilitate collaboration between other student organizations. Additionally, SBA should continue working with Career Services to take advantage of the great legal community we have in Columbia and bring more networking events for students to meet with lawyers and judges within our legal community. Lastly, I have learned there are internal infrastructure issues that SBA must address in order to fulfill its purpose within the law school. After serving as Treasurer for a year, I have seen first-hand how SBA should change to achieve these goals. These changes include making the process in which student organizations request funding more streamlined and quicker so that the organization can know what funding it receives. The other change is to have successful meetings where the presidents of the various organizations can get together to discuss how to help each other. I believe that I am the best candidate to see these changes happen, and it is why I am asking for your vote on Tuesday, March 26.
  • Alex Mende Running for President
    • Hey Y’all, I have served the past two years on SBA as a legislative member and now have the pleasure to run for SBA President. As you know SBA is a membership organization with the goal of fostering relationships with our Students and Faculty. I plan to grow our sense of community by increasing Transparency between SBA Members and Students by working with Students to make Membership not only affordable as well as provide benefits in which every student can access. As President, I hope to increase transparency through providing a platform, which allows students to give feedback and ideas. Though we have a suggestion box already set up, I want to individually meet with the various groups at our school to find out what we can do for them. I want to be able for our students to have a say in what they want not only from events, ticketing, and a membership-pricing standpoint. But as well as from a networking standpoint, holding us accountable and letting us know what works and what doesn’t as we go along. I also plan on using my experience in the USC Senate to work with our Law School senators to find a way to allocate more Student funds to the Law School, so we can continue the success we are building upon. At USC Law I am a member of the Mock Trial Team, a member of Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, and a founding member of Carolina Conservancy. Which in college at USC, I was the Chaplain of my fraternity and served in several roles in Student Government including the USC Senate, and the executive council for the Student Body President.  I have a strong personal belief about getting to know everyone on a personal level, and I hope throughout this process you can come up to me and discuss the issues at hand. I look forward to getting to know each and every single one of you.
  • Peri Imler, Running for Vice President:
    • USC holds a special place in my heart – a baseball stadium was named after my great-grandfather, my grandpa and uncle played football for the Gamecocks, and my dad performed the alma mater at his doctoral graduation. I could not imagine a greater privilege than the opportunity to share my love for USC with my peers as SBA Vice President. I serve my peers in several capacities through SBA. I learned about the different student organizations as a Student Organizations Liaison, and I hope to improve the overall student experience by encouraging these organizations to work together. I was a Peer Mentor, and I truly enjoyed crafting the Peer Mentor Handbook and advising my mentees. I also currently serve as the Communications Editor for the South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business, Historian of Phi Delta Phi, and a Mock Trial Bar member. These roles let me observe how different kinds of people communicate and work together, and I learned to tailor my leadership to these different approaches to collaboration. More than anything, I believe that I am the right candidate for Vice President because I love that SBA brings people together. One of my lifelong aspirations is to make others feel welcomed, included, and appreciated. As Vice President, I hope to have the ability to show others the same kindness that so many people at USC Law have shown me throughout my legal education, and pass on the desire to share my love for people with my peers.
  • Harris Sinsley Running for Vice President
    • Being a law student means something different to each of us. The title comes with different hopes and aspirations of our future will be, but what we all share is passion and dedication. Like many of us, I take law school very seriously while trying to make the most of this unique experience.  I have tried my best to engrain myself in our school.  I am an active member in several student organizations, a Peer Mentor, and a joint JD/IMBA student.  Each experience has provided me with different knowledge and skills, but what ties almost everything in our law school together is SBA.  I appreciate all that SBA has done for me these past few semesters; I have enjoyed the events, and recognize their importance in providing all of us with some much-needed fun. SBA not only has the capacity to do so much more, but should do more.  With me as your SBA VP, I will ensure that SBA will be a reflection of our passions.  I am not overburdened with countless other commitments and am able to fully dedicate myself to this position. SBA can work with each student organization, with the South Carolina legal community as a whole, and with each student to ensure that their dedication will be recognized.  Our current SBA execs have started us down this path, and I know we can build upon their work.  I want to be an integral part of getting SBA to reach its fullest potential.
  • Chris Siercks Running for Vice President
    • USC Law is a wonderful place, with a strong sense of community. The Student Bar Association plays a vital role in fostering that kind of environment. SBA has made tremendous strides over the past two years and I am optimistic that we can continue making progress toward our shared goals. That is why I am running for SBA Vice President. Serving as an elected official, in any capacity, requires leadership. I served 5 years in the United States Marine Corps. Over that time, I was put in various leadership roles, including as a Platoon Sergeant and a Combat Marksmanship Coach. These experiences taught me how to be an effective, responsive leader. Over the past two years, I have served as a representative on the SBA Legislative Council. In that time, I have served as the chair of the Student Organizations and Student Voice Committees. In these roles, I’ve listened to students’ concerns and have worked to bring tangible results to USC Law. I have also learned what is needed to build on the success of the past year. Through restructuring some internal processes, in addition to continuing to promote better outreach between students, organizations, and the community, we can continue to bring out the best in USC Law. My name is Chris Siercks and I’m running to be your SBA Vice President because I believe that I have the leadership, experience, and commitment to serve as your voice on the SBA Executive Council. Please vote for me on March 26th!
  • Lane Christopher, Running for Treasurer
    • My name is Lane Christopher, and I am running for Treasurer of the Student Bar Association. I have spent the better part of this year serving as a 1L legislative representative, learning the ins and outs of SBA and what it takes to pull off our workshops, meetings, and events. As treasurer, I believe I could lead SBA in assisting the other student organizations, increasing membership, and throwing the absolute best events. Managing the budget takes diligence and hard work, and I promise as SBA Treasurer I will work to keep the Student Bar Association an efficient and effective student government that serves us all. Stay in the right Lane! 
  • Andi Borhanian, Running for Treasurer
    • Hey everyone! I’m Andi Borhanian and I am running for the position of SBA Treasurer. My undergraduate degree is in Finance and I worked at a financial planning firm for a few years before starting law school. I would love to be able to put my financial knowledge and financial planning experience to work helping SBA budget more efficiently. If elected as SBA Treasurer, I promise to help ensure that SBA funds benefit the student body as effectively as they can. I hope to budget the funds that SBA receives to support more beneficial activities and events for the student body. Networking and social events are so important for law students to establish relationships both with attorneys and with each other and I will use savvy budget planning to help all of the law school student organizations put on more of these events. I also hope to make the SBA budget more transparent for the student body so that every law student can see how their SBA dues are spent and how it helps them and the UofSC Law community.Please don’t hesitate to stop and ask me any questions you may have about my platform or my goals for SBA if elected as Treasurer.Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to hopefully serving as your SBA Treasurer!
  • Matt Henderson, Running for Secretary
    • I’m Matt Henderson and I’m running for SBA Secretary. Serving as a 1L Legislative representative, I had the pleasure of serving on the Social Organization Committee. While a liaison to multiple social organizations, I witnessed the struggle they faced drawing new members, and holding events in the law school. This opportunity allowed me to learn about their goals, and become engaged with the student body. I hope to help these organizations draw more members, particularly 1Ls, as well as host events that will attract the student body. Lastly, I hope to continue to help plan and budget for SBA’s fantastic social events, as well as advancing our goal of making SBA a better networking body.

  

    

SBA Election Information

Interested in running for SBA executive council or legislative body? Make sure to go to one of the interest meetings in March 5th or the 7th during the lunch hour in room 136! Attached are the applications, Bylaws, Constitution and Election Code! In addition, if you would like to know about each executive position, descriptions are attached to the application!

 
 
 

Barrister’s Ball


It’s that time of year! Barrister’s Ball tickets & t-shirts are officially on sale. The University of South Carolina School of Law Student Bar Association presents 2019 Barrister’s Ball! The event will be held February 23, 2019 from 8pm to midnight, at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium. The first 500 attendees will receive a free koozie. The night will be filled with dancing to Kenny Heard & his band, delicious appetizers, and a full open bar. Attire is Black Tie Optional.

Guys, if you would like a tuxedo, SBA has partnered with Men’s Warehouse for a $40 off discount on tuxedos. The group coupon code is 8378696.

Tickets for this event will be as follows:
SBA Member Ticket: $35
SBA Date Ticket (non-student): $42
Non-SBA Member Ticket: $48
Non-SBA Member Date Ticket (non-student): $48

Pricing will GO UP to $60 the day of the event, so purchase early to save yourselves that money!

The link to purchase tickets and t-shirts is listed here:

https://usclawsba.ticketspice.com/sba-barristers-ball-2019

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your SBA representatives, or contact me directly via email, phone, or Facebook. Can’t wait to see you all there!