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Student Bar Association

About

The Student Bar Association (“SBA”) is the student government body at the University of Georgia School of Law.  The officers are here to ensure that your law school experience is as memorable and enjoyable as possible!  In addition to being the voice of the students, we plan events throughout the year so that we can all take time away from reading cases to build a community and professional relationships that will last a lifetime.  

Events range from an annual golf tournament and Barristers Ball to community service days and Toys for Tots drives. Student Bar Association members receive discounted prices to our numerous events.

For more information on how you can sign up, go to the membership tab of this website.  Please feel free to contact any of our officers with any questions, suggestions, comments or concerns you may have. Their contact information can be found on the leadership page. 

Please see our TWEN page for additional resources and "like" our Facebook page for more information on weekly events! Also, for incoming students, check out the Dean's Ambassador's Why Georgia Law blog.

Other helpful resources are the law school events calendar, the student organizations' home page, and the MyGeorgiaLaw.

Go Dawgs!

Leadership

2016-2017 Executive Board

President Robert Poole
Vice President Kyle Davis
Treasurer Tayah Woodard
Secretary Joe Sklar
3L Class President Carson Masters
3L Class Vice President Shelly Crochet
2L Class President Holly Boggs
2L Class Vice President Hallie Willis

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student government body at the University of Georgia School of Law. The SBA Board is comprised of the Executive Board elected members and appointed student members. The SBA Board works diligently during the year to ensure quality events and programs, to voice student concerns, and to promote community at Georgia Law.

The SBA Executive Board is comprised of 12 elected positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, 3L President, 3L Vice President, 2L President, 2L Vice President, 1L President, and the three 1L section vice presidents. The general election for officers is held every April before the end of classes. However, 1L class officers are not elected until the fall semester after classes begin.

SBA also consists of numerous appointed positions. These positions oversee different aspects of student life to bring student concerns to the Administration's attention.

Please feel free to contact any SBA Board member with any concerns, questions, or suggestions you may have.

 

2015 - 2016 Appointed Board Members

ABA Representative Wil Alexander
Academic Affairs Chair Ty Adams
Local Outreach Coordinator                    TBA
Marketing Directors Brittany Partridge
  Amber O'Connell
Mentor Program Chair TBA
Professional Health Chair TBA
Student Organizations Liaison Andrew Smith
Student Affairs Chair Na’Tasha Webb-Prather
Webmaster TBA
Faculty Recruitment Committee Libby Barwick (Chair)
  Sam Mikell
  Kevin Davis
  Jared Dodd
  Andrew Leipold
  Charlies Suessmith
  Carol Williamson
Student Advisory Council Na'Tasha Webb-Prather (Chair)
  Ty Adams (Vice-Chair)
  Danielle Burnette
  Xavier Brown
  JP Hackney
  Carolyn Lee
  Britni Lucas
  Molly Martin
  David McGee
  Michelle Tang
  Jon Tonge

 

Community

Mentor Program

Every year, the Student Bar Association Mentorship Program provides each first year, transfer, and LLM students with an upperclassman mentors who can give advice and tips on life at Georgia Law. This provides a connection for incoming students to the law school community as well as providing someone who can help students with questions about law school, outlines, professors, and life in Athens.

Students meet at the SBA Mentor/Mentee Mixer. After, mentors are encouraged to follow up with their mentees by meeting throughout the semester to discuss any questions mentees may have after their first few weeks of school. It is our hope that this program makes the transition to Law School as smooth as possible for all incoming students.

Questions regarding the Mentor Program should be directed to Crighton Allen, the Mentor Program Director, at ctallen@uga.edu.

Student Leader Roundtable

The Student Leader Roundtable was created by SBA in fall of 2012. Its mission is to create a forum for student organization presidents to gather and share ideas, announce upcoming events, and collaborate on programs to benefit the overall Community at Georgia Law. 

The Roundtable meets three times per semester, with the final meeting dedicated to introducing incoming leaders. Due to budget constraints, only the presidents of student organizations are invited to attend. However, if the president is unable to attend or is representing another student organization at the event, the president may designate another member of the organization's leadership to attend.

Lunch is provided at all Roundtable meetings and special dietary needs can be accomodated with an RSVP. Lunches are only available to those students who RSVP. Questions regarding the Roundtable should be directed to Lien Hernandez, SBA's Student Organizations Liaison, at lhern1@uga.edu.

Athens Eats

A new program for the 2013 - 2014 academic year is Athens Eats. Athens Eats is a program administered by SBA to encourage student organizations to support local Athens restaurants. Participating restaurants submit menus to SBA that do not exceed the mandatory per diem for student organization events. In turn, the restaurant can receive additional business and advertising and the student organization may advertise their event using the Athens Eats logo.

More details, including a facebook page, coming soon!

Please direct all questions regarding Athens Eats Local Outreach Coordinator Ellie Carroll at elliecar@uga.edu.

PILC Community Service Day

The Public Interest Law Council (PILC) hosts an annual community service day in the first weeks of the spring semester. SBA supports PILC by volunteering and one of their many service locations. To learn more about PILC, visit their student organization page. To learn more about SBA's community service location, please contact Local Outreach Coordinator Ellie Carroll at elliecar@uga.edu.

Legal Food Frenzy

The Legal Food Frenzy is a state-wide food drive sponsored by Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens to support area food banks prior to their greatest time of need - the summer. All five law schools in the state participate in the food drive by competing to raise the most amount of food. SBA partners with the Georgia Association of Law & Politics to sponsor the food drive at Georgia Law. To learn more about the Legal Food Frenzy, please check out their website. For Georgia Law specific questions, please contact Local Outreach Coordinator Ellie Carroll at elliecar@uga.edu.

Calendar of Events

2L Over the Hump Party

January 2015

The second year Over-the-Hump Party is a celebration in January, after second years have finished three of their six law school semesters.

 

3L "Days" Parties

Spring 2015

Organized by the 3Ls, the Days Parties take place throughout the year to celebrate 100 Days, 75 Days, 50 Days, and 25 Days until Graduation.

 

1L Brief Party

February 2015

Similar to the Open Memo Party, the first year class officers organize the Brief Party to celebrate the completion of the Legal Research & Writing Appellate Brief.

 

SBA's Talent Show: Law Revue

March 2015

Law Revue consists of music and comedic performances by UGA Law students. Held each year at the 40 Watt Club, the show always proves to be a great night of entertainment in the days before spring break. Whether you enter the lineup and display your talents or come watch your friends, the Law Revue will leave you smiling!

 

Barrister's Ball

April 11, 2015

Each year SBA hosts the Barrister's Ball, creating an opportunity for friends and significant others to join with law students, dressing up and spending an elegant evening dancing and enjoying each other's company. Past venues have included Hotel Indigo, the Melting Point, and the State Botanical Gardens, but for the past two years, we hosted the soiree at the legendary Georgia Theatre. This spring we will be returning to the Georgia Theatre, making this something you definitely don't want to miss!

 

EJF Auction

Spring Semester 2015

SBA assists the Equal Justice Foundation in hosting the EJF Auction which raises funds for scholarships to enable law students to work with public interest organizations over the summer. The auction usually ncludes everything from artistic items to dinner with UGA Law professors. Professors generally serve as auctioneers making for a very fun night. 

 

UGA Law Golf Tournament

Spring Semester 2015

Each Spring, SBA organizes its annual Golf Tournament, inviting students and lawyers from regional law firms to spend an afternoon playing the links of local golf courses. Food, drinks and t-shirts are provided using law firm entry fees. Come on out for a great time! This years tournament will be held at Lane Creek Golf Club. 

 


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