SBA Elections Spring 2017

The following students are running for an elected position in the SBA!

President

Sean P. Winker

If you spend even a little bit of time in the lounge, you'll probably see me there mercilessly distracting every friendly face I can find. It's wrong, but I can't help it. Being at the law school - being around all of you - makes me happy. It makes me want to chat with just about everyone. It makes me want to get involved in as many clubs and committees as I possibly can. Much to my own surprise, it makes me ""that guy"" who seemingly cares about student government a little too much, and just genuinely loves law school. I can't quite figure out how all that happened, but I've been working to strengthen our community so that hopefully you can all feel the way I feel about it. So here we are - I'm running for SBA President. However, I can't do it alone. I'm going to need your help because we're better together. We have Strength in Numbers.

The GW Law community is the strongest I've ever been a part of, but that doesn't mean it can't be stronger. It has its problems. Our law school's ranking has steadily dropped over the past few years. That's hurting our reputation and our employment prospects. As your SBA President, I'll work to strengthen our numbers by: 1) expanding our network, 2) tapping into our community's diversity, and 3) building on the work and progress of our previous administrations.

To expand our network, I want to partner with the Alumni Association to create an alumni mentorship program. We've been told since orientation how many active alumni we have in how many cities and countries. There's strength in those numbers. Let me bring them to you, so that you can learn and benefit from their experiences. With a practicing alumni mentor, every student can start law school with a professional connection who can help them navigate the legal market. With the recent federal hiring freeze, this is even more important now.

To tap into our community's diversity, I'll expand the responsibilities of the SBA's director of diversity programming, and add positions for directors of LLM, transfer, and evening student programming. GW Law is a diverse community, and our programming should reflect and honor that. Nationally, our country is going through a divisive time. Here in the law school, we should be a community that stands together. If we don't do that, it doesn't matter how many of us there are; there can be no strength in our numbers.

Finally, to build on the work and progress that previous administrations have made, I'll really need your help. There are some policies that take time, and haven't been met with much enthusiasm from our school's administration. I'll keep fighting for them, but I'll need our community's combined voice to lobby and collaborate with the administration to bring these programs to life. One voice can't do it, but there's strength in numbers. We can do it together.

Thank you all for always being there for me. I hope that I can do the same for all of you. To find out more about who I am, what I've done, what I will do, and how you can add your strength to my numbers, check out spwforsba.wordpress.com. I hope to see you in the lounge, friends.

Donny Crowell

Transparency, integrity, efficiency, and accountability: these are the qualities that will drive my work for you as SBA President. My name is Donny Crowell, and over the past two school years I’ve had the honor of serving in the SBA Senate to promote these same values, and helping to ensure that our law school is receiving the best out of its student government. As the Chair of the Finance Committee this year, I was able to streamline the budget process to make it more efficient and transparent, as well as being available to all students as a resource in navigating our complicated funding system. Apart from the SBA, I have proven leadership experience, which includes starting a nonprofit, managing the IT department for a multi-state law firm, and even being mentor to friends and family in all areas of life. I simply enjoy helping people, and, often, helping them bring out the best in themselves and myself. So, if the question is: “Why do I want to run for SBA President?” That is your answer. I want to do everything I can to make sure that current and future generations of GW Law students receive the most possible out of their time at our wonderful school.

But what I’ve done in life so far is only a small part of the picture; what’s more important is what I will be doing as your SBA President. Through talking with students, and just my observations throughout my time here, I’ve come up with several agendas that I will work to accomplish if I am elected as your SBA President. Here are a few:

We Are Diverse, Treat Us Like It! – This is a big one. GW Law is diverse in many ways, and there can be so much done to promote that. My goal is two-fold. First, I will have “Diversity Mentors” who will be a member of any particular diversity group, and will be accessible to all members of that group for mentorship and guidance. Second, I will plan one major diversity event at the beginning of the year, as well as several smaller ones throughout, that will allow students to mingle with the different mentors and learn about the many different student groups we have promoting diversity. This will likely be intertwined somehow with the Welcome Back BBQ and the Student Org Fair.

Quimbee Access for All Students – Quimbee is a great law school resource that offers case briefs, video lessons, practice exams with model answers, and practice questions for subjects taken in all years of law school. Working with the administration to subscribe to their law school subscription program, will allow all students to have unlimited access to these resources.

Coffee Upgrade – We’re all law students, so there is no need to go in to detail about why we need caffeine, and how often we need it. Our current Wired Wednesday system does the job on Wednesdays, but what we really need is something that can be there for us every day of the week. This can easily be done under the current budget. That’s why I will be installing Keurig machines in both the LLC and main building, which will always be available for students to use. Don’t have your own k-cups at home to bring? Don’t worry! K-cups will be provided for the self-sustaining rate of $0.50, which includes use of real creamer (dairy and non-dairy), cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla powders, and other add-ins. For Wired Wednesdays, 200 free k-cups will be given out at 8:00AM and 5:00PM (shout-out to evening students).

C-Fund? R-Fund? What Are Those? – If you have ever dealt with reimbursements or receiving funding from the SBA, you know just how complicated things can be. In the new system, you will simply provide your receipts and required documentation, and we will take care of the rest. There will also be a system in place to help make sure that reimbursements are processed much more efficiently.

Night, LLM, and Transfer Students Matter Too! – There have not been enough resources dedicated to ensuring that these groups of students are able to enjoy the events and resources that the SBA offers. This will not happen anymore. By having advisors from each class section that will be involved in the planning of the SBA’s events, as well as being responsible for planning their own for their sections, these groups of students will always have a voice in the SBA.

Small and Medium Law Firm Directory – The addition of this year’s small and medium size law firm OCI was a great idea! It is my plan to have this continue on to next year, and, in addition, working with the Career Center to maintain a directory of all these types of firms. Other law schools already have this, and it’s a great tool to allow us to apply directly to small and medium size law firms. We should have it too!

A Voice for Every Student – Communication is key in almost every part of life. As SBA President, it will be important for me to always be aware of the positives and negatives of your law school experience. I will have an always-available Google Form on the SBA Website for any student to submit comments, concerns, requests, and other things. To show my commitment, I’ve already made one that will be active during and after the elections. Please fill it out and let me know what you would like accomplished in the coming schoolyear - https://goo.gl/forms/9BkckhS9Hv3G6ZNU2

I have no doubt that if I am elected as SBA President, amazing things will happen in the SBA next year – all with your help! To learn more about my ideas and plans for the year, visit my website: www.donaldcrowell.com

Executive Vice President

Jordan Fleischer

Hey Everyone, my name is Jordan. I'm running to be your Executive Vice President. To many of you, this process may seem useless and irrelevant. Well, maybe it is. But, since you're already here, might as well choose to vote for me. No need to take up any more of your time.

Still here? Well, if you are interested, I want to bring a little more fun to the student body. Past administrations have done a great job runnning the school and making its processes professional. Professional is great, but that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun. I want to lighten the stress and enjoy the experience of collegialism and cooperation. I am qualified for the job; I am one of the most experienced members of the Senate, was part of multiple student organizations 1L year, am the treasurer of three clubs this year, am the Senate Parliamentarian, and am on the finance committee and the rules and constitutions committee. I know how this school runs. I want the students on the SBA and the rest of the school to enjoy their time at GW Law. More programming for bigger audiences and an amiable culture. That is my platform. That is why you should vote for me. #draintheSWAP

Graham Gardner

It is difficult to ignore the political tension and hyper partisanship that exists in our politics today, specifically this city that we all now call home during our time here at George Washington Law School. What sometimes gets lost and forgotten in this climate of disagreement and obstruction is that there are real costs to real people when government forgets about the people that it represents. While paling in comparison to the tensions that exist in the Capital a few short miles away, this past year in the Student Bar Association has shown me that we are not immune from the kinds of distracting conflicts that can sometimes leave real people falling through the cracks.

It is my belief that the GW Law SBA should serve firstly and exclusively the interests of its students, not the ambitions of its members. The SBA can achieve this goal by pushing for and implementing a more open and transparent budget system. The budget system should work best for the students and organizations that it funds and advocating for the interests and voices of student organizations will be my highest priority. As your Executive Vice President, I will work tirelessly with the new President and the SBA Senate to ensure a process that provides ample opportunity for student groups to have their voices heard in the process, in order to ensure the most fair and efficient allocation of resources for each student here at GW Law.

I firmly believe that the most valuable resource of any institution is the people that make that they are composed of. This is most true for GW Law and the SBA. This school and the SBA that represents it are blessed with a tremendous number of unbelievably talented people that want to make a difference both here in the law school and in the broader world outside. As the Executive Vice President, I believe that it is one of my chief jobs to empower and aid in the pursuits of the great individuals that make up this school and its SBA. I pledge to work tirelessly with student organizations and the senators that have been chosen by their respective representations. I will do my best to present each and every member with the proper platform and opportunities to achieve the great ideas that they have been elected to pursue. It is my request that you, as the student of GW Law, would elect me, Graham Gardner, to the position of Executive Vice President so that I can be an Advocate for All students.

Day Senator-At-Large

Roland Carvalho

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me to your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

Oh dang, wrong speech. I'm running for Senate.

We all came to law school for different reasons. Some of us came to help people, some of us came because we felt called to the law, and some of us came to get ""dat paper"". But we're all here because we felt that this was the best way to accomplish our goals.

An effective senator is not only well known and respected in their community, they are an advocate for that community and its ideals. They accomplish this by anticipating the problems of their constituents and implementing effective solutions.

As a member of the SBA programming committee, I've planned events such as Lawloween and bar review, assisted with their implementation through volunteering, and maintained an open line of communication between the programming committee and the student body. These experiences have given me a better understanding the GW Law community and its needs. As a result I believe I'll be able to bring a unique perspective to the senate.

Every vote you cast comes with a certain degree of trust. Trust that the people who you vote into office will be able to solve your problems. I'm hoping that you'll put that trust in me.

Rachel Sullivan

My name is Rachel Sullivan, and I am a first-year student in Marshall Inn. I am originally from Columbus, OH, and I plan to pursue a career in environmental law. I am running for the position of Day Senator-At-Large both because I believe that I am uniquely qualified for the position, and because I have a passion for improving the lives of my fellow students.

Currently, I am the SBA Secretary, so I am familiar with the procedures and committees of our student government, and I have formed relationships with many of the current senators who are running for reelection. This experience will enable me to better serve the student body if I am elected. I have also held many leadership positions in the past; for example, I served as President of the Wooster College Democrats, and organized a criminal justice panel and a voter registration drive in that position. Further, although I have greatly enjoyed my first year at GW Law, I believe that there is room for improvement, particularly in programs offered for 1Ls. If I am elected, I will work to bolster the mental health programs and services offered to students, and hope to serve in the Wellness and Programming Committee. I would also like to improve communication between the SBA and the student body in order to be more responsive. I would greatly appreciate your vote and the chance to represent you.

Corey Garlick

I’m going to keep this short (like my height) and sweet (like my disposition). Over the last year and a half, I served as the 1L and 2L O’Connor Inn Senator, and I would love to get the opportunity to represented all day students during my 3L year. I have had the pleasure to meet prospective students, 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls from my involvement in the Student Ambassador program and student organizations (this year, I was on the Executive Boards of Lambda Law, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Constitution Society).

While I think GW Law is blessed to have a great SBA program, I believe next year can be even better by promoting a transparent student government that takes into account the entire student body in its decision-making process. Also, more Beyonce, I think everything is better with more Beyonce. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my via email (csgarlick@law.gwu.edu), Facebook, or carrier pigeon.

Evening Senator-At-Large

Ashima Talwar

Dearest Jays:

Despite being one of those ""day traitors,"" I will always be a Jay at heart. Up until last semester, I was working full-time as well as attending school at night, so I understand full well the unique pressures of the evening program. I will do my utmost to represent your interests in the Senate -- and now, with a full-time student perspective (and a lot more time in my schedule), I will translate our needs into solutions that the student body at-large can respect.

In my capacity as the current 2L Jay Senator, a couple of projects I worked on this year in the evening students' interest included advocating for a flexible exam schedule policy and opening the Foundations of Practice program, a new Inns of Court initiative for 1Ls, to the Jay 2Ls. One project that I hope to continue working on until it is implemented is a Pass/Fail policy that allows students to set a target grade; if that target grade is not met, then the P/F will kick in, in which case it won't affect the student's GPA. I also plan to create an Evening Student Caucus, which will include all Jay Senators and the ELSA E-Board.

I am currently the Chief SBA Advisor for the Jay Inn (whatup 1Ls) and was appointed to be one of two Jay Inn Reps on the SBA 1L Leadership Board last year. I have served on student government every year since 10th grade, including two years as President of my undergraduate college at NYU. In my three years working in constituent services for a senior member of Congress, I have learned how a government should (and should not...) be run, but more than that, I understand how a government should respond to its constituents. I hope my experience is enough that you will trust me with your vote.

Vote Talwar for Senate: my last name means sword.

2L Senate Seats

Marshall Inn Candidates

Roland Carvalho

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me to your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

Oh dang, wrong speech. I'm running for Senate.

We all came to law school for different reasons. Some of us came to help people, some of us came because we felt called to the law, and some of us came to get ""dat paper"". But we're all here because we felt that this was the best way to accomplish our goals.

An effective senator is not only well known and respected in their community, they are an advocate for that community and its ideals. They accomplish this by anticipating the problems of their constituents and implementing effective solutions.

As a member of the SBA programming committee, I've planned events such as Lawloween and bar review, assisted with their implementation through volunteering, and maintained an open line of communication between the programming committee and the student body. These experiences have given me a better understanding the GW Law community and its needs. As a result I believe I'll be able to bring a unique perspective to the senate.

Every vote you cast comes with a certain degree of trust. Trust that the people who you vote into office will be able to solve your problems. I'm hoping that you'll put that trust in me.

Krista Johnson

I am running for re-election to the Marshall Inn seat for rising 2L's. I have been so honored to be your Marshall Inn Senator and I would love the chance to continue to represent you.

This year in SBA I have served on the Wellness Committee and Audit Committee. As a member of the Audit Committee, I review student organization event receipts to ensure that student money is spent as allocated. As a member of the Wellness Committee, I have worked on wellness programs such as Wellness Wednesdays, Wellness Week, and Foundations of Practice events. I am also working on my ongoing project to provide more information on mental wellness resources to incoming 1L's with ongoing mental health issues to ensure they have a smooth transition into law school.

I have also been working on a committee to advocate for flexible finals scheduling for 2L & 3L classes. Currently, students are not allowed to reschedule conflicting final exams, meaning that we have to plan our semester class schedules around finals scheduling. I plan to continue to work on implementing flexibility so that we can pick classes according to what we want to take rather than having to pick classes according to when the finals are scheduled.

If re-elected, I plan to continue to work on wellness projects like the one mentioned above, continue to organize inn-wide social events like the post-midterm get-together, and continue to work on other projects such as the flexible finals scheduling committee.

I have enjoyed the honor of being your senator, and I hope you will re-elect me so that I can continue the work of improving the GW Law student experience.

Brandeis Inn Candidates

Theodore Nastase

I really enjoyed being senator during my 1L year and I would like to serve my classmates once again in the coming semester

Jackson Inn Candidates

Matt Sanford

I am excited to continue my work as SBA Senator. As always, my goal is to make a kinder, gentler, more inclusive SBA. In particular, I want to make our community stronger by using our budget to fund programs that improve our health and build bridges between us. Last term, I was proud to have funded requests from dozens of organizations and individuals who needed our help to put on great events.

I hope you can trust me with your vote.

Cardozo Inn Candidates

Surya Iyer

Fellow Cardozians, it has been an honor to serve as your Senator this past term. Now that I have some experience under my belt, I hope to build upon that and help the SBA become more responsive to your specific needs.

My goals for this upcoming term include increasing the transparency between not only the branches of the SBA, but also between the SBA and the students. In addition, I would like to get the Senate more involved with the events and experiences available to the students at GW Law. I will also continue to be your voice in the SBA and help all of the organizations you are involved with in any way that I can.

It will be a continuing honor to serve as your Senator again. Thank you for your consideration.

O’Connor Inn Candidates

Graham Gardner

It is difficult to ignore the political tension and hyper partisanship that exists in our politics today, specifically this city that we all now call home during our time here at George Washington Law School. What sometimes gets lost and forgotten in this climate of disagreement and obstruction is that there are real costs to real people when government forgets about the people that it represents. While paling in comparison to the tensions that exist in the Capital a few short miles away, this past year in the Student Bar Association has shown me that we are not immune from the kinds of distracting conflicts that can sometimes leave real people falling through the cracks.

It is my belief that the GW Law SBA should serve firstly and exclusively the interests of its students, not the ambitions of its members. The SBA can achieve this goal by pushing for and implementing a more open and transparent budget system. The budget system should work best for the students and organizations that it funds and advocating for the interests and voices of student organizations will be my highest priority. As your Executive Vice President, I will work tirelessly with the new President and the SBA Senate to ensure a process that provides ample opportunity for student groups to have their voices heard in the process, in order to ensure the most fair and efficient allocation of resources for each student here at GW Law.

I firmly believe that the most valuable resource of any institution is the people that make that they are composed of. This is most true for GW Law and the SBA. This school and the SBA that represents it are blessed with a tremendous number of unbelievably talented people that want to make a difference both here in the law school and in the broader world outside. As the Executive Vice President, I believe that it is one of my chief jobs to empower and aid in the pursuits of the great individuals that make up this school and its SBA. I pledge to work tirelessly with student organizations and the senators that have been chosen by their respective representations. I will do my best to present each and every member with the proper platform and opportunities to achieve the great ideas that they have been elected to pursue. It is my request that you, as the student of GW Law, would elect me, Graham Gardner, to the position of Executive Vice President so that I can be an Advocate for All students.

3L Senate Seats

O’Connor Inn Candidates

Corey Garlick

I’m going to keep this short (like my height) and sweet (like my disposition). Over the last year and a half, I served as the 1L and 2L O’Connor Inn Senator, and I would love the opportunity to continue to represent the O’Connor Inn as a 3L.

While I think GW Law is blessed to have a great SBA program, I believe next year can be even better by promoting a transparent student government that takes into account the entire student body in its decision-making process. Also, more Beyonce, I think everything is better with more Beyonce. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my via email (csgarlick@law.gwu.edu), Facebook, or carrier pigeon.

Marshall Inn Candidates

Gary Petrosyan

I am running for Senator because I truly want to represent the beautiful and diverse Marshallites in all their glory. I love the people in this inn and have a huge, loud, and at times obnoxious voice. After 11 years on a national debate team, I know I can get your voice heard throughout the SBA I am passionate, hard to ignore, and highly active. As VP of Public Speaking and Debate Society and Executive Branch of SBA Im ready to be your next Senator. <3 y'all be you and let me be me!

Jay Inn Candidates

Ashima Talwar

Dearest Jays:

Despite being one of those ""day traitors,"" I will always be a Jay at heart. Up until last semester, I was working full-time as well as attending school at night, so I understand full well the unique pressures of the evening program. I will do my utmost to represent your interests in the Senate -- and now, with a full-time student perspective (and a lot more time in my schedule), I will translate our needs into solutions that the student body at-large can respect.

In my capacity as the current 2L Jay Senator, a couple of projects I worked on this year in the evening students' interest included advocating for a flexible exam schedule policy and opening the Foundations of Practice program, a new Inns of Court initiative for 1Ls, to the Jay 2Ls. One project that I hope to continue working on until it is implemented is a Pass/Fail policy that allows students to set a target grade; if that target grade is not met, then the P/F will kick in, in which case it won't affect the student's GPA. I also plan to create an Evening Student Caucus, which will include all Jay Senators and the ELSA E-Board.

I am currently the Chief SBA Advisor for the Jay Inn (whatup 1Ls) and was appointed to be one of two Jay Inn Reps on the SBA 1L Leadership Board last year. I have served on student government every year since 10th grade, including two years as President of my undergraduate college at NYU. In my three years working in constituent services for a senior member of Congress, I have learned how a government should (and should not...) be run, but more than that, I understand how a government should respond to its constituents. I hope my experience is enough that you will trust me with your vote.

Vote Talwar for Senate: my last name means sword.

Cardozo Inn Candidates

Sean P. Winker

If you spend even a little bit of time in the lounge, you'll probably see me there mercilessly distracting every friendly face I can find. It's wrong, but I can't help it. Being at the law school - being around all of you - makes me happy. It makes me want to chat with just about everyone. It makes me want to get involved in as many clubs and committees as I possibly can. Much to my own surprise, it makes me ""that guy"" who seemingly cares about student government a little too much, and just genuinely loves law school. I can't quite figure out how all that happened, but I've been working to strengthen our community so that hopefully you can all feel the way I feel about it. So here we are - I'm running for SBA President. However, I can't do it alone. I'm going to need your help because we're better together. We have Strength in Numbers.

The GW Law community is the strongest I've ever been a part of, but that doesn't mean it can't be stronger. It has its problems. Our law school's ranking has steadily dropped over the past few years. That's hurting our reputation and our employment prospects. As your SBA President, I'll work to strengthen our numbers by: 1) expanding our network, 2) tapping into our community's diversity, and 3) building on the work and progress of our previous administrations.

To expand our network, I want to partner with the Alumni Association to create an alumni mentorship program. We've been told since orientation how many active alumni we have in how many cities and countries. There's strength in those numbers. Let me bring them to you, so that you can learn and benefit from their experiences. With a practicing alumni mentor, every student can start law school with a professional connection who can help them navigate the legal market. With the recent federal hiring freeze, this is even more important now.

To tap into our community's diversity, I'll expand the responsibilities of the SBA's director of diversity programming, and add positions for directors of LLM, transfer, and evening student programming. GW Law is a diverse community, and our programming should reflect and honor that. Nationally, our country is going through a divisive time. Here in the law school, we should be a community that stands together. If we don't do that, it doesn't matter how many of us there are; there can be no strength in our numbers.

Finally, to build on the work and progress that previous administrations have made, I'll really need your help. There are some policies that take time, and haven't been met with much enthusiasm from our school's administration. I'll keep fighting for them, but I'll need our community's combined voice to lobby and collaborate with the administration to bring these programs to life. One voice can't do it, but there's strength in numbers. We can do it together.

Thank you all for always being there for me. I hope that I can do the same for all of you. To find out more about who I am, what I've done, what I will do, and how you can add your strength to my numbers, check out spwforsba.wordpress.com. I hope to see you in the lounge, friends.

Brandeis Inn Candidates

Dimitri Vaynshteyn

Hey guys,

It has been my pleasure to serve as your Inn Senator this last year. It would be my honor to serve you guys again. I am running on the same simple promises as before: to be available whenever you guys need me, to advocate for Brandeis, and to do what I believe is right for the state of the SBA.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or hopes for the SBA next year and I'll gladly go through it with you!


Sincerely,

-Dimitri

Lauren Kim

I would like to speak up for the Brandeis Inn, and make sure that our voice is continue to be heard. I think my communication skill, attentiveness, and strong responsibility would be good fit to be the Senator for the Brandeis Inn. I am able to be corrected easily.

Thanks for your consideration.