SBA Elections Spring 2018

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

President

Ali Kingston

I am running to be your Student Bar Association President. I currently have the honor of serving as the Vice President of First Year Students (VPFYS), and I hope that I have positively impacted our 1L students’ first year at GW Law. I have learned a handful of things from this position. First, the student body trusting the SBA is a crucial part of the SBA’s ability to properly serve. I worked hard to establish this level of trust with the 1L class, so they felt comfortable approaching me and trusting me to do what was best for them. I will continue this type of relationship with all students as the SBA president. Second, being transparent about what is happening in the SBA and the school is a necessity, not a luxury. As VPFYS, it was my responsibility to help our 1Ls adjust to law school and understand how the system works. I was open and candid throughout the process regardless of the topic at hand, which is something I plan to continue doing if elected your SBA President. Lastly, I believe in being a leader, not a manager. My job is to inspire and support the great accomplishments of our student body. I am here to be a resource, a friend, an advocate, and a champion of your dreams. I truly believe a trustworthy, transparent, and inspirational SBA is possible because when we advocate together, we achieve together.

Executive Vice President

Matt Sanford

I am running for SBA Executive Vice President because we deserve a kinder, gentler, more inclusive student government. During my time as a Jackson Inn Senator, I have noticed the best work done by the SBA happens when we work together in an open, transparent manner on behalf of the student body. That is why I am committed to engaging more students in the daily work of the Senate. Most students do not know the influence they can exert on our levers of student government. Most students do not know when and where they can voice their opinions on school policy. Most students do not know who their elected officials are or what power they have. With purposeful transparency, we can enhance the student experience. We can make the SBA kinder by devolving power to student organizations, so they can better serve their constituents. We can make the SBA gentler by engaging student leaders in a respectful way. We can make the SBA more inclusive by hosting public committee hearings and town halls to crowdsource new initiatives. We can do all of this and more because when we advocate together, we achieve together.

Day Senator-At-Large

Emily Rabun

Hello, my name is Emily Rabun and I am running to represent you in the SBA Senate this upcoming year.

I have experience in student government from my undergrad at Georgia Tech, which I plan to use to benefit the students here at GW Law. My primary concerns are issues with the academic calendar and policies of the law school. I am motivated to run for Senate because I hope to fix the lack of reading days in our current academic calendar. I also wish to continue the Senate’s effort to make a more flexible exam schedule so as to join other top ranked law schools in having an exam schedule decided by students and not a random lottery.

If you have any questions for me about my goals for the SBA Senate this year, feel free to seek me out around the law school! Or consider emailing me at erabun@law.gwu.edu. Thank you all for your support!

2L Senate Seats

Brandeis Inn Candidates

Christopher ‘CT’ LeClair

It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to represent Brandeis Inn over the past few months. I hope that my occasional attempts at boosting morale and crafting class cohesion have been somewhat successful. I'm looking forward for the opportunity to continue to represent Brandeis and remain in my role as a conduit between students, the SBA, and our professors.

Cardozo Inn Candidates

Amanda Townsend

Thus far, I have been honored to represent the 1L Cardozo Inn! I would love to continue my work for all of you into our 2L year! Remember, a vote for me is a vote for BLAST!

Jackson Inn Candidates

Andrew Trinker

Andrew Trinker - "The Name You Know" My time in office has been plagued by scandals and graft. Call it hubris, but I honestly never expected those pictures to surface. During my first year in office, I've garnered the accolades of my fellow senators, including such glowing praise as, "He comes to every meeting." When I was elected, I took an oath to immediately sell out to Big Pharma. One year later, I'm proud to say that I've kept my promise. Tired of waiting around until 8 p.m. for your club meetings? This semester I am spearheading the campaign to abolish Jay Inn. By re-electing me as your senator, you are investing in your own futures. Doubt me? Consider how much more you know about the law this year than when you started. You're welcome. Andrew Trinker - "I'd vote for me."

Michael Thomas

Michael. Jackson. That's all you need to know. -What makes Jackson the best inn at GW are its people and the bonds we've made through working (and playing) hard together. I would be honored to represent Jackson in the SBA Senate and connect its students to the Senate from the ground up! -I'm not here to speak my mind, I'm here to speak yours. I will always listen to what you want, wherever, whenever. -Some senators just talk the talk, but I will actually walk the (moon) walk! -So vote Michael Thomas for Jackson 2L Senator. Let's make the next year a thriller!

Marshall Inn Candidates

Zubin Chadha

Zany
Upbeat
Beardy
Is really nice
Needs your vote!

O’Connor Inn Candidates

Courtney Dickson

Hi everyone! I’ve had such a fantastic time representing you this past year that I decided to run again to be your 2L O’Connor Representative! I’ve enjoyed advocating for you over this past year, from broken water bottle fillers to a more consistent schedule cleaning out the communal fridges to connecting you to more opportunities to get involved on campus. I’m looking forward to another productive year as we progress in our law school careers.

Please let me know if you have any questions or issues you want to discuss with me — otherwise, have a great week and don’t forget to vote Courtney for O’Connor!

3L Senate Seats

Brandeis Inn Candidates

Emily Rabun

Hello, my name is Emily Rabun and I am running to represent you in the SBA Senate this upcoming year.

I have experience in student government from my undergrad at Georgia Tech, which I plan to use to benefit the students here at GW Law. My primary concerns are issues with the academic calendar and policies of the law school. I am motivated to run for Senate because I hope to fix the lack of reading days in our current academic calendar. I also wish to continue the Senate’s effort to make a more flexible exam schedule so as to join other top ranked law schools in having an exam schedule decided by students and not a random lottery.

If you have any questions for me about my goals for the SBA Senate this year, feel free to seek me out around the law school! Or consider emailing me at erabun@law.gwu.edu. Thank you all for your support!

Cardozo Inn Candidates

Surya Iyer

Hello Cardozo! I have so much enjoyed representing all of you in our Senate these past 2 years and would be honored to represent you during our final year at GW. These past two years have taught me so much and I hope to continue building on this knowledge to make the Senate even more effective for the entire school. As always, I pledge to remain available to you when you have concerns that the Senate needs to address. I also aim to continue as the Chair of the Finance Committee next term, a position that allows me to work with all of the student orgs to ensure funding for the events you all want to put on. As we
come upon our final run, let’s make it a good one!

Jackson Inn Candidates

Matt Sanford

I am running for SBA Executive Vice President because we deserve a kinder, gentler, more inclusive student government. During my time as a Jackson Inn Senator, I have noticed the best work done by the SBA happens when we work together in an open, transparent manner on behalf of the student body. That is why I am committed to engaging more students in the daily work of the Senate. Most students do not know the influence they can exert on our levers of student government. Most students do not know when and where they can voice their opinions on school policy. Most students do not know who their elected officials are or what power they have. With purposeful transparency, we can enhance the student experience. We can make the SBA kinder by devolving power to student organizations, so they can better serve their constituents. We can make the SBA gentler by engaging student leaders in a respectful way. We can make the SBA more inclusive by hosting public committee hearings and town halls to crowdsource new initiatives. We can do all of this and more because when we advocate together, we achieve together.

Marshall Inn Candidates

Krista Johnson

I am running for re-election to continue my work on student wellness. As Chair of the SBA Senate Wellness Committee this year, I have worked on revising the SBA Bylaws to clarify our work for student wellness. These changes will also lead the committee to specifically considering diversity in our promotion of student wellness. I would be honored to continue this work over the next year if I am re-elected.

O’Connor Inn Candidates

Billy Burchfield

Yes, you heard correctly, I’m running again. I’ve enjoyed my time in Senate on both the Audit and Finance Committees and I hope to use my experience to help you all next year. By focusing on preventing wasteful spending in both the SBA and in clubs this year, we should be able to properly fund more events for more clubs. Primarily, I want to focus on giving smaller clubs the ability to host events. After all, if they aren’t given these resources, they will never be able to grow. I hope to serve you all again this year in Senate. Thank you all for your continued support.

Jay Inn Senate Seats

2LE Jay Inn Candidates

Lily Hsu

Hi All,
I’ve enjoyed serving as your senator this year and would love the opportunity to continue. As an evening student, I know it can be particularly hard to get involved, and my goal is to make it easier for our class to be able to take advantage of all the resources and opportunities GW has beyond the classroom.
Lily