Meet the Branch
The Student Bar Association Senate is chaired by the Executive Vice President, and each class and Inn is represented by an elected Senator whose term lasts one year. The SBA Senate proposes, considers, and votes on legislation. This includes approving the Student Bar Association Budget, chartering student organizations, funding ad-hoc requests for student organization funding, and establishing Bylaws which govern SBA actions. The Senate also confirms Executive Board and Judicial Branch presidential appointees.
All members of the GW Law Community are welcome to attend the Senate meetings.
Executive Vice President (2019-20) – Amanda Townsend
The EVP chairs the meetings of the SBA Senate and ensures that the business of the Senate is performed in a successful and efficient manner. The EVP also develop programs to train new senators upon their introduction to the body, as well as assign senators to the various senate committees to ensure the Senate serves all the needs of the GW Law community. They also work closely with the President as a member of the Executive Board to find ways to improve the law school in general.
Amanda Townsend is a 3L from Sarasota, FL. For undergrad, she attended The Pennsylvania State University where she graduated with a major in Criminology and three minors in Dispute Management and Resolution, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Theater. Upon graduation, she served as an AmeriCorp VISTA member at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in their Veterans Unit. Amanda always knew that she wanted to be an attorney, but she didn’t discover her area of law until she heard the stories of female veterans while at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. She decided that she wanted to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, which is what drove her decision to come to The George Washington University Law School.
Currently, at GW Law, Amanda is a member of the Federal Communications Law Journal, Mock Trial Board, and GW Law Revue (*jazz hands*). Previously, Amanda had served as a SBA Senator for two years. She also participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic where she interned with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She also had the pleasure of interning with AEquitas during her 1L summer and Legal Services of Northern Virginia during her 2L summer.
As Executive Vice President, Amanda strives to fulfill her promise of transparency, efficiency, and collaboration.
Director of Legislative Affairs
This individual is responsible to working closely with the EVP to monitor and examine legislation presented to the Senate. As such, they help the Executive form their opinions and responses to legislation on an ad-hoc basis. Additionally, the Director of Legislative Affairs works with the EVP to coordinate with senators regarding mutually beneficial bills and acts, and to ensure that all parties are on similar pages.
Secretary of the Senate
The Secretaries are responsible for ensuring transparency concerning Senate business. The Secretaries publish meeting minutes and enacted bills and periodically update the SBA website. Secretaries also ensure that the Senate hears from valuable stakeholders when conducting its business.