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 (2017-18) – Graham Gardner

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. He also develops programs to train new senators upon their introduction to the body, as well as assign senators to the various senate committees and helps ensure there successful operation. He also works closely with the President as a member of the Executive Board to provide input and find ways to improve the law school in general.

Graham Gardner was elected Executive Vice President of the GW Law Student Bar Association (SBA) for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Graham is a 2L from Indianapolis, Indiana. During his first year at GW Law, Graham served the O’Connor Inn as their 1L Senator and worked on the Senate Wellness & Programming Committee and the Facilities & Technology Committee, as well as being actively engaged in a number of student organizations. As Executive Vice President, Graham chairs the Senate meetings and helps ensure that the important business of the SBA gets accomplished.

Prior to coming to George Washington, Graham attended Clemson University in South Carolina where he studied Philosophy and Finance. In his spare time, Graham enjoys reading, watching sports of almost varieties, and cheering on his Clemson Tigers.

Branch Appointed Positions

Director of Legislative Affairs
This individual will be responsible to working closely with the Executive Vice President to monitor and examine legislation presented to the Senate. As such, they will help the Executive form their opinions and responses to legislation at an on-demand basis. Additionally, the Director or Legislative Affairs will work with the Executive Vice President to coordinate with Senators regarding mutually beneficial bill and acts, and to ensure that all parties are on similar pages. As the SBA is strongest in utilizing one voice, this position is critical and will be a person that works very closely with the Executive Vice President.

Secretary of the Senate
The Secretary is a vital member of the Senate and is responsible for taking the minutes for any Senate meeting. The Secretary is also a crucial member of the EVP’s team and will assist in the process of ensuring the Senate is informed about proposed legislation, and distributing all materials to the Senate members before each meeting.