Spring 2019 SBA Elections
I was born in Nigeria. Then, as a young child, my mom packed the little money we had and all the belongings we could fit in one suitcase. We immigrated to the United States. We immigrated for one reason—the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. We landed in the great city of Chicago, Illinois. And I spent most of my life in the Chicagoland area. I attended Northwestern University (“Northwestern”). There, I walked on the football team and became heavily involved in student life. Some of my fondest memories of serving others include becoming a VP of our Black Student Union and President of my chapter of my fraternity. Additionally, my involvement led the VP of Student Affairs to appoint me to a task force to improve the black student experience at Northwestern. We conducted studies and wrote a report with proposals that we presented to Northwestern’s leadership. In addition, I studied Social Policy: A major that lit a passion within me for social change and equipped with me with the tools to analyze issues and propose effective policy solutions. One day, I aspire to implement federal and local policies that dismantle inequality; so, everyone has the opportunity to the proper pursuit of happiness—regardless of their race, gender, sexuality, religion, and/or social-economic standing. This is what brought me to The George Washington University Law School (“GW”). Currently, here at GW, I serve as the Academic Chair for the Black Law Student Association, a Fellow in the GW Criminal Law Initiative, and Staff Editor on the Public Contract Law Journal. This past summer I served as a summer associate in the NY and D.C. offices of O’Melveny & Myers (“O’Melveny”). And this past Fall, as a Judicial Intern to Judge Ketanji Jackson of the D.C. District Court. This upcoming summer I will return to the D.C. office of O’Melveny.
WHY I’M RUNNING FOR SBA PRESIDENT:
My definition of success is not about money, grades, or power: Success to me looks like ensuring everyone I come in contact with has the opportunity to reach their true potential. I am running for SBA President because I want to implement institutional change. I want to dismantle obstacles that inhibit students from reaching their full potential. Every student deserves the proper pursuit of happiness and opportunity. After experiencing financial troubles my 1L year, I wrote a proposal to establish a fund to support low-income and/or first-generation law students like myself. I coordinated with the current SBA President, Ali Kingston, and the Dean of Students, Dean Ewert, to bring it to life. Starting next year, the fund will be up and running. This is the type of institutional change I’ve started and want to continue to enact here at GW. I have the passion; I have the leadership skills, and I have the policy-making capability—but I need your support. So, vote for me, Damilola Arowolaju, as your next SBA president and help me help you.
I long for a world where our brilliance can be used to fix all the problems that the human race might encounter.
I long for a world where our boundless energy can be put towards crafting the best life possible for all those around us.
I long for a world where we can all be friends and have nothing but kind words for one another.
While I wait for these dreams to become a reality, I’m beyond proud to be part of one of the best law schools in the nation; a school where countless great minds once roamed and countless great minds are currently being nurtured.
Without a doubt, I am confident that the next SBA President will continue the great tradition that has been passed down to us. I hope the candidates in this election have nothing but kind words and can pledge to make the 2019-2020 school year as awesome as my last two have been. Peace. Love. Happiness.
GW Law is a great community that I am privileged and proud to be a part of. Over the past almost-two years I have been on this campus, I have learned so much both inside and outside the classroom. I have learned so much from my colleagues as well as the GW Law community as a whole. And the longer I have stayed on this campus, the more I have gotten to appreciate both the intellectual and social environment it fosters.
During 1L, I had the chance to represent my Inn (the Great Marshall Inn) on the SBA. That was an opportunity I took very seriously because did not only allow me to seek to advocate for issues that my colleagues cared about, it also allowed me to learn about the SBA, some of the things it does greatly and those it needs improvement on.
The SBA is the voice of all GW Law students that seeks to represent fellow students to both the school administration and the legal community as a whole. As such, I believe the SBA should yearn to hear more from students and create a platform where students’ voices can be heard directly. But over the past few years I have been on this campus, the SBA has not been doing too much of that. That is why I have decided to run to be the next president of this organization to bring the voices of fellow students at the forefront of SBA advocacy. I hope to achieve this by having two townhalls every semester which will be hosted in high traffic areas where students will have the chance to speak to their SBA representatives directly about any issues (from facilities issues to academic issues).
Additionally, the GW Law location in our Nation’s capital, and its success of creating and fostering highly competitive and valuable educational environment for students, has naturally made the University to attract diverse student body from all over the world. This is a huge opportunity for both the University and the student. However, every opportunity comes with a responsibility. Specifically, I believe the SBA should do more in fostering and tolerating diversity. I hope if elected, I will work every single day to make our campus tolerant, accepting community and strive to take our University to the next level of recognition among its peers.
I think my experience as former student president of my undergraduate university and various other leadership positions has put me in a better position to take this great University of ours to the next level.
Vote MUSTAPHA NYALLAY for SBA President!!!
Executive Vice President
It goes without saying that the SBA is in a state of rebuilding. As your Executive Vice President, I would like nothing more than to assist in the repair.
I have served as a Senator for two years and I chaired two committees: Facilities and Technology Committee and AdHoc SBA Relations Committee. As Chair for the Facilities and Technology Committee, I monitored and managed every email that was sent to the SBA facilities email. And even though there is a long way to go with our facilities, I was still successful in influencing some positive changes, like the installation of proper feminine hygiene bins in the women’s restrooms. As Chair for AdHoc SBA Relations Committee, I am diligently working with other members of the SBA to remedy relationships and bring closure to the student body.
As your Executive Vice President, I plan to implement the following changes and many more, which I will disclose throughout the campaign: (1) make sure that the AdHoc Communications Committee becomes an official Senate Committee, (2) gain access to a school-wide email for the Senate and implement proper distribution procedures, (3) reserve a section in the weekly SBA newsletter for Senate business, and (4) host social events for members of the SBA to foster connections between the branches.
If you choose me to be your Executive Vice President, I will continue to be your qualified advocate in the Senate. Happy voting!
Let’s make next year the best one yet.
4LE Jay Senator
Hello fellow 3L Evening Jay students! My name is Danielle Rodriguez and I am running to be your 4L Evening Jay Senator. I had the privilege of serving as your 3L Evening Jay Senator and hope to continue protecting the interests of Evening students. I look forward to working with each and every one of you to make our last year of law school a success!
3L Brandeis Senator
Brandeis 3Ls need representation in the SBA next year!
And no one else wants to do it. So I will take this burden upon myself, and stand up to represent us all.
Vote for me! You all know me, I’m a good guy – and there are no skeletons in any of my old yearbooks.
3L Cardozo Senator
It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the Cardozo Inn for these past two years. Throughout my time as your Senator, I have strived for full transparency and I have done my best to exercise good judgment every step of the way. If elected, I will continue to be your dedicated advocate! Happy Voting!
3L Jackson Senator
Many of you already know me, but for those who don’t, I’m Andrew Trinker, and I’ve been your Senator for the past two years.
Going into our final year, it is good to look at how far we’ve come. Since our first day of 1L, there have been forces pressing us to change, shaping our formless lumps of clay into beautiful, delicious Play-Doh cookies. Through the good and the bad, the bar reviews and the cold calls, Chipotle bringing back Chorizo and Chipotle giving us E-Coli, one thing has remained constant.
We are the Jackson Inn.
I’ve gotten to know so many of you over the past two years, and I hope to get to know you all even better. It’s been a true pleasure to serve as your representative, and when it comes time to cast your vote, I hope you’ll place your trust in me once more. K thx <333
3L Marshall Senator
No official candidates. Write-in candidates allowed.
Hi everyone! I’m running to be your 3L O’Connor Senator. I have served on the Senate for two years, and most recently took on the position of chair of the Wellness and Programming Committee. I’d like to continue my work as a Senator by representing your interests and continuing the good work we started over this past semester. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or ideas moving forward!
3LE Jay Senator
No official candidate. Write-in candidates allowed.
2L Brandeis Senator
I have enjoyed serving as Brandeis 1L Senator so far this year, and am excited about the opportunity to run to represent us in the SBA Senate for our 2L year! Thank you for considering me!
2L Cardozo Senator
Jendaya T. Bell
Hello GW Law! My name is Jendaya T. Bell and I am running to represent you in the SBA Senate for the 2019-2020 school year.
It has been my honor and privilege serving as Cardozo Inn Senator this past year. I’ve enjoyed working diligently on the Finance and Student Organizations Committees to ensure funding for existing organizations and chartering new organizations. Over the past year, I have advocated for better policies, as well as, worked for a more inclusive and transparent student government. I fully stand by those same principles and would like to further engage with students opinions, concerns, and issues to create a better GW Law Community. I believe with purposeful transparency we can work towards achieving that goal. I pledge to continuously remain available, approachable, and committed to acting as the liaison GW Law students deserve to the SBA Senate. Vote Jendaya T. Bell!
Dear Cardozo and Student Body,
It is my privilege to be running for this position. As a person who had to get out of his comfort zone many times I have developed the ability to adapt to different circumstances and to communicate well with my peers. I have developed meaningful friendships in my short time at GW and look forward to leveraging those relationships in order to push for a better school. My platform is simple, work hard each and every day, and good things will come.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to approach me at any point, as one of my goals is to increase the transparency between the student body and the SBA.
Wilson J. Carneiro
2L Jackson Senator
It has been my distinct privilege to serve as your Senator for one of the most crucial years of our law school career. I’ve strived to be as transparent as possible even when I was asked to keep thing under wraps. This year I was able to ensure those of you who wanted to start new student organizations received the proper recognition you deserved and funding. I have pushed for more transparency, diversity/ inclusion, and personal development. I would love to opportunity to continue to represent Jackson during our 2L year. After spending time in the Senate, I’ve come to see that a lot of things that go on in the SBA students are not informed about and I plan to ensure that changes. I will host as well as encourage other senators to organize office hours, where students can come and voice their concerns and provide that their student representative is as transparent and forthcoming as possible. Please if you want to talk about the SBA, Senate or need a friend to listen do not hesitate to come up to me. Let’s work together and continue to make Jackson the best Inn possible. It is out of our collective destiny that we will all reach our highest potential.
2L Marshall Senator
Vote Shah for Senate for 2L Marshall Inn Senator, together we can finish the work I began in my first semester regarding school building hours, printer access, and other student services. Additionally, I am committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive community in our law school. I am proud to represent Marshall Inn!
2L O’Connor Senator
No official candidate. Write-in candidates allowed.
2LE Jay Senator
No candidate statement received.
Day Senator At-Large
Vote Shah for Senate for Day Senator At-Large. Together we can work on initiatives I began in my first semester regarding school building hours, printer access, and other student services and find solutions to your problems. Some other ideas brought to my attention by students are Metro Cards, storage for coats during the winter months, and extending library hours and access on the second floor. I would love to hear any concerns or ideas you have that would benefit our community. Additionally, I am committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive community in our law school. I would be proud to represent the Day Students of the George Washington Law School in the SBA.
Jendaya T. Bell
Hello GW Law! My name is Jendaya T. Bell and I am running to represent you in the SBA Senate for the 2019-2020 school year. It has been my honor and privilege serving as Cardozo Inn Senator this past year. I’ve enjoyed working diligently on the Finance and Student Organizations Committees to ensure funding for existing organizations and chartering new organizations. Over the past year, I have advocated for better policies, as well as, worked for a more inclusive and transparent student government. I fully stand by those same principles and would like to further engage with students opinions, concerns, and issues to create a better GW Law Community. I believe with purposeful transparency we can work towards achieving that goal. I pledge to continuously remain available, approachable, and committed to acting as the liaison GW Law students deserve to the SBA Senate. Vote Jendaya T. Bell!
No candidate statement received.
Evening Senator At-Large
No official candidate. Write-in candidates allowed.