The Fall 2014 election period has passed.
- All 1L Day (Full-Time) students can vote for three candidates for:
- 1L Day Senator
- 1L Day Senator
- All 1L Evening students (class of 2018) can vote for one candidate for:
- 1L Evening Senator
SBA Fall 2014 Election Candidates
My desire to participate in the Student Bar Association is a direct reflection of my decision to attend law school: I enjoy helping people. The student bar association provides opportunities for our student body to have their issues heard, ideas developed, and networks made. While I do not currently have knowledge of every issue facing the 1L division, I am passionate about getting to know the needs of the class and representing them with fairness. Particularly, I am largely interested in looking into the issues of our commuter students; those living outside of the immediate campus area. A goal of mine would be to develop a network for these students that provided anything from study groups closer to their place of origin all the way to commuter and carpool linking.
Coming into our first semester of law school, I was looking forward to starting the path towards my future as an attorney but I was also equally excited to meet the individuals who I would take this journey with and likely work alongside for the rest of my career. After meeting and getting to know my fellow 1Ls during orientation and the first week of school, I could see I was among a group of motivated, enthusiastic, and brilliant individuals. I could not be happier with the group of people I will be working with for years to come. When I heard about the opportunity to represent our class in the Student Bar Association, I saw a way in which I could make my newfound friends and colleagues lives easier and more fun. We all know that life as a law student, especially a 1L, can be stressful. To help all of you as your representative in our Bar Association, I want to make the time you spend at Sturm College of Law as stress-free as possible. If elected, I can accomplish this for you by using my position as a leader and representative of our class to advocate for things that can make your life less stressful such as free coffee, relaxing activities during finals, and events where you can socialize with fellow students. If you elect me as your representative I promise to listen to your wants and needs and work hard to advocate for those causes. For these reasons, I hope you consider voting for me to represent our class as 1L Senator.
I would like to participate in SBA on behalf of the class of 2017 it is important that everyone in the class have a voice on issues that students feel are important. I consider myself to be a generally neutral and unbiased person. So, if a fellow student were to convey an issue that is of particular importance to him or her and made a compelling argument, I would happily bring that issue before the SBA.
The only issue that is of particular importance to me is to ensure that all concerns of my fellow classmates are heard. Since I do not plan on bringing a particular agenda to the SBA, I believe that I can focus on issues that arise while in the position.
The most important goal for my term in office is to resolve as many problems as possible for my fellow classmates. I want to be their way of resolving any issues that they feel they cannot personally bring to faculty members. I also hope to keep my classmates up to date on any information on opportunities and logistics that come to the attention of the SBA.
There are many reasons why I'd like to participate in the SBA on behalf of our class. Being a naturally empathetic person, I've always put others before myself. No matter where I am in the world, what I'm doing, or whom Im with, it has always been a priority to help others, whether they need it or not. The satisfaction I gain from knowing I've influenced another person in a positive way brings me an insurmountable feeling of accomplishment. Since myself, and my classmates, plan to spend the next three years together, I see this opportunity as the best way to help my fellow colleagues throughout our endeavors. It's easy for me to talk to anyone and everyone, and I would love the opportunity to be the first person students' come to when they have issues. I'll always be more than willing to listen and help with whatever complications our student body acquire.
Acceptance and comfort are the main issues I would like to most influence student life at the University of Denver. Acceptance is the first step; my goal will be to foster acceptance throughout the school, leaving no one with a feeling of "isolation." If acceptance is adopted, comfort will be attained as well. The students here have stressful lives, it's imperative that the University foster and maintain events and meetings that are viewed as "comfortable" by all students. If I'm elected, my peers can be assured that they will always have someone to talk to, no matter what the issue.
I would like to participate in our Student Bar Association (SBA) on behalf of the 1L class of 2017, because I will fairly and earnestly represent my colleagues/classmates. I believe in my peers and our collective future success, and I can contribute to that end through my participation in the SBA. If I am elected to become a senator for our class, I will actively engage with everyone to find out what our student body wants and make those desires known as pragmatically as possible. I will be an accessible, professional representative for my fellow students.
I know that several issues impact our student body including diversity, a lack of communication and connection between the 1L sections, and (unfortunately) limited clubs/courses. One goal I have is creating opportunities for students from all sections of 1L to interact and network with one another. Some colleagues and I have already recognized the need for a 2L/3L seminar for international law which is currently unavailable. A goal I have whilst serving in the SBA is attempting to add such a class to the curriculum. There can never be enough opportunity for students to participate in a wide variety of clubs and courses, and I know I will contribute toward expanding those opportunities.
I want to participate in the Student Bar Association because it will give me the ability to help shape our school. In addition it will give me a chance to be the voice for section 1 of the ?rst years. Since, as far as I can see no one else has taken it upon themselves to run and I believe our section deserves a voice in the SBA. My personal goal for the year would be to get the school to look into adding an Intellectual property certi?cate. There is a real demand for lawyers with that specialty and I believe it would add another plus for our prospective students to consider.
I've always loved helping people and student government has been for me, a very effective way to do so. I want to help make this year and every year as great as possible. I would really love to have forums, specifically for 1L students (separately from other organizations forums) to get together and discuss a wide variety of issues like current events and what do they want from us as their representatives. I will do everything I can to help my peers be heard and actively represented in the larger DU Law Community. I want to be a true representative and address and solve any and all problems that my peers have. Every 1L deserves to have someone who will not only listen to their goals and concerns, but also someone who will go above and beyond to help accomplish them and I believe I can be that person. I take the notion of 'for the people, by the people' to heart. My peers will determine the issues and goals I plan to accomplish -- I don't believe that this position should be one thats self-serving. Im not running to boost my own self importance, I'm running to make a difference for my peers by doing whatever I can to try and make sure that their voices are heard. I have been a part of student government in one capacity or another for the majority of my educational career. I think that speaks volumes about my ability to enact change and be a truly impactful leader for my class.
I want to participate in the Student Bar Association as a 1L Senator: on behalf of my class, precisely for that reason. I want to be of service to my classmates, representing their interests and concerns. I am accessible, an active listener, and an articulate communicator. I want to utilize my attributes to be of service to my classmates in the SBA. The specific goals I have for my term in office include:
- To be an example of positive student leadership and involvement to my class.
- Gain the trust and respect of my classmates as well as from others in the Law School Student and Faculty Body by being an attentive representative.
- Take action to make things happen on behalf of my class.
- HAVE FUN and meet new people!!
As a candidate for SBA Senator, I am very interested in the ways that I can affect decisions regarding the curriculum here at DU. Of particular importance to me, is ensuring the curriculum reflects the diversity of practice interests and backgrounds represented in the student body. I feel that providing a robust selection of courses pertinent to the experiences and goals of individuals is a duty owed to anyone undertaking the challenge of joining the DU legal community. With that duty in mind, I feel there are opportunities for growth in specific areas and I would like to be a part of developing that expansion of interests.
My specific goals for my term of office depend largely on the needs and desires of my classmates. Having gotten to know a few of you, I have found a desire for more of a focus on the increasingly global scope of our future practice. To support the interests of these and all students, I will work to establish an international law seminar for the internship/externship program. This will take some burden from students who intend to focus on this area of practice. I also intend to further develop a more rich and thorough immigration law curriculum, in order to better address one of this country's most pressing domestic issues. Thank you for this opportunity and for your consideration.
Knicky Van Slyke
As a Senator of the Student Bar Association, I hope to provide our student body with events that feed the body, mind and soul. I desire to increase our opportunities to expand our horizons both professionally and socially. Catered networking events and guest speakers would be convenient options to take place throughout the week, while sponsored social events amongst our peers outside of school hours would grant informal experiences to fraternize and grow as a whole. Obviously, addressing the concerns and requests of my peers in such a manner that enhances the sense of community at Sturm College of Law is of upmost priority. We are each members of the same rigorous academic society and we deserve regular breaks to participate in a variety of fun SBA sponsored events addressing our diverse needs.
I would like to be a bridge of communication between the day division and evening division and I would also like to help my fellow evening division students communicate their frustrations or dissatisfaction with certain policies that work against us. I am also trying to provide a platform on which all law students, regardless of division will be able to reach out to me with any problems they need help with.
SBA is effectively the acting student government for the law school, and as such, has the potential to effect lasting change across an intelligent, and diverse group of professionals. As one of these individuals, with a common vested interest in the concerns of my peers, and the sincere intention to further such endeavors; I submit my candidacy for the Evening Division senator. I hope to galvanize a strong culture of professionalism, good will, and comradery, with an aspiration to pay it forward and the ambition to "do and be good and well."