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SBA Elections - Fall 2013

Election Rules:

  • All 1L Day (Full-Time) students can vote for three candidates for:
    • 1L Day Senator

  • All 1L Evening students (class of 2017) can vote for one candidate for:
    • 1L Evening Senator


SBA Fall 2013 Election Candidates

1L Day Senator| 1L Evening Senator

1L Day Senator

Courtney Bartkus
Courtney Bartkus

As an entering 1L law student, I am excited to be part of the DU community. So far, I have met a number of wonderful people with diverse backgrounds and a wealth of experiences to share. I have always been very proactive about involvement in school, and I would love the opportunity to promote a strong class by representing the diverse interests of my classmates. I think that student government is a great way to spur involvement in all areas of the school. There are three main issues, which I hope to address in the coming year, if elected SBA senator. The first is that I would like to put an emphasis on wellness and fitness. Through the coordinating of community based events such as group bike rides, hikes, yoga and other activities, students will have the opportunity to find balance in their law school careers, while staying healthy and developing lasting bonds with colleagues. Secondly, I want to do as much as possible to help our students stay competitive in an ever-tightening job market. I believe this can be accomplished through continued work with our alumni associations. Organizing more events to promote networking will help establish professional relationships with a number of legal industries. In addition, I would like to see improved access to the dual degree programs offered at this institution. Dual degrees help elevate the employability of students, and I would like to see a focus in this area to help give our students a competitive edge. Lastly, I would like to organize more social events for students of all divisions and sections. The opportunity to establish relationships outside of a purely academic forum will allow students to maintain balanced and healthy lives at school, while also creating important support groups and networking opportunities for later in life. These are my main goals for the coming year and I’m sure as I become more familiar with my peers, I will be able to represent their specific interests even more efficiently. I look forward to a wonderful year and would love the opportunity to represent all of you.


Carter Bergen
Carter Bergen

I want to be the voice of the 1L class. I believe that proper communication between our different sections can lead to a more unified voice to express our concerns to the DU student body and administration. We need to ask questions of ourselves and to our school. What are the goals of the class? What type of support do we want from the administration? Lend me your support to create a platform of discussion and collaboration within the 1L class to clarify these priorities. With your cooperation, we can create an environment of excellence and achievement in the 1L class.


Christopher Brummit
Christopher Brummit

It is apparent that the biggest contributing factor to the success of a law school is its possession of a strong community, of students and professors, with a focus not only on academics, but on the extra-curricular and professional realms as well. I want to participate on SBA on behalf of my classmates to be a part of the committee working to promote this sense of community. Running for a 1L senator spot, it is difficult to discuss the issues impacting student life, which are particularly important, especially because I have been only a student and Denver resident for a few weeks. Consequently it is my goal to become involved with the SBA to get a feel for what student issues are, particularly the ones important to my class and then pursue further issues that may come up on the job. It is my desire, if elected, to learn as much as I can about SBA and the student body from the officers and senators ahead of me. I also am looking forward to the responsibility of forming relationships with every classmate, and to inquire about and take action on any questions, comments, and concerns that each individual may have. Further, I plan to remain involved in the DU Law community and remain in sync and on top of all the issues important to us. I believe that to accomplish this goal, it is integral that I strive to be as consistently and easily accessible to anyone, not only in my section, but to the entire 1L class and the rest of the Sturm student body. It is common knowledge that without actively working to maintain open dialog between people, no governing organization can succeed. If elected, I will always endeavor to pursue the best interest of the student body of DU Law as a 1L Senator of the SBA, and strive to influence this university in a positive manner. Finally, the Preamble of the SBA explicitly states that the purpose of the student government is the furtherance of the academic, cultural and social welfare of law students and accepting the responsibilities of Self-government. It is my best interest to excel at promoting those three constituents (academic, cultural, and social), as well as, supporting the bylaws of the SBA as well as the Constitution for the university. Thank you for your consideration.


John Gatewood
John Gatewood

My name is John Gatewood and I am running to represent our class as a 1L Senator. My interest in running for this position stems from a desire to positively impact our student government and our law school experience.

Before coming to law school I served in the US Navy for five years. For four of these years I was stationed at the US Naval Hospital in Rota, Spain, where I had the opportunity to serve on the Hospital Steering Committee. Through this role, I gained experience leading diverse teams and sub-committees, managing large-scale projects, and serving as a liaison between the staff and the directors of the hospital. Bringing this experience to the SBA, I believe that I can serve as an effective representative for our class, influence change when it is in our interest, and that we can have a remarkably positive impact on our own law school experience.

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Alex Gunning
Alex Gunning

I would be particularly honored to represent the incoming 1L Class as a Day Senator. I have already gotten to know a number of my fellow 1L classmates, and the diversity of experiences as well as the intelligence and the success of this class astounds me. It would be a true privilege to represent such an accomplished and intriguing group of people. Personally, I believe that there is no higher calling than being the representative voice for others and no greater responsibility. For this class in particular, I feel that responsibility acutely as it seems to me that many of my fellow classmates have gotten to where they are by demanding nothing less than the absolute best out of themselves. I intend to do justice by their standards and give nothing less than my absolute best of myself to this position. Along those lines, I believe that I would be an effective advocate for my incoming class because, as a former graduate of the University of Denver, I already have the extensive knowledge and relationships necessary to get involved immediately with the greater campus community. In fact, one issue that I would like to see addressed is the law school’s unfortunate tendency to stand apart from the rest of the campus. I would like to change this and see the law school become more involved with the greater community. Also, because my class is still very new to the Sturm Law Community and the law school experience in general, I want to assure my fellow classmates that I am approachable and will be available to all 1L students to hear any suggestions as well as any complaints about the school or the greater campus community. I look forward to the opportunity to get to know all of my fellow 1Ls and represent them on the issues that they deem important. Thank you for considering me as an SBA Senator.


Allison Hart
Allison Hart

Student government is one of the most important groups on campus. I would like the chance to be a voice for my class, and ensure our thoughts, concerns, hopes, and ideas are shared and potentially enacted. I want our class to be able to leave our mark on DU, and I believe I will be able to help facilitate that. Whether my classmates are disgruntled about lack of information/curriculum or they've gained a great amount of experience from AAP session, I want to be that individual they know they can confide in and be able to help make their 1L year better.


Taylor Ivy
Taylor Ivy

Throughout the upcoming school year, I want to get to know every aspect of DU Law, in both the academic and the social sphere. I can think of no better way to do that than to serve as a Day Division 1L Senator.

I have been thrilled to find the student body at DU, as well as the local and university culture in Denver, so welcoming. However, despite the open and friendly environment at DU; I have already seen how easy it is in law school to become so competitive with our classmates that we forget that they are first and foremost our closest allies and commiserators.

With sections split up and interests divided – not to mention that numerous 1L’s, including myself, come from out of state – many of us find it difficult to interact with all of the new and different faces. As a Day Division 1L Senator, I want to be the intermediary of my class – my ENTIRE class – and the SBA.

My goal for my term of office, should my class do me the honor of electing me, will be to promote cross-sectional camaraderie so that I can represent every 1L to the best of my ability.


Jeremy Mathis
Jeremy Mathis

As a nontraditional student, while completing my undergrad, I worked in many roles as a leader, ambassador, and as a voice of and for my fellow students. I learned the importance of communication between students and faculty, students and staff members, students and peers, and also between upper and lower grade-level students. As a former student of communications, I am passionate about this this issue and I want to participate in the Student Bar Association on behalf of my class and help improve and increase communication among everyone here at University of Denver Sturm College of Law, particularly between the different sections of the 1L class of 2016.


Joshua Nowak
Joshua Nowak

As a first year law student there are a number of emotions that I am currently experiencing, but the most consistent and motivating one seems to be anticipation. I want to be completely submerged into life at DU Law and am ready to take on any new challenge that comes my way.

Since I have told my fellow first years that I was going to be running for the IL Day Senator position, a number of them have asked me what I would change on this campus, and the truth is I don’t know yet. Being on this campus for only a week I still consider myself to be in a honeymoon stage with the law school and its component parts. What I do know is that throughout my undergraduate career I was involved heavily in student life, whether it was requesting funds as the Treasurer or President of a student organization, or being on a governing body that oversaw such distributions. I was able to take each challenge that those positions brought to me and handle it with thoughtfulness, grace, and a serious amount of enjoyment.

To me success in law school isn’t preparing for what we already perceive to be wrong or what we think might happen, but to take each challenge as it comes. That is why I am an ideal candidate for the Student Bar Association. In law school, success stems from the ability to embrace the unexpected, and I am ready to meet that challenge with open arms.


1L Evening Senator

Sarah Bricker
Sarah Bricker

On behalf of the 1L evening division, I'd like the chance to ensure that as evening students our views, desires, issues and suggestions regarding events are heard. I want to be able to discuss and influence the opportunities inside and outside the classroom available to evening students, and help make sure that we are afforded the same consideration and options as the day program students. As evening students, our issues, needs and abilities are distinct from those students in the day program. If elected as the 1L evening senator representative, I hope to have the ability to at least get our ideas heard and get the ball rolling on changes that would allow further equality between the programs.