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SBA Elections - Spring 2015

Election Rules:

All students can vote for one candidate for each position below:
President
Treasurer
Secretary
ABA/LSD Representative

All Evening (Part-Time) students can vote for one candidate for:
Evening Vice President

All Day (Full-Time) students can vote for one candidate for:
Day Vice President

All 1L Day students (class of 2017) can vote for three candidates for:
2L Day Senators

All 2L Day students (class of 2016) can vote for three candidates for:
3L Day Senators

All 1L Evening students (class of 2018) can vote for one candidate for:
2L Evening Senator

All students can vote for:
SBA Constitution Amendment


SBA Spring 2015 Election Candidates

President | Day Vice President | Evening Vice President | Treasurer | Secretary | ABA/LSD Representative | 3L Day Senator | 2L Day Senator | 2L Evening Senator

President


M.J. Christensen
M.J. Christensen

I have been serving the students of DU Law on SBA for three years. For the past two, I have been serving as Vice President for the Evening Division. I would like to continue that service as President. SBA has made many positive changes over the past three years, and continued to work closer with the administration to make student life better for all of us. Evening students face some unique challenges, but they are not alone. I want to work to make life at the law school better - from dawn to well after dusk.

But it's not about me. It's about you. I want to lead the SBA, not run it. A leader is a conductor of an orchestra - (s)he doesn't play all of the instruments. This is YOUR law school, and it will be YOUR SBA. I am 3LE. That means that most of my entering class is graduating this year. I honestly cannot do it without you!

So, think Michael Jordan. Think Mary Jane. But remember M.J.


Kyler Hill
Kyler Hill

I look forward to the opportunity to work not only with the rest of the SBA in furthering its goals for the school but with the other organizations in the school as well. It is my hope that by working closely with other organizations we can create a more inclusive Law School Experience where students are not afraid to branch out from the groups they’ve already joined and find new groups that may interest them. I know when I first started looking at new groups I was intimidated by some of the ones that interested me but by going out and trying I’ve found new people with whom to share part of my Law School experience. I also hope to be a good liaison between the students and the Dean’s at the School. We already have a faculty at this school that works hard to have a connection with the students and I feel that working with them on this front is one of the best ways to further the growth of this program. I believe that plans are guides to be followed and I that the best way to advance a plan is through good group effort which is why I believe the leadership and management skills that I developed in undergrad and Civil Air Patrol lend themselves well to this position. All in all, I hope that I can be a strong driving force for the students while acting as the President and be not only someone who works with the Deans but someone who is here to listen to the students as well.


Taylor Ivy
Taylor Ivy

Just being honest, I think the only thing that law school teaches us better than the law is a studied indifference.

Y’all know the saying – the first year they scare you to death, the second year they work you to death, the third year they bore you to death. At any given time, law school is terrifying, overwhelming, and sometimes, unfortunately, boring. And it’s really the last one that troubles me the most.

I feel like the law – and by extension, the study of the law – only becomes boring when we become indifferent. What’s wonderful about practicing law, and what drew me to law school, is that the practice of law is intrinsically connected to people. Behind every criminal case, every contract, every negotiation and even every corporate transaction is a person, or people, who define the practice. And let’s be real – people are never boring.

But somewhere between the piles of reading of the first year and the crushing workload of the second, a majority of us come out of our second year callused into creatures of formed and “learned” opinions. We’ve read that case. We know that judge. We’ve met that client. Get out of our way; we’re ready to graduate.

As a law student and an SBA representative, the last thing I want to be is indifferent. I’m running for SBA President, and I’m running because I refuse to let law school bore us to death.

SBA shouldn’t just exist to keep the status quo. Our Mission Statement says we’re the leadership and our school says we’re the Pioneers, and I say let’s shake things up. I want to be your President, I want to hear every new and crazy brilliant idea you have, and I want to help you make it happen.


David Schambach
David Schambach

I'm a Colorado guy and I hope to be of service to you. I represent the people. Call me a member of the "People Party," because we like to party, party. I am an active listener and very approachable. What can the SBA do for you?


Day Vice President


Colin Reilly
Colin Reilly

For the past year I have served as a 2L senator on the SBA. Through this experience I now have a better understanding of what it takes to have an effective student government. As Vice President, I’ll make sure the SBA focuses on the issues that you think are important. I hope to improve student participation at events hosted by the SBA and school such as Bar Review, Barristers, and Third Thursdays. Additionally, I will continue to work with the faculty to provide students with better access to information that might affect classes we should be take or events we should attend. I look forward to the opportunity to represent you as the Vice President and would like to thank you in advance for your vote!


Knicky Van Slyke
Knicky Van Slyke

Thank you all for awarding me the opportunity to represent our student body’s fantastic ideas as SBA Senator this year. The passion expressed to me by my peers has been very encouraging. By navigating the proper channels, I have been thrilled to see administration implement real changes in response to our needs.

We have successfully recognized new student organizations, increased disbursements for travel requests, decreased inbox flooding (and pricing to Barrister’s Ball), implemented an electronic waitlist for popular courses, and convinced administration to provide us with course scheduling for the full upcoming year amongst other things.

There is always room for improvement. Personally, I have been determined to establish designated faculty advisors so that each of us has a principal point of contact for questions about progressing in our degrees. 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.

I would love to keep up the momentum we have established as a student body by serving as Vice President of SBA. I see the potential for great advancements, and want to ensure our potential comes to fruition.


Evening Vice President


Jason Haubenreiser
Jason Haubenreiser

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."


Treasurer


Liz Austin
Liz Austin

My desire to continue participation in SBA is rooted in working with, and for, the student body. Those issues concerning our commuter students are still important to me as well as the handling of the SBA finances. This past school year I have served on the finance committee and have seen the impact that the student fees have on the quality of student achievement here at the school. I have an extensive background in financial planning ranging from acting as a personal coach to managing the payroll and special projects budgets for Williams-Sonoma, Inc.


Secretary


Steven Lambert
Steven Lambert

Briefly, in the space provided below or by attachment, please state why you want to participate in SBA on behalf of your class, what issues impacting student life at DU are important to you, and what specific goals you have for your term of office:

In the interest of brevity I will keep this short. I am interested in running for the secretary position within the Student Bar Association because that is where I can have the most impact and influence in realizing my goals for the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law. In that regard my reason for running, the issues that are important to me and my goals form a crossroad. I applied to the Sturm College of Law with the initial intention of becoming a day student. I had spent my undergraduate career working full-time graveyard shifts to support myself and thought that for once it might be good to just focus solely on studying. I eventually decided to join the evening program for two reasons: one, to lower the amount of money I took out in loans so that I would not have to worry about paying down debt while simultaneously trying to build a family, and two, so that I could work on my career to make myself more attractive to future employers. To cut to the heart of it I am somewhat of a hybrid in terms of my status at the Sturm College of Law and I believe that provides me with the unique opportunity and perspective to bridge the gap between the day students and the evening students. Having attended a few functions the university puts on I have noticed that evening student participation is lacking, and in many ways the perception of evening students among the day students is less than affable. Conversely, there is a huge missed opportunity that exists in the evening division, in that we are not entirely and fully informed about events, organizations, functions and general goings-on around the university. I myself had my reservations about the evening students when I initially stepped foot into class. Some were much older than me, many were further along in their career than I was and most were wiser than me. To fulfill on my promise of brevity I will just finish with this; the day students would greatly benefit from furthered inclusion in events by the evening students, and likewise, the evening students would benefit from a greater awareness of these events. If elected to be the student bar association’s secretary I intend to further their mission by increasing awareness of events in the evening division so that they, and the day students, might benefit from their added involvement.


Annie La Fleur Palumbo
Annie La Fleur Palumbo

Now, this is the story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there
I'll tell you why I’m running for secretar-y and why you should care.

In South Boston, born and raised
On the playground is where I spent most of my days
Chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool
And all shootin' some B-ball outside of the school

When a couple of guys who were up to no good
Started makin' trouble in my neighborhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said, “ You should really go to law school and become more prepared.”

If a dream were a cab, then I whistled for a cab and when it came near
The license plate said fresh and had a dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab dream was rare
And this is the story of how I ended up here

I pulled up to my house about seven or eight
And I yelled to the mountains, "Yo this state is great!”
We all have our reasons to why we are here
But I’ve got some groovy ideas and I’m a reasonable peer

If you vote for me as secretary then there will be no limit on what we will share.
I promise to be diligent and always aware
There are so many communal improvements that can be made
And for these reasons, I feel as though I’m the best candidate.


ABA/LSD Representative


Ashley Kincaid
Ashley Kincaid

I would like to become the SBA Representative to the American Bar Association 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 as Representative to the ABA. If I am elected, I will actively engage with our student body and the ABA to help connect these groups. I will be an accessible, professional representative for my fellow students. I already work hard to make sure the concerns of my class are addressed in the Student Bar Association. I know my enthusiasm in looking out for my classmates will not change.

One goal I have is to create opportunities for students from all sections of 1L and beyond to interact and network with one another. Other current senators and I have already considered a movie night in the forum, which would be a great opportunity for the students to enjoy being at school. I will contribute toward expanding networking opportunities with the ABA and look into getting more involvement from the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations as well. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to serving the student body again.


MacKenzie Shields
MacKenzie Shields

I believe I can effectively represent the law students in the American Bar Association. I am interested in creating a closer relationship between the students and the Denver legal community. For my term in office, I hope that I can create a greater networking platform between the students and the community and help promote professional growth and quality of life for students.


3L Day Senator


Mattson Smith
Mattson Smith

Like most law students, I have spent the better part of two years in law school opining over what should be changed and how out of touch the school seems to be with the interests of the student body. I see new exciting projects get ignored and overlooked as tired and failing “law school institutions” continually secure the support of the administration. I see students, myself included, calling out for changes, asking for a new way.

The problem is, from where I am standing now, my words of criticism are no more than pebbles being tossed against a wall. I can pick up that pebble and throw it all I want, but all it will do is bounce of the wall and fall to the ground. It may be noticed, but it is little regarded. It certainly won’t tear anything down. But that is why I want to be the 3L Day Student Senator. Because while I can throw pebbles until my arms get tired and hope someone takes notice, I know I can make a difference by actually stepping up the helm and taking responsibility for the changes I want to see. I know by running, I have a chance to build something rather than break something.

I can’t promise that everything you want to be done will be done. I can’t promise that because I was elected, DU Law will forever be a different place; a better place. But I will promise you I will try. I will listen to your concerns. I will champion your causes. I will use my voice for you. Together, we can strive to bring about a better law school experience. Together, we can work for your needs.

That is why I am running. That is what I am asking for: Not to throw rocks, but to build something. To represent you. To make the changes. I want to build something for our class. I want to build something with you. I want to represent to 3L class.


2L Day Senator


James Harmoush
James Harmoush

Being a representative can be a proud and respected civic duty, just as long as you are maintaining your duties as the representative of the people. I care about my fellow classmates considerably, and want to do what I can to ensure that their needs are heard by this institution and are met. Primarily, I want to see more networking opportunities for 1L's, both with members of Denver's legal community and upper-level students at DU. Ultimately, we are all here to get a job after graduating, and I want to make sure the class of 2017 is taken care of during our second year. Students should be in a position to feel like they have seamless access to expedient resources that can give them the best chances to succeed, and get a head start on their career paths. As the 2L senator, I will strive to work with the Student Bar Association to make sure that every 2L's remarks and criticisms are acted upon.


Alisha Smith
Alisha Smith

I wish to represent my class as a 2L Senator in the Student Bar Association so I can ensure the issues and concerns of my classmates are thoroughly considered and to ensure action is taken as necessary. I am particularly interested in ensuring students have a suitable work-life balance. It is important to instill these practices now to ensure that these values continue following law school. As an undergraduate student, I worked full-time as an active duty member of the Navy and therefore, I understand the importance and the impact of failing to maintain this balance. Particularly pertaining the 2L and 3L students, I wish to ensure students are able to partake in elective courses of their interest. In order to facilitate this goal, it is important to ensure the courses are available and ensure the size of the course is appropriate based upon interest in the course. In addition to specific issues stated above, it is imperative as a representative of my classmates that I listen to their concerns and be a liaison between the student body and the Student Bar Association to effect change. In sum, as a 2L Senator in the Student Bar Association, I will ensure the concerns of my fellow classmates are heard and handled appropriately.


2L Evening Senator


Suren Bhuvanenthiran
Suren Bhuvanenthiran

I would like to continue representing the Evening 1L students as we go into our second year, and build on my understanding of what SBA can do for students as a whole.