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SBA Elections - Spring 2014

Election Rules:

All students can vote for one candidate for each position below:
President
Treasurer
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 2016) can vote for three candidates for:
2L Day Senators

All 1L Evening students (class of 2017) can vote for one candidate for:
2L Evening Senator

All graduating students (class of 2014) can vote for one candidate for:
Graduation speaker


SBA Spring 2014 Election Candidates

President | Day Vice President | Evening Vice President | Treasurer | ABA/LSD Representative | 2L Day Senator | 2L Evening Senator | Graduation Speaker

President


Paul Jordan
Paul Jordan

I am grateful for the opportunity to run for SBA President, and I am asking for your vote.

Before coming to law school, I spent three years working in Student Affairs and Student Programing while obtaining my undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas. I then served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador working to establish a legally recognized council within a rural community, giving a voice to the people on a municipal and national scale.

Over the past two years I participated and held leadership roles in a variety of student and professional organizations. In these positions, I have pursued common goals while building relationships with students, faculty members, and members of the legal community. I now want to put all these experiences to work for you as your SBA President.

My main focus as SBA President will be to increase the accessibility of the SBA to the student body. An important responsibility of the SBA is to provide a medium through which individual students can express their opinions and concerns to the law school faculty and administration. Current changes in the legal market and in legal education affect every student personally, professionally, and academically. Consequently, it is more important now than ever that you, as a student, have meaningful input at your law school. SBA is the channel to express that input, but we must have a stronger and a better accessible system for doing so. As your SBA President, I want to focus on better ways to get your ideas implemented at your law school.

Your law school, your ideas, your President.


Lillie Parker
Lillie Parker

My name is Lillie Parker and I am honored to be running for SBA President. Serving as a member of SBA the past two years has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my law school career. I have had the opportunity to meet many of my fellow law students, plan social events, and travel to represent the law school on a national level. All of these opportunities have provided me with experience I believe will help me serve you well as President.

In looking forward to next year, I have several goals I would like to work toward. First, I plan to work with our Treasurer to exam the budget and find ways to save student funds. I want to continue to grow the emergency fund SBA has established, as well as examine the possibility of lowering Barrister Ball ticket prices. Second, I want to continue to increase the presence of the ABA Law Student Division on campus. Serving as your ABA Representative this past year has introduced me to the many benefits the ABA can offer to students. I want to ensure Sturm College of Law students feel they have easy access to these resources and can take full advantage of them. Finally, I want to make sure student concerns are heard by the administration. This past year, I served as the chair of a new committee, the Dean's Excellence Committee. The goal of the DEC was to speak with departments throughout the law school and discuss ways to improve interactions with the student body. The DEC was well received and I believe the relationships I developed through this year will make expressing student concerns and finding feasible solutions simple.

Though my law school experience has been isolated to the perspective of a day student, I also look forward to working with and hearing from evening students. I understand that the concerns of evening students differ from those of day students and want to hear and work to address these concerns.

I hope to create an environment of open communication between the student body and SBA. If you have any concerns, questions, complaints, I want to hear them. As President, I am here to serve you. With that said, please do not hesitate to reach out during the election process. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you as President.


Day Vice President


Joshua Nowak
Joshua Nowak

At the beginning of this year, when I first decided to run for SBA, I set out a goal to embrace the unexpected. As I complete my first year as a 1L and an SBA representative I am proud to say that I believe I have exceeded my expectations for the first-year experience.

As a 1L Day Senator I was able to gain a practical experience that showed me how great our law school community is. It also gave the opportunity to see the issues that are facing students and student organizations at DU Law. That is why I have decided to run for Vice President of the Day Division. I believe that the experiences I have had participating in groups, as well as being on the administrative side make me an ideal candidate for this position. I hope to strengthen our bond as DU Law students through existing social events as well as to be a resource for everyone who needs it.

As I said at the beginning of this year, success in law school is taking each challenge as it arises. As your Vice President I promise to be an advocate for the student body and to meet each challenge with open arms.


Evening Vice President


M.J. Christensen
M.J. Christensen

Evening students face many unique challenges in their legal education. As such, evening representation on the Student Bar Association is all the more vital. I have enjoyed representing my fellow evening students for the past two years as 1LE Senator and Vice President for the Evening Division. I would like to continue to represent my classmates and to advocate for the evening program and its students. If allowed, I will continue my work with the SBA, the alumni council, and school administration to advocate for expanded access to courses, additional evening program, and evening-student-accessible experiential education.


Treasurer


Chris Newman
Chris Newman

After serving as Treasurer this year and the Finance Committee for two years, I am intimately familiar with the finances, operations, and challenges of the Treasurer position and SBA as a whole. With class size shrinking and other budget reductions, it will continue to be a prudent priority to reasonably and responsibly navigate a smaller budget, while allowing individual students and student organizations to continue planning premiere events and attend noteworthy conferences and competitions.


ABA/LSD Representative


Banafsheh Lari
Banafsheh Lari

As SBA 2L Day Senator, I have enjoyed representing my class throughout the 2013-2014 Academic Year. For that reason, I am running again for SBA. This time, I am running for SBA Delegate to the ABA. Representing my class has been a fantastic experience. Throughout the year, I have helped plan Bar Reviews, Cans for Cold Calls, and Barrister’s Ball. In the coming year, I hope to continue representing my class and the SBA as a delegate to the ABA. My goal is to keep the student body as informed as possible. As a delegate, I will bring forth the school’s interests and try to represent the school in the best way that I can. I look forward to serving the school in the 2014-2015 Academic Year.


2L Day Senator


Taylor Ivy
Taylor Ivy

It's been a wild ride, y'all. I can't believe we are almost finished with our first year of law school. It’s been an awesome start that can only lead to a stellar finish. How good does "2L" sound right now?

From the first breach of duty in torts to the last 800 lb gorilla in civil procedure, through all the future interests and false considerations, all the way from the 1st Amendment to the 14th; I've loved spending every grueling and exhilarating moment of this year with everyone.

At the beginning of the year I said that I wanted to serve as a Day Division 1L Senator to be more involved with every aspect of DU Law, both the academic and the social sphere; and to promote cross-sectional camaraderie to better serve as the intermediary of our entire class - not just my own section. I hope that I've fulfilled that aspiration, because I would very much enjoy serving another year as Day Division 2L Senator.

Getting to know everyone has been a pleasure and an honor, and should my class do me the honor of re-electing me, my goal for the upcoming school year will be to continue working to create an open dialogue between all the wonderfully diverse personalities in our class in order to represent every 2L to the best of my ability.


Colin Reilly
Colin Reilly

I would like to represent the class of 2016 in SBA so that I can help improve the law school's sense of community. I think one of the main issues impacting student life at DU law, is student participation at the school-sponsored events. My goal is to improve the communication of these events and to schedule them so that they don't conflict with other club or academic events. I would also like to organize some breakfast events with speakers for those that have lunchtime conflicts or would like to get a free breakfast to start their day. Finally, my last goal will be to organize "Morning Grind" Mondays, which will entail free coffee in the morning, on every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month to help students grind out another couple weeks of Law School. I look forward to the opportunity to represent the class of 2016 as an SBA Senator and would like to thank you in advance for your vote!


2L Evening Senator


Tonya Thompson
Tonya Thompson

Participation in Student Bar Association (SBA) provides a way to contribute my time and commitment to the Sturm College of Law learning community. My leadership skills have been accomplished through the focus on developing and building capacity in others and fostering relationships within a professional learning community. One of my core beliefs is empowering others, while always living a life of service for the greater good. I value the thoughts, ideas and solicit multiple perspectives from the others for strategic planning, goal setting, evaluating, and determining next steps for continuous improvement. The work of SBA is aligned with the vision and mission of Sturm College of Law and provides the student body with a voice.

I believe that those with special talents, extraordinary abilities, or just a moment of free time have a responsibility to contribute to those around them in every way possible. Altruistic life experiences have developed my proven ability to successfully take on rigorous demands, multi-task, deal with and embrace ambiguity, recognize trends and identify systemic approaches to solving problems in a dynamic environment. I feel that my combined experience and knowledge give me the skill and expertise to confidently contribute to the work of SBA as a future 2LE student. I am knowledgeable of and committed to strong academic performance as well as building community and student involvement for overall success of programs to continue the mission and pride within Sturm College of Law.


Graduation Speaker


Daniel Cunny
Daniel Cunny

I promise not to mention the bar exam.

 

 

 

 


Andrew Helm
Andrew Helm

When Antonio "Scalia" Mendez first mentioned me as a candidate for student commencement speaker, we had some good laughs coming up with ideas for speeches. What started as a plan to approach the podium and call roll of every graduating student soon became calling roll according to nicknames - nicknames I would randomly assign to friends and strangers alike as I read down the list of our graduating class. What started as a plan to dress up as Clint Eastwood and give a rambling speech about nothing soon became a plan to hire an actual old man to give a speech about exactly what is wrong with our generation.

I have made many promises about this speech to a lot of people; most of these promises are impossible to keep, and at least six of them would get me arrested in more than one state. However, I can promise two things for sure:

1. I am not Dan Cunny. I have never been, nor will I ever be Dan Cunny. A vote for me as student commencement speaker is, I assure you, a vote for Andy Helm, and not Dan Cunny. If you would like Dan as your student commencement speaker, you should vote for him. Not me.

2. I will give a speech focused almost entirely on chickens and the law. Judge Friendly schooled us on what a chicken was in Contracts. We studied the nuisance of chicken farms in Property. Did you know there is such a job as "chicken catcher"? And that it is covered under the NLRA? Or that chickens could only be sold under certain price ceilings during World War II?

So which came first: the chicken, or the law? On our graduating day of law school, the culmination of years of hard work, let's sit back and ponder this for a few minutes. Maybe we will have a few more laughs while we do.


Spencer Kontnik
Spencer Kontnik

Congratulations everyone! Graduation in the past has been a bit awkward. Family comes to celebrate and praise the graduate but it was just a step. Looking back it is amusing remembering the anxiety we may have felt leading up to an Economics 101 or Psychology 101 final (if we only knew at the time the anxiety… no the FEAR of 1L finals!) The last time we graduated it was not our last graduation and so it felt premature to celebrate.

This time it is different. I am pretty sure this is the last time most of us will be graduating-SO LETS ENJOY IT! It is a testament to how far we have all come and what we have accomplished together. We were able to overcome the fear of being 1L’s, outlast the countless hours of work we put in as 2L’s, and survive the boredom of repetition as 3L’s. Law school came at an expense for all of us -- in the broadest definition -- BUT the past three years have been worth it.

I feel lucky to have been surrounded by people I truly enjoyed spending my time with. We have had a chance to learn from each other and with each other (maybe even in spite of each other lol). We are about embark on our professional lives as lawyers because we put in the sweat, the tears, and the countless hours of studying-the hard work. The relationships we have developed over the past three years are no longer simply school acquaintances but enduring professional bonds.

This is a chance for us to look back and laugh at the stupid mistakes we have all made along the way; to breathe a sigh of relief knowing we somehow survived finals our first semester; to congratulate each other for all of our success; and to give our friends and family hug and say thanks.

This time it is not premature to celebrate. I’d love to be your graduation speaker and I would appreciate your support.


Martha Legocki
Martha Legocki

MEMORANDUM

TO: 2014 DU Law Graduates

FROM: Martha Legocki

RE: Our Final IRAC

Here we are, finally at the end of law school, and when we reach the end of things it is usually a good idea to stop and reflect.

We reflect on the Issues we have faced. Law school itself can seem like one dense, never-ending Issue. We consider the Rules we have learned: what is meant by "stream of commerce," sure, but also that any time after 1:00 p.m. the forum is a great place to find abandoned trays of pad Thai. Next, we do some Analysis: did we correctly apply all the Rules we learned? And we arrive at our Conclusion: yes, we sure did.

And so we are graduating.

Thank you for considering me as your graduation speaker. In my speech, I hope to honor all that we have accomplished as a class, while also celebrating our diversity. We all came from different backgrounds, chose law school for different reasons, and have already begun to leave a dynamic imprint on the world around us.

I want to celebrate all of this in a lighthearted but meaningful way. I am proud to be a member of this class, and on May 17, it would be my honor to perform with you what will be our last IRAC together.


Zachary Roeling
Zachary Roeling

One of my favorite actors once said, "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool."

At times, being inside the "law school bubble" felt like the spot-on embodiment of all that is uncool: late nights at the library, early mornings at the courthouse, and rambling, ultimately unproductive conversations over drinks about what Justice Scalia "really meant" in "that one" dissent.

To top it off, the outside world only seemed to add to our academic anxieties. Rents kept rising while the economy made little headway, and our local heroes underwent a thrashing at the Superbowl the same day the great actor whom I quoted above, Philip Seymour Hoffman, suddenly passed. I cannot say the last three years were the rosiest on record.

But just like the way hindsight rendered laughable our 1L trials and tribulations, our Denver Law experience is sure to soften the personal and professional challenges of the future. As a diverse group of driven people, we have accumulated in the depths of "uncoolness" a collective currency infinitely more durable than Bitcoin. If selected as commencement speaker, I hope to dwell on the incredible worth that currency will continue to have as we head into the bar exam and leave school behind. Despite the self-deprecation many of us bring to the table every day, it took enormous hard work and resilience to get to graduation, and we are deserving of a dose or two of self-praise.

I appreciate the vote of confidence this nomination entails and would be honored to make the commencement address the best work of comedy and inspiration a mere five minutes can possibly allow. Thank you so much for your support. Z.