The election period has passed.
All students can vote for one candidate for each position below:
Fundraising Vice President
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 2015) can vote for three candidates for:
2L Day Senators
All 1L Evening students (class of 2016) can vote for one candidate for:
2L Evening Senator
All Graduate students can vote for one candidate for:
All graduating students (class of 2013) can vote for one candidate for:
SBA Spring 2013 Election Candidates
My interest in running for SBA President comes from a desire to serve the law students and make our student government more efficient and productive. As a former 2L Senator, I gained experience heading the Election Committee and the Faculty Hiring Committee. When unforeseen circumstances led to a vacancy in the Vice President position, I gladly took the role and worked with the Social Committee to plan various events. These experiences give me a comprehensive understanding of the SBA. While SBA has improved significantly, I believe there is still room for innovation. Next year, I would like to implement the SBA speakers fund and bring talented people from across the country to speak at the school. We could also increase our involvement with Daniels and Korbel to build a more comprehensive graduate community at DU. Finally, I would like to increase SBA's visibility. One of the biggest critiques is that people don't know who their representatives are or what they do for them. My goals for next year is to make students aware of what is going on with SBA and have them feel comfortable approaching SBA with whatever issue they are having.
I would like to participate in SBA because I think it is very important for the student body to have a voice. I think one of the most important issues for the student body is the need to be informed. This applies to being informed about issues affecting the law school, the job market, and the day to day education of the student body Therefore, my goal is to do all that I can to increase communication to the student body so that they can stay informed.
Evening students have challenges that day students do not. DU could have the best evening program in the nation, and I would like to continue to play my part in making that happen. I have enjoyed my time as 1LE Senator for the Student Bar Association this year. In that time, I have represented my class on issues ranging from anonymous disputes between students and school entities to class wide issues. When I couldnt return with what the student wanted, I at least returned accurate information about why it wasn't possible. I have worked to open up new opportunities for evening students, and will continue to do so. I have gained the respect of my peers and the Deans, and I feel honor-bound to keep it.
If elected, I will do my best to work with student organizations and the different departments to help revitalize the evening division. There is a lot of untapped brilliance in the minds of DU Law's evening students, and I intend to find ways to use it to our advantage. With your help, we can make the evening division better for current and future evening students.
I have served my class as a Senator for one year and believe that I can have an impact on the entire College of Law by serving on the Executive Board as the Fundraising Vice-President. Not surprisingly, this executive officer is in charge of fundraising programs. I would take this position very seriously and my goal would be to search for new avenues of funding because the more resources that S.B.A. has at its disposal, the more student organizations have and can utilize in order to benefit the student body. Issues impacting student life at DU are important to me, especially as a law student because for most of us, we are in our final years of education before we become professionals with high expectations. With greater resources, S.B.A and student organizations can address student issues and improve student life within the law school.
I have served on the Student Bar Association as a 1L Senator during my entire first year. In my time on SBA, I volunteered on the Finance Committee and the Social Committee - two of the most time intensive committees of the Student Bar Association. My involvement on the SBA Finance Committee specifically exposed me to a vast majority of the important matters the Treasurer is tasked to lead and report through the year including: annual budgeting, travel requests, student organization budget requests, reconciliation of budget, and leading the finance committee meetings to make suggestions on these matters for SBA to vote affirmatively, amend, or deny. One of the biggest issues I would like to impact as Treasurer would be accountability regarding the use of travel funds. As it stands, we currently require an explanation on how the trip benefits the student organization and SCOL. I would like to hold organizations/individuals accountable to those benefits by reporting on the trip for future reference for other students of subsequent years. This will ensure the travel funds used are for truly beneficial trips for SCOL and our students, instead of conferences or trips that students wish they would have known would be less beneficial. Secondly, I would like to see more traffic using the speaker budget allotted to the student body every year. Student body awareness of the funds available and for the particular purposes will ensure funds are used instead of reallocated to areas less beneficial to the student body. At present, our current Treasurer, Kim Soucy, has done a phenomenal job at the beginning steps on these issues. As the experienced candidate on these matters, I hope to continue and improve upon the groundwork currently in place.
My name is Lillie Parker and I am running for the position of SBA Delegate to the ABA. This past year, I have served as your 1L Senator and have enjoyed being a member of SBA and getting to know many of you. I will continue to give a voice to your ideas to improve the law school and our experience here. In serving as a delegate to the ABA, I hope to promote the positive aspects of DU and bring new ideas back to campus. I will also strive to improve students' understanding of ABA requirements and communicate changes the ABA may be considering. I appreciate your vote and look forward to the opportunity to serve you again.
I want to participate in SBA because I want to be involved in the growth of DU law. I feel like I can be a voice of my classmates as I associate with the ABA. I want to be someone that they can turn to knowing that I will share their message.
Christopher Lee Runyan
During my first year as a 1L, Sturm Law School has become a second home and like many of my classmates I have formed friendships that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. In that spirit I want to do my part to contribute to the law school community. Therefore, if elected to the position of S.B.A. delegate to the A.B.A. I commit to: Promote the goals and interests of my fellow SCOL students with the ABA Law Student Division. Support the ABA by helping recruit and enroll new members. And encourage students to take advantage of the many opportunities and benefits the ABA provides. As a student with more grey hair than brown, I believe my insights and experience from an extensive career in software development will benefit all of us SCOL law students.
This past year I have been fortunate enough to make connections with diverse groups of students across the multiple sections. This accessibility and communication with more than a single section or group will allow me to more accurately represent the class's interest as a whole.
One of the Sturm College of Law's greatest strengths is its connection with the Colorado legal community, especially within the Denver area. As students preparing to enter a highly competitive job market, in a profession known to be competitive in it of itself, it is imperative that these connections to the legal community are only strengthened.
As a 2L Senator, I will work diligently, to fairly represent the 2L class in the weekly administrative issues presented to the Student Bar Association. Above all, I will focus on the allocation of resources to continually strengthen the relationship, by means of educational opportunities, community projects, and networking events, between Denver law students and the legal community.
Being a part of the DU law community is an important goal for me as a law student. As SBA Senator that is a goal I can accomplish. I want to be a positive member of the DU law community and I want to be part of student organization that actually gets things done. In my first year of law school, I have made a lot of connections with my fellow classmates and feel that I will be able to effectively communicate their interests and concerns to the SBA.
Most importantly, as SBA Senator my goal is to effectively implement policies that will further benefit the community as a whole and to further connect the SBA with the law school. The issues I find important are the following: Throughout my first year of law school, I have found that there is little interaction between the 1L sections. I think it would be beneficial to the 1Ls if we implemented more events catered to bringing the class together as a whole. Another issue I want to bring focus on is more cultural awareness within our DU community. As an Iranian, I feel I can bring a diverse view to the SBA.
Throughout my undergrad career, I gained a lot of leadership experience as the President of the Persian Student Organization at CU Boulder. As President for two years, I held events for over a thousand people and managed to collect over $50,000 dollars in funds and donations for our events. That experience in funding is experience I can put towards SBA events to make them more effective.
My specific goals for my office term will be to try to connect the different 1L sections more so that a better sense of community is established among the class. I want to facilitate more diversity discussions that involve minorities that are underrepresented in the law community, especially the Middle Eastern and Muslim communities. Lastly, I want to establish better funding events that could more effectively gather funds for various events and groups on campus.
I want to participate in SBA on behalf of my class for several reasons. The SBA is constantly planning and throwing a variety of events throughout the semester. The law school experience is as much academic as it is social. Being able to help students network with one another, as long as network with faculty, other organizations and future employers is an important aspect of this whole process. The SBA will provide an opportunity for me to become actively involved with my peers and to facilitate these types of opportunities. I consider myself a social butterfly, and believe I would make a great senator on behalf of my class. Im not afraid to talk with others, and have the ability to make others feel welcomed and comfortable.
Some important issues impacting student life are inclusiveness and resourcefulness. One of the detriments of being a 1L is that we are sectioned off. It is difficult to get to know others from sections that are not your own. Additionally, upper classmen relationships are crucial to being successful. One of my goals are to hold more events in which the 1L sections can get to know one another, and where 2L's and 3L's can take on more of a mentoring role. Taking a creative approach (such as venues that have not been used before) will keep these SBA events exciting. There are also groups such as runners, for example, that can be brought together through the SBA. As a woman of Middle Eastern descent, it would also be nice to hold more diversity forums/discussions/networking events for groups not often recognized otherwise.
Lastly, being aware of all the resources available to students is key. I struggled my first semester assimilating to the difficulty of final exams. I just learned about the AAP Resource Center and other helpful places on campus. Making sure students, no matter what grade, are aware of all DU has to offer will make the learning experience more effective.
These are some of the goals I have as a 2L Senator, and I look forward to having the opportunity to accomplish them.
I would like to be a 2L SBA Senator as I love our class, and feel there is an opportunity for greater interaction among our classmates. Promoting a sense of camaraderie in both academic and social settings is crucial for success while in law school and in the professional world. SBA has a unique ability to organize and host events that can foster such connections. If elected, I would like to work on organizing more class year specific events, so that there is more interaction between sections. For example, going beyond just Bar Review to organize things like a 2L sports day in Washington Park. I also believe in keeping a healthy balance between studying and enjoying what Colorado has to offer. I worked in sales for an outdoor adventure company and ran the market here in Denver. As a result, I have a lot of ties with activity merchants in the area, and would like to use those ties working with SBA to offer discounts to students to encourage them to get out there and enjoy awesome local activities such as paragliding, white water sledding, and skeet shooting.
I have enjoyed my first year at DU Law, and I look forward to being a part of what is coming up for next year! I was born in England, but have been in this country for 8 years. I've been a U.S. Citizen for 3 years. I have been in social work for five years, and am currently working full-time. This experience has allowed me to work with a very wide variety of people from all backgrounds and to see problems from many different angles, to help develop creative solutions to assist adults with serious mental illness, and substance abuse issues. Evening students have unique challenges, and I am well aware of them. Many of my classmates work full-time, like me. Many also have children. Fitting these obligations into law school is hard enough, let alone finding ways to build a resume and be involved with the DU Law community. I want to be part of the solution, helping to make the law school experience as fulfilling as possible for all evening students.
I am interested in being considered for the candidate position of Legal Masters Senator. I recently was accepted into the Roche LLM in International Business Transactions program, and will be pursuing my J.D. and L.L.M. for the next academic year. Because of this additional program and working full-time throughout my second and third year, my expected date of graduation is May 2014. I am interested in running for Legal Masters Senator because I believe that the L.L.M. students are underrepresented at Sturm and often out of the loop because of the detached nature of their program. Many of the students are practicing attorneys laboring to get their Masters, or are so occupied completing their dual degree that they are not informed of University of Denver events, opportunities and news. The L.L.M. candidates are full of experience and enthusiasm and I hope to incorporate their talents and participation into the culture of our school. Because I have already created such strong connections with the members of my L.L.M. program, I believe I would successfully keep the connectivity between the law school and the L.L.M. programs fluid and bring their questions and concerns to the proper forum.
As a dual degree student studying both law and international studies, I have a strong interest in maintaining positive and beneficial relations between law students and other graduate students outside of our school. I will work to create stronger ties to external graduate groups in order to develop relationships that can provide different academic approaches to legal topics addressed at the law school. I am an active advocate for higher education reform, for social justice, and for eliminating social and structural inequalities. I find the University's standard of Inclusive Excellence to be a start to ensuring that Sturm Law is a safe environment for all members of our community. I believe law school should be a space where tough and controversial questions are taken on, and will support programming that brings in new perspectives.
Every time I graduate my parents take me to eat at some fancy restaurant, sometimes even as fancy as Zupas. This will be my fourth graduation, preceded by my high school diploma, an Associate's degree at Dixie State College, and an English degree at the University of Utah. I graduate as often as possible to maximize the number of free dinners I can acquire. Hopefully my parents never realize I've been swindling them for years.
Although I imagine many commencement speakers extol the virtues of the noble legal profession, I don't think that would be my focus if I am chosen to speak. Instead, I'd like to talk about what we've accomplished and experienced. We are graduating from law school. Simply put, that's a pretty big deal. I have come a long way since spending several hours reading Pennoyer v. Neff over a dinner tray in my nearly empty studio apartment three years ago. For example, I now own a desk. I think most of you have come just as far, probably further.
Law school is a unique social and educational experience. Never before have I worked as hard and studied as closely with fellow-students. That means the class of 2013 has witnessed me at my very best and worst, and I suspect that is the case with most of us. Study partners have witnessed me loudly and publicly singing "I Can't Stop This Feeling," binge-eating tacos, dancing myself to literal sickness, and purchasing five quarts of ice cream in a moment of weakness, exposing the fact that I deal with crisis and stress exactly like a 40 year old woman. We've all had our moments, and I'd like to talk about our common experience. And while I can't definitively promise I will not quote Gandalf, I do promise to strike a balance as well as I can between sentiment and humor. Law school graduation requires some of both.
Although I admit I like the idea of speaking, I feel strange about aggressively campaigning. So instead of pleading for your vote I will simply say follow your heart.
Given the opportunity to speak at graduation, I'll do my best to make you smile as I try to answer the question that's been on all of our minds for the past three years: Is law school worth it? Many have tried to answer this question for us, but I will hone in on the perspective that matters most right about now - ours. Is law school worth it? Yes. But not for the reasons that most of us thought were important when we got here three years ago. In the end, it's been worth it for the friendships, the pride that comes with surviving, and the possibility that the person reading the names at graduation might actually pronounce mine correctly.
I am exceedingly proud to join the ranks of the class of 2013, and I would consider it a great honor to speak on our behalf next month. I hope you will give me that opportunity.
I am truly honored to be nominated. If I have the privilege of speaking, here is what to expect:
Reverence for our accomplishments and achievements - this is a day to pat ourselves on the back and to look back from the top of the mountain
Appreciation for our parents, significant others and friends who have supported us on this journey - we did not do this on our own and they deserve our genuine and public gratitude
I will deprecate only myself (early and often)
Jokes that will not offend your grandmother
Jokes your grandmother will not understand
Clichés. Lots of clichés (but used only ironically or unintentionally)
Reach for the stars, don't stop believing, and if you can dream it, you can do it. Thank you for your consideration.
May 2012, I had this crazy idea: "I want to be the student speaker at graduation next year." Anyone who knows me via the various social medias knows I'm a huge fan of my silly hashtags and made-up events (National Tym Day is right around the corner! June 12th; mark your calendars. And who doesn't love Dress Up Wednesdays?) So, in true Tym fashion, I publicly "announced" my intentions on May 18, 2012 - exactly one year before our big day - and even made up a hashtag: #OperationCampaignTrail. Oh, how self-involved of him.
By now, most of you know my deal about being speaker. You've heard the slogan: "Let the Bottom of the Barrel Speak for the Cream of the Crop!" You've probably seen the logo (I really dropped the ball on the bumper stickers and T-Shirts, but there's still time for those, right?) and you have probably laughed, rolled your eyes, thought I was ridiculous for wanting this so badly. I honestly don't blame you.
Those who know me know I make overblown statements and could benefit from a muzzle to keep my unfiltered thoughts from pouring out. They know I can come off as a pompous, narcissistic ass who loves the sound of his own voice. Maybe I am and maybe I do. But being speaker isn't about me. If it was, this personal statement would be one question: "How cool would it be for you to be the only law school graduate in the history of forever to have a guy with six fingers (twelve total) be your commencement speaker?!" Boom! End of story. Win commencement speaker in a landslide. However, being speaker, for me, is about celebrating you all!
May 18th is OUR finish line; it's our freedom from long days in the lawbrary and study rooms, from making the decision between going skiing or our Thursday morning class, from feeling like we're in adult high school with all the 'did you hear about ...'s and 'guess what happened to ... 's. It's our celebration for surviving three years of hell and highlighters, and I want to be the guy to help you all rejoice. I don't want to be some nose-in-the-air speaker going on about what makes me so wonderful or "that guy" making obscure inside jokes for the sole enjoyment of my close friends. I want to celebrate you all.
Just for funzies, I did the math: From the first day of law school to graduation, the majority of us (sorry 4Ls; you've endured even longer) have spent 1,007 days losing our minds in constant competition with one another for class rank, jobs, free Chipotle. A thousand-plus days of busting our tails for the freedom of ... Crippling debt and the bar exam. Yay!
The point is, most of you have heard me go on and on for a year about wanting this honor. I don't want it for the spotlight. I don't want it for my own personal ego boost or a line on my résumé - whatever that is. I definitely don't want it so we can show that DU has diversity (although, the mystery remains why my beautiful face is absent from the law school website.) I want to make you all laugh. I want us to have a good time at graduation. At the very least, I want you all to be able to tell your grandchildren decades from now, "When I graduated law school, we had this guy with six fingers - twelve in total - who gave the greatest, most inspirational speech I ever heard, and it alone is the reason I became a Supreme Court Justice."
Maybe it is all about me ... But hey, think of your vote as a thank you to me for helping make the curve a little more favorable for you! Somebody had to be the anchor, and by golly, I wasn't going to let it to be you. That's altruism, kids! Also, how many people do we really need at graduation telling us how wonderful it is to be a lawyer? Let me be that five minutes (or less) during the ceremony where it's ENCOURAGED that you make fun of the person on the stage. I want to be that for YOU!
I am honored to be nominated. It would be my pleasure to serve as the student speaker at our graduation.
Thank you to my classmates for nominating me to be class speaker. I am honored, if not a little surprised, that anyone even thought of me: that married dad who lives in Colorado Springs, somewhere in the vast "bottom 90%" of the class. Honestly, it's super cool just to be nominated, even if all it takes is a classmate or two sending in a nomination email.
If y'all want to pick me, I will happily talk at graduation and do my best to do the following things:
-- Make you laugh at least a few times
-- Make your parents, friends, and family understand how much work you've put into law school
-- Make your parents, friends, and family proud of your accomplishment
-- Make sure everyone knows that this class is full of great people
That's it. Keep it simple. And don't worry, I can pull off the speech without choking-- I've spoken in front a big crowds before. I invite anyone from the class of 2013 to drop me an email if you have a question, a suggestion for the speech, or just a really solid opening joke.
I am honored to be nominated to speak on behalf of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Class of 2013. Whether I am chosen to speak or not, one thing is for sure: I am so very proud, excited, and humbled to be a new DU Law grad!
Let me tell you a little about myself, and if you would like to hear from me, then VOTE for me!
First, you must know, I LOVE THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER. I completed two years of undergraduate studies at DU, lived in the "J-Mac" dorms, have a masters degree from DU and now my J.D. (Earned the masters and J.D. while raising my two sweet daughters, now ages 4 and 5, and couldn't have done so without the devoted help from my husband).
I am the first lawyer in my family.
I am a social work/ public interest "type" and am going to spend my legal career striving to help others who are less fortunate.
I believe that everyone should strive to achieve their own highest "impossibilities" and goals.
Thank you. Sarah Hill
Most of you know me, even without having any clue as to my name. I'm "that pink-haired law student" to many, but I'm also Cassandra Kirsch.
I'm not going to ramble on about how my achievements necessitate that I speak on your behalf. Just like you, my GPA and my resume do not dictate who I am. More importantly, we have somehow managed to survive law school, and we're lucky if we aren't jaded and have managed to keep our sight set on our initial goals and aspirations. While I consider reflecting on the past with hilarious anecdotes a novel and fun idea, I feel it is more important to look ahead post-survival of law school and on how we will preserve our individuality and ourselves as we navigate the legal profession. Otherwise, in the words of the late and great Professor Ann Scales, how are we going to "raise some Hell"?
Admittedly, there are definitely some tough contenders on the list of nominees for student speaker this year and I realize my chances are slim. However, I am honored to be nominated and ask you to please consider letting me represent our graduating class on our big day.
I remember the day I bought my first "E&E." I also remember the day I purchased numerous packages of "Law in a Flash." Then there was the time I spent an ungodly amount of money on a variety of "Emanuel's Law Outlines." As if I did not have enough, I also procured some "Legal Lines" and "Gilbert Law Summaries" to add to my arsenal.
I was a supplement addict. And, I was not the only one out there.
I believed the more commercial outlines I obtained, the better I would perform on my final exams. As many of us supplement addicts soon realized, these expensive paperbacks could not replace the in-classroom instruction and IRAC case briefing that is essential to learning the law. Over the past three years, we have learned to organize, sift, and apply information. We know how to spot the issue and we can analyze until we are blue in the face. We have acquired the necessary tools to practice law.
Although I have since curbed my addiction to commercial supplements, these overpriced handbooks of bullet points have taught me some fundamental skills. If elected, I would utilize these skills as the May 2013 commencement speaker.
I would keep the speech brief while hitting the essential points. I would not add any extra fluff. I would deliver an organized message. I would appeal to a wide range of learning styles. I would enumerate the highlights of the past three years and summarize the most vital take-aways. Lastly, I would not cost $50.00 only to collect dust next to The Hunger Games series on your bookshelf.
It would be an honor to serve as the May 2013 commencement speaker.
I would really appreciate your support to be this year's student commencement speaker. My high-energy and positive nature combined with my extensive involvement within the law school would make me well "suited" for the position (As a bonus, I am also moderately funny. In fact, I am coincidently the perfect amount of funny for a graduation speech!).
Throughout the past three years, despite the stress and intensity, I have loved every minute of law school and I think it shows through my involvement within the school. From day one, I have genuinely tried to get to know most, if not all of our class, and have made lasting friendships that I would never trade for anything ... well maybe for a job or debt forgiveness (just kidding!). I have been extremely involved to the extent that people often go to me with questions about things around the school. If you had an obscure question about who to contact at school with an administrative problem, you could count on me. If you had questions about school funding, you could count on me. If you needed an MPRE book, had a citation question, were looking for another student, or even if you just needed an undergrad kicked out of your study room, you could always count on me to happily lend a hand. I have really enjoyed helping everyone out and would love to be commencement speaker so I could express how truly thankful I am to be graduating with such an amazing group of people and for the great experiences here at DU.
I know everyone would enjoy it if I launched a red velvet cake ball campaign to win your votes, but let's be honest, this isn't a food network competition or even a best lobbyist competition. You are choosing someone who you think is most reflective of our law school experience. So all I will do is promise that if you were to choose me as your commencement speaker, my speech would be Phamtastic - positive, funny, short, and EPIC-ly worthy of your vote. You will laugh, you will be struck with inspiration and a positive outlook for the future, and you might even shed tears of joyous wonder. It would be a pretty magical speech. I also swear I will talk slow!
So follow your heart and make the right decision for you ( ... Seriously though, follow your heart and pick me).
Dan St. John
Never have I gone through a greater transition than the experience I had in law school. I imagine that I am not alone in saying that I came to law school not truly understanding the awesome undertaking I was about to embark upon. As school progressed, the pre-law person version of me was slowly transformed into the lawyer that I will soon be. But law school is much more than a means to an end - it is a journey to a new understanding.
The failures, the stress, the hair pulling frustration, and-to make it personal-the ski pass I used once this year, we've suffered during this transition have been worth it because of what we will be able to accomplish and what we've learned about ourselves. Sure, a law degree is a powerful tool. But more than that, the experiences we've had that are the greatest treasures from this transition. Whether it is learning to turn the greatest failure you've had into a launch pad to your true calling. Whether it is finding the love of your life. Whether it is gaining that confidence you now have. Whether it is the relationships we've built together that will last a lifetime (at least that's my plan-sorry friends). Whatever the reason we came to DU and whatever experiences we have had, undoubtedly, we all have learned something valuable about ourselves. And isn't that one reason we undertake new journeys?
Ultimately, I would love to be your graduation speaker. Building off the themes above, I will weave together my thoughts on the meaning of a lawyer's life, my tips for always looking on the bright side, and the importance of pursing a professional grail. Naturally, I will inject some humor into this. If you're particularly unlucky, I may sing. However, it will be a pleasant balance given the gravity of our graduation.
-Dan St. John