Student Bar Association (SBA) Newsletter

Student Bar Association Newsletter: Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Happy October! SBA will be sending out a monthly e-mail newsletter with information about upcoming events and important announcements. I encourage all of you to read this monthly newsletter. We will post additional information about upcoming events and announcements on the SBA Website. If you have comments, questions, or concerns, feel free to attend one of our Board of Governors meetings. You can also email me at On behalf of the SBA Board of Governors, welcome back to Carolina Law and welcome to the Class of 2017. We are looking forward to a great year.

In the Carolina Spirit,
Leslie Puzo
SBA President

1L Announcements

1L Election Results

  • 1L Class President - Kaylan Meaza
  • 1L Class Representative - Madeline Salamone
  • 1L Class Representative - Vinita Tandon


Student Organizations

Student Organization Recognition: Deadline October 10, 2014

SBA is thrilled to announce the new way to recognize outstanding student organizations.

The Student Bar Association is sponsoring a monthly competition to recognize outstanding student organizations at Carolina Law. The Student Organization of the Month Award is aimed at recognizing the hard work and contributions of student organizations at the law school. Whether through exceptional pro bono projects, interesting events, successful meetings, increased membership, or any other unique programming; these organizations are making a meaningful difference in the Carolina community. All you have to do to nominate a student organization for this award is write a short paragraph of no more than 500 words on why the organization should win. The winning organization will be recognized on our Student Bar Association website and social media outlets, as well as receive bulletin board space on the SBA board by the student lockers to advertise about their organization. The application can be found online at The deadline for submitting October nominations is 12:00 p.m. on October 10.

Student Organization Funding Opportunities

Student Bar Association

Student organizations that have unexpected costs arise during the semester can request emergency funds from the SBA by filling out the Emergency Budget Request Form available from SBA's Budget Forms. You must send the completed form and a copy of your SAFO general ledger to SBA Treasurer Carlton Price ( at least 48 hours in advance of a meeting of the SBA Board of Governors for your request to be considered.

SBA also offers seed money, which is essentially a no-interest loan from the SBA that can be allocated to help group fundraising efforts. Seed money received from the SBA must be repaid within a designated period. The application process for seed money is the same as the process for emergency funding requests.

The SBA will also fund groups who clean the dining area. Groups can sign up on the Google Doc availableĀ at Cleaning Sign-ups. Sign-ups are first come first serve, and groups will receive $30 for each cleaning

Student Activity Fee Committee

The Student Activity Fee Committee allocates funds received from the Student Activity Fee. To apply for funding please fill out the Student Activity Fee Request Form. For more information, contact the Student Activity Fee Committee members: Llewingtina King ( ) or Billy Piontek (

UNC Student Congress

Student organizations can apply for funding from Student Congress, the Legislative Branch of Student Government on the main campus. For information about how to apply for funding from Congress please visit

GPSF Senate

Student organizations can apply for funding from the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, the umbrella graduate and professional student government organization on campus. For information on how to apply, please visit the website of the GPSF Appropriations Committee. For questions relating to GPSF, contact your GPSF Senators: Kira Lumsden (, and Llewingtina King (

GPSF Travel Awards

The Graduate and Professional Student Federation sponsors travel awards to cover conference and research travel expenses for individual graduate and professional students as well as groups of graduate and professional students in the following categories:

  • Masters or professional students attending a conference
  • Doctoral, masters, or professional students attending a conference to present a paper / poster or to serve as a discussant, session chair or invited panelist
  • Doctoral, masters, or professional students traveling to another institution for research purposes
  • Groups of doctoral, masters or professional students attending an academic competition

For more information and to view the application, visit the GPSF Travel Awards page.

GPSF Announcements

GPSF Newsletter

The Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) Newsletter is sent out twice per month to communicate information about social and intellectual events on campus, funding opportunities, public service opportunities, and more, to the graduate and professional student population at UNC-Chapel Hill. To subscribe to the GPSF Newsletter or access the archive of previous newsletters, visit the GPSF Newsletter Tool.

Social Events

SBA Town Hall: What would you like to see in the new Dean? October 9 & 14

As UNC School of Law is looking for a new Dean, SBA is hosting two forums where students can give their opinion and weigh in on the decision. The forums will have food and will be hosted in 4085. Please stop by even if only for a moment.

1L Mixer: October 10

The 1L class is having a first year mixer with the medical school this Friday at 7:30 pm (location TBA). This mixer is a time to network, make some new connections, and relax after taking practice exams. All first year law and medical students are welcome!

How to read your loans with Vanda Chou: October 15

Come join SBA and learn hour to read your student loans. This will take place in 4004 and there will be free food.

Bar Review: Every Thursday!

Check Facebook and daily announcements for updates on the location of bar review.

Wellness Week: October 28 - November 1

  • Monday, October 20: Healthy breakfast & goodies in mailboxes
  • Tuesday, October 21 (Noon, Meet in Rotunda): Wellness Walk
    • Pets invited
    • Sunglass giveaway
  • Wednesday, October 22 (Noon, 5042): Uncommon Counsel
    • The goal of the Dave Nee Foundation is to equip students with skills and resources to assist with mental health concerns throughout their legal career. Their best known presentation, Uncommon Counsel, aims to create raise awareness about the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and suicide within the legal community. The Dave Nee Foundation made 41 Uncommon Counsel presentations at 35 law schools in 2013-2014. We look forward to bringing them to Carolina Law and hope you can join us.
    • Free Food
  • Thursday, October 23 (Noon, 5042): Money Talks
    • Financial Wellness Program
    • Free Food
  • Friday, October 24 (Courtyard): Tie Dye & Locopops
  • Saturday, October 25: DVAP 5K
  • Monday, October 27 (Noon, 5042): Wellness program (Details TBA)
    • Free Food
  • Tuesday, October 28 (all day): Massages
  • Wednesday, October 29: Halloween Costume Contest (Noon, Rotunda) & Pumpkin Carving with SBA

Halloween Party: October 31

Be on the lookout for details on the 2014 UNC Law Halloween Party! The party will take place on October 31, and we are currently working on locking down a bar on Franklin Street to host.

Check the daily e-mails and watch for fliers around the building for more information.

Thankful for Our Great Professors: November 18

Come drink a cocktail hand-crafted by your professors and express your gratitude for all that they do. A number of professors, deans, and staff members will be bar tending; many more will be in attendance. The Crunkleton - Nov. 18, 7:00 p.m.

Barristers' Ball

The Barristers' Ball committee is still accepting members. For those who don't know, Barristers' Ball is a once a year formal event sponsored by SBA. Barristers' Ball will be sometime in February. The committee is tasked with planning the event, selecting the theme, contacting the venue, etc. Those that are interested should contact SBA Vice President Kelly Morris at

Share your opinion on Barristers Ball - take this quick survey at

Sports and Intramurals

Soccer Rules Info October 6 October 12
Street Hockey Rules Info October 13 October 19
Basketball Tournament Rules Info October 20 October 26
Pickle Ball Rules Info October 27 November 2
Table Tennis Singles Rules Info October 27 November 2
Racquetball Tournament Rules Info November 3 November 9

To sign up for a team, or for more information, please visit

The next SBA Board of Governors Meeting will be held on Monday, October 13, 2014 at noon.

For more information about the SBA, please visit SBA's website.

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