Student Bar Association (SBA) Newsletter

Student Bar Association Newsletter: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SBA Elections

Elections will be held on March 2 for the following positions on the SBA Board of Governors:

  • SBA President
  • SBA Vice President
  • SBA Treasurer
  • SBA Secretary
  • 3L Class President
  • 3L Class Representatives (2)
  • 2L Class President
  • 2L Class Representatives (2)

Please contact SBA Elections Representatives Josh McIntyre ( and Chris Sease ( if you have questions about the elections process.

3L Announcements

Commencement Information

The time for our May commencement ceremony has been set. The event will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 9. You can find additional commencement weekend information here:

Please continue to check this site throughout the semester as information will be updated as May approaches.

McCall Teaching Award

Attention Class of 2010. Until noon this Friday, Feb. 19, you will have the chance to vote on the McCall Teaching Award. Please take a moment and select the professor you think is most deserving of this award from the top five nominees you selected last week. You can vote at by clicking on the Student Life Tab and "McCall Award Selection" or by clicking Please see below more for details about the award.

The McCall Teaching Award for Excellence is named for Frederick B. McCall, who served on the UNC Law faculty for over 40 years. He was an outstanding scholar of property and estates law, a tireless contributor to the North Carolina General Statutes Commission, and a celebrated teacher. Upon his retirement in 1967, students established the McCall Award to be selected annually by members of the third-year class.

The McCall Award is an annual award for outstanding teaching elected by the graduating class pursuant to the students' own rules and customs, and presented at commencement.

Class of 2010 Gift

Thank you, 3Ls, for taking the time to participate in the Class Gift Survey. The votes have been tallied up and the Class of 2010 has decided to support the Ms. Betty Degraffenreid Fund. Income from this fund will support the initial building construction of the new law school, as well as the continued maintenance and upgrade of the building over the years. Upon construction, this fund will name a space in the new law school building at Carolina North in loving memory of Betty Degraffenreid.

In March, there will be a table set up in the Rotunda for your contributions and pledges and further information will be available on how you can contribute. Please support the 2010 Class Gift and if you have any questions, please e-mail Sora Lee at

Social Events

Barristers Ball

Barristers Ball will be held on February 27 at The Carolina Inn. Tickets are now on sale. There will be a table set up in the rotunda during lunch. Tickets are $15 apiece, or $25 for two. Tickets will be $20 a piece at the door on the night of Barristers.


Campus Safety

Student Government's Safety Committee has collected the following three ways to keep you safe while navigating campus at night. We urge students to give these programs a try, because we have found them to be good ways of keeping safe.

1. SafeWalk is a new late-night safe transportation option that is now available and ready to take your requests! SafeWalk will provide students with a male-female pair of DPS-trained student walkers to accompany them between any on-campus locations, including Granville and most Greek housing. The hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. There are three ways to submit a request:

  • Go to and click on "Request a SafeWalk"
  • Call (919) 962-SAFE
  • Approach the nearest SafeWalkers and ask them to walk you home.

SafeWalk is available free of charge to all UNC students. Employees of the program are equipped with Push-to-Talk cell phones to stay in touch with a dispatcher in the Undergraduate Library. Additionally, SafeWalkers always use Rave Guardian, the mobile blue light program, when walking with students.

2. *Rave Guardian* is a free service that keeps track of you while you are walking and is available to everyone with a UNC Onyen. After registering, you can call (888) 728-4687 and set a timer for your anticipated travel time. If you do not call back the timer before it expires, then campus police will receive an alert immediately with your picture and all of the information from your profile to assist in their response.

Follow this link to get Rave Guardian quickly and easily:

3. *NextBus on P2P* - Coming this semester! You will be able to track the P2P buses on the same website that you use to track the other Chapel Hill transit buses at:

Study Guides

The Student Bar Association purchased a number of study guides, covering many of the courses offered at the law school, and donated them to the Library. These guides will be available for non-circulation use. Guides should be available within the next few weeks.

GPSF Announcements

GPSF Judicial Appointments

Students interested in applying for a judicial appointment as the Graduate Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, or Graduate Honor Court Chair may do so beginning Friday, February 19. Application material, requirements and information will be available online at the honor system website,

The Graduate AG, Assistant AG, and Honor Court Chair are appointed by the GPSF President and are subject to final confirmation by the GPSF Senate, which will be held on Thursday, April 8.

Please note that you may apply for more than one position, but you may only be appointed to hold one position. If you have any questions regarding any office, its duties, or this process, please contact the GPSF President-Elect, Laura Blue at, the Graduate Attorney General, Claire Hunter at, or the Graduate Honor Court Chair, Lori McArthur at

Please note that these applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 19, 2010. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on Monday, March 22.

GPSF Spring Travel Awards

For Travel Between January 1st 2010 and June 30th 2010

Application Period Opens: January 29th
Application Period Closes: February 28th

Who's Eligible:

  • 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 the Application

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