Student Bar Association (SBA) Newsletter

Student Bar Association Newsletter: Thursday, February 5, 2015


Fellow Classmates,

The SBA and its committees have been busy planning many events both academic and social for the student body. This newsletter contains information about the major events sponsored by the SBA and other groups that will be going on in the next few weeks. Please look through and read about the events that interest you. To see what else has been going on with the SBA, be sure to check the website ( As always, if you ever have any questions about the SBA or ideas to improve the experience here at UNC Law, feel free to let me, or any of the SBA representatives, know.

In the Carolina Law spirit,

Leslie Puzo
SBA President

Upcoming Events

SBA Elections – Candidate Interest Meetings Feb. 9 & 11

SBA elections are coming up in the coming weeks. Interested in running to represent your class or be part of the executive board come to our candidate interest meetings. The candidate interest meetings are mandatory if you want to run as a candidate and have your name on the election ballot.

The interest meetings will take place February 9 in room 4085 at noon and on February 11 in room 5042 at noon. If you cannot attend these interest meeting because of a scheduling conflict please contact John Harris at

SBA: 1L Brief Writing with Lexis- Feb. 11

Need help with your brief; come to the SBA Lunch and Learn hosted in conjunction with Lexis. A Lexis representative will be present to guide and help demystify the brief research process, plus free food. February 11, in room 4085 at noon.

Barristers Ball- Feb. 21

Mark your calendars, this year's Barrister's Ball (aka 'law prom') will be held at Governor's Club of Chapel Hill on Saturday, February 21 from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Tickets will go on sale February 9 in the lower Rotunda.


Transportation: Don't worry about transportation to the ball because we have arranged for a bus to run between the law school and the Governor's Club and a bus to run between Franklin Street and the Governor's Club. If you prefer to drive, there is plenty of parking at the Governor's Club. More detailed information about transportation to follow as the event gets closer.

Music: DJ

Food: Appetizers, desserts and cash bar

Ticket Sales: Tickets go on sale online and in the lower rotunda beginning February 9

Price: $25/single and $45/couple

Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable

SBA: Tech Talk- Feb. 23

Please join us at this SBA-sponsored event for an introduction to Fastcase, "the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and smarter and more powerful searching, sorting, and visualization tools at your fingertips." The presentation will be led by 3L Aaron Kirschenfeld, who has interned for the company. See

Following the Fastcase demo and discussion, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Reference/Emerging Technologies Librarian, Tim Gallina, will discuss and demo other cool legal apps that students should find very useful in their future careers as 21st century lawyers.

Pizza and drinks will be served!

SBA: Professor Roundtable with Professor Brophy - Feb. 25

Topic: Renaming Saunders Hall? The Law and Morality of Building Renaming. Lunch will be provided. Feb. 25 at 12 p.m.

Law Revue- Feb. 26

Get ready for some laughs on February 26, our annual Law Revue show will be taking place at The ArtsCenter Earl Wynn Theater. Please look out for more information.

Diversity Week - March 2-6

SBA Diversity week will be taking place during the week of March 2. Please look out for more on the Carolina calendar, white boards, class Facebook pages, and the SBA website.

3L Announcements

Commencement Information

Spring Commencement for the Class of 2015 will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Carmichael Arena. Time is 10:00 a.m. Graduates will need to arrive at 8:45 a.m.


Interested in joining the ABA Law Student Division? Many law students miss these career-building ABA leadership opportunities, often because they never hear about them. ABA student leaders have the unique chance to connect with seasoned ABA lawyer leaders, network with fellow law students from across the country, advocate on relevant law student issues, and learn policy-making skills.

Applications for the following positions are due 2/1/2015:

  • Division Chair
  • Division Vice Chair
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Circuit Governors (15 openings)
  • Student Editor for Student Lawyer magazine

Applications for these two positions are due 2/15/2015:

  • ABA Entity Liaisons (60+ openings)
  • National Student Directors (5 openings)

Learn more or apply at If you have questions, please contact the Division at

GPSF Announcements

GPSF Graduate Mentorship Award

Have an awesome graduate/professional student mentor? Nominate for GPSF Graduate Mentorship Award.

Areas of mentorship include but are not limited to teaching, research, professional development or academic success. This award was established by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) to recognize graduate and professional students at UNC-Chapel Hill who exemplify excellence in mentoring to other graduate and professional students. GPSF will be selecting two Graduate or professional students to receive a $250 award. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2015. Please take the time to nominate a deserving mentor! For more information please see the award website or directly visit the nomination form.

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) Celebration

When: Thursday, February 19, 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: Union Great Hall

Who: Everyone!

What: The purpose of the IMLD Celebration event is to recognize and celebrate different languages, cultures, and ethnicities from all over the world. The event will include an exhibition of many cultural arts, including Henna and Calligraphy, as well as performances representing various cultures. Performances will begin at 5pm and will include songs, instrumental, dance, drama, poem recitation, fashion show, or any other kind of specialty cultural acts. Refreshments will also be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact the GPSF International Student Advocate, Upoma Guha, at

Call for performers! If you (or your group) are interested in performing at this event, please sign up online by Friday, February 6.

In addition, there will be a Bengali Film Festival leading up to the IMLD Celebration event. Films will be shown in the Union Auditorium February 16-18 from 6-9 p.m. each night.

GPSF Emergency Fund Open

Do you have recent, emergency medical bills? Have you recently needed to replace belongings due to theft or fire? You may now apply to have these and other emergency costs reimbursed. The GPSF Emergency Fund was created to assist graduate and professional students at UNC-CH affected by unforeseen financial circumstances that could hinder their ability to complete their graduate career. To see if your emergency needs qualify for funding or to fill out an application, visit the Emergency Fund website online. Students are encouraged to apply concurrently to the UNC Student Emergency Fund when applying to the Graduate and Professional Student Emergency Fund. If you have any questions, please contact the GPSF Student Opportunity Advocate, Justin Johnson at

UNC Tunnel of Oppression

February 10, 2015 - 11:00 a.m. - February 12, 2015 - 11:00 p.m.

The Tunnel of Oppression is a tour that will engage students in an immersive experience of scenes where participants will experience firsthand different forms of oppression through interactive acting, viewing monologues, and multimedia. Participants directly experience the following scenes of oppression: ability, body image, gender identity, homelessness, homophobia, religion, interpersonal violence, race, human trafficking, and mental health. All of the scenes have been written with the Chapel Hill students in mind. Some scenes are direct monologues from student experiences on campus. At the completion of the Tunnel experience participants will go through an active 30 minute processing session where they will discuss the experience and learn how they can rethink their role in creating positive social change. Our 2015 Tunnel of Oppression will be supporting Carolina Cupboard. All participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to be donated.

Register at

Sports and Intramurals

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Our meetings are open to the entire law school. We encourage that you attend and voice any concerns or ideas during our open forum at the beginning of our meetings. This semester all SBA meetings will take place on Tuesdays at noon in room 3080.

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