Student Bar Association (SBA) Newsletter

Student Bar Association Newsletter: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

SBA Elections

Congratulations to the newly elected 2010-2011 Board of Governors. Elected students will take office in April.

SBA President - David Brown
SBA Vice President - Justin Puleo
SBA Secretary - Judson Wood
SBA Treasurer - Crystal Boni

3L Class President - John Villalon
3L Class Representative - Eddie Thomas, Jr.
3L Class Representative - Noor Kapoor

2L Class President - Lace Wayman
2L Class Representative - Jackie Azis
2L Class Representative - Elyssa Sharp


SBA Survey on Non-Credit Summer Courses

The School of Law is considering offering non-credit courses this summer, available for all current students. SBA is assisting by conducting a survey ( that will be used to determine whether to offer courses, which courses to offer, and when to offer the courses.

The following courses are being considered:

  • Basic Accounting*
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Leadership for Lawyers
  • Law Office Management
  • Pleadings and Discovery
  • Technology in Law Practice

Any courses offered through this program would be free of charge. Each course would last one week and would be offered in either a half-day or full-day format, dependent in part on the results of the survey. Though no academic credit would be available, students who complete a course would receive a Certificate of Completion.

*Please note that Basic Accounting should not be confused with Legal Accounting. The course would cover basic accounting principles but should not be relied upon to detail legal accounting principles.

Studying at the School of Government

The UNC School of Government is happy to host School of Law students wishing to study, but asks that students follow these guidelines.

  • Please check the school's calendar to make sure that the room you are using to study is available.┬áRoom reservation information is available here:
  • If you plan to study in the school after normal business hours, contact Sean Downing at 843-7889 to set up access using your One Card. Do not prop open external doors in order to gain access to the building.

Invitation to Student Open Houses on Law Curriculum Reform

Wednesday 3/17
Room 5042 (12 noon - 12:50) [FREE PIZZA!]

Please join us for one of the two student "open house" sessions to discuss possible proposals for changes in the UNC Law Curriculum that may be adopted to take effect beginning as soon as fall 2011. The curriculum review committee needs your input! Please join us. Thanks!-the UNC Law Curriculum Review Committee.

Nominate your peers for law school awards

Crisp Award for Student Leadership

Purpose: The Winston Crisp Award was initiated by the Student Bar Association during the 2005-2006 school year to recognize excellence in student leadership. Dean Crisp served the law school as Associate Dean of Student Services for 13 years. Dean Crisp demonstrated extraordinary leadership ability throughout his time at UNC Law, both as a student and as an administrator. The Crisp Award seeks to recognize students who exemplify the same outstanding leadership.

Eligibility: Students in all classes are eligible to be nominated for the Crisp Award. Nominated students need not hold an executive board position within their affiliated organizations. Members of the SBA Executive Board are not eligible for nomination.

Selection Process: Nominations should include a description of the nominee's leadership abilities. Examples of excellent leadership include outstanding coordination of student projects, effective decision making skills and exceptional willingness to assist fellow members of the law school community. Nominations will be judged by a panel consisting of the SBA President, the 1L Class President, the 2L Class President, the 3L Class President, John Kasprzak, and a selected member of the law school faculty.

Deadline: All nominations for the Crisp Award must be submitted by Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m. These may be submitted by email ( or by leaving a print copy in Kris Gould's mail file (3L).

Questions: Please contact Kris Gould (

Davis Society

Jim Davis, a 1973 School of Law graduate of superb ability and character, died of cancer in 1980. His wife, Carolyn, an outstanding person in her own right, died of cancer in 1982. To perpetuate the memory of these two individuals, who possessed qualities of integrity, responsibility, leadership, and dedication, their friends and families have established the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society in their names. The Society allows for recognition of up to eight third year law students who have made significant contributions to the UNC School of Law.

The James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society is intended to recognize third year students possessing both academic and personal excellence and a willingness to serve for the betterment of the School of Law and its faculty and students. Inductees will be recognized at Commencement and receive a framed certificate in honor of their selection. They will also be honored at a reception during Commencement weekend. A Davis Society plaque with each recipient's name is also displayed in the School's lobby.

To be considered for the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society, a third year student must be nominated, in writing, by another law student (any year), or faculty or staff member. Those making nominations should consider the qualities of leadership ability, extracurricular activities, character, and academic achievement. There is no official nomination form, but please include why you believe your nominee deserves to be included in the Davis Society. Nominees may later submit additional information about their extracurricular activities, honors, and academic achievement. You may drop off nominations to John Kasprzak's office (Room 5023) in the Student Affairs suite, or email him at (

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 26 at 5:00 P.M.

GPSF Announcements

Applications Open for 2010-2011 Appointments

Executive Board and Cabinet Appointments

2010-11 GPSF President-Elect Laura Blue is now accepting applications for the GPSF Executive Board and Cabinet. The Graduate and Professional Student Federation is the only campus-wide representative body solely representing graduate and professional students.

GPSF is the collective voice of the graduate and professional student body. As a graduate or professional student you are automatically a member. GPSF is composed of an executive board, senate, honor system, cabinet and external appointments. The executive board members are in charge of the daily functions of GPSF, while the cabinet members are more focused on a particular advocacy area.

Applications for the executive board are due March 20, and the cabinet applications are due March 27. To view the available positions and find the applications visit

Executive Board appointments (Vice-President of Internal Affairs, Vice-President of External Affairs, Chief of Staff, Treasurer and Secretary) are subject to final confirmation by the GPSF Senate, which will be held on Thursday, April 8.

Cabinet members work closely with the GPSF Chief of Staff. Cabinet positions include: Child Care Advocate, City & Local Relations Chair, Dining Advocate, Diversity Affairs Advocate, Health Policy Coordinator, Housing Advocate, Information Technology Policy Chair, International Students Chair, Legislative Affairs Chair, LGBTIQ Advocate, Outreach Coordinator, Public Relations Chair, Public Service Chair, Social Chair, Special Projects Chair, Safety & Security Chair, Sustainability Chair, TA-RA Issues Advocate, and Transportation Chair.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Blue at

Judicial Appointments

Applications are now being accepted for students interested in a judicial appointment as the Graduate Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, or Graduate Honor Court Chair. Application material, requirements and information are 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.

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.

For more information about the Student Bar Association, visit

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