Student Bar Association (SBA) Newsletter

Student Bar Association Newsletter: Monday, September 21, 2015


Fellow Classmates!

Here's a short newsletter of events you all should put on your calendar!

Nana Asante
SBA President

Upcoming Events

First Year Elections: 1L Elections start tomorrow, Tuesday, September, 22, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Allocations Meeting held on Sunday, September 27 in room 4004, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. After attending the Treasurer's Meeting, the next step in the process to receive SBA money is to request funds. If your organization would like to make a funding and budget request for the Fall term you MUST attend this meeting. Each individual organization will receive a time allotment of approximately 15-20 minutes to present your request to the SBA board. Individual groups are NOT required to attend for the full time, only for the time slot assigned to your organization. In order to be assigned a time slot, all funding requests are due no later than September 23 by 5 p.m. to me (

Carolina Law Bluegrass and BBQ, Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Carolina Law Bluegrass and BBQ scheduled for Saturday, September 26. $15 per person gets you and your family a NC style BBQ buffet, cold beer and live music prior to the game. cheer on the Tar Heels as they take on Delaware. Limited football tickets are available. Already have season tickets? Join us for Bluegrass and BBQ and then walk over to Kenan Stadium at game time. Children 10 and under eat free! Kick off is at 12:30!

Upcoming Public Service Events

Bone Marrow Registry Drive Tuesday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Register as a Bone Marrow Donor! Be a match and save a life. Help Judge Fox and others blood cancer and blood disease!

Please join us for a Bone Marrow Registry Drive in honor of UNC alumnus, Judge Carl Fox (BA '75, JD '78). Judge Fox is battling myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood cancer that requires a bone marrow transplant to survive. The Student Bar Association, the Black Law Students Association, and the Externship Program will be hosting a Bone Marrow Registry Drive in collaboration with Delete Blood Cancer, a bone marrow registry organization. Five minutes of your time -- a simple oral swab and brief paperwork, could make a difference in the life of our fellow Tar Heel, and many others who would be grateful for your willingness to help. We look forward to the participation of all members of the UNC community, and surrounding communities in this event as we honor Judge Fox and all those who are fighting blood cancer.

For More Information:
Prof. Janine Zanin

Nana Asante, J.D. Candidate '16  

3L Class Gift Fundraising

Mark your calendars for October 7, 2015, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come out to the Carolina Club that evening to enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while you learn about the 3L Class Gift Campaign. The kickoff reception will include remarks from UNC Law Director of Annual Giving, as well as an explanation of how to contribute to the class gift. Any questions about the event can be answered by 3L Class President, Rachel Morgan (

Student Organizations

Student Organization Recognition: Deadline September 23, 2015

The application can be found online at The deadline for submitting for the October recognition is 12:00 p.m. on September 23.

Student Organization Funding Opportunities

Student Bar Association

It was brought to the attention of the SBA, through student comments received at the Treasurer's Meeting, that law school student organizations would like to request SBA reimbursement for SAFO annual fees. After consideration, the SBA Board has decided to allow limited case-by-case requests for student orgs to receive reimbursement of SAFO annual fees.

In considering these requests, the Board will take into account your organization’s financial situation and fundraising efforts, giving special consideration to organizations that are the most lacking in resources but have made attempts to secure funds through other sources. Another factor we will consider is whether an organization has sought out the opportunity to participate in SBA's fridge cleaning program. Compensation for the completion of this program is $25 each time, which would cover a significant portion of SAFO's $28 annual fee for organizations that conduct 1-3 transactions per year.

Normal procedures for making SBA budget requests will still apply. Please refer directly to SBA's Bylaws in our Budget Section, which can be found at the following link:

Please see the current SAFO fee structure below:

  • 1-3 transactions per year = $28 annual fee
  • 4-10 transactions per year = $95 annual fee
  • 11-25 transactions per year = $145 annual fee
  • 26-50 transactions per year = $245 annual fee
  • 51-100 transactions per year = $290 annual fee
  • 101-250 transactions per year = $390 annual fee
  • 251+ transactions per year = $555 annual fee

Transactions include check processing, deposits, and intra office transfers. Depending on the number of transactions, any fees owed by your organization will be charged directly to your account at the end of the month. Additionally, as they are an annual fee, if you have already paid for one of the initial fee categories that money will be credited to the next fee. For instance, if you made 2 transactions in March your organization will owe the $28 fee at the end of that Month. Then, if you make another 5 transactions in April, you will owe $95, minus the $28 already paid, for a total of $67. You may contact SAFO directly at if you have any additional questions about this free structure or how it is charged.

As always, feel free to directly contact our Treasurer, Meghan Boyd, if you have any questions:

Social Events

Bar Review: The Crunkleton

Wellness Week is October 19-23

The next SBA Board of Governors Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at noon.

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

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