2011-2012 SBA Elections
Elections for the 2011-2012 SBA Board of Governors will be held on April 20-21 in the bookstore.
All students will receive a 20% off discount on any supplement text book or study aid and 10% off all logo items if you vote on April 20 or 21. Discounts only available if you vote in the bookstore.
Congratulations to Bevin Carroll (4L eve.), Joseph Beer (3L day), Yosef Klein (3L day), Hazel Gumbs (3L evening), and Justin Haber (ISBA rep.) — your positions were uncontested!
President (one position available):
Jack Bentley, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent
I am running for president to unite our student body in the face of a difficult and trying time for law students. My leadership will go beyond providing socials and a Barrister’s Ball. I will search tirelessly for creative ways to improve our school’s marketability as well as student morale.
Because no one can accomplish this goal without the support of the whole student body, I believe that I would do the best job leading you next year. I have already demonstrated my ability to lead and work closely with the student body. This past year I served as SBA Treasurer. In that capacity I worked closely with all the student organization leaders and listened to their suggestions. With those suggestions, I spearheaded the overhaul of our finance process to make it easier and more efficient. Accordingly, SBA was able to end the year with a budget surplus after starting this year with a $40,000 debt. Additionally, my involvement in Kent’s top ranked Trial Advocacy Team and three other student groups makes me a connected and capable candidate for this job. We have a lot of work to do to seriously improve our school, and I eagerly look forward to the privilege of leading you in that effort.
My first project as president will be to hold an open student forum at the beginning of the year where all students will have an opportunity to address the whole student body with their suggestions, ideas, concerns, and questions so that we can work together to make Kent a better place.
On behalf of the “Rebuild. Reconnect. Represent.” Ticket I am honored to have your support.
My name is Aeric Bauman, and I am running for SBA President. This is not a decision I have come to on my own, but one that was supported by my peers, by faculty, and Dean Sowle himself. Everybody who has endorsed this decision knows two things about me. The first is that I am not the law school superstar. I do not dress in flashy suits, have the most polished resume, and I do not Cali classes. I do not write slick speeches or powerful statements. I am not in this to show off and make friends. Because the second thing that anybody who supports me knows that I am a man who gets things done. And that is what I believe make me the best person for the job.
Being a law student is challenging, but going to school shouldn’t be. Financial aid should arrive on time, and when we need it. Registering for classes should not be a stress-inducing process. The health insurance we pay for should be more than just adequate. Soap dispensers in the restroom should be full. As SBA President I will face every concern brought to me by finding out why things are the way they are, and how they can be better. Not every challenge has a solution, but every question deserves an answer. I hope to fix what I can, and learn the reason behind the things I can’t.
This is not a position that I am approaching without experience. I have strong leadership skills that I developed in college government, clubs, athletics, and two plus years of professional management…all of which have taught me to be efficient, productive, and proactive in achieving tangible results on a regular basis. As a board member of UNA-USA, ILS, and SALDF I have come to understand the struggles of groups working with the SBA. Furthermore, I know what it means to work in a group, to take orders and to give them, and the challenges of being many things to many people.
The responsibilities of this position, frequent and burdensome as they can be, do not intimidate me. Law school is about looking forward to careers and professional lives, studying for the Bar exam and finding jobs, while still keeping pace in the day-to-day of completing an academic program successfully. As SBA President I will do my best to make life as a student easier, and better, so we can all concentrate on things that matter.
I hope you recognize the potential I have to accomplish good things in this position, and will support my run for SBA president.
Vice President – Day Division (one position available):
Jennifer L. Crespo, Ticket: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
As a 1L section representative in the SBA, I have gained the experience and the inspiration that a leader needs to make Chicago-Kent a stronger law school with a more cohesive community. As part of SBA’s Finance Committee, I directly interacted with impressive student groups and encouraged them to pursue innovative ideas by appropriating funds to support conferences, send students to national and regional competitions, and welcome prominent speakers to our school. The SBA has a foundation for appropriating money, and as vice president I will make sure that that money is appropriated effectively, responsibly, and fairly. My personal interest in politics and my strong background in journalism have equipped me with the skills to investigate Chicago-Kent’s needs and draw in outside support to meet those needs and exceed our expectations. As vice president of the SBA, I will facilitate dynamic cooperation between students and the administration, effective communication among student groups, and a strategic relationship between our law school and our community. Under my leadership, Chicago-Kent will gain a stronger local reputation that will allow our law school to achieve the regional recognition we deserve.
Stephen Gardner, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
I am running for Vice President of SBA to assist in the implementation of new and exciting measures that students desperately need in this difficult law market. Kent students need more opportunities to learn and connect outside of the classroom. I bring an “outsider’s perspective” to the executive board of SBA. My perspective will remind other members that most of law school happens outside of the student organizations, and that there is a large portion of the student body that goes unheard. Also, as a rising 3L and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, I have a lot of experience with school events and networking opportunities. Given this experience, I know what needs to be done to improve the current formula that fails to meet students’ needs. I am excited and honored to be considered for the position of Vice President on the distinguished ticket of Rebuild. Reconnect. Represent. We are prepared and able to work tirelessly to increase the value of every student’s experience at Chicago-Kent.
Vice President – Evening Division (one position available):
The essential purpose of the SBA is to be act as the primary liaison between students and the administration. I am running for SBA Vice President in the Evening Division because I know I will be a strong advocate for the interests of our evening students.
My mission is simple. I want to extend opportunities to evening students because we deserve to get the most of our tuition dollars. As an evening student-turned-day student, returning to evening, I have enjoyed the perks and drawbacks of being in both divisions. Although we pay the same rates in tuition, oftentimes, it is the evening students who are unable to take advantage of and/or participate in many of clinical programs, networking events, and other school-funded functions offered at Chicago-Kent. Other times, there are changes in school policy that primarily affect evening students that generally go unnoticed. For example, as of last semester, the library now closes at 5pm on Saturdays. Most day students are not affected by this, as most of their reading is done during the week; but evening students will full-time jobs rely on the weekends to complete their class reading for the week ahead. I will voice these and other concerns that the SBA and administration may have overlooked in making decisions to cut and allocate funds.
Although I have not been a member of SBA, I have a strong background in organizing and over ten years of student government experience. I promise to staunchly advocate for the Evening Division to ensure that our issues and concerns are taken into consideration.
Sylvia St. Clair, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
I am running for Vice President of the Evening Division because I am the candidate who can take your evening law student experience up a notch. My mission as the Vice President of the Evening Division is to continue making Chicago-Kent a positive learning environment and making your time on campus as productive as possible. I plan to organize more opportunities for evening students to attend social and networking events, which includes informative career panels.
As the 1L Evening Representative this year, I organized an Appreciation Breakfast for the Faculty and Staff and participated in the interviewing process for our new Campus Bookstore Manager. I assisted the Evening Law Student Society in executing a Meet and Greet social and an Oral Argument Prep Panel for evening students. I work closely with the Bookstore, looking for cost-saving opportunities and greater buy back options for students. Currently, I am working on proposals to extend the building hours past the library close time, as many students could use the extra hour who have limited time to study.
I am confident that our leadership will bring new opportunities to our student body and enhance our learning experience. As always, I will make myself available to listen to your concerns and suggestions. I will be a passionate, energetic advocate for the evening division’s needs and concerns. I look forward to serving you next year.
At your service,
Sylvia St. Clair
Secretary (one position available):
James Alex, Ticket: Beyond A Reasonable Doubt:
The Secretary’s job is to ensure that students’ voices and ideas are heard at general meetings. The SBA exists to serve student organizations, and it is crucial that the Secretary be personable and receptive regarding their issues. Because the Secretary sets the agenda for meetings, he must efficiently coordinate these needs with other SBA issues so that everyone will be heard. A methodical approach that recognizes the specific requirements for proper consideration of each issue is the only way to fairly maintain this balance. I would be an ideal fit in this capacity because I am both receptive and organized. I’ve had experience working on events as a 1L representative for the IPLS this year, and can readily resolve logistics problems. I believe that those of you whom I’ve had the opportunity to meet would agree, and I’m confident that when the rest of you get to know me you will feel likewise.
Our ticket, “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,” will run an exceptionally accessible SBA, ideally suited for the support and incorporation of new ideas. Thank you for the consideration.
Kirtana Kalavapudi, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent
My name is Kirtana Kalavapudi and I am running for the SBA Secretary position. After serving as a 1L and 2L Day Class Representative for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years, I would like the opportunity to build upon my experience as a Class Representative to once again represent my fellow classmates. As part of the Executive Board, I would like the opportunity to help my fellow Board Members and SBA in increasing Chicago-Kent’s visibility within Chicago as well as outside of Chicago. Given our recent jump in law school rankings, it is important for SBA to actively work with the administration and students to further improve our standing for the years to come by creating a greater sense of community among the students. Creating such a sense of community can come from various SBA initiatives such as more volunteer opportunities within the City of Chicago for Chicago-Kent students; participating with other law schools in CBA-sponsored events; and fundraising events sponsored by other Chicago bar associations. If elected, my dedication, innovative ideas, and personable nature will allow me to represent my classmates in SBA for a third time and affect positive change at Chicago-Kent on their behalf once again. Give me the chance to rebuild, reconnect, and REPRESENT you.
Treasurer (1 position available):
Laura Homan: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
As treasurer of SBA I hope to establish a comfortable and supportive relationship among all students and student organizations. The Kent community offers interesting and exciting student initiatives that deserve SBA’s support. I have a strong background in economics, and I intend to use my financial skills to implement effective and responsible leadership so that our student groups can meet and exceed their expectations.
Bernadett Guy, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent
I am running for SBA Treasurer because I am the best candidate to serve the needs of the student body. My mission as the Treasurer is to promote and fund events at Chicago-Kent that encourage a positive learning environment, diversity, and a variety of activities for all students with different interests. This includes networking, social, and educational events. I will work closely with student organizations on campus to achieve these goals and to make Kent a better place for everyone.
As the 1L Section A Representative this year, I helped organize a variety of events including several socials for Section A, school-wide socials, and a 1L flag football tournament. I also served on the Finance Committee this year and have experience and knowledge of the SBA procedures regarding organization funding, supplemental funding, and reimbursements. As Treasurer next year, I will continue my dedication to the interests of the Chicago-Kent community by maintaining a balanced student activities budget and working with the school administration to streamline the budgeting process.
I am confident that the Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent ticket will work hard to enhance the student body’s experience by encouraging a positive learning environment and by organizing variety of activities for everyone. As always, I will make myself available to listen to your questions, concerns, and suggestions. I look forward to serving you next year.
At your service,
4L Evening Rep. (2 positions available):
My name is Bevin Carroll and I am running for a 4L Evening Class Representative. I have been an evening class representative for the past two years and hope that I can continue to serve my fellow classmates next year. Over the past two years, I have helped revamp the SBA Constitution and Bylaws, helped plan social activities and voiced the concerns and opinions of evening students. Next year I will continue to take an active role in the SBA to make the school the best it can be.
3L Day Rep. (4 positions available):
My name is Yosef Klein, I was in section B last year.
Like many students at Kent, I am concerned with out job prospects in a depressed legal market. As a class rep, I will make it my priority to advertise the virtues of Kent and Kent Students to the legal marketplace. Implementation of this idea can include various forms of marketing and will not necessarily be confined to any one single method. The plan is to better our reputation, exposure, and, ultimately, our job prospects. I encourage anybody who wants a more detailed outline or who has any ideas that may further this goal to approach me at any point. I have been working in leadership roles throughout my entire education and currently sit on the executive boards of two student organizations here – one as president – and am a committee chairman for the upcoming KJF auction.
Also, I should have won the inaugural Oliver Wendel Holmes Mustache Competition last year – I know because somebody I had never met before told me so in an elevator once.
My name is Joe Beer and I am running as a candidate for the 3L SBA class representative position. As a 1L, I served as class representative for my section. I hope to make Chicago-Kent the best school that it can be. This year Kent went from 80 to 61 in the US News and World Report rankings. I would like to continue this upward trend for years to come.
Joseph J. Beer
3L Evening Rep. (2 positions available):
My name is Hazel Gumbs and I am running for a 3L Evening Class Representative position on the Student Bar Association (SBA). As a 3L, it is important to take an active role in the ongoing improvement of Chicago-Kent and give back to the school for the invaluable experiences and education that I am receiving. I would like the opportunity to be a liaison that will voice and address student concerns while supporting their interests and enhancing their overall law school experience. I would focus on providing opportunities for student development and growth including, coordinating forums and speaker series as well as organizing social events and activities. I am driven and dedicated to making sure that the evening student body is represented to its fullest in this upcoming year. I have held several leadership positions at school and in the workplace and it would be my honor to represent my classmates and the Chicago-Kent student body. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve as the 3L evening class representative on the SBA.
2L Day Rep. (4 positions available):
Bill Lawlor, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
My name is Bill Lawlor and I am running for 2L Day Class Representative. Through this position, I hope to provide Chicago-Kent students with the opportunity to make the most of their time during their 3 years here. As a 1L, I started the Law & Economics Society, so I have experience with leadership positions. I will do my best to address students’ concerns (like the lack of soap in Concourse bathrooms) regarding their experience at Chicago-Kent while a representative. A vote for Rebuild, React, Represent is a vote for a step in a new direction. And more soap.
Kyle Wallenberg, ticket: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
My name is Kyle Wallenberg and I am running for a 2L Day Class Representative position. My goal for next year is to organize various activities that will provide students with a variety of networking opportunities. Organizing social events will be one of my top priorities for next year. Let’s be honest, we all need a break from the law school realm. I have always worked well in group settings, and have no problem working in a leadership capacity. I look forward to serving the needs of my fellow classmates next year.
Bridget Maul, ticket: beyond a reasonable doubt:
Hi, I am Bridget Maul and I am running for a 2L Day Class Representative position. I would love the opportunity to plan and encourage new and different SBA events. I will voice YOUR opinions to the SBA to make our 2nd year even better than our first. This year, I organized an end-of-the-year party trolley ride for my section, and would love the opportunity to expand this idea to include all rising 2Ls. With your vote, I hope to be your spokesperson to incorporate your ideas to make this next year great for not just all 2L’s, but the school as a whole.
Max Barack, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
My name is Max Barack and along with Danessa Watkins, Aaron Zaluzec, and Bill Lawlor, I am running for 2L SBA Representative. I have leadership experience from a number of organizations, including serving as the Judicial Vice President of the Inter-Fraternity Council at the University of Michigan. As your representative, I will advocate for our best interests. It is important that the SBA representative be accessible to his or her constituents. I would like to gain as much student input as possible, and I will work to implement your suggestions. One thing I think that SBA should do is to plan more social events, especially during the summer, when students may have more free time. One of our first goals will be to plan a summer social event. I also think that it is important that student concerns are communicated to the school’s administration. So, if students have concerns, such as why the library closes so early and whether it would be possible to extend library hours, I will certainly try to discuss those with the school and try to come up with positive solutions. I would like to hear from you as to what you would like done, and we will work to make sure that your suggestions are heard.
Peter Kim, Ticket: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt:
My name is Peter Kim and I am running for a 2L Day Class Representative position. My top priority is to enhance the law school experience of my fellow classmates. I have held leadership positions in the past, and I believe I have the necessary skills to become a successful class representative. Throughout my 1L year, I have had the opportunity to meet many of you, and by being a class representative, I hope to listen to your problems and address the many concerns. I can assure you that with Peter Kim, “you’re in good hands.”
Hey, wanna go spend a bunch of money at the Irish Oak next Thursday?
No? Yeah, me neither.
SBA needs to break its streak of dull social events and open up its decision-making process. A vote for me is a vote for better events and greater transparency.
Danessa Watkins, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
My name is Danessa Watkins and I am running for 2L Day Class Representative. As a 1L, I represented Section A in the Student Bar Association (SBA) through planning socials and athletic activities that brought unity to a diverse class. I have acquired a strong sense of community and feel confident in my ability to act on behalf of my class and their unique concerns. I became involved in multiple committees through the SBA including the Social and Finance Committees. I therefore bring a working knowledge of SBA policies, a strong dedication to the student body, and a unique enthusiasm to student government. I would appreciate the chance to represent 2Ls during the 2011/12 school year.
Thank you for your vote!
Julio Costa, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
Dear Kent student body,
My name is Julio Costa and I am interested in serving as your SBA 2L class rep. As law school students, we have the tendency of narrowly tailoring our lives around schoolwork; consequently, we sometimes lose sight of a very important social factor that goes far beyond the confine of any Kent classroom: winning. Through the SBA, I am eager to work alongside a team that’s not only committed to strengthening our core educational experience, but also one that’s dedicated towards complementing it with events that will enhance student lives. Thus, giving students the ultimate bi-winning experience here at Chicago-Kent. Thank You.
2L Evening Rep. (2 positions available):
My name is Emily Dosch and I am running for 2L Evening Class Representative. I understand working full-time and going to school nearly full time can be exhausting. However, I want to ensure that evening students’ voice is heard in the school and that is justly represented. I am enthusiastic and creative and believe that sleep is a fallacy that only exists in fairy tales. I hope to have the opportunity to represent my fellow sleep-deprived 2L‘s.
My name is Kendra Rose and I am running for a 2L Evening Class Representative. I will promote a clear line of communication between our division and the SBA and make sure that your thoughts an opinions are heard. I work well with others and have held a position of coordination and communications in my professional career that I can bring to this realm.
My name is David Martinez and I am running for the 2L evening division Class representative. As a full time employee in a leadership position for the last 4 years, I have gained valuable experience working on teams with people of all different personalities to achieve set team expectations and goals.
An evening division representative should understand the significant burdens those of us who work full time, have families, and attend school are under. The representative should be a person who knows how isolated the evening division can feel especially in relation to the search and obtainment of legal employment.
As a full time employee in a non legal profession, I understand the challenges we face as evening students in receiving gainful experience within the legal profession while supporting a family and attending classes. I believe I can bring a strong voice to the SBA, and I will push for greater support in furthering the evening division’s needs for flexible legal employment options.
ABA Rep. (1 position available):
Amy Ballard, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
My name is Amy Ballard, and I am running for the position of American Bar Association Representative. This past year, I served as SBA Secretary. I gave much time and effort to SBA, to student organizations, and to the student body. I am confident in my ability to now serve as a representative of Chicago-Kent to the ABA.
As ABA rep, my job would be two-fold. I will serve the student body as an SBA member and I will serve as a liaison between Chicago-Kent and the ABA. As an SBA member I will continue to listen to my peers’ comments and concerns, help plan events, and continue to see the improvements we started this year continue to next. This year, the SBA helped improve technology throughout the school, we made progress on including a rec-room in the building, and we started creating socials that are more amenable to all students. I want to make sure these do not get forgotten. Also, the ABA representative traditionally sets a volunteer day. I will make sure it happens this year, and I will work to make it fun and successful.
I believe the liaison aspect of the position is not one to be taken lightly. I want to put Chicago-Kent’s name out there among other schools. I would like to involve our school and students in more ABA sponsored events. One simple way to do this is by being mindful of what is out there, being involved, and advertising it to all of you. I also can use this position as an opportunity to find out what other schools are doing, what works, what doesn’t, and bring those tips back here.
I am aware of the work this position entails as well as some improvements that I can make. I am ready to take on this challenge. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the Chicago-Kent student body one more year as an SBA member.
Emily Acosta, Ticket: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt:
I became an active member of the Chicago-Kent community during my 1L year, and my positive experiences here have inspired me to advocate for our law school and its students. As Chicago-Kent’s American Bar Association representative, I will help institute and support the ABA policies that improve our legal education and our future legal careers. I will be an effective liaison between our law school and the legal professionals associated with the ABA, and my leadership will solicit the advice and counsel that will enable Chicago-Kent to pursue new and innovative ideas.
CBA Rep. (1 position available):
My name is Rita Greggio and I am running for Chicago Bar Association Representative. I represented the evening section this past year as a 1L Evening Representative. I believe that making strong connections in law school will be crucial to our future success as members of the legal community. As CBA Rep., I hope to provide increased networking opportunities and greater access to legal professionals and events in Chicago to aid us in our professional development. If you vote for me, I will be a voice for you in our school and for Chicago-Kent in the local legal community.
Aaron Zaluzec, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
My name is Aaron Zaluzec and I am running for Chicago Bar Association Representative for the 2011-2012 school year. As the representative to the Chicago Bar Association, I will work to ensure that Chicago-Kent is an active leader in the CBA.
The CBA provides a valuable—yet underutilized—outlet for Chicago-Kent students as we advance in our legal careers. As your representative to the CBA I will work to facilitate communication between the Chicago-Kent and the CBA, ensuring that expectations on both sides are met.
It is important that our representative to the CBA listens to and brings about the expectations of our student body. My work with Phi Alpha Delta, the Kent Justice Foundation and the Student Bar Association over the past year clearly indicates my ability and willingness to fulfill this requirement.
I appreciate your vote in the upcoming election and look forward to being an active member of Phi Alpha Delta for years to come.
Gregory Forfa, Ticket: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt:
My name is Gregory Forfa and I will be a 2L this coming year. I am running to be your Chicago Bar Association Representative for Chicago-Kent. This year I have enjoyed getting to know many of you and have been actively working to increase the profile of Kent and the school’s general standings in the legal community. For example, I helped with the Lambda Civil Rights Conference that attracted well over 100 attorneys from around the country to our school. As your Chicago Bar Association Representative, I will work to further increase Kent’s reputation in the Chicago area, as well as attract attorneys to school networking events, so our students have more opportunity to interact with the professionals they will soon seek employment from. I strongly believe that I can help the SBA strengthen the positive reputation Kent has earned through its legal writing, IP, and moot court programs even further, and increase the career opportunities of all our students upon graduation.
ISBA Rep. (1position available):
Justin Haber, Ticket: Rebuild, Reconnect, Represent:
My name is Justin Haber, and I am running for the position of Illinois State Bar Association Representative. As the ISBA Representative I will promote ISBA events and facilitate a relationship between Chicago Kent students and the ISBA. Never having served on Chicago Kent’s Student Bar Association, I will bring fresh perspective and ideas to the SBA. Additionally, as president of Chicago Kent’s Child and Family Law Society, I have experience in promoting events on campus and serving as a leader. Finally, as a strong communicator I will effectively fulfill my role as student liaison to the ISBA. I look forward to serving you this year, and thank you for your vote.