The results are in! After the election on March 26, 2L Rachel Morris and 1L Sandor Callahan are the new Student Bar Association President and Day Vice President, respectively. 2E James Danford won the position of Evening Vice President, 2E Adrienne Beaudoin is the new Secretary, and 2L Brad Paraszczak is the new Treasurer.
In an interview with the Law Weekly, Callahan said: “I’ve already started working!” In response to complaints about the availability of microwaves on campus, he said he has worked with the administration to post maps showing where microwaves are available for students on campus. While this may seem like a small or insignificant issue, he emphasized that any improvement to the student experience is important to him.
Callahan is also interested in working with the administration to reduce printing costs for students. “I think one of the issues the administration might have is seeing where the current profits go from the printing,” he said. “It’s common knowledge that our endowment isn’t that large, and while we’ve been growing and have been doing a great job in raising it, we have to be careful.”
Callahan noted that he personally values SBA’s role in building a community. His time in the Peace Corps, where he was stationed in China’s Guizhou Province, helped solidify this ambition. In addition to his role as vice president, he will also be serving as a Resident Fellow in the Gewirz Student Center next year, giving him a chance to further shape and foster the Georgetown Law community.
The campaigns lasted two weeks, and the battle for ballots took place both across social media tools, such as Facebook and Snapchat, as well as throughout the Georgetown Law student body socially. Morris ran her campaign alongside Paraszczak, one of the first people she met at school. She also noted that she has spoken to her former opponent, 2L Micah Fielden, and has plans to pursue some of the ideas he raised during the campaign.
In her platform, Morris states that she wants “[t]o increase collaboration across the Law Center through working with student org leaders, journals, individual students, and the administration.” Specifically, she stated that “students can look forward to expanded programming like Ditch the District, improvements in services provided by the law center, and more collaboration across the school.” The Ditch the District program is a series of trips that takes students outside of the law school environment for a weekend.
Student life improvements, like providing coffee and hot drinks along with increased transparency in grade returns, course evaluations and faculty hiring, are on the agenda as well. Morris also expressed a desire to improve the experience for students on nonstandard paths. According to her platform statement, Morris “would like to ensure that all students have an excellent experience while at Georgetown Law. Many students already have this. However, there is room for improvement, particularly when it comes to LLMs, transfer students, evening students, and students with diverse backgrounds.”
Morris and Callahan will lead a cadre of 26 delegates starting at the SBA meeting on April 14, with more to be added from the new sections in the autumn.