The Catholic University of America

 

SBA 1L Representative Elections

Andrew Coley:

1.      Why do you want to be a member of the Student Bar Association?

I want to be a member of the Student Bar Association because I believe that I have the leadership capabilities and temperament to be a liaison between my law class and the governing administration. I am open to hearing people voice their opinions and thoughts on issues, and I believe that I can be a part of working with students to become involved in our student community.

 

2.      What previous experiences qualify you to be on the Student Bar Association?

I have worked as a research assistant in the past, in a position that required me to be the leader of a research team. I am capable of directing students and acting on my own initiative to get anything done. This quality of myself, to “get things done” is one that has allowed me to focus in on tasks at hand, and give them my undivided attention until they are completed to an exceptional standard.

 

3.      What new ideas will you bring to the Student Bar Association?

I cannot say with any certainty that I will be bringing new ideas to the Student Bar Association. I can, however, say with confidence that once I have an idea of what my position actually requires of me, and what I am capable of doing, I will work to improve on any ideas at hand. I will contribute to the best of my ability in anything that I am involved in, and can work to increase the effectiveness of our administration over our student body.

 

Willie Burden:

1.      Why do you want to be a member of the Student Bar Association?

I would like to be a member of the Student Bar Association because I think it will be a great opportunity to serve my fellow classmates by providing a liaison for them to address any issues or concerns they might have, while also giving them the opportunity to share any productive ideas they might have to further the educational and social environment at CUA Law.

 

2.      What previous experiences qualify you to be on the Student Bar Association?

I previously served as the Senator Representative for the College of Graduate Studies while attending Georgia Southern University. In my experience I worked with the other representatives from the various colleges across campus to provide feedback to the campus administration on campus policies and procedures.

 

3.      What new ideas will you bring to the Student Bar Association?   

 

I believe that one of  the main goals of SBA should be to encourage student participation in events hosted not only on campus but also in the local community. I would love the opportunity to work with other SBA members on crafting ideas that will get more students involved in the SBA process and promote participation. In my experience incentive based events tend to draw the most attention. Therefore my focus would be to brainstorm ideas that provides students with an opportunity to benefit from being involved such as fundraisers with a tier reward system or scholarship funds that can be used here at Catholic University. This process would be most effective in my opinion by seeking the sponsorship of other entities such as the campus bookstore, local restaurants, and stores.

 

Sandra Sawan:

1. Why do you want to be a member of the Student Bar Association?

 

Throughout my scholarly career I have made it a point to give back to the

institution that gives so much to me. I believe that being a student representative and a

student leader is the best way to give back to my scholarly community. With just three

weeks as a CUA Law student I feel at home. I truly look forward to giving back to the CUA

Law 1L community and the entire CUA Law community by becoming a liaison to their

wants, needs, and concerns.

 

2. What previous experiences qualify you to be on the Student Bar Association?

 

I have been involved in student leader advocacy since I was in high school serving in

multiple leadership roles, most notable to my leadership experience, I served as Student

Body President my senior year of high school to a high school of over 5,000 students. Most

recently I served in multiple leadership roles in my undergraduate institution that taught

me what it takes to be an advocate for student needs. As an undergrad at the University of

South Florida I served as Student Government Assistant Director of Government Affairs,

Director of Government affairs, and Chief Financial Officer. In each role I learned a

different level of student advocacy and gained new skills that taught me how powerful the

student voice can truly be and what it takes to make that voice heard.

 

3. What new ideas will you bring to the Student Bar Association?

 

As an incoming 1L, I feel like many of us are still a little bit lost when it comes to

student life. While I understand that the main focus is for us to get accustomed to class, I

feel like many of us still feel somewhat disconnected to student life on campus as a whole. I

have two new ideas to help incoming students feel more connected to student life. First, a

more comprehensive student life session at orientation. however, since orientation has

passed, I would like to set up a forum/mixer with student leaders around CUA Law in

which 1L students get to learn from 2L/3L students how to get involved in student life and

in the CUA community. Second, I would like to have CUA Law involvement Letter. These

would be emails or newsletters focused on ways of getting involved in CUA activities

outside of the law school. I think one of the best things about CUA Law is that we are

attached to a larger university and taking advantage of that I believe is key to gaining an

identity to CUA Student Life. However, I feel like being a law student makes it harder to

know what is going on around the rest of campus and these newsletters would provide a

simple and easy way to get a quick review of the possibilities around campus.

 

Rikeia Waller:

 

1.      Why do you want to be a member of the Student Bar Association?

I want to inspire my colleagues to learn more, do more and become more as future lawyers. If elected, I would be able to provide real values to others, while simultaneously improving my knowledge base and skills. I plan to establish more services for the benefit of students and coordinate related activities that advance our common interests and concerns. Additionally, I hope to network with other dedicated individuals in the field to better our school and community.

 

2.      What previous experiences qualify you to be on the Student Bar Association?

            As a Veteran of the United States Air Force I have a strong sense of duty and leadership, qualities that would serve me well in this position. I am dedicated to helping others, most recently, I volunteered in Kenya working with physically and/or mentally disabled children raising over $20,000 in donations. I am very fortunate to have had a multitude of unique experiences, including swimming with crocodiles in Australia’s Cage of Death, riding on camels along the Mediterranean in Tunisia, I’ve climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, I have my M.S in Information Security and Assurance/Cybersecurity (and am a Certified Ethical Hacker), and I am in the process of acquiring my pilot’s license. I am an extremely driven and passionate individual and intend on representing my class with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

 

3.      What new ideas will you bring to the Student Bar Association?

            I propose that we modify the water fountains on each floor of the law school. These would be similar to the dual fountains like at the Kane Fitness Center, which provide water to drink, as well as fill up your water bottle. These fountains would be easily accessible, allowing the students to fill their bottles before class instead of rushing to the student lounge. It would further alleviate the burden on disabled students. Moreover, I want to participate in the organization of the Class of 2019/2020 first Barristers’ Ball and assist my peers in any and every way possible.

 

Ahad Khilji:

1.      Why do you want to be a member of the Student Bar Association?

After meeting several representatives of the SBA here at Columbus School of Law I can honestly say they have helped my transition into Law School. I enjoy the events that SBA puts on for our school and the opportunities they give to meet fellow classmates and network. Our 1L class is a diverse group from all over the country/world who has overcome significant challenge to continue their education. Every one of us has something to unique to offer to Columbus School of Law and it would be an honor to represent their voices.

 

2.      What previous experiences qualify you to be on the Student Bar Association?

Upon graduating from CUA in 2013, I have worked at various political and business organizations around the District before heading overseas. These internships have taught me how to work on a team and organize events for people to network and speak at. I am a team player that works well with everyone as well as a hard worker that enjoys hearing other peoples’ perspectives. I have organized events on and off campus as a member of the Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity Kappa Chapter during my undergraduate studies as well as a member of Pi Gamma Mu the Social Sciences Honor Society.

 

3.      What new ideas will you bring to the Student Bar Association?

As a law student with a passion of service to others I would like to organize annual charity events for organizations around Washington D.C. that SBA has not yet approached. As a undergraduate student here with a future plan of attending Columbus School of Law I wished that law students came and spoke to us about the process of applying to law school and attending CSL, this is an idea I have in order to promote CSL and continue to bring large incoming 1L classes.

 

Katlyn Dulles:

  1. Why do you want to be a member of the Student Bar Association?

I want to be a member of the Student Bar Association because I really enjoy taking on leadership roles and making an impact in whatever community I am a part of. When I was in Arizona, I was unable to make as much of an impact as I wanted being that it was such a massive school and was not always clear as to what clubs were available. Looking back, I believe my biggest regret from undergrad was not getting involved in the school clubs and community service opportunities available.

2.                  What previous experiences qualify you to be on the Student Bar Association?

The previous experiences I have had that qualify me to be on Student Bar Association are leadership roles I took on in high school as well as in college. During high school, I was the leader for a group called T.A.D.A. (Teens Against Dating Abuse), G.I.R.L.S. (Girls in Real Life Situations), Each One Reach One, French Honor Society, and French Club. I was also a volunteer on the Milton First Aid Squad, Pass it Along, and the DPD (Department of People with Disabilities). While in Arizona, I was a part of Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society), Golden Key International Honor Society, and volunteered for Young Life which was a Christian Organization mentoring people with disabilities. Throughout all these activities, I was able to take on leadership roles with many responsibilities while balancing my school work.

3.                  What new ideas will you bring to the Student Bar Association?

I think that I could contribute to the Student Bar Association by having a primary focus on the mentoring program. Law school is not only a time devoted to studying and work experience, but also to settling into what will be for most, the rest of your life. For an incoming 1L, a new environment with an entirely different work load can leave everyone feeling overwhelmed and disoriented. With the help of the mentoring program, I feel the transition into classes and life in general would be much easier. Also, I think that in order to make the environment more comfortable, it would be helpful to focus on having more events with upper classmen, even if it is just happy hour once a week, this way students are able to get advice from different angles and meet people who might not be as involved in school activities, but have helpful advice for other aspects.

Gabriella Giannini:

1.      Why do you want to be a member of the Student Bar Association?

My name is Gabriella Giannini and I am interested in becoming the 1L representative for our class because I want to help make our time at CUA Law be the best and most rewarding experience possible. I will communicate and stay in touch with the students in my class and advocate any and all concerns or changes they hope to see during our first year of law school.

 

2.      What previous experiences qualify you to be on the Student Bar Association?

In undergrad I served as a representative on the Student Senate and was an active member in my sorority holding a number of different administrative positions. One specific position that I feel is a strong prerequisite to being the 1L representative was the position I held as External Affairs Chairwoman. As chairwomen I planned, organized, and coordinated multiple social events for my sorority and I believe the skill set I gained from this prior experience will translate over to the 1L representative position.  

 

3.      What new ideas will you bring to the Student Bar Association?

As the 1L representative I would work to organize more social events for our class so we can get to know one another better and have fun outside of the classroom. I have spoken with some of my classmates about organizing weekly happy hour events, outings to professional sporting events and organizing more intramural sports teams. I believe that transparency in student government is very important, therefore I would actively update students on the usage of funds and all upcoming events that SBA will be holding.

 

Mary Clare McGinn:

1.      Why do you want to be a member of the Student Bar Association?

When I heard about the 1L Student Bar Association Representative position on the first day of orientation, I was immediately interested in the opportunity presented before me. Being selected as a member of the SBA would greatly appeal to me because I feel that in every stage of one’s life, it is important to seek opportunities that directly serve the community. School spirit has always been an aspect of education that I value greatly, and in order for school spirit to flourish, it is important for the voice of the class to be heard. I would be a valuable candidate as a liaison between my class and SBA. I am an approachable person and could successfully amplify even the smallest voice of concern from a member of my class and work toward a helpful solution for that individual. Becoming the SBA representative would also allow for an increased development of my natural leadership skills. I enjoy leading and would love an opportunity that would harness my desire to serve as a leader while I progress through this next stage in my life. Lastly, serving as an SBA representative simply sounds like a memorable and enjoyable experience of law school. I enjoy working in a team, and would love to work with other members of SBA as we plan and implement ideas. Every Student Bar Association event has appealed to my interests, which leads me to believe that I would truly enjoy our meetings as we discuss future happenings within the CUA Law Community.

 

2.      What previous experiences qualify you to be on the Student Bar Association?

While receiving my education at High Point University, I was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. I served various positions as a member of Programming Council every year that I was in the sorority. Each of my positions allowed me to lead both my grade and my sorority as a whole, which increased my ability to effectively lead. Membership Enrichment Chair was a position that I thoroughly enjoyed. This position required me to oversee two sub-chairs within the committee. Together we promoted involvedness of our sisters within the university community. We planned events such as attending school events (sporting events, public speakers, local art galleries, etc.) as a sorority, serving the school community in “happiness” projects and promoting the sorority members to join an outside club and/or organization. I also held the position of LINKS Chair, a position in which I planned multiple events for each grade that increased leadership skills, preparedness for the “real world”, health and wellness education, current event knowledge and more. I also held the Apparel Chair position, collecting apparel ideas from members of the sorority and turning them into a reality. I implemented a new polling system in my sorority chapter in which members could vote on the apparel items they would like. This allowed for the production of products that appeal to the majority of the sorority, rather than a limitation of the apparel items to my own apparel preferences. I enjoyed each of these leadership opportunities and I am appreciative of the valuable skills that I gained while serving my sorority.

 

3.      What new ideas will you bring to the Student Bar Association?

The Student Bar Association already has many great events planned for this year, and I feel that I could add even more to our calendar. Here are a few:

Flower-placing at the Arlington National Cemetery

Health and wellness trivia day

Bingo with a nursing home

Hosting “wing night” at a local restaurant/bar for a charitable organization

School trips to various museums

DIY Ornaments for those spending Christmas in nursing homes

Massage certificate raffle during stressful finals week

Winter clothing drive

Planning notable speaker visits

Raffle tickets to DC sporting events, percentage of proceeds given to charity

Clothing drive competitions between classes

 

CPC 1L Representative Elections

Rikeia Waller:

            As a Veteran of the United States Air Force I have a strong sense of duty and leadership, qualities that would serve me well in this position. I am dedicated to helping others, most recently, I volunteered in Kenya working with physically and/or mentally disabled children raising over $20,000 in donations. I am very fortunate to have had a multitude of unique experiences, including swimming with crocodiles in Australia’s Cage of Death, riding on camels along the Mediterranean in Tunisia, I’ve climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, I have my M.S in Information Security and Assurance/Cybersecurity (and am a Certified Ethical Hacker), and I am in the process of acquiring my pilot’s license. I am an extremely driven and passionate individual and intend on representing my class with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.

Ahad Khilji:

While someone might ask why go to Catholic University when you are a Muslim, they fail to realize that the values that Catholic University stands for are not inimical to Islam. For my undergraduate education I chose to go to The Catholic University of America, (CUA) because it provided a holistic knowledge base consisting of a wide range of required courses in philosophy, religion, arts, and sciences. It also allowed me opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities that focused on service to others. I volunteered as a tutor at inner city public schools in the DC Reads program. As a member of Relay for Life, I helped conduct the annual charity event and solicited thousands of dollars in donations from various friends and family members. Upon graduating from CUA, I joined the U.S Peace Corps, a choice that allowed me to be of service to the truly needy.

Before attending Columbus School of Law I was a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years, living in a small rural farming community in the developing country of Guyana, South America. As an elementary school teacher, my primary project was, ‘Guyana Literacy is For Everyone (GLIFE)’.  The mission of this project was to increase literacy and numeracy rates among target groups of students. 

These two years in Guyana have been a humbling experience in that I have truly realized how privileged I am in the United States in terms of the things that we take for granted, is what the people in Guyana aspire for.

The major problem I have observed in Guyana is corruption at the local levels and communities being completely disenfranchised. It is also upsetting to observe the extreme gap between the rich and the poor perpetuated by corruption. In general over the past thirty years or so, inequalities in income and wealth have been growing throughout the world, including the United States. All religions are against this, and in my legal career, I intend to work for public interest/service and human rights.

Joseph Moran:

It is important for any institution to have a set of rules, and a body to govern them. Students and

faculty at the Columbus School of Law are required to follow the Rules of Professional Conduct

for Law Students, and the Council on Professional Conduct has a duty to carry out its advisory

and enforcement responsibilities in an impartial manner to conduct such Rules. I intend to serve

on this Council to ensure this process persists in a fair and efficient manner.

The various leadership positions I held during my college years, along with my employment with

the U.S. House of Representatives required my full and consistent adherence to a long list of

ethic~! standards, both on a state and federal level. These recent experiences have provided me

with sound judgement necessary to evaluate the unique, sometimes sensitive situations that may

arise before the Council. If elected to Council, I would work with colleagues to answer ethical

questions and provide respective advice to students and faculty, as well as engage in discussion

with other Council Members to find productive solutions to problems.

My goal is to collaborate with colleagues to maintain stability and order with respect to the Rules

of Conduct. I plan to use my real-world experience to conduct reasonable, principled responses

to institutional issues. I am excited for the opportunity to be a voice of reason here at Catholic;

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Jordanne Miller:

            Hello! My name is Jordanne Miller and I’m interested in running for your 1L Representative for the Council on Professional Conduct! Here’s a little bit about me: I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY so I’m basically an expert on wings. I did my undergrad at SUNY Stony Brook in Long Island, NY and I majored in Political Science and Theater Arts. While there, I served for two years on the Judicial Conduct Committee which is the equivalent of CUA’s Council on Professional Conduct.

            While serving on that Committee, I realized that I love being involved! I love having an input on Ethics and Education and I really enjoyed helping other students understand exactly what the Ethics Code required of them and why. While I didn’t enjoy serving on Conduct Review Committees for judicial infractions nearly as much, I did so to the best of my ability because I believe that every instance where a student was accused of a judicial infraction should be treated with the utmost professionalism because the outcome of that trial would impact that student’s life and career.

            I’d love to continue this type of involvement here at CUA! If you have any questions, please email me or find me (I’m usually in the library or by the café). I’d love to hear from you! Thank you for your consideration!