All enrolled students at AJMLS are automatically members of the Student Bar Association (“SBA”). The SBA is AJMLS’s student government and main student activities board. Each year, an executive board is created by the student body. The SBA works to represent all student viewpoints to the administration and faculty. The SBA’s functions are many and varied, but can be divided into three general categories: academic, service and social.
The SBA allocates the money from the student activity fee to the student organizations on campus, works to build a community among the Law School’s student organizations, and to build relationships with other schools to enhance each student’s law school experience. The SBA plans various professional, academic, community, and social events, including panel discussions, Finals Frenzy, the Spring Picnic and AJMLS’s annual Barrister’s Ball. Additionally, the SBA is the umbrella organization overseeing more than twenty student run organizations, each reflecting the diverse and unique aspects of the Law School’s student body.
The SBA also takes projects and initiatives as needs arise at the Law School. The primary objective of the SBA is to represent the viewpoints of student body, and serve as a conduit between the student body and administration. The SBA holds meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters to promote transparency. All enrolled students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
At AJMLS, each student has the opportunity and responsibility to take advantage of their law school experience. AJMLS’s plethora of student organizations, respected academic boards, esteemed faculty, passionate staff, and professionally exemplar alumni provide students with a unique opportunity to develop the necessary skills to have a fruitful and successful legal career. By choosing to reach new heights, working as a community, utilizing your resources effectively and persevering through adversity, you can develop a rewarding student experience. And so, for this experience to be yours, each student is challenged to be present, be intentional, and be impactful in every aspect of their legal education.
If you would like to learn how to get involved, contact any member of SBA in person or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Bar Association 2017-2018 Officers
Samantha Beskin, President
Raised in: Atlanta, GA
Undergraduate Institution: Miami University of Ohio
Interesting Fact: I frequently win radio contests!
Future Practice Area: Criminal Law and Family Law
Kayla Kudratt, Vice President
Raised in: Lithonia, Ga.
Undergraduate Institution: Georgia Southern University
Interesting Fact: I lived in China for half a year, and I can speak Mandarin!
Future Practice Area: Criminal Law
Krystal Lunsford, Secretary
Raised in: Atlanta, Ga
Undergraduate Institution: Spelman College
Interesting Fact: I have traveled abroad to Egypt!
Future Practice Area: Family Law and Juvenile Law
Heather Tucker, Treasurer
Raised in: Peachtree City, GA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Georgia
Fun fact: I am the biggest Atlanta sports fan!
Future Practice of Law: Criminal Law
Michelle Hall, Parliamentarian
Raised in: North Carolina
Undergraduate Institution: University of South Florida
Interesting Fact: I spent a large portion of my life living in Japan.
Future Practice: Criminal Law
4L Part-Time Representative – Megan McCullogh
3L Part Time Representative –Tom Kirkbride
3L Full Time Representatives – Rebecca Farmer and JJ Poole
2L Part-Time Representatives – Ekram Ismael and Angel White
2L Full Time Representatives – Genghis X. Shakhan and Angeline Hatcher
1L Part-Time Representatives – Whitnie Carter and Andrew Garffer
1L Full Time Representatives – Jessica Melgarejo (Section A), Anaia Johnson (Section B), and Teana Overton (Section C)
Criminal Justice Program Representative – Melissa Kreimer
Faculty Advisor – Dean Sheryl Harrison-Mercer
Mission: Be Present, Be Intentional, Be Impactful.
“John Marshall Proud”
|SBA Budget 2017-2018|
|Finals Frenzy - Fall||$1,000|
|General Body Meetings (Fall and Spring)||$200|
|Spring Picnic/Spring Event||$4,000|
|Finals Frenzy - Spring||$1,000|
|Faculty/Alumni Outreach Committee||$1,000|
|Academic/Bar Prep Committee||$1,000|
|Other Committee Expenses (sympathy gifts, student organization fairs, etc.)||$1,000|
|SBA Expenses Total||$32,000|
|Last year spent on student organizations||$20,904|
|Last year spent on merchandise||$17,333|
|Last year spent on Barrister's Ball 2017||$53,033|
|Two years ago spent on Barrister's Ball 2016||$71,349|
|Last year total expenses||$120,326|