Student Bar Association

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

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  
Student Organizations$25,000-$30,000
Barrister's Ball$35,000
SBA Expenses
Finals Frenzy - Fall$1,000
Thanksgiving Dinner$5,000
General Body Meetings (Fall and Spring)$200
Spring Picnic/Spring Event$4,000
Finals Frenzy - Spring$1,000
Parking Tokens$1,000
Speaker Gifts$2,000
Graduation Gifts$1,800
Events/Concessions Committee$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