Fall 2009 Elections
|Section 1 Representative
|Section 2 Representative
|Section 3 Representative
Erinn D. Martin
|Section 4 Representative
|Section 5 Representative
Albert M. Levi
My name is Ana Morales and I'm now running for SBA LLM Representative. Some of you already know me or at least have seen me around either in the law school or at some party, so you may know that I did my law degree back in Spain and now I have become part of the NYU community through the International Legal Studies program.
Like many of you, I am now very excited to be part of the big and multicultural NYU community. Precisely because of its size and diversity I think it is important that we all get a chance of being heard. My concern as LLM representative would be double: on the one hand, make this hard study year as smooth as possible from both an academic and administrative perspective, and on the other, be able to combine our academic responsibilities with as much social life and parties as we can handle!
How many of us have had problems with the bidding system? How many have missed an event because we thought that an email was spam? Or simply have had doubts about what we had to do at some point? As an LLM representative I would like to make sure that all our concerns, doubts and opinions are heard and that things are improved in order to make our life here easier. In this sense, I think it is important to work closely with the representatives of other groups, which would enrich our experience and enlarge our opportunity to get things done.
Social & Cultural Life and Events
But studying is not everything!! We are now living in an amazing city that has a lot to offer and I am sure we all want to take advantage of it! This would not only include a great deal of weekly parties that will help us get to know each other better but some more specific events, such as costume parties, national celebrations that we can all share together and, why not? Perhaps a dance or a ball in the American style!!
Apart from the parties, I would like to work in getting all of us discounts and special offers for theater plays, expositions, sports events, etc. anything that THE CITY offers us and that we may be interested in!! We will be all working together, so any ideas or suggestions will always be welcome!!
My vision is to build a community that will help to make this important and challenging year "an unforgettable experience" for all of us.
No matter who you decide to vote for in the end, what really matters is that the LLM community is represented, so please take a few minutes on October 7th to vote for those candidates that best suit your interests!!!
My name is Carlos Arevalo and if you are an LLM student, I am running to be your representative in the Student Bar Association (SBA), the student government of the law school.
During my law studies in Colombia, I represented my fellow students both at the law school and university levels. From those enriching experiences, I learned two important lessons: First, there is no project too ambitious not to be proposedÂ—everything that we want to do or that we want to change is possible if we do it together. Second, the best way to get things done is by negotiating them and putting forth thoughtful proposals that take seriously everyone's point of view.
There may be many reasons why we all chose to come to NYU for our LL.M., but one that I am sure was important for all of you, as it was for me, is how seriously NYU takes its LL.M. students. At many other U.S. law schools, LL.Ms are seen as an exotic group of foreigners that come in for a year and never really become involved in the school's life. At NYU, by contrast, we are as much the lifeblood of the community as everybody else. This is, as we know, the global law school par excellenceÂ—so why, then, not work hard at making it even a better place? Are we not the best group to bring up the best ideas and make them a reality?
I expect to have all of the coming academic year to share with you all of the exciting ideas I have. For the moment, though, here are some of the biggest ones, which I hope will encourage you to vote for me:
- Improve the class bidding process; let us propose a way in which everybody gets what they want. A way to achieve this may by creating a process in which students are able to negotiate directly the exchange of classes.
- Develop better means of access to information, so we don't miss great chances because of the overflow of email, but that we have instead a site where information is concentrated.
- Create a space where we can exchange our international background, not only with the LL.M students but with the JDs as well, lets make our global community a real thing.
- Propose ways to have academic activities with renowned lawyers from around the world, so we can take advantage from their experiences.
I hope that I can count on your vote, but most importantly, I would like to make sure that you vote regardless of whom you support! The more LL.M. students go out on October 7th and vote for our representatives, the more "legitimacy" those representatives will have at the SBA to propose and make changes.
Thank you for your time.
LLM Representative candidate
To all my LL.M. colleagues, including those who already know me, please allow me to give you a brief introduction about myself and about what I'd like to do for you as your LL.M. representative at the Student Bar Association.
My name is Brian, I'm Irish, and I'm running for LL.M. rep simply because it would be an absolute honor to represent the fantastic group of people that make up this class. Before coming to NYU, if you had asked me whether I planned to get into student government, I would have said no. But, the last two months have probably been the most fun I've ever had, and I owe all of that to my LL.M. classmates. That's why I really want to contribute to our experience in New York and do everything I can to make sure we have the best year possible.
Here are just some of the things I would like to do for you as your representative:
New York Bar Exam
I know that a huge amount of LL.M. students plan to sit the New York Bar Exam in July. Having successfully sat the exam myself last year, I am very familiar with the entire process and how daunting it can be.
As LL.M. representative, I would like to make the Bar preparation easier for the class, by putting into place a support structure that would include hosting informal Q&As with attorneys and generally ensuring that everybody feels comfortable with the paperwork that's involved. I know how helpful first hand tips and advice can be, so please come to me anytime with any questions you may have.
As your LL.M. Rep, I'd like to make sure everybody gets the most out of this year, not only academically but also socially. I want to see an LL.M. social event at least once a week. I know that everybody's definition of a great night out is different but it would be nice for us to get together regularly as a group; so come to me with all your suggestions and I will organize a range of events to suit all tastes.
Looking to the future, I think it would be a shame if, after such a great year together, we all lost touch after graduation; so I would like to establish a global network for our class, so we can keep in contact after May, both socially and professionally.
Finally, I live in Mercer and I extend an open invitation to you all to drop by any time to voice concerns that you may have, on anything:or just feel free to call by for a cup of Irish tea! I look forward to a great year together and I hope you'll consider voting for me!
My dear fellow LLMs,
I am so lucky to be in New York among you in this extremely stimulating international community. For the past four years of my life I have been traveling and living abroad while studying to complete my first law degree. But, I already know that New York is going to be the greatest experience of my life and I would like to make you feel the same way!
Throughout my legal studies in UK I have actively participated in various student bodies. I was an Ambassador of my law school, representing and promoting it both in UK and abroad. Speaking on behalf of the student body and representing their opinion is something I have gained experience in while re-establishing the Law Society and launching the Student Journal. The success of both these endeavors shows that I have the necessary communication and negotiation skills to effectively convey LLM concerns to the NYU faculty.
I feel very comfortable in our international community and I if you do not already, I will make this happen! Moving abroad on your own can be really hard for many reasons and let me assure you that it has been for me as well. But, having experienced it several times I am now able to make it easier for you.
For the past two months we have all been getting to know each other while adjusting to the exciting New York lifestyle. At the times it has been a bit overwhelming and you might have encounter some difficulties, be it lack of budget for a concert you wanted to go to, a course that you were having difficulty with or a day when you just felt lonely and needed someone to cheer you up. As an LLM Representative I will be your first hand contact to talk to, ask any questions and help you find the person that you need to talk to! I will ensure that everyday there is an LLM Representative in the law school student lounge available for you.
What else? If elected, I will provide more chances for you to socialize with other LLMs and JD students. There will be more LLM addressed events and also course addressed social events, which will give you a chance to meet more people from your courses in an out-of-class environment. These "LLM mixers" and "course mixers" would both allow you to relax and meet new people, but also create an incentive to form study groups with the people you get along with best.
Finally, as an LLM representative I will negotiate with the Law School faculty to allocate LLMs a reserved number of seats in courses specific to your concentration. This would diminish our disappointment with not getting into the classes you came to NYU for and the classes you are paying for.
I hope that my plans appeal to you and that I have convinced you to cast your vote for me.
I come from India - a land of many identities and cultures, be they social, religious, or political. Studying at Law School in Mumbai, which is essentially a microcosm of India, gave me the opportunity to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds of language, religion and culture and further, it taught me the importance of creating a dialogue between a multitude of these interests.
You may say - well, that's all well and good, but where does all this fit into my running for the position of an LL.M. Representative in the SBA? Well, the way I see it, being at NYU, and especially being part of the LL.M. students at NYU, is much like being in India, only on a larger scale. We all come from different backgrounds, are of different colours, speak different languages, and have different social, religious and political identities. It is thus important for us to have a platform to voice our views and interests. Coming from India and having interacted with different persons, I wish to do the same here while representing our many voices through the SBA.
I have already had experience with this kind of responsibility. As the President of the Students' Council at my Law School in India, I interacted with and was involved in problem-solving and communication issues for a set of students who came from different walks of life. Each issue was unique, being grounded in the varied backgrounds that influenced the lives of those students. By reaching out to the students, I was able to effectively form the necessary link between them and the administration. I was also the Secretary of the Moot Court Association at Law School, and part of the Editorial Board of the University's Law Review.
As a result of these experiences, I am aware of the challenges that are a part of any position of responsibility. With this understanding, as a representative of the diverse LL.M. group here at NYU, I will utilize the skills that I developed from my Indian experience to represent the interests of the LL.M. community.
As LL.M.'s, we only have a short time here at NYU. I want to help us make the most of that time and to ensure that our voices are heard by the Student Government, the Dean, and the Law School community. Not only can we advocate for immediate improvements in the program, but we can also improve the program for future LL.M.'s.
As you sit in front of your computer to vote in the SBA election, you may have trouble deciding between the many qualified candidates. I believe I have the vision and am also qualified to be your Representative. Thus, I request you to vote for me as one of your LL.M. Representatives to the Student Bar Association (SBA) for the academic year 2009-10.
Section 1 Representative
I won't pretend the world is at stake in this election, but nevertheless, I think it is an important one. It goes without saying that we have all made a big commitment to attend NYU and that consequently, we should get the most out of our experience here. I am sure everyone has something they can think of that would make their time here more enjoyable. Whatever it is, please come say hello and talk about it with me. I will gladly make your concerns and ideas known to the SBA. As for me, here are some things I would like to see addressed:
- Social Events: I am very impressed by and appreciate the efforts of the SBA to organize social events every week. I think the opportunity they provide to meet our classmates outside of school is invaluable. That said, I would like to see more variety in the venues chosen. A bar is fine, but once in a while I'd like to be able to talk to somebody without having to compete with music.
- Computers: I have been somewhat frustrated with the computers in the library and in the residence halls. I think they freeze too frequently and are too slow. I think the school should upgrade them or at the very least the Windows 2000 operating system on which they run.
- Supplies: Paying the ridiculous markup in New York for everyday items is hard when you're on a tight budget. Many products are 50% cheaper or more outside of the city, but travel expenses often make it unreasonable to go beyond the city limits to shop. That's why I think the SBA should run a program at cost whereby it sends a truck to a discount retailer, such as a Sam's Club, to purchase essential items (toiletries, laundry detergent, milk, juice, etc.) for students. Students could order beforehand and pay the price of their goods plus a small fee to cover transportation. This would dramatically reduce the burden of transport (both in terms of time and money) and allow students to realize significant savings on their essential purchases.
Other than that, I don't have much to say, except that I promise to be reliable, honest, and hard-working as your representative and look forward to hearing what's on your mind. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
The main reason that I am running for 1L rep is because I want to help my fellow students actually enjoy their law school experiences. I understand that law school is an environment of time constraints, pressure, and tons of stress, but I don't believe that it should be an experience that we look back on in three years and say, "We survived". I think that law school should be something more. I believe that our time spent at NYU Law should be one that we look back upon not just as an exhausting academic trial; instead, I hope that we will all be able to look back and smile at the memories of new friendships and exciting adventures. In this vein, I have plans to promote new options and opportunities for both our class and the students that follow in our footsteps. Some of these include working hand-in-hand with administration to make changes to orientation, promoting inter-sectional activities, and establishing relationships with local eateries and entertainment venues to help make the entire law school experience a better one.
The most important thing that I can share about my thoughts regarding the position is that I believe the title is truly indicative of what the position entails. While I sincerely believe that the energy, commitment, and ideas that I bring to the table will have a positive impact on our lives, I am also fully aware that what you each bring to the table will have that same positive impact. As your representative, I intend to embrace what we all bring to the table. I promise to be open to your thoughts and concerns, to encourage diversity of events and action, and to be dedicated to working hard on your behalf.
Section 2 Representative
What are my qualifications to represent Section 2 of the 1L class? For starters, I love Section 2. Section 2 is like, my favorite section (out of all the sections). This is not just because I'm in it, although that creates a pretty strong incentive. No, my love for this section is rooted in something much deeper, and I believe that in the Worldwide Pantheon of Awesomeness of the World, Section 2 belongs up there with Roger Federer's forehand, HD TV, and New York-style pizza. Some people call this crazy "I think they may have a point. Other people call it insanely crazy "I think they are being redundant.
My love for Section 2 can be seen in a variety of ways. For instance, I know how to pronounce Professor Jide Nzelibe's name. I have figured out that the Arthur Miller of Civil Procedure fame is not the Arthur Miller of Death of a Salesman fame, and I have heard that Professor Sharkey lives in a pretty nice house.
While some of you may think that's a pretty impressive rÃªsumÃª already, my candidacy is about more than past achievements. Here's what I'll do in the future:
- As the class representative for this section, I will continue to probe for and listen to ways we can improve the first-year law school experience. Some of my ideas include expanding social events beyond keggers and bar nights (as great as they are), giving students a chance to suggest possible guest speakers and topics, and pairing incoming 1Ls with 2L or 3L mentors who can occasionally tell us to calm the eff down. Perhaps more importantly, I will always keep myself available to your ideas. In fact, here's my email address "firstname.lastname@example.org. If I am lucky enough to be elected, feel free to shoot me a line or two and put me to work immediately.
- As an active officer of the SBA as well as an engaged member of the student body at large, I will work to improve the transparency of the SBA and keep the student body informed about the budgets and initiatives of the SBA.
- Finally, I want to make sure that I am held accountable to the section I represent. If this means instituting CNN-type polling to see what kind of a job you all think the SBA and I are doing, well, I'll just have to learn how CNN does that kind of stuff.
I have another fifty words or so that I'm allowed to work with, but there's an old saying that goes, "If you can't say it in 450 words, you probably can't say it in 500." I suppose it's not the sexiest of sayings, but it's certainly applicable here. I'll let you guys go now. Please vote!
My fellow 1Ls,
My name is Ari Bayme. I am running for Section 2 Representative, and I humbly ask for your vote and support. There are times in law school and life when we will have to make tough choices about monumental issues; this is not one of those times. However, your vote is not without meaning. Our section rep will be required to work as a functioning member of SBA, represent us to the administration, and organize a few functions that people would actually like to attend.
There are many issues that need to be immediately addressed. For instance, my passion for WD-40 will go a long way in fixing the squeaky chair problem in the lovely 204 classroom. My keen instincts for finding and solving such problems were honed during my many years in student government. I was mayor of my elementary school, president of my high school, and proud leader of the 9th-place scavenger hunt team during orientation. My qualifications are endless. If I had six hours, I could regale you with stories of my conquests, from learning how to walk at the mere age of nine to holding off the Persian army with a mere 300 soldiers.
You do not have to make your decision based solely off this short note. I will be available for questions and interviews from all of you during the remainder of this arduous 6-7 day campaign. I have met a solid amount of you, but there are many of you I have not yet met. To the latter group, I look forward to talking to you. The only reason I have not come to talk to you yet is because I am intimidated by your beauty. Know that I will work hard for our section and that a vote for me is one you will not regret. I enjoy listening to others, and I will represent you and your concerns well. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Section 3 Representative
Dear Section 3 Mates,
I would like to represent our section at the SBA, although most of us are still unclear as to what the SBA exactly does (aside from Thursday's drink tickets). My main idea is that I would like all of us to have balanced lives. Parties are good, online SBA outlines are good, social events are good. We can discuss other ideas too and see if we can implement them.
Hey Section III (a.k.a. The Smart One),
I'm not sure how an SBA Section Candidate Personal Statement is supposed to go, but I am "required" to submit one and it's going to be "made available" to you so I'll just treat it like a letter. Frankly I'm running for SBA, because my law school resume is blank and, of all the possibilities thus far, this seems the most up my alley. Providence College (my undergrad) had no fraternities or sororities and was a dry campus, so it fell to us off campus seniors to organize parties. I'm proud to say that we stepped up to that challenge in a whole new way, ranking #2 in hard liquor and #3 in beer by The Princeton Review, thanks in no small part to my house and I. That's basically my platform for this SBA position, I have no other law school groups that will cause a conflict so I can devote what little free time we have to making your Thursday nights a blast. My only other extracurricular activity is playing on the NYU Lacrosse team. However we practice Saturday mornings, so this makes me even more vested in having fun Thursdays since my Friday nights are now restricted. I technically have 500 words, but I doubt anyone would read that much "congratulations to you for actually reading this much- so I'm going wrap it up here. If I sound like your kind of representative then vote Matt Conway next Wednesday (10/7) or Thursday (10/8), either way I'll see you at the event after.
Yours : hopefully,
Erinn D. Martin
Whenever someone asks how my first year of law school is going, I smile and say "I LOVE it!" As the semester has gone on, I've come to the realization that it's not just the classes, professors, numerous student organizations, nor being in New York City that I love so much about NYU Law. It's the students that make it such an amazing place for me, and I can not think of a better way to say thank you than by being your 1L Representative.
As 1Ls, time is our most precious commodity. Outside of assignments for class, there's always some lecture, lunch, meeting, or reception for us to attend to explore our interests. I don't want any of you to have to worry about not having your voice heard because you aren't free to attend the SBA meetings. As your 1L Representative, I will be there to voice your concerns to the SBA Executive Board regardless of whether the concern is large or small. You can feel free to talk to me after class or email me about any administrative or faculty issue you may have, so that I can work with the SBA to find a potential resolution.
Although I haven't had the pleasure of meeting everyone in section 3 personally, I look forward to getting to know all of you as the year goes on by organizing social events for all of us to attend. So remember to vote for Erinn D. Martin on October 7-8th to represent section 3. I hope you will allow me to be your 1L Representative so I can return the favor and make you love NYU Law too!
Section 4 Representative
I think the 1L community needs more. More socializing, more involvement in activities, better dorm maintenance, and more beer. Currently, people spend most of their time socializing with their lawyering groups and sections, and SBA social events don't seem to change that. I believe there should be more mixing. Moreover, I think 1Ls are often too focused on the stress of classes, and not enough on getting involved in activities. I don't know what needs to change to get a more diverse 1L experience, but I think it is important. And, finally, I have mold in my room, someone in my hall had a leaky ceiling for quite some time, and I've heard complaints about the size of the beds in D'Ag; I would like to look into maintenance issues.
Section 5 Representative
I know exactly what you're thinking. Why would I ever vote for a scrawny kid from TexasÂ—aside from his ravishing good looks and contagiously outgoing personalityÂ—as my section rep?
Well since you're being so demanding, here's a sampling of what I bring to the table:
For starters, my name is Samuel Jackson. SAMUEL JACKSON! Seriously, how unbelievably badass is that? Pulp Fiction. Jackie Brown. Snakes On a Plane! There's an actor with my name in all of those movies. The same actor. With the same name.
Additionally, I do a spot on impersonation of my competitor, Brandon Jang (I believe he's my only competitor in this race, so I'll apologize now for not giving shout-outs to any late entries). So, in effect, voting for me is like voting for both of us. Why be forced to choose? I say you should have the best of both worlds, and if you mark my name on your ballot, you wont have to.
Finally, in the 8th grade, I was elected school Secretary at Kealing Junior High. That's right. Secretary. Believe me, I took excellent minutes. There may be people who are smarter than me, who are more qualified than me, who will work harder than me. But were any of them Secretary at Kealing Junior High?
Anyhow, I promise to be the best Section 5 1L Rep you've ever had. Although we've learned that there's no contractual remedy for a candidate who breaks his promises, I do promise to find out what remedy there is. And like any of my promises, you can hold me to it. Just not contractually.
I am a candidate for Section 5 Representative of our Student Bar Association (SBA). While many of us are familiar with the SBA's role in hosting weekly social events, the SBA's activities and responsibilities are not limited to fun on Thursday night. As the governing body of our law school, the SBA works closely with faculty to influence many critical aspects of our school's organization. Assisting students in obtaining judicial clerkships, working with and advising the Public Interest Law Center (PILC), overseeing funding for student organizations, and reviewing the school's admission policies are just some of the duties of the SBA.
If elected to be your Representative, I will do my best to represent the voice of each and every one of you. I understand that each one of us has different goals, interests, and desires but I firmly believe that it is the combination of these differences with our common passion for excellence that makes our school the wonderful place that it is. Ultimately, I would like to continue that tradition of excellence by making sure that there is always a clear and open line of communication between you and the school; not only will you remain up to date on events and changes going on at our school but the school will also remain attentive to your ideas and concerns.
Although I have met many of you, I have, regretfully, not gotten to know everyone in our section. Please don't hesitate to talk to me if we have not yet met! While I am very open and tend to keep things casual, I will take your concerns seriously. Because we have just begun our first year, I do not currently have specific ideas as to how we can better our school. However, some of my general goals for the SBA this year include expanding our weekly social events to include other graduate schools, strengthening our relationships with law firms and other employers, and securing additional funding for our student organizations.
As we begin an exciting and challenging chapter in our lives, my aim is for your experience this year to be limited only by your imagination (and your weekly reading). Thank you for taking the time to consider my candidacy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
It's not easy to leave a school in which you're comfortable, a place in which you saw a lot of familiar faces on a daily basis, an environment in which you were successful, and you knew where you stood. Whether you loved your former law school or you hated it, transferring to NYU Law could not have been easy. But fortune favors the bold, and here we all are.
Much to the credit of student services and those who capably represented the interests of transfer students past years, our orientation was comprehensive and informative. Still, there is work to be done, both in terms of integrating us into the NYU 2L student body and in terms of helping us develop a distinctive sense of 'transfer section' identity. For one thing, I hope to explore ways to make the transfer process slightly less hectic for future students. Do we really need to pack orientation, registration, early interview week, and the journal writing competition into the span of one week? If we must, then perhaps there are other ways in which the law school can help ease and support the transition, especially for students transferring from out-of-town law schools who also have to move to a new city. With the goal of integrating us into the general student body, perhaps meetings or tours can be arranged between interested transfer students and 2Ls who are willing to be volunteer 'guides' or 'ambassadors.' If nothing else, it would provide an opportunity to get to know a few additional people at NYU Law "an opportunity to have a few more familiar faces within our first few weeks.
We should also know a bit about how things operate at our new law school. One of the jobs of the transfer representative is to help spread information. This needs to be a two-way road; not only should the transfer representative communicate our needs to the SBA and the administration, he or she should also give the rest of the transfer class a sense of what's going on at the law school and on the SBA so that we can all feel like fully involved citizens of our new institution. If elected, one thing I would focus on is making all of you feel as if you also have a seat at the table in guiding policy and shaping the future of our law school.
If you're like me, you didn't transfer just to hand in your tests, meet your requirements, and get a JD that says "NYU" on it. You came here to meet new people, make new friends, and become a part of a community. Within the massive NYU Law community is our plucky transfer section, a great place for us to start developing a network of fellow future alums. It is great that we already have a transfer listserve (though I hope that in future years, that e-mail list can be set up at orientation, so transfer students can begin coordinating with each other even sooner). It is also great that we had a bar night "hopefully that will only be the first of many enjoyable social events. A full and engaging social calendar would be one of my top priorities, if elected.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you for already helping to make this new law school feel like a warmer and more inviting place. I'm looking forward to spending the next two years with you, exploring what NYU Law has to offer. Best of luck, and thanks for reading!
Albert M. Levi
As a veteran transfer student (this is my seventh school in eight years) I am well aware of how it feels to be a stranger in a strange land. The good news is that with all of my experience at being new I have developed a thick skin which helps me to move beyond all of the new school jitters and put myself out there even when I am nervous about how I will be perceived. I believe that this quality is going to help me be a strong representative for the transfer class. As you have seen already this semester I have no problem standing up in front of a class and asking what you think of an idea. I also have no problem being the first one to send the e-mail.
Those of you who were able to attend the event I hosted will be able to tell that I try to make sure that when I organize things I try to make them as inclusive and convenient as possible for people. If elected I will continue to do this in every aspect of my responsibilities. I will make myself available by phone and e-mail and I will pick up your calls if I'm not in class or at work; I will answer my e-mails within the day. I will take all of your suggestions to the SBA.
As far as future activities are concerned, Florin through his advocacy has made inroads in getting funding for transfer student events. I will continue to advocate for funding and use that funding for creative activities for us. Some people have already made suggestions to me including bowling night, and an evening with the transfer students from last year. I will do my best to make these and any other ideas I receive into realities.
I would be honored to be your representative to the SBA because transfer students are a special breed of student whose suggestions for the school should be especially valued. We have seen what it's like in other schools and we have special perspective about how it could be different at this one . We deserve to be heard and reap the advantages of this new environment that we have worked so hard to be a part of. I will try to make that happen.