Section 1 Candidates: Ann Reid, Colby Ferguson, J.P. Brown, Nathan Coulter, Nicole Manning, Samantha Sedivy
Hey there, Section 1! My name is Ann Reid and I am running to be your Student Bar Association representative. We have an awesome and diverse group of people in Section 1, and I would love to use this position as a platform to both serve and get to know you all. According to its mission statement the SBA works to connect the student body to the administration and the Richmond community in general, as well as to oversee student organizations and organize social and recreational events; I believe I am capable of all of these tasks.
After four years on the varsity rowing team at UVA I have fine-tuned my teamwork and communication skills, both of which I feel would be indispensible in connecting with you and relaying your comments and concerns onto the rest of SBA, and the administration above that. Rowing also forced me to master time-management, and as a result I believe I’d be able to fully dedicate myself to this endeavor and not be forced to neglect the ensuing duties in order to keep up with academic work.
Additionally, I am a huge fan of social and recreational outlets and would love to organize some of these for our section, and try to coordinate with the other first-year reps for class-wide events, whether these are nights out or section v. section sports events. I would also love to make sure everyone in the class is kept on top of events going on around town; as a Richmond native I know and hear about a very diverse spread of opportunities for appreciation of the arts, outdoors activities, and chances and places to volunteer, all of which I am eager to share with you regardless of whether or not I am elected.
We all learned from Dean Rahman’s welcome-speech during Orientation how impressive and accomplished our entering class this year is; I would consider it an honor to have your vote, so that I might help make sure we all have the opportunity to achieve even more success during our time here at the University of Richmond.
Hi, section 1! My name is Colby Ferguson, and I am looking for your vote for the Section 1 SBA Representative.
There are two main concerns that most students have coming into the first year in law school: the burden of student loans and staying healthy through the long, arduous trek ahead. I was concerned about coming in with so much debt, I wanted to make sure that I made every cent count in a way that mattered to me. As your representative, it will be my priority to advocate so that all of our dollars are going to the places we want them to go. As for our physical well-being, it is important to maintain a balance between our academic lives and our social lives. If we want more social events to force us out of the library to hang out with our peers, I will advocate for you. If we want longer library hours, I will make your voice heard. If we want more opportunities to interact with the University or the Richmond community, as a UR alumna and Richmonder I will be the first to tell you that Richmond is an amazing place, and that I would love to express your interest to the SBA.
As your representative, I will be proactive about voicing our opinions to the SBA. I promise that I will make myself available to you all, that I will always be receptive to your thoughts, comments, feelings, and ideas, and that I will keep you updated on all the issues and ideas that affect us that are circulating around the Administration and the SBA. And, most importantly, I promise that I will put my efforts towards cultivating an atmosphere where we can all feel comfortable and happy as individuals and as members of the both 1L class and the T.C. Williams School of Law.
We have a lot to offer to the Law School, Section 1, and I am truly excited for the opportunity to be our voice in the SBA!
Keep Calm and Outline On!
-7 years of service as a U.S. Marine Intelligence Officer
- Skill sets include ethical leadership, personnel management, as well as budgetary and resource management that have been honed through challenging assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
- Extensive communications experience including time spent as an Officer In Charge of 40-plus analysts, a full-time briefer, analyst, and speechwriter
Utilize a community-based approach in the SBA to improve the lives of each University of Richmond (U of R) Law Student.
What does this mean for me?
Law School is an incredibly challenging time as both former professionals and students begin the long road of transitioning to a successful legal career. I believe that the SBA is ideally situated to serve U of R students by seamlessly working with students, faculty, and alumni in the community to improve the overall experience for students during all phases of their legal education: Matriculation, Current Students, New Alumni
- Improve Communication with Wait Listed Candidates – We can do better! As a candidate who was accepted off the wait-list, it was incumbent upon me to maintain a relationship with the admissions office to show that I wanted to be here. Other schools communicated with me on almost a weekly basis. As a result, I almost went elsewhere because I already felt like a member of that law school’s community.
- Expand the Role of the Student Law Advisor (SLA) Program – Transition the SLA from a passive resource into an active means for engaging with matriculating students. NOTE: My SLA is awesome but I would have preferred to meet him sooner. After committing to U of R, it would have been immensely helpful to have another student as a resource to help answer questions about expectations, the city, where to live, etc.
- Actions such as these are vital to attract highly competitive candidates who will ultimately improve Richmond’s already illustrious ranking and reputation.
Effective Communication – Without a doubt, I view the role of the SBA, and my role as a section representative as being focused on communication. I see myself as meeting with section members and classmates regularly to hear your concerns so that I can better convey your interests to the faculty/administration. I keep an open carrel, email, cell phone, and Facebook policy. If you haven’t been able to get in touch with me as your rep, something’s wrong.
Building a Community – This is what you all probably think of when you think of the SBA: beer, wine, and free food. I definitely want to keep this going for obvious reasons, but most importantly, I believe it’s a great way for us to reach out to each other during the year. These opportunities allow us the chance to blow off steam as a class, but also to network within other classes to learn about what’s next in terms of classes, clubs, internships, and employment.
Your Network is your Net Worth – During the first tailgate, I was disappointed with what I didn’t hear. Where’s the Law School Tailgate? Where are our Alumni? Where are all the new grads who just completed what I am going through? There are so few opportunities in the course of each year for Law Students to learn how to network better. Simply put opportunities like this should not be missed. I would like to help the SBA reach out to the local legal community (one of U of R’s greatest strengths) to constantly attract practicing attorneys and judges for educational opportunities. How about a bi-semesterly distinguished speaker series? Creating networking opportunities like this are what will create employment opportunities down the road!
Recommended Facility Improvements:
- Create an improved and permanent smoking area – I believe that a better solution exists than the one that currently exists. The current location of the smoking area is along a well-trafficked footpath between the Law and Business schools. This location exposes non-smokers to second-hand smoke while people study in the courtyard or walk to get lunch at Lou’s Deli. Moving the area a short distance would alleviates this while providing tobacco users with a permanent area complete with park benches, a picnic table, and cigarette butt cans so that they have a location where they can relax and enjoy a much deserved study break. Full disclosure: I smoked for two years while I was in the service, so I understand the issue from both sides. I no longer smoke.
- Ice Machine for the Down Under – Many of us enjoy iced coffee or beverages that we bring from home daily. As both DU refrigerators are at near capacity during the day, all who want to freshen their drinks could use the addition of an ice machine. It would serve the added benefit of supporting the numerous luncheons and social functions that we host during the week.
My fellow 1Ls,
I am Nathan Coulter, and I would like to be your SBA representative. We all work extremely hard and we all deserve to have a little more fun! Allow me to play a role in making this year more enjoyable for all of us.
How can I contribute to this lofty goal? As your SBA representative, I would push for more student activities, more opportunities to socialize, eat, drink, and be merry. No activity better furthers these ends than student led music and performance events. Whether karaoke, open mic, or simple drunken revelry, nothing makes friends and blows off steam better than showcasing the talents of our fellow students and professors. As a former bartender and current self-titled musician, I feel uniquely qualified to organize, motivate, and execute such events.
If elected as your representative, I would be representing your interests, whether musical or otherwise. This is an endeavor I would take seriously, so elect Nathan Coulter and let’s do something interesting!
Greetings Section 1!
I am Nicole Manning, from New Mexico and I am very excited to ask each one of you for your support, and your vote in my run for the SBA Section 1 Representative.
A bit about myself: I am currently staring in a sitcom that involves me living on campus in a house with 6 other women (4 Chinese, 1 other from New Mexico and a Ukrainian attorney). I have two degrees that show my absolute passion for being in the dirt- a BS in Anthropology-Archaeology and a BA in Political Science. I have a horrible habit of saying yes when people ask me to volunteer and as such have been working with people who have developmental disabilities for over twenty years, teaching folks to swim as a Boy Scouts of America Aquatics Director, spending thousands of hours working with political campaigns (which ever party you support, just assume I worked with them), in addition to recently retiring as the vice-president of my local neighborhood association (turns out, I have to continue living in the neighborhood to maintain membership).
I apparently am easily bored and as such have worked in multiple fields doing everything from selling mortgages and real estate to working as a technician at my undergrad university to taking a United States Congressional campaign off the ground, to running a law office, to running my own company that focused on organizing and running other small businesses. I most recently was a state employee, working as the Board Administrator for New Mexico’s Dental Health Care Board and Dietetics & Nutrition Board. That made me feel as though my red stapler was at risk of being taken, so I left and spent the three months prior to school in what can only be called “the longest nap of my life.”
So, what could I possible offer you, that is worth your vote?
Frankly, I am going to be working it.
Information: Working to disseminate, filter and relay the essential information we need, and cut through the thousands of notices, emails and useless tidbits, is a priority. We have little enough time as it is, let me trim it down for you (please ignore the length of this initial introduction). Additionally, communicating with the Deans office your needs and priorities.
Planning: Working to be like yourselves, the very best student I can be. To accomplish this, we need to know what is coming. Seeking notice on assignments, representing to the SBA those dates that would seriously conflict with our work, and mapping the financial future of the organization are all key to ensuring we have the best view of whats to come.
Participation: Working towards our ultimate goal of becoming attorneys. My experience in the legal field has taught me that networking, even in our 1L year, is essential for our future careers. Seeking, recognizing and even creating these opportunities for you will be a priority in my time as your representative.
I am truly thrilled to be here with this group. Each one of you has a story I want to hear, and goals I want to help with. Please know I am always available, after all, I live right here on campus. –Nicole Manning
During our first few weeks at the University of Richmond School of Law, I have quickly learned that Section One is undeniably the best section around. That is why I would be honored to serve as your 1L Section Representative. As members of the newest class at U of R Law, I realize that we have barely begun to understand what we need from the SBA and from the school. That is why it is imperative for our section to have an easily accessible and responsive representative to communicate our needs to the SBA. As further explained in the paragraphs below, I have ample leadership experience as a representative that would be beneficial to me as your section representative. Furthermore, I recognize the importance of providing opportunities for both academic enrichment and for social activities, which is why I would fervently advocate for both. Students who work hard deserve to play too!
Our time at the University of Richmond will be one of the most challenging and rewarding parts our lives, and Section 1 deserves to have a representative that will enthusiastically advocate for our best interests. I believe that I would serve as an outstanding 1L SBA Representative for Section 1 and I would be honored to serve you all in this capacity.
Thank you for your time and for your vote!
Here are some more specifics about my related leadership experience:
While at the College of William and Mary, I was elected to serve on my sorority’s Executive Board as the Pan-Hellenic Affairs Vice President. I acted as the primary liaison between my sorority and W&M’s greater Greek community and was responsible for communicating my chapter’s views on community policies to the Pan-Hellenic Council. During my tenure my chapter received the Inter-Fraternalism Award for outstanding representation in the Greek community.
After graduating from W&M, I spent a year working as the legislative aide to the Senate Majority Leader of the Virginia Senate and Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. One of my greatest responsibilities as the Senator’s legislative aide was acting as his liaison to his committee. I was responsible for guaranteeing open lines of communication between the Senator, his fellow committee members, and committee staffers to ensure smooth operation of the committee. I also acted as the Senator’s primary constituent liaison, managing the communication of political and community concerns between the Senator and his constituents.
Section 2 Candidates: Allison Linscott, Andrew Sassoon, Carter Nichols, Eric Postow
Hello fellow 1Ls,
Well we have made it through 3 weeks and I think that deserves a pat on the back, right? Soon enough that will be three years. I am running to be the section 2 representative for the 1L class. It would be an honor to not only represent my section, but all 1Ls. As your representative I hope to be a friend with whom you could discuss changes you would like to see, be the middleman between our needs and the SBA. I want to know what you think would improve your time here. As we are all still acclimating to being in our first year I expect that different concerns and requests will arise as the year continues. I would want anyone to feel comfortable to come talk to me whenever any of these things may come about. I have been in many leadership roles in my undergraduate years at Virginia Tech and also worked as a social worker for the last two years. I am organized, here to help, and approachable. I am also creative and would be an asset for the planning of SBA events for us to enjoy.
Some requests I have already heard are water coolers around the school, or at least one in the down under, and the possibility of “First Mondays.” This would be a lunch provided for 1Ls the first Monday of every month or every other month. It could be a time for all 1Ls to mingle because we don’t always get to see people in other sections. Also, who doesn’t love a free lunch and need their Mondays brightened just a bit? These are all things I would take to the board and try to advocate on behalf of my fellow classmates.
Let’s make these next three years the best they can be together!
Hello 1Ls, particularly those of you in section 2! My name is Andrew Sassoon and I would love the opportunity to be your voice as your SBA representative! Besides having a passion for the University of Richmond and wanting to make all of our experiences here at T.C. Williams the best possible, I believe that I am qualified to do the job as well. In college, I was the President of the William & Mary Racquetball Club for 4 years and was a chief organizer of an annual USRA sanctioned racquetball tournament in Newport News, VA. With these experiences under my belt, I am confident that I will be able to handle the responsibilities of being your SBA representative.
So, what do I want to accomplish as your representative? First and foremost, I want to vocalize your desires, opinions, concerns, and thoughts to the SBA and the powers above us. I am always open to talk with you and listen to your wants and needs about the school. This is the most important aspect of being your representative and I won’t take it lightly.
Next, I will work to make the social events of the law school as awesome as possible. Have an idea for a Down Under you’d like to propose? I’ll pitch it for you. You’d like a certain type of event? I’ll fight for it. You want more food at law school events? I’ll try to make it happen. You want more free food period around the law school? I’ll do what I can. Basically, I will try to make the precious free time we have as fun as possible and always strive to improve. I also will do what I can to increase the number of social events the law school offers as well.
Besides trying to better the social offerings at T.C. Williams, I believe there are little things the SBA can do to make your everyday life at the school better. Whether it is ensuring there is a consistent supply of utensils in the lounges, more varieties of coffee, or getting massage chairs for use in the library during finals, I’ll do what I can to make it happen.
It would be a privilege to be your voice to the SBA this year. As your representative, you can be sure that I will make sure your opinions are heard and do all I can to make this year and the rest of our time at Richmond memorable. Thank you!
Hello Fellow §2 Students!
For those who may not know me, my name is Carter Nichols and I am running to be your 1L SBA Representative. I believe that my experience, dedication, and passion make me the best choice to represent you in the SBA. Just to give you a brief background: I graduated from Old Dominion University with a double major in Communication and Political Science. Before starting at Richmond I ran the Legislative Office and campaign committee of a member in the Virginia House of Delegates. Like many of you I have a passion for public service, government, and the law. I would be honored to have the opportunity to represent you. As your 1L representative, I would dedicate an unwavering amount of effort to make sure you are getting the most out of your time here at the University of Richmond.
There are three main components to my platform and how I would approach the duty of serving as a 1L representative. Each of these components is something I have already begun to promote and facilitate since we got to Richmond. However, an important thing to consider is that my platform is not rigid and inflexible. An evolving platform, one that changes with our needs as new and growing students, will best serve us throughout our first year and beyond. The three main components are as follows:
– Communication: Open and efficient communication are essential to the success of any system. I want to ensure that, as a §2 student, your voice is heard by both the SBA as well as the University. As your representative I will always be available to discuss, listen, or pass along your thoughts and concerns.
- Cohesion: Creating a cohesive and communal atmosphere is something I believe to be extremely important as a 1L. Many of us will go on to work with each other, rely on each other, and help each other as attorneys. Building lasting relationships now will help us all as we move into our future careers. I have already begun facilitating this point by electing to organize social events for all of us as 1Ls (e.g. bar review).
– Constant Support: Sometimes, as I think many of us have learned in the first few weeks of school, we need help. Whether it is help understanding a concept from class, how to brief a case, or simply how to manage the stress of being a 1L, we should all have someone to lean on for that support. Many of us have found helpful classmates already but, as a 1L representative, I want to ensure that everyone can count on a support system made up of those who truly understand what they are experiencing – I will always be there to lend that support.
If you’ve made it this far I thank you for taking the time to read my platform. While I could make it more concise, I want to show you that I plan on taking a comprehensive approach to this position. I am always willing to discuss my platform or any other issues you’d like; you can email me at email@example.com, stop me in the hall, or visit me at my carrel (#S311) on the second floor. Again, I thank you for taking the time to read my platform and I hope I can count on your vote!
Greetings to all Section Two-ers.
For those who I have not officially met, my name is Eric Postow, and I would like to be your representative this year in the SBA.
As I have come to realize, the SBA is an organization, which can be paramount to our overall experience while at the University of Richmond.
Taking a page from the current President, Mr. Clay Jones, I think the most important thing that the SBA can influence, is the grass roots effort to bring high quality and diverse employers to our school for on campus interviews and information sessions.
According to the website Law School Numbers, last year the University of Virginia hosted 117 on employers for on campus interviews, The College of William and Mary had 27, and Washington and Lee had 21. The University of Richmond only had 8. This illustrates a critical vulnerability and the point for which I base my platform.
1) Work with the SBA to further community outreach in order to enhance the image of University of Richmond’s law students.
2) Communicate through the alumni network, and local supporting establishments to invite regional employers from diverse fields to information sessions, and on campus interviews.
3) Promote a one-voice approach across our diverse student organizations that focus on networking opportunities and employment after school.
As a Marine Corps Officer, it was one of my responsibilities to ensure my Marines received the best training available. This often times placed me in direct competition with other company commanders for limited recourses and training space. By communicating effectively, and by aggressively leaning into every opportunity for training, I was able to ensure my Marines enhanced themselves in their core competencies and were able to remain in a state of readiness.
As an officer overseas, it was common for me to work across many diverse cultural and language barriers in order to promote my units interests. I believe these experiences will allow me to better serve us as a section when it comes to representing our priority needs, and fighting for the limited resources available to all students.
If given the opportunity, I will work hard to earn your confidence as our section representative, and I will focus on ways to further our interests as a class.
Hey Section 3! After spending the last month with everyone in our section, I know that I’d love to represent such a great group of people and do my part to make these next three years as enjoyable as possible. I have already been hearing some of your suggestions as well as speaking with other students that currently serve as SBA representatives. This has helped me gain a clear understanding of what serving Section 3 as an SBA rep will require and how I can be most effective in that role.
A major reason that I chose Richmond Law was because of the sense of community and collegiality that I experienced. I’d like to serve you by fostering that community and solving any problems we may come across in what will definitely be a challenging few years. It’s been awesome getting to know those of you that I’ve been able to so far and I’m really looking forward to spending some time getting to know those of you that I haven’t. I’ll always be open to any of your suggestions and I hope to have the opportunity to serve as a dependable and effective voice for our section. Feel free to reach out to me via email or in person – although I’m usually studying anywhere other than at my carrel because it’s in the basement.
If you’re interested, here’s a little bit about my most relevant experiences: I have served in multiple elected and leadership roles through my activities at UVA, I was the Managing Editor of a student-run publication, and I led a group of students to create a state-wide high school business plan competition while working in the Governor’s Office here in Richmond. Professionally, I have worked as a Project Assistant and Business Development Analyst at major firms. Each of these positions required teamwork, effective communication skills, financial literacy, and the ability to efficiently help others achieve their goals.
Thanks for your consideration and have a great week!