Issue 6: October 13, 2014 Suffolk University Law School SBA Executive Newsletter Facebook: Suffolk Law SBA Twitter: @SULS_sba
A Message From Tom
I hope this message finds everyone enjoying
the long weekend. As you can see by looking
at our calendar of events, this week is full of
great SBA events. I particularly want to take a
second to write about the Town Hall and Fall
Our first Town Hall will be held on Tuesday
from 5:00 – 7:00pm in the First Floor Function
Room. The SBA Student Concerns Committee
has done a fantastic job of bringing together
various deans and administrators of the law
school. This is your opportunity to raise any
and all issues or concerns that you have with
the law school. From an SBA point-of-view,
issues raised by the student body at the Town
Hall will be the ones that we can focus on
addressing. Thus, if you want to see
something addressed, make sure your voice is
In regard to Fall Ball, which will begin Friday
at 8:00pm at the W, I simply want to reiterate
the importance of this event going well. Not
only do we owe it to our Social Committee,
who has done an outstanding job planning the
event, but we also owe it to ourselves as a law
school community. How we behave at official
law school events directly affects our standing
and reputation within and without the legal
community. Accordingly, let’s all work
together to make sure that Friday night is
A Message From Tom
SBA Happenings
Student Spotlights
Callie Grossman &
Neil Lindquist &
Kelley Sweetser
Alumni Spotlight
Contact List & Preamble
nothing but a good time. If you see a
potential problem brewing, please simply
take a minute out of your night and let
someone in an official capacity know.
Thank you,
- Tom Davis
SBA President

Suffolk University Law School SBA Executive Newsletter Issue 6: October 13, 2014 Facebook: Suffolk Law SBA Twitter: @SULS_sba

! The first Town Hall meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday from 5-7pm in the first
floor function room. This meeting will be a place for students to ask the deans and
administrators any law school related questions. Food and drinks will be served.
! BBA event on Wednesday: “Getting hired as a prosecutor or public defender”
o Interested as being hired as an ADA, AAG, AUSA, or public defender? Hear from the
BBA’s experienced panel about the hiring process, what the offices are looking for,
strategies for getting hired, and how candidates can prepare themselves professionally
and financially.

! OFFICE HOURS with Tom: Tuesday @ 12:00-1:00pm & Thursday @ 6:30 – 7:30pm
! SBA External Affairs Committee will be tabling on Thursday from 10am-3pm for breast cancer
awareness. The purpose of this table is to donate at least one dollar to breast cancer awareness.
Each person who donates gets to dedicate their donation or may write a personal story about
how breast cancer affects them by writing on a sheet, which will be displayed later on.
! FALL BALL is on Friday at 8pm at the W Hotel

! The SBA is looking for interested 1Ls to join the Appropriations Committee. The
Appropriations Committee works with student clubs and organizations to review budget
requests and is instrumental in allotting funds for activities and events held at the law school.
Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month. Email Suzanne Graziano at if you are interested.
! This is the last week to submit your SBA logo entry! The winner will receive a $50 Boston
Brewin gift card! See the section at the bottom of this page for more information.
! Student Bar Association/Alumni Golf Outing
o October 24, 11am-4pm
o At the Robert T. Lynch Memorial Golf Course, 1281 West Roxbury Parkway, Brookline.
o Staff/Student Cost: $30
o Alumni Cost: $40
o Transportation will be provided
SBA Executive Announcements & Happenings
Suffolk Law SBA logo design contest!
What: We are looking for a new Suffolk Law SBA logo. What
you design is up to you. Please submit your entry by emailing it
to marketing director Jess Murray at
When: We will accept entries between now and October 25th.
Prize: A $50 gift card to Boston Brewin

Suffolk University Law School SBA Executive Newsletter Issue 6: October 13, 2014 Facebook: Suffolk Law SBA Twitter: @SULS_sba
Tip of the week
Get Organized!
The fall semester is about
halfway through,
midterms are coming up,
and the information is
piling up. Now is a great
time to do your best to get
all of your notes, papers,
etc., organized. One way
to do this is to start
outlining. While you are
outlining you will also be
able to see if there is a part
of the course you may be
struggling with and you
can ask your professor
about it now rather than at
the end of the semester.

SBA Executive Budget

1A $500.00
1B $500.00
1C $500.00
4A $500.00
1L Cup $2,500.00
2L (at large) $2,500.00
3L (at large) $3,000.00
4L/7L (at large) $1000.00
Section Total: $11,000
Reserves $10,000.00
Operations $8,000.00
Orientation $2,000.00
General Total: $20,000
Academic Affairs $4,500.00
Alumni Affairs $4,500.00
Appropriations $200.00
Diversity and Inclusion $3,500.00
External Affairs $3,300.00
Graduation $4,000.00
Marketing and Advertising $1,000.00
Student Affairs - Concerns $1,000.00
Student Affairs – Social $32,500.00
Sustainability $1,000.00
Committee Total: $55,500.00
Bar Association Liaisons (ABA,
Liaison Total: $1,500.00

Total Executive Budget:
We are very pleased with the outcome of how SBA Executive
Committee funding is being invested this year. Thanks to a
massive team effort of all SBA members, we were able to invest
500% more to Student Concerns, 225% more to Academic
Affairs, 200% more to Sustainability, and 175% more to

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Tip of the week
SBA Organization Budgets

National Italian American Bar Assn. $670.00
Christian Fellowship $810.00
Black Law Students Assn. $5,300.00
Queer Law Alliance $800.00
Women’s Law Association $3,520.00
Latin American Law Student Assn. $1,720.00
Native American Law Students Assn. $1,670.00
Jewish Law Student Association $1,020.00
Albanian American Law Student Assn. $525.00
Women of Color Law Students Assn. $2,000.00
Asian Pacific American Law Student Assn. $2,020.00
Suffolk Muslims Law Assn. $1,320.00
South Asian Law Student Assn. $2,200.00
Suffolk Law Armed Services Assn. $1,100.00
Hellenic Law Society $750.00
Phi Delta Phi $1,030.00
Phi Alpha Delta $1,495.00
Joint Degree Law Student Assn. $600.00
Bearing Witness $2,000.00
Law Innovation Technology Student Assn. $720.00
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund $775.00
Dicta Student Newspaper $920.00
Business Law Association $1,850.00
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys $1,095.00
Human Rights Law Society $420.00
Child and Family Law Student Assn. $890.00
National Lawyers Guild $1,100.00
International Law Society $3,000.00
American Constitution Society $790.00
Sports and Entertainment Law Assn. $2,070.00
Suffolk University Gaming Law $500.00
Health and Biomedical Law Society $850.00
Education Law and Policy Society $800.00
Immigration Law Association $1,170.00
Suffolk Public Interest Law Group $4,470.00
Intellectual Property Law Student Assn. $1,370.00
New England First Amendment Coalition $950.00
Humanitarian Law and Red Cross Society $700.00
Suffolk Law Intramural Basketball Assn. $2,000.00
Suffolk Law Hockey Club $2,900.00
SULS Softball $2,020.00
Golf Club $670.00
Suffolk Law Ski and Snowboard Club $1,970.00
Suffolk Law Futbol Club $1,970.00
Suffolk Rugby $1,800.00

Suffolk University Law School SBA Executive Newsletter Issue 6: October 13, 2014 Facebook: Suffolk Law SBA Twitter: @SULS_sba
Callie Grossman, a 2L and a graduate of Florida State University, is the SBA
Chief of Operations. As Chief of Operations, Callie’s primary responsibilities
are to serve as the SBA’s official record keeper and as chair of the elections

Did you have an internship/job over the summer and if so what did you most enjoy
about it?
This past summer I was a judicial intern at the Suffolk County Juvenile Court to
the Honorable Stephen M. Limon. I assisted Judge Limon, along with other
Juvenile Judges in drafting decisions and researching applicable law. Each day
we had the opportunity to sit in the courtroom, and listen to motions or trials.
The judges allowed us to participate in side bar conversations and spoke to us
about how they came to their decisions after they decided. It was an incredible
experience and each day I never knew what I would see in court.

What are you most looking forward to this school year, both personally and in your SBA role?
Personally, this year I'm looking forward to narrowing down my “list” of what field of law I’m
most interested in.
As for the SBA, I am looking forward to working closely with the BOG and the Executive Board to
make SULS the best school it can be.

Any tips for the new 1Ls?
Do you. It’s as simple as that.

Callie’s Favorites:

Favorite place to study: On campus – I love studying on the 5
floor. The view of the city takes my
breath away every time.
Off Campus – I cheat on Suffolk and channel my inner Elle Woods and study at Harvard…

Favorite study break: I go to the gym to relieve stress. After I do that, I am able to return to my
work with a better attitude, high energy and a clear mind.

Favorite part of Suffolk Law: I am able to make personal connections with so many students. I
came from an undergrad of 40,000 students. It was nearly impossible to be able to make the
connections that I have made at Suffolk. Each student at Suffolk Law has an incredible story and I
am so grateful to have met such interesting people.

Favorite coffee shop near school: Starbucks near Government Center

Favorite movie: Bridesmaids. Gets me every time - I can literally quote the movie from start to
Student Spotlight
Callie Grossman | SBA Chief of Operations

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Neil Lindquist, a 2L and a graduate of Boston College, is the SBA Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff,
Neil’s primary responsibilities are to manage the section reps and assist the president and vice
president to ensure that the SBA runs smoothly.

Do you currently have an internship/job and if so what do you most enjoy about it?
I'm currently interning for an immigration/criminal firm. It's been a great opportunity to help
families and individuals who haven't been provided the same opportunities as people born in the
United States.

What did you do in the time between graduating undergrad and entering law school?
I'm an avid backpacker. I've been to over 30 countries on 4 continents. So between my undergrad
and law school I trekked from Costa Rica to Cusco, Peru. One of the best traveling experiences of
my life was being fortunate enough to spend my birthday at Machu Picchu.

What are you most looking forward to this school year, both personally and in your SBA role?
I'm very excited to be a part of the SBA's new professional focus. It's been my pleasure so far to
work with all the members of the SBA. Our goal of moving forward and providing the student
body with as much opportunity to advance themselves into the legal community has really begun
to take shape, and I'm thrilled to see what the year has in store.

Any tips for the new 1Ls?
The best tip I have for a 1L is to find a good balance of work and recreation. After six hours of
reading Constitutional Law, you deserve a study break to help recharge!

Neil’s Favorites:

Favorite place to study: I study the best in the library during the evening. I love the reading room
on the 5th floor.

Favorite study break: My study breaks usually have a strong caffeinated focus.

Favorite part of Suffolk Law: The Summer Abroad program in Lund, Sweden has been my
favorite part of Suffolk Law thus far. Getting the opportunity to study international law with
Swedish students and seeing the contrast between our legal systems was an enlightening
educational experience. Before the semester started I was able to fly to Europe a little bit early
with some other students. We made our way from the Radisson in Brussels to Amsterdam and
onto Sweden. It was a great chance to get to know some of my classmates outside the classroom.

Favorite coffee shop near school: Being from Seattle, I love Starbucks. Grande Pike Place roast.

Favorite movie: I love action movies. I can watch Terminator 2: Judgment Day anytime.
Student Spotlight
Neil Lindquist | SBA Chief of Staff

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Kelley Sweetser, a 2L and a graduate of UMASS Amherst, is the SBA Treasurer.
As Treasurer, Kelley’s primary responsibility is to be the SBA’s chief financial

Do you currently have an internship/job and if so what do you most enjoy about it?
This summer I was an intern at Denner Criminal Defense Group in Boston and
am actually interning there currently as well. I have learned so much while
interning there and the experience is amazing.

What did you do in the time between graduating undergrad and entering law school?
I worked at Fidelity Investments for two years. I was a trader and worked at
both the New Hampshire campus and Boston headquarters.

What are you most looking forward to this school year, both personally and in your SBA
I am looking forward to taking classes that are more specific to my interests and
getting to intern through the academic year. As far as SBA, I am really looking forward to working
with a great group of my peers to help enhance many of the great qualities Suffolk possesses.

Any tips for the new 1Ls?
My biggest tip is to do some sort of activity for your self a few times a week. Whether it be
grabbing coffee with friends, going to yoga, or enjoying the city, I think it is so important take a

Kelley’s Favorites:

Favorite place to study: My favorite place to study is at the library in the cubes. It really puts me in
the zone and allows me to concentrate on my work and block out everything else.

Favorite study break: My favorite study break is to grab lunch in the Café with my friends. It is a
great way to catch up with my friends and it takes my mind off my studies for a bit.

Favorite part of Suffolk Law: My favorite part of Suffolk law is the community. All the students,
faculty, and employees are all so incredibly supportive and caring. The environment at Suffolk is
so positive it really helps students to thrive and make the most of their time here.

Favorite coffee shop near school: My favorite coffee shop would be Dunks, hands down.

Favorite movie: My favorite movies would be Office Space, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and
Caddyshack; basically any classic comedy.

Student Spotlight
Kelley Sweetser | SBA Treasurer

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Alumni Spotlight
Alan Pierce --- Class of 1974
Alan Pierce, a Suffolk Law class of 1974 graduate, is currently a founding attorney at
his workers’ compensation law firm. Interview conducted by Eunice Aikins-Afful, co-
director of the Alumni Affairs Committee.

What is your current position and where?
I am founding attorney at Pierce, Pierce & Napolitano 27 Congress St. Salem, Ma.
01970; a workers’ compensation law firm representing injured workers and their

Where did you attend undergraduate?
UMass (Amherst), class of 1969.

What journals/activities/concentrations did you participate in at Suffolk Law?
Because I was an evening school student with a full time job and a family I could not participate nor were
there many opportunities.

What do you consider the best part of your job?
Helping clients through the sudden and unexpected consequences of an on the job injury which impacts
their health and comfort and financial health of the client and his/her family; especially in situations where
the insurance company contests all or part of a claim.

What type of attorney did you want to be upon entering Suffolk Law?
Since I was a workers compensation claims representative for a large insurance company and enjoyed the
challenges of this field of law, my goal was to continue as an attorney concentrating in the field.

What was your favorite class while at Suffolk?
Contracts with Professor John F.X. O’Brien- the subject matter was dry but Prof O’Brien was memorable.

Who was your favorite professor?
Tie- Professor O’Brien and Davis Sargent.

What is your greatest professional achievement?
In 2007 I was inducted in the inaugural class of Fellows in the newly established College of Workers’
Compensation Lawyers of the American Bar Association.

Who is your favorite Supreme Court Justice, living or deceased?
Earl Warren.

Any interview tips?
Be on time, neat, know the position you are applying for and ask appropriate questions. Direct, short
answers- good eye contact and the million dollar smile when appropriate.

One piece of advice?
In times of tough decisions- especially with job opportunities/changes- go with your gut.

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Contact Information
Name Position Email
Tom davis President
Monica Bellevue Vice President
Neil Lindquist Chief of Staff
Callie grossman Chief of Operations
Kelley Sweetser Treasurer

“We the Students of Suffolk University Law School, in order to support and
encourage academic excellence and professional development; to preserve the
right of students to acquire a quality legal education in a just and reasonable
environment; to provide a means of communication between students and the
Law School; and to maintain a connection with alumni, do herby establish
this Constitution for the Student Bar Association of Suffolk University Law
SBA Constitution Preamble
For a full contact list of all SBA Directors please visit our website at
Vice President Monica Bellevue and
President Tom Davis