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Suffolk University Law School SBA Executive Newsletter

Issue 12: November 24, 2014

SBA NEWS
Welcome

Contents
Welcome
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SBA Happenings
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ABA Leadership
Positions

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Student Spotlight
Cody Friesz
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SBA President Tom Davis with his donation for Toys
For Tots. Collection will take place in the marked box
at the front entrance until Dec. 17. When you donate,
take a picture with the bear and use hashtag
#2014SUPDTFTS. The photos will be used to create a
collage at the end of the drive.

We have two SBA events today: A Town Hall
meeting in the first floor function room from 57pm wit questions starting around 5:30 and a
Q&A for 1Ls from 5-7pm in the faculty dining
room.
On page 4 you will find this week’s student
spotlight with section 3D’s Cody Friesz and an
alumni spotlight with class of 2014’s Erin
Thurston.

Alumni Spotlight
Erin Thurston
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Contact List & Preamble
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throughout the week.
Thanks for reading and have a
great Thanksgiving break!

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SBA Executive Announcements & Happenings
Ø Today is the SBA Town Hall Meeting
from 5pm-7pm in the first floor function
room. Questions will begin around 5:30.
This town hall will focus on SBA
questions. If you have any questions,
concerns, or suggestions, stop by to
make your voice heard!
Ø Q&A session for 1Ls today from 5pm7pm in the Faculty Dining Room.
Hosted by the SBA Academic Affairs
Committee, this will be a great
opportunity for 1Ls to ask questions
about exams, internships, study abroad,
journals, clinics, and more. Food will be
served!
Ø Thanks to those who donated a canned
food item for National Hunger Week.
Section 4A won the section competition.
Ø Have you seen the giant bear hanging out in the front hall? Help kids in need this
holiday season by bringing a fun and new unwrapped toy to SUPD’s Annual Toys
for Tots drive and drop the toys in the collection bin that the bear is sitting next to.
Take a picture with the bear, using the hash tag #2014SUPDTFTS and the photos
will be used to create a collage at the end of the drive.
Ø The final BOG meeting of the semester took place last night. Minutes from the
meeting will be sent out when they become available.
Ø The annual SBA Ski Trip will be held the weekend of Feb 20-22. Look for more
information in the coming weeks and email the SBA Social Committee at
suffolklawsocial@gmail.com with any questions.

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Join the ABA Law Student Division
2015-2016 Leadership Team

Issue 12: November 24, 2014

Tip of the week

Visit ambar.org/lsdleadership for specifics
or email LSD-Nominations@americanbar.org
The ABA Law Student Division has numerous leadership
positions available either by election or appointment.
Among the many opportunities and benefits, ABA Law
Student Division leadership will provide you with:
Ø The opportunity to work with law student leaders
across the country, including SBA Presidents, ABA
Representatives, national law student organization
leaders, as well as licensed attorneys and judges;
Ø The opportunity to participate in roundtables,
debates, and discussions addressing law student
issues and concerns;
Ø The ability to foster your leadership, diplomacy, and
project management skills; and
Ø The opportunity to create policy and present legal
education issues that affect law students regionally
and nationally.
Ø Board of Governors positions of: Chair, Vice Chair,
and Secretary-Treasurer: Nominations due Feb 1
Ø Division Representative to the ABA Board of
Governor: Nominations due Jan 15
Ø Circuit Governor: Nominations due Feb 1

Take a walk to the harbor
and see the harbor seals
The Boston Harbor is
only a short walk from
school and can make for
a great study break. If
you don’t know how to
get there, simply put the
New England Aquarium
in your phone and that
will take you there. At
the aquarium you can
even stop to watch the
harbor seals swim and
play at the outdoor
exhibit.

Ø Student Editor for Student Lawyer magazine:
Nominations due Feb 1
Ø Entity Liaisons: Applications due Feb 15
Ø National Student Directors: Applications due Feb 15

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Student Spotlight
Cody Friesz
Section 3D’s Cody Friesz is originally from Bismarck, North
Dakota.
Where did you attend undergrad?
University of Mary.
Are you currently focusing on a certain area of law or do you
have plans to do so?
Currently, I am exposing myself to courses across all the legal
field's many disciplines.
Do you currently have a job/internship?
This fall, I have had the privilege of interning at the Supreme Judicial Court in the
chambers of Justice Robert Cordy.
Are you on a journal, a clinic, or do you have a leadership role in a club?
I am the Managing Editor for the Suffolk University Law Review.
What do you enjoy doing outside of law school?
Outside of school I like to spend time with my friends and family.
Cody’s Favorites:
Favorite place to study: Fifth Floor of the Library, towards the back of the building.
Favorite study break: Walking around the Boston Common and Public Garden.
Favorite part of Suffolk Law: I really appreciate the faculty and staff. They are a
dedicated group, extremely approachable, and have helped me find and develop
many great opportunities.
Favorite coffee shop near school: The Thinking Cup

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Alumni Spotlight
Erin Thurston --- Class of 2014
Erin Thurston is currently an Associate Attorney at Jones
Kelleher, LLP, in Boston. Interview conducted by SBA Academic
Affairs co-director Erin Knight.
What is your current position and where?
Associate Attorney at Jones Kelleher, LLP, in Boston. We handle a
broad spectrum of high-end catastrophic personal injury and
medical malpractice matters.
Where did you attend undergraduate?
Boston College
What do you consider the best part of your job?
The people. I work with some of the most experienced litigators in
town, and their knowledge and experience is invaluable. Not only
that, but they truly care about their clients’ well-being. Too often
lawyers get caught up in the business of law and lose sight of purpose of what we do, to
achieve justice for the individual clients. At Jones Kelleher, the people are the priority.
What was your favorite class while at Suffolk?
LLC, Agency and Partnership with Professor Bishop.
Any interview tips?
Be confident and prepared. I once interviewed someone, and when I asked what about the
firm and position attracted her to apply for the job, she stared at me blankly. Not a great
response! Research the firm, the people, the work they do, and their clientele. So much of
an interview rests on your ability to hold an intelligent conversation, listen actively, and
your sincerity.
One piece of advice?
Network! Boston is a small community, so you will work with fellow attorneys on more
than one occasion. It is so important to build relationships with others, and not just
attorneys, but their paralegals and law clerks, as well as clerks in the courts. Suffolk offers
discounted memberships to the BBA, and there are student-friendly memberships to the
MBA and Women’s Bar Association. Take advantage, and follow the Golden Rule – treat
others as you would like to be treated, and you will foster great working relationships all
over town.

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Contact Information
Name
Tom davis
Monica Bellevue
Neil Lindquist
Callie grossman
Kelley Sweetser

Position

Email

President
Vice President
Chief of Staff
Chief of Operations
Treasurer

trdavis@suffolk.edu
mkbellevue@suffolk.edu
nlindquist@suffolk.edu
cgrossman@suffolk.edu
ksweetser@suffolk.edu

For a full contact list of all SBA Directors please visit our website at
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Vice President Monica Bellevue and
President Tom Davis

SBA Constitution Preamble
“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 School.”

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