Suffolk University Law School SBA Executive Newsletter

Issue 19: March 30, 2015

SBA NEWS
Contents
Message from SBA
President Tom Davis

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SBA Happenings
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Meet the Candidates
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Alumni Spotlight:
Drew Feldman

Hello everyone,

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter
throughout the school year. After this issue we only
have two more to go. This issue features election
information on pages 3 – 5, which I encourage you all to
check out before voting. Additionally, thanks to the
efforts of our Alumni Affairs Committee, we have
another three Alumni Spotlights featured this week,
which offer important insights to the legal community.
If you have not been following this section you can check
out all of the archived Alumni Spotlights on the website
at suffolklawsba.com.

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Alumni Spotlight:
Taylor Hart
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Alumni Spotlight:
Ellen Marie Giblin
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Contact List & Preamble
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Lastly, remember to vote! Polls will be open on Campus
Cruiser until Wednesday at 5pm.
Best,
- Tom Davis

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SBA Announcements & Happenings
STAFF APPRECIATION DAY
Monday, March 30, 12 – 2pm in the First Floor
Function Room

Come say thanks to the members of the
Suffolk Law School Staff! Please stop by
to show your appreciation and get some
mid-day snacks while you’re at it.

FREE YOGA PRESENTED BY THE SBA
AND THE OFFICE OF HEALTH &
WELLNESS
Monday, March 30, 5-6pm in the First Floor
Function Room

Please join us to kick off the week with a
yoga session taught by a certified yoga
instructor. Those who have attended
the past two sessions have great things
to say about the classes!

2015 ACADEMIC ROUNDTABLE EVENT
Wednesday, April 1, 5-7pm in the First Floor
Function Room

This event is an opportunity for 1Ls to talk to professors about concentrations and
available classes. Appetizers and Georgetown Cupcakes will be served. Please
contact SBA Academic Affairs Committee Director Megan Weber at
mlweber@suffolk.edu with any questions.

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Meet the Candidates
Voting for the SBA Presidential Elections starts today, March 30, and ends at 5pm on
Wednesday, April 1.
Voting procedure: Voting takes place on Campus Cruiser. When you sign on, select the
“SBA Voting Tab,” click on “Voting Ballot,” chose your candidate, and click submit. Once
you click submit you will not be able to change your vote. Please reach out to the Elections
chair Callie Grossman at cgrossman@suffolk.edu with any questions about this.
Before you vote, take the time to read about the candidates, watch the speeches, which can be
found under the “Election” tab on the website, and go meet the candidates up on the fourth
floor. In addition, to see how much the SBA can accomplish for the student body, see issue 14,
the “Fall Semester Report,” which can be found by clicking on the “show me more” tab below.
This year the SBA has roughly doubled the number of events, has brought an academic and
professional focus back to the SBA, and has created new communication channels through a
combination of the brand new SBA website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and this
newsletter. Additionally, we have represented every issue to the deans and administration, and
we have worked tirelessly from day one to provide the greatest possible student government.
Read below to learn about the candidates for next year’s SBA President and Vice President.

There are three tickets: Patrick Shine and Monica Mohan, Sam Matson and Courtney Fears,
and Kelley Sweetser and Brendan Murphy.
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Kelley Sweetser and Brendan Murphy

Kelley Sweetser and Brendan Murphy absolutely love Suffolk Law: that is why they are
committed to amplifying the Suffolk brand through maximizing YOUR Suffolk Law
experience!
Hi everyone! My name is Kelley Sweetser and I am running for SBA president. I am running with
Brendan Murphy who is running for Vice President. I was born and raised right outside Boston
and graduated from UMass-Amherst. I currently live in Southie and am a 2nd year day student,
section D! I am also the current treasurer of the SBA. I would love to get your vote!
Hey guys, my name is Brendan Murphy. I grew up on Cape Cod, graduated from UMass, and
now I live in Somerville and go to Suffolk Law at night. I'm a microbiologist during the day, biding
my time playing with bacteria. I came to Suffolk to study patent law. I love poker, fishing, and
cooking. I'd love to get your vote!
Community: Suffolk is the largest law school in the state, so naturally that means we have the
largest network of lawyers in the law community. One of the pillars of our campaign is reaching
out to alumni and building connections with recent graduates and lawyers who have been out
practicing for 1, 5, 10, 20 years!
Collaboration: Boston's home to many other law schools and it is important that we start building
these relationships now. This speaks to our overarching theme of networking for job opportunities.
Collaborating with other schools can be a key to opening doors ripe with legal career opportunities
for students like us.
Cohesiveness: It is vital to the success of the SBA to have a great working relationship between the
SBA and administration. We want to work with the administration and have their support behind
the SBA. This will be incredibly beneficial to the student body because it will allow the SBA to
accomplish its goal in a faster and more direct way, which means more results and faster results.
Vote Sweetser & Murphy!
Visit our Facebook page for our full platform! www.facebook.com/VoteSweetserMurphy
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Patrick Shine and Monica Mohan

Patrick Shine, 2L day student seeking a business/corporate finance
concentration, have logged over 200 hours of pro bono work, and have
been to every Board of Governors meeting since I started at Suffolk Law.
Monica Mohan is a 3L evening student pursing a JD/MBA. She is on the
Transnational Law Review, and an active board member of the South
Asian Law Student Association. Both of us are also long time
ambassadors for the admissions office. Together we came up with a
platform that is not exclusive but is a start to what we are determined to
accomplish.
Platform: We would like to make the student fees that run the SBA stretch
to add more events for student involvement; facilitate transparency
between the University, Dean’s Suite and the Law Students; and create an
ad hoc committee to work with the Admissions Office in reaching out to
the best students to attend Suffolk University Law School.

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Alumni Spotlight
Drew Feldman --- 2012
Andrew Feldman, a member of the class of 2012, is an
associate at Hauser & Allison. Interview conducted
by SBA Alumni Affairs Committee Co-Director Eunice
Aikins-Afful.

What is your current position and where?
Associate – Hauser & Allison.
Where did you attend undergraduate?
The University of Mississippi (“Ole Miss”)
What type of attorney did you want to be upon entering Suffolk Law?
I wanted to be a trial attorney, focusing on civil litigation.
What was your favorite class while at Suffolk?
Trademarks, Agency & Partnerships, or Constitutional Law.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
I have participated substantially in several large cases, including arguing and winning
motions to dismiss and motions for partial summary judgment.
One piece of advice?
Stay positive and do not be afraid to ask others for advice. Believe it or not, lawyers do not
have all the answers.

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Alumni Spotlight
Taylor Hart --- 2002
Taylor Hart, a member of the class of 2002, is a partner at Ropes &
Gray LLP. Interview conducted by SBA Alumni Affairs Committee
Co-Director Erin Knight.
What is your current position and where?
Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP.
Where did you attend undergraduate?
Trinity University.
What journals/activities/concentrations did you participate in at
Suffolk Law?
Suffolk Law Review.
What do you consider the best part of your job?
I enjoy that many transactions involve learning about a new industry
so that although many things are the same from transaction to
transaction, I learn something new on every transaction.
What type of attorney did you want to be upon entering Suffolk Law?
I knew I wanted to do something within corporate practice (particularly in light of being part of the
JD/MBA program) but actually thought I wanted to be a securities lawyer. Once I was exposed to
various practice areas, I realized that I preferred private equity/M&A instead.
What was your favorite class while at Suffolk? Securities Regulation
Who was your favorite professor? Franco.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
Probably some of the pro bono work in which I have participated.
Who is your favorite Supreme Court Justice, living or deceased? Story.
Any interview tips?
Be yourself and don’t worry if an interview results in focusing on topics you did not expect. Many
interviewers are most interested in getting to know you and determining whether you would be a
good fit for their firm.
One piece of advice?
If possible, seek out opportunities in law school that further your future practice interests so that
you have something concrete to talk about in interviews that might differentiate you from other
candidates.
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Alumni Spotlight
Ellen Marie Giblin --- 1985
Ellen Marie Giblin, a member of the class of 1985, is a privacy
counsel at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Interview conducted by
SBA Alumni Affairs Committee Co-Director Eunice Aikins-Afful.
What is your current position and where?
Privacy Counsel at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
Where did you attend undergraduate?
University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
What journals/activities/concentrations did you participate in at
Suffolk Law?
Suffolk University Alumni Magazine – Not sure that is still in
existence.
What do you consider the best part of your job?
Meeting people from around the world who love to discuss Privacy and Data Protection.
What type of attorney did you want to be upon entering Suffolk Law?
I was planning on being a Law Librarian.
What was your favorite class while at Suffolk?
Equitable Remedies and Equitable Remedies Seminar and any topic offered by Catherine Judge!
Who was your favorite professor?
Catherine Judge, She mentored me at SULS and Professor Judge wrote my letter of
recommendation when I went to Boston College to get a Masters in Higher Education.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
Working for the former US Attorney General John Ashcroft and the former U.S. Attorney, Michael
J. Sullivan at the Ashcroft Law Firm.
Who is your favorite Supreme Court Justice, living or deceased?
Powell.
Any interview tips?
Research the company website and know everything about the company.
One piece of advice?
If you don’t like what you are doing change it and every job is temporary.
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Contact Information
Name
Tom davis
Monica Bellevue
Neil Lindquist
Callie grossman
Kelley Sweetser
Nicholas Smalley
Colette Heefner

Position

Email

President
Vice President
Chief of Staff
Chief of Operations
Treasurer
Chief Justice
COP Laision

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