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The bill transfers all remaining funds from the SBA account to the Student Aid Fund, which will give money to students who need help with funding needs such as emergency food and transport.
The Senate of the Student Bar Association donated more than $18,000 to a need-based student fund in a bill passed unanimously on Tuesday.
The bill transfers any funds remaining in the SBA account for the current school year to the Student Aid Fund, which will give money to students who need financial assistance for needs such as as emergency food and transport. The senate also passed five joint resolutions to show appreciation for the law school staff and nine resolutions confirming next year’s executive cabinet members.
SBA Sen. Cyrus Dutton, a third-year law student who co-sponsored the ad hoc authorization to fill the Student Aid Fund, said he was careful to limit SBA allocations to requests from student organizations throughout. of the school year to ensure that the senate could provide assistance to students. He said the Senate Finance Committee sometimes has to deny requests, like the Law Revue’s request for additional funding for new lighting, so the SBA can maintain funding to transfer more than $18,000.
“It’s amazing,” he said at the reunion. “I am very proud of my committee and all the work it has done this year.
The student body’s finance committee allocated $180,915 to the SBA throughout the academic year. The SBA allocates funds to student organizations for one-time events and fundraisers throughout the year.
SBA President Jordan Michel vetoed the Student Organizations Bylaws Reorganization Act for the third time, but the Senate voted to override the veto without amending the law, adding the bill to the bylaws. of the SBA. The bill will stop requiring new law school student organizations to appear before the Senate as part of their establishment process.
Michel said the finance or student organizations and charter committees — which regularly interact with student organizations — should determine whether a student organization should appear before the Senate in the event of necessary clarifications. He also said the legislation should include an appeals process for student organizations with alleged violations of processes such as registration leading to their establishment.
The Senate unanimously passed the Finance Modernization Act, which amends the SBA’s bylaws to clarify when the finance committee’s term begins and ends and streamlines the process for submitting financial requests.
The senators unanimously approved the constitution of the Armenian Association of Law Students. Harut Minasian, a third-year law student who made comments on behalf of the organization, pushed senators to vote for approval because many Armenian students have historically attended law school.
“We are descendants of genocide survivors, and especially in this city, in Washington DC, the capital of the land of opportunity, I think that sends a particular message,” he said.
Michel said law students graduating this spring will be the first in recent memory not to donate to the SBA’s scholarship fund for new law students. He said he understood the students wanted to send a message to the University about concerns about its scholarship spending, but wondered if canceling the gift was the best way to protest.
“The school is going to do its fundraiser whether or not we say we want to donate money,” he said. “It’s not really like they don’t fundraise because some people say they don’t give.”
The Senate voted unanimously to confirm the Vice Presidents of Finance, Freshmen, Student Enrichment, Programming and Student Affairs, Director of Student Advocacy and Chief Justice of the SBA Supreme Court. SBA Senators Sidney Blitman and Kendall Archer will serve as the SBA’s new chief of staff and freshman vice president, respectively.
The senate passed five joint resolutions of appreciation for the senate, the SBA executive branch, information specialist Bobby Walis, Jacob Burns Law Library staff, and law school support staff.