Student Bar Association
The Student Bar Association (SBA) is a student run association of University of New Hampshire School of Law. The purposes of the Association are to support and encourage academic excellence and professional growth among students, to secure and preserve the rights of individual students to acquire a quality legal education in a just and reasonable manner, to ensure efficient and effective use of student money and resources and to provide an organized forum for interaction and communication between students and the faculty, administration, alumni, and the community.
The SBA cooperates with local, state and national bar associations to further the interests of the legal profession and to advance the ideals and objectives of UNH Law students. All students enrolled by UNH Law as candidates for the degrees of Juris doctor, Masters of Law in Intellectual Property and any other degree programs authorized by UNH Law, are members of the Association. The complete Student Bar Association Charter and the Governors' Rules may be found on TWEN atwww.lawschool.westlaw.com/twen/.
Starting a new student organization
Students wishing to start a new student organization must submit a list of officers who are interested in leading the club or organization. The acting president/head of the organization or club must submit a request for official recognition to the SBA and Assistant Dean of Students. The request shall include a mission statement, list of members and faculty advisor and any other pertinent information that may be necessary. The SBA will meet and discuss the request and provide a decision.
In order for a student organization to hold an event on campus, the following steps must be taken:
- If permission is granted for alcohol to be served at the event, bartenders must verify that all participants drinking alcohol are at least 21 years of age
- No hard alcohol (spirits) may be served at any student organization function without prior approval from the Assistant Dean of Students.
- If kegs of beer are allowed at a student-sponsored event, a trained bartender must serve all alcoholic beverages.
- All student-sponsored events must conclude no later than 10:00 pm.
- Student organization officers and members are responsible for setting up and cleaning up after their events. If necessary, a cleaning charge will be assessed after the event and charged to the organization.
- Those attending UNH Law functions must abide by all rules and regulations set forth in the Student Handbook.
Visitors on campus
Only recognized student organizations are permitted to invite guests to speak or hold events on-campus. If you are a student organization interested in extending an invitation to an individual or group of individuals to speak at UNH Law, or to conduct an activity on campus, you must seek permission from the Assistant Dean for Students. All student organizations must make an event reservation in the calendaring system and submit the event approval form to Dean Canning for review. The reservation will generate the approval form, so please make the reservation from a computer that has access to a printer.
Student Bar Association leadership
The SBA Board is responsible for governing the SBA and formulating all SBA policies and procedures. They also appropriate all SBA funds and supervise all SBA activities.
SBA leadership positions
The President is responsible for presiding, managing and directing the Board. Specifically, the President presides over meetings, manages the agenda for the meetings, executes and enforces the Charter and directs the Board generally.
The President of the SBA is also responsible for representing UNH outside the school.
The Vice President is responsible for the committee oversight, organization interaction and stepping in when the President is unavailable.
Specifically, the Vice President oversees the Jive! And Barristers Ball committees and acts as a liaison between the SBA and all of the SBA recognized organizations.
The Vice President is also responsible for writing all of the requested Board Opinions.
The Secretary is responsible for the majority of the SBA’s administrative duties.
Specifically, the Secretary keeps minutes at each meeting, tracks attendance of all SBA members, and keeps track of the internal voting process and school events taking place.
The Secretary is also responsible for managing the SBA TWEN website and documents.
The Treasurer acts as the keeper of the finances for the SBA and all of the SBA recognized organizations.
Specifically, the Treasurer prepares and submits a proposed SBA Budget, keeps record of all finances, and acts as the custodian of all funds for the payment of bills and delivery of funds to the various SBA recognized organizations.
Class Governors (1L, 2L, 3L)
The class Governors act as the voice for their fellow classmates on the Board.
Specifically, the Governors are responsible for acting as liaison between their respective class and the Board.
Governor’s hold open forums once a semester and are responsible for bringing any and all grievances and complaints to the Board.
Governors are also responsible for the class gift and graduation speakers.
There are three liaison positions: Administration, and Faculty.
Each liaison acts as the voice of the membership but also the voice of the entity back to the membership.
Each liaison is responsible for reporting back all relevant and necessary information to the board, as well as providing information to their respective membership.
UNH School of Law
Student Bar Association
2 White Street
Concord, NH 03301