On behalf of the Student Bar Association (SBA) Executive
Board and Members of the SBA Council, I want to welcome you to the start of the
2013-2014 academic year. Every academic
year is special, but the 2013-2014 academic year is particularly so because it
marks the beginning of a new chapter at the University of San Francisco School
of Law. With the hiring of our new dean,
John D. Trasviña, we embark on the beginning of the next century of our law school. The University of San Francisco School of Law
has produced thousands of thoughtful, skilled, and ethical lawyers from diverse
backgrounds and cultures. In a short
while, we will all be privileged to join that distinguished group.
The camaraderie amongst our student body is unparalleled. We have each other to lean on, to celebrate
with, and to catch us when we fall.
There is a human element to USF that ties each and every one of us
together. No one succeeds alone when
you’re a member of the USF family. Our
students care, not just for themselves, not just for their futures, but for one
another. That is what makes the
community here wholly different from any other law school.
The Student Bar Association, the law school’s student
government, exists to serve as an active voice for the student body, and to
foster a community based on our shared values.
To that end, SBA Members serve as Student Representatives on Faculty
Committees that address specific aspects of our law school including
Admissions, Faculty Appointments, Educational Programs and Academic
Standards. In addition, the Student Bar
Association coordinates social, cultural, and intellectual activities while
also coordinating programming to provide students with an opportunity to
network, learn, and have fun outside the corridors of our classrooms. An exciting new initiative this year includes
the First Year Initiative, a school-wide mentorship program designed to assist
incoming students with becoming quickly acclimated with the law school’s
The life of a law student is both busy and challenging, but
the Student Bar Association will continuously strive to make the journey more
enjoyable and fulfilling, and I encourage you to join us this year for a truly exciting
series of events. If we can ever be of
assistance, please feel free to visit us in the SBA Office (Kendrick Hall, 114)
or contact me directly at PAfzali@usfca.edu. Again, welcome to the start of the academic
year and good luck to us all!! You could
not have selected a better law school to attend.
Student Bar Association