Pitt Law Sba

University of Pittsburgh School of Law The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the student governing body of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

It's primary mission is to help advocate and enhance the goals of the student body and provide for an open forum for expression of ideas and concerns. The Student Bar Association Board consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The 2L and 3L Classes each have five representatives. The 1L Class has 2 representatives per section. Representatives are required to participate in

Public Trust Film - Patagonia 10/12/2020

To wrap up today’s celebration, and to highlight Native tribes’ long fight for their land, there is a film called Public Trust. This film covers many of the same issues and topics as the Kantor article, posted earlier today.


In reading the cases and articles, and watching this film, we hope that you all keep in mind the way that law and policy affects people, communities, and cultures in the most intimate way. Take a moment to reflect on your studies here at Pitt Law, and strive to make the connection between law, policy, and humanity.

~SBA’s Diversity Committee

Public Trust Film - Patagonia Our public lands and waters are under threat. Public Trust is a film about the fight for America’s public lands. Join us in the fight to protect them.


Continuing with our Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, here is a background of some of the abuse that the Native Americans faced at the hands of the United States government in the nineteenth century.


In addition, there are two articles, linked below, that explore the long history between the Native Americans and the U.S. government.

The first, We Live on Their Land: Implications of Long-Ago Takings for Native American Indian Property by Anthony Pierson Xavier Bothwell, outlines the flaws in the U.S. government’s process and arguments during the takings of Native lands.


The second, Ethnic Cleansing and America’s Creation of National Parks by Issac Kantor, highlights the marred history of our National Parks and public lands.




Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

In celebration of today, SBA will be sharing informational posts concerning the takeover of Native lands in America.

To begin, there are two “landmark” cases from the nineteenth century that outlined the Supreme Court’s precedent concerning Native Americans’ rights and authority with respect to their own land.

Cherokee Nations v. Georgia, 30 U.S. 1 (1831)
~ The Court determined that the framers of the Constitution did not really consider the Indian Tribes as foreign nations but more as "domestic dependent nation[s]" and consequently the Cherokee Nation lacked the standing to sue as a "foreign" nation.

Worcester v. Georgia, 31 U.S. 515 (1832)
~ The Supreme Court noted that the "treaties and laws of the United States contemplate the Indian territory as completely separated from that of the states; and provide that all in*******se with them shall be carried on exclusively by the government of the union... The Cherokee nation, then, is a distinct community occupying its own territory in which the laws of Georgia can have no force. The whole in*******se between the United States and this nation, is, by our constitution and laws, vested in the government of the United States."

A more recent case arising from Oklahoma reflects modern judicial thought concerning the autonomy of Native tribes and their independence from the state.

McGirt v. Oklahoma, 591 U.S. ___ (2020).
~ The Supreme Court's decision directly impacts Native American tribal citizens that are currently convicted under state law for crimes committed on the former reservation lands, as well as for any future descendants that may be arrested for similar crimes covered by the Major Crimes Acts, as their prosecution would become a matter of the federal courts and not the state.

Common law, especially the dicta of the Supreme Court, has been immensely influential in the attitude towards Native American land rights. Where this country began with Native rights is hopefully not where we will go in the future. As Justice Gorsuch noted in McGirt, promises were made to Native tribes and those promises should be upheld.

-SBA Diversity Committee

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Good morning!

This is just a reminder that elections for SBA's Executive Board are TODAY from 9am-5pm. All currently enrolled students in the law school may vote, even those graduating this year.

Please go to my.pitt.edu to cast your votes. The election will show up on the left hand side of the screen in the green box that has "Emergency Contact Information." Please make sure to click all the way through until there is a check mark in the box next to the position you voted for! Your vote will not be casted if you do not make sure you have finished with all of the prompts!


Please see the flyer below to get to know one of the candidates running for President of SBA!


Please see the flyer below to get to know one of the slates running for SBA!

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Good evening, all!

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Great news!! Your voices have been heard! The Provost is allowing the law school to propose their own grading policy INDEPENDENT of that of the University at large. That being said, please continue to use our forum on TWEN to post your reasoning on why you believe in the grading policy that you are backing. We also have a poll on the "Customized Polling" page so that we can better quantify student support for the policies. PLEASE PARTICIPATE! Your voices and your concerns matter! If you have questions, please reach out to any of the members of SBA.


Hello all! Please check your emails and see the SBA TWEN page for a forum regarding the grading policy for this semester. If you are part of the Class of 2020, please also see the forum regarding alternatives to the original commencement ceremony. SBA really appreciates your input as we try to navigate this new virtual set up. Thank you!


Good evening, all. I wanted to pass along a message from Dean Amy. I let her know that many 3Ls did not receive the email from the Chancellor about Commencement being postponed. Dean Amy herself did not receive the email and found out when it was forwarded to her. She would like to extend her sincerest apologies and let you all know that she is working to ensure law students are better informed moving forward. Please feel free to continue to email me ([email protected]) if you have questions or concerns. I appreciate those of you who have reached out thus far!


This Thursday, March 5th from 12:30pm-2:00pm in Room 111, SBA, PLWA, and BLSA are co-sponsoring an event with Judge Michael Fisher and some of his clerks. They will be coming to speak to students about post-grad judicial clerkships. This is a great opportunity for networking and getting your questions answered about how to obtain a clerkship after graduation! Please consider attending! RSVP on PittLawWorks ASAP so that PDO knows how much Piada to buy for lunch!


Please consider attending this event tomorrow!

Real Estate Law Association Panel Discussion
Barco Law Building, Room 113
November 21
11:00AM - Noon

Join the Pitt Law Real Estate Law Association for a discussion featuring Professor Jerry Dickinson, Adjunct Professors James Kopelman and Krista-Ann Staley, the Hon. Laurie Marin and many more. The discussion will focus on land use, real property transactions, landlord/tenant issues, housing court, ACBA holiday events and more. Lunch will be served. RSVP to attend this discussion by emailing Abraham Doe at: [email protected].


Reminder: TODAY, October 15th at 5pm in Room 107 SBA will be hosting a Town Hall to get Student input on the next Associate Dean of Students! The current Associate Dean of Students is Dean Deasy. He will be retiring from the position at the end of the year. Please come and let us know what is most important to you in a new Associate Dean!!


Good evening all! The first Bar Review of the year will be this Thursday, August 22nd at the Mario's in Shadyside! The address is 5442 Walnut St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. We will be located in the upstairs portion of the bar. The first hour of the event (8pm-9pm) is open ONLY to new students and their significant others. We will be handing out wristbands when you arrive so that you can use the $500 tab. After 9pm, 2L and 3L students are welcome to join.

For the tab, you can order well drinks, Miller Lite drafts, and Yuengling drafts. Once the tab ends, you can continue to buy drinks on your own. Specials are $3 well drinks, $3 Miller Lite drafts, and $3 Yuengling drafts until 11pm. Make sure to bring your IDs as they will be checking at the door. I hope to see you all there!



Genes Place decided not to open today and Marios Oakland wasn’t open in time so the new schedule for the bar crawl is:

Bootleggers 4-5pm
Garage Door Saloon 5-6pm
Hemingway’s 6-7pm

I apologize if this throws anyone’s plans off!


SBA is still selling Bar Crawl shirts! Shirts and the bar crawl are for everyone!

Just Venmo with your size. Shirts are only $10.



Please remember to vote in the SBA 2L Representative Elections today. Voting opened at 9 am and will continue until 5 pm.


You can vote on your my.pitt.edu. To the lefthand side, you will see a green box labeled take action. You can access the election portal that way.

If you have any questions, please email me: [email protected].

Best of luck to our candidates!




Please remember to vote in the SBA 3L Representative Elections today. Voting opens at 9 am and will continue until 5 pm.

*** There is a typo on the election dashboard. While it says four votes, you can only vote for two. ***

You can vote on your my.pitt.edu. To the lefthand side, you will see a green box labeled take action. You can access the election portal that way.

If you have any questions, please email me: [email protected].

Best of luck to our candidates!




Please remember to vote in the SBA Executive Elections today. Voting opened at 9 am and will continue until 5 pm.

Just log on to my.pitt.edu and in the green box labeled take action, click on "Pitt Law Student Elections". From there you will click, "Access Election Dashboard," then "Pitt Law Student Elections - 2019 SBA Executive Board Election." If you have any questions, please email me: [email protected].

Best of luck to our candidates!


The annual Pitt Law Barristers' Ball will be held Saturday, February 2nd at the Carnegie Science Center. This year's theme will be masquerade - so bring your masks for a fun night in disguise...

If you don't want to buy a mask ahead of time we will have a mask decorating table at the event. We will also have laser karaoke and a three-course meal!

Ticket prices are $70 for individuals and $65 per person for couples ($130 combined).

Tickets will be on sale Monday, January 14th - Thursday, January 31st from 10:30a-3:30p in the student lounge. Cash and checks are accepted! Checks must be written out to University of Pittsburgh.


Save the date! The annual Pitt Law Barristers' Ball will be held Saturday, February 2nd at Carnegie Science Center. This year's theme will be masquerade - so bring your masks for a fun night in disguise...

Ticket prices will be announced soon!


Hey everyone! The Office of the Provost-Graduate Studies will be hosting a Mental Health Resource Panel on November 1 from 5:00-7:00 PM in 2500 Posvar Hall. It will be an interesting event so please see flyer for more details!


Purchase your tickets for Trivia Night from now until Friday, October 12th! Sales will take place in the lounge from 10:30-3:30pm Monday through Friday. If you can't be there for the sale, contact an SBA representative.

Reminder* there is a $5 discount for taking the SBA Survey.
Want to know more about the background of the survey? Please contact your Curriculum Committee representatives Derek Luke and Kat Harrison.


Our next meeting is in one week on October 8th at 6pm in the Alcoa room! Meetings are open to the student body. Check out the TWEN page for agendas and meeting minutes.


Starting next week, you can buy your tickets for SBA's annual Trivia Night!

Tickets will be discounted for those who take SBA's Survey!*

Discounted Price: $10 presale | $15 at event
Non-discounted Price: $15 presale | $20 at event

*SBA's Curriculum Committee is gathering information on getting rid of the computer lab and 1L sections. Please take the survey to give your input. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to Derek Luke ([email protected]) or Katrina Harrison ([email protected]).


This is the last week for Barrister's Tickets!

Tickets for Barrister's Ball will be on sale again this week the Ground Floor. They are $80 each/$150 for a couple. SBA accepts cash or checks made out to the "University of Pittsburgh."


Barrister's Ball tickets are going on sale tomorrow, February 22! Ticket sales will be on the ground floor at noon. Tickets are $150 for two tickets and $80 for a single ticket. Barrister's is March 24, 2018 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel. The hotel is offering 10 rooms for a discount, $159 each that night. These will be on a first come, first serve basis. The rooms can come with either a double bed or one king bed. You can reserve these rooms with your tickets. Please bring cash or a check made out to "The University of Pittsburgh." You can sign up for your tables at Barrister's during this time as well.


SBA welcomes anyone interested in an update on Pitt Law's Dean search to meet the first candidate tomorrow, Feb. 13, in room 107 at 3:15-4 pm. You should have received an email last week regarding how to view each candidates' CV. Hope to see you all there!


If anyone lost a pair of Ray Bans glasses yesterday, I have them. Let me know!


Save the Date! Barristers will be held at the Wydham Grand Hotel March 24, 2018. The theme will be 1920's Old Hollywood. More details are to come.

Can you spare a few moments to take my survey? 12/04/2017

SBA be voting on the Public Interest Fee tomorrow night, 12/5/17. This will likely affect YOUR tuition. You may send me an email with your stance on whether SBA should vote yes or no on the fee. This is your last opportunity for input before the vote.

If you have additional questions you can email anyone on SBA. - Jared Quinn
My email: [email protected]
Also, take the poll. Answers are anonymous.

Can you spare a few moments to take my survey? Please take the survey titled "Public Interest Fee Proposal". Your feedback is important!


The search for a new Dean has commenced! Thus, SBA will be hosting an Open Forum EXCLUSIVELY for students TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 10th from 12:30pm-1:30pm in Room 111. Please come and share your thoughts about the leadership qualities, experiences, and personal characteristics that you consider most important to the success of the next Dean.


Thank you to everyone who came to trivia, and we hope you all had a good time! We will plan to do it again next year.


ONLY 10 more spots remain for trivia! Sign up today before 4:00 today!


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