In addition to standing committees, the SBA is served by liaisons who serve various functions and represent the students of MSU Law to different interest groups within MSU Law, as well as externally across greater MSU and the legal community of Ingham County. Some liaisons who sit on faculty committees are given voting power.

All liaisons are appointed by the Executive Board and approved by the General Board. Liaison appointments last for a period of one academic year and all members of the MSU Law student population are eligible to apply for a liaison appointment. Students are encouraged to reach out to the liaisons with specific questions as they pertain to each individual area. Liaisons report to the SBA Vice-President.

Scroll down to learn more about the liaison positions and this year’s liaisons.

 

COUNCIL OF GRADUATE STUDENTS (COGS) LIAISONS

The Council of Graduate Students (COGS) is the student government for all graduate and professional programs at Michigan State University. As an affiliate with MSU, the Law College is permitted to appoint representative to sit on the COGS board. Two liaison positions are appointed to represent MSU Law within COGS.

COGS EXECUTIVE BOARD LIAISON

Danielle Jones (2L)

The appointed COGS Executive Board Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Coordinating ongoing activities between the SBA, the MSU Law student population, and the COGS Executive Board.
  • Representing MSU Law on the COGS Executive Board.
  • Retaining voting power on the board.

Please refer to the SBA Policy Manual for more information regarding the position.

COGS GENERAL BOARD LIAISON

Bryton Weathers (3L)

The appointed COGS General Board Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Coordinating between the SBA, the MSU Law student population, and the COGS General Board on behalf of MSU Law.
  • Retaining no voting power in this position.

Please refer to the SBA Policy Manual for more information regarding the position.

FACULTY COMMITTEE LIAISONS

Some standing faculty committees allow for a student representative to sit on discussions about schoolwide decision making. These liaisons work alongside faculty committee members to promulgate rules and regulations regarding various facets of the overall MSU Law experience. Student representatives on faculty committees serve as voting members of the respective committees. To be eligible for these liaison positions, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Achieving a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • Retaining status as a student in good standing.

FACULTY ACADEMIC STANDARDS COMMITTEE LIAISON

Clark Belanger (3L)

The Academic Standards Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Advocating for academic standards that address students’ needs.
  • Attending all scheduled meetings or, when there is a time conflict, notifying the SBA Executive Board to send a designated representative.
  • Developing rules and regulations to maintain academic integrity at MSU Law.
  • Focusing on academic-related issues, such as grading and the grade curve, honors requirements, and GPA/Class Rank requirements to participate in academic activities like journals and directed study.

FACULTY CURRICULUM COMMITTEE LIAISON

Austin Zima (2L)

The Faculty Curriculum Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Reviewing proposals for new courses and changes to existing courses as submitted for review to the committee.
  • Attending all scheduled meetings or, when there is a time conflict, notifying the SBA Executive Board to send a designated representative.
  • Reviewing proposals to maintain or change credit offerings for courses.
  • Reviewing proposed syllabi for courses.

FACULTY PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE LIAISON

Vacant

The Faculty Programming Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Assisting the committee chair to arrange for speakers to visit MSU Law to discuss various legal topics.
  • Advertising faculty-sponsored events to the MSU Law student population.
  • Facilitating planning of events based on student requests and needs.

* The Faculty Programming Committee does not meet often, but is useful if students believe the faculty could benefit from training in a particular area (e.g., LGBTQ rights and related issues).

STUDENT SERVICES LIAISONS

Many of the resources in MSU Law are served by student liaisons. These students act as the point of contact for students to address concerns or inquire about these various group’s efforts to further support the MSU Law community.

ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE LIAISON

Jessica Ungaro (3L)

The Admissions Committee Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Reviewing some applications for the incoming 1L class.
  • Offering insight into student potential and success as a member of the MSU Law community.

* The SBA Vice-President serves as the Admissions Committee Liaison.

CAREER SERVICES OFFICE LIAISON

Vacant

The CSO Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Serving as the contact person for students to inquire about CSO’s efforts to engage with the MSU Law community.
  • Coordinating between the SBA, the MSU Law student population, and the CSO staff, and report on ongoing activities.

DIVERSITY & EQUITY SERVICES LIAISON

Ellen Christie (3L) and Victoria Espinoza (2L)

The Diversity & Equity Services Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Communicating with student leaders of diversity-based student organizations to increase diversity awareness within the MSU Law community.
  • Remaining in contact with personnel from the Diversity & Equity Services office.
  • Reporting ongoing and/or upcoming activities and events to the SBA.

LAW LIBRARY LIAISON

Ellen Christie (3L)

The Law Library Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Recruiting student organizations to sponsor the monthly Coffee Hour events.
  • Communicating with Law Library staff and report any updates to the SBA.

TECHNOLOGY SERVICES LIAISON

Brittni Templeton (2L)

The Technology Services Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Addressing student technology needs with staff in the Technology Services office.
  • Coordinating efforts between the SBA, the MSU Law student population, and the Technology Services office, to improve technology standards in MSU Law.

Please refer to the SBA Policy Manual for more information regarding the position.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION – LAW STUDENT DIVISION (ABA-LSD) LIAISON

Jessica Ungaro (3L)

The appointed ABA-LSD Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Supporting efforts by the ABA to recruit MSU Law students to join.
  • Making students aware of the benefits of joining the ABA.
  • Serving as MSU Law’s representative to the Law Student Division of the ABA.
  • Coordinating between the SBA, the MSU Law student population, and the ABA-LSD.

Please refer to the SBA Policy Manual for more information regarding the position.

INGHAM COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION (ICBA) LIAISON

Danielle Jones (2L)

The ICBA Liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Serving as a member of the Ingham County Bar Association.
  • Attending ICBA events and making students aware of networking opportunities.