Vol. 41 No. 3
ByEileen M. Laux
Eileen M. Laux, a 3L at Florida Coastal University School of Law, is student editor of Student Lawyer.
The Student Bar Association (SBA) at Florida State University (FSU) was honored by the Law Student Division at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Former SBA President Alex Haddad says she nominated the SBA because she was proud of how hard the board worked over the past year. “I worked with a group of 16 amazing leaders who worked so hard to make FSU one of the best law schools in the country to attend,” she says. “I thought our school and my board members deserved to be recognized.”
She also says the SBA was able to make the law school a better place by organizing different networking events, social events, community service opportunities, and different individuals speaking about important issues. The SBA served its community and brought high-profile members of both the community and state to the law school. They worked with a local law firm to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity and expanded the Distinguished Speaker Series to include prominent officials to speak at the law school.
“The SBA Board accomplished our very simple goal: to improve the overall qualify of life for all students attending Florida State University College of Law,” Haddad says.
She says she was incredibly happy and proud that they were bestowed with this honor. “My three years at FSU College of Law were the best three years of my life,” she says. “I owe so much to that school, so for it to be recognized on a national level for how outstanding it is, well, that feeling is irreplaceable.”
Mike Koulianos, a 3L at FSU and current SBA president, accepted the award in Chicago. He says he looks forward to continuing the legacy that Haddad has worked hard to build and he is excited about plans for the coming year, which include events to improve student life and FSU Law’s ties to the community.
“I am looking forward to working with the board to serve our student body, and to continue to make Florida State Law stand out for what it is, one of the best law schools in the country,” he says. “Our SBA has done a great job of being aware of our students’ needs, being tied to the community, and maintaining a balance of professional and social events for the benefit of Florida State Law’s students.”