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Student Bar Association (SBA)

The Student Bar Association is the elected body that represents student interests at the University at Buffalo School of Law. SBA serves as a channel for the student body and seeks to establish open communication channels and bonds amongst the student body with the administration, faculty and legal profession in the community.

SBA functions as the governing body organization for many of the student organizations, academic journals, and moot courts. Directed by SUNY, University, and School of Law policies, SBA also allocates funding collected from student activity fees for various student events, including hosting a number of social and educational events to enhance the student experience.

There are over 30 different student groups at UB School of Law. The majority are under the umbrella of the Student Bar Association. View a full list of clubs, journals and moot courts.

SBA’s bimonthly meetings are listed on the events calendar and are open to everyone. In addition to SBA club business, these meetings can be considered an open forum for any student wishing to share a suggestion or concern.

Contact Us

President: Olivia Binda
Vice-President:
Aliza Berger
Co-Treasurers: Sydnee Pearson and Jessica Petteys
Parliamentarian: Grace Golabek
Events/Fundraising: Hannah Davis

Contact: Room 207, O’Brian 716-645-2748, law-sba@buffalo.edu

SBA Office Hours - Fall 2022

Olivia - Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aliza - Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m.
Sydnee - Wednesday from 12 to 2 p.m.
Grace - Wednesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Hannah - Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jessica - Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.

Policies & Forms Leadership Conference Funding

There is a limited availability of reimbursement funds to assist law students in attending and presenting at law-related conferences. Funding will be provided on a rolling basis and for as long as funds are available. SBA Conference Funding is based on individual students request and not related to club budgets.

As of Fall 2021

For law students interested in attending a conference:

  •  SBA may provide reimbursement for registration fees, up to $200 per student.
  • SBA may provide reimbursement for additional conference-related expenses, e.g. lodging and travel, up to $300 per student.
    • SBA does NOT cover food expenses

For law students interested in presenting at a conference:

  • SBA may provide reimbursement for registration fees, up to $200 per student.
  • SBA may provide reimbursement for our students who are making presentations (either papers or on a panel) at conferences or have been invited to participate in a workshop, competition, or seminar, up to $500 per student.

SBA’s budget cycle is August through July.

For virtual conferences, only registration expenses (max of $200) may be fundable.

Available amount of money

  • The maximum amount of reimbursement per student is $500 per budget year, or $700 for presenters, subject to availability of funds and based on guidelines above.
  • If a student has received less than the allotted budget year amount, they may apply for the balance of their allotted funds for an additional conference based on maximum amounts stated above.

Procedure to apply

Submit a “Request For Conference Funds” 

  • If you wish to provide additional documentation, please email same to law-sba@buffalo.edu with the subject “Conference Funding”
Within five (5) days of receiving a completed request form, SBA leadership aims to furnish applicants with an email detailing our decision and, if applicable, a reimbursement award.

Submission MUST be received 1 month prior to conference. 

  • Late applications are NOT accepted.
  • Conference must take place during that SBA fiscal year (August to July).

No penalty will be imposed if a student wishes to withdraw a request for funding if they decide not to attend the conference

IMPORTANT: Due to budget procedures, a set amount in SBA’s budget has been designated for conference travel/attendance. Thus, based on limited funding available, funds will be granted on a first-come first-serve basis.

Reimbursement is issued upon return from conference once all receipts and proof of attendance are submitted.

  • Upon return, you must submit original receipts, proof of payment, and proof of attendance (e.g. copy of the conference program or name tag)
  • Documentation may be submitted by email to law-sba@buffalo.edu or in-person to O’Brian 207 during office hours.
  • Only expenses up to the amount approved for funding will be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Documentation for reimbursement MUST be submitted no later than 30 days after your return from the conference. Failure to submit within that 30-day period will result forfeiture of offered funding.