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Posted March 5, 2008

Meet Your New SBA President

Ryan Quillian
Ryan Quillian

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Ryan Quillian took office as Student Bar Association president on March 1, following in the footsteps of third-year law student Brian Leung.

Prior education: Princeton University, 2003, A.B., economics with a certificate in finance.

Prior work experience: Research assistant, Professor Alan Kruger (Princeton), 2003; ski instructor, Northstar at Tahoe, 2003-04; Consultant, Criterion Economics, Washington D.C., 2004-06.

Future career plans: I worked in the antitrust field for three years prior to law school, and I plan to continue in that line of work at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in D.C. this summer. After graduating, I hope to clerk for a judge and then combine work in the private sector with a career in government service.

Favorite law class or subject/why: The classes that I have most enjoyed in law school have been my favorite mostly because of the professors who taught them. From John Jeffries, I took Criminal Law 1L year, and I am currently taking his Civil Rights Litigation course. Dean Jeffries is an energetic professor who provides a structure to classroom lectures to which I have found no comparison. My other favorites were Constitutional Law and Presidential Powers with David Martin, who provides his students with an insider’s view of how the government works. I hope to follow in his footsteps in the government during my professional career.

What you look forward to as SBA President: The thing that I most look forward to is working with students both inside and outside the SBA to determine what the most pressing student concerns are. Students have fantastic ideas and I want to bring those ideas to the attention of the administration and to get them addressed quickly.

Goals as SBA president: My primary goal as SBA president is to work with Dean Mahoney and student leaders to build on the traditional UVA balance between schoolwork and life outside the classroom. I do not want to change what we have. Rather, I believe that the SBA should work to improve life for law students by effectively planning events and lobbying the administration to address student concerns. In the process, I hope to make the SBA more visible to the student body through SBA representatives, the new SBA Web site, and Facebook—with the ultimate goal of increasing student participation in SBA events.

What do you want classmates to know about you: I am a huge Braves fan, I love playing softball, and I coach baseball in the summer. Also, if you have any questions or concerns about the SBA or the law school, please come talk to me. Honestly, I have nothing better to do—I live by myself and my girlfriend is in Afghanistan.