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Posted March 1, 2010

Q&A with New SBA President Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Second-year law student Chris Martin began his yearlong term as president of the Student Bar Association today.

Hometown:  Dallas, Texas

Prior education:  B.A., history and government, University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Education, Pace University

Prior work experience: I taught fifth and sixth grade in Harlem through Teach for America, and I taught third and fourth grade here in Charlottesville. Before that I worked for Rep. Lloyd Doggett on Capitol Hill. Last summer I interned at the Texas Fair Defense Project in Austin, Texas.

Future career plans:  I am mostly interested in working as a trial lawyer at the local level. I hope to get involved with Virginia state and local government.  

Favorite law class or subject: Anything taught by Greg Mitchell, Jon Cannon, or Darryl Brown. I really appreciate their teaching styles.

What you look forward to as SBA president: I am excited to interact with the SBA, faculty and administration to solve the challenges that arise. I am also looking forward to just hanging out in Scott Commons or Spies Garden (when the snow finally melts) to get a feel for the ideas, concerns and interests of my peers.   

Goals as SBA president:  A few priorities that come to mind are refining the fall interview process to make it as smooth as possible, opening up SBA meetings, and exploring new short-term parking options. 

I am honored to serve Virginia Law, and I will do everything I can to continue our tradition of national leadership, academic rigor and collegiality. Please contact me at cmartin@virginia.edu to share your priorities for the SBA, or just to introduce yourself!