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Posted Feb. 18, 2011

Q&A with New SBA President Sanjiv Tata

Sajiv Tata

Second-year law student Sanjiv Tata was recently elected president of the Student Bar Association.

Hometown:  Reston, Va.

Prior education:
  B.A., history and government, Cornell University, May 2009

Prior work experience: Prior to law school, I served for six summers as an intern in the Clerk’s Office at the U.S. Supreme Court. This past summer, I worked as a legal intern at the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C. I also had an opportunity to serve as an intern for a member of the House of Lords in London. This coming summer I will be working as an associate at Clifford Chance, LLP in its New York office.

Future career plans: Following graduation, I would like to clerk for a federal judge and then pursue a career with a law firm.

Favorite law class or subject: This past semester, I particularly enjoyed Professor A. E. Dick Howard’s seminar, Comparative Constitutionalism. Professor Howard is a brilliant and insightful individual who is incredibly knowledgeable about his field, yet he always manages to be very clear and persuasive.

What you look forward to as SBA president: I am very much looking forward to working closely with SBA members and administration to enhance the Law School experience. Being involved with the SBA has been extremely gratifying, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead it this coming year.

Goals as SBA president:  A few priorities that I have are addressing the current problems with student parking and examining the possibilities of synchronizing grade return with course add/drop.

I am deeply honored to be elected president of SBA.  I look forward to serving all of the members of our community — students, faculty and staff. Please feel free to contact me at sjt5f@virginia.edu.