Meet Your New SBA President

March 5, 2008

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

Ryan Quillian
Ryan Quillian

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.

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