The Student Bar Association is a student governing body to which all students belong. Legislative power is vested in the Board of Governors, which consists of the following:
- the executive council, consisting of the president, two vice presidents representing both facility locations (Carlisle and State College), secretary, treasurer and American Bar Association/Law Student Division representative, who are each elected by the entire student body;
- the Penn State Senator, also elected by the entire student body;
- from each class, four class representatives, and two honor code representatives, who are elected by their respective classes.
The SBA coordinates student activities, sponsors many academic, social, athletic and community events, allocates funds to the student organizations and serves as the liaison to the faculty, administration, and alumni for all students. SBA meetings are held weekly during the school year, and the meetings are open to all. Elections of officers and upper-class representatives are held in April. The election of junior representatives is held in September.
2013-2014 Executive Board
President: Jason Samuel
Jason Samuel is a third year law student from Prince George, VA. He holds an Associate of Arts from John Tyler Community College, and a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from Kaplan University. Prior to being elected to serve as President of the SBA this past year, Jason served as SBA Vice President — University Park in his second year and 1L Class Representative his first year. Jason is a member of the Trial Advocacy Board and the AAJ Trial Team. Jason is a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and after graduation will serve as a judge advocate.
Vice-President — Carlisle: Matt Bosakowski
Matt Bosakowski is a third year law student and Carlisle Vice-President of the SBA. Following admission to the bar, he plans on practicing criminal law in central Pennsylvania. A Florida native, he is an alumnus of the University of Miami, where he studied music and political science. In his spare time, Matt is an avid skier, a volunteer firefighter, and a terrible shower singer.
Vice-President — UP: Kaitlyn Charette
Kaitlyn Charette was born and raised in the small town of Howell, Michigan with her four brothers. She attended the University of Michigan for undergrad where she discovered her passion for human rights advocacy, international law, and college sports. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She spent one summer in London working for a non-governmental organization where she assisted in re-writing clauses for the Afghanistan Constitution. In addition, she spent another summer witnessing the reality of politics first-hand while working for both the Michigan and the United States Senate. Last summer, she moved to the Hague, the Netherlands where she wrote court briefs, conducted witness preparation, and performed research for the Office of the Prosecutor on the Ratko Mladic case at the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Her upcoming summer will be spent in Washington D.C. where she will be interning for Homeland Security’s I.C.E. Division in their Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Unit. After graduation, she would love a full-time position working for the U.S. government or a firm that has a focus in international law.
Treasurer: Brian Brodeur
Brian Brodeur is a second year law student, and prior to law school he graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. While in law school he has been active in the Student Bar Association, Public Interest Law Fund, Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, and has served as a research assistant. Other than law school related activities, he has always enjoyed and had a great appreciation for sports. He played football from when he was eight-years-old up until he graduated from high school, and then once he began college he started playing rugby.
Secretary: Bobby Anderlik
Bobby Anderlik was born and raised in the Southwest United States. He grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended UNLV for undergraduate studies. He graduated in 2009 with a degree in political science. He and his wife decided they wanted to go to law school and chose Penn State in order to diversify themselves. He said coming to the east coast has been a learning adventure and many new friends have been made along the way. He enjoys challenging himself with educational goals, but enjoys relaxing at home with video games, watching movies with his wife, and playing trivia with friends.
PSU Senator: Kyle Peasley
Kyle Peasley grew up in Tucson, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's in Political Science. He is interested in criminal law and aspires to be a prosecutor. He has worked for the Clearfield County District Attorney's Office, and is currently working for the Blair County District Attorney's Office.
ABA Representative: Aaron Schwartz
Aaron Schwartz is a third year law student here. He is an active member of the Student Bar Association, the Journal of Law and International Affairs, and the Moot Court Board (Jessup Team). He graduated from the University of Wisconsin — Madison.
- Governing Documents
- Budget Forms and Guidelines
- Student Organization Resources
- SBA Class Representatives and Honor Code Representatives
- SBA Committee Members
Some of the major activities that the SBA organizes each year are the Welcome Back Party, the Third-Year Class Picnic and the Student Activities Fair. For more SBA events as well as student group events, please refer to the Master Calendar for the most comprehensive list.