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The School of Law and the Student Bar Association is better-served by student-driven government relations activities. Because of the unique issues and needs confronted by law students, having an organized SBA government relations operation is the optimal method to ensure law student interests are protected.
This program is intended to be broad in scope, to facilitate advocacy requests of any law student to further the interests of the Law School, the Student Bar Association, UNM, Students or Employees of UNM, or any cause related to the purpose of the Law School or SBA. Whether or not a request falls within the scope will be according to the SBA board’s discretion. Acceptable Venues for the Advocacy include but are not limited to: New Mexico State and Local Governments, The UNM Board of Regents and Officials, US Government, NM Bar Association, etc….
The Funds for this Program come from SBA’s General Budget, Line-Item: “SBA Advocacy Fund”
Individually, funds are guaranteed and reimbursed to law students on a case by case basis.
Advocacy Projects must be approved in advance, and in writing, by the SBA Board.
Your “Advocacy Proposal” must answer the following:
SBA MEETING PRESENTATION:
You must present your project during a weekly SBA Board meeting.
The SBA will guarantee reimbursement (in advance) for NM travel:
The SBA will consider special requests for Advocacy Funds, other than the above, but for airline, hotel, supplies, etc please see SBA travel fund request.
SAMPLE OF PROJECT STATEMENT:
I would like to go to City of Albuquerque Counsel Meeting on March 15, 2010. I intend to put forth the idea that bike racks should required for every business that operates within the City. This idea promotes the law school because several law students have complained to me about the congested bike parking at the UNM Med/Legal Book store.
My presentation outline, with photographs of the racks, is attached. I will be at your meeting next week to present this project. I request that my mileage be reimbursed (approx 15 miles), and my parking fee (approx $2.50).The meeting lasts from 5-9pm. I would like $15 for dinner.
Law Student, 1L
THE ABOVE SAMPLE IS INTENDED TO SHOW THAT THE PROCESS IS VERY EASY TO ACCOMPLISH, BUT WILL ALLOW THE SBA TO HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR METHOD OF ADVOCACY. FOR EXAMPLE, THE SBA MAY SUGGEST THAT IMPACTING THE BIKE RACK SITUATION AT UNM BY GOING THROUGH THE CITY MAY NOT BE THE BEST METHOD.
WE WILL NOT CONSIDER SUBSTANTIVE CONTENT, UNLESS YOU REQUEST IT.