Meet UVA Law's New SBA President, Brian Park
Second-year law student Brian Park has been elected president of the Student Bar Association at the University of Virginia School of Law for 2013-14. His term begins in March.
Hometown: Fort Mill, S.C.
Prior education: B.S. in economics, B.S. in political science, Clemson University, 2010
Prior work experience: After I graduated in 2010, I spent a year taking graduate courses in economics and working for Clemson's Office for Development and Alumni Affairs. The experience was incredible and gave me a passion for higher education and philanthropic giving. I hope to use that passion to increase the SBA's involvement with alumni events and fundraising efforts at the Law School.
Future career plans: I am looking forward to spending part of my 2L summer with King & Spalding in Atlanta, and part with Wyche in Greenville, S.C. I hope to gain experience with corporate and transactional practice groups at both firms.
Favorite law class or subject: Last semester I took International Business Transactions with Professor Paul Stephan. There were a couple of reasons that I loved the course. First, Professor Stephan is absolutely brilliant; we are so lucky to have him at UVA. Second, I really enjoyed the holistic approach the course took to examining transactions. I feel like most law classes necessarily take a litigation-based approach and examine legal issues that arise after conflict. Professor Stephan's course examined what can go wrong with a transaction, but our class discussion often focused on ways to avoid litigation through contractual clauses and transaction structure. Of my first-year courses, I really liked Contracts. However, in the interest of full disclosure, I was lucky to be in Vice Dean George Geis' small section. Professor Geis could teach a seminar titled "How to Receive a Root Canal" and I would probably still be eager to sign up. He is another fantastic professor.
What you look forward to as SBA president: As SBA president, I look forward to getting to know more students, faculty, administrators and alumni of the Law School. I am a "people person" — I love people and forming relationships. This role is one that will allow me to meet a lot of new people and form new relationships — all with the common interest to keep life at Virginia Law wonderful.
Top goals as SBA president: The SBA will be very busy this year. Internally, we are going to examine the existing committee structure to see if it can function more efficiently and fluidly across the SBA. Externally, I hope the SBA is able to revitalize the First-Year Section Adopt-a-Service Initiative that we began last year. This program was a great way to rally law students from all three years with the common goal of service to others. Additionally, I would like to create more resources to help 1Ls with the more difficult parts of the curricula, continue to improve parking at the Law School, and better acquaint law students with the rich history and community that exists on main Grounds.