Senate

The Legislative Branch, composed of the Senate, is led by the Executive Vice President. Each class is represented by elected Senators whose terms last one year. Evening students and transfer students are also represented on the Senate. In addition, there are several at-large Senate seats for students wishing to represent the interests of the greater student body at WCL.

The Senate proposes, considers, and votes on legislation. This includes approving the Student Bar Association Budget, chartering student organizations, amending the Constitution, and establishing the bylaws which govern SBA actions. The Senate also confirms Executive Board and Judicial Branch presidential appointees.The Senate typically meets every other week during the school year on Tuesday nights at 10:10pm in WCL Room 101. Please email sbacommdirector@gmail.com for the date of our next SBA meeting.

Senate Committee Chairs

Forrest McConnell

Hi, I’m Forrest McConnell, a 3L serving as an evening senator for 2012-2013. I’m a native of Montgomery, AL and completed my undergrad at AU’s School of International Service. I’ve worked in government since I started undergrad and will continue to do so during my time at WCL. (sbafinance@gmail.com)


Jeanna Lee

I graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Psychology and a Spanish minor. I am here to represent you to the best of my abilities and welcome you to approach me with any concerns or suggestions. (sbagando@gmail.com).






Prianka Sharma-Iacobucci

Hi, I'm Prianka, a 3L Senator originally from Chicago, but worked in political consulting in DC for 2 years prior to attending law school. I previously attended Fordham Law where I served as my 1L section SBA rep, and I served as Transfer Student Senator here at WCL last year. I graduated from Illinois Wesleyan Universiy where I double majored in Spanish and International Studies. While at IWU I traveled and studied in 6 different countries! After college (and before moving to DC) I worked on the Obama campaign starting with the Iowa caucus all the way through the general election. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, and playing with my two cats. (sbaacademicaffairs@gmail.com)


Melissa Merlo

Hi, I'm Melissa, an at-large Senator for the 2013-2014 school year. I am proud to continue to represent the interests of the student body in after serving last year as Senator for Section 4. I was born in New York, but grew up in New England and New Jersey. I graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Sociology. Prior to law school, I worked as a paralegal in New York City for five years, both at a law firm and in-house. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns, questions,or suggestions to improve and enrich our experience at WCL. (mm3239a@student.american.edu) ​


Abbie Kamin

I'm from Houston, TX and went to undergrad at Tulane University in New Orleans. I am looking forward to representing your interests as a 3L Senator. ak6955a@american.edu​

Pious Ahuja

I was born in New Delhi and raised there until I was ten. When I was ten, I moved to a small community in Easley, South Carolina. I graduated from College of Charleston in 2010 with a major in Political Science specializing in Comparative Politics with a minor in Psychology. While studying at the College of Charleston, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy (6 months) and participated in a National Student Exchange with California State Northridge(1 year). After College, I lived in New York City for two years working at the Department of Veteran Affairs, and volunteering at Sakhi, an anti-domestic violence organization, and Amnesty International's NYC Women's Human Rights Action Team. I am currently studying for a Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts in International Affairs at American University Washington College of Law and American University School of International Service. This summer, I will be studying abroad in the Hague to study International Criminal Law and International Terrorism. After the Hague, I am going to New Delhi, India to work for Human Rights Law Network specializing in Women's Reproductive Rights and Refugee rights. My primary area of interests are international women rights including domestic violence, sexual violence, refugee rights, and immigration rights. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or comments. pa0630a@american.edu.


James Gatliff

I attended the University of Northern Colorado and received a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Musical Theater. After working in New York City for two years, I came to WCL. I am excited to represent your interests as a 2L Senator. james.gatliff@american.edu​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parsa Garrett ​

I am a proud Atlanta native and graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in International Affairs, a Minor in Economics, and a Certificate in Pre-Law. In addition to being a JD student at WCL, I am also getting my Masters in International Politics with a focus on the Middle East and Economics at AU's School of International Service. My focus at WCL is international trade and foreign investment. This past summer, I participated in WCL's Study Abroad Program at the Hague and worked at the National Iranian American Council, where I will continue to work part-time during the 2013 Fall semester. If you ever see me around school, please feel free to come up and say hello or raise any concerns you have - I'm here to serve you. parsa.garrett@american.edu​

Daniel Clark

Hello! I am Daniel. I am an evening Senator for 2013-2014. I am in my third year of the evening program, and I expect to graduate in 2015. I grew up in Falls Church, VA, and received my Bachelor of Arts with a double major in International Studies concentrating in Latin American Studies and Hispanic Studies from the College of William & Mary in 2005. I am a litigation Law Clerk at The Employment Law Group® law firm, an employment civil rights boutique in Washington, DC. In my previous career I worked as a political operative for five years in domestic and international campaigning, including for a U.S. Presidential campaign, campaigns for Governor, U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and worked for foreign heads of state and political parties. Please email me at Daniel.Clark@student.wcl.edu with any questions, concerns, or suggestions for how I can help make WCL a better place! dc9540b@american.edu​

 

At Large Senators

Alex Sprat

Hi, I am Alex Spratt and I am one of your at-large senators for the upcoming year. I am a current 2L and I graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science. I am legal fellow on Capitol Hill with a member of the US House of Representatives and serve on the executive boards of several other organizations here at WCL. I look forward to working with all of you! (as4996a@american.edu).

Christopher Esparza

Howdy! I am Christopher Esparza. I am an at large senator for SBA from McAllen, Texas. I completed my undergrad in 2012 at Texas A&M University. I majored in Political Science with a minor in Communications. I'm a member of our WCL Mock Trial Team and am excited to represent all WCL students. (ce3650a@american.edu).

Elan Cameron

My name is Elan Cameron and I am a Senator At-Large from Livingston, NJ. I left NJ to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where I received my bachelors in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and minors in Legal Studies and Sociology. I graduated in 2012 and decided to go straight into law school and be apart of WCL's Evening Program. As a former member of the Evening Program, I will strive to be an additional voice and advocate for the evening students. In addition, within SBA I will serve as a voice advocating for the entire student body's needs and rights as students, while promoting the countless opportunities that DC and WCL has to offer.(elan.cameron@student.american.edu)


Julie Herward

Hi, I'm Julie Herward, and I am a 2L at large senator for the 2013-2014 school year. I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I received my bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, in 2008, and I worked for the federal government for four years before starting law school. At WCL, I am also a junior staff member of the American University Law Review and a Legal Rhetoric Classroom Dean's Fellow. (julie.herward@student.american.edu)

1L Senators

Chelsea Fernandez-Gold

Hi, I'm Chelsea Gold, a 1L Senator representing evening students. I am a DC native and recent graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where I majored in Government and Legal Studies.  Last summer I worked on the Obama campaign in New Hampshire, and prior to that for Senator Susan Collins and Congressman Chris Van Hollen. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve in SBA this year. cf2543a@american.edu

Marcus Leach

Hello, my name is Marcus J. Leach. I'm from Seattle, WA and I graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a double major in English and Philosophy. I have been happily married for five years to a beautiful Naval Officer. I look forward to representing Section 2 in the Senate this year. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. (Marcus.Leach@Student.American.edu)

Neil Murphy

Hi everyone! My name is Neil, and I am incredibly excited to represent 1L Section One. I'm originally from the west coast, but I've been living in Maryland for the past 6 years. I went to St. Mary's College of Maryland, where I majored in Political Science and minored in Spanish and Latin American Studies. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing and riding my bike. nm0262a@american.edu

Brittany Knutson

Hello All! I am Brittany Knutson and I moved to DC from Madison, WI where I had been working as the Director of Admissions for a small career college. I am excited for the opportunity to continue working as a student advocate through the Student Bar Association. As a first year law student, I am figuring out how it all works right along with everyone else and look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible as we make this year a successful one! bk8384a@american.edu​

Brian Teets

Hello! I'm Brian Teets, and I'm the 1L section 4 representative. I've lived all over the country, but I'm mostly from Mississippi. I did undergrad at Tulane University where I got my degree in American History. I would like to eventually work in civil rights policy, especially on behalf of the GLBT community. bt6686a@american.edu

Tyler Neal

My name is Tyler Neal and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I went to Cornell University for undergrad where I majored in government. I am excited to be a part of SBA and look forward to representing my section to the best of my abilities. Please fee free to talk to me anytime regarding any concerns or comments you may have. tyler.neal@american.edu