For the fourth time in six years, the Florida State University College of Law Student Bar Association received the Student Bar Association Award, previously known as the SBA of the Year Award, from the ABA’s Law Student Division.
The honor was announced at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco and recognizes the efforts of an SBA organization to create a better environment for law students and a more positive image of the legal profession.
Florida State’s SBA was honored following a year of many accomplishments. During the 2012-13 academic year, SBA continued its distinguished lecture series — bringing notable attorneys and lawmakers to the law school — and community service campaigns. SBA raised money for the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association, and groups dedicated to finding cures for Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and fanconi anemia. SBA also partnered with a law firm for a 9/11 memorial event to prepare care packages for troops overseas. The group also hosted events to help start a scholarship fund in memory of a fellow law student. FSU SBA also was instrumental in helping the law school reach an impressive student giving rate: 81 percent of students made cash gifts to the college during the 2013 Student Annual Fund Drive.
“We are thrilled that the work of our Student Bar Association is again being lauded at the national level,” said Dean Don Weidner. “Congratulations and thanks go to the entire SBA board and especially to its immediate-past president, Mike Koulianos, for Florida State’s award-winning submission.”