TU Chapter President Elected to National Post With Student Bar Association

Thursday, August 14, 2003

Published on 8/14/03

Matt David, president of the University of Tulsa College of Law Student Bar Association (SBA), was elected national vice chair of SBA at the American Bar Association convention in San Francisco this week. David defeated four other candidates for the only vacant SBA position.

"This is dream come true for a political guru who plans to run for national office someday," he said. Last year, David became the only second-year law student to become SBA president at TU, and this year became the first in TU history to win a second term.

SBAs represent law student bodies to law school administrations. As national vice chair, David will use his experience as TU chapter president to help all SBA presidents. "I will work with individual schools to solve problems at the local level while acting as an advocate and advancing policy that will benefit SBAs at the national level," he said.

"Matt has been an involved student since the day he arrived at the law school," said TU Law School Dean Martin H. Belsky. "He broke precedent to run for SBA president in his first year – and, more significantly, he won."

David believes in the importance of both representing his constituency and acting as liaison to the administration. "Dean Belsky actually listens and acts accordingly," David said. "It's important that we get our voices heard."

One of his objectives as national vice chair will be to bridge the gap between the SBA and ABA (American Bar Association) students. "At the majority of schools, they exist as two separate organizations," David said. "At the national level, they merge into one more effective body. I hope to achieve a similar result at the local level."