SBA Elections Info
Welcome to the SBA Web Page for Elections Information!
General Election Information
The SBA is comprised of three branches. The SBA Executive and Legislative Branches meet once every two weeks and are commonly referred to as the SBA. The Judicial Branch is the Professional Conduct Court, and it meets when necessary. For a description of the duties of the various offices, go here.
All candidates are expected to have read the Elections Code and to agree to abide by its terms. Please note that we are using the 'first past the post' procedures and not the 'ranked choice voting' procedures.
All candidates must email the Elections Justices at the appropriate time with the following statement:
"I, [your name here], agree to abide by the campaign rules set forth by the Student Bar Association subject to penalty by the Professional Conduct Court"
Candidates must also email the Justices with the offices they wish to run for.
The election will be administered by the SBA President and the 2 Professional Conduct Court Justices.
Election Rules Generally
This web site contains only some of the rules/regulations regarding campaigning. It is imperative that candidates read the Elections Code. Any violation of the elections code may result in disqualification.
At an appropriate time, the Elections Officials will make available appropriate publicity tools (potentially including space on the SBA website) for candidates to advertise.
Although stated in the elections code, these rules bear repeating:
The following are the rules governing candidates during elections. Violations of these rules will result in disqualification. Final determination of any violation of these rules will be made by the Professional Conduct Court.
1. The date for each round of elections shall be determined by the President of the Student Bar Association and the Professional Conduct Court, and shall be announced three weeks prior to elections. Ideally, this shall coincide with the Student Government Association and Graduate Senate Elections.
2. Anyone interested in running for a position must e-mail the President of the Student Bar Association by a date and time set by the President of the Student Bar Association and the Professional Conduct Court and announced to the Student Body. The e-mail must contain the following statement: “I, [your name here], agree to abide by the campaign rules set forth by the Student Bar Association subject to penalty by the Professional Conduct Court.”
3. Each candidate may send campaign emails to any student at Emory Law School. Sending campaign-related e-mail to any University listserv is prohibited. A candidate may not send campaign related e-mails to any student who makes such a request of that candidate. The Professional Conduct Court Justices (or the appointed administrator) may send out candidate statements on behalf of candidates on the Student Bar Association’s org-announce listserv.
4. Each candidate may set up a temporary web site, including events or groups created on a social networking site. A candidate may not send any messages through a social networking site to any student who makes such a request of that candidate. Temporary websites or social networking groups must be deleted by 11:59PM on the day before the elections begin.
5. Candidates may not spend any money on their campaigns.
6. Campaigning on a ticket or providing materials that include more than one candidate’s name are prohibited.
7. Seeking an endorsement from a student organization is prohibited. The Student Bar Association has discretion to deny funding for the next school year to any student group that endorses a candidate.
8. Candidates may not make fliers or any other promotional materials.
9. Candidates, and their friends and agents, may not campaign, including any communications (verbal, online, or written), on the election days.
10. The disbursement of free food, drink, or any other items with the intent of garnering support for a candidacy is prohibited.
11. Orchestration of, participation in, or initiation of any in-class presentations, announcements, speeches or stunts intended to generate support for a candidate are prohibited.
12. A write-in candidate shall be subject to all of the rules as an Official Candidate, and may be disqualified from election at the discretion of the Professional Conduct Code Justices (or the appointed administrator). A write-in candidate may not participate in the candidate forum.