1L John Weber was recently elected American Bar Association Student Division Circuit Governor of the 6th Circuit, which includes 17 law schools in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.
Weber’s election is part of Brandeis School of Law SBA President Rudy Ellis’ objective of increasing the school’s involvement within the ABA. Ellis asked Weber if he would be interested in running and helped him navigate the election process.
“I was interested because I have experience working in a regional and national organization (College Democrats). I know that it’s difficult to make a national organization relevant when representatives are not frequently on campus,” Weber said. “I enjoy that challenge and hope to share the resources possessed by the ABA with law students across this circuit.”
Weber’s term is one year.
As outlined by the ABA’s Student Division, the job description is as follows: “The 15 Circuit Governors are regionally elected leaders on the Law Student Division Board of Governors. Governors are the liaison between local ABA representatives on campus and the Division; they are an intermediary for students to go to when they need help. Governors generally perform the functions and duties needed to effectively serve their Circuits’ constituencies. They also serve on the Division’s Board of Governors.”
Weber said his goal is to align the Brandeis School of Law more closely with the ABA national organization, and ensure students know the benefits from the network and resources the ABA has to offer.
“I think it would be beneficial for our students to cooperate with other schools and students,” he said. “I hope to be able to bring ideas and best practices from other schools to help improve the student experience at Brandeis.”
Weber, a Louisville native, studied Political Science at the University of Louisville and participated in campus groups such as SGA, McConnell Scholars, Sigma Chi and others before working two years in Nashville with Teach For America.
He is spending the spring semester working as a legal intern in the UofL Legal Counsel office.
“It has been very enjoyable because it involves a lot of different types of law, government relations and issues facing higher education,” he said. “It’s a position where I feel like I can make a difference for the University and the community I love.”