Meet SBA President Alex Bowman

February 8, 2016

Hometown:
South Bend, Indiana

Undergraduate school and degree: 
University of Notre Dame, B.A., Political Science

How did you spend your summer? 
I clerked for Holloran Schwartz & Gaertner, LLP, a personal injury firm in Soulard.

Why did you want to go to law school?
I have always viewed a legal education as essential to accomplishing my dream of serving in public office. I hope that my education at SLU LAW will afford me the training and perspective necessary to be the best public servant I can be.

What do you enjoy most about attending SLU LAW?
My favorite part of SLU LAW has to be the people — the students, the faculty, the staff, the deans, and all the other folks you’d run into in the hallway on any given day. Few law schools have a faculty that is so approachable and willing to provide guidance on handling all the aspects of life in law school. 

Why did you choose SLU LAW?
I choose SLU LAW because of how impressed I was with the quality of the curriculum, the instructors and the facilities. I couldn’t speak more highly of the admissions experience and how at-home I felt as soon as I arrived on campus. 

What do you want to do after you graduate?
I plan to return to Indiana to practice law.

Why did you want to run for SBA president?
From the beginning of my first year here at SLU LAW, I wanted to see SBA do more to help students and student organizations. I wanted to be a part of the transformation of SBA from a programming organization to a true student government.

What are you looking forward to as SBA president?
I am most looking forward to serving the students of SLU LAW and working hard to make a positive impact student life at the law school.

What do you hope to accomplish as SBA president this year? 
The student experience at SLU LAW revolves around the professional and social opportunities provided by the more than twenty-five student organizations on campus. My job as SBA President is to enhance student organization synergy, allowing for student leaders to better communicate and collaborate on projects and programming that enrich the student experience. Additionally, my role as SBA President requires me to be responsive to student needs and proactive in vesting issues that may negatively impact the student body. While this is no easy task, I am confident that by working closely with other student leaders in the law school, we can maintain the highly professional and collegial atmosphere that has come to define SLU LAW.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
While time is increasingly dedicated to class, reading and outlining, it is essential that first-year students find a healthy balance between work and play. Whether that means spending some evenings reading while spending others going for a run or watching a few episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, taking a few minutes away from a textbook can go a long way to relieving stress and helping make law school just a little more bearable.

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