The Duke Bar Association (DBA) is the student government of Duke Law School. DBA is unique in that it is both a university student government and a professional bar association. As such, DBA perfoms a variety of functions at the law school, including promoting the student body's academic and professional growth, providing opportunties to strenghten the social and intellectual commutiny at the school, and representing the student body to the Law School, the legal profession, and the greater Durham community.
One of the DBA's most significant functions is overseeing the majority of Duke Law’s student clubs and organizations. DBA provides assistance and funding to groups looking to hold events, from lunchtime talks to professional symposia. DBA also charters new student groups, to meet the changing needs and interests of the student body. The efforts of student groups are supplemented by DBA's own activites and programs, including athletic leagues, social events, and student fellowships. For more info on DBA's Softball and Bowling leagues, you can contact the DBA Athletics Chair, Kate Wheelock; for social events, Social Chair Sumair Sangha; and for fellowships, Treasurer Alex Waldrop.
DBA also functions as the liaison between students, faculty, and the administration. To that end, DBA sends student representatives to every major faculty committee at Duke Law, including the Admissions, Faculty Appointments, and Planning and Curriculum Committees. This ensures that students are central to all major decisions at Duke Law, from faculty hires to grading system changes. DBA also sends representatives to the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association, and to Duke's Graduate and Professional Student Council.
If you are interested in serving on DBA or as a Committee Representative, please contact the Internal Vice President, Charlie Punia. Elections are held for 2Ls and 3Ls in March of each year for the following academic year, and early in the fall for 1Ls and LLMs.
DBA Executive Board 2015-16
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Duke Bar Association Mission Statement
The mission of the Duke Bar Association is to foster a collegial, engaging and professional educational environment at Duke Law School. To this end, the Duke Bar Association will:
- Promote and support the principles of the Duke Blueprint to LEAD;
- Cultivate an environment to foster academic growth;
- Create a social community of students, faculty and staff;
- Advocate on behalf of the student body;
- Support student organizations in their diverse objectives; and
- Engage in service to the greater Durham community.