The Senate is the legislative branch of the Student Bar Association and passes legislation on behalf of the student body. The Senate serves a wide range of functions while working to ensure that the interests and needs of the student body are met. These functions include overseeing the allocation of funds to chartered law school organizations, administering the expenditure of a substantial financial budget, and facilitating social events that help foster a collegial law school environment.

There are nine Senators which comprise the Senate, three representing each law school class. 

Senate elections take place in the spring of each year for second and third year classes, while the election of first-year Senators occurs each fall. The Senate meets at least once a month throughout the school year and all students are welcome to attend. The Vice President of the Student Bar Association presides over all Senate meetings.

Contact Vice President Sammy Brown for more information.

Meeting Minutes:

SBA Senate Meeting 9.13.17

SBA Senate Meeting 10.24.17

SBA Senate Meeting 2.28.18

SBA Senate Meeting 3.21.18


2016-2017 Minutes:

LSSB Senate Meeting 9.14.16

LSSB Senate Meeting 10.19.16

LSSB Senate Meeting 1.26.17

LSSB Senate Meeting 2.27.17

LSSB Senate Meeting 3.31.17

LSSB Senate Meeting 4.21.17

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3L Senator

Brittany Barbee

Brittany is a third-year law student from Hernando, Mississippi. She attended the Centenary College of Louisiana where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health & Exercise Science and graduated, magna cum laude, in 2008. While in college, Brittany was the Chaplain of Chi Omega sorority, a member of the Varsity Women’s Basketball team, and a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. At the University of Mississippi School of Law, Brittany serves as the Business Manager of the Mississippi Law Journal, a member of the Trial Advocacy Board, and a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council. Brittany was elected to serve as the law school's American Bar Association - Law School Division (ABA-LSD) Representative for the 2017-2018 year. She is also involved as a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Brittany previously served as the Secretary for the Graduate Student Council at Ole Miss. During the 2016 football season, Brittany chaired the Law School Tailgate Committee. Brittany has extensive experience in the legal field: externing for the Mississippi’s 17th Judicial District Circuit Court, interning for the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, conducting research for the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, working at the Futhey Law Firm in Memphis, and clerking for the DeSoto County Circuit Clerk’s office. Brittany expects to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in May of 2018.

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3L Senator

Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan is a third-year law student from Brandon, Mississippi. He attended Belhaven University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, and graduated, summa cum laude, in 2015. While in college, Jonathan served as a congressional intern in Washington D.C. for Congressman Gregg Harper, Representative for the 3rd District of Mississippi. At the University of Mississippi School of Law, Jonathan serves on the Mississippi Law Journal as Executive Notes & Comments Editor, and serves as Vice Magister for Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. He has a forthcoming publication in the Mississippi Law Journal, titled, "Tailored Jury Instructions: Writing Instructions That Match A Specific Jury's Reading Level." Additionally, Jonathan serves on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy as a Symposium Editor. He has had the privilege to clerk for Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr. of the Mississippi Supreme Court, and Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker of the United States District Court, Southern District of Mississippi. Jonathan was a summer associate in Gulfport, Mississippi, for both Balch & Bingham and Davis & Crump. Jonathan is an active member at Grace Bible Church in Oxford, Mississippi, and enjoys running, kayaking, and sailing. Jonathan expects to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in May of 2018.

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3L Senator

Tori Taravella

Victoria Taravella is a third-year law student from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She attended the University of Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts. She served as the Service Director for the Student Bar Association and Vice President of Environmental Law club last year. She will be an extern with the Department of Interior in the 2018 Spring Semester and expects to graduate in May 2018.

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2L Senator

Charlotte Cooper

Charlotte is a second-year law student from Fresno, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2016. While at UC Berkeley, Charlotte was on the Dean’s List and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She founded and served as the President of Sorority and Fraternity Empowerment (S.A.F.E.), an organization designed to foster a safe environment in hopes of combating sexual assault on campus. Charlotte also served as a Class Representative for the University of Edinburgh during the Spring of 2015. She is an active member of the Public Interest Law Foundation at Ole Miss. Charlotte has previously interned with the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda Recognizance Division, in Oakland, California. Charlotte expects to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in May of 2019 and is considering a career in criminal law.

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2L Senator

Mary Chandler Cossar

Mary Chandler is a second-year law student from Senatobia, Mississippi. She was a member of the Honors College at the University of Mississippi and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership in 2016. During her undergraduate career, Mary Chandler served as a Senator for the Associated Student Body (ASB) and an Executive Assistant to the ASB President. She was also a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Mary Chandler was a Patricia Thompson Lott Scholar and a Who’s Who honoree. Before starting law school, Mary Chandler interned for the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. Mary Chandler expects to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in May of 2019 and hopes to begin a career in Washington, D.C.

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2L Senator

Bill Rosenblatt

Bill is from Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated with a degree in History from the University of Mississippi in 2011. Before entering law school, he cofounded a technology company and worked in the poultry industry. His legal interests are in real estate, healthcare, and energy. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with wife and young son, fishing, and hunting.

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1L Senator

Jay Kucia

Jay is a first-year law student from Clinton, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in mathematics and graduated in 2017. While in college, Jay served as a freshmen mentor, a resident assistant, and a constitutional development teaching assistant. Jay is also an alumni member of Kokoa Men’s Service Club. Outside of school, Jay enjoys watching YouTube and listening to and writing country music. Jay expects to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in May of 2020 and pursue a career as a white collar crime and public corruption prosecutor.

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1L Senator

Drey Russell

Drey is a first-year law student from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017. While enrolled in the college of business, Drey served as President of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and Student Representative on the Business Student Advisory Council. He was also selected to participate in the Corporate Leadership Development Program where he received corporate level management training. His core values are life, love, loyalty, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Drey envisions a future of unrestricted opportunities, tools, and resources for the growth and development of children and adolescents. He wishes that no child is hindered by the environment that they are born into and believes that the realization of his vision is the catalyst to an economically thriving, socially enriching, and safe community. He is committed to his vision and the State of Mississippi.

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1L Senator

Alexander Dominguez

Alex is a first-year law student from Kern County, California. He graduated from Bakersfield College with an Associate of Arts degree in Political Science. While attending Bakersfield College, Alex served as Student Government President where he represented the issues and concerns of nearly 20,000 students. During this time, he was selected by his peers to serve as the Student Trustee for the Kern Community College District where he represented nearly 100,000 students. Upon graduation from Bakersfield College, Alex attended California State University, Bakersfield. He graduated there with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree. Before graduation, Alex was elected to serve as President of the Associated Students, Incorporated, the campus’s student representative body. Alex managed a budget of nearly $500,000 and a board of 25 members. Outside of the university, Alex is active in local rotaries. He served as President of the Bakersfield Rotaract Club from 2016-2107 where he focused on community outreach and helping those in need. Alex is dedicated to the community and the people that entrust their vote in him. 

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