Briefing Room


SBA president puts greater emphasis on networking, communication

September 9, 2013 | Students

When Zach Imwalle’s first attempt to become president of the Student Bar Association did not go as planned, he refused to quit. Instead, he stayed as involved in the organization as possible, gaining insight into how to make the group’s endeavors a success. Now, as a 3L, Imwalle has taken on the role as president and is confident in what can be achieved.

“My expectations are that we have a lot of really great resources and a lot of support from the faculty,” he said. “We have a lot of competent and motivated student body senators. We have the talent, and we have the resources to do some great things. That’s already starting to take some action, and I’m really excited for the rest of the year.”

Recognizing that finding a job ranks high on the priority list for current students, one of Imwalle’s goals for the organization this year is to increase networking opportunities for students, specifically maximizing the amount of face-time students get with local practitioners.

He also would like to see the SBA continue to serve as a liaison between the students and the faculty, and, through the use of town hall meetings, hear what students have to say.

“I think we’re set up for success, but I do think that we can increase communication opportunities, facilitate communication between the students and the SBA, which in turn can be the voice of the students to the administration,” Imwalle said. “We’re going to be more visible and accessible to address student concerns.”

In order to achieve that goal, the Hilliard, Ohio, native will be busy with presidential duties. Besides his role in student life, Imwalle also serves as a criminal intern for the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, where his responsibilities include helping attorneys in the pre-trial process.

His demanding schedule and involvement with the SBA is not the only important thing in his life, however. With nine younger siblings, Imwalle regularly stays in touch with his family and tries to be involved in their lives as much as possible.

The key for law students, he believes, is not to put all of one’s focus on just one aspect of life.

“I value a balance in pursuing the legal education,” he said. “I think it’s important to not be too over-consumed with things in school and the academic aspect but also to get a little experience working and making sure you keep other outside non-law school activities that are important in your life.”

Article by Shay Trotter