Executive Branch

The Executive Branch sets the policy agenda and conducts the day-to-day business of the SBA. It is headed by the SBA President, who serves as the executive leader and head of the Cabinet. The Chief of Staff assists the President in guiding the direction of the SBA and serves as a primary advisor.  The Executive Vice President serves as the head of the SBA Senate and as a primary advisor to the President. We are dedicated to making sure that all GW Law students have a great experience while they’re here.  We work hard to make sure that students are listened to and to create a community with a place for everyone here at GW Law.


Shallum Atkinson


Shallum Atkinson, President

Contact: [email protected]

Shallum Atkinson is a 3L at GW Law from Brentwood, NY and a graduate of the University of Georgia where he studied political science and journalism. Prior to Law School, Shallum served in the United States Congress and went on to become a Senior Adviser to a prominent representative from NY. In SBA, Shallum formerly served as the VP of Student Affairs and was also a 1L Senator. Currently, he is a senior staff member for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Shallum is an avid golfer and enjoys outdoor activities and adventures. Upon graduation, Shallum will return to O’Melveny & Myers, LLP as a Litigation Associate.



Kaitlin Fontana


Kaitlin Fontana, Executive Vice President

Contact: [email protected]

Kaitlin is a 2L from Florida. She earned a BA in Psychology and Minors in Statistics and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida. Kaitlin’s legal interests include criminal defense, and specifically criminal legal system reform and prison reform. She was able to further her passion by working at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia this past summer. In addition, she is involved as the Vice President of Mentorship for the GW Defenders and hopes to become a public defender one day. Kaitlin served as the 1L Senator for Cardozo Inn last year and is excited to step into a new role as the Executive Vice President. When not at school, Kaitlin enjoys running, reading, and cheering on her favorite Florida sports teams!



Amber Grant


Amber Grant, Chief of Staff

Contact: [email protected]

Amber Grant is a 3L from Westchester County, New York. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication and Rhetorical Studies. Amber's legal interests include Trademark, Copyright, Internet, and Technology and she will be working in that area at Perkins Coie upon graduation. In addition to SBA, Amber is a Research Assistant to Dean Alfreda Robinson, an Associate on the Federal Communications Law Journal, and is involved with the Black Law Students Association. When not at school you can find Amber trying a new DC restaurant or crafting a playlist of music she enjoys.



Emily Sipes


Emily Sipes, Chief of Staff for Operations

Contact: [email protected]

Emily Sipes is a 3L from Buffalo, New York. She hopes to return to Western New York after graduation to work in criminal law. In her free time, she enjoys watching terrible movies, reading, and spending time outdoors.



Emily Walling


Emily Walling, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications

Contact: [email protected]

Emily Walling is a 2L originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She is interested in criminal law and civil rights litigation, and hopes to work as a public defender after law school. When she isn't studying, Emily enjoys taking yoga or ballet classes, working on her latest sewing project, watching shows at the Kennedy center, or playing with her cat, Mimosa.



Spencer Sandusky


Spencer Sandusky, Vice President of Finance

Contact: [email protected]

Spencer Sandusky is a 2L from New Jersey. His legal interests include employment law, financial law, and corporate law. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, reading a good book, or working on his trading card business/passion project. He is very excited to help improve financial access and transparency this year.



Raisa Shah


Raisa Shah, Vice President of First-Year Students

Contact: [email protected]

Raisa Shah is a 2L with an interest in international law. She is originally from Bangladesh and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Raisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a BA in political science and international relations. Prior to law school, Raisa worked in the U.S. Senate for three years as Executive Assistant for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Aside from being VPFYS for the SBA at GW Law, she is also Co-Director of Events for the Law Association for Women, Director of Academic Affairs for the South Asian Law Students Association, and Co-President of the Muslim Law Students Association. This past summer, Raisa worked at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in their International Arbitration team as a 1L LCLD Diversity Summer Associate. In her free time, Raisa enjoys reading, watching tv, hiking, and exploring new parts of DC.



Tyler Golian


Tyler Golian, Vice President of Student Affairs

Contact: [email protected]

Tyler Golian is a 3L from Centreville, Virginia. He attended Dickinson College for undergrad where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology. After graduation, Tyler worked at an intellectual property law firm in DC before matriculating to law school. His legal interests include IP and business law. Tyler enjoys hiking, biking, waterskiing, and spending time with his dog Koda.



Rachel Bogin


Rachel Bogin, Co-Vice President of Programming

Contact: [email protected]

Rachel is a 3L originally from Baltimore, Maryland and lived in New Orleans for 4 years of college. In her free time, she likes to go to spin classes and go scuba diving.



Cherissa Lindsay


Cherissa Lindsay, Co-Vice President of Programming

Cherissa Lindsay is one of your Co-VPs of Programming. She is a 2L from Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Tulane University. Her legal interests are in Education Law and National Security Law. Outside of law school, you'll find her visiting the museum and monuments, cooking, watching gymnastics, and practicing her photography.



Amaiya Johnson


Amaiya Johnson, Vice President of Student Enrichment Services

Contact: [email protected]

Amaiya Johnson is a third-year law student from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in Legal Communications from Howard University. Her legal interests include government contracts law and acquisition policy work. Amaiya’s experience in the practice area includes an externship at the General Services Administration and a summer associateship in the government contracts practice group of Thompson Hine LLP. She will also serve as a legal extern at the Court of Federal Claims in the Fall of 2023. Amaiya is excited to expand her leadership work to SBA and better serve the GW Law community! In her free time, Amaiya loves to travel and paint.



Resham Khan


Resham Khan, Vice President of Outreach

Contact: [email protected]

Resham Khan is an off-cycle student from London, United Kingdom, who is a 2L for Fall and will be a 3L in Spring. Her legal interests center around corporate law, particularly Banking and Finance law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Governance. Before coming to the U.S., Resham completed an LLM in Commercial Law and International Trade. When she’s not overwhelmed with law school, she enjoys spending time with her cats, talking about her cats, and taking pictures of her cats. Did I mention she has cats? Aside from cats, her passions include hiking and traveling (26 countries and counting!).



Salvatore Antonucci


Salvatore Antonucci, Attorney General

Contact: [email protected]

Salvatore Antonucci is a 2L from Doylestown, Pennsylvania and currently serves as the Attorney General for the SBA. Before law school, Sal attended Penn State University where he received his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Accounting. In his free time, he enjoys rooting for Philly sports and exploring DC.