BYU Law’s SBA president, Cara Duchene, is looking forward to the opportunity to bring people together this school year. “I’m excited to form new relationships with people and to help them connect with each other and have their needs met,” she said.
This year’s SBA focus is “unity.” Duchene emphasized that the goal is to help unify not only individual classes but the law school as a whole. “I love when everyone can work together towards a common goal, and I feel that the SBA should help to foster that unity within the law school,” she said.
Duchene’s honors degree in psychology was leading her toward becoming a marriage and family therapist until her sights turned to law while serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Texas. “I had always been interested in civil rights issues and had worked with a combined law/psychology office,” she said. “I thought law might be a good next step for discovering my passion.” Law school turned out to be the perfect next step as she found it exciting, interesting, and better than expected. She has loved the classes and values the relationships with other students.
In and out of school, Duchene is very involved and has many interests and talents. She was a competitive swimmer in high school and is an amateur photographer as well as a yogi. Among her favorite foods are macaroni and cheese, Chipotle, and caffeine-free Diet Coke.