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He Ran for Class President and Won. What Would You Expect of a Marathon Runner?
Once spurned for higher office in elementary school, Daniel
Tabib 3L made a stunning comeback with his election as
Law School class president. He plans to focus on creating
better networking events.
Once spurned for higher office in elementary school, Daniel Tabib 3L made a stunning comeback with his election as Law School class president. He plans to focus on creating better networking events.

When Daniel Tabib 3L lost a bid for treasurer of his sixth grade class, he thought his student government days were over. That changed, however, with his election as president of the Penn Law Class of 2012.

Tabib said he decided to run because of his desire to build a strong network among members of his graduating class.

"We need each other. The value we extract from our degrees is equal to the effort we put in." The election was by no means a one-horse race. Tabib competed with at least a dozen candidates, each of whom had to submit a one-page statement explaining their platforms. No polls, pundits or focus groups.

This campaign relied on word of mouth and strategically placed posters. Tabib won the election in a run-off between the two highest vote-getters.

Tabib, who holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the London School of Economics, spent two years as an accountant at KPMG before coming to Penn Law. An avid runner, Tabib will participate in the New York City Marathon this fall – his seventh marathon so far. Tabib is co-chair of the Penn Animal Law Project, co-president of the Real Estate Club, and a member of Lambda Law. He also plays in the Penn Law Basketball League and belongs to the Bowling Club.

As class president, Tabib plans to focus on increasing networking and improving fundraising efforts. The key to successful networking, Tabib said, is hosting fun and exciting events so all 260 members of each law class get to know each other better.

"We should be casting as wide a network as possible, but it should also be a strong network," he said. To that end, he would like to organize regional dinners for law students so they can meet classmates who will be working in the same city as them after graduation.

One of the key duties of the class president is to speak at graduation. Tabib said he already has "ridiculous amounts of anxiety about the speech," but he is also excited.

"It's an honor that my class trusted me enough to choose me to speak in front of their friends and family."

Tabib plans to do transaction work for a law firm after graduation and would eventually like to live in California.

Dana Vogel