Student Organizations

Part of your learning experience includes what happens outside the classroom.  We encourage you to become involved in our Student Bar Association and our 40+ student organizations. Getting involved helps you expand your network, learn about different practice areas, and develop your leadership skills.

Contact information for student organization leaders, law journal editors, and commercial bar prep course representatives is included below.

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Aggie Law Society seeks to assist those law students who have obtained a degree from Texas A&M and/or have some Aggie connection and wish to realize the benefits of being plugged into the Aggie Network. To that end, the organization invites Aggie attorneys to speak at its meetings, often in a more informal setting where students can ask all types of questions. Aggie Law Students has organized happy hours to gather and watch Texas A&M athletics BTHO their SEC opponents. In addition, Aggie Law Students provides a connection to the organization's professional counterpart, the Texas Aggie Bar Association.  

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Monthly officer meetings, located in the Lawyers' Inn of Car Collins Hall. 

Aggie Law Society
President Katherine Whitlock kwhitlock@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Cole Perry cgperry@mail.smu.edu
     

SMU’s chapter of The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) fosters respect for human dignity, genuine equality, and access to justice. ACS is revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, building a diverse and dynamic network of progressive attorneys and law students committed to justice.

 

Are there any dues? A fee of 10 dollars, only if one desires to join ACS National. 

 

American Constitution Society
President Morgan Crider

mcrider@mail.smu.edu

VP Internal Caitlyn Coil

ccoil@mail.smu.edu

VP External Connor Saenz csaenz@mail.smu.edu
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jacqueline Tran jktran@mail.smu.edu
Director of SMU Finance & Faculty Com. Conor White conorw@mail.smu.edu
Director of Event Coordination Sean Minorini sminorini@mail.smu.edu
Director of ACS National Finance & Chapter Com.
Bronte Story
bestory@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Jay Spring jspring@mail.smu.edu
Director of Communications Morgan Mueller mgmueller@mail.smu.edu
Director of Community Engagement Megan Maloney mcmaloney@mail.smu.edu
     
   
     

 




The National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) represents the interests of Asian Pacific American law students and provides advocacy, support, and career development opportunities for its members throughout the United States. In addition to these objectives, this organizations seeks to promote underrepresented interests by fostering cooperation and collaboration with other minority law student organizations.   

Are there any dues? Yes, a membership fee of 20 dollars used for apparel and organization sponsored events.  

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
President Elizabeth Chung echung@mail.smu.edu
VP-External Nelly Yoon nellyy@mail.smu.edu
VP-Internal Jennifer Lamb jflamb@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Nam Tran nhtran@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Ky Nguyen kyn@mail.smu.edu

APIL is dedicated to public interest work in Texas and serves many purposes, including: (1) raising awareness of public sector jobs through speakers at organization meetings and our Public Interest Dinner Series; (2) helping students explore how attorneys address social issues, such as domestic violence, child abuse, and immigration; and (3) raising money through our annual APIL Auction to provide stipends for law students, who will intern for non-profit agencies during the summer. 

 

Are there any dues? No, but members are expected to devote some of their time to fundraising activities. 

Where does this organization meet? To be determined!

When does this organization meet? Three times throughout the semester with lunch provided! 


Association of Public Interest Law (APIL)
President Roslyn Dubberstein rdubberstein@mail.smu.edu
Vice President of Marketing Poppy Pizzichelli lpizzichelli@mail.smu.edu
Vice President of Fundraising Bridget Sledz

bsledz@mail.smu.edu

VP of Auction Lindy Reamer rreamer@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Stephen Chance schance@mail.smu.edu

Secretary

Regan Ewing 

rewing@mail.smu.edu


The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators ("AIPN") is an independent not-for-profit professional membership association that supports international energy negotiators around the world and enhances their effectiveness and professionalism in the international energy community. The purpose of this organization is to connect SMU law students with professionals and lawyers around the world in order to network and foster opportunities.

Are there any dues? Yes, a fee of 25 dollars.

When and where does this organization meet? To be determined, contact for more information!

President                                                                                  Daniella A. Barrera                                                                                                  danib@mail.smu.edu                                                                                          
Vice President Brooke Yarborough   kyarborough@mail.smu.edu 
Treasurer  Cole Perry  cgperry@mail.smu.edu 

The Association of Law & Politics (ALP) serves as a non-partisan student organization to promote political awareness and involvement at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. The Goals of ALP include: facilitating non-partisan dialogue on political issues; raising awareness of political issues among law students; encouraging current and future participation in the political process and the larger civic community; the examination of political issues from a legal perspective; and providing information related to careers in political advocacy and public policy.  
Barbri Bar Review
Regional Representative Mary Apodaca mary.apodaca@barbri.com
Head Representative Claire Fialcowitz cfialcowitz@mail.smu.edu
1L Mentor Representative LaKeenya Colvin Ldcolvin@mail.smu.edu
Representative Jay Spring jspring@mail.smu.edu
Representative Briana August baugust@mail.smu.edu
Representative Thomas Samuelson tsamuelson@mail.smu.edu
Representative Haley Caradonna hcaradonna@mail.smu.edu
Representative Nick Toufexis ntoufexis@mail.smu.edu
Representative Genesis Reed greed@mail.smu.edu
Representative Queena Leung qleung@mail.smu.edu

The Baylor Law Student Association aims to connect fellow Baylor Bears at SMU Dedman School of Law with other law students, attorneys, and alumni in the DFW area. Bears are always looking to "fling their green and gold afar" and we want to continue that tradition into our legal careers. Watch parties for games and a networking base create a good chance for Bears to meet friends, old and new, and create new connections while at SMU. SIC'EM Bears!

Contact for more information with regards to dues or organizations!

President                                                                                            Blair Beene                                                                                      bbeene@mail.smu.edu                                                                     
Vice President  Jet McGuire  jamcguire@mail.smu.edu 

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is one of the largest student-run organizations in the nation. Originally founded in 1968 on the campus of NYU Law School by Mr. AJ Cooper, BLSA's mission is to articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students, as well as effect change within the legal community. The SMU Chapter perpetuates that mission through academic programs that facilitate the transition to law school for students of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities. In addition, we provide professional development programming that enables our students to learn more about the legal profession through various networking and business etiquette events. Finally, we participate in various community service initiatives so that students may learn to better balance their legal career with their community involvement. BLSA is an all-inclusive organization and ALL students are welcome to attend meetings and social events held throughout the school-year. We look forward to seeing you at a meeting or an event!  

When and where does the organization meet? At least, one general body meeting per semester!

For more inquiries about future events, please contact smublsa@gmail.com. 

Black Law Student Association
President Briana August baugust@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Danielle Coleman colemand@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Kiaria Sewell  ksewell@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Asia Wright abwright@mail.smu.edu
Historian Kelcie Moore ksmoore@mail.smu.edu
Intercultural Liason Breanta Boss bboss@mail.smu.edu

Students at the law school have many opportunities to participate in oral advocacy competitions.

The BOARD OF ADVOCATES (BOA) is a organization led by an Executive Board composed of students and a faculty sponsor. The BOA's primary purpose is to promote practical experience in written and oral advocacy through a variety of competitions throughout the school year, and a Mock Trial Academy during the summer. The competitions are an excellent source for students desiring "real world" advocacy exposure and experience.

The BOA coordinates intramural mock trial, moot court, negotiation, client counseling, and mediation competitions which are open to all SMU law students, as well as the Jackson Walker Moot Court Competition for all first year students. These competitions are judged by local practitioners and members of the law faculty. The BOA also sponsors student teams for various state, national, and international interscholastic mock trial, moot court, negotiation, client counseling, and mediation competitions.

The BOA office is located at room 24B in the lower level of Storey Hall.      

Monthly meetings, to be announced at a further date! 
Website

Board of Advocates (BOA)
Chair Michael Creme mcreme@mail.smu.edu
Vice Chair Off-Campus Administration Roslyn Dubberstein rdubberstein@mail.smu.edu
Vice Chair On-Campus Jay Spring jspring@mail.smu.edu
Vice Chair Off-Campus Advocacy Autumn Keefer akeefer@mail.smu.edu
Vice-Chair of Off- Campus Appellate Advocacy Michael Pipkin mtpipkin@mail.smu.edu
Vice Chair Student Affairs Kathryn Monroe kcmonroe@mail.smu.edu

We encourage and support students through relevant and inspiring speakers, provide events of interest to all students, and build a network with other Dallas Christian attorneys through our new mentor program.   

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Location and time to be announced, but occurs on a weekly basis!

Christian Legal Society (CLS)
President Nicole Lloanya niloanya@mail.smu.edu
Vice President/Secretary William Hamilton  whamilton@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Asia Wright abwright@mail.smu.edu
Community Outreach Chair  Danielle Coleman colemand@mail.smu.edu

The CLA seeks to further the individual welfare of its members, to foster education and research in the fields of law and commerce, and to educate the student body to appreciate the integration of law and commerce.  

Are there any dues? Yes, a membership fee of 20 dollars upon joining. 

Corporate Law Association
President Marissa Hines mhines@mail.smu.edu
VP of Communications Kate Bailey

kebailey@mail.smu.edu

VP of Programs Claire Fialcowitz cfialcowitz@mail.smu.edu
VP of Membership Joshua Parisi jparisi@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Emily Nguyen emilyn@mail.smu.edu

The Criminal Law Society is an organization devoted to the advancement of the criminal law specialization. It's purpose is to educate students about the different aspects of criminal law and provide them with opportunities to network with professionals who have already made their mark in the field. We will provide interesting lectures on hot topics within the industry and more informative lectures on the available career paths for law students and recent graduates.

Are there any dues? Yes, a fee of 5 dollars used to fund lunch for lectures. 

When and where does this organization meet? At least, monthly! Time and location are to be determined, but members will be contacted once the meetings are scheduled. Feel free to contact one of the officers below for further information about the organization's future activities!

Criminal Law Society
President Patrick McGuire pgmcguire@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Madison George mlgeorge@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Rowdy Haack rhaack@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer JD Janicek  jjanicek@mail.smu.edu
     

The SMU Energy Law Association's (ELA) objectives are to raise awareness of energy related legal issues; to generate student interest in energy law, to facilitate an ongoing dialogue regarding energy law and related legal issues; and to embrace the educational opportunities of law students interested in energy law. ELA meets these objectives through meetings, speakers, and mentoring.  

Energy Law Association
President Sarah Hendrix shendrix@smu.edu
Vice President Aubrey (Raylee) Starnes astarnes@mail.smu.edu
Secretary/Treasurer Preston Rose pwrose@mail.smu.edu

The Environmental Law Society gives students interested in environmental law a means to meet people working in the area of environmental law while learning more about the career options available in the field.    

The SMU Family Law Association (FLA) works to bring together students who are interested in learning about the field of Family Law. The FLA sponsors speakers and events to promote awareness of family law issues and career opportunities, and serves as a source of family law information to both the law school and the local community. In addition, the FLA works to promote interaction with the Dallas Bar Association Family Law section to provide networking and mentoring opportunities for students interested in Family Law.

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? At least, once per month. Location and time to be determined, contact for more information!

Family Law Society
President Jordan Watson jcwatson@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Ally Murphy allymurphy@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Kayla Chowning kchowning@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Minji Kim minji@mail.smu.edu

Founded more than 25 years ago, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservative and libertarian lawyers founded on the principle that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what the law should be. The Federalist Society currently has active chapters at every ABA approved law school and more than 40,000 active lawyer-members. By welcoming all students and indeed all viewpoints to participate in our debate panels, speaker events, community outreach and social/professional networking events, we believe that the vital sharing of opinions and discussions of such opinions will lead to a more enlightened and thus more educated, tolerant and cohesive generation of lawyers.

Are there any dues? Not for local chapters, but five dollars membership fee at the national level.

When and where does this organization meet? Monthly meetings, location and time to be announced! Contact for more information!

Federalist Society
President Daniel Huddleston dhuddleston@mail.smu.edu
Executive Vice President Megan Kohner mkohner@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer  Chris Gambini cgambini@mail.smu.edu
Vice President of Membership Alex Acquista  aacquista@mail.smu.edu
Events Director Zack Faircloth zfaircloth@mail.smu.edu
Vice President of Information Justin Gathright jgathright@mail.smu.edu

The objectives of the SMU Health Law Association (HLA) are to raise awareness of health related legal issues; to generate student interest in health law, to facilitate an ongoing dialogue regarding health law and related legal issues; and to embrace the educational opportunities of law students interested in health law. HLA meets these objectives through meetings, speakers, and mentoring.      

Health Law Association
President Genesis Reed greed@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Marlena Gutierrez marlenag@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Christina Ta ctta@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Parker Embry pembry@mail.smu.edu

HLSA's purpose is to serve as a support organization for Hispanic students, to facilitate awareness of education and professional opportunities to these students, and to promote Hispanic interests and awareness in the larger community through involvement with other campus minority organizations, community service projects, and interaction with the Dallas Hispanic legal community. By planning meetings and events that welcome all students at SMU Dedman School of Law, HLSA aims to serve the larger law school community, as well as those who choose to be HLSA members. 

Are there any dues? No, free to all inquiring minds!

When and where does this organization meet? We will have at least two events per semester. Generally, at least one event will be consist of lunch with a speaker, typically a prominent Hispanic member of the Dallas legal community.

Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA)
President  Evan Rios  emrios@mail.smu.edu
Vice President                                                                                                           Crystal Guevara                                             caguevara@mail.smu.edu            
Secretary  Alexandra Ferrer  lferrer@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer  Troy Stevenson   troys@mail.smu.edu
Community Coordinator Alexis Esquivel   aesquibel@mail.smu.edu

The mission of the Organization shall be to promote awareness of immigration law and the careers therein by bringing professionals from government, public interest, and private immigration practices to the law school. The Organization wishes to encourage greater student involvement with respect to immigrant issues through various edification efforts and community outreach initiatives and will facilitate access to volunteer/job opportunities. Most importantly, the association shall serve as a space where law students can openly discuss the legal and political immigration landscape.

Are there any dues? No!

Where and when does this organization meet? Monthly, location and time to be announced!

Immigration Law Student Association (ILSA)
President Crystal Guevara  caguevara@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Shuyu Zhong  shuyuz@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Ami Patel  amip@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Brooke Vaydik bvaydik@mail.smu.edu
Web Committee Coordinator Daniel Gonzales 

danielg@mail.smu.edu


Public Service Coordinator Ludovica Pizzichelli  lpizzichelli@mail.smu.edu

The IPO is one of the most active interest based organizations of Dedman School of Law. Meetings are frequently held to cover various aspects of Intellectual Property including Copyright, Trademark, Tradeservice, and Patent Law. IPO also hosts numerous speaker events to discuss topics such as the practical business application of IP law and how to prepare for the the Patent Bar. IPO also serves as a career base for students interested in IP law as we are the first to hear about job, moot court and out-of-school networking opportunities specifically designed for students interested in IP.   

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Meetings are to be announced, in accordance to upcoming student interests. Contact for more information! 

Intellectual Property Organization (IPO)
President Elizabeth Chung echung@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Andrew Davison adavison@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Carter Kristek  ckristek@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Daniel Iliasevitch  diliasevitch@mail.smu.edu

The International Law Review Association (ILRA) facilitates the editorial and publication processes of a student-run law journal, The International Lawyer (TIL). The ILRA also publishes The Year in Review, an annual publication of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. ILRA’s Editorial Board is a unified organization dedicated to publishing scholarly works on international law.

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Location and time to be announced, contact for more information!

International Law Review Association
President Sara Reams  sreams@mail.smu.edu
Editor-in-Chief Julia Kowalsky jkowalsky@mail.smu.edu
Managing Editor, The International Lawyer  Braden Dodson  bdotson@mail.smu.edu 
Managing Editor, The Year In Review Christopher Norman  cdnorman@mail.smu.edu
Online Executive Editor  Marlena Gutierrez marlenag@mail.smu.edu 

 

Mission Statement: promote awareness, study, and understanding of international law and related issues; to encourage communication and cooperation among law students and lawyers internationally; to contribute to legal education; to promote social responsibility in the field of law; to increase opportunities to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and to publicize career opportunities in international law.    

International Law Society
President Travis Reed  tbreed@mail.smu.edu 
Vice President  Blanca Elia Milan  bmilan@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer   Angie Avila  angiea@mail.smu.edu
Secretary   Alejandra Murillo  mamurillo@mail.smu.edu 

We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. Our goals are to foster public service and professional excellence in order to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. 

JLSA is a cultural, social, and educational organization that reflects the varied interests of the Jewish student community of SMU Dedman School of Law. We open our group to anyone and host Shabbat dinners, events on holidays, doing our best to unite a strong Jewish community on and off campus.      

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? This organizations hosts Shabbat dinners bimonthly, location and time to announced!

Jewish Law Student Association
President Emma Eichelbaum eeichelbaum@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Haley Steinman  hsteinman@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Ben Schinder  sschindler@mail.smu.edu

The JD/MBA Society exists to improve the experience of JD/MBA students at Southern Methodist University. The Society facilitates communication and mentorship among and between alumni, current students, and prospective students of the dual law and business programs. In addition, the Society works on behalf of JD/MBA students to ensure that they have access to the resources necessary to continue SMU’s trend of producing leaders at the intersection of law and business. 

President                                                                                      Luke Ohnmeis                                                                    lohnmeis@mail.smu.edu                                                                                            
Vice President  Andrei Bucur  abucur@mail.smu.edu

The SMU Labor and Employment Law Students Association is a student-run organization focused on raising awareness and student interest in the field of labor and employment law. We work with the Dallas Bar Association and American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section in hosting panels on labor and employment law and to provide networking opportunities for students. Our primary goal is to assist aspiring sports and entertainment attorneys in making the necessary connections to facilitate a future in labor and employment law. Our secondary goal is to educate law students about current trends in the labor and employment legal market and to disseminate information on scholarships and internships in this area of law.    

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? To be announced, contact for information!

President                                                                                                                Ludovica Pizzichelli                                                          lpizzichelli@mail.smu.edu 
Vice President James Chiles jchiles@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer  Amanda Rodriguez  rodriguezal@mail.smu.edu
Secretary  Paige Dusthimer  pdusthimer@mail.smu.edu
Public Interest Coordinator  Katherine Serrano  kserrano@mail.smu.edu
Event Co-coordinator Cole Davis coled@mail.smu.edu
Event Co-coordinator Sydney Hope  shope@mail.smu.edu 

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Monthly meetings, announced at a later date!

Law Students for Life
President William Milam  wmilam@mail.smu.edu

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice is a nationwide network of lawyers, law students, legal professionals, and movement organizers who are working to make reproductive freedom a reality for all! We strive to transform the law and policy landscape through advocacy, support, and organizing so all people have the power to determine if, when, and how to define, create, and sustain families with dignity as well as to actualize sexual and reproductive well-being on their own terms.  

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? To be announced, contact for more information!

President                                                           Annie Dzurilla                                        adzurilla@mail.smu.edu          
 Vice President Caitlyn Coil ccoil@mail.smu.edu 

Act as liaison between LexisNexis and SMU students, student groups, faculty, administrators and staff to generate awareness, foster education and drive usage of Lexis Advance.

When and where does this organization meet? Table once per week in the pit with training sessions scheduled throughout the year.

Are there any dues? No!

LexisNexis

Representative Afnan Akram aakram@mail.smu.edu
3L Representative Danielle Canfield dcanfield@mail.smu.edu
3L Representative Marissa Hines mshines@mail.smu.edu
Representative Laura Kohner lkohner@mail.smu.edu

The Longhorn Bar Association serves the interests and needs of SMU Dedman School of Law students who are also alumni of The University of Texas at Austin or who are Longhorns at heart. The Goals of LBA include: Connecting SMU law students and UT alums to the legal community and providing a common/communal network for UT alums at SMU Dedman School of Law. The Objectives of LBA include strengthening the UT-SMU network in the legal environment in Texas and organizing UT athletic game watching festivities for group members.  

Meetings to be announced at a later date! Contact for more information!

Longhorn Bar Association
President Jay Harper jtharper@mail.smu.edu

The MLSA is an educational, religious, social, and cultural organization. Its goal is to serve the unique interests and needs of SMU Dedman School of Law students interested in the impact of the legal system on the Muslim Community and conversely, the impact of the growing Muslim community on the American and International Legal Systems. We will have educational and social events throughout the semester. Everyone is welcome!

 

President                                                                                              Nellie Jaafar                                                           njaafar@mail.smu.edu                                                                                    

OWLS (Older and Wiser Law Students) is dedicated to meeting the needs and concerns of the non-traditional SMU Dedman Law student, including but not limited to married students, students with children, those who hold full time jobs and/or are returning to school from the position of an established career, and part-time and evening students. OWLS also sponsors SMU Law Babies, a social group for law students with small children.      

The SMU OUTlaw student organization is a diverse group of law students, faculty, staff, and their significant others and friends who all support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons and initiatives.With strong ties to the community, OUTLaw aims to educate, challenge, and elevate its members and affiliates and ready them for a career in law by providing a safe, inclusive, and open-minded forum to network, learn, and promote LGBT+ recognition in law.

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Bimonthly lunch meetings, to be announced at a later date. 

OUTLaw
President Josh Dossey  jjdossey@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Krista Williams  krista@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Lakeenya Colvin  lcolvin@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Ahmad Awwal aawwal@mail.smu.edu

 


The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service. Phi Alpha Delta ("PAD") welcomes you to SMU Dedman School of Law! PAD is the largest law fraternity in the county and is a great organization from which to begin your legal career. This year we are planning a number of social events and speaker conferences that are a great way to meet other law students and have some fun. PAD will be accepting new members at the beginning of the semester and will also be hosting a welcome back happy hour where new or prospective members can meet PAD's returning students. We will be sending out more information about recruiting and events during the first few weeks of school. We look forward to meeting you!     

Phi Delta Phi (aka "PDP") is SMU Dedman School of Law's only Legal Honors Fraternity. During the spring semester of each school year, Phi Delta Phi invites the top 33% of the class to become initiated. PDP is an International Legal Fraternity that was established in 1869, and it is now the world's largest legal fraternity. Please note that to become a member of PDP, you may not be a member of any other legal fraternity. The most notable activity of PDP is the Teddy Bear Immunity toy drive and fundraiser, in which PDP collects teddy bears, or alternatively $5 donations, from SMU law students. In exchange for their donations, the students receive immunity from getting called on in their classes, and the proceeds are used to give teddy bears to children for comfort during times of sickness and tragedy. For more information on Phi Delta Phi, please see the website at  http://www.phideltaphi.org/

Are there any dues? Yes, a fee of 10 dollars! In addition to that, this organization requires resources (canned goods, non-perishable food items, etc.) to supply fundraising projects and donations. 

Phi Delta Phi
Magister Carter Kristek ckristek@mail.smu.edu
Vice Magister Joshua Parisi  jparisi@mail.smu.edu
Exchequer Audrey Crowell ahcrowell@mail.smu.edu
Clerk Stephanie Mason srmason@mail.smu.edu
Historian John Sasso jsasso@mail.smu.edu

The Real Estate Law Association serves the unique interests of law students interested in pursing a career in real estate through connecting law students to the larger real estate legal community. We invite real estate practitioners in the fields of law and finance to speak at workshops and seminars at the law school. We encourage networking in the real estate community by keeping students updated on DFW real estate events and organization membership opportunities.     

The Real Estate Law Association                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Location and time to be announced, contact for more information!

President                                                                                                            Jesse Copeland                                                             jcopeland@mail.smu.edu 
Vice President  Annie Dzurilla  adzurilla@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Monique Malooly  mmalooly@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer  Julianna Infanzon  jinfanzon@mail.smu.edu

Red Raider Law Student Association
President Charles Entsminger centsminger@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Adrianne Mandes amandes@smu.edu

SMU Science & Technology Law Review (STLR) explores the intersection of science, technology, and the law. Because scientific and technological advances impact nearly every industry and field of law, our authors have the creative freedom to address topics ranging from sports media to state surveillance, as well as more traditional topics such as ecommerce, medicine, and intellectual property. STLR is proud to be at the forefront of an increasingly important conversation about the legal implications of our modern world.

Science and Technology Law Review

Editor-in-Chief Claire Cahoon scitech@mail.smu.edu
Managing Editor Liz Chung   stlrme@mail.smu.edu
Associate Managing Editor  Tucker Davidson   stlrame@mail.smu.edu,

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, the SAF carries on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate.   

SMU Law Review Association (SMULRA) is comprised of approximately 100 second and third year law students who are dedicated to promoting legal scholarship and dialogue.  SMULRA publishes three academic journals: SMU Law Review, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, and SMU Annual Texas Survey.  Additionally, SMULRA hosts three symposia: Corporate Counsel Symposium, Corporate Directors' Institute, and the Air Law Symposium. Membership on SMULRA is highly competitive and is based on a combination of excellent academic achievement and superior performance on an annual Writing Competition.  Newly-selected members serve as Staff Editors for their first year of service.  Staff Editors participate by compiling sources, substantively verifying articles, editing text and citations, and authoring two publication-quality academic articles that analyze recent cases, statutes, and developments in the law.  In their second year of service, students serve in various leadership roles as members of the Editorial Board.  Editorial Board members are responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the journals, the symposia, and administration of the Association.  The President, Editors in Chief, and Managing Editors serve on the Executive Committee, which is the governing body of the Association.  For more information, visit our website at http://smulawreview.law.smu.edu/Home.aspx

 

SMU Law Review Association

President

Emily Rhine

smulra@mail.smu.edu

SMU Editor-in-Chief  Zack Faircloth  smueic@mail.smu.edu 
SMU Managing Editor Madison Bertrand   mbertrand@mail.smu.edu

JALC Editor-in-Chief 

Danni Canfield  jalceic@mail.smu.edu
JALC Managing Editor  Andrea Reed   reeda@mail.smu.edu
Texas Survey Editor-in-Chief  Cody Gackle  cgackle@mail.smu.edu

An organization that incorporates camaraderie, similar to that of what veterans experienced while serving in the military, and professional development for aspiring attorneys. VLA welcomes all veterans, active duty, and reserve law school students, as well as students who may not have served but support military and veteran issues. Our accomplishments include voluntary participation for legal clinics at the local VA Hospital and being the only student organization that is authorized to wear a cord at graduation.

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Meetings are announced via our mailing list and Facebook Page. Contact for more information!

SMU Veterans Law Association
President Mark Streiff  mstreiff@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Nick Toufexis  ntoufexis@mail.smu.edu
Secretary LaKeenya Colvin lcolvin@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Madison George  mlgeorge@mail.smu.edu

The SMU Sports and Entertainment Law Association is a student run organization that facilitates various sports and entertainment law related events for educational and networking purposes. We bring in guest lecturers from major sports and entertainment firms in the DFW metroplex to give lunch talks. We collaborate with the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Dallas Bar Association to organize workshops and outings. We bring in speakers from major sports law institutes and ABA accredited law schools. Our primary goal is to assist aspiring sports and entertainment attorneys in making the necessary connections to facilitate a future in sports and entertainment law. Our secondary goal is to educate law students about current trends in the sports and entertainment legal market. Additionally, our organization seeks to provide public service to the community through volunteer activities and donations.    

Sport and Entertainment Law Association
President Paxton Moore ptmoore@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Nathan Shackelford nshackelford@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Carl Pinkston cdpinkston@mail.smu.edu
Secretary & Assistant Treasurer Abby Segodnia  asegodnia@mail.smu.edu
Technology Director(s) Brent Rubin/Thomas Tassin brubin@mail.smu.edu/ttassin@mail.smu.edu

The goal of the State Bar of Texas Student Division is to enhance law students' participation in the administration of justice, professional responsibility, and public service.

Are there any dues? Yes, a fee of 15 dollars to be paid at this address: https://www.texasbar.com/Content/NavigationMenu/ForLawyers/MembershipInformation/LawStudentInfo/default.htm

3L Representative                                                                      Briana August                                                              baugust@mail.smu.edu                                                                  
2L Representative   Angelique Lee ablee@mail.smu.edu

 

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the governing body for the students at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law. The objectives of the SBA are to advance the best interests of legal education; to actively support and institute, when necessary, procedures and practices for the betterment of the law school; and to promote the academic, professional and social well-being of the membership. The SBA also represents the concerns and interests of the law school student body and sponsors a variety of extracurricular events. All students are urged to serve on one or more of the SBA committees.

The SMU Student Bar Association (SBA) is composed of all students in the School of Law. Each year the students of the Dedman School of Law elect 21 student representatives, including 4 executive officers, to serve on the SBA Voting Council. The Voting Council is the Legislative arm of the SBA. Officers, second-year, and third-year class representatives are elected in the spring semester of each academic year. Class representatives for first-year students are elected approximately one month after the fall semester has commenced.

Mailing Address:
The Student Bar Association
Dedman School of Law
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750116 Dallas, Texas
75275-0116
Phone: 214-768-2359
Website: Check us out under the Students Tab

The 2019-2020 student officers and representatives are:


Student Bar Association Officers and Representatives

President

Jacqueline Tran

jktran@smu.edu

Vice President

Cole Perry

cperry@smu.edu

Secretary

Tillie Benson

tkbenson@smu.edu

Treasurer

Stephen Chance

schance@smu.edu

Senator

Jordan Brownlow

jbrownlow@smu.edu

Senator

Charles Cowden

ccowden@smu.edu

Senator

Ryan Echavarren

rechavarren@smu.edu

3L Rep

Huntington Biggers

hbiggers@smu.edu

3L Rep

Baileigh Hale

behale@smu.edu

3L Rep

Connor Saenz

csaenz@smu.edu

2L Rep

Vrinda Bhuta

vbhuta@smu.edu

2L Rep

Layth Kal

lkal@smu.edu

2L Rep

Ellie Smith

ersmith@smu.edu

1L Rep

Brent Miles

bamiles@mail.smu.edu

1L Rep

Madison Huerta

mlhuerta@mail.smu.edu

1L Rep

Marisa Thompson

mcthompson@mail.smu.edu

Transfer Rep

Troy Stevenson

troys@smu.edu

LLM/SJD Rep

Gregory Martin

gregorym@mail.smu.edu

JD/MBA Rep

Tori Morris

tmorris@smu.edu

DAYL Rep

Griffin Rubin

grubin@smu.edu

ABA Rep

Diana Solano-Florez

dsolanoflorez@smu.edu

DBA Rep

Amani Husein

ahusein@smu.edu

FBA Rep

James Fletcher

djfletcher@smu.edu

TBA Rep

Autumn Stewart

akstewart@smu.edu

 

 

Student Bar Association Officers and Representatives

Bar Review Chair

Charles Cowden

ccowden@smu.edu

Bar Review Chair

Alex Masotto

amasotto@smu.edu

Sports Committee

Chris Garcia

cggarcia@smu.edu

Sports Committee

Dominic Riella

driella@smu.edu

PR Committee

Marissa Spiwak

mspiwak@smu.edu

PR Committee

Arma Fitzgerald

fitzgerald@smu.edu

Wellness Committee

Leah Anderson

lkanderson@smu.edu

Wellness Committee

Paige Calabrese

pcalabrese@smu.edu

Wellness Committee

Nellie Jaafar

njaafar@smu.edu

Wellness Committee

Gabrielle Pardue

gpardue@smu.edu

Wellness Committee

Amir Saboorian

asaboorian@smu.edu

Wellness Committee

Barri Washington

bawashington@smu.edu

 


Student Bar Association Mentorship Program
Co-Director Jesse Copeland 

jcopeland@smu.edu

Co-Director Marissa Hines 

mshines@smu.edu

Co-Director Jordan Watson 

jcwatson@smu.edu


The SMU Tax Law Society ("TLS") connects students that are interested in practicing tax law with Dallas tax attorneys.  TLS also hosts an annual panel discussion where students can learn more about the practice of tax law.

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Monthly, location and time to be announced! Contact for more information! 

Tax Law Society
President Megan Kohner  mkohner@mail.smu.edu
Vice President

Laura Kohner

 lkohner@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer  Emily Dace   edace@mail.smu.edu
Secretary   Cody Gackle  cgackle@mail.smu.edu

Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), was founded in 1949 to protect the rights of Texas’ families.  It is the only organization comprised of trial lawyers who stand up for the rights of plaintiffs and the trial lawyers who represent them. 

Themis Bar Review provides exceptional bar preparation courses to exam takers in 44 jurisdictions utilizing innovative study tools and industry leading study strategies. Themis additionally provides free programs for law students including Law School Essentials (First Year and Upper Level) and a comprehensive MPRE Review.

This organization has Themis sponsored resources, located in the Pit of Underwood Library (bottom floor). 

Themis Bar Review

Regional Director of Texas Kimberly Batrice kimberly.batrice@themisbar.com
Head Campus Representative Poppi Pizzichelli  lpizzichelli@mail.smu.edu
Texas Director Luke Oberhansley luke.oberhansley@themisbar.com
Campus Representative Lance Lott jllott@mail.smu.edu
Campus Representative Morgan Mueller  mgmueller@mail.smu.edu
Campus Representative Nicole Schultz nnschultz@mail.smu.edu

Women in Law (WIL) is a student organization that strives to increase career, mentoring and networking opportunities for all women at the Dedman School of Law. With over 300 members, WIL is the largest law student organization on-campus. Because of its size, WIL attracts a diverse and well-rounded student population, who actively participate in all of our events. 

Are there any dues? Yes! A fee of 25 dollars for 1Ls, 20 dollars for 2Ls, and 15 dollars for 3Ls. 

When does this organization meet? At least, twice throughout a semester. Contact for more information! 

Women in Law
President Sarah Smith smithsm@mail.smu.edu
VP Programs Taylor Ellison tellison@mail.smu.edu
Assistant VP Programs Alexus Esquibel aesquibel@mail.smu.edu
Development Director Courtney Hall courtneyh@mail.smu.edu
Assistant Development Director Lily Marrs lmarrs@mail.smu.edu
Communications Director Monica Rodriguez  rodriguezms@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Mary Alexander mmalexander@mail.smu.edu
Public Service Director Elizabeth Chung echung@mail.smu.edu
Technology Director Marissa Spiwak mspiwak@mail.smu.edu