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
Vice President Cole Perry

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

VP Internal Caitlyn Coil

VP External Connor Saenz
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Jacqueline Tran
Director of SMU Finance & Faculty Com. Conor White
Director of Event Coordination Sean Minorini
Director of ACS National Finance & Chapter Com.
Bronte Story
Secretary Jay Spring
Director of Communications Morgan Mueller
Director of Community Engagement Megan Maloney


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
VP-External Nelly Yoon
VP-Internal Jennifer Lamb
Secretary Nam Tran
Treasurer Ky Nguyen

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
Vice President of Marketing Poppy Pizzichelli
Vice President of Fundraising Bridget Sledz

VP of Auction Lindy Reamer
Treasurer Stephen Chance


Regan Ewing

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                                                                                                                                                                                  
Vice President Brooke Yarborough 
Treasurer  Cole Perry 

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
Head Representative Claire Fialcowitz
1L Mentor Representative LaKeenya Colvin
Representative Jay Spring
Representative Briana August
Representative Thomas Samuelson
Representative Haley Caradonna
Representative Nick Toufexis
Representative Genesis Reed
Representative Queena Leung

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                                                                                                                                                 
Vice President  Jet McGuire 

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 

Black Law Student Association
President Briana August
Vice President Danielle Coleman
Secretary Kiaria Sewell
Treasurer Asia Wright
Historian Kelcie Moore
Intercultural Liason Breanta Boss

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! 

Board of Advocates (BOA)
Chair Michael Creme
Vice Chair Off-Campus Administration Roslyn Dubberstein
Vice Chair On-Campus Jay Spring
Vice Chair Off-Campus Advocacy Autumn Keefer
Vice-Chair of Off- Campus Appellate Advocacy Michael Pipkin
Vice Chair Student Affairs Kathryn Monroe

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
Vice President/Secretary William Hamilton
Treasurer Asia Wright
Community Outreach Chair  Danielle Coleman

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
VP of Communications Kate Bailey

VP of Programs Claire Fialcowitz
VP of Membership Joshua Parisi
Treasurer Emily Nguyen

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
Vice President Madison George
Secretary Rowdy Haack
Treasurer JD Janicek

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
Vice President Aubrey (Raylee) Starnes
Secretary/Treasurer Preston Rose

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
Vice President Ally Murphy
Secretary Kayla Chowning
Treasurer Minji Kim

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
Executive Vice President Megan Kohner
Treasurer  Chris Gambini
Vice President of Membership Alex Acquista
Events Director Zack Faircloth
Vice President of Information Justin Gathright

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
Vice President Marlena Gutierrez
Secretary Christina Ta
Treasurer Parker Embry

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
Vice President                                                                                                           Crystal Guevara                                               
Secretary  Alexandra Ferrer
Treasurer  Troy Stevenson
Community Coordinator Alexis Esquivel

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
Vice President Shuyu Zhong
Treasurer Ami Patel
Secretary Brooke Vaydik
Web Committee Coordinator Daniel Gonzales

Public Service Coordinator Ludovica Pizzichelli

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
Vice President Andrew Davison
Secretary Carter Kristek
Treasurer Daniel Iliasevitch

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
Editor-in-Chief Julia Kowalsky
Managing Editor, The International Lawyer  Braden Dodson 
Managing Editor, The Year In Review Christopher Norman
Online Executive Editor  Marlena Gutierrez 


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 
Vice President  Blanca Elia Milan
Treasurer   Angie Avila
Secretary   Alejandra Murillo 

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
Vice President Haley Steinman
Treasurer Ben Schinder

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                                                                                                                                                      
Vice President  Andrei Bucur

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                                                 
Vice President James Chiles
Treasurer  Amanda Rodriguez
Secretary  Paige Dusthimer
Public Interest Coordinator  Katherine Serrano
Event Co-coordinator Cole Davis
Event Co-coordinator Sydney Hope 

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

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                                        
 Vice President Caitlyn Coil 

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!


Representative Afnan Akram
3L Representative Danielle Canfield
3L Representative Marissa Hines
Representative Laura Kohner

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

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                                                                                                                                     

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. 

President Josh Dossey
Vice President Krista Williams
Secretary Lakeenya Colvin
Treasurer Ahmad Awwal


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

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
Vice Magister Joshua Parisi
Exchequer Audrey Crowell
Clerk Stephanie Mason
Historian John Sasso

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                                                    
Vice President  Annie Dzurilla
Secretary Monique Malooly
Treasurer  Julianna Infanzon

Red Raider Law Student Association
President Charles Entsminger
Vice President Adrianne Mandes

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
Managing Editor Liz Chung
Associate Managing Editor  Tucker Davidson,

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


SMU Law Review Association


Emily Rhine

SMU Editor-in-Chief  Zack Faircloth 
SMU Managing Editor Madison Bertrand

JALC Editor-in-Chief 

Danni Canfield
JALC Managing Editor  Andrea Reed
Texas Survey Editor-in-Chief  Cody Gackle

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
Vice President Nick Toufexis
Secretary LaKeenya Colvin
Treasurer Madison George

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
Vice President Nathan Shackelford
Treasurer Carl Pinkston
Secretary & Assistant Treasurer Abby Segodnia
Technology Director(s) Brent Rubin/Thomas Tassin

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:

3L Representative                                                                      Briana August                                                                                                                      
2L Representative   Angelique Lee


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
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


Jacqueline Tran

Vice President

Cole Perry


Tillie Benson


Stephen Chance


Jordan Brownlow


Charles Cowden


Ryan Echavarren

3L Rep

Huntington Biggers

3L Rep

Baileigh Hale

3L Rep

Connor Saenz

2L Rep

Vrinda Bhuta

2L Rep

Layth Kal

2L Rep

Ellie Smith

1L Rep

Brent Miles

1L Rep

Madison Huerta

1L Rep

Marisa Thompson

Transfer Rep

Troy Stevenson


Gregory Martin


Tori Morris


Griffin Rubin


Diana Solano-Florez


Amani Husein


James Fletcher


Autumn Stewart



Student Bar Association Officers and Representatives

Bar Review Chair

Charles Cowden

Bar Review Chair

Alex Masotto

Sports Committee

Chris Garcia

Sports Committee

Dominic Riella

PR Committee

Marissa Spiwak

PR Committee

Arma Fitzgerald

Wellness Committee

Leah Anderson

Wellness Committee

Paige Calabrese

Wellness Committee

Nellie Jaafar

Wellness Committee

Gabrielle Pardue

Wellness Committee

Amir Saboorian

Wellness Committee

Barri Washington


Student Bar Association Mentorship Program
Co-Director Jesse Copeland

Co-Director Marissa Hines

Co-Director Jordan Watson

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
Vice President

Laura Kohner
Treasurer  Emily Dace
Secretary   Cody Gackle

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
Head Campus Representative Poppi Pizzichelli
Texas Director Luke Oberhansley
Campus Representative Lance Lott
Campus Representative Morgan Mueller
Campus Representative Nicole Schultz

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
VP Programs Taylor Ellison
Assistant VP Programs Alexus Esquibel
Development Director Courtney Hall
Assistant Development Director Lily Marrs
Communications Director Monica Rodriguez
Treasurer Mary Alexander
Public Service Director Elizabeth Chung
Technology Director Marissa Spiwak