Student Organizations

SMU Law 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?

When and where does this organization meet?

Aggie Law Society
     
     
     

The mission of the American Constitution Society is to harness the values of compassion and respect for each individual and to re-incorporate them into American law and politics in order to build a stronger and more decent national community. We seek to restore the fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice to their rightful – and traditionally central – place in American law. 

 

When and where does this organization meet?  We plan to meet monthly.  Meeting location and times are TBD.  Please join the American Constitution Society page for more information.

 

American Constitution Society
President Meagan Maloney

mcmaloney@smu.edu

Vice President  Conor White

conorw@smu.edu

Director of Community Engagement Kevin McCormick krmccormick@smu.edu

 




Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the facilitation of character, community, and culture amongst Asian Pacific American students, professionals and community members.

When and where does this organization meet? We have a general meeting at least one time per semester on campus, typically around noon.  Please join the APALSA page for more information. 
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
President Jennifer Lamb jflamb@smu.edu
VP-External Christiane Kim minji@mail.smu.edu
VP-Internal Ky Nyguen kyn@smu.edu
Secretary Abby Campbell accampbell@smu.edu
Treasurer Hannah Choi hchoi@smu.edu
Inclusivity Director Nam Tran nhtran@smu.edu
Service & Volunteer Director Averie Bishop adbishop@smu.edu

The Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) at SMU Dedman School of Law
- Helps raise awareness of public sector jobs through job fairs and speaking events;
- Helps students explore how attorneys address social issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, and discrimination; and
- Organizes a silent auction to raise money to provide summer stipends for outstanding law students who have secured volunteer internship placement in public interest organizations.

 

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

When and where does this organization meet? Two-three times each semester in a room in Florence at 12:15 PM.  Please join the APIL page for more information.

 
Association of Public Interest Law (APIL)
President Angelique Lee ablee@smu.edu
Vice President of Marketing Raheela Ahsan rahsan@mail.smu.edu
Vice President of Fundraising Leah Anderson

lkanderson@smu.edu

VP of Auction Rachel Pauerstein rpauerstein@mail.smu.edu
Events Chair Madison Huerta mlhuerta@mail.smu.edu

Secretary

Alex Amerine

aamerine@mail.smu.edu

Check in/Check Out Director Samantha Stevenson sjstevenson@mail.smu.edu
Donations Director
Hunter Ralston jralston@mail.smu.edu 
Donations Director  Libby Sample
esample@mail.smu.edu
Live Auction Director Nelly Yoon
nellyy@mail.smu.edu
Silent Auction Director 
Shereen Baig
sbaig@mail.smu.edu 
Dinner Series Chair
Autumn Keefer
akeefer@mail.smu.edu

The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators 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.

When and where does this organization meet? Two-three times each semester in a room in Florence at 12:15 PM. Please join the AIPN page for more information.

President                                                                                Layth Kal                                                                            lkal@smu.edu                                                                                     
Vice President William Farmer wfarmer@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.  

The BARBRI Group companies meet the legal education needs of law students and attorneys throughout their careers. At the core of The BARBRI Group Companies is BARBRI Bar Review, which has helped more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world pass a U.S. bar exam. Innovative testing and learning technologies combined with years of experience training lawyers around the world make BARBRI the best partner when you decide to pass any U.S. state bar exam. For over 50 years BARBRI has become synonymous with bar prep success. The BARBRI Bar Review course works. That's why it has become the #1 most trusted. As global legal educators, we at BARBRI believe in the importance of continued innovation to help you as a 21st century law student or lawyer achieve your goals and objectives. Today, when you enroll in a BARBRI program as a student, not only do you join the leading legal and education experts, but you also become part of an internationally rich and diverse student body and alumni representing a multitude of countries, cultures, areas of expertise, and a vast array of educational and professional backgrounds.

When and where does this organization have meetings? Every Tuesday and Wednesday in the Pit.  Please join the BARBRI page for more information.

Barbri Bar Review
Head Student Representative Claire Fialcowitz cfialcowitz@mail.smu.edu
Student Representative Haley Caradonna hcaradonna@smu.edu
Student Representative Nick Toufexis ntoufexis@smu.edu
Student Representative Patrick McGuire pgmcguire@smu.edu
Student Representative Amber Ward wardaj@smu.edu
Student Representative Nicholas Curley ncurley@smu.edu
Student Representative Storm Lineberger slineberger@smu.edu
Student Representative Sydney Brown brownsn@smu.edu
Student Representative Evan Merritt emerritt@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!

 

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is one of the largest student-run organizations in the country. Mr. A.J. Cooper founded the organization on the campus of NYU Law School in 1968 to nurture the educational needs of black law students and affect change in the academic and legal communities. Today the SMU BLSA chapter perpetuates that mission through academic and professional programs that help students of all ethnicities navigate through law school. Our programs seek to empower students with the tools they need to learn business etiquette, networking, and professionalism, in a legal framework. We offer opportunities to participate in various community service initiatives, so students may start learning early in our legal careers how to balance professional demands and community involvement.

Are there any dues? Yes, $15

When and where does the organization meet? At least, one general body meeting per semester!  Monthly board meetings scheduled depending on board availability.

Please join the BLSA page for more information.  For inquiries about future events, please contact smublsa@gmail.com. 

Black Law Student Association
President Asia Wright abwright@smu.edu
Vice President Skylar Arbuckle sarbuckle@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Taylar Simone-McCants taylarsimonem@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Alexis Brewer abrewer@mail.smu.edu
Intercultural Liason Breanta Boss bboss@mail.smu.edu
Director of Public Relations Melanie Griffin
mmgriffin@mail.smu.edu 
Director of Community Outreach
Haley Taylor Schlitz htaylorschlitz@mail.smu.edu
Co-Director of Special Events
Dorthy Lukens
dlukens@mail.smu.edu 
Co-Directors of Special Event
Taelour Moton
tjmoton@mail.smu.edu

The Board of Advocates exists to preserve, nurture, and promote a culture of oral and written advocacy at the SMU Dedman School of Law. It accomplishes this by running on-campus competitions for BOA members and non-members, by supporting teams competing in off-campus competitions, and by facilitating student events, talks, and other learning opportunities.

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

Meetings occur weekly to biweekly--currently in the virtual format but hopefully soon in-person at the BOA Office.

Please join the BOA page for more information.

Website

Board of Advocates (BOA)
Chair Jacob Mathew jgmathew@smu.edu
Vice Chair Administration Autumn Keefer akeefer@smu.edu
Vice Chair On-Campus Blake Glatstein jglatstein@smu.edu
Vice Chair Off-Campus Mock Mark Streiff mstreiff@smu.edu
Vice-Chair of On-Campus Moot Angelique Lee ablee@smu.edu
Vice Chair Student Affairs Katherine Frisbie kfrisbie@smu.edu

The Christian Legal Society seeks to provide students with community and fellowship within the law school by organizing speakers, bible studies, service events, and other programs. 

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Weekly on Wednesdays during the lunch hour

Christian Legal Society (CLS)
President Nicole Lloanya niloanya@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Marisa Thompson mcthompson@smu.edu
Community Outreach Chair  Danielle Coleman colemand@mail.smu.edu

The Corporate Law Association (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. Throughout the school year, the CLA hosts a variety of events to give students insight into current trends and issues facing corporate lawyers. Additionally, the CLA aims to facilitate networking in an effort to create relationships that will allow students to connect with corporate law practitioners.

Are there any dues? Yes, $20 one-time dues.  Dues are used to put on educational and networking events for members.

Please join the Corporate Law Association page for more information.

Corporate Law Association
President Claire Fialcowitz cfialcowitz@smu.edu
VP of Communications Floy Gaidarski

fgaidarski@smu.edu

VP of Programs Jake Burton jwburton@smu.edu
VP of Membership Brylee Hendricks bhendricks@smu.edu
Treasurer Austin Gilleland abgilleland@smu.edu

The SMU Criminal Law Society's purpose is to promote all things criminal law. We are focused on providing our members with opportunities to learn about the several specialties within the criminal law umbrella. We hope to foster connections between our members and current prosecutors, defense attorneys, and appellate attorneys. Additionally, we seek to provide unique opportunities to see other aspects of the criminal justice system, such as touring local jails to gain a perspective of what criminal defendants face when navigating the system. 

Are there any dues? Our annual dues are $5.00. We use these funds to support our events throughout the semester.

When and where does this organization meet? We plan to have monthly meetings. Meeting location and times are TBD. Please join the SMU Criminal Law Society page for further information.

Criminal Law Society
President Patrick McGuire pgmcguire@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Madison George mlgeorge@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Alexis Fowler aefowler@smu.edu
Treasurer Mary Liz King maryk@smu.edu

Social Media/Merchandise Coordinator

Mary Grace McCartin

mmccartin@smu.edu

 3L Representative Tyler Richied trichied@smu.edu
 2L Representative Ashley Nandrasy anandrasy@smu.edu
 2L Representative Lindsey Pearson lrpearson@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.

Please join the SMU Energy Law Association page for more information.

Energy Law Association
President Will Farmer wfarmer@smu.edu
Vice President Layth Kal lkal@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 works to bring together students who are interested in learning about the field of Family Law. 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, 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.

Please join the Family Law Society page for more information.

Family Law Society
President Alexandra (Ally) Murphy allymurphy@smu.edu
Internal Vice President Christiane Kim minji@smu.edu
External Vice President Kayla Chowning
kchowning@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Mary Grace McCartin mmccartin@smu.edu
Treasurer Abigail Grieve agrieve@smu.edu
Dallas Bar Association Representative Diane Dimon  ddimon@smu.edu

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservative and libertarian lawyers and law students founded on the principles 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 SMU Federalist Society seeks to promote awareness and foster fair and open debate about these principles in the SMU Law School community and beyond. Every year, we host scholars, judges, and practitioners to debate and discuss a range of law and policy topics. Membership is open to all students. The Federalist Society is about ideas. We do not lobby for legislation, take policy positions, or endorse candidates for public office. Our members hold diverse and often conflicting views on a broad range of issues. 

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!

Please join the Federalist Society page for more information.

Federalist Society
President Alexa Acquista aacquista@smu.edu
Executive Vice President J.D. Rimann jrimann@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer  Nick Wilbur nwilbur@mail.smu.edu
Vice President of Membership Jake Lortz jlortz@mail.smu.edu
Vice President of Events Jacob Durst jjdurst@mail.smu.edu
Vice President of Communications Richard Friedl friedl@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. 

Monthly meetings TBD on Zoom.

Please join the Health Law Association page for more information.

Health Law Association
President Briggs Howe bchowe@smu.edu
Vice President Nellie Jaafar njaafar@smu.edu
Secretary Stephanie Zoys schurch@smu.edu
Treasurer Sara Steves sasteves@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.

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.

Please join the Hispanic Law Student Association page for more information.

Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA)
President  Crystal Guevara caguevara@smu.edu
Vice President                                                                                                           Alexus Esquibel                                            aesquibel@smu.edu       
Secretary  Alexis Cavazos cavazosa@smu.edu
Treasurer  Ryan Kemrite rkemrite@smu.edu
Community Coordinator Blanca Palomo bpalomo@smu.edu

The intent of the Horned Frog Legal Society (HFLS) is to provide a space for current and past students at the SMU Dedman School of Law to come together over their common enthusiasm for the TCU Horned Frogs.

Please join the Horned Frog Legal Society page for more information. 


 Horned Frog Legal Society
President Michael Romberger mromberger@smu.edu
Vice President Nicole Cox nicolecox@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 immigration 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 landscape. 

Are there any dues? $10

Where and when does this organization meet? Every other month, time and location to be determined!

Please join the Immigration Law Student Association page for more information. 

Immigration Law Student Association (ILSA)
President Barri Washington bawashington@mail.smu.edu
Vice President Crystal Guevara caguevara@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Gem Malooly gmalooly@mail.smu.edu
Secretary Shereen Baig sbaig@smu.edu
Community Coordinator Daniel Gonzales 

danielg@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! 

Please join the Intellectual Property Organization page for more information.

Intellectual Property Organization (IPO)
President Carter Kristek ckristek@smu.edu
Vice President Daniel Iliasevitch diliasevitch@smu.edu
Secretary Jacob Young jacoby@smu.edu
Treasurer Eugene Massad  emassad@smu.edu

ILRA members collectively edit and publish two American Bar Association publications, The International Lawyer and The Year in Review, in addition to individually writing two academic pieces on international law, a case note and a comment.

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Semesterly but the office has an open door policy

Please join the International Law Review Association page for more information.

International Law Review Association
President Lili McEntire lmcentire@smu.edu
Editor-in-Chief Mckenzie Trimble mltrimble@smu.edu
Managing Editor, The International Lawyer  Madie Arcemont marcemont@smu.edu
Managing Editor, The Year In Review Kyle Markwardt  kmarkwardt@smu.edu
Senior Case Note and Comment Editor  Paige Calabrese pcalabrese@smu.edu

 

The SMU International Law Society aims to connect law students to the international law network, to bring awareness to the issues facing the modern international law practice, and to educate our members about the various facets of practice in international law. 

Are there any dues?  $25 - networking events, panel lunches, supplies & programming as needed.

When and where does this organization meet? Member meetings = 1x a semester; events =2x a semester depending on availability.

Please join the International Law Society page for more information.

International Law Society
President Leela Orbidan  lorbidan@smu.edu
Vice President  Jamila Sanchez  jamilas@smu.edu
Secretary  Landon Dutra  ldutra@smu.edu
Treasurer  Michael Gawargi  mgawargi@smu.edu 

We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.

Please join the J. Reuben Clark Society page for more information.

J. Reuben Clark Society
President Jacob Osborn josborn@smu.edu

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 events throughout the year.

Please join the Jewish Law Student Association page for more information.

Jewish Law Student Association
President Haley Steinman hsteinman@smu.edu
Vice President Brent Rubin brubin@smu.edu
Treasurer Rob Shapiro rshapiro@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. 

When and where does this organization meet?  Monthly meetings

Please join the JD/MBA Society page for more information.

President                                                                                      Victoria Morris                                                                  tmorris@smu.edu                                                                                            
Vice President of Marketing and Communications Marie Watson mlwatson@smu.edu
 Vice President of Finance and Events Andrei Bucur abucur@mail.smu.edu

The Labor & Employment Law Association is an organization dedicated to preparing students for a well-connected career in labor & employment law. This is accomplished by putting students in contact with attorneys in all areas of labor & employment; introducing students to alternative careers in the field; and exploring the social issues that are essential for a successful practice. We aim to create a well-prepared and connected group that extends outside the walls of SMU.

When and where does this organization meet? Two meetings per semester. One social and one educational. Locations depend on COVID-19 restrictions.

Please join the Labor & Employment Association page for more information.

 Labor & Employment Association
President                                                                                                                Cole Davis                                              coled@smu.edu
Vice President Dorthy Lukens dlukens@smu.edu
Treasurer  Jamila Sanchez  jamilas@smu.edu
Secretary  Autumn Keefer akeefer@smu.edu
Event Chair Melissa Black  mrblack@smu.edu

Law Students for Life engages students in conversation about how to promote and support life at all stages. Law Students for Life is open to all law students willing to have honest and open dialogue.  

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Monthly meetings, announced at a later time.

Please join Law Students for Life page for more information.

Law Students for Life
Co-President William Milam  wmilam@mail.smu.edu
Co-President Marisa Thompson mcthompson@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!

Please join the If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice page for more information.

President                                                           Diana Dimon                                       ddimon@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


   
     
     

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
     

The SMU Muslim Law Students Association is a student-run organization that serves the unique interests and needs of Muslim law students through community-building, increased awareness of particular issues that impact Muslims, and through collaborations with other organizations dedicated to meaningful discourse. We will have educational and social events throughout the semester. Everyone is welcome!

Are there any dues? No

When and where does the organization meet?  Monthly meetings in the afternoon.

Please join the SMU Muslim Law Students Association page for more informaiton.

 

President                                                                                            Nellie Jaafar                                                           njaafar@mail.smu.edu                                                              
Vice President Shereen Baig sbaig@smu.edu
Secretary Carmel Abuzaid cabuzaid@smu.edu
Treasurer Hufsa Husain
hufsah@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.      

SMU OUTlaw 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.

OUTlaw works to enrich the SMU Dedman School of Law community by providing:

-Educational programs open to the entire student body;
-Career-related events linking students with the local Dallas legal community; and
-Social and small group events both on and off campus.

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Monthly, to be scheduled through communications on our member email list with additional events planned throughout the semester.

Please join the OUTLaw page for more information.

OUTLaw
President Alex Duncan asduncan@smu.edu
Vice President Doug Brown douglassb@smu.edu
Secretary Josh Dossey jjdossey@smu.edu
Treasurer Ahmad Awwal aawwal@mail.smu.edu
Director of OUTReach Sina Faizy  sfaizy@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? $10

Please join the Phi Delta Phi page for more information.

Phi Delta Phi
Magister John (J.D.) Rimann jrimann@smu.edu
Vice Magister Marisa Thompson  mcthompson@smu.edu
Treasurer Devon Poage dpoage@smu.edu
Clerk Hannah Choi hhchoi@smu.edu
Historian Patrick McCarthy  pmccarthy@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.     

Are there any dues? No!

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

 Real Estate Law Association
President                                                                                           Julianna Infanzon jinfanzon@smu.edu 
Vice President Stephanie Church schurch@smu.edu
Secretary  Kamden Florence kflorence@smu.edu 
Treasurer Austin Gilleland abgilleland@smu.edu

Red Raider Law Student Association

   
     

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 Sydney Hope scitech@mail.smu.edu
Managing Editor Marissa Spiwak stlrme@mail.smu.edu
Associate Managing Editor  Alanna Maza   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.   

The SMU Law Review Association (SMULRA) is a student-run organization responsible for publishing the SMU Law Review, the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, the SMU Annual Texas Survey, and the SMU Law Review Forum.

The SMU Law Review is the flagship legal journal at SMU. The journal typically publishes four issues annually focusing on a broad array of legal topics. The Journal of Air Law and Commerce is the preeminent journal in the field of aviation law and even ventures into the realm of aviation business. The SMU Annual Texas Survey focuses on recent evolutions in the State’s jurisprudence. The Forum was established in 2019 as a counterpart to the print SMU Law Review, and specializes in short-form, timely articles that are reviewed and published on an accelerated schedule. The student-members of the SMULRA participate in publishing each journal by soliciting submissions, selecting articles for publication, editing the articles, and distributing the completed journals to subscribers.

SMULRA also organizes and hosts two annual symposia: the Corporate Counsel Symposium and the Air Law Symposium. Students participate in the symposia by recruiting speakers, advertising and marketing the event, organizing Continuing Legal Education accreditation in all fifty states, running the pre- and post-event conferences, and overseeing the actual symposia.

 

SMU Law Review Association

President

Evan Rios emrios@smu.edu
SMU Editor-in-Chief  Laura Sundin lsundin@smu.edu
SMU Managing Editor Alexa Acquista   aacquista@smu.edu

JALC Editor-in-Chief 

Brooke Vaydik bvaydik@smu.edu
JALC Managing Editor  Sara Scully   sscully@smu.edu
Texas Survey Editor-in-Chief  Haley Caradonna hcaradonna@smu.edu
Online Executive Editor Christopher Thomson  cathomson@smu.edu 

SMU VLA strives to ensure that veterans and their families are supported by legal representation in all matters. VLA also supports legislation that benefits those who served to keep America's freedoms safe from those that would try to end them.

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!

Please join the SMU Veterans Law Association page 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

SALSA exists for three reasons. First, to increase the visibility of South Asian and Middle Eastern (SAME) culture on campus. Second, to advocate for increased professional and academic advancement opportunities for (SAME) students. Third, to create a conduit with the SAME legal community in Texas. This year, one of the organization's purposes involves setting up a South Asian Law Student Scholarship for one of our members who tragically died last year.

When and where does the organization meet? Meetings will be held biweekly to monthly, location and time TBD. Our members have varied interests and schedules and so flexibility is warranted in setting standards for organizational meetings.

Please join the South Asian Law Student Association page for more information.

South Asian Law Student Association
Executive Adam Kamal akamal@mail.smu.edu
Executive Anam Fazli afazli@mail.smu.edu
Executive Ali Qamar aqamar@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
     

One of our priorities at the State Bar of Texas 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 per year.  Member benefits: scholarships, discount, publications like the Texas Bar Journal, and interacting with local attorneys.

3L Representative                                                                      Angelique Lee                                                           ablee@smu.edu                                                  
2L Representative   Amber Ward wardaj@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 2020-2021 student officers and representatives are:


Student Bar Association Officers and Representatives

President

Ellie Smith

ersmith@smu.edu

Vice President

Alex Masotto

amasotto@smu.edu

Secretary

Ximena Lastra

xlastra@smu.edu

Treasurer

Brent Miles

bamiles@smu.edu

3L Rep

Vrinda Bhuta

vbhuta@smu.edu

3L Rep

Layth Kal

lkal@smu.edu

3L Rep

Diana Solano Florez

dsolanoflorez@smu.edu

2L Rep

Vrinda Bhuta

vbhuta@smu.edu

2L Rep

Layth Kal

lkal@smu.edu

2L Rep

Marisa Thompson

mcthompson@smu.edu

2L Rep

Madison Huerta

mlhuerta@smu.edu

1L Rep

1L Rep

Transfer Rep

LLM/SJD Rep

JD/MBA Rep

DAYL Rep

ABA Rep

DBA Rep

FBA Rep

TBA Rep

 

 

Student Bar Association Officers and Representatives

    Bar Review Chair

Jack Milligan

jmilligan@smu.edu

     Bar Review Chair

Clarissa Perez

clarissap@smu.edu

     Bar Review 

Layth Kal

lkal@smu.edu

Chili Cook-Off

Taylor Bell

bellt@smu.edu

Chili Cook-Off

Kaitlyn Thorson

kthorson@smu.edu

    Barrister's Ball

Raheela Ahsan

 rahsan@smu.edu

Barrister’s Ball

Marissa Spiwak

mspiwak@smu.edu

Barrister’s Ball

Bradleigh Bell

bjbell@smu.edu

    Crawfish Boil 

Christian Filsouf

cfilsouf@smu.edu

    Crawfish Boil 

Mary Liz King

maryk@smu.edu

    Crawfish Boil 

Savannah Mani

sseiler@smu.edu

    Crawfish Boil

Sara Steves

sasteves@smu.edu

    Election Chair

Vrinda Bhuta

vbhuta@smu.edu

    Graduation Party

Raheela Ahsan

rahsan@smu.edu

    Graduation Party

Madison White

madisonwm@smu.edu

    Graduation Party

Crystal Guevara

caguevara@smu.edu

    Public Relations

Sina Faizy

sfaizy@smu.edu

    Public Relations

Kate Bailey

Kebailey@smu.edu

    Sports Committee

Hayden Baird

Hjbaird@smu.edu

    Sports Committee

Nick DiMento

jdimento@smu.edu

    Sports Committee

Clay McMillan

Rcmcmillan@smu.edu

    Student Org Fair

Becca Shapiro

rsshapiro@smu.edu

    Student Org Fair

Mary Liz King

maryk@smu.edu

       Wellness Committee

Christian Filsouf

cfilsouf@smu.edu

       Wellness Committee

Sina Faizy

sfaizy@smu.edu

      Wellness Committee

Mary Liz King

maryk@smu.edu

   Wellness Committee

Raheela Ahsan

rahsan@smu.edu

     Wellness Committee

Savannah Mani

sseiler@smu.edu

      Wellness Committee

Sara Steves

sasteves@smu.edu

   Wellness Committee

Kaitlyn Thorson

kthorson@smu.edu

 


Student Bar Association Mentorship Program
Co-Director    
Co-Director    
Co-Director    

The Tax Law Society ("TLS") seeks to bring together members of the SMU Law community who are interested in tax law. TLS organizes events—aimed at strengthening students' understanding of tax law— where individuals from the policy world, academia, and the private sector can share their views on current tax law issues. Additionally, the organization helps students learn about the practice of tax law by connecting students with local tax attorneys and promoting awareness of professional tax law opportunities in the Dallas community.

Are there any dues? No!

When and where does this organization meet? Meetings and events are announced via our e-mail list. For more information about TLS or to be added to our mailing list, please contact our president: Emily Dace (edace@smu.edu)

Please join the Tax Law Society page for more information.

Tax Law Society
President Emily Dace  edace@smu.edu
Vice President

Jiaqi ("Athena") Li

 lijiaqi@smu.edu
Treasurer  Virginia Karnes  jkarnes@smu.edu
Secretary   Diana Solano Florez  dsolanoflorez@smu.edu
Director of Development
Alexandra Duncan   asduncan@smu.edu
Director of Outreach  Hector Alvarez  halvarez@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.

We have a table in the Pit T-Th, typically between 10 am and 4 pm.

Themis Bar Review

Director for Texas Kimberly Wolenberg kimberly.wolenberg@themisbar.com
Student Representative Madie Arcemont marcemont@smu.edu
Student Representative Danielle Coleman colemand@smu.edu
Student Representative Josh Dossey
jjdossey@smu.edu
Student Representative  Chloé Farrar cfarrar@smu.edu
Student Representative
Courtney Hall courtneyh@smu.edu
Student Representative Elishiba Maina  emaina@smu.edu
Student Representative
Lili McEntire lmcentire@smu.edu 

Women in Law (WIL) is a student organization that strives to increase career, mentoring, and networking opportunities for all women at SMU Dedman School of Law.

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

When does this organization meet? Usually just one or two general meeting per semester and a big fall and spring event.

Please join the Women in Law page for more information.

Women in Law
President Monica Rodriguez rodriquezms@smu.edu
VP Programs Alexus Esquibel aesquibel@smu.edu
Assistant VP Programs Kathrine Maldonado Sanchez kmaldonado@smu.edu
Development Director Courtney Hall courtneyh@mail.smu.edu
Assistant Development Director Danika Lopez danikal@smu.edu
Communications Director Marissa Spiwak rodriguezms@mail.smu.edu
Treasurer Mary Alexander mmalexander@mail.smu.edu
Public Service Director Eniya Richardson elrichardson@smu.edu
Technology Director Mackezie Malloy mhmalloy@smu.edu