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Student Organizations

Memphis Law has a number of active student organizations. Each organization is listed below with contact information. Throughout a student’s law school career many find it extremely beneficial to be a part of one or a few student organizations. Please click here for the comprehensive Law School Student Organization Directory. 


Association for Women Attorneys
President: Gina Garner

The Association for Women Attorneys student chapter is an organization dedicated to promoting the interests, education, and advancements of women attorneys.  Along with the AWA professional chapter, the AWA student chapter regularly coordinates scholarship opportunities, speaking engagements, and meetings for members.  Please contact the Memphis Chapter of the AWA or memphisawa@yahoo.com for further information.


Black Law Students Association
President: Jayniece Higgins

Founded in 1966, the Black Law Students Association seeks to promote the professional needs of African-American law students through promoting professional competence and increasing awareness of the needs of the African American community.  For further information, please contact The National BLSA.


Christian Legal Society
President: Abby Mabry

The Christian Legal Society is a non-denominational national organization dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and committed to offering law from a balanced, Christian perspective.  Society activities include monthly meetings, guest speakers, and annual barbeques that provide further opportunities for Christian fellowship.  For further information, please contact The Christian Legal Society


Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
President: Rob Clapper 

The Federalist Society is a group composed of conservatives and libertarians interested in promoting awareness of Federalist policies, including separation of powers, state-centered power, and judiciary say-so in law.  Please see The Federalist Society for further information.  


Health Law Society
President: J. Lauren Ball

The Health Law Society (“HLS”) is dedicated to exploring the intersection between medical health care and the judicial system. The HLS examines not only the traditional areas of health law, but also delves deeper into local and national health policy concerns. The HLS strives to enhance the experience and knowledge of its members and the entire Memphis law community.


Honor Council
Chief Justice:  James Cobb 

The legal profession is a self-regulated profession; meaning judges and lawyers determine their own professional standards and enforce them. That tradition of self-regulation starts in the law school with the Honor Code and Honor Council. The Honor Code is a code of professional and academic standards.  The Honor Council enforces the Honor Code.  The Honor Council is composed of eleven law students elected by the student body.  The Honor Council investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of the Honor Code.  All first-year law students will take an oath at law school orientation to honor the values reflected in the Code.

More detailed information about the Honor Code can be found in the Academic Regulations and on the Honor Council homepage here


International Law Students Association
President:  Hasan Hamadeh  

The International Law Students Association is committed to educating students and lawyers, from all over, in the principles and purposes of international law, international organizations and institutions, and comparative legal systems.  We hope to achieve this by encouraging communication among students and lawyers from different parts of the world,  promoting international understanding and cooperation, and by advancing the legal education of members in general.  We also strive to provide opportunities for law students and lawyers to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a system of critical dialogue and international cooperation. 


The University of Memphis Law Review
Editor-in-Chief: Kyle Cummins

The Law Review is a student publication committed to producing a scholarly, legal journal. All of the articles published in the journal are selected by students and edited by students. The notes and comments selected for publication are also written and edited by students. The goal is to provide a publication that will benefit practitioners, judges, professors, students, and others that use this journal in their practice, on the bench, in the classroom, or in their legal research. 


Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ)
President: Kaleigh Rose Thacker

LSRJ is a non-partisan, non-profit, national network of law students and lawyers. This organization believes that reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide whether, when, and how to have and parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence.  LSRJ works to educate law students and members of the general public about reproductive justice issues. This organization invites guest speakers, hosts panel discussions and coordinates with other RSOs and organizations in the community. Please see lsrj.org for further information.


Memphis Association of Law and Business 
President: Andrew M. Horvath

The Memphis Association of Law and Business is the premier student group addressing legal issues that affect the business community. MALB provides a forum for students and the business community to explore issues at the convergence of law and business.  Through MALB students are able to pursue interests in business, network with members of the business community, and build relationships with students and faculty at the Fogelman School of Business. MALB regularly hosts lectures, panels, and other special events.


Mental Health Law & Policy Journal
Editor-in-Chief: Caroline Sapp

The objective of the Journal is to provide a unique scholarly publication dedicated to mental health law and policy that will foster dialogue and debate on a wide range of critical issues that have often gone under-addressed in the law.


Moot Court Board
Chief Justice: Lee Whitwell

The Moot Court Board is dedicated to recognizing, coordinating and fostering excellence in both the appellate and trial advocacy.  Duties of the Board include advertising, organizing, and coordinating all intraschool competitions.  


National Lawyer's Guild 
Co-Chairs:  Charles Al-Bawi and Roger Allen Porter 

The National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter at Memphis Law aspires to facilitate the discussion of many current issues while ensuring that multiple perspectives of a given issue are heard. The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.  Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.   


Outlaw
President:  Logan Klass

OUTLAW is a law student organization geared specifically towards gay, bisexual, lesbian, and trans-gendered legal issues.  The Gay-Straight Alliance promotes equality and civil rights while maintaining visibility in the Memphis legal community as a resource for the gay population.  For more information, please contact the Human Rights Campaignwebsite or the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center


Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Chapter Justice: Jonathan Street

With over 300,000 members, Phi Alpha Delta is the nation’s largest co-ed professional law fraternity.  It exists to promote the welfare of each member as well as the community by fostering lasting relationships between teachers and students of law, promoting the ideals of liberty and equal justice under the law, stimulating excellence in scholarship, inspiring virtues of compassion and courage, and fostering integrity and professional competence.  For further information, please visit Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity’s national website.


Public Action Law Society
President: Holly Palmer

The Public Action Law Society (PALS) at the University of Memphis is a student-led organization that seeks to promote volunteerism, community service, and a pattern of activities that will instill in participants a desire to continue in pro bono work after becoming attorneys.  PALS coordinates volunteers for a number of different organizations.  Volunteers are connected to community service organizations that match the students’ interests and abilities.


Student Bar Association
President: Christopher Tutor 

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is dedicated to connecting all University of Memphis School of Law students into one body to foster fellowship and cooperation as well as advance the aims and purposes of the School of Law.  Duties of the association include creating forums to resolve student issues, plan students activities, and partner with other university departments for the advancement of common interests.  All students enrolled in the School of Law are automatically members of the SBA. 


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