Student Organizations

sba-of-the-year-2018.jpgStudents at the College of Law are committed to achieving excellence in law school, and their contributions are critical to the school's intellectual and social life. The numerous student-run organizations and journals attest to their drive, energy and ambition. Below is a list of our existing student organizations and their contact information. In some cases, links are available to web pages created and maintained by the student organizations.

The College of Law also has several co-curricular organizations including the Florida State University Law Review, the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law, the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy as well as Moot Court and Trial Team programs. More information on our co-curricular programs can be found here.

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Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (AIRR)

Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (AIRR) is committed to fighting for the human rights of all people. AIRR's work centers around educating people about the injustices that immigrants face, such as the separation of families. AIRR proudly works with statewide and national groups to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the DREAM Act. AIRR also serves as a forum for students interested in immigration law. AIRR coordinates volunteering opportunities with non-profit immigration law firms to help students fulfill their pro-bono requirement.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Sophie Luchin
Secretary - Eddie Brower
Treasurer - Margeling Santiago
1L Rep - TBD
LL.M. Rep - TBD
Community Outreach Chair - Daniela Donoso

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The Florida State Law chapter of The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) provides a forum to educate students and members of the community about fundamental civil liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution and to promote the protection of those civil liberties. Our members are involved with local, state and national ACLU chapters to assist these chapters' efforts and to gain pro bono and internship experience. The national network of the ACLU is our nation’s leading guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. As our society continues to wrestle with the age-old problems of racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance and censorship of unpopular speech, the ACLU’s mission remains realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for all and expanding the reach of its guarantees to new areas.

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Bianca Baez
Vice President - Maria Walts
Treasurer - Giselle Justo
Secretary - TBD
Marketing Chair - TBD

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American Constitution Society (ACS)

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.  These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history.  As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.

In recent years, an activist conservative legal movement has gained influence – eroding these enduring values and presenting the law as a series of sterile abstractions. This new orthodoxy, which threatens to dominate our courts and our laws, does a grave injustice to the American vision.

The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Will Smith
Vice President - Jonathan Marcelo
Treasurer - Jennifer Mosquera
Secretary - Olivia Cato
Membership Chair - Kody Glazer
Membership Chair - Ashley Watson
1L Rep - Chelsea Cabrera
1L Rep - Brian Maki
1L Rep - Robert Walters

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Animal Legal Defense Fund

To provide a forum for education, advocacy and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, raising the profile of the field of animal law. The FSU Law Chapter is one of 161 around the country.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Laurel Tallent
Vice President - Cailynn Houlihan 
Treasurer - Christina Behan
Secretary - Eddie Brower
Fundraising Coordinator - Amanda Varrone
Pro Bono and Volunteering Coordinator - Ashley Englund
FSU Law Chair - Jasmine Henry
Public Relations Chair - Ashley Hall
Education Coordinator - Alex Villoria  
Mentor Chair - Young Kang
ALDF Chair - Jessica Emeline
ALDF Chair - Chelsi Straubinger

Asian Law and Culture Association (ALCA)

Asian Law and Culture Association aims to help foster diversity in the Tallahassee professional community.

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Michelle Covin
Vice President - Paul Parton
Secretary - Rose Rosas
Treasurer - Brody Martin

Association for Criminal Justice

The Association for Criminal Justice exposes students to practical topics in the criminal justice system. The organization shall introduce students to criminal law matters from judicial, prosecutorial and defense perspectives.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Alejandra De La Fuente
External Vice President - Karina Flores
Internal Vice President - Alexis Wilt
Treasurer - Lauren Brooker
Secretary - Dayna Maeder
Alumni Coordinator - Erik Pozek
Activities Coordinator - Samantha Lowe
Fundraising Coordinator - Amanda Varrone

Aviation & Space Law Society

The mission of the Aviation & Space Law Society is to introduce law students to current issues, important topics, exciting opportunities, and careers in aviation and space law. The Aviation & Space Law Society welcomes all students to learn more about these dynamic practice areas.

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Johana Nieves
Vice President of Aviation - Brent Marshall
Vice President of Space - Grey Dodge
Secretary - Sahana Sanna
Treasurer - Justin Scott
3L Rep - Michael Hoffman
2L Rep - Heather Wolfe

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

The Delores Poindexter Auzenne Chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Florida State Law exists to promote a more balanced and perfect union among all law students; to assist in the matriculation of BLSA members at the College of Law; and to enhance the social, intellectual and spiritual lives of BLSA members, the Florida State Law body and the community-at-large.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Maria'h Givens
Vice President - Freddelle Mernard
Treasurer - Marlena Simon
Secretary - Jada Rhoulac
Member-at-Large - Caron Byrd
Community Service Chair - Oluremi Abiodun
Financial Secretary - Julisa Renaud
Social Justice Chair - Chad Sinckler

Business Law Society (BLS)

The BLS is a student-run organization dedicated to promoting social and academic interaction among Florida State University College of Law students interested in the various aspects of business, corporate and financial law. The goal of the BLS is to enhance the legal education of our members and to promote an interdisciplinary curriculum in business, corporate and financial law that builds upon the resources of Florida State University College of Law and provide students with unique opportunities to interact with various legal practitioners in the community, faculty and staff, and local corporate counsel.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Emily Margaret Burns
Vice President - Lyndsey Fuller
Treasurer - Trent Allard
Secretary - Lex McPherson
Activities Chair - Machaella Reisman
J.D./M.B.A. Liaison - Mac Hudson
2L Rep - Ashley Navarrete

Christian Legal Society

The mission of this CLS student chapter is to maintain a vibrant Christian Law Fellowship at Florida State Law, which enables its members, individually and as a group, to love the Lord with their whole beings — hearts, souls and minds — and to love their neighbors as themselves. In accomplishing this mission, this chapter focuses on: cultivating spiritual growth through communal prayer, fellowship and worship; showing the love of Christ to the campus community and the community at large by proclaiming the gospel in word and in deed; and addressing the question, "What does it mean to be a Christian in law?," that is, learning to submit every aspect of one's calling in the legal profession to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Collin Phillips
Vice President - Nick Cleary
Secretary/Treasurer - Hunter Pratt

Cuban American Bar Association (CABA)

The mission and purpose of CABA FSU LAW is to provide opportunities for student members to engage with legal professionals, further networking opportunities for members with local professionals in all areas of legal practice, and educate members about career opportunities within the Cuban Community. New networking and potential career opportunities will be created by hosting networking events through the Cuban American Bar Association, or “parent organization”, inviting guest speakers to come to the school, and offering mentoring opportunities for all students, providing more internships and job opportunities, as well as professional development and job development through OCI. These will be some of the main goals of the organization with the participation of CABA members throughout South Florida and the rest of the United States.

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Victoria Suarez
Internal Vice-President - Nick Rodriguez
External Vice-President - Paige Farach
Treasurer - Jorge Torres
Secretary - Alexis Rodriguez
1L Rep - Raul Alvarez
1L Rep - Elizabeth Bradford 

cabafsulaw@gmail.com

Democratic Law Students Association

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Kody Glazer
VP of External Affairs - Bianca Baez Pearson
VP of Internal Affairs - Jill Bowen
Treasurer - Race Frederick
Secretary - Elizabeth Buchanan

Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Society

To promote and support interest in the current issues affecting entertainment and sports law, and to establish and cultivate networks within this specialized legal community for the purpose of providing interested Florida State Law students with access to information regarding the availability of professional opportunities.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Mitchell Custer 
Vice President - Alan LaCerra
Secretary - Viktor Lyusi
Treasurer - Lyndsey Fuller
Competition Co-Chair - Ryan Dyson
Competition Co-Chair - Alexa McPherson 

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) provides a forum to address key environmental law issues on the local, state and federal levels, as well as functioning as a group available to participate in local environmental cleanups and fund raisers. ELS provides its members with opportunities to travel to national environmental law conferences and to make contact with state and local environmental employers through pro bono and internship opportunities.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Kevin Porter 
Vice President - Lindsay Card
Treasurer - Steven Kahn 
Secretary - Taylor Schock 
Mentor Chair - Anastacia Pirrello

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society is a non-partisan organization dedicated to fostering balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of freedom, federalism, and the role of the judiciary. The Federalist Society seeks to educate the legal community through its programs and publications about how limited constitutional government based on the rule of law can have a positive effect on law and public policy.

2018-19 Executive Board

Co-President - Paige Farach
Co-President - Darrell Garvey
Vice President - Elizabeth Bradford  
Treasurer - Emily Burns
Secretary - Timothy Seiler
Membership Chair - Trent Allard

Florida Justice Association - Florida State University Section

The organization’s purpose is to strengthen and uphold Florida's civil justice system and protect the rights of Florida's citizens and consumers. To that end, we seek to foster the career and personal development of Florida's future legal leaders through continuing legal education, and promotion of our core values (excellence, integrity, academic scholarship, and diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints). The mission of our chapter is to support the professional development of law school students through networking, career fairs and internship opportunities, free CLE events, free trial lawyer seminars, speaking and panel events, and mentorship. FJA@FSU: Dedicated to justice and the citizens of Florida!

2018-19 Executive Board

Chair - Brandon Gamble
Co-Chair - Samantha Wushke

FSU Business Review

The purpose of the Business Review is to provide a scholarly forum for contemporary legal discourse and to address the issues and concerns transforming the business community.

2018-19 Executive Board

Editor-in-Chief - Amy Bhatt
Executive Editor - Andrew Barondess
Executive Editor - Christina Behan
Executive Editor - Emily Burns
Managing Editor - Jessica Anderson
Writing & Research Editor - Kelsey Anthofer
Senior Article Selection Editor - Deborah Huveldt
Articles and Notes Editor - Sarah Carter
Articles and Notes Editor - Erica Gloyd
Articles and Notes Editor - Nicole Molner
Articles and Notes Editor - John Riveras
Articles and Notes Editor - Carly Simpson
Articles and Notes Editor - Victoria Stanisauskis

Haitian-Caribbean Law Students Association

The purpose of this organization shall be to address issues of concern to the Caribbean culture and to foster a relationship between the Caribbean community and the Tallahassee community at large.

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Rodney Ulysse
Vice President - Julisa Renaud
Treasurer - Markendia Geffrard
Secretary - Malasia McDuffie
Outreach Chair- Young Kang
Social Chair- Christina Henry

Health Law Society

We are a newly re-founded non-political student organization dedicated to encouraging understanding and growth in the interrelationships of the legal and medical fields. We promote exploration of different areas of the health law field, and seek to assist students in understanding these various areas. We are working to set up interaction and networking opportunities with students and professionals in both law and medicine in order to promote greater understanding of this growing profession. 

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Eleanor Sills
Vice President - Shannon Anderson
Treasurer - Taylor Fleming 
Secretary - Bailey Rider
Activities Coordinator - Skye Esry

Intellectual Property Law Society

The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) is an organization of law students interested in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, ecommerce, and Internet law. Our mission is to encourage and facilitate student excellence in the field of intellectual property through 1) maintaining a network of interaction between students and local practitioners and alumni, 2) creating awareness of intellectual property trends that have a state, national, and global impact, and 3) helping students with and without technical backgrounds find a niche within one of the many growing trends within intellectual property law.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Kathryn Judson
Vice President - Alex Card
Treasurer - Carlos Gomez
Secretary - Lindsay Card
Conference, Competition & Scholarship Chair - Deborah Huveldt

International Law Students Association

The purpose of the Florida State International Law Students Association (ILSA) is to educate the university community about the increasing relevance of international law to the environment, human rights, world peace, business and trade. ILSA sponsors speakers from around the world on various pertinent topics related to international law. ILSA also provides information regarding study abroad programs, foreign internships and career opportunities in international law. To promote the understanding of different cultures, ILSA sponsors cultural events, such as the annual Around the World Dinner. All Florida State Law students are invited to join ILSA.  

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Eduardo Morles
Vice President - Ashley Hamill
Treasurer - Johnny ElHachem
Secretary - TBD

Law School Council

The purpose of LSC is to represent Law School registered student organizations (RSOs) before all budgetary committees of SGA and the Congress of Graduate Students, to sub-allocate funds to Law School RSOs, and to monitor and coordinate the budget activities of the various Law School RSOs.  LSC is comprised of seven law students elected as Members-at-Large by the Law School Student Body.

2017-18 Organization Leaders

Chair - Jill Bowen
Board Member - Austin Engelbrecht
Board Member - Jordan Lulich
Board Member - Jonathan Marcelo
Board Member - Brent Marshall
Board Member - Dominique Mortimer
Board Member - Lilly Sharpe

Lawyers for Communal Knowledge (LUCK)

LUCK is an RSO created to introduce students to practical applications of law in real jurisdictions in order to develop a stronger sense of what the law is. This creation comes with it a duty, to bring back said knowledge and share it amongst our fellow students and all who care to listen. This is how we will best prepare our members to develop intangible skills which shall make them the most competitive in the industry and prepare them to run the world.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Walker Smith
Treasurer - Roxy Marrese

LitiGATORS

The purpose of the LitiGators is to provide a community of support to aid in the transition of former University of Florida students to Florida State University College of Law by providing a social network, networking opportunities, hosting philanthropic events and assisting the Florida State University College of Law in its recruitment efforts. 

For more information please visit our Facebook page.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - McLane Edwards
Vice President - Ryan Dyson
Treasurer - Samantha Lowe
Secretary - Breanna Raspopovich
Social Chair - Ben Taylor
Alumni Outreach - Evan Drake
3L Rep - Mitchell Custer
2L Rep - Trevor Mylin

Nontraditional Student Association

The purpose of the Nontraditional Students Association is to provide members with an active support network that recognizes their unique circumstances. We strive to promote personal well-being, host educational and social events, provide networking opportunities and coordinate with other student organizations.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Deborah Huveldt
Vice President - Stefanie-Jo Osborn
Treasurer - Ethan Katz
Secretary - Sarah Carter

OUTLaw

OUTLaw seeks to provide a platform for all students to learn about the legal issues facing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. OUTLaw sponsors events throughout the year to increase awareness of issues and to foster discussion of the current state of LGBTQ law at the national, state and local levels. OUTLaw is committed to working with allied organizations on campus to better the Florida State community and ensure that LGBTQ students are treated with the same respect as the student body as a whole. OUTLaw also exists to help students connect with the LGBTQ community in Tallahassee. We welcome and encourage all law students to joint OUTLaw, regardless of orientation and gender.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Eddie Brower
Vice President - Alan LaCerra
Secretary - Deborah Huveldt
Treasurer - Adam Wood

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta is an organization dedicated to service. It helps student members by providing networking opportunities and resources for jobs, as well as by providing educational resources.

2018-19 Executive Board

Justice - Chelsea Cabrera
Vice President - Victoria Stanisauskis 
Clerk/Secretary - Ethan Katz
Treasurer - Joshua Funderburke
Marshall - Heather Raya

Phi Delta Phi

Phi Delta Phi founded in 1869, the oldest national association in the legal profession, is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics and culture.  The purpose of this organization is to promote the advancement of the highest intellectual, professional, and ethical standards within the Florida State University College of Law community and the surrounding area and within the legal profession. To this end, Ladd Inn hereby establishes itself as an honor fraternity requiring all new initiates to possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 80 on the 100-point scale.  It shall be the responsibility of this Inn and the charge of each of its members to seek excellence in all scholastic and ethical endeavors undertaken towards achieving this worthy goal.

2018-19 Executive Board

Magister/President - Taylor Byrd
Vice Magister/Vice President - Shannon Anderson
Treasurer - Cecilia Orozco
Secretary - Miqolae Smith
Historian - Cailynn Houlihan

Public Interest Law Students Association (PILSA)

Public Interest Law Students Association (PILSA) is committed to promoting pro bono and community service as well as helping students who wish to work in public interest law. It encourages all law students to make public interest a part of their careers.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Tessa Wagoner
Vice President - Hana Bilicki
Secretary - Caitlin Williams
Activities Chair - Steven Kahn
Treasurer - Caron Byrd

Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Society at FSU

The purpose of this organization is to provide a forum for students of the Florida State University College of Law to discuss issues pertaining to the field of Real Property, Probate, and Trust law. It will allow students to network with attorneys, both local and otherwise, and will help students to learn about opportunities and advancements within the fields.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Elise Berry
Real Property Vice President - Race Smith
Probate and Trust Vice President - Sydney Mann
Treasurer - Sam Houston
Secretary - Sarah Carter

Student Bar Association

SBA serves as the representative of the College of Law student body to discover and manifest its collective desires, to secure the benefits of mutual association, and to further the legal, academic, and social interests of its members and the College of Law. FSU Law Student Bar Association's main goal is to improve the overall quality of life for all students attending Florida State University College of Law. SBA offers the perfect opportunity to become involved in an organization that is constantly working to make the experience at FSU Law more enjoyable, rewarding, and fun. Further, SBA offers countless opportunities to become engaged and enjoy extracurricular activities while benefiting FSU Law and the Tallahassee community.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Cecilia Orozco
Vice President/ABA Rep - Hillary Thornton
Secretary - Breanna Raspopovich
Treasurer - Kaitlyn Kelley
3L Rep - Brandon Sapala

fsusba@gmail.com

Student Veterans Law Symposium

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Katie Ricci
Vice President - Patrick McDonough
Treasurer - Sara Dextre Korkuc
Secretary - Monica Eichner
JAG Liason - Cailynn Houlihan
Public Affairs - Ken Lam
1L Rep - Casey Aranzado
1L Rep - Andrew Jordan

Sustainable Law Society

Sustainable challenges are complex and demand a continuously developing approach. Sustainable Law Society is dedicated to continuing to support and expand a sustainable campus at Florida State University College of Law. Our goal is to provide students, faculty, and staff with knowledge and sustainable habits that they can use on and off campus. Sustainability initiatives focus on operating efficient buildings, reducing waste and encouraging individual behavior change through education. Sustainable Law Society will work with students, alumni, student organizations, faculty, and staff to generate new ideas and solutions to real-world challenges on campus and within the local community.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Laurel Tallent
Vice President - Ashley Englund
Treasurer - Savannah Brown
Secretary - Daniel Gordon
Activities Coordinator - Madeline Kalus
1L Rep - Corie Posey

The Florida Bar YLD - Law Students Division

The mission of the Law Student Division of The Florida Bar (LSD) is to assist The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in furthering the goals of The Florida Bar and to serve as liaisons for networking opportunities between law students and Florida attorneys. The LSD is designed to encourage interest in, and participation by, Division members in the purposes of the YLD. The LSD connects law students to YLD members through a variety of activities and projects designed to be of interest and assistance to Division members, and engages in such activities that tend to further the best interest of the legal profession.

2018-19 FSU Board of Governors

President - Taylor Fleming
Vice President- Luke Waldron

Transfer Student Organization (TSO)

The purpose of the Florida State Law Transfer Student Organization (TSO) is to help facilitate a smooth transition for new transfer students. This organization is open to the entire Florida State Law student body. TSO will help all transfers become acclimated with Florida State Law, Tallahassee and the local legal community. It is important to the TSO executive board to help new students with any questions or concerns they may have that are different than their previous schools.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Gus Arvelo
Vice President - Gene White
Secretary - Emina Sehovic
Social Affairs Chair - Elisibeth Davenport
Treasurer - Alex Bowen
VP of Development - Alex Card

UKnight at FSU Law

UKnight at FSU Law is an organization within the law school that connects UCF Alumni within the local area and the UCF alumni within FSU Law.  This organization hopes to strengthen our connection with other alumni.  UKnight at FSU Law will offer networking events to its current members.  Within these networking socials, UCF Alumni within the surrounding areas will be invited to connect with current FSU Law students. 

2017-18 Executive Board

President - Brent Marshall
Vice President - Florencia Garcia Bahamonde
Secretary - Katie Jackson
Treasurer - Jill Bowen
Alumni/Event Coordinator - Savannah Brown 
Alumni/Event Coordinator - Laurel Tallent
1L Rep/Membership - Amber Jackson

Women's Law Symposium

WLS is dedicated to promoting the status of women in the legal community. WLS provides a forum for the discussion of issues concerning legal education and provides program to advance and assist students throughout their law school career, including networking with local attorneys and other leadership opportunities.  WLS also actively participates in charitable and voluntary causes in the community, as well as sponsors annual philanthropic events within the law school community.

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Katie Mesa
Internal Vice President - Meaghan Maus
External Vice President - Dayna Maeder 
Secretary - Elisabeth Avilla
Treasurer - Melody Deatherage
Activities Co-Director - Emily Michel
Activities Co-Director - Sydney Mann