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Alternative Dispute Resolution Society

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Society (ADRS) is a student-run organization that promotes the development of arbitration and mediation skills for Richmond Law students and the legal community. Intra-scholastic mediation and arbitration competitions provide a forum for students to develop alternative dispute resolution skills and those advancing to become ADR Board Members may go on to represent the University of Richmond in national and international competitions. The ADRS also hosts annual forums to introduce the community to the growing importance of the alternatives to traditional litigation.

President: Clay Clifton

Website: lawstudent.richmond.edu/adr

Animal Law Society

The Animal Law Society at the University of Richmond is a student-run organization that aims to advance the legal interests of animals. We work through local advocacy, efforts to expand practical legal education, and the promotion of scholarship and critical thinking on animal concerns.

President: Jacob Samuelson

American Bar Association Student Division
vice President: Dustin Knight
American Constitution Society

Richmond Law's chapter of the American Constitution Society, a national organization of law students, law professors, and practicing lawyers that seeks to transform the conservative vision of American law today to one that promotes fundamental principles of respect for human dignity, protection of individual rights and liberties, genuine equality and everyone's access to justice.

President: Matthew Schmitt

Website: www.acslaw.org

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association promotes the welfare of its members and the school through educational, professional, and cultural programs pertaining to local and national Asian-American issues. It provides a social and academic network for its members, creates a more diverse educational environment, and is open to all law students.

President: Chris Doyle

Black Law Students Association

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) serves as a strong basis for academic support and professional networking. Through these objectives, we hope to make the law school program a learning experience outside the classroom and to equip students with the necessary tools to make a difference once law school has been completed.

President: Sarah Meredith

Website: lawstudent.richmond.edu/blsa

Christian Law Fellowship

The Christian Law Fellowship is a non-denominational fellowship centered around the person of Jesus of Nazareth. CLF exists to provide support, encouragement, fellowship and prayer for those dedicated to, or interested in learning more about the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. CLF also has a strong community service focus and offers volunteer opportunities in the Richmond area throughout the year with groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Angel Tree, etc.

President: Donald Harrison

Client Counseling and Negotiation Board

The Client Counseling and Negotiation Board organizes intra and interschool competitions. It most recently hosted the National Environmental Negotiation Competition, which was attended by teams from schools throughout the country.

President: Amanda Bird

Website: lawstudent.richmond.edu/ccnb

Council on Law and Economics

The goal of the Richmond Council on Law and Economics is to promote the understanding and dissemination of the economic approach to law, specifically in the Virginia legislature. It supports research and learning by law and business students and organizes events and activities in the Richmond area.

President: Danielle Jones


Criminal Law & Justice Society
President: Chris Daniels
Environmental Law Society

The Richmond Environmental Law Society is a student organization dedicated to learning about and raising awareness of legal issues in the growing field of environmental law. Group activities include events with speakers, social activities, and fundraisers to raise money for local environmental organizations.

President: Ryan Suit

Equality Alliance

Equality Alliance at Richmond Law offers a forum in which LGBT students and their allies can face social, political, and educational challenges with the appropriate resources and support. We hope to create a safe space for advocacy, awareness, education, and empowerment.

President: Ted Fort

Website: lawstudent.richmond.edu/equalityalliance/wordpress

Federalist Society

Founded in 1982, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is 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 it should be. President Ronald Reagan said: "The Federalist Society is changing the culture of our nation's law schools. You are returning the values and concepts of law as our founders understood them to scholarly dialogue, and through that dialogue, to our legal institutions." The Richmond Law chapter works to create a forum on campus to debate and discuss the central tenets of the Federalist Society.  Many of our events are open to the public. We are a non-exclusive organization, so any member of the student body may join, regardless of political persuasion. For more information, please go to our Facebook group.

President: Andrew Hemby

Honor Council

The Honor Council adjudicates claims of misconduct under the Law School Honor Code. The Grievance Committee is responsible for investigating and prosecuting Honor Court cases. Members of the Student Advocate Corps are available to provide a defense for the accused student. If a claim of misconduct goes to trial, the Honor Court determines guilt or innocence and, in the event of a guilty verdict, imposes sanctions pursuant to the Code. Justices of the Honor Court, along with members of the Grievance Committee and the Student Advocate Corps are elected by the student body.

Chief Justice: Alanna Trivelli

Website: lawstudent.richmond.edu/honorcouncil/

Human Rights Coalition
President: Emily Bowles
International Law Society

The International Law Society, a chapter of the International Law Students Association (ILS) is a global association of students and young lawyers dedicated to the study and promotion of international law. Generally concentrating on international and transnational law, our mission is to promote awareness, study and understanding of international law and related issues. The ILS seeks to encourage communication and cooperation among law students internationally and at home. We also strive to increase opportunities to learn about other cultures, business, and legal systems worldwide, and publicize career opportunities in international law. ILS sponsors the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which is the largest moot court competition in the world, with over 90 countries participating.

President: Heidi Drauschak

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

An organization for Latter Day Saints law students.

Vice President: Steven Conklin

Jewish Law Students Association

The University of Richmond Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a cultural, social, educational, and religious organization of University of Richmond students, staff, and faculty advisors who share an interest in Jewish legal issues, socio-political concerns, and in meeting the needs and interests of Jewish law students at University of Richmond. The JLSA strives to enhance the law school experience of its Members by providing programming and encouraging students to make an enduring commitment to Judaism, professionalism, and the community.

President: Cole Dadswell

Website: lawstudent.richmond.edu/jlsa/

McNeill Law Society

The McNeill Law Society consists of second and third year law students who are in the top ten percent of their respective classes, according to GPA.  Each fall, a panel of McNeill members offers study advice to first year students.  Each spring, McNeill holds a writing competition to promote legal scholarship at the law school.

Chancellor: Kaitlyn Potter

Moot Court Board

Richmond's moot court activities allow students to test their research, brief-writing and trial and appellate advocacy skills. Students participate in intra-school tournaments that lead to membership on the Moot Court Board and on teams that represent the Law School in regional and national competitions.

President: Brandon Bybee

Website: lawstudent.richmond.edu/mootcourt

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)

Phi Alpha Delta is an International Law Fraternity helping law students and lawyers network and gain professional skills. PAD also works with the pre-law chapters to help them prepare for law school.

President: Lindsay Lehmen

Phi Delta Phi

Phi Delta Phi (PDP), established in 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics, is the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States. The Madison Inn at the University of Richmond was founded in 1962 and is proud to continue our active involvement in all areas of the law school today. Active in both the community and campus, PDP hosts a variety of social, academic, and philanthropic activities that provide networking opportunities to our members and greater legal community.

Magister: Woody Gram

Inn Email: phideltaphi@richmond.edu

Website: www.phideltaphi.org

The Public Interest Law Association

The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) coordinates and encourages Richmond law students' efforts in the public interest. Our largest program is providing summer fellowships for first- and second-year students to work in public interest organizations. We work with the Dean's office in coordinating the Pro-Bono Publico certification program (based on your hours of public service while at UR law), and schedule service and educational programs throughout the year. We sponsor speakers to share their expertise in the field of public interest work.

President: Sean Hutson

Public Policy and the Common Good
Real Estate Law Society (RELS)

The Real Estate Law Society is devoted to increasing knowledge of opportunities in real estate, property development, land use, and zoning law. The organization works with attorneys across Virginia as well as nonprofits, developers, and real estate brokers to provide well-rounded events for students including panels, speakers, and networking events.

President: Trevor Soderholm

Saint Thomas More Society
President: Logan Weis
Sports and Entertainment Law Society

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) was organized to educate, inform and connect students with the sports and entertainment industries by increasing networking opportunities, hosting seminars and workshops, and building relationships with affiliated organizations. SELS tries to raise awareness of the legal issues in the world of sports and entertainment. SELS offers a forum for student discussion, career advice, fund-raising events, and notable speakers. It is our hope that these different experiences will increase student knowledge regarding the intricacies of sports, entertainment, and law, and how future lawyers can contribute to these ever-growing industries.

President: Austin Chandler

Student Intellectual Property Association (SIPLA)

The Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA) promotes the progress of intellectual property law. Each semester SIPLA invites lawyers in the community to campus to speak about their work in intellectual property. SIPLA also works with Intellectual Property Institute at Richmond Law and the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association (GRIPLA) to raise awareness of IP law among the student community.

President: Dustin Knight

Student Bar Association

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is made up of the entire Law School student body because each student is automatically a member. The SBA and its members shape the academic, cultural, philosophical, recreational, and social aspects of life at Richmond Law. Each year the SBA elects an Executive Board, which consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and Student Representatives from each class. The SBA Executive Board represents the student body to the administration, recognizes student groups, hosts students activities, seeks to connect the broader Richmond community, and manages budgeting for the student body. The SBA hosts several annual student events including the Law School Halloween Party, Barrister's Ball, and the graduating Class Gift Campaign.

President: Samantha Cohen

Website: SBA Website

Student Intellectual Property Law Association

The Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA) promotes the progress of intellectual property law. Each semester SIPLA invites lawyers in the community to campus to speak about their work in intellectual property. SIPLA also works with Intellectual Property Institute at Richmond Law and the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association (GRIPLA) to raise awareness of IP law among the student community.

President: Bradford Schulz

Trial Advocacy Board

The University of Richmond Trial Advocacy Board (TAB) is a student-run organization dedicated to fostering basic trial skills in our student body. Through both intra-scholastic and inter-scholastic competitions, TAB allows students to experience the role of a trial lawyer. In competition, students hone their skills by arguing motions, giving opening and closing arguments, examining witnesses, and arguing points of evidence before a judge and a jury. The competitions give students the opportunity to gain practical experience and demonstrate their skills to the outside world. TAB regularly competes in the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Competition, the American Association for Justice Student Trial Competition, the National Trial Competition, and the National White Collar Crime Invitational among others. TAB membership is competitive. Invitations to join are extended based on student performance in both intra-scholastic and inter-scholastic competition. TAB generally hosts two intra-scholastic competitions per year.

President: Doug White

Veterans and Military Law Association (VMLA)

The mission of the Veterans and Military Law Association (VMLA) is to establish a supportive network for students who are veterans of the armed forces, students interested in serving upon graduation, and students with family members or close friends who are associated with the military. In addition, we strive to serve as a platform to promote veterans' issues on campus and in the community.

President: James Giudice

Visit VMLA's Facebook group.

Virginia Bar Association Law School Council

The University of Richmond Virginia Bar Association Law School Council (UR LSC), formed in 2001, is an energetic organization committed to developing professional skillsets for Richmond Law students. The UR LSC's goals are to inspire in students a commitment to public service and to the bar, to assist students in reaching their career goals, to promote a collegial practice of law, and to provide opportunities for fostering relationships between local attorneys and current law students. Students participating in the UR LSC hope to play a larger role in the legal community, both in Richmond and in the grater Commonwealth. Recent events include networking opportunities at local restaurants, professional development workshops with the Career Development Office, and the annual Spring Symposium. Membership is free to all students currently enrolled full-time at the University of Richmond. For more information or questions regarding membership, please contact the current President.

President: Callaghan Guy

Richmond Women's Law

Richmond Women's Law strives to create an environment that will raise awareness of women's issues, encourage females pursing the legal profession, and connect members with professionals and mentors within the Richmond area. Throughout the year, WLSA hosts events that allow members to network, develop as professionals, and engage in the University's community. Membership is open to both men and women in the law school.

President: Kasey Hoare