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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Daniela Donoso
Secretary - Eddie Brower
Treasurer - Margeling Santiago
Media Coordinator - Abby Anne Cazel
Community Coordinator - Nabeha Shaer

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Mission Statement of the ACLU National organization: "The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation’s 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."

Mission Statement of the ACLU at FSU: "The ACLU is established to safeguard and promote civil liberties through pro bono legal opportunities and College of Law events. All activities and functions of the ACLU shall be legal under University, local, state, and federal laws."
 

2019-2020 Executive Board

President - Kathryn (Katie) Mesa
Vice President - Brandon Gamble
Treasurer - Tessa Wagoner
Secretary - Cheyenne Lewis
Events Coordinator - Cheyenne Lewis
1L Representative - Shannon Wong
1L Representative - Loana Nardoni
1L Representative - Ali Bowlby
1L Representative - Tim Ross
1L Representative - Peyton Smith

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Adam Hubbell
Vice President - Jacob Imig
Treasurer - Matt Henderson
Secretary - Magi Jo Linscott

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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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Cailynn Houlihan 
Vice President - Ashley Englund
Treasurer - Brooke Boinis
Secretary - Eddie Brower
Fundraising Coordinator - Jacob Stephen 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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Samantha Lowe
Internal Vice President - Amanda Varrone
Treasurer -  Mike Wyse
Alumni Coordinator - Alexa Castellano
Activities Coordinator - Laura Bennett

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Bailey Cunningham 
Vice President of Aviation - Marissa Vairo 
Vice President of Space - Michael Bacallao
Treasurer - Jean Paul Daou
Secretary - Samuel Ostrow
2L Rep - Ryan Roy
3L Rep - Taylor Schock

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Jada Roulhac
Vice President - Caron Byrd
Treasurer - Mylena Gilkes
Secretary - Daynica Harley
Member-at-Large - Samantha Folkes
Member-at-Large - Tre'Ana Thompson
Community Service Chair - Jordane Wong
Social Justice Chair - Safiya Hudson
Social Justice Chair - Esther Osim
Financial Secretary - Anthony Smith
Historian - Markendia Geffrard
Social Chair - Rochelle Bailey

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Kirsten Nowak
Vice President - Stefan Whiting
Treasurer - Dylan Pryor
Secretary - Bailey Cunningham
Activities Chair - Alexandra Noriega
J.D./M.B.A. Liaison - Cassandra McEwan
2L Rep - Sidney Carter

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Daynica Harley
Vice President - Collin Phillips
Secretary - Miguel Pedraza
Treasurer - Daniel Murphy

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Raul Alvarez 
Internal Vice President - Taynah Diniz-Alves
External Vice President - Elizabeth Ann Bradford
Treasurer - Jorge Alfonso
Secretary - Kristy Pantaleon

cabafsulaw@gmail.com

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Vik Lyusi
Vice President - Ryan Dyson
Treasurer - Gabby Wright
Secretary - Lex McPherson 
Entertainment & Arts Law Chair - Ally Willis
Sports Law Chair - Kamilla Yamatova

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Kelly Ann Kennedy
Vice President - Amelia Ulmer
Treasurer - Steven Kahn 
Secretary - Payton Williams
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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Elizabeth Ann Bradford  
Vice President - Lydia Walsh
Treasurer - Emily Margaret Burns
Secretary - Roberta Skinner
Membership Chair - Chad Revis

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!

2019-20 Executive Board

Chair - Brandon Gamble
Co-Chair - Samantha Wushke
Treasurer - Mike Wyse
Secretary - Gaby Wright

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

Editor-in-Chief - Emily Burns
Executive Editor - Erica Gloyd
Executive Editor - Sordum Ndam
Managing Editor - Johnathan Riveras
Writing & Research Editor - Marissa Vairo
Senior Article Selection Editor - Deborah Sier
Articles and Notes Editor - Jessica Andrews
Articles and Notes Editor - Quinn Cockrell
Articles and Notes Editor - Nathaniel Hearn
Articles and Notes Editor - Nicole Molner
Articles and Notes Editor - Erin Tuck
Articles and Notes Editor - Elissia Welch

Related Links

FSU Master of Business Administration Home Page

Articles and more information are available on the FSU Business Review site.

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. 

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Matthew Hicks
Vice President - Brooke Elisse (Stewart)
Treasurer - Julia McDonald
Secretary - Kristina Brennan

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice at FSU Law

If/When/How is a national non-profit network of law students, professors and legal professionals committed to fostering the next wave of legal experts for the reproductive justice movement. Reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide if, when, and how to create and sustain a family with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. The FSU Law chapter strives to become strong, successful advocates for reproductive justice in both the Tallahassee area and the state of Florida. 

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Rayanna Riecss
Vice President - Caitlyn Myerson
Treasurer - Corie Posey
Secretary - Lily McLauchlin
Activities Director - Laura Bennett

Related Links
ifwhenhow.org 

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Carlos Gomez
Vice President - Andrea Osorio
Treasurer - Laurabeth Wilson
Secretary - Megan Fields
Conference, Competition & Scholarship Chair - Shelby Shilatz-Lewis

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.  

2018-19 Executive Board

President - Gabriela Timis 
Vice President - Luciana Walker 
Treasurer - Edward Brower 
Secretary - Stefanie-Jo Osborn 

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.

2019-20 Organization Leaders

Chair - Lauren Brooker
Vice Chair - Abby Brinkman
Treasurer - Grant Haas 
Board Member - Jemma Takx
Board Member - Sandro Secino
Board Member - Madison Johnson
Board Member - Ryan Soscia
Board Member - Bailey Cunningham
Board Member - Luc Mazinni 

Fall 2019 Meetings
September 9, October 7 and November 4. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the Advocacy Center, Room A106.

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Walker Smith IV
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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Alexandra Noriega
Vice President - Julianna Favale
Treasurer - Nicholas Cardamone
Secretary - Gabi De Almeida
Social Chair - Evan Drake
Alumni Outreach - Alexa Castellano
3L Rep - McLane Edwards
2L Rep - Monica Eichner
1L Rep - Marin Donnelly
1L Rep - Blake Mathesie

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Deb Huveldt
Vice President - Stefanie-Jo Osborn
Assistant Vice President - Alyssa Terriaca
Treasurer - Julie Marble
Secretary - Melody Andrews
Director of Communications & Event Planning - Catherine Awasthi
3L Representative - Ethan Katz
2L Representative - Holly Curry
2L Representative - Emily Binnie
1L Representative - Melody Andrews
1L Representative - Dhaima Gray
1L Representative - Peter Meisenbacher
Transfer Representative - Alyssa Terriaca
LLM Representative - Dhaima Gray

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Eddie Brower
Vice President - Katie Gawin
Secretary - Morgan Lodes
Treasurer - Christina Ahrens

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

Justice - Allyson Willis
Clerk/Secretary - Mindi Leit
Treasurer - Troy Longman
Marshall - Austin Diaz

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

Magister/President - Brad Kinni
Vice Magister/Vice President - Shannon Anderson
Treasurer - Rachel Maxwell
Secretary - Miqolae Smith
Historian - Sam Ostrow

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Thomas "Race" Smith
Vice President: Death - Grant Haas
Vice President: Dirt - Marissa Vairo
Treasurer - Caron Byrd
Secretary - Malia Fushikoshi

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Breanna Raspopovich
Vice President/ABA Rep - Kaitlyn Kelley
Treasurer - Dana Keller
Secretary - Arielle Vanon
3L Representative - Evan Drake
2L Representative - Chad Revis
2L Representative - Lissie Welch
1L Section A Representative - Christie Petruzzelli
1L Section B Representative - Jaelee Edmond
1L Section C Representative - Nick Concilla
Transfer Representative - Christina Castillo

fsusba@gmail.com

Student Veterans Law Symposium

Our mission is to create a network for students who have served, wish to serve, or for students who have a passion for veteran's law. We support student veterans' transition to higher education, while also raising awareness on veteran's legal issues. These include supporting efforts to end homeless veterans in Tallahassee and advocate for veterans’ rights in the legislature and the courtroom. 

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Kate Ricci
Vice President - Monica Eichner
Treasurer - Abby Brinkman
Secretary - Ken Lam

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Holly Parker Curry
Vice President - Madeline Kaus
Treasurer - Brooke Boinis
Secretary - Abby Boyd
Activities Coordinator - Mikayla Melnik

Tax Law Society

The Tax Law Society (TLS) at FSU Law brings together students, alumni and practitioners in the field of tax law to promote discussion about trends in the industry and raise awareness of career paths. TLS hosts guest speakers, networking events, and chats with faculty of graduate programs in taxation at schools nationwide. Tax Law Society members are invited to attend speaker series where practicing lawyers in the area come in and discuss careers available in the field of tax law. Member participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), national networking events and national tax competitions are facilitated and encouraged. 

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Sheylla Aceves 
Vice President - Hana Bilicki
Treasurer - Clay Gilman 
Secretary - Stephanie Galloway
Alumni Relations - Dylan Pryor
2L Representative - Madison Driscoll
2L Representative - Conner Timoney
1L Representative - TBD

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

Trafficking in America Task Force

Mission Statement: We are working to bring an end to human trafficking. We work together with local, state and congressional lawmakers and train law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals to help bring an end to the scourge of human trafficking.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Marissa Vairo
Treasurer - Katy Myerson

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Nicole Peet
Vice President - Katie van Dijk
Secretary - Felicia Warren
Social Chair - Madison Turner
Treasurer - Trevor Carson
Mentor Chair - Barbara Andrade

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. 

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Jorge Alfonso
Treasurer - Estefania Fakes

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.

2019-20 Executive Board

President - Julianna Favale
Internal Vice President - Kelsey Carlton
External Vice President - Rayanna Riecss
Secretary - Stephanie Roman Caban
Treasurer - Emily Binnie
Activities Director - Alexa Castellano