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.
American Constitution Society
President: Lani Lester
The Memphis chapter of the American Constitution Society aims to promote the vitality
of the United States Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual
rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy, and the rule
of law. We want to strengthen the intellectual underpinnings of—and the public case
for—a vision of the law wherein these values are paramount. We are revitalizing and
transforming legal and policy debates through a dynamic network of practitioners committed
to justice and progress. Our goal is a rekindling of the hope that by reason and dialogue,
we can create an America that is better for us all.
Association for Women Attorneys
President: Rachel Cade
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Black Law Students Association
President: Corbin Carpenter
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: De'Antwoine Moye
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.
Federal Bar Association
President: John McNeil
The Federal Bar Association is a national organization consisting of more than 16,000
attorneys and 1,200 federal judges. The student organization works closely with the
Memphis Mid-South Chapter to foster a strong relationship between student members
and local federal judges and attorneys. We host several speakers on campus and provide
a number of networking opportunities with attorneys who practice in the federal system.
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
President: Josh Bradley
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.
Chief Justice: Lauren Winchell
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: Matthew Schwimmer
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: Nicholas Margello
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)
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.
President: Sarah Smith
Mental Health Law & Policy Journal
Editor-in-Chief: Ashleigh Kiss
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: Courtney Sharp
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
President: Brian Burns
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
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 Campaign website or the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Chapter Justice: Josh Asplund
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: Justin Steele
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: Alex Hall
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.