The Catholic University of America

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

ADVOCATES FOR LIFE
 
Advocates for Life is an association of students and faculty who wish to uphold the value of human life in all its stages, from the moment of conception. The group was founded in 1990 for the purpose of facilitating the study of human life issues as they relate to the law.   Abortion is one of today’s most urgent human rights concerns, as are the new reproductive technologies, genetic testing and manipulation, and euthanasia. The organization strives to be a forum for intellectual discussions on these topics and the many surrounding legal challenges they generate. Advocates for Life also serves its student members as a source of information on externship placements to participate in legal research on the cutting edge of the life debate.
 
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE
RESOLUTION SOCIETY
 
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Society was founded to highlight the importance of ADR techniques in the legal community. The society provides the law school community with training, resources, and opportunities to practice using ADR techniques including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and client counseling. In addition, the society provides opportunities for students to represent the school at ABA-sponsored regional competitions in alternative dispute resolution. Membership is open to all students in good standing at the Columbus School of Law.
 
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
LAW STUDENT DIVISION
 
The Law Student Division of the American Bar Association is a national organization founded to achieve awareness and promote the involvement of law students in the aims of the professional bar. It is both a service organization and a catalyst for social change through the ABA. Members of the ABA/LSD are eligible to join sections of the ABA, receive numerous publications, participate in low-cost life and health insurance programs, and receive funding for law student-operated projects.
 
AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY
 
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations, comprising law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists, and other concerned individuals who work to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. The group's goals are to revitalize and transform legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislature, and the media, and to build a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS hope to ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.
 
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN
LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) was established in 1985 to promote awareness of contemporary issues that affect the Asian and Pacific Islander community. APALSA is a racially diverse student organization and has an open membership policy. APALSA sponsors lectures and panel discussions on a wide range of political, social, and legal topics. APALSA also offers instructional workshops and other support services for the benefit of its members. In addition, APALSA engages in community service projects, works closely with members of the Asian Pacific Bar Association, and is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.
 
BLACK LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a national organization founded in 1967 by A. J. Cooper at the New York University Law School for the purpose of effecting change in the legal system and sensitizing the legal profession to the ever-increasing needs of the black community. While this commitment has never wavered, BLSA’s main purpose now is to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students; to foster and encourage professional competence; to focus upon the relationship of the black law student and the black attorney to the American legal structure; to instill in the black attorney and law student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the black community; and to influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the black community.
 
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law chapter of BLSA was established in November 1969 and is one of more than 200 national BLSA chapters. BLSA initiated many programs, including tutoring and mentoring first-year law students and high school students; exam-taking seminars, lectures, and panel discussions; as well as social functions such as the annual BLSA Alumni Reception.
 

CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY

The mission of Christian Legal Society is to maintain a vibrant Christian law student fellowship on campus that enables its members, individually and as a group, to love the Lord with their whole beings and to love their neighbors as themselves (Matthew 22:37-40). The Christian Legal Society seeks to provide mentorship and fellowship for law students by fostering spiritual growth, compassionate outreach, and the integration of faith and practice. The Christian Legal Society provides weekly Bible studies and opportunities to volunteer outside of CUA.
 
COMMUNICATIONS LAW
STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Communications Law Students Association (CLSA) provides a forum for students interested in communications, telecommunications, copyright, and entertainment law issues. Originally founded by students enrolled in the Institute for Communications Law Studies, membership is now open to all students in the law school community. CLSA encourages students to attend networking events with communications practitioners and serve local communities via numerous volunteering opportunities. It also provides insight for students applying for externships in communications law at law firms, companies, trade associations, and federal agencies throughout the Washington, D.C., area.
 
CRIMINAL LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Criminal Law Students Association aims to promote the study of and professional development in the field of criminal law to provide students with the opportunity and experience necessary to function effectively in criminal litigation. Through programs that combine student interests, faculty expertise, and alumni support, the Criminal Law Students Association seeks to expand and enhance the study and practice of criminal law at CUA. Membership is open to all CUA law school students with an interest in criminal law. 
 
DELTA THETA PHI
 
The Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International was founded in 1900. Since its inception, Delta Theta Phi has produced a number of distinguished members, including Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Jeane J. Kirkpatrick. The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law is the home of Delta Theta Phi’s Hughes senate. The Hughes senate focuses on three major goals for its members: professional development, scholastic achievement, and community service. All of the activities the Hughes senate coordinates fall into one of these categories. In addition, the Hughes senate offers a number of benefits to its members. These include yearly scholarships for the most active participants of the chapter, an outline bank free of charge, a mentorship program for first-year students, seminars on exam-taking strategies and professional conduct, and an active alumni network for finding jobs and internships.
 
 
DEMOCRATIC LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Democratic Law Students Association was organized in the fall of 1994 to provide a forum for law students interested in politics and the inner workings of the political environment centered in Washington. Our membership consists of students with varying political beliefs and ideals, but who are most likely affiliated with the Democratic Party. The organization seeks to draw upon the wealth of opportunities and resources available in the nation’s capital to increase each member’s knowledge of and involvement in the happenings of national, state, and local politics while in law school and after graduation. Activities the group has pursued include an election night party, cosponsored blood drives and happy hours, and recruitment of noted speakers and politicians to the law school. Membership is open to all interested students.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SOCIETY
 
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) provides a forum for students interested in current environmental issues and career opportunities in environmental law. ELS sponsors numerous programs, including issue seminars, roundtable discussions, and professional panels, as well as community outreach programs and field trips for neighborhood cleanup efforts. ELS sponsored a team to go to the 2nd Annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition. The competition gave the selected team a chance to test their skills in addressing emerging trends in energy law and recent development in sustainable energy.
 
EVENING LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Evening Law Students Association (ELSA) was founded in 1993 to represent our evening-division students, promote their extracurricular activities, address their special academic concerns, and enhance their legal education. ELSA works to encourage equitable access to all academic and extracurricular activities for evening law students, as well as sponsoring programs (both social and academic) specifically designed for evening students.
 
 
FEDERALIST SOCIETY
 
The Federalist Society is a nonpartisan, conservative, and libertarian organization dedicated to freedom, federalism, and judicial restraint. The Federalist Society seeks to educate the legal community through its programs and publications about how limited constitutional government based in the rule of law can have a positive effect on law and public policy. The CUA chapter aims to advance these ideals by hosting speaker events and by encouraging open debate about these topics.
 
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Government Contracts Law Students Association (GCLSA) is a professional student organization designed to create a network for students interested in legal careers in the government contracts/procurement field. This includes military and federal government agencies, government contractors, and small, medium, and large firms. GCLSA helps its members become acquainted with recruiters and, ultimately, find jobs in these fields. The organization sponsors events throughout the year, both academic and professional. These include bringing speakers to the school, as well as providing career forum days along with D.C. area bar associations. Involvement in the organization gives students an opportunity not only to find resulting careers but also externships during their tenure at school and the opportunity to discover if this field is right for them.
 
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
 
The Catholic University of America Law School chapter of Habitat for Humanity is affiliated with the international Habitat for Humanity organization, which is a nonprofit, ecumenical-Christian housing ministry. The law school chapter seeks to further the international organization’s goals of eliminating poverty housing and homelessness from the world and making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, the chapter invites law students and faculty members to participate in and fundraise for organized house builds in partnership with families in need.
 
IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE
INTEREST SOCIETY
 
The purpose of the Immigration and Refugee Interest Society is to engage the Columbus School of Law community around the rights of immigrants in the U.S.; to promote community service by working with local immigrant communities; to network with advocates and professionals who work with immigrants or issues related to immigration; and to work together to build up the next generation of legal advocates working in the immigration and refugee field.
 
THE INNOCENCE PROJECT
OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
 
The Innocence Project Student Organization is an authorized student organization at CUA founded in 2002 that promotes awareness about the efforts of the National Innocence Project. CUA has a clinic, as well as a student organization, devoted to this effort. Locally, the project is affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP). Specifically, the Innocence Project at CUA facilitates guest lectures and related presentations on pertinent issues, organizes community service activities in line with the organization’s mission, and ensures CUA’s presence at the annual Innocence Network conference. This organization is perfect for individuals who are passionate about correcting wrongful convictions.
 
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Intellectual Property Law Students Association (IPLSA) is a group of faculty and students of the Columbus School of Law who share an interest in promoting the educational and professional development of students in the specialty of intellectual property law. This includes traditional areas of intellectual property — patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets — but also other related disciplines such as cyberlaw, entertainment law, and unfair trade practices. IPLSA sponsors various events throughout the year where law students have the opportunity to meet and discuss principles of intellectual property law with practitioners, members of the judiciary, and representatives of governmental agencies, such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In recent years IPLSA has sponsored events to provide students interested in intellectual property law with guidance and advice regarding course and career planning.
 
INTERNATIONAL LAW
STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Catholic University of America chapter of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) is made up of students who are interested in international law. Many members are also members of the Comparative and International Law Institute (CILI). In addition to ILSA’s social function, the association works to organize CILI’s nonacademic component, which includes organizing panels and alumni networking events, and providing informal interaction with the institute’s faculty. Members gain comfort with the practice and scope of international lawyering through participation in such programs. They can make contacts in the international law community to facilitate job searching and may find outlets for research and volunteering. The goal of ILSA is to combine those talents of students, faculty, alumni, and guest speakers to deepen the international law understanding.
 
IRISH AMERICAN LAW
STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Irish American Law Students Association (IALSA) was founded in 1995 to promote a better understanding of Irish cultural and political heritage, by sponsoring speakers and cultural events through which interested persons can learn about past and present Irish concerns. Service to the law school community and the surrounding neighborhood community is one of the primary missions of IALSA. IALSA sponsors various speakers, and social and fundraising events for local charities and international charities. Membership is open to all members of the law school community who are interested in networking, socializing, and serving the community.

JEWISH LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) is a member of the National Jewish Law Students Network. JLSA strives to provide a sense of community to Jewish students, while also being a Jewish voice among the CUA law community. The association offers a forum for the discussion of legal, political, religious, and social issues affecting the Jewish community in the United States and abroad. Through lectures, discussion groups, newsletters, and social events, JLSA seeks to educate and inform students, faculty, and the community at-large. JLSA sponsors a Model Seder for the entire law school community.
 
LATIN AMERICAN LAW
STUDENT ASSOCIATION
 
The purpose of the Latin American Law Students Association is to promote political, social, cultural, and economic awareness of the Latino community through the utilization of legal skills and training and to actively promote the recruitment, admission, and retention of prospective Latino law students dedicated to the improvement of the Latino community.
 
 
LEGAL SERVICES SOCIETY
 
Founded in 2006 in response to the Gulf Coast disaster, the Legal Services Society has grown into a network of students and alumni who seek to foster the understanding that, as legal professionals, we have an obligation to provide our skills free of charge to underserved communities.  The Legal Services Society works to provide the law school community with hands-on experience in the field of public interest law and to provide relief to underserved and disadvantaged communities in Washington, D.C. and the nation at large.  The Legal Services Society’s members believe that hands-on experience is the best way to teach the intrinsic value of pro bono work.  The Legal Services Society is proud to represent the Columbus School of Law and The Catholic University of America, as we strive to embody the University’s spirit of public service. 
           
One way in which the Legal Services Society provides assistance to underserved communities is through the New Orleans Outreach Program.  The New Orleans Outreach Program takes place in May, after finals.  During the weeklong pro bono program, the Legal Services Society sends a group of law student volunteers from Catholic to New Orleans to lend a hand to the Orleans Parish Public Defender’s Office.  During the course of the week, the student volunteers work over 40 hours assisting attorneys and staff with legal research, drafting, filing legal documents, and court appearances.  We also assist the pre-trial services staff in screening potential clients, providing clients and their families with information about securing bond, and interviewing inmates on behalf of the public defenders.
 
MILITARY LAW and NATIONAL SECURITY
LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
Founded in 1994, the Military Law Students Association (MNLSA) has expanded to include national security interests. The MNSLSA is a professional student organization designed to create a network for students interested in legal careers in military and national security agencies, to become acquainted with recruiters and, ultimately, find jobs in these fields. The organization sponsors numerous events throughout the year, both academic and professional, including bringing speakers to the school, arranging trips to view live appellate cases heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and providing career forum days. Involvement in the organization gives students an opportunity to find careers and externships during their tenure at school to discover if this field is right for them.
 
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PHI ALPHA DELTA
 
Phi Alpha Delta Professional Legal Fraternity was established in 1902 to advance integrity, compassion, and courage through service to the student, school, profession, and community. Distinguished members of the fraternity include Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elana Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor. The headquarters of Phi Alpha Delta are located in Baltimore, Md. Phi Alpha Delta is a fraternity of firsts. It is the first law fraternity to admit women, the first law fraternity to allow undergraduate students to form a pre-law chapter, and the first law fraternity to open membership to all races, creeds, religions, and national origins.

POPE JOHN PAUL II
GUILD OF CATHOLIC LAWYERS
 
The Pope John Paul II Guild of Catholic Lawyers is an organization dedicated to the promotion of justice in the law, and the protection and advancement of the intrinsic value and dignity of the human person. Through the study of Catholic social and moral principles, based on the authentic and authoritative teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to law and the legal profession, the guild seeks to aid law students in discovering ways of applying these principles in the practice and development of law, as well as in the larger society. For the entire law school community, the guild hosts the annual Mirror of Justice Scholars Lecture series, honoring Catholic lawyers and scholars for their particular contributions to the harmonization of law and justice. The guild also participates in the Red Mass and the Annual Prayer Vigil for Life. The guild cherishes its Catholic identity, but also seeks to be enriched by members of other rites and religious traditions, and to foster a clear sense of personal identity with one’s particular heritage while seeking common participated meanings and values. The guild welcomes the participation of all interested students, faculty, and staff.
 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL LAWYERS
 ASSOCIATION
 
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law’s chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) seeks to act as a bridge between law and politics. Through speakers, events, campaign work, and externship placement assistance, the RNLA connects Republican law students with the legal aspects of politics and government. The Washington, D.C., area provides numerous opportunities for such interaction. Acting alone or with other RNLA chapters and organizations, CUA’s RNLA provides a forum for law students interested in politics and government.
 
 
SECURITIES LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The Securities Law Students Association (SLSA) at the law school was organized in 1996 to provide an informational resource for students interested in exploring the various career opportunities available in the field of securities law. Specifically, SLSA provides cutting-edge educational securities forums, professional advice, discount and free admission to many professional society meetings, opportunities to develop career contacts, and occasions to socialize with professionals and contemporaries in the securities field. Recent activities include lecturers by SEC commissioners, SEC division directors, leading professionals, and industry association heads; attendance at annual commercial securities conferences and bar meetings; a panel discussion with law school alumni practicing securities law; a mentor-mentee program with alumni; and participation in the annual Securities Alumni Luncheon and student-alumni receptions. Since 2000, CUA has competed in the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition — the only securities national moot competition in the country. Each year, our students have performed exceptionally well, taking the national championship title in 2001 and placing in the quarter finals in 2002. SLSA has been continually supported by the Securities Alumni Association and looks forward to many more activities that involve both groups.
                 
SOCIETY OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
 
The Society of Trial Advocates is an active organization of students focused on developing strong trial advocacy skills. Members compete for advocates’ roles in several National Trial Advocacy competitions per semester and prepare extensively to compete in mock trial against other law schools. Student travel to various cities including: San Antonio, Texas, Buffalo, N.Y., Atlanta, Ga., and San Juan, P.R. The Society of Trial Advocates also hosts an intraschool trial competition in the spring for students interested in learning more about trial advocacy and/or participating in trial competitions.
 
SOUTH ASIAN LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
 
The South Asian Law Students Association is an organization of student attorneys for those of South Asian descent and those interested in the region of South Asia (South Asia includes the nations of the Indian Subcontinent) SALSA aspires to foster networking opportunities and career development for students, recent graduates and practicing attorneys. It also hopes to advance students’ knowledge of contemporary legal challenges facing the Indian Subcontinent, while forming a strong community at The Catholic University of America and the greater DC area.
 
SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
LAW SOCIETY
 
The Sports and Entertainment Law Society seeks the advancement of the study of sports law and entertainment law. The purpose of the society is to provide a forum for the discussion of past, current, and potential legal issues pertaining to amateur and professional sports and the entertainment field. For the sports law portion, the society provides guest speakers from within the law school, sports community, and legal profession to address contractual, labor, antitrust, taxation, and other legal topics germane to amateur and professional sports. For the entertainment law portion, the society provides panels and lectures by practicing attorneys in the entertainment law specialty. The group works to provide an informational resource for students interested in exploring the various career opportunities available in the field of sports and entertainment law.
 
STREET LAW
 
CUA’s Street Law teachers work as a team to develop lesson plans and curriculum for Archbishop Carroll High School’s “Law and Social Justice” course. Each law student-teacher goes into the high school classroom at least once each week to teach and discuss basic principles and practical applications of the law. In addition, Street Law members coach after-school mock trial teams at two area Catholic high schools, culminating in a spring interschool competition held in CUA’s Slowinski Courtroom. Through lesson planning, teaching, and mock trial coaching, Street Law teachers must consider the legal knowledge they gain in the law school classrooms in new ways, while providing invaluable mentorship to the high school students they serve.
 
STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION
 
The Student Bar Association (SBA) represents all registered students at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Each year, law students elect a 10-member board and a president to provide effective representation of law student opinion at all levels of the University.
 
The mission of the SBA is to increase student involvement in the operation of the law school, to protect student rights, to promote student standards of professional responsibility, and to contribute to the greater cohesiveness of the student body. The board works with faculty, staff, and administration on issues of concern and chooses student representatives to sit on faculty committees and participate in faculty meetings. SBA sponsors events that promote learning, celebrate diversity, and seek to achieve fellowship and camaraderie among students at CUA Law. The SBA also has its own internal committees such as community service, social programming, and graduation. The SBA plans the annual Barrister’s Ball and also participates in the law school orientation and Columbus Awards Night.   Funding for the SBA is acquired primarily from law student fees.   Elections occur in the spring semester of each year. Students are encouraged to take an active role in the law school’s form of student government throughout the year.
 
STUDENTS FOR PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
 
Students for Public Interest Law (SPIL), founded in 1989, is an associate member of the National Association for Public Interest Law. While the law school and its students have continually demonstrated commitment to providing legal services in the public interest, SPIL was organized to further this commitment. SPIL has one fundamental goal: To provide funding for students who choose to spend their summers giving legal assistance to the public. SPIL is an organization open to all students. It welcomes students who not only choose to pursue job opportunities in public interest, but also those who recognize the need for the essential services provided by public interest attorneys. The organization derives its unique character from the diversity of the students involved, all of whom share in the law school’s tradition of public service.
 
WOMEN’S LAW CAUCUS
 
The CUA Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) promotes awareness about domestic and global women’s legal issues, converses about issues encountered by women in the law school environment, and empowers future female leaders who will work toward the advancement of women’s legal rights. WLC Members organize brown bag lunches on legal issues affecting women, participate in networking events with other D.C. women law students, and serve pro bono with D.C. community agencies that work with women. The caucus also works to connect CUA women, provide support to first-year students, and increase the CUA community's awareness of and opportunities to work on women's legal issues.

 

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