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Student Organizations

Presidents of NIU Law student organizations.

American Constitution Society (ACS)
President: Nathan Davidson
The American Constitution Society (ACS) seeks to promote 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. Based on these fundamental values, we advocate for the belief that the law can and should be an active force in improving the lives of all people.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
President: Kristina Martinez
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) works to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of students requiring support, emphasizing black law students and other students who have minority representation in the law school community.

Christian Legal Society
Secretary: Grace Kruckenberg
The Christian Legal Society works to provide a forum for all students, regardless of religious affiliation, to ask questions and gain knowledge about the Christian faith, to provide a place for fellowship and encouragement of all students, particularly Christ-followers, in the law school, and to come to a better understanding of what it means to be a Christian attorney.

Criminal Law Society
President: Hayley Botts
The Criminal Law Society is a student organization dedicated to promoting a thorough understanding of the field of criminal law. The society aims to expose students to the legal and practical aspects of the American criminal justice system by creating opportunities to interact with faculty, practitioners, judges and community organizations.

Delta Theta Phi (Delta)
President: Tara Ramljak
Delta Theta Phi (Delta) is a professional law fraternity that provides its members with academic support, social activities, and participates in various community projects. Delta can provide the type of support that helps attain academic excellence.

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
President: Jencie Richtman
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the integrity and advancing the interests of the environment through the legal system, and educating the NIU community about the current state of environmental law.

Family Law Society (FLS)
President: Wendi Werren
The Family Law Society (FLS) is committed to bringing change and awareness to all family law issues including divorce, paternity, child support, adoption and parental rights.

Federalist Society
Co-Presidents: Austin Moore and Chelsea Selvey
In an academic environment composed primarily of liberal principles and ideology, it is the Federalist Society's mission to show the other side of a legal issue that is not always present in the educational field. In an age where our constitutional rights are under attack for a variety of reasons, it is important that students hear the arguments that won't always be heard in the classroom.

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
President: Andrew Mertzenich
The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is an academic and social group of law students interested in a continuing dialogue on issues surrounding the LGBTQA communities of northern Illinois.

Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Student Representative: Jason Montemayor
The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) is a professional organization that represents over 32,000 lawyers and students throughout the state of Illinois. The ISBA is dedicated to promoting the interest, integrity, and high standards of the legal profession.

International Law Students Association (ILSA)
President: Christine Beaderstadt
The purpose of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) is to inform the student body of the great opportunities that exist in international law both in the Chicago area and abroad, and to increase awareness of the possible international questions that may arise in practice.

Juvenile Interest Law Society (JILS)
President: Kevin Henry
The Juvenile Interest Law Society (JILS) seeks to expose NIU students, faculty, and community stakeholders to the issues and challenges inherent in various areas of law concerning juveniles. These areas of law include, but are not limited to, family law, juvenile law, education law and criminal law.

Latina/o Law Student Association (LLSA)
President: Raquel Chavez
The Latina/o Law Student Association (LLSA) is committed to assisting its members to succeed and excel throughout their law school careers. Beyond academic support, LLSA hosts several social activities throughout the year, such as ethnic luncheons and parties. These types of activities are also excellent opportunities to socialize with other students as well as the professors outside the classroom.

Law Review
Editor-in-Chief: Zach Bock
Law Review works to further and enhance the research, writing, and citation skills of law students in order to better prepare law students for their future career in the legal field. Law Review provides compelling legal and academic publications for those that are interested in such topics and issues, and to promote the high level of academia provided at Northern Illinois University College of Law. Lastly, Law Review provides an engaging and stimulating experience that motivates members to continue the successes of the review.

Moot Court Society
Chief Justice: Fred Richardson
The Moot Court Society is a student-run organization whose purpose is to further the advancement of appellate advocacy. The society coordinates the annual Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition.

Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (LOVE)
President: Hayley Botts
Lawyers Opposing Violence Everywhere (LOVE) is a student-run organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness about issues of violence that are present both on our campus and in our society, as well as advocating for and supporting victims of violence.

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
President: Hinal Patel
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. The NIU College of Law chapter seeks to embody these goals and give back to the community, the university, and its members.

Professionalism and Ethics Society (PES)
President: Ashley Davis
The purpose of the Professionalism and Ethics Society (PES) is to enhance the Northern Illinois University College of Law community’s professional and ethical principles inside and outside of the classroom to help develop more well-rounded future attorneys.

Public Interest Law Society (PILS)
President: James LeVault
The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) is a student-run organization dedicated to the development of public interest law awareness and opportunities within the legal profession.

Second Amendment Society
President: Ryan Cleys
The Second Amendment Society is an organization with the goal of facilitating thought and conversation concerning the Second Amendment and what role the amendment plays in the modern world.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS)
President: Lisa Wisowaty
The purpose of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) is to bring together students who share a common interest in sports & entertainment law.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
President: Nicole O’Connor
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) works to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. With the organization's support, students in the NIU College of Law chapter will join the ranks of hundreds of other student chapter members nationwide, taking on such projects as advocating for the addition of animal law courses to curriculum; hosting speakers, debates, panels and conferences; writing law review articles for journals dedicated to animal law; tabling on campus to raise awareness about animal issues; and volunteering to do legal research, writing for local law firms as well as help attorneys with animal law related cases.

Student Bar Association (SBA)
President: Miranda Hernandez
The Student Bar Association (SBA) serves as the "umbrella organization" of the law school because it allocates funding to help support the work of other law school organizations. The SBA also sponsors such activities as speakers, a basketball league, picnics, parties and other activities geared toward the professional, academic and social interests of NIU College of Law students.

Trial Ad Society
Head of Chambers: Marjorie Kuda
The Trial Advocacy Society is a student organization committed to developing trial advocacy skills and preparing students to become effective trial lawyers. The society coordinates several internal mock trial competitions each year.

Women's Law Caucus (WLC)
President: Amanda Mueller
The Women's Law Caucus (WLC) is an organization which not only provides its members with support in adjusting to the law school environment, but also provides educational support for its members, as well as the entire student body, in an attempt to bring some "real world" experience into the academic setting.