Student Organizations

FAMU Law students are active and involved members of the community. Over the years, multiple organizations have been formed reflecting diverse interest and concerns.

These organizations play an important role beyond that of fostering camaraderie. By sponsoring speakers, hosting panel discussions, and encouraging dialogue on a wide variety of legal issues, the activities of FAMU Law student organizations have become an important extension of the curriculum. Students representing these organizations take pride in the community by participating in events and activities that enhance and improve Central Florida, including the nearby Parramore community.

To contact any of the FAMU Law student organizations, email to law.studentaffairs@famu.edu.

College of Law Student Organizations

 

This student organization is dedicated to the promotion and development of oral and written persuasive advocacy skills.

Chairperson: Haley Nordman
Faculty Advisor: Professor William Henslee

With more than 1.5 million members, nearly 300 staff attorneys, thousands of volunteer attorneys, and offices throughout the nation, the ACLU of today continues to fight government abuse and to vigorously defend individual freedoms including speech and religion, a woman’s right to choose, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy and much more. The student chapter supports this effort.

President: Delino Miller
Faculty Advisor: Professor Patricia Broussard

The American Constitution Society realizes the promises of the U.S. Constitution by building and leading a diverse legal community that dedicates itself to advancing and defending democracy, justice, equality, and liberty; to securing a government that serves the public interest; and to guarding against the abuse of law and the concentration of power.

President: Tyler Miller
Faculty Advisor: Professor Patricia Broussard

We, the Armed Forces Student Organization of Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law, have united to form a non-partisan association in order to enhance our educational experiences; promote and sustain the academic success of military servicemember law students, veteran law students, families of current and former service members, government contractors, and those who support the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Furthermore, we seek to participate in activities that allow us to develop personal and professional bonds within the camaraderie of the various military branches; raise awareness about the professional opportunities and resources available through the military to active military, veterans, government contractors, and their families; and maintain and promote knowledge of the issues that may affect the military, veteran, and government workers who are also law students.

The mission of the Black Law Students Association is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

President: Allison Horton
Faculty Advisor: Professor Jennifer Smith

The Criminal Law Society’s purpose is to provide a forum for students to explore current discourse, issues, and interests in different areas of criminal law.

President: Jenalee Diaz
Faculty Advisor:  Professor Omar Saleem

The purpose of the Entertainment and Sports Law Society is to educate and inform students about the realities of practicing in the entertainment and sports law fields. Our chapter works to enrich law students’ engagement with the media, entertainment, arts, and sports worlds through a wide array of exciting programming throughout the year.

President: Angelica Prince
Faculty Advisor: Professor William Henslee

The Environmental Law Society builds a broad coalition of students interested in environmental law, conservation, and energy issues by bringing students, faculty, and staff from both inside and outside the law school together in a number of ways.

President: Bria Calvin
Faculty Advisor: Professor Robert Abrams

The purpose of the Young Lawyers Division is to stimulate and encourage the interest and participation of division members in the purposes of The Florida Bar.

President: Simon Safir
Faculty Advisor: Professor Markita Cooper, Randolph Reliford

HALSA’s purpose is to provide guidance to its members through mentoring programs; create unity amongst HALSA members; participate in community service activities; form lasting professional relationships with the legal community; serve as a voice on issues impacting the Hispanic community; and act as a liaison between the Hispanic community and the legal community.

President: Jennifer Pinto
Faculty Advisor: Professor Maritza Reyes

Law Review is a student-run organization at the FAMU Law. Our main purpose is to publish a journal of legal scholarship for use by practitioners, judges, professors, and students. FAMU Law Review currently publishes two journals a year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. We are functionally independent from the College of Law, with the student editors making all editorial, organizational, and day-to-day operational decisions.

President: Mikayla Almeida
Faculty Advisor: Professor Joseph Grant

The purpose of the Marshall Bell Law Society is to promote cross-cultural sensitivity and competence in legal education and practice.

President: Mercedes Parks
Faculty Advisor: Professor Shiv Persaud

The purpose of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity is to form a strong bond that unites students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law.

President: Courtney Jackson
Faculty Advisor: Professor Jonathan Fineman

The purpose of this organization is to educate current law students on issues related to real property, probate, and trust law and facilitate networking opportunities for those seeking to practice in this field after graduation.

President: Latoya Wiggins
Faculty Advisor: Professor Phyllis Taite

The FAMU Law student chapter assists attorneys that work in this field through research, hosting speakers to promote advocacy, and volunteering in sanctuaries throughout the state. In the Fall of 2019, FAMU Law’s chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

President Simon Safir
Faculty Advisor: Professor Rhonda Reaves

All FAMU Law students are members of the SBA, the law school’s student government. Through its elected officers and representatives, the SBA acts as an advocate of the student body, oversees the funding of student organizations, and sponsors a number of social, professional, and community service programs and events. All students are encouraged to participate in SBA elections and take advantage of the programs and activities that the SBA sponsors throughout the year, including the Barrister’s Ball and other events.

President: Julien Maynard
Faculty Advisor: Instructor Reginald Mitchell

The Tax Law Society is established to promote awareness among students and alumni of the opportunities provided by the study and practice of tax law. Through a variety of student and alumni events and programs, TLS ultimately aims to educate it, members, raise awareness of opportunities available in the field and facilitate the development of professional contacts.

President: Mihael Ihe
Faculty Advisor: Phyllis Taite

The Women’s Law Caucus operates to advance the rights and improve the position of women and all persons in society by furthering legal, civil, and human rights.

President: Youstina Rezkalla
Faculty Advisor: Professor Patricia Broussard, Professor Phyllis Taite

This organization will be a pathway to the Orlando Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and to the federal courts in general. The student division will provide opportunities for Florida A&M University College of Law to showcase the talent it has to offer the legal community. This organization’s purpose is to make a legal career in the federal courts attainable for Florida A&M University College of Law students. More broadly, this organization seeks to build on Florida A& M University College of Law’s reputation of producing high quality, ethical, talented, and driven legal professionals. This organization aims to accomplish these goals focusing on professional development from the student perspective, engage legal professionals that might be unaware of the talent at Florida A & M University College of Law, work with the Career Department to make students aware of employment opportunities in the federal courts, and partner with student organizations to host smart and unique events.

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. Mobilizing and mentoring new lawyers and scholars is a long-term strategy that will build capacity, vision, and leadership for a more successful reproductive justice movement. Law functions as both a catalyst to prompt the expansion of rights and a tool with which to hold governments and communities accountable for the delivery of liberty, equality, dignity, and fairness promised by those rights.

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. We dedicate ourselves to ensuring access to medically accurate, age-appropriate, culturally competent sex and sexuality education, as well as comprehensive, quality reproductive healthcare, including prenatal care, postnatal care, contraception, abortion services, and alternative reproductive technologies for all people, free from coercion, discrimination, and violence.

Florida A&M University College of Law chapter of Minorities for Medical Marijuana is committed to curating a culturally and socially inclusive environment where diversity, advocacy, and education are of top priority. FAMU M4MM will serve as a resource to the collegiate and local community by coordinating events focused on Cannabis legislation and policy, social justice and outreach.

The National Lawyers Guild is an association 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 of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social 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 regard adjustments to new conditions as more important than the veneration of precedent; who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, and minority groups 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 their repression.