Student Organizations


Student Organizations

A list of current student organizations at Notre Dame Law School is included below. If you are interested in starting a new organization, please see the Director of Student Services, who will assist you in working with the University’s Student Activities Office.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
American Civil Liberties Union
American Constitution Society
Asian Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Business Law Forum
Christian Legal Society
Education Law Forum
The Environmental Law Society
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Food & Beverage Law Club
Future Prosecuting Attorney’s Council
Health Law Society
Hispanic Law Students Association
Innocence Project Club
Intellectual Property Law Society
International Human Rights Society
International Law Society
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Jewish Law Students Association
Journal of International & Comparative Law
Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy
Journal of Legislation
Jus Vitae of Notre Dame
LGBT Law Forum
Law Review
Legal Voices for Children & Youth
Married Law Students Organization
Military Law Students Association
Moot Court
National Lawyer’s Guild
Native American Law Students Association
Phi Alpha Delta
The Public Interest Law Forum
Sports, Communications and Entertainment Law Forum
St. Thomas More Society
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Bar Association
Women’s Legal Forum

Alternative Dispute Resolution Society

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Society facilitates discussion on ADR topics, promotes the study of ADR, and creates opportunities for students to network and gain practical experience. The primary goal is to empower students to make a difference in the modern practice of law, with a focus on ADR because of its growing importance in all forms of legal practice. Emphasis is placed on negotiation, arbitration, and mediation, but all types of ADR are considered. As the goal is to engage the law in a practical and relevant way, the ADR Society embraces topics on modern trends of ADR, including the increasing use of technology and developments in international dispute resolution.

President, Andrew Meerwarth
Vice President, Jeramee Gwozdz
Secretary, Alan Grigorian
Treasurer, Robert Morris
Events Coordinator, Christopher Vazquez

Advisor, Roger Alfrod

American Civil Liberties Union

President, Shelby Dolezal
Vice President, Kelsie Nagele
Secretary, Rob L. Myers
Treasurer, Laura Myers
Events Coordinator, Drew Shick

Advisor: Joseph Bauer

American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists and other concerned individuals who are working 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. The American Constitution Society is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization. We do not, as an organization, lobby, litigate or take positions on specific issues, cases, legislation or nominations. We do encourage our members to express their views and make their voices heard. For more information, go to

President, Ben Tyler
Co-Vice Presidents, Sean A. Brady and Kayla Clark
Treasurer, Taylre Janak
Secretary, Arianna Cook-Thajudeen
Historian, Hope Tone

Advisor: Jay Tidmarsh

Asian Law Students Association

Asian Law Students Association advocates the needs and concerns of Asian Americans at the Notre Dame Law School. Its purpose is to foster an environment of understanding and fellowship among various groups within Notre Dame, as well as at other law schools. ALSA also strives to assist members in their academic, cultural and social interests. ALSA is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and maintains a relationship with the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area.

ALSA emphasizes the importance of diversity and promotes recruitment of Asian Americans from all parts of the country. Membership is open to all students at the Notre Dame Law School with an interest in the purposes and activities of ALSA.

President, Stacey Kim
Vice President, Ron Ruangtragool
Treasurer, Eunji Kim
Secretary, Annie (Bach Yen) Nguyen
Social Chair, Michael Tran
Community Chair, Matt Galang

Advisor: Lloyd Mayer

Black Law Students Association

Since 1972 Notre Dame’s Black law students have been organized as a chapter of the Black Law Students Association. The purposes of BLSA are to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black American law students; to foster and encourage professional competence; to focus upon the relationship of the Black attorney to the American legal structure; and to instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the Black community.

Go to BLSA website

President: AJ Simonton
Vice President: Kendra Key
Treasurer: Tashiana Stafford
Secretary: Cameasha Turner
Education Chair: LaDarien Harris
Alumni Relations Chair: Ushane Locke
Admissions Liaison: Jacqueline Mack
Community Service Chair: D’Asia Bellamy

Advisor: Dwight King

Business Law Forum

The Business Law Forum exists to advance the interests of students who want to learn more about becoming a practicing business lawyer. BLF activities vary from year to year based on the interests of the membership.

President, Jason Vespoli
Executive VP, Hannah Schupper
VP Social, Vicky Rusanova
Treasurer, Jennifer Bandeen
Secretary, Colin Chatten

Advisor: Julian Velasco

Christian Legal Society

The Notre Dame Christian Legal Society consists of Notre Dame law students and professors committed to reflecting Christian principles in their lives and in the legal profession. CLS sponsors lectures on topical subjects, from the right-to-life issue to the Christian lawyer’s responsibilities in the profession. Other CLS activities include Bible studies, fellowship activities, Christian service projects and seminars sponsored by the national CLS organization.

President, Brock Burnick
Vice President, Jessen Baker
Secretary, Katherine Marak
Treasurer, Nathan Jurgensen

Advisor: John Nagle

Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Advisor: Jay Tidmarsh

Education Law Forum

The purpose of Education Law Forum shall be to provide members an opportunity to explore public and private school education law and policy issues, as well as, provide a forum to connect members with service opportunities. ELF’s goals are to coordinate lectures by leaders in education law, policy, and reform, and provide opportunities for students to work with the South Bend Juvenile Justice Center as well as local high school mock trial teams.

President, John Swinney

Advisor: Nicole Garnett

The Environmental Law Society

The Environmental Law Society’s general purpose is to bring interested students together to discuss pressing environmental legal issues and to hold other social events.

President, Robert D. Lee
Vice President, Ka’sha Bernard
Treasurer, Shelby Dolezal
Secretary, Hillary Krill
Events and Speakers Coordinator, Lauren Hacias

Advisor: John Nagle

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy

The Society is composed of law students interested in the current state of the legal order who believe that principles and legal rules strongly influence the direction of societal development, and in doing so, can secure or impede individual rights and liberties. The Society is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that the province and duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is, not what it should be.

The Society seeks to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. These activities include national symposia, a speaker’s bureau highlighted by the John M. Olin lectures in law, public interest research and litigation, and publishing newsletters. The national journal of the Federalist Society is the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Members receive subscriptions to this journal and the Society news-letter and are also eligible for scholarship money to attend conferences.

President, David Wilhelmsen
Vice President, Charles C. Davis
Treasurer, Ian Stanley
Secretary, Nathan Jurgensen
Events Coordinator, Emily Logue
Communication Director, Sarah M. Martin
Membership Coordinator, Katie Welch

Advisor: Randy Kozel

Food & Beverage Law Club

The Food and Beverage Law Club aims to foster learning about the areas of law governing and affecting food and beverage through the coordination of educational speakers and awareness events. Our events also work toward building a relationship with the food and beverage community in South Bend and the greater Michiana area, and creating an environment that fosters student learning and exploration in the area of food and beverage law.

President, Michael Mercurio
Vice President, Beth Rowe
Treasurer, Emily Logue
Secretary, Sarah Martin

Advisor: Carter Snead

Future Prosecuting Attorney’s Council

The Future Prosecuting Attorneys Council serves as a forum for law students interested in working as prosecuting attorneys, or in other fields of criminal law, after graduating from law school. As such, FPAC advocates for criminal law interests within the Notre Dame Law School community, provides law students with advice and information on careers as prosecuting attorneys, and connects law students with each other as well as prosecuting attorneys and other criminal law practitioners.

President, Warren Griffin
Vice President, Zach Kaplan
Secretary, Kristi Denny
Treasurer, Jon Carfagno

Advisor: Professor Jimmy Gurule

Health Law Society

The purpose of Health Law Society shall be to foster discussion, interest, and awareness of the intersection between healthcare and law, in accordance with the Catholic mission of the University of Notre Dame, “to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.”

President, Ryan Konstanzer
Vice President, Coleman Hellyer
Secretary, Natalie DeLave
Treasurer, Becky Steephenson

The Hispanic Law Students Association

The Hispanic Law Students Association promotes the professional needs and goals of the Hispanic law student. HLSA fosters an environment supportive of mutual understanding and fellowship within the University of Notre Dame and the Law School community, while raising awareness of the achievements and concerns of the Hispanic community.

Membership includes students who are bilingual and bicultural. HLSA considers diversity an asset, instilling values of cultural and racial sensitivity and allowing service as a bridge between Hispanic Americans and non-Hispanic Americans. For these reasons, the organization seeks not to isolate Hispanic students, but to organize activities within the Law School community to apprise other students about Hispanic issues.

President, Carlos Cisneros Vilchis
Vice President, Ashley Pileika
Treasurer, Shannon Lewry
Secretary, Nicole Marcos
Community Service Chair, Lauren Mendoza
Academic Chair, Gabriela Weigel
Social Chair, Chris Vazquez
Alumni Chair, Jessica Sirianni

Advisor: Jimmy Gurule

Innocence Project Club

Innocence Project Club focuses on wrongful conviction education, and awareness, while creating the potential opportunity for students to work on post-conviction pro bono cases with licensed attorneys. If you have an interest in a fair, functioning justice system, then you have an interest in the Innocence Project.

President, Tia Paulette
Vice President, Erika Gustin
Secretary, Corey Hemmerich
Treasurer, Ishpal Sidhu
2L Class Representatives, Terrerence Way, Zach Kaplan, Jamie Kang
1L Class Representatives, Laura McDermott, Cameasha Turner, Michael Kubik

Advisor, Jimmy Gurule

Intellectual Property Law Society

Intellectual Property law issues can affect virtually anyone or any organization, including business entities, artists, inventors, programmers, researchers, and web designers. Major areas of IP law include copyright, patent, and trademark, and touch science and technology, the arts and literature, and small and large businesses. The reach of IP law is expanding in a global economy, and the creation, management, and transfer of IP assets are growing more complex. Such growth is accompanied by a considerable need for Notre Dame to become more active in the education, research, and practice of IP law. IPLS aims to foster leadership in, promote intellectual curiosity about, and encourage dialogue on IP law by providing a forum for intellectual inquiry. The Society challenges its members to engage educators and practitioners as well as each other in learning about the various areas of IP law. By hosting professionals in academia, government, and the private sector at the Law School, the group and its members seek to stay current with IP law developments and learn of available resources that may be valuable both during school and following graduation.

President, Ashley Berding
Vice President, Juwan Hubbard
Treasurer, Kristina Semeryuk
Secretary, Eric Brunngraber
Historian, Michelle Bouwkamp

Advisor: Mark McKenna

International Human Rights Society

The International Human Rights Society is a student group of J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. students interested in learning about, promoting, and discussing international human rights law. IHRS is proud of the diversity of life and work experiences its members bring to the group and share. IHRS sponsors speakers and functions throughout the year and hosts an annual wine and cheese social for members. Many IHRS events are held in conjunction with the Center for Civil and Human Rights in the Law School.

President, Dave Ballard
Vice President, Nicole Marcos
Secretary/Treasurer, Hillary Krill
Speaker Chair, Lana Maani

Advisor: Paolo Carozza

International Law Society

Notre Dame’s Society of International Law, organized in 1971, is an affiliate of the American Society of International Law Societies. The primary objective of the society is to contribute to the development of international law by fostering interest and understanding in the field. The society sponsors a Symposium at the Law School every year on international law and affairs which in recent years has included State Department officials, international lawyers, distinguished professors, and UN Officials. The society also aids students who seek careers as international lawyers. Members of the society participate in the annual Jessup International Moot Court competition.

President, Brittney Balser
Vice President, Lana Maani
Secretary, Ka’sha Bernard
Treasurer, Sam Leist
Community Outreach, Stevie Friesth

Advisor: Mary Ellen O’Connell

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

President – Ariell Bratton Ethington

Advisor: Christine Venter

Jewish Law Students Association

The Jewish Law Students Association is designed to meet the needs of the Jewish student body at Notre Dame Law School . Our organization includes secular as well as observant students, and all of our events are open to the entire law school community. Activities include social events, speakers on Jewish or legal topics, and events celebrating Jewish holidays. If you’re interested in joining or just learning more please feel free to contact a board member.

President, Sarah Wolfson
Vice President, Ben Tyler

Journal of International & Comparative Law

Editor-in-Chief, Michael Mercurio
Executive Managing Editor, Kevin Regan
Executive Articles Editor, Liam Reilly
Managing Senior Articles, Matt Witsman
Executive Production Editor, Kate Whiteman
Symposium Chair, Jim Schwabe

Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy


Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Harting

Advisor, O. Carter Snead

Journal of Legislation

Editor-in-Chief, Samantha Lyew
Executive Editor, Stephanie Bruns
Exec. Articles Editor, Brandon MacDonald
Exec. Articles Editor, Lowell Ritter
Exec. Articles Editor, David Wilhelmsen
Exec. Notes Editor, Brock Burnick
Exec. Notes Editor, Ciara Dineen
Exec. Notes Editor, Sara Gordon
Exec. Notes Editor, Lauren Shumate
Exec. Legislative Editor, Chad Davis

Advisor, Lloyd Mayer Hotoshi

Jus Vitae of Notre Dame

Mission Statement:
The members of the Jus Vitae Association of the Notre Dame School of Law are committed to the principle that the right to life is inherent and inalienable in every innocent human being and cannot be abridged by any action of the government or any group of citizens. Its members are united to promote, uphold, and defend the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception to the point of natural death. Its members pursue this by means of public education and community service.

President, Gabriela Weigel
Vice President, Justin Stoll
Secretary, Seth Bostrom
Treasurer, Matthew Hoffmann

Advisor: O. Carter Snead

LGBT Law Forum

President, Alyssa Phillips
Vice President, Shelby Dolezal
Treasurer, Samuel Leist
Secretary, Robert Myers
Events Coordinator, Luke White
Community Outreach, Laura Myers
2L Reps, Joseph Lesiak, Angelo Labate

Law Review

Editor-in-Chief, Audrey A. Beck
Executive Editor, Alexa R. Baltes
Executive Managing Editor, Conor G. Maloney
Executive Notes Editor, Michael B. Gallagher II
Executive Articles Editor, Jeffrey W. Schmidt
Executive Online Editor, Christina Milanese

Advisor, A.J. Bellia

Legal Voices for Children and Youth

Legal Voices for Children and Youth exists to promote knowledge, awareness, and skills relating to the legal representation of children. The society sponsors speakers who educate the Notre Dame Law School community on various legal issues and occupations relating to children. The society also aids students in pursuing related careers through creating awareness of such careers and funds for related summer employment.

President, Lauren Rafter
Vice President, Nathan Gallinat
Secretary, Allison McQueen
Treasurer, Stevie Friesth


Married Law Students Organization

The Married (and engaged) Law Student Organization serves to allow married and engaged couples to meet and form friendships. The organization plans a Fall picnic every year to provide a fun and relaxing venue for couples to mingle. It also serves as a network for married law students and for the significant others of the law students.


Advisor: Nicole Garnett

Military Law Student’s Association

This organization was formed to promote community among Veterans and active duty personnel at the Notre Dame Law School, to promote awareness of military-related issues among the Law School Community, to foster a military-related alumni network, and to provide charitable services to veterans and others living in Michiana. We are especially active in the Toys for Tots drive during the Christmas season. Membership is open to any interested member of the Notre Dame/St. Mary’s community. Prior military service is not necessary.

President, Matt P. Clark
Vice President, Dominic Barceleau
Secretary, Ryan P. Rogers
Treasurer, Tim Stringham

Advisor: Peter Horvath

Moot Court Board

President: Hope Tone
Vice President: Ross Kloeber
Treasurer: Jon Carfagno
Oralist Selection Chair: Matt Fitzgerald
Brief Writer Selection Chair: Brandon Haase
1L Tournament Chair: Allison McQueen
Religious Freedom Tournament Director: Shannon Lewry
ABA: Christine Fimognari
Jessup: Dave Ballard
IP: Hannah Weger
Showcase Team: Kayla Clark
7th Circuit: Hannah Weger

Advisor: Christine Venter

The National Lawyer’s Guild

The National Lawyer’s Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. NLG’s 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 right of workers, 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.

President, Rasheed Glimer
Vice Presient, Carlene Miller
Treasurer, Christine Bannan
Secretary, Ashley Pileika

Advisor, Jennifer Mason-McAward

Native American Law Students Association

Vice President:

Advisor: Rick Garnett

Phi Alpha Delta (Hoynes Chapter)

Notre Dame has an organized chapter in Phi Alpha Delta, a professional fraternity which concerns itself with presenting law students varying opportunities to complement law school education.

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Justice: Bao Pham

Advisor: Jeff Pojanowski

The Public Interest Law Forum

PILF, the Public Interest Law Forum, is an organization whose purpose is to promote awareness of and interest in public interest law among NDLS students, faculty and administration. PILF defines “public interest law” broadly in recognition of the wide variety of career opportunities typically encompassed within the category of “public interest law,” including careers as legal services providers, criminal defenders and prosecutors, government attorneys, judicial clerks, and attorneys for non-governmental and non-profit organizations. PILF organizes fundraisers to raise money for public interest fellowships which allow NDLS students to intern during the summer for public interest agencies that cannot afford to pay interns. Finally, PILF plans talks and discussions by professors, NDLS graduates, and others on public interest law topics.

Membership in PILF is open to all NDLS students and faculty.

President, Christine Fimognari
Vice President, Eleanor Levine
Secretary, Ryan Rogers
Treasurer, Adam Augustyn


Sports, Communications and Entertainment Law Forum

The Sports, Communications, and Entertainment Law Forum is an organization that strives to provide students at Notre Dame Law School with opportunities to learn about and discuss pertinent issues within this area of the legal industry. SCELF’s mission is to educate, attract highly-experienced legal practitioners as speakers, and generate awareness of available career paths in these legal fields.

President, Ani Ghazikhanian
Vice President-Sports, Bob Cordiak
Vice President-Entertainment, Annie Dreisbach
Vice President Communications, Katrina Stencel
Treasurer, Mark Coghlan
Arbitration Committee, Adam Roundy, Jimmy Schwabe, Mike Xavier, Jack McLeod, and Drew Shick
Public Relations, JT Gwozdz

Advisor: Ed Edmonds

St. Thomas More Society

The mission of the St. Thomas More Society of Notre Dame is to foster full integration of our Catholic faith into the daily practice of law, and thereby to emulate St. Thomas More, the patron saint of lawyers. We strive to fulfill this mission by:

  • Facilitating access to the sacraments of the Church
  • Providing a forum for Christian fellowship, prayer, and growth
  • Regularly offering lectures and discussion opportunities on matters of faith and morals, especially as they pertain to our vocations in the law
  • Offering opportunities for public service
  • By living lives worthy of the title Christian and by holding fast to and proclaiming, in season and out of season, the teachings of the Gospels and the Magisterium of the Church, in the likeness of our patron, St. Thomas More, under the protection of Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph, and for the Glory of Christ our King

Our activities are open to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. We hope that participation in these activities will make us better equipped to bring Christ’s light to the world through our vocation to the legal profession. For more information, please contact us via email.

President, Michael Barrett
Vice President, Seth Bostrom
Secretary, Patrick Button
Treasurer, Erin Daugherty
Spiritual Chair, Kristi Denny
Service Chair, Zvonimir Sola
Social Chairs, Renee Davis

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

President, Annalee McGlone
Vice President, Megan Davis

Advisor, Michael Jenuwine

Student Bar Association

The Student Bar Association is the student government at the Law School; all students are considered members. The association performs various tasks related to student life, both social and academic, such as orientation, appointment of students to various faculty committees, intramural athletics and several social functions throughout the year. More generally, the officers attempt to represent student interests in any matter of sufficient importance. At the national level, the association is a member of the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.

President, Lauren Nottoli
Vice President, Hans Kessler
Secretary, Zach Milvo
Treasurer, Ariell Bratton
ABA Student Representatives, Kate Fitzgerald and Anthony Kroese
ISBA Representative, Dan Harting
3L Representatives, Joe Beglane, Aly Hughes and Esha Kamboj
2L Representatives, Athena Aherrera, Joel Freeborn and A.J. Martinez
Honor Council Prosecutor, Steven Baldwin
3L Honor Council Representative, Matt Wesley
2L Honor Council Representatives, Juwan Hubbard, Shannon Lewry, and Ishpal Sidhu
Admissions Representatives, Emily Logue, Marissa Rodriguez, Hillary Krill, Kristin Baltazar and Tom McHugh
Curriculum Committee, Jimmy Schwabe
Social, Anthony Kroese, Jon Carfagno, Luis Vargas, Meredith Montrose
Community Service, Brock Burnick, Tia Paulette, Katie Hickey
Athletic, Adam Roundy, Michael Ols, Matt P. Clark, and Jon Altstadter
Merchandise, Matt Doherty, Matt Witsman, and Samantha Lyew
CDO, Seth Yarkony and Brendan Barber
London, Kelly Anderson, and Angelo Labate
Undergraduate Liaison, Shelby Niemann
Alumni Relations, Claudia Tran and Brendan Barber
Graduate School Liaison, Paul Klecha
Transfer, John Ceccio
Spiritual Life, Kristi Denny and Erin Daugherty

Advisor: Lloyd Mayer

Women’s Legal Forum

The Women’s Legal Forum exists to promote discussion and understanding of legal issues affecting women and of issues affecting women lawyers and their colleagues. We fulfill this purpose through educational events, community service and the promotion of debate and discussion within the law school community.

President, Vicky Rusanova
Vice President of Event Planning, Katie Hickey
Vice President of Community Service, Hope Tone
Vice President of Public Relations, Laura Myers
Vice President of Funds, Lindsay Brewis

Advisor: Amy Barrett