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Student Organizations

Agriculture Law Society

The Agricultural Law Association is a revived student organization dedicated to promoting an area of law that surrounds the Ohio Northern community. We are focused on legal issues that are both current and relevant to our region as well as interesting agricultural matters that occur throughout country. While agricultural law seems like a narrow, specialized field, it incorporates an extensive portion of the law, including: estate planning, succession planning, business law, intellectual property, property and land use, insurance law, etc. Organization members will have the opportunity to learn from experienced individuals in the agricultural field.

  • President: Bailey Higgins
  • Vice President: Shelby Core
  • Treasurer: Michael Kasler
  • Secretary: McKenzie Klingler
  • Advisor: Prof. Bales

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

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BLSA seeks to enhance the welfare and interest of minority groups by assisting with information pertaining to the law school, the securing of financial assistance, seeing that the curriculum is attentive and relevant to the needs of minority students and assisting in the preparation of an adequate orientation program for new minority students. BLSA promotes the social, intellectual, cultural and professional development of minority students. The organization also serves as a vehicle to encourage its members and all law students to give back to the community.

  • President: Antone Ryan
  • Vice President: Seulgi Han
  • Secretary: Brittany Mason
  • Treasurer: Felicia Charles
  • Advisor: Prof. Clarke

Christian Legal Society (CLS)

The goals of the society are mutual support and encouragement, fellowship and spiritual growth of students at the Law School who identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ, in order to more faithfully live out that commitment in their personal and academic lives. CLS prepares students for future lives as Christian attorneys and to provide a witness and outreach for Jesus Christ in the law school community.

  • President: Ianna Richardson
  • Vice President: Monique Muldrew-Mason
  • Treasurer: Jonathan "Grant" Neal
  • Secretary: Brianna Woods
  • Advisor: Prof. Newell

CRIMINAL LAW SOCIETY (CLS)

The purpose of the Criminal Law Society shall be to promote awareness within the law school community of the criminal justice system. Additionally, the society promotes a sense of social responsibility and community service in its members and programs. The CLS seeks to provide a forum wherein all perspectives concerning criminal justice may be addressed without partiality toward one particular interest. The society strives to present a view of the criminal justice system which introduces students to the functions of various criminal justice and law enforcement agencies.

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

The Environmental Law Society at ONU is a Chapter of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies. We are a fairly small group of law students that try to raise awareness about environmental law and related issues. Our primary objective last year was to fundraise in order to make it possible to host more speakers in the future. This year we tried to incorporate more practical skills activities, an example being a library research activity for the first-year students. This semester we will likely be traveling to Columbus to share lunch with several environmentla lawyers in the areas, as well as plan more legal skills activities.

The ELS promotes awareness and discussion of current environmental law and policy issues. ELS seeks to provide Ohio Northern University law students opportunities to learn, become actively involved in environmental projects within the school, network with professionals, and strengthen their practical skills.

  • President: Phillip Truitt
  • Vice President: Meghan Murphy
  • Treasurer: Dalia Aboraya
  • Secretary: Khaled Jaouhari
  • Student Liaison: Alejandra Quintana-Perez 
  • Advisor: Prof. Raack

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Poicy Studies, most frequently called simply the Federalist Society, is an organization of conservatives and libertarians seeking reform of the current American legal system in accordance with a textualist or originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Through speaking events, lectures, and other activities, the Federalist Society provides a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with members of the legal profession, the judiciary, law students, and academics.

The purpose of the Society is to foster critical thought and debate about the application of conservative principles to the law. The Society embraces the principle that the State exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to the integrity of the Constitution of the United States of America, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is - not what it thinks it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system so as to places a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also entails restoring recognition of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students, and professors.

  • President: Stephen Fondriest
  • Vice President: David Roth
  • Treasurer: Kelly Ranttila
  • Secretary: John Willamoski
  • Advisor: Prof. Gerber

Icelandic Legal Exchange Program (ILEP)

Founded in 1960 by Dean Eugene Hanson of the ONU College of Law and the Dean of the University of Iceland’s School of Law, the Icelandic Legal Exchange Program (ILEP) promotes the understanding of differences between the legal systems of Iceland and the United States. ILEP is a cultural exchange program that fosters education and understanding through interaction between ONU Law Students and Icelandic law students.

For a week during late October, Icelandic law students from the University of Iceland stay with ILEP members in their homes here in Ada. The Icelandic students are exposed to the American legal system through a series of events organized by ILEP members. Trips with the Icelanders usually include trips to the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Statehouse, and a prison tour. ONU law students who participate in the program are then given a stipend to visit Iceland during Spring Break in early March. ONU students who travel to Iceland during spring break get an introduction to not only the Icelandic legal system, but also the rich Icelandic culture. The program is free to join and is one of the few organizations in the entire University that allows interaction with students from another country.

  • President: Ryan Morrow
  • Vice President: Joseph Sukup
  • Treasurer: Brittany Jones
  • Secretary: Brittney Ciarlo
  • Marketing/Alumni: Khaled Jaouhari
  • Fundraising: Samantha Valent
  • Advisor: Prof. Armstrong

The Campus Chapter of the International Justice Mission (CCIJM)

International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organization, working in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, that advocates for victims of violence in developing countries. IJM works with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, prosecute criminals, provide aid to survivors and victims, and strengthen the justice systems. IJM combats violence which includes sex trafficking, forced labor slavery, illegal property grabbing, police abuse of power, child sexual assault, and citizenship rights abuse. IJM has rescued more than 23,000 people from violence and oppression, and has helped protect 21 million people worldwide from violence.

  • President: 
  • Volunteer Coord: 
  • Advisor: Prof. Kamatali

International Law Society

  • President: Alejandra Quintana-Perez
  • Vice President: Joshua Onyemachi
  • Treasurer: Andrea Thompson
  • Secretary: Khaled Jaouhari
  • Advisor: Prof. Fenton

LAMBDA Law Students' Association

It is the purpose of the LAMBDA Law Students' Association to increase and maintain awareness among members of the Ohio Northern University and the College of Law communities of the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals.

  • President: Adam Andrae
  • Vice President: Rebecca Curtiss
  • Treasurer: Erica Ortega
  • Secretary: Charlotte Janovyak
  • Civil Rights Chair: 
  • Special Events Chair: 
  • Advisor: Deidré Keller

Law Review

The Ohio Northern University Law Review, a highly respected law journal of the College of Law, is edited and published by the students. Published three times a year, the Law Review consists of leading articles on current legal topics, student comments on legislation and selected symposia presentations on varied legal topics. Membership in the Law Review has traditionally been one of the highest honors awarded to a student of the College of Law.

  • Editor in Chief: Chris Calpin
  • Managing Editor: Mike Vervoort
  • Lead Articles Editor: Conner Brightwell
  • Student Articles Editor: Sarah DuFresne
  • Manuscript Editor: Samantha Valent
  • Citations Editor: Tyler Lane
  • Articles Research Editors: Paul Ratcliffe & Joseph Suszczynski
  • Symposium Editor: Sujuan Johnson
  • Advisor: Prof. O’Melinn

LAW SCHOOL DEMOCRATS

The ONU Law Democrats seek to promote progressive political change and raise awareness of how politics affect our laws and our lives. We strive to help law students become engaged political activists and leaders. Law Dems work to organize students in support of Democratic candidates and issues. Our activities include panels on using a JD in politics and fora on important political and legal issues, Election Day poll monitoring, and social events as well as hosting speakers and candidate debates.

Legal Association of Women (LAW)

Legal Association of Women is devoted to promoting discussion and action regarding a broad spectrum of issues concerning women, their relationship to the law and to the law school. L.A.W. seeks to provide a forum for addressing legal issues that affect future women attorneys with the goal of fostering equality both within the College of Law community as well as the community at large through various activities and events.

  • President: Dalia Aboraya
  • Vice President: Mary Batten
  • Secretary: Madeleine Burnette-McGrath
  • Treasurer: Britta Chudzik
  • Social Chair: Seulgi Han
  • Advisor: Prof. Sabol

LAW STUDENTS FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE (LSRJ)

Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) advocate for the advancement of the understanding of reproductive justice and its place in the legal community. Reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise their rights and access the resources they need to decide whether, when, and how to have and/or parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. LSRJ encourages multi-issue activism and the integration of reproductive rights law and justice into legal education in order to further scholarly discourse and to increase learning opportunities about law students’ and new lawyers’ roles in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. LSRJ offers experiences and opportunities to develop law students’ leadership, advocacy, and legal skills and build a foundation of lasting support for reproductive justice within the legal community.

Moot Court

The primary purpose of the Moot Court program is to provide an opportunity for law students to improve oral advocacy and brief writing skills through participation in appellate and trial advocacy competitions.

  • Chief Justice: Bailey Higgins
  • Administrative Justice: Dylan Smith
  • Presiding Justice: Spencer Mathis
  • Associate Justice: Matthew Schreiber
  • Associate Justice: McKenzie Klingler
  • Advisor: Prof. Raack

Phi Alpha Delta International Fraternity (PAD)

The mission of Phi Alpha Delta is to promote the ideals of the legal profession into law students. PAD strives to do that through community service, continuing education, and social activities to promote fraternalism. The purpose of the Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting 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; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable profession and public service.

Motto: Service to the student, to the school, the profession, and the community.

  • Chief Justice: Carter Brown
  • Vice Justice: Kathryn Harvey
  • Clerk: Ianna Richardson
  • Treasurer: Caitlin DeBruin
  • Marshall: Monique Muldrew-Mason
  • Advisor: Prof. Sabol

Public Interest Law Association (PILA)

The Public Interest Law Association supports and encourages students who wish to use their legal education for the public good. PILA encourages students to participate in opportunities in the government and non-pofit sector, and supports students in their search for such opportunities. Additionally, the goal of the organization is to increase knowledge, awareness, and interest in the field of public interest law. Students are encouraged to work with local pro bono and public interest attorneys to identify and assist in substantive areas of law affecting their community. The organization also hosts a number of events including benefits for local charities.

  • President: McKenzie Klingler
  • Vice President: Meghan Murphy
  • Secretary: Madeleine Burnette-McGrath
  • Treasurer: John Willamowski
  • Advisor: Prof. Mittendorf

 

Street Law Society

Street law is an interactive student organization that visits local high schools to teach students about the law and legal process. Members form small groups and travel to schools to coach students in preparation for an area-wide mock trial competition. Street Law and ONU host the moot court competition on campus during the Spring semester and the high school students argue against eachother. The best advocates and witnesses are recognized with individual awards and the best school overall wins a trophy that is circulated annually between past winners and new champions. Street law is a great way to give back to the community and to do something that positively impacts local kids. Participation in Street Law for 30 hours in the Spring semester will qualify law students to earn a Pro Bono Designation on their transcripts.

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

The ONU Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.

  • President: Heather Warren
  • Vice President: Andrea Thompson
  • Secretary: Kelly Claxton
  • Treasurer: Alejandra Quintana-Perez
  • Advisor: Melissa Kidder

Student Bar Association (SBA)

The Student Bar Association at ONU exists as a form of student governance. Each student at the law school is automatically a member of SBA. SBA organizes several events a year, including the Race Judicata and the Barrister's Ball. It also helps fund other events in conjunction with other student organizations. The goal of the organization is to foster a spirit of collegiality and community within the law school. Representative elections are held during the fall semester, and the executive board is elected each spring.

  • President: Erica Ortega
  • Vice President: Brianna Woods
  • Secretary: Seulgi Han
  • Treasurer: Sarah DeFresne
  • Parliamentarian: Morgan Kinyon
  • Sergeant at Arms: Gloria Anicete
  • ABA Representative: Meghan Murphy
  • Alumni Representative: James Stolly
  • Senator: Alejandra Quintana-Perez
  • Senator: Emily Peters
  • Advisor: Deanna Cira