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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, and insurance law. Organization members have opportunities to learn from experienced individuals in the agricultural field.

  • Advisor: Professor Rick 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.

  • Advisor: Professor C. Clarke

Christian Legal Society (CLS)

The goals of the society are mutual support and encouragement, fellowship and spiritual growth of students in the College of Law 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 provides a witness and outreach for Jesus Christ in the law school community.

  • Advisor: Professor Lauren Newell

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 who 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 first-year students. This semester, we will likely be traveling to Columbus to share lunch with several environmental lawyers and plan more legal skills activities.

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

  • President: Tiffany Schaad
  • Vice President: Katerina Linz
  • Treasurer: Cassidy Galbreath
  • Secretary: Callie Ray
  • Social Chair: Rachael Mourey
  • Advisor: Professor David 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 re-ordering 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: Ian Richardson
  • Vice President: Evan Joseph
  • Treasurer: Jonah Mitchell
  • Secretary: Margaret Kimmel
  • Advisor: Professor Scott 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.

  • President: Evan Joseph
  • Vice President: Marissa Rossetti
  • Treasurer: Gabrielle Pepple
  • Secretary: Charlyne Adams
  • Marketing/Alumni: Matt Sharp
  • Fundraising Chair: Paige Heneghan
  • Advisor: Professor Nancy Armstrong

Association for IMMIGRATION AND Refugee Reform (AIRR)

The purpose of the Association for Immigration and Refugee Reform is to promote awareness of immigration law and careers, improve the ONU College of Law’s community knowledge of immigration law and current immigration issues, and maintain contacts with students who may desire to explore immigration law. 

  • Advisor: Professor Jean-Marie Kamatali

International Law Society

The society encourages student discussion on various aspects of international law. The organization sponsors events with speakers on international topics and on career opportunities in international law. It also serves as a source of information on summer programs abroad.

  • President: Ian Richardson      
  • Vice President: Troy Brinkman
  • Treasurer: Anthony Wahlie    
  • Secretary: Nicholas Kerr
  • Policy Chair: Kyle Phillips
  • Advisor: Professor Karen Hall

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. 

  • Advisor: Professor Dallan Flake

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, Law Review consists of leading articles on current legal topics, student comments on legislation and selected symposia presentations on varied legal topics. Membership in Law Review has traditionally been one of the highest honors awarded to a student of the College of Law.

  • Editor in Chief: Jeff Williams
  • Managing Editor: Raven Venegas
  • Lead Articles Editor: Josh Carp
  • Student Articles Editor: Tiffany Schaad
  • Manuscript Editor: Lindsey Ray
  • Citations Editor: Paige Heneghan
  • Articles Research Editors: Erica Bishop & Emily Hudson
  • Symposium Editor: Maggie Kimmel
  • Advisor: Professor Dallan Flake

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. LAW seeks to provide a forum for addressing legal issues that affect future female 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: Erica Bishop
  • Vice President: Tiffany Schaad
  • Secretary: Charlyne Adams
  • Treasurer: Emily Amendola
  • Social Chair: Shelby Gawley
  • Advisor: Professor Nancy Sabol

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: Christopher Jackson              
  • Administrative Justice: Amanda Olson
  • Presiding Justice: Shayne Wilson
  • Associate Justice: David Braun
  • Associate Justice: Maria Ukattah
  • Advisor: Professor David 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; and 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: Maggie Thompson                 
  • Vice Justice: Jacob Diviney
  • Clerk: Christopher Willet
  • Treasurer: Kristopher Lowe
  • Marshal: Allison Kesler
  • Advisor: Professor Nancy 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 nonprofit 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: Marissa Rossetti
  • Vice President: Charlyne Adams
  • Secretary: Emily Amendola
  • Treasurer: Hannah Richmond
  • Auction Chair: Rachael Mourey
  • Advisor: Professor Allison Mittendorf

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)

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.

  • Advisor: Professor Melissa Kidder

Student Bar Association (SBA)

The Student Bar Association at ONU exists as a form of student governance. Each student in the law school is automatically a member of SBA. SBA organizes several events a year, including the Race Judicata and the Barristers 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: Maggie Kimmel     
  • Vice President: Christopher Willet                 
  • Secretary: Hannah Richmond
  • Treasurer: Shelby Gawley
  • Parliamentarian: Jake Diviney
  • Sergeant at Arms: Evan Joseph
  • ABA/LSD Representative: Maggie Thompson
  • Alumni Representative: Allison Kesler
  • Senator: Callie Ray
  • Senator: Elena Tierney
  • Advisor: Deanna Cira

Law School Veterans Association

The Law School Veterans Association represents veterans in the Ohio Northern University College of Law and in the Legal Profession. The association provides support for members during the law school experience and promotes awareness of veterans' issues.

  • Advisor: Professor Rebecca Rosenberg