Student Organizations

GET INVOLVED!

Even though you have little free time, student organizations are a great way to get to know people with similar interests, learn about a substantive area of law, or serve the community around you. If you do not see an organization in which you would like to get involved, consider starting one. See Stephen Rispoli for information about starting a new student organization at Baylor Law.
ACLU
Administrative Law Society
American Constitution Society
Baylor Business Law Society
Baylor Environmental and Natural Resource Law Society-BENRLS
Baylor Law Entrepreneurship Society
Baylor Law Outdoors Club
Baylor Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Baylor Public Interest Legal Society
Christian Legal Society
Criminal Law Society
Delta Theta Phi
Diversity in Law
       Asian American Law Student Association
       Black Law Student Association
       Hispanic American Law Student Association
Entertainment Law Society
Federalist Society
Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society
International Justice Mission
IP Society
Law Auxiliary
Law Review
LEAD Counsel
Longhorn Bar Association
Military & Veterans Legal Society
Native American Law Student Association
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
Sports Law Society
Student Bar Association
Texas Aggie Bar Association
Women's Legal Society
 

VETERANS SERVICES

The Provost's office is pleased to announce a new initiative to recognize and support student veterans enrolled at Baylor. The mission of VETS (Veteran Educational and Transition Services) is to promote the academic success of student veterans at Baylor University. Part of the Paul L. Foster Success Center, although located in the Army ROTC facility, the VETS office is staffed by a VETS Transition Coach, Mrs. LaNette Thompson, and I serve as the VETS Coordinator.

Currently about 100 student veterans are attending Baylor, with many having recently returned from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. VETS offers a transition course for new student veterans and ongoing support for all student veterans (see Veteran Educational and Transition Services (VETS) for more information). In addition, one of the goals of the VETS program is to identify Baylor faculty and staff who are veterans or who have immediate family members currently serving in the military. If you are a veteran or have a family member serving, please send an email to VETS@baylor.edu


Student Organizations

Leadership and Advisors

Administrative Law Society

The Administrative law directly impacts every other type of major practice area! Baylor Administrative Law Society has been formed to further educate and prepare students for working within administrative law. Our goal is to meet industry and government leaders to understand the world from an administrative law perspective and create a network across our fields of interest.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Jennifer Griffin
    • Vice President: Coby Steele
    • Treasurer: Hayley Reid
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Beal
American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is a progressive legal organization. The group’s stated mission is 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.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Will Nilsson
    • Vice President: Brian Wisenbaker
    • Secretary: Sky Schoolfield
    • National ACS Outreach Chair: Cody Chapple
    • Event Planner: Kylie Calabrese
    • Social Media Chair: Conner Dyer
    • Chairman of the Board: Rohit Dhar
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Beal
Baylor Business Law Society

The Baylor Business Law Society’s purpose is to connect business law oriented students with each other, with attorneys practicing in the field, and with other business professionals. The organization already has preliminary support from the State Bar of Texas Business Law Section and from practicing attorneys across the state. One vision for the organization is to sponsor events in connection with the State Bar that bring awareness of transactional law practice that Baylor Law students may not ordinarily be exposed to. Additionally, the Business Law Society plans on sponsoring networking events with our peers and with professionals and attorneys.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Colton Nixon
    • Vice President: Brian Shepherd
    • Treasurer: Jackson Wren
    • Secretary: Sheridan Berry
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Elizabeth Miller
Baylor Environmental and Natural Resource Law Society - BENRLS

The Environmental and Natural Resource Law Society is committed to improving student awareness and education in the field of environmental affairs from ethical, legal, scientific, economic, policy, and sociological perspectives.  This is accomplished through student programs, organizing, and education.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Sarah Beth Toben
    • Vice President: Kody Banda
    • Secretary: Max Moran
    • Treasurer: Drew Harding
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Walt Shelton
Baylor Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Baylor Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is dedicated to protecting the lives of animals and advancing their interests through the legal system. To advance these goals, SALDF works to improve the lives of animals in Texas through volunteer work, fundraising, and support for trap-neuter-return programs. SALDF also seeks to educate law students and the surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse. SALDF is affiliated with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Christina Grey
    • Vice President: Beckah Lawson
    • Secretary: Nick Fitzpatrick
    • Treasurer: Kyle Stone
    • Media/ABA Clinic Liaison: Jamie Bluntzer
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Rory Ryan
Baylor Public Interest Legal Society

The Baylor Public Interest Legal Society is a service-oriented organization which exists to serve Baylor Law and the Waco community in facilitating the involvement of students in public interest institutions and programs.  The Society coordinates and encourages the efforts of students, faculty and administration in promoting public interest issues on campus and in the community.  The Society also assists students in obtaining internships, externships, and employment in public interest fields in coordination with Baylor Law’s faculty and administration.

  • EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
    • President: Hailee Yip
    • Vice President: LorAnn Newman
    • Secretary: Chele Naudin
    • Treasurer: Claire Mosley
    • Adoption Day Fundraising Chair: Sarah Beth Toben and Ashley Richardson
    • Adoption Day Decorations Chair: Samantha Leifeste and Miranda Chavez
    • Adoption Day Donation Chair: Christina Rosendahl and Madison Humphreys
    • Adoption Day Games Co-Chairs: Haley Mowdy & Ann Vondrak
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Bridget Fuselier
Christian Legal Society

The Christian Legal Society is an organization composed of current Baylor law students. This organization's primary goals are to provide an opportunity for fellowship among Christians within the Law School community and to be a source of encouragement and support for those who need it. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Travis Westbrook
    • Vice-President: Maddie Schimming
    • Secretary: Chele Naudin
    • Missions Coordinator and Treasurer: Alli Szabo
    • Director of Bibilical Studies: Si Alford
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Brandon Quarles
Criminal Law Society

The purposes of the Criminal Law Society are to increase exploration and dialogue in the field of criminal law; to create opportunities for students who are interested in criminal law by hosting speakers, holding networking events, organizing field trips, providing career development programs, advocating for necessary reform, and engaging in community service; and to promote welfare in the community through activities such as public awareness seminars, community service projects. The Criminal Law Society will host events throughout the year, bringing practitioners, academics, judges, and policymakers to campus. 

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Tycha J. Kimbrough
    • Vice President: Katie L. Gomez
    • Events Coordinator: Katarina Roach
    • Secretary: Megan Ferguson
  • FACULTY ADVISORS
    • Professor Brian Serr

Diversity in Law

The Diversity in Law Association exists to serve as a professional organization, support system, and social club for minority law students. It maintains contact with various national organizations such as the Hispanic National Bar Association, the Black Law Student Association, and the Asian Law Society, but our local group works as a united organization for issues and concerns of minority students. Membership is open to all students.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Olaoluwa Israel
    • Vice President: Hanna Santasawatkul
    • Secretary: Zoe Phelps
    • Treasurer: Patrick Kelly
    • Social Chairs: Marc Madrigal and Doni Mazaheri-Mirzaei
    • Community Outreach Chair: Asha Brown
  • FACULTY ADVISORS
    • Professor Patricia Wilson
    • Professor Laura A. Hernandez

Asian American Law Student Association

The Asian American Law Student Association represents the interests of Asian law students by providing advocacy, support, and networking opportunities while serving as a social, cultural, and academic resource to Baylor Law students. AALSA also aims to give back to the Waco community by volunteering and being a part of BPILS' Annual Adoption Day.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Zoe Phelps
    • Vice President: Rohit Dhar
    • Secretary: Katherine Hancock
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Laura Hernandez

Black Law Student Association

BLSA (Black Law Student Association) is a sub-group of DIL (Diversity in Law) our goal as an organization is to; increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Olaoluwa Israel
    • Vice President: Donte Jones
    • Secretary: Ann Taylor
    • Treasurer: Devante Marshall
    • Event Coordinator: Katarina Roach

Hispanic American Law Student Association

Hispanic American Law Student Association (HALSA) is a sub-group of Diversity in Law. The purposes of HALSA shall be to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Hispanic law students by utilizing the collective resources of the law school and the legal community; to focus upon the relationship of the Hispanic attorney to the American structure; to instill in the Hispanic law student a greater awareness of commitment to the needs of the Hispanic-American community; to foster and encourage the advancement of Hispanic students in the pursuit of law; and to do all things necessary and lawful to accomplish these purposes.

To become a member, the interested party should contact the president or vice president of the HALSA, which will be determined at the beginning of each spring quarter. 

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Andrew Martinez
    • President-Elect: Briana Gongora
    • Vice President: Andromeda Vega Rubio
    • Secretary: Maria Toscano
    • Treasurer: Stefan Garcia
    • Point Person for Bar Association: Kody Banda
    • Community Outreach: Alicia Alvarado
  • FACULTY ADVISORS
    • Professor Laura Hernandez

Entertainment Law Society

The goal of the Baylor Entertainment Law Society will be to prepare students for the wide range of legal careers within the entertainment industry through a vast avenue of resources such as exposure to current topics and trends within the industry by guest lecturers and experienced professionals working in Film, Television, Music and Theater. Further we will hold networking events with Baylor Lawyers and other prominent names in the Entertainment Law field.

  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Laura A. Hernandez
Federalist Society

The Baylor Law Federalist Society is a group of law students united by conservative and libertarian philosophies on law and government. Philosophically, we are a non-partisan organization dedicated to the principles that the state exists to preserve liberty, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. Every year, we bring in prominent scholars, judges, practitioners, and politicians to meet with members and speak on a variety of constitutional and legal issues.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Amber Hernandez
    • Vice President: Jacob DeKeratry
    • Treasurer: Andy Truelove
    • Membership Chair: Chele Naudin
    • Public Relations Chair: Angela Gowing
    • Speaker Chair: AJ Horner
    • Moot Chair: Haley Mowdy
    • Social Chair: Gabriel Maliha
    • Discussion Co-Chairs: Joshua Richardson, Clay Robison
    • President Emeritus: Patrick Kelly
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Rory Ryan
Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society

The Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society conducts bi-annual intramural competitions, one in the fall and one in the spring. The moot court competitions enable interested students to gain experience in appellate advocacy. Participants, working in teams of two, prepare an appellate brief and develop and present oral arguments to panels of judges. Members of the finalist teams are eligible for admission to the Baylor Barrister Society.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Ashley Bigbie
    • Vice President: Dave Thomas
    • Barrister Office: Patrick Crosby
  • FACULTY ADVISORS
    • Professor Luke Meier
    • Professor Mike Berry
LEAD Counsel

Leadership, Engagement, and Development, or LEAD Counsel for short, is a student organization comprised of Baylor Law Students. The purpose of this group is to equip and inspire law students to serve in the public arena, whether that be as officeholders, lobbyists, or leaders in the non-profit sector. LEAD Counsel will accomplish this mission in the following ways: organizing and hosting an annual conference by lawyers for lawyers, focused on leadership within our communities, with the purpose of engaging an inspiring members of the legal profession to get involved in public life; an annual service effort in partnership with local civic leaders; and an annual fundraiser in support of our service effort. For more information, email LEAD Counsel.

  • OFFICER
    • President: Cassie Patterson
    • Vice President: Blaine Hill
    • Treasurer/Fundraising: Megan Ferguson
    • Secretary: Taylor McConnell
    • Ambassador: Sarah Brown
    • Committee Engagement Chair: Claire Mosley
    • Conference Chair: Emily Long
  • ADVISOR
    • Stephen Rispoli, Asst. Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs
Longhorn Bar Association

The Baylor School of Law Texas Exes Society is an organization composed of present and former law students who are also former students of the University of Texas.

  • ADVISOR
    • Stephen Rispoli, Asst. Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs
Military & Veterans Legal Society

The Military & Veterans Legal Society was founded with three goals in mind. First, the Society aims to promote scholarly discussion of the military justice system, national security, veterans affairs, and other related topics affecting law students, legal professionals, and current, former, or prospective members of the armed forces of the United States of America. Secondly, the Society hopes to foster the professional development of its members by organizing military and civilian career panels, hosting topically relevant debates, coordinating physical fitness events, and building social ties between its members, the Baylor Law community, and the citizens of the greater Waco area. Finally, it strives to provide support to current and former members of our armed forces through fundraisers and community service events.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Taylor McConnell
    • Vice President: Mark Siegmund
    • Projects Coordinator: Joshua Doran
    • Secretary: Lanie Bennett
    • Treasurer: Drew Beatty
    • Projects Coordinator: Austin Byrom
    • Double Bear Liaison: Angela Valencia-Gowing
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Bridget Fuselier
Native American Law Student Association

The purpose of the Baylor Law School NALSA shall be to: articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Native Law Students and their allies; foster and encourage professional competence; focus upon the relationship of the Native American Law Student, the Native American Attorney and their allies to the American legal structure; instill in every attorney and Law Student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Native American community; influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Native American community; adopt and implement a policy of economic independence; encourage law students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.

  • OFFICERS
    • Chair: Sheyanna Osceola
    • Vice Chair: Tori Coates
    • Secretary: Emily Long
    • Treasurer: Christian (Andy) Truelove
    • Community Outreach: Tori Coates
    • Conference Coordinator: Emily Long
    • Fundraising Director: Joe Doke
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Jenny Branson, Asst Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Sports Law Society

As the sports industry continues to grow in the twenty first century, lawyers and the legal field must stay up-to-date with the newest trends and how they may impact old and new laws. This organization exists to provide a robust social networking tool for students, encourage students to find their passion within the fields of sports, and to expand students’ knowledge about and opportunities of where the law can facilitate the successes in sports.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Miranda Chavez
    • Vice President: Sam Simmons
    • Treasurer: Lee Lazear
    • Secretary: Haley Mowdy
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Mike Rogers and Daniel Hare
Student Bar Association

Every student in the Law School is a member of the Student Bar Association, which has as its objectives the promotion of cooperation between students and faculty, the encouragement of association of students with members of the bar, and student governance in the Law School. The Student Bar Association is a charter member of the American Law Student Association, sponsored by the American Bar Association. The officers of the Association consist of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and parliamentarian.  These officers plus the officers of the three classes constitute the Board of Governors. Dues are $2.25 per hour per quarter.  The Association sponsors many social activities and fundraisers and also assists entering students with the adjustment to the law school environment by providing each student with a “Law Buddy.”

Student Bar Association Constitution
Student Bar Association Election Code

  • Summer 2018 - Fall 2018

  • OFFICERS
    • Executive President: Ali Mosser
    • Executive Vice-President: Ben Koshy
    • Executive Treasurer: Daniel Pellegrin
    • Executive Secretary: LorAnn Newman
    • Executive Parliamentarian: Sara Beth Toben
    • 3L President: Sammy Rajaratnam
    • 3L Vice-President: Mason Dunnam
    • 3L Secretary/Treasurer: Emily Rice
    • 2L President: Blaine Hill
    • 2L Vice-President: Ann Vondrak
    • 2L Secretary/Treasurer: Gabriel Maliha
    • 1L President: Bernardo Gonzales
    • 1L Vice-President: Miles Moody
    • 1L Secretary:  Jessica Washington
    • State Bar Senior Representative: Bryson Manning
    • State Bar Junior Representative: Sarah Van Sciver
    • American Bar Sr. Representative: AJ Horner
    • American Bar Jr. Representative: Chandler Dean
    • Student Relations Member: Tyler Cortinas
    • Apparel Chair: Miranda Chavez
  • ADVISOR
    • Stephen Rispoli, Asst. Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs
Texas Aggie Bar Association

The Baylor School of Law Texas A & M Club is an organization composed of present and former law students who are also former students of Texas A & M University. The club enables Aggies to continue their Aggie traditions once they have moved a little farther north up Highway 6. Activities include social get-togethers, recruiting on the A & M campus, maintaining contacts with Aggie lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals, and law school Muster. In addition, one of the club's primary goals is raising money to endow a scholarship in memory of Aggie and Dean Emeritus Angus S. McSwain, Jr. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Aggie at the Law School.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Hannah Santasawatkul
    • Vice-President: Elisa Forestier
    • Vice President of Development: Sarah Van Sciver
    • Vice President of Finance: Jared McHazlett
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Luke Meier
Women's Legal Society

The Baylor Law Women’s Legal Society is dedicated to bringing the law school community together to provide a forum that supports women and empowers future female leaders through mentorship, philanthropy, and education.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Andromeda Vega Rubio
    • Vice-President: Vaibhavi Parmar
    • Secretary: Maria Toscano
    • Treasurer: Kylie Calabrese
    • Event Coordinator: Ashley Shultz
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Associate Dean Leah Jackson Teague