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
American Constitution Society
Asian Law Students Association
Baylor Business Law Society
Baylor Environmental and Natural Resource Law Society-BENRLS
Baylor Law Entrepreneurship Society
Baylor Law Outdoors Club
Baylor Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Baylor Public Interest Legal Society
Christian Legal Society
Delta Theta Phi
Diversity in Law
Entertainment Law Society
Federalist Society
Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society
Hispanic Law Students Association
International Justice Mission
IP Society
Law Auxiliary
Law Review
LEAD Counsel
Longhorn Bar Association
Military Law Society
Native American Law Student Association
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
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

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 - Rachel Cragg
    • Vice President - Colton Nixon
    • Treasurer - David Eskew
    • Secretary - Brian Shepherd
    • Events Coordinator - Jonathan Wielenga
  • 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: Ashley Richardson
    • Vice President: Sarah Beth Toben
    • Secretary: Max Moran
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Walt Shelton
Baylor Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

The Baylor Law School 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: Madeleine Traeger
    • Secretary: Nick Fitzpatrick
    • Treasurer: Kyle Stone
    • ABA Clinic Liaison: Christen Dannhaus
    • Social Relations & Social Media Director: 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 School 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 School’s faculty and administration.

  • EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
    • President: Gracie Wood
    • Vice President: Hailee Zeichner
    • Secretary: Georgi Garza
    • Adoption Day Donationas Chair: Taylor Roblyer
    • Adoption Day Decorations Chair: Leah Tucker
    • Adoption Day Food Chair: Bailey Strohmeyer
    • Adoption Day Games Co-Chairs: Pablo Martinez and Brian Shepherd
  • 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: Savannah Hostetter
    • Vice-President: Aaron Ackerman
    • Secretary: Colton Nixon
    • Treasurer: Carlos Alferez
    • Director of Studies: David (Aaron) Dekle
    • Director of Missions: Si Alford
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Brandon Quarles
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: Luis Herrera
    • Vice President: Ena Abadzic
    • Secretary: Aryanna Bradford
    • 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
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: Patrick Kelly
    • Vice President: Marc Madrigal
    • Vice President of Publicity: Taylor Levesque
    • Vice President of Membership: Joseph Shaneyfelt
    • Vice President of Logistics: Claire Dykeman
    • Vice President of Events: Ward Weber
    • Treasurer: Angela Gowing
  • 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 Law School Order of Barristers.

  • OFFICERS
    • President: Reid McKinney
    • Vice President: Ashley Bigbie
    • Barrister Office: Brian Shepherd
  • FACULTY ADVISORS
    • Professor Luke Meier
    • Professor Mike Berry
Hispanic Law Students Association

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: Matthew Hinojosa
    • Vice President: Andrew Martinez
    • Co-Vice President: Carlos Alferez
    • Secretary: Luis Herrera
    • Point Person for Bar Association: Kody Banda
  • FACULTY ADVISORS
    • Professor Laura Hernandez
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: Morgan Blair
    • Vice President: Courtney Haggett
    • Treasurer: Brenda Carrillo
    • Secretary: Daniel Krchnavek
    • Ambassador: Robert "Drew" Beatty
    • Committee Engagement Chair: Jess Gambrell
    • Fundraising Chair: Daniel Basham
    • Conference Chair: Ali Mosser
  • 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 Law Society

The Military Law 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 School 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: Angela Valencia-Gowing
    • Vice President: Kevin Miller
    • Projects Coordinator: Joshua Doran
    • Secretary: Shaina Hayes
    • Treasurer: Drew Beatty
    • Double Bear Liaison: Angela Valencia-Gowing
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Professor Bridget Fuselier
Native American Law Student Association
  • OFFICERS
    • Chair: Patrick Crosby
    • Vice Chair: Sheyanna Osceola
    • Community Outreach: Tori Coates
    • Conference Coordinator: Emily Long
    • Treasurer: Christian Truelove
    • Secretary: Tatianna Struble
Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta is a professional organization devoted to serving law students, fostering high standards of professional responsibility and ethics, improving the legal profession, and promoting justice and equality under the law for all people. Phi Alpha Delta helps law students in several ways including publications and programs to help survive the first year of law school. Continuing services include contacts with lawyers, professors, judges, and other legal professionals that can lead to outstanding employment opportunities. Continuing legal education through practical programs and leadership development opportunities are also an integral part of P.A.D. membership.

  • OFFICERS
    • Justice: Taylor Roblyer
    • Vice Justice: Christina Grey
    • Treasurer: Rebeckah Lawson
    • Secretary/Clerk: Leah Tucker
    • Marshall: Katy Thompson
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Stephen Rispoli, Asst. Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs
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 and Election Code

  • Summer 2017 - Fall 2017

  • OFFICERS
    • Executive President: Gracie Wood
    • Executive Vice-President: Daniel Pellegrin
    • Executive Treasurer: Jordan Jarreau
    • Executive Secretary: Taylor Levesque
    • Executive Parliamentarian: Patrick Crosby
    • 3L President: Hayley Glisson
    • 3L Vice-President: Megan Servage
    • 3L Secretary/Treasurer: Reid Burley
    • 2L President: Sammy Rajaratnam
    • 2L Vice-President: Mason Dunnam
    • 2L Secretary/Treasurer: Ali Mosser
    • 1L President: Andrew Martinez
    • 1L Vice-President: Kody Banda
    • 1L Secretary/Treasurer: LorAnn Newman
    • State Bar Senior Representative: Ena Abadzic
    • State Bar Junior Representative: Kurt Metscher
    • American Bar Sr. Representative: Michael Cupero
    • American Bar Jr. Representative: Samantha Leifeste
    • Student Relations Member: Colton Nixon
  • 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: Tara McAfee
    • Executive Vice-President: Bailey Strohmeyer
    • Vice President of Development: Joshua Dunegan
  • 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: Carrie Foster
    • Vice-President: Courtney Haggett
    • Secretary: Leah Towe
    • Treasurer: Georgi Garza
    • Event Coordinator: Ena Abadzic
  • FACULTY ADVISOR
    • Associate Dean Leah Jackson Teague