Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
President: Sarah Chambers | Vice President: John Persinger | Treasurer: LaDawn Burnett | Secretary: Vincent Stark
The Federalist Society is comprised 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.
Hispanic American Law Association
President: Steve Marquez | Vice President: Liz Padilla | Secretary: Emmanuel Ubinas | Treasurer: Adriana Montes de Oca | Organizational Chair person: Abe Muñoz
The Hispanic American Law Association promotes the professional needs and goals of the Hispanic law student. It serves as a support group to discuss the role of the Hispanic attorney, both in the legal profession and in the Hispanic community.Membership includes some students who are bilingual and bicultural. The group is racially mixed: White, Mestizo and Black. The membership 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 purpose of the organization is not to isolate Hispanic students, but to organize activities within the Law School community to apprise other students about Hispanic issues. The Hispanic American Law Association hosts several events throughout the year, including: The Graciela Olivares Award, practice mid-term Q&A, Mexican-food cookouts or restaurant outings and excursions for Latin dancing.