Student Organizations

Handbook

The University of Houston Law Center extends learning beyond the classroom with a full range of student organizations, extracurricular activities, alumni networking opportunities and interscholastic competitions. Student groups represent special interests and provide important avenues to help law students succeed. Many arrange mentoring programs and match first-year students with second- or third-year students or working professionals. Others coordinate resume-writing workshops, guest speaker forums, preregistration discussions of specific course offerings, or law-related charitable efforts that benefit the community. Student groups recognized by the Law Center include:

The Advocates
Office:713-743-2190

MacKenzie Dunham madunham@central.uh.edu   Executive Chair

The Advocates is a student-run law school organization that is devoted to developing oral advocacy and improving trial and appellate presentation skills through mock trial and moot court competitions. The Advocates provide students with an opportunity to experience litigation and to develop the advocacy tools used by practicing attorneys.

Advocates for Life

Jacob Karam jmkaram@central.uh.edu   President

The Advocates for Life at the University of Houston Law Center is a chapter of a national organization of law students dedicated to promoting awareness of the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death and to fostering balanced and open discussion about the fundamental right to life in the legal community.

Aggie Law Society

Erin Kaufman ebkaufma@central.uh.edu   President

The Aggie Law Society promotes the unity of Former Students of Texas A&M University who attend UHLC. The organization intends to meet this goal through social events, fundraising, community service, networking opportunities, and informational meetings.

American Bar Association


American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Christina Beeler cmbeeler@central.uh.edu   President

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.

ACS aims to revitalize and transform the legal and policy debates occurring in law school classrooms, federal and state courtrooms, legislative hearing rooms and the media. Through student and lawyer chapters all across the country, and programs and projects at both the national and local level, ACS:

  • promotes a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy;
  • educates lawyers, law students, decision-makers and the public about the historic basis and vitality of such a vision and its importance for the lives of real people;
  • strengthens the intellectual underpinnings for progressive law and policy in the United States; and
  • continues to build a diverse and dynamic national network.

Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)
Office:713-743-2220

Xiliang "Jay" Zhang xzhang62@central.uh.edu   President

The Asian Law Students Association (ALSA) is an organization of students who share an interest in Asian affairs. The organization shares as a forum for exchanging views concerning the Asian community - both abroad and domestic. Topics of discussion include affirmative action, immigration reform, and available employment opportunities.

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

Ian Brown iebrown@central.uh.edu   President

The AIPN Student Club is to raise awareness of and encourage participation in the educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities available through membership in the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.  This organization is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to enhance the professionalism of cross-border energy negotiators throughout the world. AIPN is now comprised of more than 4,500 members in over 90 countries, representing numerous international oil and gas companies, host governments, law firms, and academic institutions, including the University of Houston Law Center.

The Association of Women in Law (AWIL)
Office:713-743-2196

Neeharika Tumati ntumati@central.uh.edu   President

The Association of Women in Law (AWIL) is an organization at the UH Law Center that provides female UHLC students with guidance, support and encouragement during their years in law school. AWIL also gives its members an opportunity to better serve their community and strives to provide a forum for law students to become familiar with women's issues in the legal profession.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Office:713-743-2221

Kourtney Collins kcollin4@central.uh.edu   President

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is the local chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. BLSA fosters and encourages the success of Black law students in law school and the legal community. Seeking to utilize the talents and resources of its members, BLSA promotes and encourages professional competence, community service and meaningful change in the local community.

Christian Legal Society (CLS)

This a wholly religious student organization organized to promote the concept of the Christian lawyer and help Christian lawyers integrate their faith with their professional lives. The organization provides a forum for the discussion of problems relating to Christianity and the law, and with bar associations and other organizations in asserting and maintaining high standards of legal ethics.

Corporate & Taxation Law Society (CTLS)

Oliver Fankhauser jofankha@central.uh.edu   President

The Corporate & Taxation Law Society is an organization dedicated to promoting the fields of Corporate and Tax law to students of the Law Center. The organization seeks to meet this goal through facilitating informative meetings, providing guidance, and promoting awareness of legal opportunities in the community.

Criminal Law Association

Kasey Brock klbrock@central.uh.edu   President

A number of UHLC students go on to practice law in the criminal field or to work for criminal law judges as clerks. The Criminal Law Association will provide a central forum for those students to discuss the issues facing judges and criminal lawyers and how the field as a whole is evolving.  The goal of the Criminal Law Association is to promote exploration and discussion about significant topics in criminal law by creating opportunities for UHLC students interested in criminal law by hosting speakers, holding networking events, providing career oriented programs, and engaging in volunteer community service. Criminal Law Association further aims to connect UHLC students from diverse backgrounds who may have contrasting career goals, but share a common interest in criminal law.

Energy and Environmental Law Society (EELS)

David "Carter" Dickenson dcdickso@central.uh.edu   President

The Energy and Environmental Law Society introduces the burgeoning fields of environmental and energy law to its members, as well as, addressing all aspects of the professions. ELS is active in community service by performing pro bono research and assisting in activities such as the Texas Coastal Cleanup.

Evening Law Students Association

Bobby Joe Dale bjdale@central.uh.edu   President

The purposes of the Evening Law Student Association (ELSA) are:  1) promote and foster development of the members through organizational activities, mentoring of new members, interaction with the Houston legal community and other worthy enterprises: 2) to provide a forum for the membership to discuss current issues; and 3) to provide a mechanism for the evening students of the University of Houston Law Center to formally present their concerns to the Deans, Faculty and Staff.

Family Law Organization

Kaitlyn Belew kebelew@central.uh.edu   President

The Family Law Organization seeks to promote legal awareness of the field of family law at the UH Law Center and Houston legal community. We provide an opportunity for students interested in family law to bond, interact, and network. Please join our group on Facebook: "UHLC Family Law Organization."

Federalist Society

Dennis Nall dcnall@central.uh.edu   President

The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of legal order. The Society seeks to promote an awareness of the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of 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.

Health Law Organization (HLO)

Stephen Countryman sacountr@central.uh.edu   President

The Health Law Organization (HLO) is an organization for students who share an interest in legal issues related to health and the health care industry. HLO provides a forum for discussion of the legal, medical and ethical issues which pertain to health law and policy, and participates in community outreach and public service events.

Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA)
Office:713-743-2219

Clarissa Medrano crmedran@central.uh.edu   President

The Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) is an organization dedicated to promoting a more successful representation of Hispanics in the legal profession and community as a whole. The organization strives to meet these goals through facilitating Hispanic students transition into Law School, providing guidance and fostering social awareness in the community.

Houston Business and Tax Law Journal
Office:713-743-0922

Christopher Vartian cbvartia@central.uh.edu   Editor in Chief
Oliver Fankhauser jofankha@central.uh.edu   Managing Editor

The Houston Business and Tax Law Journal is a student-edited journal focusing on the areas of taxation, intellectual property law, and a wide variety of business law topic such as antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate law, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, and securities. The HBTLJ serves the local and national legal communities through its publications and compliance database. HBTLJ’s goal is to facilitate academic discussion and provide insight to practical application of the law, while providing its members with the opportunity to develop their legal research and writing skills.

Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy
Office:713-743-0768

Hamish Nieh hwnieh@central.uh.edu   Editor in Chief
Andrea Ortiz aaortiz@central.uh.edu   Managing Editor

The Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy ("HJHL&P") publishes issues devoted to health law and policy topics each year. HJHL&P is operated by student editors and candidates, with the assistance of faculty editors Professor Jessica Mantel, J.D. and Professor Allison Winnike,  J.D. HJHL&P publishes an annual symposium issue in the spring.

Student candidates also write articles, which may be published in HJHL&P's issues. HJHL&P provides members with many networking opportunities with local health law attorneys during the year. Student members are selected from the top thirty-three percent of the class, those who received grades of A or A- in their Legal Research & Writing classes, and through the Law Center's annual write-on competition.

Members typically have either a background in health care or a strong interest in the field.

Houston Journal of International Law (HJIL)
Office:713-743-2212

Victoria Dessens vnargero@central.uh.edu   Editor in Chief
Yang Li yli82@central.uh.edu   Managing Editor

The Houston Journal of International Law is a scholarly legal journal that is published three times annually. Each issue includes articles by leading legal scholars, book reviews by both scholars and legal practitioners, and student- written case notes and comments on topics of international legal significance.

Houston Law Review
Office:713-743-2247

Jennifer Robichaux jrobich2@central.uh.edu   Editor in Chief
Matt Harper maharpe2@central.uh.edu   Managing Editor

The Houston Law Review is a student organization that publishes quarterly issues annually, in addition to a symposium issue each spring. The Houston Law Review contains articles on current legal issues written by academicians, judges, practicing attorneys, and other legal scholars, as well as selected Law Review students. The Review serves the local and national legal communities through its publications, but also provides its members with an opportunity to perfect their research, writing, and organizational skills.

Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA)

HYLA (Houston Young Lawyers Association) is a specialty bar association which offers an associate membership for law students. HYLA is a fun, diverse organization that gives its membership an opportunity to serve the community, socialize, network, and enjoy recreational activities. HYLA is a great way to meet people in the Houston law community, to make friends and to be leaders.

Intellectual Property Student Organization (IPSO)

Kyle Miiller krmiille@central.uh.edu   President

The Intellectual Property Student Organization is an association students working in conjunction with the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law, the greater UHLC community, and the Houston bar to foster the professional development of its membership. IPSO members have opportunities to network with leading Houston attorneys, interact with IPSO alumni, and leverage a wealth of materials and venues designed specifically to help members find employment.

International Law Society (ILS)

Xiliang "Jay" Zhang xzhang62@central.uh.edu   President

The International Law Society is an organization of students sharing an interest in international law and affairs. ILS endeavors to integrate students into this increasingly vital area of law by providing a forum for domestic and foreign students, practitioners, and academics to exchange ideas and opportunities in international law.

Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law
Office:713-743-5701

David Kobilka dakobilk@central.uh.edu   Editor in Chief Mary Deal mdeal@central.uh.edu   Chief Managing Editor

Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law is one of the few publications in the country devoted to issues related to consumer law. The Journal has been in existence for more than twenty years and is published four times a year. It is the official publication of the Consumer Law Section of the State Bar and is distributed to more than 2000 lawyers, judges, and law professors. Membership is open to any student following the completion of the first year of law school.

Labor & Employment Law Society

Aaron Ford ajford@central.uh.edu   President

Labor & Employment Law Society (LELS) is a student-led organization dedicated to helping students who are interested in the field of Labor and Employment Law.  LELS provides not only academic support in the way of mentors and an outline bank, but also seeks to enhance the academic experience
With lunch meetings, social events and fundraising efforts.  The organization will hold informational sessions about the careers in labor and employment law, as well as speaker lunches highlighting a career on both the employer and employee side.

Law & Order LSU

Brittany Gavula begavula@central.uh.edu   President

 

 

Law-Horns at the University of Houston Law Center

Samuel Saldivar sjsaldiv@central.uh.edu   President

The purpose of the this organization is to promote unity among former students of the University of Texas at Austin who attend the University of Houston Law Center, and to develop contacts with other alumni of the University of Texas involved in the field of Law. The organization intends to meet this goal through social events, fundraising, community service, networking opportunities and informational meetings.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Courtney Luther cmluther@central.uh.edu   President

The Law Students for Reproductive Justice is an advocate for reproductive rights and strive to educate UHLC students about reproductive justice issues facing both women and men across different spheres – domestic and international. We also hope to inform our fellow students of unique challenges faced by individuals from different ethnic and cultural communities and from varying economic backgrounds. Our goal is to encourage healthy and productive conversation on our campus about controversial and dynamic legal issues facing Texans and Houstonians today.

Lex Judaica

Hannah Melcher hatucker@central.uh.edu   President

 

Order of The Barons

Michael Mitchell mpmitche@central.uh.edu   Chief Baron

The Order of the Barons is the student-run scholastic honor society of the University of Houston Law Center. The purpose of The Order of the Barons is to recognize outstanding students who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their law studies.

OutLaw: Students for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Concerns

Zachary Nye zpnye@central.uh.edu   President

OutLaw: Students for GLBT Concerns is an organization devoted to the issues of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender students at the law school. All students are welcome to join regardless of sexual orientation.

Phi Alpha Delta ( PAD)

David Kobilka dakobilk@central.uh.edu   Justice

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is an international organization that encourages student leaders to discover and develop important skills as leadership, public speaking, public relations, etc. PAD provides its members with support through educational aids, professional programs, job preparation, networking, scholarships and loans, and law-related education.

Public Interest Law Organization (PILO, formerly Equal Justice Coalition)

Ricque Kidd rlkidd3@central.uh.edu   President

The Public Interest Law Organization provides support to students who choose to pursue a career in public interest law or want to make service a large part of their private practice. PILO administers a voluntary pro bono program recognized by the Dean, funds as many grants as possible to financially support students who work in the public interest during the summer, and provides information on possible job opportunities to the students.

Sports and Entertainment Law Organization

Tim Ferguson tmfergu2@central.uh.edu   President

The Sports and Entertainment Law Organization (SELO) is an organization of students that focus on career prospects and opportunities in the field of Sports Law and Entertainment.

State Bar of Texas, Law Student Division

The Law Student Division of the State Bar of Texas offers its members a variety of benefits, including numerous networking opportunities with Texas attorneys; section mentoring by legal specialists in many fields unique to Texas law; reciprocal access to other sections within the State Bar such as Business Law, Criminal Justice, and Family Law; a free monthly subscription to the Texas Bar Journal; eligibility for scholarships available exclusively to Law Student Division members; and temporary Trial Cards for 3Ls (including the summer prior to a student's 3L year) allowing formal participation, alongside a supervising attorney, in various types of trial proceedings.

St. Thomas More Society (STMS)

Katherine Seiler ktseiler@central.uh.edu   President

The St. Thomas More Society (STMS) is dedicated to the ideals of St. Thomas More, Patron Saint of Lawyers and Statesmen. STMS is an organization formed to promote education and enrichment on the moral and ethical duties of lawyers as Catholics and Christians in the world.

The Student Bar Association (SBA)
Office: 713-743-5807
Student Organizations Suite: 713-743-9333

Zachary Scott zwscott@central.uh.edu   President

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the students' organization at the Law Center. SBA represents the needs and concerns of the student body to faculty and UHLC administration, represents UHLC in the local and national law communities, serves as the umbrella organization of all other UHLC student groups, and sponsors a variety of social and networking events throughout the school year.

Veterans Society

Kyle Humphries krhumphr@central.uh.edu   President