Student Organizations

C|M|LAW has a diverse group of student organizations for a diverse population of students. Student organizations are a great way for students to serve the law school and the Cleveland community, grow personally and professionally, and network with attorneys and other persons who provide legal services. Every year our student organizations change depending upon the interest level of our students; some grow, some become inactive, and new organizations develop. The faculty and staff are here to help organizations thrive and achieve their missions.

For more information about our student organizations current students can review VikesConnect. You may also contact the Office of Student and Career Services at careernull@law.csuohio.nulledu.

American Constitution Society for Law & Policy

The organization is a group of students concerned about the pervasive conservative orthodoxy in American law and politics. We believe deeply in the importance of law as the mechanism which governs the relationships between and among the individuals and institutions that form our society, and we recognize the direct relationship between legal theory and the broader political debate about the kind of society in which we live.

 

Black Law Student Association (BLSA)

BLSA is a national organization with chapters at law schools across the country. The C-M chapter of BLSA sponsors and co-sponsors various educational and social events throughout the year. Our biggest event is the BLSA Scholarship Banquet, which is held every year in April. Although BLSA's primary purpose is to provide assistance in preparation and retention of African-American law students, BLSA membership is open to all students.

 

Catholic lawyers guild

We are the student chapter of the professional organization, The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Getting involved with us is a great way to network with accomplished, well-connected lawyers and to help serve the community. We focus on faith, community and networking. 

President - Maggie Sullivan, m.sullivan35null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Vice President - Dorothy Swagler, d.swaglernull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Treasurer - Patrick Fox, p.fox10null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Secretary - Alyssa Romito, amromitonull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

 

CLEVELAND-MARSHALL STUDENT ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (CM SALDF)

The mission of the Cleveland-Marshall chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is to provide 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.

 

Cleveland State Law Review

The Cleveland State Law Review is a journal with a proud tradition. Four times each year, the Law Review publishes articles of both local and national significance. Students may be invited to join the Law Review as an Associate member at the end of their first year by either class ranking in the top ten percent or by successfully competing in a writing contest during the summer following their first year. Students in the evening division may choose to wait until the summer following their second year to enter the writing competition.

During the first year of Law Review participation, Associate members take part in the editorial work of the Law Review and produce a comprehensive Note on a topic of their choice. A select number of Notes are published in the Law Review the following year. Successful completion of the Note may also satisfy the upper level writing requirement.

 

criminal law society

The purpose of the Criminal Law Society shall be to facilitate student association with practicing criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, and other facets of the criminal justice system. Last year the Criminal Law Society hosted speakers and organized a police ride-along program. This year the Society plans to again engage in the police ride-along program and host guest speakers or panel discussions; the Society also may be involved in a program aiding those with criminal records obtain jobs.

 

Entertainment & Sports Law Association

ESLA provides law students with behind-the-scenes knowledge, networking and experiential opportunities in the fields of entertainment and sports law. We host CMLaw's annual Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium each April, bringing prominent sports and entertainment lawyers from across the country to campus to discuss the most pressing issues in the industry. We also host an annual golf outing, participate in Tulane Law School's Arbitration and Negotiation Competitions, and host a speaker series. Email this organization.

President - Kelsey Holmberg, k.holmberg4null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Vice President - Josh Friedman & Jakob Siegfried, j.friedman52null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulleduj.siegfried1null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Treasurer - Ryan Willen, r.willennull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Secretary - TJ Hunt, t.hunt9null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

 

Environmental Law Society

Environmental Law Society at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is a center of information and education for students, faculty, alumni and the community. Members are dedicated to being fully informed of the issues of a school in an urban environment and the challenges not only of co-existing with nature but of improving the world in which they live.

 

The Federalist Society

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It 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 it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

 

The Gavel

The Gavel is the student publication of the College of Law. Its purpose is to inform, entertain, and comment on the law school, the legal community, and related topics of interest. Students become staff members after having two articles or equivalent contributions printed in the publications. Staff members participate in editorial elections at the end of the year. Three editorial positions provide a full tuition stipend.

 

Global Business Law Review

The Global Business Law Review provides an innovative platform for scholars and practitioners to explore novel and transformational issues in the field of international business law. At the end of their first year, students may be invited to join the GBLR by either ranking in the top fifteen percent of their class or by successfully competing in the annual Summer Writing Competition.

The GBLR publishes volumes in the Fall and the Spring, and each year, the GBLR sponsors a Symposium that addresses the most significant legal issues in international business.

 

Health Law Society

The Health Law Society (HLS) has been in existence since 2010. The organization seeks to expose students to different legal career options within the health care industry and to provide a community service and social outlet for its membership. HLS is affiliated with the American Health Lawyers' Association (AHLA). Annually, HLS recognizes a local attorney with its Pioneer of Excellence in Health Care Law Award.

 

Hispanic Law Student Association

The Hispanic Law Student Association is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanics within the legal profession. The organization provides a support network for all Hispanic law students. It seeks to establish and maintain mutual cooperation with the larger Hispanic legal community. Email this organization.

President - Jasmine Arambula, j.arambulanull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Vice President - David DeLeon, d.deleon35null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Treasurer - Carmen Mann, c.mann34null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Secretary - AnnaMaria Jadue, a.jaduenull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

 

Jewish Law Student Association

JLSA is dedicated to promoting Jewish leadership in the legal community. We strive to promote educational, professional, and social needs within the legal community by connecting Jewish values wtih our peers.

President - Joshua Friedman, j.friedman52null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Vice President - Talia Stewart, t.stewart18null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Treasurer - Reese Albright, albright_reesenull@yahoo.nullcom
Secretary - Ryan Kun, r.kun17null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

 

journal of law and health

The Journal is a law review devoted to publishing timely and informative articles in the area of health and the law. Two issues of the Journal are published each year. Students are not eligible to become members of the Journal until they complete their first year. Students ranking in the top twenty percent of their class in terms of grade point averages are automatically extended invitations to join the Journal as Associate Members. Students not scoring in the top twenty percent are invited to join the staff upon successfully competing in the annual Summer Writing Competition.

Students who satisfactorily complete their Associate year attain the rank of Editor, assuming supervisory duties over the Associates and becoming more involved in both the editorial and policy-making functions.

 

The Justinian Forum

The Justinian Forum is a bar association representing 250 attorneys and 14 judges of Italian American descent in Cuyahoga County. The organization here at Cleveland-Marshall was developed in conjunction with the bar association to promote and foster understanding of the roles of Italian Americans in the legal system and to encourage advocacy of Italian Americans in matters involving social justice issues. As an auxiliary chapter to the bar association we are invited to attend and be involved in all functions of the bar association. The auxiliary chapter works to elevate and maintain the standards of integrity and honor among the student body of the law school, while promoting legal, cultural and social activities.

 

Moot Court

The Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court program is an organization designed to provide students the opportunity to develop, refine, and showcase brief-writing and appellate advocacy skills. All students are eligible to compete for a position on the team at the end of their first year by participating in a closed universe writing exam and a separate eight minute oral argument. The program directors review and grade the writing samples, while current Moot Court team members judge and score oral arguments. Second year students may also compete for a spot on the team. Once a member of the team, students compete in interscholastic competitions against other teams from across the nation. The award-winning Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court team provides students the unique opportunity to obtain and develop real-world advocacy skills, both written and oral, while still in law school. Team members benefit from the advice and guidance of experienced alumni, faculty, and practitioners.

 

National lawyers guild

The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests. Email this Organization

President - Dakota Rench, d.rench53null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Vice President - Julian Gilbert, j.gilbert43null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Treasurer - Robert Dinkins, r.dinkins9null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Secretary - Dalya Oprian, d.oprian73null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

 

OUTLaw

OUTLaw is a social and political student organization dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community at the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. Allies sponsors speakers, events, and panel discussions on legal issues that affect the LGBT communities. In addition, OUTLaw provides a forum for social and professional interaction by hosting social events for CM students. Reformed in the Fall of 2008, OUTLaw's mission is to provide a welcoming environment for LGBT law students and faculty, and a voice for issues that are specific to the LGBT community both within the law school and the greater legal community. We welcome all LGBT students and straight allies to join our email list, and to become a part of OUTLaw.

 

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. We are the preeminent law fraternity promoting the bonds of fraternalism and we are the leader in the development and advancement of professional ideals. The purpose of this 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 professional and public service. 

President - Brittany Kaczmarczyk, b.n.daveynull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Vice President - Kristin Davis, k.t.davisnull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Treasurer - Hailey Hillsman, h.hillsmannull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Secretary - Natasha Harris, n.harris83null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

 

STUDENT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION (SIPLA)

SIPLA is concerned with IP law relating to such areas a copyright, trademark, and patent law. IP law is everywhere. While patent law is of interest to scientists and engineers, the fields of copyright and trademark are available to anyone in the legal sphere and find application in sports law, entertainment law, music law, the arts, corporate identity, etc. SIPLA will be offering various seminars, conferences, etc., pertaining to the various aspects of IP. We also liaise with the American Intellectual Property Law Assn (AIPLA) and the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Assn (CIPLA). 

 

Student Bar Association (SBA)

The SBA is the student governing body of the college. Four officers are elected each spring and each class of students has its own senators. First year elections for both day and evening students will be held soon after classes start. The SBA's primary responsibilities are to be the voice of the student body, oversee student organizations, and maintain programs and opportunities.

 

STudent parent alliance

We want to stand up for parenting students and draw attention to the struggles we face that most traditional law students do not face (financial struggles, balancing work and family life, child care costs, sporting events, etc.). We will do everything in our power to help other parenting students get through law school and provide a safe and supportive environment for those law students balancing home, work and school. Having children is difficult - being a law student parent is even more difficult and requires essential accommodations. We are the voice that will be heard and recognized. Email this organization.

President - Gianna Colucci, g.m.coluccinull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Vice President - Laura Lemire-Janson, l.lemirejansonnull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Treasurer - Neil Harrison, n.l.harrison11null@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Secretary - Latosha Tate, l.r.tatenull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

 

Student Public Interest Law Organization (SPILO)

SPILO is an organization of students, faculty, and staff which recognizes the inequities that exist in our legal system and is dedicated to developing a more just society. SPILO serves as a resource center for students seeking employment or volunteer opportunities which focus on public service. The group sponsors summer interns in public interest law, guest speakers, fund-raisers, workshops, and social functions. Email this organization.

President - Melissa Obodzinski, m.obodzinskinull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Vice President - Isaac Bleich, i.bleichnull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Treasurer - Jessica Crtalic, j.crtalicnull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu
Secretary - Courtney Parson, c.parsonnull@cmlaw.csuohio.nulledu

 

Trial Advocacy Team

Women's Law Students Association (WLSA)

The Women's Law Students Association provides a forum for discussion and debate to promote an awareness of women's and societal issues. WLSA sponsors a Silent Auction, which is held in the fall. The group is a member of the National Association of Women Law Students and is open to all students.

 

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