Student organizations are an integral part of the School of Law experience. Our diverse clubs, associations, societies, boards and activities provide students an opportunity to contribute time and talent in ways that are both personally and professionally gratifying.
Many students are involved in more than one organization, and even with a rigorous academic schedule, participation becomes a vital avenue of self-expression and socializing.
To participate in any of the organizations listed below, contact any of the individuals listed below.
Planning an Event: The Student Life Office helps student organizations with event planning and provides you with a single point of contact when planning your event. Please contact the Director of Student Life Amy Hayes Atkinson, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
The "Event Date and Notification Form" must be submitted prior to any event planning.
Alternative dispute resolution is an increasingly popular form of case resolution in the legal community. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Society concentrates mainly on mediation and provides multiple opportunities for students to become involved with and learn about the mediation process. Each year the ADR Society hosts a Representation in Mediation Competition, which allows students to enhance their skills and provides them with an opportunity to participate in mediation.
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes 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. ACS chapters offer platforms for debate and discussion about both enduring principles and the issues of the day, as well as provide opportunities for networking, mentoring and organizing around matters of both local and national significance. Every year ACS holds a national convention in DC and provides scholarships to members of the student chapters. Past speakers including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Senator Wendy Davis, and former Attorney General Eric Holder.
President: Kurt Snuszka
Vice President: Nicholas Ramirez
Treasurer: Kimberly VanOpdorp
Secretary: Roxanna Herreid
Membership Chair: Susan Klose
Historian: Grace Golabek
Faculty Advisor: Professor Michael Boucai
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) is a professional, nationally affiliated organization of black law students dedicated to improving opportunities and diversity in legal education. At the University at Buffalo School of Law chapter of BLSA, our goal is to articulate and promote the educational, professional, political and social needs of our black law students while also giving back to our communities.
The Buffalo Public Interest Law Program raises money to support students who work in the public interest each summer during law school. BPILP also hosts networking events for students to meet public-interest employers from neighboring communities. The organization is affiliated with Lawyers for Learning and participates in the Student Bar Association’s Volunteer Service Days.
President: Jennifer Bigelow-Carlson
Vice President: Jessica Choai
Outreach Coordinator: Kirstin Sherman
Chair of Fundraising: Ginette Malpartida
Programming Chair: Mark Houle
Staff Advisor: Lisa Patterson and assisted by the School of Law’s Clinical Legal Education Program
Contact: Room 607 O’Brian Hall, email@example.com
The Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Law Society (BSELS) is a community of law students, alumni, faculty and friends who are interested in sports and entertainment law in all of its many facets. To that end, they have created a student group as well as an online forum to provide a space for publication of articles addressing sports and entertainment law topics, discussion of current issues and most importantly, facilitation of interaction among our growing community of sports and entertainment law enthusiasts.
Co-Presidents: Jeremy Torres and Darby Daly
Faculty Advisor: Nellie Drew
The Domestic Violence Task Force strives to raise awareness and educate students, Law School staff and community members about domestic violence through various activities such as panel nights and information dissemination at events. Our organization holds an annual "Dress for What's Next" spring event for survivors of domestic violence. It is a relaxing day for the women filled with shopping, makeup lessons, resume drafting and practice interviews. This empowering day encourage domestic violence survivors to remember their worth and improve their self-esteem.
President: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Vinal
Vice President: Kristen O'Connor
Treasurer: Mykala Pierce
Outreach Coordinator: Jake Giovati
Events Coordinator: Julia Merante
Advisors: Lisa Patterson and Judith Olin
Contact Us: Room 607 O'Brian Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Federalist 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 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 student Chapter of the Society at the University at Buffalo School of Law exists to both provide Law Students with the opportunity to become involved in this organization and to provide any students who share the organization's views a network of fellow like-minded students.
First-Generation Law Students Association (FGLSA) offers support to students who identify as first-generation law students. This includes law students who are the first in their family to attend college or first to attend professional school. We strive to provide a safe and inclusive community for UB Law students who lack access to generational knowledge of the legal field. We aim to facilitate discussions surrounding common questions first-generation students may have through workshops and events designed and led by our fellow FGLSA peers. More than anything, FGLSA aims to show you, a first-generation law student, that there are others who have felt the same things you are feeling and found success in law school. We are a community dedicated to support each other in life and career.
President: Shakierah Smith
Vice President: Allison Contrera
Treasurer: Kim VanOpdorp
Events and Trainings Coordinator: Chanel Powell
Communications and Social Media Director: Laura Durham
Secretary: Megan Poynter
The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) offers interested law students a forum in which to discuss issues arising in the field of intellectual property law, to learn more about the practice of IP law, and to engage with faculty and attorneys familiar with this specialized field. In addition to organizing both speaking and networking events for law students on campus, IPLS also strives to connect law students with the intellectual property legal community WNY area by promoting off-campus events related to IP. No science or technical background required! IP law encompasses copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets in addition to patents. IPLS is a great opportunity for law students to pursue their interests beyond the classroom and interact with their like-minded students.
Student leadership TBD
Faculty Advisors: Meredith Lewis and Tara Melish
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.
Team Members: Jonathan Oster, Scott Fogel, Greg Goujon, Deborah Amponsah, Julia Merante
Coaches: Jon Dominik & Matthew Hoffman
Faculty Advisor: Lucinda Finley
Contact: Room 404 O’Brian
The Latin American Law Students Association (“LALSA”) supports a wide variety of members, including but not limited to Latino/a law students. LALSA is committed to the advancement of minorities in the legal profession, especially Latinos. Minority representation in the legal profession has been a social concern for years and the shortage of Latino lawyers continues to be grave. LALSA seeks to create a local network for students of color, a partnership between the legal community and the Latin community, and the academic success of its members. We welcome students of all backgrounds to help create a more diverse forum and to integrate individuals with different perspectives into the conversation. Most importantly, LALSA is dedicated to creating a support group for those who take interest in uplifting diversity initiatives.
Co-Presidents: Margaret Vassar, Eric Klementowski, Carolyn Duttweiler, Jenelle Senske, Micah Coons
Treasurer: Carolyn Duttweiler
Faculty Advisor: Matthew Dimick
Co-Presidents: Austin Mann & Delaney Voorheis
OUTLaw promotes a positive atmosphere at School of Law for LGBT students and their allies. Our primary objective is to educate our colleagues about the legal issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. OUTLaw sponsors activities, panels, social events and service projects that build a network for members and supporters of the LGBT legal community.
President: Elias Schmidt
Vice President: Rachel Farr
Treasurer: Austin Mann
Secretary: Gianna Florentino
Dinner Chair: Daniel Kahl
Advisors: Michael Boucai and Lisa Patterson
Contact Us: email@example.com
Phi Alpha Delta, the largest professional coed law fraternity in the nation, is open to all students. PAD hosts academic, community service, professional and social events each semester, including its own national mock trial competition. Additional benefits include lifetime membership and a nationwide alumni networking system.
Justice: Timothy Keane
Vice Justice: Constantine Markotsis
Marshall: Margaret Vassar
Clerk: Olivia Binda
As a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, SALDF's purpose is to educate the law school and surrounding community about forms of institutionalized animal abuse, and engage in projects that combat that abuse. SALDF is equally dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interest of animals through the legal system and expanding the field of animal law.
President: Jillian Stenzel
Vice President: Alyssa Mings
Secretary: Gianna Florentino
Treasurer: Lauren Baker
The Student Bar Association is the elected body that represents student interests at the School of Law. SBA provides information for current students, organizations, alumni and general audiences seeking a glimpse into life at the law school.
Visit the SBA website for guidelines, resources, and handy forms for your student organization.
President: Heather Bashaw
Vice President: Alexis Logsdon
Treasurer: Laura Conboy
Parliamentarian: Margaret Christ
Events/Fundraising: Alyson Tufillaro
Contact: Room 207, O’Brian 716-645-2748, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Wellness Society (SWS) empowers law students to address and conquer issues related to their mental health and well-being by engaging in collaborative discussions and organized events focused on establishing a sound work-life balance.
Via an online forum, we provide students with a safe place to ask, answer, and share experiences on a purely peer-to-peer basis with respect to student’s mental health. In an endeavor to ensure privacy, all postings on the forum will be anonymous so that students may engage in a non-judgmental atmosphere.
SWS is a unique and innovative movement determined to end the stigma and create hope for those affected by mental illness in the University of Buffalo School of Law community.
Co-Presidents: Cristian Cruzado & Michelle Cheaib
Treasurer: Jamie Englerth
Faculty Advisor: Bernadette Gargano
Administered by the National Black Law Students Association, the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Board is the premier civil rights moot court competition in the nation. Each year, over 125 teams from schools from six regions compete at regional conventions for the chance to compete at the national level. The School of Law has been a top contender and has won various awards such as Best Oral Advocate, Best Petitioner/Respondent Brief, and Second Runner-Up for the entire Northeast Region.
Chief Justice: Osemudiamen Ojeme
Contact: Room 404 O’Brian Hall
Tortfeasors is a UB Law student group aimed at bringing peers together outside the classroom and onto the softball field. Their main event is to attend the Annual UVA Softball Invitational in the spring semester.