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Student organizations are a vibrant and vital part of the student life experience at the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law. South Carolina Law focuses on creating not only excellent lawyers but lawyer-leaders that take their experiences both inside and outside the classroom and help their community move to the next level. Participation in an organization supports social development, leadership skills and potential networking opportunities as well as multiple opportunities to give back to both the legal and local communities and a variety of ways. 

Our organization is part of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and we are in the Southern Region (SRBLSA) which seeks to promote the advancement of black law students and empowerment of the black community.

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President Briana Melton
Vice President Krishna Alexander
Chief of Staff LaBarron Sledge
Associate Community Service Director Jordan Green
Community Service Director DiAvian Foster
Corporate Relations Director Terin Tyson
Historian Sterlyn Austin
Parliamentarian Nya Tillery
Recording Secretary Addie Smith
Social Events Director Jay Slappy
Treasurer Gilbert Jean-Louis

Our objective in the Blockchain Law Society is to expose and educate our fellow students, faculty, and attorneys in the community on blockchain technology, its use cases, and how it will impact various legal fields moving forward. 

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President Tyler Passarella
Vice President of Internal Communications Duncan MacIlwinen
Vice President of External Communications Ian Bondura
Secretary Sheldon Newman

The Business Law Association (BLA) is a student-led organization aiming to provide law students with the tools, knowledge, and network needed to begin their journey as business/corporate attorneys. Members will have a chance to network with like-minded students and be introduced to successful business/corporate attorneys of diverse backgrounds.

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President Virginia Carroll
Vice President Jay Slappy
Treasurer Jack Lyall
Secretary Brooklynn Withers
Communications Director Nicholas Pitcock
2L Representative J. Alex Johnson
Chair Stephen B. Murray, III

Carolina Equality Alliance is the student organization dedicated to focusing on the legal issues facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community and their allies. CEA seeks to create a community of harmony, understanding, and respect between all students and citizens through creating meaningful discourse intended to increase awareness of the prominence, importance, and relevance of LGBTQIA+ issues within the student body and the legal community. CEA is dedicated to building a law school and legal community of full equality & respect.

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President Mya Mays
Vice President William Koontz
Secretary Emily Reich

The Children's Advocacy Law Society is a student organization created to promote awareness of and educate law students about the many aspects of law affecting children. The Society aims to increase student involvement with organizations that provide legal services for and advance the rights of children. It is the goal of the Children's Advocacy Law Society to produce members well informed and well educated about the legal needs and rights of children, ready to enter the legal profession as able and active children's advocates.

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President Margaret "Meggie" Cruser
Vice President Sarah Rosario
Secretary Kate Willette
Treasurer James Schnell
NACC Liasion Brittany Clark

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a non-denominational national organization of lawyers and law students who share a common faith in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The Law Student Ministries of CLS seeks to encourage students in spiritual formation, compassionate outreach, and integration of faith and learning to help students understand law as a Christian calling. 

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President Caroline Murphy
Vice President Scarlett Black Smith
Secretary Paisleigh Price
Treasurer Abby Johanson

We, the students of the University of South Carolina School of Law Community and Engagement Task Force, aim to foster a diverse and inclusive educational environment in the law school wherein students of all backgrounds and affinities may thrive and succeed. Promoting inclusive excellence means acknowledging and meeting the needs of different students across a broad spectrum including ​age, gender, dis/ability, race, ethnic heritage, sexual orientation, and religion.​ ​By uplifting the voices, needs, and perspectives of all students through dialogue and education, the task force aims to not only welcome and ensure the success of those students who are traditionally underrepresented within the law school, but also to enrich the educational experience of the student body as a whole by exposing students to diverse perspectives and preparing them to be well-rounded, adaptable advocates in an ever-changing world.

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President William Zheng
Vice President Ki-Ga Pride
Secretary Bri Melton
Communications Director LaBarron Sledge

The University of South Carolina School of Law Family Law Society (FLS) is dedicated to fostering meaningful experiences with -- and knowledge of -- the practice of Family Law. Our members will have opportunities to hear from professionals in the space such as attorneys, family court judges, guardians ad litem, mediators, and more. 

We will organize events to give our members the opportunity to socialize with other students interested in family law as well as professionals. The mission of this organization is to offer experiences within Family Law and to help build a network of connections that will benefit our members after becoming practicing attorneys.  

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President Desire`e Witherspoon
Vice President LaBarron Sledge
Treasurer Shinelle Polite

The Federal Bar Association University of South Carolina Law Student Division was created to support the needs and interests of students aspiring to federal practice, both public and private, as well as to strengthen student interest and knowledge of the Federal Legal system.  

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President Grace Galler
Vice President Kiara Jackson
Secretary Madison Powell
Treasurer Michael Doyle
Communications Director TBD

The Federalist Society is a non-partisan conservative/ libertarian organization dedicated to freedom, federalism, and judicial restraint.

The Federalist Society seeks to educate the legal community through its programs and publications about how limited constitutional government based on the rule of law can have a positive effect on law and public policy.

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President Chandler Huskey 
Vice President Ethan Felkel 
Treasurer JC Gaylor 
Secretary Alex Harrell 
Outreach Coordinator McCall Phillips 

First Generation Law Student Association is an organization dedicated to helping first-gen students thrive. Our organization provides support to first-gen law students in their classes and beyond. We also serve as mentors in a law school pipeline program with first-gen students at USC Undergrad. 

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President Jay Slappy
Vice President Desire`e Witherspoon 
Treasurer Nicholas Pitcock
Secretary Izabella Forero
2L Representative Matthew Skipper 
3L Representative Jada Young

The Health Law Society is a close-knit group of students who share an interest in health care law and bioethics. The Society invites health care attorneys to speak to our group several times a semester to discuss the practice of health care law and the latest developments in the field. The Health Law Society also serves the law school and local communities by supporting health awareness programs and initiatives.

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President Anna Saulter
Vice President Chloe Stanfield 
Treasurer Kaitlin Gasner
Secretary Bethany Weatherford 

The purpose of the Honor Council is to educate students on the Rule of Academic Responsibility as a set of ethical guidelines governing law student behavior. During Orientation, all incoming students are asked to sign a pledge signifying their commitment to the Rule of Academic Responsibility.

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Chair Bryce Pigeon
Vice Chair William Raffone 
Parliamentarian Kate Willette
Secretary Liza Segars
3L Representatives Nate Tackett
Damonja Hilton

If/When/How is a national nonprofit network of law students, professors, and legal professionals committed to fostering the next wave of legal experts for the reproductive justice movement. Mobilizing and mentoring new lawyers and scholars is a long-term strategy that will build capacity, vision, and leadership for a more successful reproductive justice movement. Law functions as both a catalyst to prompt the expansion of rights and a tool with which to hold governments and communities accountable for the delivery of liberty, equality, dignity, and fairness promised by those rights.

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President Anabel Masaschi
Vice President Hailey Alderson 
Social Media Coordinator Christina Harding 
Secretary Courtney Clavel 
Treasurer Morgan Mercer 
Community Outreach Coordinator Tate Few
2L Representative Casey Barnhill

The Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) is a student organization geared towards the practice of intellectual property law. Like tangible property, "ideas" have economic value, and intellectual property law is the vehicle through which corporations and individuals seek to protect their intellectual assets. Intellectual property (IP) law encompasses matters relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade names, the drafting of licensing contracts, infringement litigation, internet law, and computer law. No particular educational background is required to practice IP law; however, a technical background is desirable for those who would like to practice patent law.

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President Jessica Brewer
Vice President of External Affairs JP Harvey
Vice President of Internal Affairs Levi Bradley

The International Law Society aims to facilitate access to information regarding developments in international law and to foster interest and communication pertaining to various topical areas of international law.

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President William Brown
Vice President Liza Segars 
Secretary Graham Smith
Treasurer Tate Few 

The PILS Summer Grant Program gives law students the opportunity to gain valuable public interest law experience and provides public interest organizations with valuable law student assistance. PILS hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to create funding for the Grant Program.

Find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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President Alexander Lingle 
Vice President Anabel Masaschi 
Treasurer Levi Cromer
Secretary Madison Hood 
Outreach Coordinator Javis Benford
2L Representative Jonathan Becerra 
3L Representative Cat Gibson

We are a small collective of students seeking to establish a Hispanic/Latino based student organization at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Our hope is to establish a forum where Hispanic/Latino/Latina law students can share a sense of community and help foster the professional and academic development of our members. We plan to bring awareness about the needs of our members within the law school, as well advocate and build relationships within the community. If you are interested in becoming involved with this endeavor, please reach out.  

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President Will Kibler 
Vice President Ariana Ceja

The University of South Carolina School of Law Labor and Employment Law Society is a student-governed organization dedicated to providing a greater understanding of the practice of labor and employment law.

Our mission is to develop an enriching and informative outlet for students through subject related events and luncheons with renowned attorney guest speakers, while also providing career guidance and networking opportunities.

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President Sam Hurwitz
Vice President Caroline McLean
Secretary  Ki-Ga Pride 
Treasurer Ragin Lee 

Law Students of Color Collective's Goal is to create a platform for all students of color to share their experiences and concerns with each other. Our top three goals are (1) allowing a space for student of color to gather and network among each other, (2) creating a safe space for BIPOC students to discuss the issues that affect our communities and (3) building a community in which all BIPOC can discuss our differences and gain a better understanding of each of our communities. 

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President TBD
Vice President Sara Cano
Treasurer Estefania Ramirez
Secretary Lynnise Brown

The Lincoln-Douglas Society strives to foster debate in higher education—something desperately lacking nationwide. Specifically, they wish to encourage debate of important and controversial issues in a civil and productive manner. To achieve these goals, the Lincoln-Douglas Society hosts debates by legal scholars, professors, practitioners, and students of law. Additionally, they serve as an apparatus for the various student-run groups at the school to allow representatives of their organizations debate their competing perspectives.

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President Cameron Cox
President Carter Balderson
Treasurer Joseph Becker

The USC Mock Trial Bar hones students' evidence, civil procedure, and oral advocacy skills through participation in simulated trials. With coaching from award winning local attorneys, members of the bar learn how to draft and deliver witness examinations, opening arguments, and closing arguments. Each semester bar members are selected to represent the University of South Carolina School of Law in external competitions throughout the nation. Based on the team's recent performance in those competitions the bar has garnered recognition as one of the best mock trial programs in the nation. 

Learn more about our Mock Trial program

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 Chief Justice Grace Tumbleston 
Associate Justice of External Competitions Heather Burton 
Associate Justice of Internal Competitions Briana Padilla 
Associate Justice of Hosted Competitions Grace Naumowich
Associate Justice of Administration LauraKate Roland 
Associate Justice of Community Relations Anthony Cheang

The Moot Court Bar has been established by students of the University of South Carolina School of Law in order to learn and adopt principles of appellate advocacy; to enhance analytical, writing, and oral advocacy skills; to administer intramural moot court competitions at the Law School; to select and prepare teams to represent the Law School at extramural moot court competitions; to encourage respect for the highest standards of professionalism before our state and federal appellate courts; and to promote the Moot Court Bar’s activities within the Law School, the legal profession, and the community at large.

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Learn more about the Moot Court Bar.

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 Chief Justice Luke Smith 
Associate Justice for Internal Competitions Ashley J. Hall
Hollie Sweep
Associate Justice for Writing & Research Jacob Kaufman 
Associate Justice for Alumni, Membership & Public Relations Michelle McGee
Associate Justice for Finance & Administration Ethan Sammons 
Associate Justice for External Competitions Kara Wagstaff 

National Security Law Society shall be to professionally develop South Carolina Law students in the practice of National Security law and foster partnership and mentorship with National Security Attorneys.

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President Rebecca Kelley
Vice President Gabe Millar 
Treasurer Sam Bryant
Strategic Engagements Director Abby Wright
Professional Development Director McCall Phillips 
Director of Communications Nate Jones 

USC NALSA strives for indigenous awareness and advocacy within the legal profession while working alongside 17 Tribes and Tribal Communities in South Carolina, as well as Tribes in the Southeast. So far this year, USC NALSA has worked with Pro Bono, taking the Palmetto Leader to the Catawba Nation to write wills and provide legal advice for members of the community. Our goal is to be a beacon of knowledge among our law school peers, educating them on the needs of the local Tribes to bring about a meaningful change in the Carolinas. Indigenous history is integral to the tapestry of the Carolinas; it is our undertaking to preserve the legacy of these cultural treasures.

Mission Statement: The purpose of the USC Law NALSA shall be to: articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Native American and Alaska Native Law Students and their allies; foster and encourage professional skill; focus upon the relationship of the Native American and Alaska Native Law Student, the Native American and Alaska Native Attorney, and their allies to the American legal system; instill in the legal community at large a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Native American and Alaska Native community; influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Native American and Alaska Native community; to encourage NALSA member law students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes. However, this organization will not limit itself to these sole objectives. We reserve the right to become involved in other objectives and to support fellow student organizations in solidarity.


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Co-President Brooke Perry
Co-President Will Kibler
Treasurer Lauren O'Steen

The Parents in Law Student Association (PILSA) seeks to build community and address the unique professional and personal needs of students who are parents. PILSA supports parents in navigating law school and preparing for a legal career.

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President Shinelle Polite

Founded in 1869, Phi Delta Phi is the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States. Phi Delta Phi was established to promote a higher standard of professional ethics in the legal community. The Calhoun Inn benefits the legal community by impressing upon law students, in the formative years of their legal careers, the need for integrity and strong ethical ties. Our Chapter's activities include sponsoring the Faculty Auction to raise money for the Public Interest Law Society's Summer Grant Program. This past year, we raised enough money to help fund 11 summer jobs. Various philanthropic and social activities are also planned throughout the year.

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Magister Daniel Boucher
Vice Magister Grant McGinnity
Exchequer Madison Powell 
Clerk Efrosini Kiaris 
Historian Peyton Pratt

The Real Estate Law Society strives to educate law students about the area of Real Estate Law, foster relationships between real estate professionals, faculty, staff, and USC Rice School of Law students, and expose students to the inner workings of the Real Estate Law world and its legal structure.

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President Macy Gault

South Carolina Asian Law Student Association (SCALSA) provides a voice for Asian law students and advocates for the Asian community in South Carolina.

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Director of Operations Srijan Mukherjee
Director of Communications Edward Shi
Director of Finance William Zheng
Executive Director Anthony Cheang
2L Representative Javis Benford

 The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is devoted to protecting the liberty of the citizens of South Carolina by fighting to ensure justice and due process for all persons accused of any criminal act.

We promote excellence and integrity in the practice of criminal law by providing the highest quality criminal law seminars to those who defend the accused.

We speak with a united voice in challenging legislation directed to limiting or eliminating the rights of the individual and we labor for laws that preserve equal access to justice for all.

Find us on Instagram

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Executive Director Lee Simpson 
Co-Assistant Directors Chandler Hines
Cat Gibson 
Secretary Emily Dale
2L Representatives Javis Benford 
Coel Dunlap 

The mission of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to provide a community for law students to connect with like minded students interested in sports and/or entertainment law. The SELS will provide students with monthly meetings where they can engage attorneys that work (or have worked) in the profession.

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President Anslee Wood
Vice President Terin Tyson 
Treasurer Duncan Crowder
Public Relations Director Moni Hilton

Sports & Entertainment Law Blog

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) provides a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interest of animals through the legal system and raising the profile of the field of animal law. Mirroring the national Animal Legal Defense Fund, our five focus areas are: animals used in research, captive animals, companion animals, farmed animals, and wildlife. The activities of the student chapter shall aim to highlight the legal issues related to these five areas and call attention to the overlap between animal law and other practice areas.

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President Megan Mercer
Vice President Jasmine Pattschull
Graphics and Design Director Abby Johanson 
Social Media Coordinator  Caroline McLean

The mission of Student Bar Assocation is to foster and cultivate a professional, diverse, and supportive atmosphere at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Through this mission, SBA seeks to represent the voices and opinions of students to faculty and administration, to provide a support system for other student organizations, and to create social and educational opportunities for the student body.

Follow the Student Bar Association on Instagram.

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President Devyn Fischer 
Vice President Jitwan Floyd
Treasurer Gabriel Millar
Secretary Bjore Samard
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President Tony Jones 
Vice President Grant McGinnity
Treasurer Patrick McLean 
Historian Bryce Lawrence 

The purpose of the Technology Law Students Association (TLSA) is to bring together a community of students interested in the intersection of technology and the law, and provide information and resources to our community. Further, we aim to clarify that technology is more than computers and science, it is any innovation in any area.

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President Samuel Boyd
Vice President Michelle McGee
Technology & Logistics Officers Jonathan Devore
Max Young

Service Members and Veterans in Law encourages public interest in, and pro bono work on, issues related to the welfare and interests of military personnel and veterans; helps veterans assimilate into law school; and creates networking opportunities between veterans in the legal community and students who share similar backgrounds.

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President Shelby Niehus 
Vice President Luke Dorriugh 
Treasurer Daniel Asper
Secretary Jasmine Pattschull 
Fundraising Chair Dennard Small 

Women In Law seeks to encourage students as they enter the legal profession. We provide opportunities for our members to learn about the legal field from successful women lawyers. We serve others, particularly in areas benefiting women. We foster a community to support you through law school and into your career.

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 President Sarah Kennedy
Vice President Nicole Lane 
Caroline Murphy
Secretary Nicole Pallay
Networking Coordinator Grace Tippett 
Treasurer Kate Willette 


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