Student Organizations

For the experiences, fun and friendships that come from getting involved.

An exciting way to explore your Creighton education outside of the classroom is through student organizations. Creighton School of Law offers dozens, from political organizations to student associations for women and those with ethnic and cultural interests. Plan to attend our Student Organization Fair, held every fall and offered in the Law Commons, to find the organizations that best fit you and your interests.

Creighton offers the following law student organizations:

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS)

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is comprised of law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, policymakers, activists and other concerned individuals who are working to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law.

Today, American values, our constitutional heritage, and the freedoms and opportunities of our people are being undermined by a narrow, conservative approach to the law which lacks appropriate regard for the ways in which the law affects people’s lives and that has come to dominate American law and public policy - from law school classrooms to legislative hearing rooms to federal courtrooms. This conservative vision, advanced by a highly organized movement, threatens to undermine the true promise of our Constitution. ACS is committed to fostering a more progressive vision of the law.

President: Elizabeth Norton
Vice President: Jessica Weborg
Secretary: John Hines
Treasurer: Judy Nguyen
Moderator: Professor Michael Kelly

Animal Law Society (ALS)

The Animal Law Society (ALS) is a chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF), a national organization with a mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALS provides opportunities on campus for students to get involved with Animal Law and serves as a forum for education and advocacy, aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile for the field of animal law.

President: Laura Delgado
Vice President: Shinelle Newman
Moderator: Professor Carol Knoepfler

Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)

Among its goals, the Asian Law Students Association hopes to foster a bond among Asian and Asian-American students and between them and the rest of the student body. It also aims to promote the professional and educational needs of its members, to focus on the role of Asian lawyers in the American legal system, and to assist the Omaha Metro Asian community in gaining access to legal information and resources. Membership in the ALSA is open to all Creighton law students, and its members are both Asian and non-Asian in ethnicity.

President: Reyn Kimura
Vice President: Alex Rainville
Moderator: Professor Stephen Sieberson

 

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

BLSA is a voluntary association of African-American students that, as part of the national organization, provides programs and activities for its members as well as for the School of Law and the community. The purposes of BLSA are: to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of African-American law students; to foster and encourage professional competence; to focus upon the relationship of the African-American attorney to the American legal structure; and to instill in the African-American attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the African-American community. The chapter is a forum for expressing concerns to the Law School and to the local community, often in conjunction with the local minority bar association. 

President:  Stephen Waters
Vice President:  Madison McNary
Moderator: Professor Raneta Mack

Business Law Society (BLS)

The Business Law Society’s mission is to provide a forum for law students interested in all aspects of business law. In order to inform law students about the study and future practice of business law, BLS sponsors panel discussions led by business attorneys who practice in the Omaha area. BLS has a mentoring program that partners law students with business attorneys to promote networking opportunities and career guidance. Membership in BLS is open to all Creighton law students.

President: Hannah Archuleta
Vice President: Caleb Egbert
Secretary: Cameron Call
Events and Outreach Director: Alexandra Boll
Finance Director: Alex Demasi
Marketing and PR Director:  Stephanie Galvin
Moderator: Professor Edward Morse

Client Counseling and Negotiations Board

Client Counseling and Negotiations Board promotes student knowledge and interest in the counseling and interviewing functions and negotiations portion of law practice. Intra-school contests are conducted and the winners are eligible to enter national competitions conducted by the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division. The Client Counseling competition involves simulated client interviews in which students, acting as attorneys, conduct an interview and determine how to proceed. Monetary prizes and the opportunity to advance to regional competitions encourage students to participate and develop the interviewing, planning, and analytical skills needed for the lawyer-client relationship.

The intra-school competition is open to first year students during the spring semester. The Negotiations Competition conducted in the fall semester is open to second year and third year students. The Negotiation Competition gives students practice in negotiating legal disputes. 

President:  Michael Thelen
Vice President for Negotiations:  Jared Dean/Lyndi Skinner
Vice President for Client Counseling:  Jennifer Ching/Tayler Thomas
Vice President for Membership:  Jordan Law
Secretary:  Rachel Lee
Moderators: Professors Larry Teply and Cate Brooks

 

Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal (CICLJ)

Since its first edition in spring 1968, the Creighton Law Review has been providing what the late Chief Justice Earl Warren referred to in that inaugural issue as “a forum in which able minds subject existing legal principles to critical analysis within the context of changing conditions and in which imaginative alternatives to today’s solutions are aired and tested through vigorous informal debate.” The Review is published by students four times each year.

Editor-in-Chief:  Dan Cummings
Executive Editor:  Elizabeth Norton
Managing Editor:  Matthew M. Wilson
Lead Articles Editor:  Kaela McCabe
Student Articles Editor:  Elisa Born
Student Articles Editor:  Diana Norman
Moderators:  Professors; Michael Kelly, Raneta Mack, Stephen Sieberson, Sean Watts, and David Weber

Creighton Law Ambulance Chasers

The Creighton Law Ambulance Chasers (Running and Cycling Club) serves to create a common outlet for runners and cyclists or those interested in beginning a running and cycling regimen here at Creighton University School of Law. The Ambulance Chasers exists to respond to all the running and cycling needs demanded by the law students. This will include group runs and races, running and cycling advice, and help with training plans, routes, gear, and nutrition. As future lawyers, we recognize the importance exercise plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and hope that our actions inspire our peers and clients to follow this path.

President: Melissa Brann-Sellnow
VP: 
Carmine Mediate
Secretary:
Treasurer:
2L Rep:
Social Coordinator:

Moderator: Professor Sean Watts

Employment and Labor Law Society

Employment law is a rapidly growing and vibrant area within the legal profession. It is a broad field that encompasses all aspects of the employment relationship. The Employment and Labor Law Society’s mission is to educate the student body about this field. The Society seeks to achieve this mission by providing opportunities for students interested in employment and labor law to explore this area through events and other forums, including networking opportunities, and facilitating interaction with alumni and local practitioners.

President:  Ashley Soh
Vice President:  Stephanie Galvin
Moderator: Professor Carol Knoepfler

Estate Planning Law Society

The Estate Planning Law Society’s mission is to develop student interest in estate planning. The Society hopes to accomplish this by providing members with information that will help to make them successful and marketable in an estate-planning career. The Society also hopes to provide members with hands on learning experiences and networking opportunities.

President:  Spencer Slater
Vice President:  Samantha Swiniarski
Secretary:  Sam Knight
Treasurer:  Scott Smith
Moderator: Professor Nicholas Mirkay

Family Law Student Society

The Family Law Student Society provides a forum for discussing relevant issues related to family law practice by hosting speakers and networking opportunities for interested students.

President: Daneis Barber
Vice President: Megan Lutz-Priefert
Secretary: Karah Stalets
Treasurer: Nick Lombardi
Moderator: Professor Catherine Brooks

Federalist Society

Federalist Society is a non-partisan conservative/libertarian organization dedicated to freedom, federalism, and judicial restraint. The Federalist Society fosters a greater appreciation for the role of separation of powers; federalism; limited, constitutional government; and the rule of law in protecting individual freedom and traditional values. Much is learned in law school through contact with thinkers, judges and civic leaders, but even more valuable is thoughtful debate between you and your friends and colleagues. The Federalist Society, by broadening the law school debate with its publications and invited speakers, provides a forum for a fuller inquiry into today’s legal issues than will be received from law school textbooks.

The Federalist Society seeks to encourage critical thinking and inspire broader participation in policy debates on both the national and local level. 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.

President:  Seth Johnson
Vice President:  Justin Morrill
Secretary:  Alexander Smith
Treasurer:  Josh DeVard
Moderator: Professor Ralph Whitten

Gay Straight Law Alliance (GSLA)

The mission of the Gay Straight Law Alliance is to foster a welcoming environment to all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. In accordance with Ignatian and Jesuit tradition, the Gay Straight Law Alliance affirms the goodness, worth and dignity of every person. The Gay Straight Law Alliance strives to support diversity in the law school, to support gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed law students, to increase knowledge and awareness of legal issues that are unique to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed community, and to serve the greater community as a source of information about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersexed legal issues.

President:   Jessica Weborg
Vice President:  Elizabeth Norton/J. Dave Sund
Secretary:  Emily Weiss
Treasurer:  Christine Lepert
Moderator: Professor Nicholas Mirkay

Health Law Society

The Health Law Society’s mission is to develop student interest in building a stronger connection between health care and law. Specifically, we aim to highlight the regulatory and legal strategies implemented to ensure quality patient care and safety. The Society will accomplish this by offering valuable networking opportunities with health care professionals and by providing education on topics such as: The Affordable Care Act, risk management, malpractice issues, and professional liability. The Health Law Society is open to all Creighton law students. 

President:  Melissa Maynes
Vice President:  Eya Assignon
Secretary: Sam Sahawneh
Treasurer:  Bailey Anderson
Events Chair:  Megan Huerter
Moderator: Professor Edward Birmingham

Immigration Law Society

The Immigration Law Society strives to involve the law student and local legal community in a fair and balanced dialogue about immigration issues nationally and locally through speaker and panel events, advocacy and awareness projects, and volunteer activities. In addition to engaging with the local immigrant and refugee populations in Nebraska and Iowa, we hope to provide law students with more opportunities to gain legal experience, network with local practitioners, judges and nonprofit organizations as well as exposure to diverse communities.

President:  Rosemary Laughlin
Vice President:  Leslie Espino
Secretary:  Tyler Seals
Moderator: Professor David Weber

Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS)

IPL aims to educate its members on basic and emerging issues of Intellectual Property Law. The Society also gives students a forum for meeting with speakers who practice patent, trademark and copyright law. It is open to all Creighton law students. 

President:  Dan Cummings
Vice President:  Ryan Dale
Secretary:  Brooke Dillon
Treasurer:  Matt Loeffelholz
Moderator: Associate Dean Craig Dallon

International Law Society (ILS)

ILS is a student affiliate of the American Society of International Law. The Society strives to foster and expand interest in and understanding of the international legal process within the legal community. All interested law students are invited to be members. The Society’s activities include speaker programs and seminars on current topics, involvement with the International Law Moot Court Board, and support for the annual Jessup International Moot Court Competition. 

President:   Elizabeth Norton
Vice President:  Kaela McCabe
Secretary/2L Rep:   Dan Nadeem
Treasurer:  Spencer Murphy
3L Rep:  Allison Shokes
Moderator: Professor Michael Kelly

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer’s personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. 

President:  Cameron Call
Vice President:  Spencer Slater
Secretary:  Alisa Larsen
Treasurer:  Jill Sanders
Moderator: Professor Kay Andrus

Latino Law Students Association (LLSA)

LLSA is a local association of Latino students in the School of Law. LLSA promotes unity among Latino students and between the Latino students and the rest of the student body. Another purpose of the Association is communication with the Law School administration. The Association also brings to the Omaha Latino Community an awareness of the opportunities that are available both in the study of law and in obtaining legal services. 

President:   Ceci Menjivar
Moderator: Professor David Weber

 

Law Ambassadors

Law Ambassadors is a volunteer student organization that assists administration with admissions and alumni events. The purpose of the organization is to foster the environment both within and outside of the Creighton Law School community. The Law Ambassadors assist with law school tours, the annual alumni dinner, Call-A-Thon, Open House, Accepted Student Days, and Orientation. The organization is open to all law students. 

President: Jamie Bell
Vice President: Valerie Johnson
Secretary: Morgan Gray
Treasurer: Emily Weiss
3L Rep: Josie Lewber and Elizabeth Norton
2L Rep: Sam Billings and Stephanie Galvin
1L Rep: TBD  
Tour Coordinator: Joselyn Marroquin
Moderators: Assistant Dean Andrea Bashara 

 

Law Review

Founded in 1967, The Creighton Law Review is a quarterly publication produced by the students of the Law Review.  While publishing the work of mature scholars as lead articles in each edition, the Creighton Law Review is primarily devoted to the presentation of material produced by students of the Creighton University School of Law. In accord with the Law Review tradition, membership on the student-edited publication affords the opportunity for intensive legal research and disciplined legal writing. Academic standing and a writing competition determine membership on the Law Review. Students may earn credit by writing for the Law Review and by serving on the staff. 

Editor-in-Chief:  Spencer Murphy
Executive Editor:  John Dunn
Research Editor:  Kari Grether
Senior Lead Articles Editor:  Justina Piatek
Lead Articles Editor:  Joe Eden
Lead Articles Editor:  Joe Borghoff
Lead Articles Editor:  Nicole Northup
Student Articles Editor:  Rosemary Laughlin
Student Articles Editor:  J. Dave Sund
Student Articles Editor:  Mackenzie Angels
Student Articles Editor:  Jacqui Schreurs
Moderator: Professor Ronald Volkmer

 

Law School Democrats

Law School Democrats is an organization devoted to bringing professional students together to:

  • discuss and shape the principles of the Democratic party;
  • devise strategies for nominating and electing fit candidates for public office; and
  • recruit men and women interested in keeping the two-party system healthy by vigorous debate and ethical campaigns.

The Law School Democrats have successfully recruited a core membership determined to inform their fellow members of the community of what America’s oldest political party stands for in its third century of service to the nation. 

President:  J. Dave Sund
Vice President:  Jessica Weborg
Secretary:  Laura Hemler
Treasurer:  Christine Lepert
1L Outreach:  Judy Nguyen
Moderator: Professor Stephen Sieberson

Law School Republicans

The Law School Republicans (“LSR”) is a Creighton University School of Law student organization dedicated to upholding and promoting the platform of the Republican Party. The purpose of the LSR shall be to facilitate political involvement, foster networking opportunities, and encourage community service while advancing the interests of the Republican Party. As a club affiliated with a Jesuit institution, the LSR also recognizes the importance of integrating a vision of the world that arises out of a knowledge and love of Jesus Christ.

President:  Courtney Ruwe
Vice President:  Rachel Meyer
Secretary:  Danielle Forsgren
Treasurer:  Alexandra Shields
Moderator: Associate Dean Craig Dallon

Moot Court Board

Moot Court Board provides research and oral advocacy experience, intellectual challenge, and academic appreciation to its student members. The annual intramural Moot Court tournament, sponsored by the Board, is judged by members of the local bench and bar, law professors, and third year students. Board members are selected on the basis of performance in this tournament. Creighton teams compete in the National Moot Court Tournament sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Pace University Environmental Moot Court Competition, The Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition sponsored by the International Trademark Association and the Jessup International Moot Court Competition.

President:  Nicole Northup

VPs of Judges:  Mattea Fosbender, Joseph Wagman
VP of Bailiffs:  Mackenzie Angels
VP of Logistics:  Shane Beasley
VP of Public Relations:  Joshua Livingston
Executive Secretary:  Elisa Born
Problem DirectorsTina Piatek, John Dunn
Moderator:  Professor Carol Knoepfler

 

 

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta, the Sir Thomas More Chapter, was founded in 1950 by a group of concerned and dedicated Creighton law students. What followed was a union of students committed to excellence. Phi Alpha Delta is one of the largest international legal fraternities. P.A.D. is over 120,000 members strong and boasts of members holding positions at the U.S. Supreme Court, Congress, and the Executive Branch, as well as academic leaders, judges, and attorneys coast to coast and throughout the world. Membership is open to all law students, full and part-time, and P.A.D. has no specific grade or rank requirements. 

Justice:  A.J. Hernandez 
Vice Justice:  Elizabeth Norton
Treasurer:  Josie Lewber
Marshal:  Erik Larson
Clerk:  Allison Heimes
Social Chair:  Bill Mescher
Public Relations Chair:  Judy Nguyen
Recruitment Chair:  Matt Chouinard
Community Service Chair:  Samantha Swiniarski
Moderator: Professor G. Michael Fenner

 

Phi Delta Phi

Phi Delta Phi, the oldest professional fraternity in existence, was established in 1869, and has had over 135,000 members over the years. It was founded on the premise of promoting ethics in the legal profession and today tries to impress upon law students the need for integrity and strong ethical ties within the legal community as well as professionalism and scholarship. The fraternity is open to those law students who have completed at least one semester of law school and who are in good academic standing. No person who is a member of any similar national or international legal fraternity shall be eligible for membership in P.D.P. The Creighton Inn Chapter of the fraternity sponsors numerous activities throughout the year, including rush, initiation, and speakers on legal ethics. P.D.P. is proud to recognize as members more judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, ABA presidents and law school deans than any other legal fraternity. This list includes several of the current United States Supreme Court justices.

​President:  Elizabeth Norton
Vice President:  Joshua DeVard
Historian:  Megan McDevittg
Moderator: Professor Carol Knoepfler

 

Public Interest Law Forum (PILF)

PILF promotes awareness within the legal community of the problems of the under-represented and works to serve the needs of the underprivileged within our community. PILF’s aim is to foster an interest among law students and the legal community as a whole, resulting in the servicing of both the legal and non-legal needs of the under- represented. PILF is dedicated to the quest of justice for all and recognizes the need for an integrated vision of the world that acknowledges the commonality of humankind by promoting service of others and working to meet the needs of those lacking representation. PILF encourages and supports internships and careers in public interest and actively volunteers to assist in any possible phase of legal representation of those who would otherwise be unable to obtain remedies for violations of their rights. PILF provides a forum for the discussion of topics within the area of public interest and searches for the solutions and means to meet the needs of the under-represented. 

President: Natalie Killion
VP for Fundraising: Matthew Chouinard
Secretary: Benjamin Goins
Treasurer:  Megan Furey
Moderator: Professor Palma Strand

Sports and Entertainment Law Society

SELS is open to any Creighton University law student, faculty member, or staff member, and its purpose is to educate and inform interested members of the law school community about legal issues in the area of sports and entertainment. The Society sponsors guest speakers and forums focusing on legal issues faced by attorneys and clients in the sports and entertainment areas. These issues potentially include organizational structure and dynamics, contract negotiations, labor disputes, agency relationships, protection of intellectual property rights and identity, antitrust problems, and free speech. The Society also sponsors activities rooted in its members’ common interests in sports and entertainment. 

President:  Erik Larson
Moderator: Professor David Weber

 

St. Thomas More Society

The St. Thomas More Society is a community of law students, faculty and staff striving to encourage those in our community to apply high moral and ethical standards, as exemplified by life of St. Thomas More, in their everyday lives and in their professional careers; to provide a vibrant, faith community, consistent with Creighton’s Jesuit identity, encouraging students to more fully integrate spirituality into every aspect of their lives; and to assist in the spiritual growth of the members of the law school community consistent with the teachings and principles of the Catholic Church.

Co-Presidents:  Sam Billings and Brian Walsh
Secretary:  Mary Norrie
Treasurer:   Mary Norrie
Moderator: Professor Edward Morse

Student Bar Association (SBA)

SBA is the student government at the Law School. It is affiliated with the American Law Student Association sponsored by the American Bar Association. Elected student officers and representatives administer the SBA. The purposes of the organization are: to make law students aware of the obligations and opportunities existing for lawyers through Bar Association activities; to promote a consciousness of professional responsibility; and to provide a forum for student activities. The association actively develops programs and social activities for the student body, including a golf tournament and luncheon programs.

President:  Nick Miller
Vice President:  Chelsey Kenney
Secretary:  Wes Mangum
Treasurer:  Andrew Henderson
3L Reps:  Danielle Forsgren, Matt Wilson
2L Reps:  Matthew Olson, Sarah Gyhra
ABA Rep:  Matthew Chouinard
CSU Reps:  David Changstrom
Moderators: Assistant Deans Julie Olson and Andrea Bashara

Student Innocence Project Society (SIPS)

President:  Jami Evans
Vice President:  Elisa Born
Secretary:  Joselyn Marroquin
Treasurer:  Mark Hanna
Case Coordinator:  TBD
Activities Director:  Rosie Laughlin 
3L Rep:  Courtney Titus
2L Rep:  Quinn Eaton
Moderator: Professor Sean Watts

Women’s Law Student Association (WLSA)

WLSA is an organization of both male and female students who have a concern for women’s rights and issues. The Association sponsors a speaker forum on women’s issues as well as social and other activities for its members and the Law School community. 

President:  Kendra Clark
Vice President:  Laura Hemler
Moderator: Professor Palma Strand