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:  TBD
Vice President:  TBD
Secretary:  TBD                         
Treasurer:  TBD                          
Events Co-Chairs:  TBD
Membership Chair:  TBD
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:  Shinelle Newman
Vice President:  Cody Cummings
Secretary:  TBD
Treasurer:  TBD
Board Members:  TBD
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:  Sean Nakamoto
Vice President:  Jeremy Fontain
Secretary:  Alice Fan
Treasurer:  Isabella Li
Community Outreach:  TBD
Events Coordinators:  TBD
3L Rep:  TBD
2L Rep:  TBD
1L Rep:  TBD
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:  Paris Bateman
Vice President:  Graham Colton
Secretary:  Michelle Zornes           
Treasurer:   Taylor Renfro
Moderator: Professor Raneta Mack

1L Representatives - Kai Wahrmann-Harry and Tina Nguyen
2L Repesentative - Oluseyi (“Seyi” pronounced Shea) Olowolafe
3L Representative - Madison McNary

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:  Ashley Dowd
Secretary:  Julie Ryan
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:  Jared Dean
Vice President for Negotiations: Lyndi Skinner/Cody Cummings
Vice President for Client Counseling:  Leslie Espino/Samantha Sahawneh
Vice President for Membership:  Kate Hollenbeck
Secretary:  Sonya Herridge
Moderators: Professors Larry Teply and Cate Brooks

 

Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal (CICLJ)

The Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal (CICLJ) is an online publication, founded in 2010, that serves as a forum for debate and exploration of international law issues. It also provides students with the opportunity to refine their research, writing, and critical-thinking skills to create articles.

2016-2017 CICLJ Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Andrew Rubin
Executive Editor: Alex DeMasi
Managing Editor: Alexandra Boll 
Lead Article Editor: John Densberger
Student Article Editors: Austin Graves, Andrea Brayton, Renee Just, Dom O’Conner, Sarah Cuneo, and Ashley Dowd

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:  TBD
VP: 
TBD
Secretary: TBD
Treasurer: TBD
2L Rep: TBD
Social Coordinator: 
TBD
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:   Stephanie Galvin
Vice President:  Tyler Seals
Secretary:  Dan Nadeem
Treasurer:   TBD
Moderator: Professor Carol Knoepfler

Environmental Law Society (ELS)

President:   TBD
Vice President: TBD
Secretary:  TBD
Treasurer:  TBD
3L Reps:  TBD
2L Reps:  TBD

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:  TBD
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:  TBD
Vice President:  TBD
Secretary:  TBD
Treasurer:   TBD
Moderator: Professor Catherine Brooks

Fellowship of Christian Law Students (FCLS)

President:  TBD
Vice President:  TBD
Vice President for Outreach: TBD
Moderator:  Professor Edward Morse

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:  Amanda Swisher
Vice President:  Lexy Schuman        
Secretary:  Gabbie Kott
Treasurer:  Alex McCarty
Student Reps: Ed Ketcham (2L), Dan Wasson (3L)
Moderator:  Professor Morse

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:  TBD
Vice President: TBD
Secretary:  TBD                         
Treasurer:  TBD
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:  Samantha Sahawneh
Vice President:  Nicholas Yost
Secretary:  Kate Lawrence
Treasurer:  Sean Nakamoto
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:  Leslie Espino
Vice President:  Rachel Lee
Secretary:  Tyler Seals       
Treasurer:  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:  Sydney Richards
Vice President:  Allison Dubs
Secretary:  Don DeLaMare
Treasurer:  Don DeLaMare
Moderator: Professor 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:   Hayley Bennett
Vice President:  Sarah Cuneo
Secretary:   Dan Nadeem
Treasurer:   Carola Cintron-Arroyo
2L Reps:  Amber Foley, Ashley Dowd
3L Reps:  Jeremy Fontain, Mike Meyer
Public Relations:  Dom O’Connor
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:   Dallin Groneman
Vice President:  Brian Edwards
Secretary:   Don DeLaMare
Treasurer:   TBD
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:  Carola Cintron-Arroya
Vice President:  Sonya Herridge
Vice President of Community Outreach:  Sydney Richards
Secretary:  TBD
Treasurer:   Jenessa Cruz-Alfaro
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:  Renee Just
Vice President:  Paris Bateman
Secretary:  Morgan Gray
Treasurer:   Michelle Potts
3L Rep:  Sam Billings
2L Rep:  Alyssa Cervantes
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:  Claire Wilka
Executive Editor:  Peter Langdon
Research Editor:  Sean Nakamoto
Senior Lead Articles Editor:  Tyler Seals
Lead Articles Editor:  Katie Matejka
Lead Articles Editor:  Mike Salloum
Lead Articles Editor:  Ben Deaver
Student Articles Editor:  Cameron Oakley
Student Articles Editor:  Noah Glover-Ettrich
Student Articles Editor:  Morgan Gray
Student Articles Editor:  Shannon Behm
Moderator:  Dean Mirkay

 

 

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:  TBD
Vice President:  TBD
Secretary: TBD                          
Treasurer: 
TBD                 
Events Coordinator TBD
1L Outreach:  TBD
1L Representative:  TBD
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: TBD                            
Vice President:
TBD 
Secretary: TBD                 
Treasurer:  TBD
3L Rep:  TBD
Moderator: Associate Dean Craig Dallon

Military Law Society

Commander:  TBD
Vice Commander:  TBD
Executive Officer:  TBD
Moderator:  Professor Sean Watts

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:  Mark Hanna
VPs of Judges:  Madison McNary & Alex DeMasi
VP of Bailiffs:  Morgan Gray
VP of Logistics:  Abbey Baker
VP of Public Relations:  Shannon Behm
Executive Secretary:  Daniel Wasson
Problem DirectorsClaire Wilka & Ryan Zajic
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:  Sam Swiniarski
Vice Justice:  Alison Seaborne
Treasurer:  Lauren Camp
Marshal:  Peter Langdon
Clerk:  TBD
Social Chair:  Taylor Renfro
Public Relations Chair:  Dominique Kiahtipes
Recruitment Chair:  Shannon Behm
Community Service Chair:  Katherine Huiskamp & Alyssa Cervantes
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:  Joshua DeVard
Vice President:  Tyler Masterson
Secretaries:  Allison Dubs
Treasurer:  Maria Cohee
Historian:  Renee Just
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:  TBD
VPs for Social Events:  TBD
VPs for Fundraising:  TBD
VPs for PILF Week:  TBD   
BarBri Liaison:  TBD          
Street Law Liaison:  TBD
Secretary:  TBD
Treasurer:  TBD
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. 

Co-Presidents:  Tanner Duff & Travis Marr 
Vice President Sports:  Michelle Potts
Vice President Entertainment:  Steffani Jiroux
Head of Entertainment Coordination:  Nicole Luhm
Secretary:  Sarah Cuneo
Treasurer:   Cullan Nechkash
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.

President:  Brian Walsh
Vice President:  Sonya Herridge
Secretary:  Keith Graham
Treasurer:  Keith Graham
2L Rep: TBD
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:  Chelsey Kenney
Vice President:  Ben Dixon
Secretary:  Sarah Gyhra
Treasurer:  Katelyn Lawrence
3L Reps:  Alex DeMasi & Steffani Jiroux
2L Reps:  Addison Hosner & Brian Edwards
1L Reps:   Molly Woodman & Robert Graham
ABA Rep:  Kayla Ambrose
CSU Reps:  Hayley Bennett & Shayla Slaymaker
Moderators: Assistant Dean Andrea Bashara

Student Innocence Project Society (SIPS)

President:  Molly Blackwell
Vice President:  Alison Seaborne
Secretary:  Colleen Savage
Treasurer:  Joselyn Marroquin
Case Coordinator:  TBD
Activities Director:  Alice Fan
3L Rep:  Quinn Eaton
2L Rep:  Andrea Brayton
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:  TBD
Vice President:  TBD
Secretary:  TBD
Treasurer:  TBD
Assistant Director for Membership Program:  TBD
3L Rep:  TBD
2L Rep:  TBD
Social Chair: TBD
Moderator: Professor Palma Strand