Student Organizations

Student organization fair

Students at Dickinson Law have a breadth of opportunities to get involved with their campus community. Below are just some of the opportunities that await you. The Student Bar Association frequently forms new groups and holds events based upon student interest.

Student Bar Association (SBA)

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is Dickinson Law's student government organization. Composed of all law students, the SBA is led by an executive board elected by the student body. The SBA oversees and allocates funding for student organizations and events, and it is the formal liaison between students, faculty, and administration.

Reflecting their diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and passions, Dickinson Law students explore shared interests and advance common causes through a variety of student organizations.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Elikem Tsikata — President
Campbell Goin — Vice President
Aaron Gallagher — Treasurer
Kaitlyn Richards — Secretary
Cole Gordner — ABA/LSD Representative
Stephen Speer — PSU Senator

3L Class Representatives
     Casey Dennis
     Chelsea Dickert
     Erin Seu

3L Honor Code Representatives
     Anne Horissian
     Trevor Kline

2L Class Representatives
     Zachary Javorsky
     Pearlyne Paulemon
     Philip Petrina

2L Honor Code Representatives
     Jacob Balamut
     Kendell Wilson

Associate Dean Jeffrey A. Dodge — Faculty Advisor

American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society for Law & Policy is America’s largest progressive legal network. The Dickinson Law chapter was founded in 2018. ACS was founded on the principle that the law should be a force to improve the lives of all people.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Michaela Zanis — President
Daniel Dolan — Vice President
Michaela Burgess — Treasurer
Kendell Wilson — Secretary
Madelyn Snyder — Outreach Chair
Bruce Hall — Diversity and Inclusion Chair

Dean Danielle M. Conway — Faculty Advisor

Animal Legal Defense Fund — Penn State Dickinson Law Chapter

Animal Legal Defense Fund — Penn State Dickinson Law Chapter (SALDF) is dedicated to providing 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. The Dickinson Law SALDF hosts speakers and documentary nights, and conducts field trips to animal sanctuaries and shelters to help educate others about animal rights.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Adrianna Dunn — President
Maddy Snyder — Vice President
Preet Gill — Secretary
Andrea Prisco — Treasurer
Chelsea Dickert — Media Coordinator

Megan Riesmeyer — Faculty Advisor

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)

The purpose of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) is to foster community involvement and professional development of its members. Our goal is to promote a greater understanding of APA issues and culture within Dickinson Law and provide opportunities for students to engage with the APA community. APALSA is dedicated to advocating for Asian Pacific American leadership in all areas of law by encouraging the sharing, networking, and cooperation between all ethnic groups. APALSA is open to Dickinson Law students of every background.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Yangmo (Harvey) Ahn — President
Bingran Li — Vice President
Dharvi Goyal — Treasurer

Emily Michiko Morris — Faculty Advisor

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Penn State's Dickinson Law serves as the leading advocate for black law students and is dedicated to the development of talented, involved black attorneys. Founded in 1968, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), was formed to promote the needs and goals of black law students and effect change in the legal community. The largest entirely student-run organization in the United States with nearly 6,000 members, NBLSA is also comprised of chapters or affiliates in six different countries including The Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Campbell Goin — President
Bruce Hall — Vice President
Pearlyne Paulemon — Secretary
Maame Boateng — Treasurer

Faculty Advisors
     Triston O'Savio
     Megan Riesmeyer

Business Law Society

Dickinson Law’s Business Law Society is a student organization dedicated to enhancing Dickinson Law students’ legal education by promoting interdisciplinary work in law and business. The Business Law Society works with Professor Samantha Prince to help emerging start-ups within the Penn State University LaunchBox program and across Pennsylvania by hosting workshops and lectures designed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in pre- and post-venture stages of start-up development with the legal tools necessary for success. Members have an opportunity to forge professional relationships within the business legal community, submit blog posts for Inside Entrepreneurship Law, and gain real-life experience needed to facilitate entrepreneurial growth after graduating law school.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Mari Boyle — President
Maame Boateng — Vice President
Aaron Gallagher — Secretary
Savannah Wilt — Treasurer
Alexis Shovel — Pop–Up Clinic Coordinator
James Smith — Events Coordinator

Samantha Prince — Faculty Advisor

Christian Law Community of Dickinson

The Christian Law Community of Dickinson Law (CLCD) is dedicated to the encouragement of students, faculty, and staff as we seek to integrate faith into our studies and careers. We exist to serve each other, the Dickinson Law community, and the city of Carlisle. We are non-sectarian and non-denominational, and welcome members of all convictions in open dialogue in a spirit of love.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Asahel Church — President
Kate Kuhn — Vice President
Zach Javorsky — Treasurer

Megan Riesmeyer — Faculty Advisor

Criminal Law Society

The Criminal Law Society is dedicated to preparing students for careers in criminal prosecution and criminal defense through networking, professional education, and promoting dialogue to address current issues. The organization provides learning opportunities for students by arranging professional speakers, coordinating trips to agencies of interest, and apprising students of relevant professional trainings; aids the development of professional contacts among student members and attorneys practicing in the field of criminal law; and seeks to instill in its members respect for and commitment to the virtues and values necessary to the fair and impartial functioning of the criminal justice system. The Criminal Law Society will endeavor, in conjunction with classes, professors, and the school Career Services Office, to help all interested students explore, prepare for, and succeed in careers in criminal law.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Mitch Snyder — President
Abby Showalter — Vice President
Becky Bronkema — Secretary
Mimi Miller — Treasurer

Tom Place — Faculty Advisor

Dickinson Intellectual Property Law Society (DIPLS)

Dickinson Intellectual Property Law Society (DIPLS) offers all interested law students of any educational background a forum in which to learn about the IP legal profession and its current issues. We also connect students with alumni and other leaders in the IP sector and further the reputation of Dickinson Law as an institution for preparing students to become successful IP attorneys.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Vladimir Postnikov — President
Yangmo (Harvey) Ahn — Vice President
Martin Risch — Events Planner and Secretary
Nathaniel Mccormack — Treasurer

Martin Skladany — Faculty Advisor

Dickinson Law Review

The Dickinson Law Review is the Law School’s flagship journal. It is one of the oldest law reviews in the country and is credited with having the first woman law review editor, Julia Radle, in 1898. Its commitment to excellence and student opportunities has remained steadfast over its 120+ year history. Students who have completed their first year of law school have the opportunity to be selected for law review. Participation on law review is a two-year commitment, which includes writing a scholarly comment that will potentially be published. Students who participate on law review earn course credit and have a tremendous opportunity to advance their writing, editing, and leadership skills. Visit Dickinson Law Review for more information.

2020-2021 Executive Board
McKay Lewis — Editor-in-Chief
Tessa E. Shurr — Managing Editor
Robin M. White — Executive Articles Editor
Amelia Nahum — Executive Comments Editor
Anthony Fanucci — Symposium Executive Editor
Christian M. Sweger — Research Editor
Emily Kortright — Executive Editor for Digital Media

Articles Editors
     Cole Gordner
     Ryan Kingshill
     Travis Murray
     Jake Younts

Comments Editors
     Zoe Matherne
     Jacob Ryder
     Rachel Tunney
     Jeremy Ulm

Senior Editors
     Bre Bennett
     Mari Boyle
     Michaela L. Cloutier
     Matthew J. Meabon
     Kaitlan M. Price

Medha Maklhouf — Faculty Advisor

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's main purpose is to sponsor fair, serious, and open debate to ensure that legal principles that have not been the subject of sufficient attention for the past several decades receive a fair hearing.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Tessa Shurr — President
Ian McDonald — Vice President
Tyler Eckert — Secretary
Gordon Behr — Treasurer
Aaron Holland — Events Coordinator

Samantha Prince — Faculty Advisor

Health Law and Policy Society

It is the mission of the Health Law and Policy Society (HLS) to provide learning and experiential opportunities to law students with an interest in the legal, ethical, and political issues that affect health care. The organization educates students on health law issues by sponsoring health law related programs that will benefit our members, the law school community and the general public. In order to serve this purpose, the Society invites speakers to discuss issues relating to health law including health care reform, fraud and abuse, quality care, risk management, compliance, access to health care, financing and organization, bioethics, medicine, and private health. Panel discussions and presentations enable students to learn about issues in the health law field in the absence of a formal course. Additionally, the Society coordinates programs to increase the wellness and health of the law students by interacting with Student Services. The Society strives to encourage and empower its members, as future lawyers, to become informed and talented health care advocates.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Anthony Fanucci — President
Jacob Balamut — Vice President 
Ryan Kingshill — Events Coordinator 
Sam Clinger — Secretary 
Maya Schacker — Treasurer 
Robert McAvoy — 1L Representative 
Brian Chin — 1L Representative

Medha Makhlouf — Faculty Advisor

Intramural Sports

Dickinson Law Intramural Sports aims to encourage students to engage in healthy activity, foster relationships with other students outside of the classroom, and enjoy some relief from typical law school stress in a structured and fun environment. Thanks to ample student participation, we are able to host a variety of sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, and even sponsor an annual trip to Charlottesville, Virginia for University of Virginia Law’s annual softball tournament.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Gordon Behr and Logan Dellafiora — Co-Presidents

Julie Cullings — Staff Advisor

Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA)

The Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA) seeks to remedy the underrepresentation of Latinx in all segments of the legal community. To achieve this goal, LLSA assists the Admissions Office on recruitment and retention matters and strives to provide enrolled Latinx students with strong academic and social support. Furthermore, LLSA welcomes ALL individuals who are interested or curious to learn about Latin culture and legal issues specific to our communities.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Claudia Bernstein — President

Katherine Pearson — Faculty Advisor

Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Students Association (MESALSA)

The purpose of Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Students Association (MESALSA) is to help establish a strong and consistent source of support, mentorship, community service opportunities, representation, and understanding for our members and the Dickinson Law community. We provide an inclusive and informative space for students of Middle Eastern/South Asian descent to find and consolidate relevant resources for academic and career success and any other interested members of Dickinson Law. Our goal is to add to the school’s culture of inclusivity and support by facilitating open dialogue and other events to address a broad range of relative topics for MESALSA members and the Dickinson Law community.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Ezza Ahmed — President
Roshneek Bains — Vice President
Jamie Bakleh — Secretary
Mohammed Saleem — Treasurer
Sonal Parekh — Executive Board Advisor

Professor Medha Makhlouf — Faculty Advisor

Military Law Caucus (MLC)

The mission of the Military Law Caucus (MLC) at Penn State's Dickinson Law is to organize and support all law students who are former veterans or current members of the United States Armed Forces, (United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard), students who are interested in pursuing legal careers in the military, and students passionate about veterans rights. MLC seeks to promote and raise awareness of the career possibilities found in the United States Armed Forces as well as partner with veterans organizations that seek to educate the public on veterans affairs and provide veterans legal assistance. The MLC welcomes all students with interest in the military, military law, veterans affairs, or global strategic policy.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Eric Kocsis — President
Aaron Holland — Vice President
Maya Schacker — Treasurer
Courtney Buechler — Secretary
Collin Fulton — 1L Representative

Associate Dean Amy Gaudion — Faculty Advisor

Moot Court Board

Dickinson Law students also participate in national moot court competitions. Team members, chosen each year through an intra-school competition, advance their writing, problem-solving, and advocacy skills under the guidance of faculty members and experienced lawyers. We sponsor moot court teams in a variety of areas such as labor law, environmental law, securities law, constitutional law, and transnational law. View our Moot Court Board Constitution and Bylaws.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Mike Goldthwait — Executive Chair
Mimi Miller — Vice Chair
Aaron Gallagher — Intra School Competition Chair
Shaivya Sing — Recruitment Chair
Chelsea Dickert — Treasurer

Mohamed Badissy — Faculty Advisor


OutLaw is a student organization interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) legal issues, employment concerns, and the fostering of tolerance and awareness on campus. OutLaw provides a network for professional and social interaction between LGBTQ+ and ally students, faculty, and legal professionals, and for the education of the Law School community about issues facing LGBTQ+ individuals.

OutLaw concentrates on increasing awareness and discussion of such issues as hate crimes against lesbian and gay men, discrimination on the basis of HIV status, and the legal aspects of today's changing conceptions of family and domestic partnership.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Kendell Wilson — President
Becky Bronkema — Vice President
Kendra Smith — Secretary
Zach Javorsky — Treasurer
Cameron Watkins — 2L Rep

Associate Dean Jeffrey A. Dodge — Faculty Advisor

Phi Alpha Delta — Burr Chapter (PAD)

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is the premier international professional law fraternity. Its members seek to serve one another, the law school, the legal profession, and the community. The Core Values of PAD are Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation.

The Burr Chapter of the Dickinson Law campus in Carlisle also provides numerous benefits to its members, including: Professionals Night and Judges Night, Mentorship program, Academic resources, and International membership in Phi Alpha Delta International.

Phi Alpha Delta has existed for over a hundred years and its alumni are to be found in all areas of the legal profession. Attorneys and potential employers will know and recognize PAD on your résumé.

2020-2021 Executive Board
James Smith — President
Alex Minor — Vice Justice
Becky Bronkema — Clerk
Adrianna Dunn — Marshall
Nick Barata — Treasurer

Faculty Advisors
     Alison Lintal
     Assistant Dean Laura Williams

Public Interest Law Fund (PILF)

The Dickinson Law Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) is dedicated to the legal and social aspects of public interest work. PILF promotes awareness and understanding of public interest work through education, fundraising, and social activities. Each year, PILF also raises money for the Degenstein Foundation and Cherie M. Millage Fellowship program, which supports law students who work for public interest organizations.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Caitlin Demiral — President
Robin White — Vice President of Fundraising
Iman Woodyard — Vice President of Fellowship
Aaron Gallagher and Kristian Villegas — Auction Co-Chairs
Emily Kortright and Stephanie-Rose Orlando — Event Coordinators

Thomas Lee — Faculty Advisor

Speakers Trust Fund

The Speakers Trust Fund of the Student Bar Association shall provide a forum for the equitable distribution of the Speakers Trust portion of the Student Activities Fee. It shall maintain an open door policy for every student organization and every member of the student body at The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. The Trust shall promulgate an agenda for the student body that shall include, but not be limited to, providing students with a slate of speakers that will enhance the quality of life at the school and encourage diversity of ideas.

The Speakers Trust shall review student organization and individual student proposals for speakers in an objective, nondiscriminatory manner. It shall encourage student organizations and individual students to sponsor speakers of premier quality and esteem with various backgrounds and experiences to reflect the growingly diverse student body. While student organizations and members of the student body may invite speakers with controversial, and even offensive, ideologies, the Trust does not necessarily endorse these speakers.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Sam Jacques — President
Jackie Gross — Vice President
Kendra L. Smith — Secretary

Associate Dean Jeffrey A. Dodge — Faculty Advisor

Specialty Court Support (SCS)

Specialty Court Support’s (SCS) mission is to educate Penn State Dickinson law students about how the law can focus on treatment and rehabilitation to improve long-term success for people entangled in the criminal justice system due to mental health issues. Often, many of the participants in specialty court programs have not had jobs or resumes due to the nature of their untreated mental health issues or addiction. SCS will allow for law students to interact with specialty court participants and identify non-legal solutions through résumé building, job preparation, and additional assistance outside of what the treatment teams already provide.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Maya Schacker — President

Faculty Advisors
Hon. Jessica Brewbaker
Gary S. Gildin


Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Dickinson Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society is for the benefit of students who are interested in the area of sports and entertainment law. The Sports and Entertainment Law Society works to expand the member’s knowledge of the sports and entertainment industries, and facilitate career guidance and networking opportunities by introducing members to mentors and practitioners in the industry. Although our main focus in the SELS organization is towards those interested in sports and entertainment law, we welcome all of the students interested in other areas: labor and employment, intellectual property, contracts, mediation and arbitration, consulting, marketing, government relations, class-actions, and a variety of other areas in the law that are touched on by the industry. Active members of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society also have a unique opportunity to compete in a baseball arbitration competition. 

2020-2021 Executive Board
Ashli Jones — President
Casey Dennis — Vice President
Dylan Conrad — Secretary
Najeebah Beyah — Treasurer 
Eric Kocsis — Social Media Coordinator
Nick Cherry — Competition Chair

Stanley Brand — Faculty Advisor

Women’s Law Caucus (WLC)

The Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) seeks to promote an awareness and understanding of the legal and social issues facing women today through discussion, education and networking. The WLC is open to the entire law school community. The WLC sponsors lectures, fundraisers and social activities in an effort to expose law students to the gender issues we all face. Each year the WLC is committed to raise money for local women’s shelters and other organization. The WLC also sponsors the Honorable Sylvia H. Rambo Award Dinner, which honors an outstanding woman in the legal profession. The award is given in honor of Chief Judge Sylvia Rambo of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. All of our events are open to the entire Dickinson School of Law community.

2020-2021 Executive Board
Rachel Wilcove — President
Karli Huber-Sharkus — Vice President
Adrianna Dunn — Treasurer
Rebecka Bronkema — Activities Coordinator
Michaela Burgess — Philanthropy Chair
Kate Kuhn — Mentorship Chair
Amanda Slezak — Public Relations

Assistant Dean Laura Williams — Faculty Advisor