Law

Student Organizations

Mission Statement

 

Cincinnati Law student organizations enhance the University of Cincinnati’s educational experience by connecting students through academic, professional, cultural, political, and social interests.   By supporting student leadership, community engagement, and professional and social networking, Cincinnati Law furthers its mission to educate and inspire leaders who pursue justice and advance the role of law in society.           

                                                                                                -Adopted by the University of Cincinnati College of Law President’s Council, March 7, 2018

 

Student organizations are essential to a successful legal education, and they play a major role in shaping the social, cultural and intellectual environment at Cincinnati Law. These organizations sponsor workshops, panels, and networking opportunities. Combined with activities coordinated by the Student Bar Association as well as the Office of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & Diversity, campus life at Cincinnati Law remains an active and vibrant community. 

The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Club promotes negotiation and dispute resolution activities at UC Law. The students assist with organizing UC Law's internal negotiation competition, and when scheduled, with the Mid-West Regional Competition. From time to time, the ADR Club also hosts speakers on topics in negotiation and dispute resolution.

Student Leaders

  • President: Kenneth Westwood

The American Constitution Society (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.

 

Student Leaders

  • President: Ayesha Haq
  • Vice President: Alexis Royse
  • Treasurer/Social Media Chair: Zach Falther
  • Liaison to Student Chapters, Lawyer Chapters, and Washington, D.C: Monica Murphy
  • Membership Chair: Vishal Noticewala

 

The Asian Pacific Law Students Association serves the interests and needs of students with ethnic and/or cultural ties to Asia and the Pacific Rim. Sponsoring symposiums, workshops, and social events, the organization heightens awareness of Asian Americans in the legal community. Through active participation, members derive a sense of self-empowerment, while developing invaluable leadership skills.

Student Leaders

  • President: Jessica Nguyen
  • Vice President: Charles Hotnog

The University of Cincinnati Chapter of BLSA is an active participant in the National Black Law Students Association. BLSA was created in 1969 with the goal of opening law school doors and enhancing the quality of legal education for African-American students throughout the United States. BLSA has been instrumental in providing African-Americans with expanded access to the field of law during the 70's, 80's, and 90's. In the 21st Century, BLSA is poised to continue advocating for major increases in the number of African-American faculty hired and African-American students admitted to law schools throughout the United States. Although many doors have opened, many more remain closed; consequently BLSA's job is hardly over. African-Americans are still disproportionately under represented in the legal arena. To prevent erosion of the advances made by BLSA, the organization is determined to push onward with continued vigor. BLSA has established a strong working relationship with the National Bar Association, Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati and many other national and local organizations. BLSA does not seek to isolate itself from the law school community, rather it advocates cooperation and involvement of its members with other students, student organizations, faculty and staff. In fact, members of BLSA are active in Law Review, Moot Court, Student Bar Association, Student Court, the Urban Morgan Human Rights Institute, Student Legal Education Committee, and the Honor Council, must to name a few. Each year, in conjunction with the Moot Court program, BLSA sends teams to the Frederick Douglass Moot Court competition sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association. During the academic school year BLSA presents speakers from the legal community whose expertise can offer stimulating insight into the field of law and enhance the quality of legal education at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Indeed, BLSA is ready for the challenges of the 21st Century and beyond.

Preamble: (from Our Constitution)

We, the members of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Cincinnati, in order to promote the development of committed Black law students and lawyers, to inform Black law students and to encourage participation of Black law students in the affairs of the Black community, to increase the representation of Black law students, faculty members and administrators at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and to promote unity and awareness, do hereby establish this Constitution for the University of Cincinnati Chapter of the Black Law Students Association. The purpose of BLSA shall be to represent the views of Black students at the University of Cincinnati College of Law; to provide a forum for the discussion of local and national issues affecting both the Black law student community and the University community as a whole; to promote the welfare of its members through educational, professional, cultural and social programs; to focus upon the relationship between the Black law student and the law structure; to instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the Black community; to influence American law schools, legal fraternities and associations to use their expertise and prestige to bring about change within the legal system in order to make it responsive to the needs of the Black community; and to do any and all things necessary and lawful for the accomplishment of these purposes.

Student Leaders

  • President: Ashton Hood
  • Vice President: Kevin Coker
  • Secretary: Harper Hill
  • Treasurer: Ed-Petra Adarquah-Yiadom

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a group for Christians of all denominations, and non-Christians to explore a Christian perspective on the law and the legal profession. CLS as an organization looks to share the good news of the gospel with its community by serving fellow students and the city at large.

Student Leaders

  • President: Jeffrey Roe
  • Vice Presidents: Caitlyn Idoine

Criminal Law Society seeks to promote interests in issues related to criminal law, provide opportunities to those interested in criminal law, and to teach the general student body about issues facing the criminal law community. We are open to all students. We support and promote all criminal law professions and seek to present professionals from all aspects of criminal law.

Leadership

  • President: Rachelle Barr
  • Vice President: Nikita Srivastava
  • Treasurer: Brad Leder
  • Outreach Coordinator: Kristi Murphy
  • Secretary: Jeff Geiman
  • Facility Advisor: Brian Howe

The purpose of the Entrepreneurship Law Club is to connect law students in the greater Cincinnati area to its thriving business, entrepreneur, and startup community.

Entrepreneurship is reshaping the legal industry. The modern legal world not only requires being legal savvy but it also requires an understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset, passion, and hustle. Not only are we future legal advisors, but we are future business advisors as well.

 The UC Law Entrepreneurship Club aims to bridge the legal world and the flourishing entrepreneurial communities.

Through networking, education, and being hands on, we will provide a venue for exploring the entrepreneurial mindset and the opportunity to network with major players in the entrepreneurship and legal community.

Board Members

  • President: Zahki Davis
  • Vice-President: Andrew Lehmkuhl
  • Treasurer: Nate Rose

The Environmental Law Society promotes an awareness of present and future issues in the field of environmental law. It sponsors programs featuring guest speakers on topics of interest to its members and the community.

The purpose of this organization is to support the interests and needs of the University of Cincinnati College of Law students aspiring to Federal practice, both public and private, as well as to strengthen student interest and knowledge in the Federal legal system. To meet these goals, the Student Division of the Federal Bar Association works closely with the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky-John W. Peck Chapter.

Leaders

  • President: Daniel Treadaway
  • Vice President: Ashley Ramm
  • Treasurer: Angelica Lasley

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. We believe that principles and legal rules strongly influence the direction of societal development and in so doing can secure or destroy individual rights and liberties. The Society's purpose is to investigate the role of law as one of the great organizing forces of our society, and to participate in that shaping process. The Federalist Society is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve individual freedom, that economic and political liberties are inextricably intertwined, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be, and that the true purpose of the legal order is to ensure that the power conferred upon the state is used to secure people's lives and goods. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails ordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, and law professors. In to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. The local chapter is named after Judge Norton Parker Chipman, an 1859 graduate of the Cincinnati Law School.

Student Leaders

  • President: Paul Taske
  • Vice President: Francesca Boland
  • Treasurer: Eric Dorfner
  • Secretary: Annie McClellan

The First Generation Law Students goal is to support those who are the first in their family to attend law school, or who did not grow up in the presence of a lawyer or legal practitioner. To accomplish this goal, the FGLS provides programming and support meant to help its audience:

  • Adapt to the difficulties and unique challenges of law school
  • Become better prepared and situated for future legal employment on graduation

Student Leaders

  • Co-Presidents: Candra Connelly, Rebecca Barnett
  • Vice President: Jake O' Connor

The Honor Council adjudicates Honor Code violations and recommends sanctions to the dean and faculty. The council is comprised of elected class representatives, the president of the Student Bar Association, and the chair of the Student Legal Education Committee.

Student Leaders

  • Chair: Elias Sayre
  • Vice-Chair: Ej Fox
  • Class of 2018:Petra Ingerson-Bergman, Michael Briach, Kalisa Mora, Melissa Springer, Timothy Lynch
  • Class of 2019: Ayesha Haq, Patrick Reagan, Alexander Foxx, Krishna Mahadevan
  • Class of 2020: Laura Caty, Daniel Shinkle, Nathaniel Potter, Karen Spence, Louisa Edzie
  • Special Members:
    • SBA President: Kalisa Mora
    • SLEC Chair: David Lopez

If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice is a national nonprofit network of law students and lawyers. Our organization educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights.

Student Leaders

  • President: Ashton Tucker
  • Vice President: Alanna Best
  • Secretary: Abbey Aguilera
  • Treasurer: Brittany Triggs
  • Community Outreach: Avery Ozimek

The Juvenile Law Club seeks to foster student engagement in the area of juvenile law. We are interested in "child welfare, and the rules and procedures for dealing with juvenile delinquency, status offense or dependency," (Ohio State Bar Association). We network with local lawyers that work with children in all forms, including child welfare, delinquency, and family law. These events foster relationships with local practitioners. Our service projects partner with local community organizations such as ProKids to aid children in need in the Cincinnati area. Our club is for anyone and everyone interested in child welfare, juvenile delinquency, dependency and family law issues. No interest in practicing juvenile and/or family law is necessary. Please join us in supporting local endeavors to benefit and improve children's lives.

Student Leaders

  • Celia Klug - president
  • Kiv Euler - vice president
  • Vivian Poe - event coordinator

The Labor & Employment Law Club is centered around developing an understanding of both Labor law and Employment law. We work with union agencies and administrative agencies to enhance the law students understanding of the specific areas of labor law and employment law. We currently have several positions available that require minimum time commitments but will offer opportunities to network and connect with the local field. We have plans to hold another forum on a topic within the labor and employment law fields and make a trip to the National Labor Relations Board to learn more about the role of the board.

Student Leaders

  • President: Taylor Gamm
  • Vice-President: Alessandro Botta Blondet
  • Secretary: Ashley Ramm
  • Treasurer: Brad Leder

The National Latina/o Law Student Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation serving as a conduit for Latina/o law student voices. Founded on principles of social, ethnic, racial, gender and sexual equality, NLLSA is focused on advancing Latina/o academic success and commitment to community service. NLLSA is fueled by a progressive coalition-building approach to addressing the legal issues affecting Latinas/os around the nation.

The University of Cincinnati College of Law Chapter aims to embody the values set forth by the National Chapter. As the nation’s premier, small, urban, public law school, we have the unique ability to promote representation of Latina/o voices in the Midwest. As the country’s fourth oldest continuously operating law school, we have a responsibility to be at the forefront of social justice issues that present themselves locally and nationally.

We strive to be the leading center for student resources, dialogue and action. LLSA is committed to encouraging student-led encuentros, conferences, and other community-strengthening gatherings. We aspire to inform, excite and empower generations of law students so that they may be responsive to the legal needs of the communities that surround them.

Student Leaders

  • President: Gibran Peña-Porras
  • Vice President: Natalia Trotter
  • Secretary: Alessandro Botta Blondet
  • Treasurer: Brittany Triggs

The Law Democrats (Law Dems) is an organization that strives to encourage civic involvement and progressive thinking throughout the law school. Law Dems promotes camaraderie between students, public service, and political participation at the local and state levels. Our group works to promote Democratic policy and ideals.

Student Leaders

  • President: Krishna Janakiram Mahadevan
  • Vice President: Barry Schintler
  • Treasurer: Brittany Triggs
  • Secretary: Catherine Brizzi

The mission of MLA is to provide Muslim law students a platform where they can connect with the legal community and advocate for the social, economic, political and religious issues of Muslims in the United States. MLA’s goal is to reach out to the Muslim community and prove to be a legal liaison for Muslims in Cincinnati. The MLA believes in the legal, political, economic, religious and social equality of all people regardless of sex, gender, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, political ideology, sexual identity, age, disability, class, or socioeconomic status and promises to adhere to that belief inside and outside the law school.

Board Members

  • Founder/President: Ayesha Haq
  • Senior Advisor: Ahmed H Khodir
  • Vice President: Musah Bala Abubakar
  • Secretary: Rawan Abdulmohsen

This is the Bearcat Chapter of the National Association for Public Defense. Cincinnati Law is the first law school in the country to organize a student chapter of the NAPD. For more information on the NAPD website.

Executive Board:
President: Alanna Best
Vice-President: Kristi Murphy
Secretary: Rebecca Barnett

Out & Allies is a student organization dedicated to creating a forum for all students and faculty to discuss issues of sexual orientation in the law. We aim to create a voice for law students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community, and to foster a supportive atmosphere for inclusivity within the law school. Out & Allies is dedicated to community engagement and service. Throughout the school year we present educational programming on LGBTQIA issues, we raise funds for local charities who directly benefit the LGBTQIA community, and we strive to ensure that LGBTQIA students are fully supported as they enter the legal community.

You can follow us on facebook.

Student Leaders

  • President: Katie Gaines
  • Vice President: Ashton Tucker
  • Treasurer: Avery Ozimek
  • Secretary: Harper Hill

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is a co-ed legal fraternity that engages in regular social activities while also offering great networking, educational, and leadership opportunities.

Student Leaders

  • Justice: James Boyd
  • Vice Justice: Jordan Blake
  • Marshall: Eric Dorfner
  • Treasurer: Patrick Parkinson
  • Clerk: Betsy Emmert
  • Social Chair: Marisa Lind
  • Recruitment Chair: Zach Mueck

Law Republicans of Cincinnati hope to work with our counterparts, the Law Dems, in increasing political discussion at the law school. We invite all Republicans and conservative allies to join, regardless of how your beliefs match the current GOP leadership. We are about ideas and helping make the GOP a better party, not partisanship.

Student Leadership

  • Chair: Patrick Reagan
  • Vice Chair: Adam Stickney
  • Secretary: Rebecca Barnette
  • Treasurer: Jason Link

The Sports & Entertainment Law Club is a club devoted to improving the law students understanding of sports law and entertainment law.They host social and educational events, attend sports and entertainment practical competitions, and attend events with local professional sports teams. These opportunities provide the law students with the chance to develop practical skills and connect with practicing attorneys and professionals within the sport and entertainment fields.

Student Leaders

  • President: Zach Johnson
  • VP of Entertainment: Matt Wagner
  • VP of Sports: David Dornette
  • Treasurer: Jason Link
  • Secretary: Zachary Mueck

The Student Ambassador organization was founded in 2007 as a student group that represents and volunteers in the University of Cincinnati College of Law's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Members interact with prospective students by giving tours, helping with Open Houses, and contacting students about the benefits of attending the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Our goal is to foster positive images of the school, and educate others about our faculty, academics, student life, and student body.

You can contact a Student Ambassador in order to ask a question or get a current student's perspective on any aspect of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Our email address is lawstudent.ambassador@uc.edu.

Student Leaders

President: Courtney Jaconette
Vice-President: Tat'yana Lavrinenko
Secretary: Jordyn Phillips
Treasurer: Marissa Lee
SBA Representative: Barry Schintler

The Student Bar Association is the major funding and activity support group of the College. All students are members of the SBA and are represented by elected class representatives and appointed student organization representatives in the Executive Council.

The SBA sponsors social, sporting and cultural events, acts as a liaison between the administration and the student body and provides funding for student organizations. It also acts as a forum to coordinate student activities in the law school.

Five first-year representatives will be elected in September. Students interested in becoming involved in the Student Bar Association should visit the SBA office in the student activities area. (SBA By-laws and Constitution)

Student Leaders

  • President: Kalisa Mora
  • Vice President: Jada Colon
  • Treasurer: John "Jack" Gruenschlaeger
  • Secretary: Maria Castro-Reece
  • 3L Rep: Katelin Gedon
  • 2L Reps: Nick Richardi, Keighle Joyce, Jeff Geiman
  • 1L Representatives: Kennedy Womack, Dana Musial, Matt Higgins, Jake Wittman, Dorothy Nguyen
  • LLM Representative: Francesca Gottardi
  • Social Chair: Keighle Joyce
  • Philanthropy Chair: Kristen Rollerson
  • Barrister’s Ball Chair: Candra Connelly

The Student Legal Education Committee (SLEC) provides a mechanism for student participation in policy decisions affecting the College. Members of SLEC are assigned to the following College committees: Curriculum, Admissions, Faculty Appointments, Student Petitions and Academic Review, Nippert Committee on Lectures and Symposia, Center for Professional Development and Library. They may also form Ad Hoc Committees to study and report on problems affecting the student body. Together with faculty and administration representatives on these committees, students discuss and vote upon issues, assign tasks, and attempt to arrive at decisions which represent an accommodation of diverse views. SLEC members are elected from and by the student body. Members of SLEC distribute, collect, and analyze the faculty evaluation forms completed at the end of every semester by the students. Vacancies on the committee are filled in the fall semester.

  • Chair: David A. López-Kurtz
  • Vice Chair: Gibran Peňa-Porras
  • 3L Representatives: Katherine McDonald, Rachael Rolfsen, Matt Wagner
  • 2L Representatives: Mark Tassone, Barry Schintler, Julie Kappelman, Betsy Emmert
  • 1L Representatives: TBD

The Tenant Information Project (TIP) is a volunteer organization that provides legal information to callers concerning landlord/tenant law. TIP is one of several organizations at the Law School through which students can receive recognition on their transcript as a Legal Public Interest Volunteer based upon their volunteer efforts. A minimum of 15 hours of participation is required each semester to receive this recognition. However, this requirement can be satisfied by volunteering as little as one hour each week throughout the semester.

While answering calls, volunteers explain the state of Ohio landlord/tenant law to callers with questions involving their leases, the eviction process, loud neighbors, or the condition of their apartments. Volunteers explain the rights and responsibilities of both the landlord and tenant and the options that the caller may have available. Callers are usually low-income residents of the Clifton area, undergraduate students at UC, or landlords curious about the law. By participating, TIP members gain both practical experience in dealing with clients who have legal problems and specialized knowledge of landlord-tenant law.

A hotline is operated by law students of the University of Cincinnati College of Law:
TIP Hotline: (513) 556-0053
8am - 5pm, M-F

TIP does not accept questions by email or in person. TIP volunteers are not attorneys, and cannot provide legal advice. They can, however, help clarify the law and explain possible courses of action. Should a person require legal advice or more in-depth assistance, TIP volunteers can direct your call to other agencies and lawyers in Cincinnati.

The purpose of the UC Mock Trial program is to build practical skills for students interested in careers in litigation. Students selected through an internal competition face teams from other law schools in courtroom trials of mock cases. Learn more about trial practice team competitions.

Student Leaders

  • President:Jefferson Kisor
  • Vice Presidents: Tyler Liston
  • Treasurer: Rachelle Barr

The mission of UCLW is to provide a diverse and inclusive forum for UC Law students to promote the representation and leadership of women in the legal profession and within the law school community. UCLW advocates for the legal, political, economic, and social equality of all people regardless of sex, gender, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, political ideology, sexual identity, age, disability, class, or socioeconomic status.

Student Leadership

  • President: Maria Castro
  • Vice President: Jessica Nguyen
  • Secretary: Nikita Srivastava
  • Treasurer: Natalia Trotter
  • LLM representative: Rawan Alsaeed

Please contact Maria Castro at castromc@mail.uc.edu with enquiries.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is a program conducted by University of Cincinnati law students who volunteer their time to assist low- and middle-income community members and University of Cincinnati students in the preparation of their tax returns. Established at the University of Cincinnati in 1978, VITA provides practical experience in the preparation of tax returns.

Tax Preparation Assistance

VITA will be offering tax preparation Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., starting February 15th.  Click on the link for helpful information about what to bring with you. Note: There will be no VITA on March 14th or 15th due to the law school's spring break.

Location: Rm. 118 (Wednesday)   Rm. 114 (Thursdays)

The VITA team will be providing assistance until April 12th (last day).

Student Leaders

  • Katelin Gedon, Kalisa Mora, Ken Westwood

 

The University of Cincinnati College of Law (“UC Law”) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) program requires all volunteers to undergo training and certification through the Internal Revenue Service.  This training teaches volunteers how to prepare and review tax return filings.  However, this training does not address the full breadth of the tax system and UC Law VITA gives no warranty, expressed or implied, to the accuracy, reliability, relevance, or completeness of information or service provided.  Each person using the services of UC Law VITA remains individually responsible for the accuracy of the information on their own tax return.  Each person filing a tax return affirms that responsibility upon signing their tax return under penalties of perjury that their return is, to the best of their knowledge and belief, true, correct and complete, regardless of whether they have utilized assistance with the tax return’s preparation.

UC Law VITA, the volunteers, college officials, the College of Law, and the University of Cincinnati are not liable for your use of any information from services provided.   No actions of UC Law VITA or its volunteers constitute professional tax or legal advice.