Student Org Spotlights: Get To Know Some of Our Groups

Student organizations are an excellent way to meet your peers and get involved with an activity that interests you. UConn Law’s student organizations range from activity clubs, to affinity groups and those that are more practice-area focused. Attend the Student Organizations Fair on September 9th at 12:30pm to learn more about many of our groups (and to eat some delicious Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!).

Here is a list of all current active student orgs on campus, and a brief glimpse into a few.

American Civil Liberties Union
American Constitution Society
Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Society
Asian Pacific American Law Students Assoc.
Ballroom Dance Club
Black Law Students Association
Capital Punishment Ice Hockey Team
Chinese Law Students Association
Christian Legal Society
Connecticut Alliance of International Lawyers
Connecticut Moot Court Board
Corporate and Securities Law Society Diversity Committee
Energy and Environmental Law Society Federalist Society
Intellectual Property and Technology Law Soc.
International Law Society
Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
Italian American Law Student Association
Jewish Law Students’ Association
Lambda Law Society
Latino Law Students Association
Military Law Society
Mock Trial Society
Muslim Law Student Association
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
Pro Se (Student Newspaper)
Public Interest Law Group
Soccer Club
Softball Club
South Asian Law Students Association
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Bar Association
Tax Law Society
Women Law Students’ Association

Ballroom Dance Club

Kathy Campbell ’16, President
Are you interested in participating in something completely different from the everyday pattern of law school? Then come join the Ballroom Dance Club at UConn Law! Ballroom Dance provides beginner dance classes, and no partner or experience is necessary. Classes are taught by a 3L UConn Law student who has been a competitive ballroom dancer for more than a decade, and has been teaching ballroom classes for six years! Dances that will be taught include the Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Tango, Swing and many more. If you have any questions, you can email Ballroom Dance Club President Kathy Campbell at Kathleen.Campbell@uconn.edu.

Diversity Committee

Ahmed Galal ’17 and Yuri Min ’17, Co-Chairs
UConn Law School’s Diversity Committee works with students, faculty, and staff to promote and strive for a more open and inclusive law school experience as well as to emphasize the importance of those values upon entering the legal field. In addition to hosting events throughout the year, Diversity Committee is best known for its annual Diversity Week, a full week of events in the Spring semester that reiterates UConn’s commitment to providing a safe and open campus, culminating in an extremely entertaining and impressive talent show put on by your peers. To learn more about the Diversity Committee, please contact Yuri Min (yuri.min@uconn.edu) or Ahmed Galal (ahmed.galal@uconn.edu).

Mock Trial Society

Chris Stanton ’16, President
The Mock Trial Society (MTS) is an academic and skill-based, student-run organization designed to prepare students for trial practice. Our students learn to develop trial strategies, examine witnesses, present arguments to juries and judges, and use and understand the rules of evidence, all while becoming familiar with courtroom etiquette.

MTS offers the opportunity to participate in on- and off-campus mock trial competitions (competitors will receive two pass/fail credits for participation in interscholastic competitions), and receive interactive feedback from our network of local and national courtroom advocates. To join MTS, interested students must compete in the Davis Mock Trial competition hosted on campus in early October, either as a competitor or witness. For more information on MTS or the Davis Mock Trial Competition, come see some of our representatives put on a full mock trial during Litigation Night on September 24th, lookout for an email announcing the Davis competition, and definitely join our TWEN page, “Mock Trial Society (MTS).”

Moot Court Board

Megan Wade ’16, Executive Director
The Connecticut Moot Court Board is comprised of students who have achieved distinction in appellate advocacy. First year law students have the opportunity to gain membership on the Board by competing in the Alva P. Loiselle Moot Court competition during the Spring semester. A second opportunity will be during the Fall semester of the second year, when eligible students may participate individually in the William H. Hastie Moot Court competition.

Membership on the Board affords students the opportunity to participate in interscholastic moot court competitions for which students receive academic credit, to network with Connecticut appellate judges and justices, and to hone oral and written advocacy skills. Interested students should attend Litigation Night on September 24th. You may also contact megan.wade@uconn.edu for more information!

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society

Malcolm Ranger-Murdock ’16, President
The Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society is dedicated to helping students develop legal skills for practice outside of the courtroom by means of negotiation, arbitration, and mediation. The Society hosts club meetings, practice negotiation sessions, on campus negotiation and dispute resolution competitions, and sends representative teams to compete in national competitions. The Society is largely driven by student participation, and we hope students will join us for some of our many events. Feel free to contact NDRS President Malcolm Ranger-Murdock at malcolm.ranger-murdock@uconn.edu with any questions.

Phi Alpha Delta

Yekaterina Bychko ’17, Marshal
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is a professional legal fraternity that emphasizes something that is often difficult to find in law school: time to socialize and get to know your peers. UConn Law is a small community, and PAD strives to bring everyone together as we go through the hurdle of law school.

Our main event will be a kickball tournament! So keep a look out for more information in your UConn email. Throughout the next month or so, PAD will also be co-hosting the orientation trip to a Rock Cats game with Student Services, and hosting various happy hours to discuss how the first few weeks of the semester have gone. Contact Yekaterina Bychko at yekaterina.bychko@uconn.edu or PAD President Caitlin Rauchle at caitlin.rauchle@uconn.edu with any questions.

RACE Ipsa

Alison Kubas ’16, President
For those of you who love to run (or hate it but wish you loved it), UConn Law’s running team, RaceIpsa, could be for you! Each week the team schedules at least one run, starting at the Law School. There are students at all levels of speed and endurance, so regardless of your experience, don’t be afraid to come out and run! In addition to the weekly runs, there are races all year long, and thanks to a very helpful judge in the area, the team frequently gets discounts on registration fees. If you are interested in joining the team, stay tuned for future emails about runs and races, and email raceipsa.uconn@gmail.com to get on the mailing list.

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