Black Law Students Association

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is a national organization that includes more than 170 member law schools. Our main function is to assist our members in the development of their legal careers, to provide opportunities for exposure to various areas and aspects of the legal profession, and to improve the black community’s access to the law.

PRESIDENT - Jasmine Waites
VICE PRESIDENT - Ashley Armstrong
TREASURER - Gabriela Ibanez-Alers
SECRETARY - Courtney Hicks

Black Law Students Association Website

Christian Legal Society

The Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a student-run organization founded with the intent to nurture and encourage Christian law students with resources aimed at fostering spiritual growth, compassionate outreach, and the integration of faith and practice. Our mission is to inspire, encourage, and equip law students, both individually and in community, to proclaim, love and serve Jesus Christ through the study and practice of law, the provision of legal assistance to the poor, and the defense of religious freedom and sanctity of human life.

PRESIDENT - Karina Cerda
VICE PRESIDENT - Alexandra Acosta
TREASURER - Yashaswini Vasamsetty
SECRETARY - Gabriela Ibanez-Alers

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Student Ministries

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Criminal Law Society

The Criminal Law Society is an organization designed to help create strong ties between its members and the criminal law community. This society’s goal is to assist its members in establishing bonds with a variety of legal professionals in the criminal law sector. We strive to achieve this goal by providing numerous opportunities to gain experience and familiarity with criminal law.

PRESIDENT- Micah Nihart
VICE PRESIDENT - Michael Biggs
TREASURER - Shawna Perau
SECRETARY - Keanna Broadie
FACULTY ADVISOR - Benjamin Priester

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Environmental Law Society (ELS)

The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is a student-run organization at Florida Coastal School of Law. ELS’s primary concern is the promotion of environmental awareness and protection in the Jacksonville area. Through various community service projects, ELS aims to provide a venue for like-minded students interested in environmental law and community involvement to work together to better our world, one step at a time. Another major goal of ELS is the furtherance of environmental education on the FCSL campus and within the community.

Currently, we promote environmental awareness and education with our community-oriented projects and by always trying to set a good example for others. Our biggest community service event is our annual Sea Oats Project. Every spring, ELS works with Atlantic Beach to repair malnourished beaches. The sea oats we plant protect the dunes, provide a habitat for animals, protect sea turtle nesting areas, and prevent erosion. ELS works with many other student organizations to increase the Sea Oats Project efforts and protect more beaches each year. ELS operates on an open-door basis; we welcome all FCSL students, faculty, and staff to any of our meetings and activities throughout the semester. With FCSL’s Environmental Law Certificate Program, we hope that ELS will grow as a force on campus.

PRESIDENT - Alexandra Dabek
VICE PRESIDENT - Gabriela Ibanez-Alers
TREASURER - Yashaswini Vasamsetty
SECRETARY - Karina Cerda

Family Law Society

The Family Law Society (FLS) at Florida Coastal School of Law is committed to promoting family law as a branch of law in its own right rather than its own litigation. We are dedicated to promote and provide education, the skills necessary in the practice of family law, to provide opportunities for members to meet, exchange knowledge, views, ideas, and fostering connections with the greater Jacksonville legal community.

PRESIDENT - Morgan Peacock
TREASURER - Jennifer Payne
SECRETARY - Stephanie Garcia Baker

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Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy

Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. We are committed to 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 seeks to promote awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.

The Lawyers Division is comprised of over 65,000 legal professionals and others interested in current intellectual and practical developments in the law. It has active chapters in ninety cities, including Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Indianapolis. Activities include the annual National Lawyers Convention, a Speakers Bureau for organizing lectures and debates, and 15 Practice Groups.

PRESIDENT - Matthew Nielsen
VICE PRESIDENT - Christopher Dykes
TREASURER - Rob Little
SECRETARY - Austin Kwikkel
FACULTY ADVISOR - Bradley Shannon / Frequently Asked Questions

Hispanic American Law Student Association

The Hispanic American Law Student Association (HALSA) welcomes all Florida Coastal students to join our organization as we represent diverse backgrounds and promote diversity on campus. We form a close-knit family and make an effort to help each other prepare for final exams. We also encourage networking with lawyers in the community via our mentor-mentee program with the Hispanic Bar of N.E. Florida. HALSA also cares about the community and usually volunteers at the Sulzbacher House and Hubbard House. HALSA hosts some fun events every year such as Salsa Night with free salsa lessons and Sabor Latino, a Latin food plate sale.

PRESIDENT - Jose Cruz-Pagan
VICE PRESIDENT - Arian Hernandez
TREASURER - Justice Elvish
SECRETARY - Cortney Hicks

Hispanic American Law Students Association

Military Law Society

The mission of the Florida Coastal Military Law Society is to promote awareness ofthe relationship between Military Law, Civilian Law and International Law.  The Military Law Society is open to every member of the FCSL student body and seeks to bring open discussion to all the issues that affect the military today.  The military law society seeks to represent the Florida Coastal community through its engagement with the local community including the military community.

PRESIDENT - Ashley Armstrong
VICE PRESIDENT - Michael Moran
TREASURER - Gabriela Ibanez-Alers
SECRETARY - Theresa Rizo

Military Law Society SharePoint Site

Phi Alpha Delta, Bedell Chapter

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion, and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community. We are the preeminent law fraternity promoting the bonds of fraternalism and we are the leader in the development and advancement of professional ideals.

The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.

PRESIDENT - Maxine Christie

Phi Alpha Delta, Bedell Chapter SharePoint Site

National Site

Phi Delta Phi

The International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi, established in the year 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics, is the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States and the premier legal fraternity in North America. Phi Delta Phis first gathered nine years before the American Bar Association and still hold unique positions in the history of the North American bench, bar and the law schools. During the past three decades, Phi Delta Phi’s reputation as an organization devoted to legal excellence has continued to spread throughout North America and Europe.

MAGISTER - Jimmy Pham
VICE MAGISTER - Kristen E. Huether
EXCHEQUER - Heather Gargano
CLERK - Elaina Seyfang
FACULTY ADVISOR - Benjamin Priester

Phi Delta Phi SharePoint Site

Student Animal Law Defense Fund

PRESIDENT - Gabriela Ibanez-Alers
VICE PRESIDENT - Morgan Peacock
TREASURER - Alexandra Dabek
SECRETARY - Ashley Armstrong

Women Law Students’ Association

The mission of the Women Law Students’ Association (WLSA) at Florida Coastal School of Law is to promote equality among students, faculty, and staff; to create an environment for women to thrive while in law school and during their career through support, community service, and recognition of success; and to make a meaningful contribution to the Jacksonville legal community.

PRESIDENT - Elaina Seyfang
VICE PRESIDENT - Nicole Delaware
TREASURER - Gabriela Ibanez

Women Law Students’ Association SharePoint Site


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