Student Organizations

American Association for Justice

The Mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.  AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims' rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. With members worldwide, and a network of U.S. and Canadian affiliates involved in diverse areas of trial advocacy, AAJ provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.

American Bar Association, Law Student Division

The American Bar Association, Law Student Division, strives to defend liberty and pursue justice through community service projects and leadership. Our organization is also designed to increase law student awareness and knowledge of the benefits, programs, and services provided by the LSD of the ABA. ABA facilitates student interaction with FCSL faculty and local practitioners, and nurtures a growing ABA presence in the Jacksonville community via community service and involvement.

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association

To provide a forum to voice Asian Pacific student concerns and experiences relating to legal education, the legal field, and to discuss issues of significance relating to the Asian experience in mainstream America.

PRESIDENT
Szu-Han Lan

VICE PRESIDENT
Phurpa Lama

TREASURER
Danielle Greenstein

SECRETARY
Yun Gao

FACULTY ADVISOR
Alan Regan 

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
Alan Babbitt Jr.

VICE PRESIDENT
Annette Smith

TREASURER
Kentayvia Coates

SECRETARY
Abe Lowe IV

FACULTY ADVISOR
Roger Groves 

Canadian Law Students Association

PRESIDENT
Lisa Chegini

VICE PRESIDENT
Vacant

TREASURER
Kyle Holmes

SECRETARY
Vacant

HISTORIAN
Vacant 

EVENT COORDINATOR
Lo McIntosh 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Alicia Edwards 

CAPIL

Florida Coastal Association of Public Interest Law also known as, CAPIL, seeks to educate, prepare, encourage, and inspire future lawyers that will recognize inequities that exist in our legal system and dedicate their professional lives to the development of a more just society.

CAPIL is the local school chapter of, and is affiliated with Equal Justice Works: “Working to remove the economic barriers that confront future public interest lawyers.”

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
Kimberly Roberts

VICE PRESIDENT
Ira Coats

SECRETARY
Kennesth Sleets 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Anthony Kolenc

Corporate and Business Law Society

The Corporate and Business Law Society seeks to promote a social and academic atmosphere that will enrich students with vital skills to ascertain successful careers within the legal profession as well as corporate professionals that work within the legal field. The goal of CBLS is to create an understanding of all aspects of the corporate and business world. The CBLS is dedicated to fulfilling this mission within the legal community but also extending itself outside the legal arena to charitable organizations.

PRESIDENT
David Brown

VICE PRESIDENT
Shircola Powell

TREASURER
JaDarrius Eason

PRO BONO
Caitlin Russell

FACULTY ADVISOR
Roger Groves

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
Shannon Price

VICE PRESIDENT
Taylioe McQuaide

TREASURER
Brooke Belling

SECRETARY
Melissa Montoya

PARLIAMENTARIAN
Morgan Mintz

FACULTY ADVISOR
Benjamin Priester

Entertainment Law Society

The Entertainment Law Society is focused on bringing together Florida Coastal law students who share a common interest in entertainment law and intellectual property. ELA’s goal is to foster student involvement in arts and entertainment in the Jacksonville community; this is achieved by ELA’s monthly production “Culture on the Coast,” which provides students with a compilation of cultural events taking place in the Jacksonville area.

PRESIDENT
Shamieka Donawa

VICE PRESIDENT
Shane Henry

TREASURER
Rebeka Land

SECRETARY
Stephanie Burke

FACULTY ADVISOR
Amanda Reid

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
Jackie Blair

VICE PRESIDENT
Kayla Mosquera

TREASURER
Kathryn Dominic

SECRETARY
Jessica Skidmore

PRO BONO
James Fater

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Robert Gail 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Eric Hull

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
Kenneth Sleets

VICE PRESIDENT
Vacant

TREASURER
Vacant

ELECTION CHAIR
Vacant

PRO BONO CHAIR
Vacant

SOCIAL CHAIR
Vacant

FACULTY ADVISOR
Natalie Tuttle

FCSL Democrats

The FCSL Democrats pledges itself to provide a forum for those interested in the ideals of the Democratic Party. The FCSL Democrats will educate law students about the philosophy of the Democratic Party and its current status. Furthermore, it is the FCSL Democrats intention to provide opportunities for law students to participate in democratic affairs at the local, state, and national level.

Federalist Society

The Federalist Society was 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 Federalist Society seeks both to promote awareness of these principles and to further promote their application by providing a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with members of the legal profession, the judiciary, law students, academics, and the architects of public policy.

PRESIDENT
Manuel Bass

VICE PRESIDENT
Christopher Robinson

SECRETARY &TREASURER
Cameron Dawkins

FACULTY ADVISOR
Bradley Shannon

Georgia Bar Takers Association

PRESIDENT
Laci Gillis

VICE PRESIDENT
Zachary Register

TREASURER
Samantha Ball

SECRETARY
Amanda Rumker

FACULTY ADVISOR
Dean Taggart

Health Law Society

The Florida Coastal School of Law Health Law Society (HLS) is dedicated to raising the visibility of issues relating to Health Law throughout FCSL and beyond. HLS provides a forum for interaction and information exchange among law students interested in Health Law issues and public policies surrounding Health Law, including but not limited to: issues of healthcare litigation and liability, HMOs, disability rights, elder care, medical ethics, in-house counsel, and comparative health systems. In addition, HLS is dedicated to serving as a resource for career opportunities and mentors within the field of Health Law.

Hispanic American Law Students 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
Nelson E. Sierra

VICE PRESIDENT
Melissa Alzate

TREASURER
Alexandra Casals

SECRETARY
Fabiola Robayo

PRO BONO
Neida Fernandez

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Diana Torres

HISTORIAN
Leandro Perez

FACULTY ADVISOR
Ada Hammond

Human Rights Law Society (HRLS)

Our missions is to:

  • Promote awareness of human right issues and discuss the avenues that the legal community can use to addressing human rights issues.
  • Promote awareness of human trafficking issues, promote protection of its victims, and promote the enforcement of law.
  • To provide an open forum to discuss all the issues affecting human rights today.
  • Represent the Florida Coastal community through its engagement with local community.

PRESIDENT
Dylan Rettig

VICE PRESIDENT
Mieka Forestal

TREASURER
Christopher Marzwanian

SECRETARY
Vacant

FACULTY ADVISOR
Gregory Pingree

International Law Society

The International Law Society is dedicated to the promotion of International Law that encompasses a vast understanding for differences both culturally and legally in the various legal systems of the world. In August 2008, the International Law Society (ILS) at Florida Coastal School of Law was recognized as an official chapter of The International Law Students Association (ILSA). The International Law Students Association is a global organization linking International Law Student Associations throughout the world and provides opportunities to meet international law students from all regions of the globe through various events and conferences. Joining ILS will provide great opportunites and benefits to those who enjoy travelling abroad and plan to practice in the area of international law.

PRESIDENT
Vacant

VICE PRESIDENT
Vacant

TREASURER
Vacant

SECRETARY
Vacant

PRO BONO CHAIR
Vacant

EVENT CHAIR
Vacant 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Christopher Roederer

Italian American Law Students Association

The Italian American Law Students Association (IALSA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to serving the needs of the Italian American community at Florida Coastal School of Law and promoting a positive image of the Italian American culture.  IALSA is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans, the nation's 5th largest ethnic group, and promoting diversity within the Florida Coastal community.  IALSA affords Florida Coastal students the opportunity to participate in social, educational, and professional events while emphasizing the contributions of prominent Italian Americans in the legal field.  In 2008, IALSA gained national recognition and affiliation with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), who serves as a major advocate in Washington, D.C. for 25 million Italian Americans.

Jewish Law Students Association

The mission of the Florida Coastal Jewish Law Students Association is: Fostering a Jewish identity in legal professionals and students and promoting their active involvement in the Jewish community. Membership is open to any member of the FCSL community regardless of religious affiliation.

PRESIDENT
Marat Shkolnik

VICE PRESIDENT
Gregory Dykshteyn

TREASURER
Alexander Alterman

SECRETARY
Caitlin Adorni

FACULTY ADVISOR
Stacy Scaldo

LAMBDA Law Students Association

LAMBDA Law Students Association is a support system and social circle for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, and for allies who share a vision of equality with respect to transgender experience and sexual orientation. The organization’s programs and events are intended to serve as a means to advance legal rights for individuals who face wrongful discrimination and to provide charitable assistance to those in need. Coastal Law’s LAMBDA Law Students Association was the first student-led organization to receive a JASMYN Silver Award for community service and LGBTQ leadership. LAMBDA regularly provides community service to improve education, celebrate diversity and promote human rights. Leadership positions are not limited to LGBTQ students, and LAMBDA invites all Coastal Law students to support their colleagues in a strong effort to make every place in our community a safe space.

PRESIDENT
Benjamin Charlick

VICE PRESIDENT
Patrice Ocasio

TREASURER
La'Carrian Smith

SECRETARY
Ira Coats

FACULTY ADVISORS
Quine Hopkins
Gregory Pingree 

Law Students Against Violence

Law Students Against Violence is a philanthropic organization that strives to help end violence against all peoples both locally, nationally, and internationally. Each year, LSAV presents The Vagina Monologues, which is directed and performed by an all law student cast. All of the play's proceeds are then donated to the Hubbard House, a local battered womens shelter.

PRESIDENT
Vacant

VICE PRESIDENT
Vacant

TREASURER
Vacant

SECRETARY
Vacant

PRO BONO
Vacant 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Vacant

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
Rebecca Anderson

VICE PRESIDENT
Aaron Conti

TREASURER
Kourtney Reed

SECRETARY
Lisa Nommensen

PRO BONO
Brian Hart 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Anthony Kolenc

Muslim Law Students Organization

MLSA hopes to play a key role in facilitating dialogues to promote understanding, tolerance, and the exchange of ideas among law students of all religions, races, and backgrounds. We also aim to encourage the active involvement and integration of Muslims into the American legal system and to promote greater diversity in the legal profession. Through its activities, MLSA plans to promote the balanced and comprehensive professional, spiritual, cultural, and academic development of all law students, regardless of their religious or racial background.

PRESIDENT
Shabnum Osmani

VICE PRESIDENT
Byron Quintanilla

TREASURER
Rosie Streeter

SECRETARY
Sabirha Williams

FACULTY ADVISORS
Gregory Pingree
Dean Taggart 

National Lawyers Guild

Florida Coastal School of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild “NLG” is an association dedicated to the support and defense of economic and social justice, and to progressive change rather than the acceptance of the status quo. We seek to educate ourselves and the community about issues affecting economic and social justice, to provide law students with pro bono opportunities in support of these goals, and to increase awareness of the Florida Coastal community on issues surrounding economic and social justice. We seek to unite lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization which shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that economic and social justice are basic human rights and must be protected and expanded.

PRESIDENT
Morgan Mintz

VICE PRESIDENT
Julie Miller

TREASURER
Jonathan Obi

SECRETARY
Jordan Yarbrough

PRO BONO
Alan Babbitt Jr. 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Karen Millard

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
Randi Walker

VICE PRESIDENT
Vacant

TREASURER
Markecia Bivins

SECRETARY
Chauvonne Wrenn

CLERK
Vacant

MARSHAL
Vacant 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Lucille Ponte

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
Seyed Sadrolasdatzadeh

VICE MAGISTER
Daniel Montgomery

EXCHEQUER
Olexia Joseph

CLERK
Kayla Haines

HISTORIAN
Shakuwra Shaw 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Kristine Cherek

Pro Bono

The Pro Bono Project helps law students develop an awareness of their ethical and professional responsibilities to provide service to their community. Pro bono work is volunteer legal and non-legal work done without credit or compensation that law students perform to benefit individuals, groups or organizations whose resources are limited. Participation in the program provides students with the opportunity to perform valuable community service while learning about the legal needs of the under-served and developing the legal skills and gaining the experience necessary to help meet those needs.

Public Speaking for Lawyers

The mission of the Public Speaking for Lawyers group is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn fosters self-confidence and personal growth in the field of law.

Rainmaker

EDITOR IN CHIEF
Brittany Cole

MANAGING EDITOR
Bryan Root

TREASURER
Jennifer Proscia 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Vacant

Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Club

The Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Club (RPPTL) at Florida Coastal School of Law is affiliated with (and borrows its nickname from) the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of The Florida Bar. The RPPTL section is the largest section in the Florida Bar with over 10,000 attorney members. It is also one of the most active.

It is not a coincidence that the RPPTL Section is so large. A huge portion of Florida's economy (and a corresponding large portion of the demand for legal services) is directly related to Real Estate in its various forms. In an older state, Estate Planning and Probate opportunities abound.

PRESIDENT
Bre'Naja Williams

VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Joanne Ayonote

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
Rebeka Land 

TREASURER
Vanessa Lucenti

SECRETARY
Pete Singh

FACULTY ADVISOR
Amanda Reid

Republican Legal Society

The Republican Legal Society strives to promote conservatism and aid politically interested students in their development into strong Republicans and successful lawyers. We are actively involved with the Jacksonville Young Republicans, the Clay County Young Professional Republicans, and the Republican Party of Florida. Our members have worked various campaigns, been delegates in Republican Debates, worked for public officials, and even gone on to serve as an elected officials. We are proud to claim as our founder, The Honorable Matt Shirk, Public Defender for the 4th Judicial Circuit. Please join as throughout the year as we bring in esteemed speakers for meetings and serve our community through various pro bono activities. Please email President, Madelyn Pittman (C483984@law.fcsl.edu), for more information on how you can join the Republican Legal Society.

President, Stephanie Kearney-Quilling (S.Kearney-Quilling@law.fcsl.edu)

Sports Law Society

PRESIDENT
Jason Wilkinson

VICE PRESIDENT
Jim DePalo

TREASURER
Bryan Newhouse 

SECRETARY
Ashely Fields 

PRO BONO
Kelly Thiele 

FACULTY ADVISOR
Roger Groves

The Volunteer Immigrant Student Alliance

The Volunteer Immigrant Student Alliance functions as an educational forum that fosters fusion among the multicultural student organizations and strives to promote equality of justice for vulnerable sectors of society. Our goal is to build a unified voice that advances and defends basic human rights and provides equal opportunities for all individuals. VISA advocates for a comprehensive national immigration policy that affords due process of the law to all immigrants, regardless of status. We strive to bring societal acceptance to cultural diversity and awareness to the issues that form the current national immigration policies.

PRESIDENT
Vacant

EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT
Vacant

INTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT
Vacant

TREASURER
Vacant

SECRETARY
Vacant

PRO BONO
Vacant

ORGANIZATIONAL CHAIR
Vacant

EVENT PLANNER
Vacant

FACULTY ADVISOR
Ericka Curran 

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
Tara Libby

VICE PRESIDENT
Shircola Powell

TREASURER
Lauren Nycz

SECRETARY
Vanessa Palomino

PRO BONO
Harlee Alexander

FACULTY ADVISOR
Natalie Tuttle