The College of Law offers and supports various ways for students to engage with each other, faculty, and the community.
UT Law’s student organizations offer many opportunities for students to engage with the community, build connections with practicing lawyers and potential employers, and form lifelong bonds with their peers.
Our student organizations host lively debates, meaningful community service activities and stimulating social events. UT Law students benefit from immersive learning experiences and valuable networking opportunities.
Below are the currently active student organizations officially recognized by the college. Student members are responsible for the management, philosophy, and views of each student organization. Students are also actively involved in the publication of the College of Law’s various journals.
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
UT Law students operate a chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), which believes law should be a force to improve the lives of all people. ACS works for positive change by shaping debate on vitally important legal and constitutional issues through the development and promotion of high-impact ideas to opinion leaders and the media; by building networks of lawyers, law students, judges, and policymakers dedicated to those ideas; and by countering conservative legal opinion.
Andres Lozano – President
Dwight Aarons – Advisor
Animal Legal Defense Fund
UT Law students operate a chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), 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, while raising the profile of the field of animal law.
Ashley Burlesci-Niukannan – President
Joan Heminway – Advisor
Black Law Students Association
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)’s UT chapter is the Marilyn Yarbrough Chapter. NBLSA is a professional organization committed to articulating and promoting the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of black law students. Founded in 1968, NBLSA has more than 6,000 members. Organized into six geographical regions, NBLSA boasts more than 200 chapters, including chapters and affiliates in six other countries. Though headquartered in Washington, DC, NBLSA hosts an annual convention in one its US chapters’ cities.
Named for the first African American law school dean at UT and in the Southeast, the Marilyn Yarbrough Chapter promotes NBLSA’s goals through a variety of initiatives, including academic and professional workshops, mentoring programs, the annual Blackshear Scholarship Gala, a charity ball, the BLSA buddy program, and the College Student Division.
Mecca Shabazz – President
Dwight Aarons – Advisor
Christian Legal Society
As the University of Tennessee chapter for the Christian Legal Society, our missions and goals include the following:
- Cultivate spiritual growth among its members through communal prayer, fellowship, and worship; learning to share one’s faith; and devotional study of the Bible and classic Christian works
- Show the love of Christ to the campus community and community at large by proclaiming the gospel in word and in deed, such as through a life of integrity and charitable good works; as Martin Luther put it, “to be as Christ to our neighbor.”
- Address the question, “What does it mean to a Christian in law?” that is, learning to submit every aspect of one’s calling in the legal profession to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Megan Murphy- President
Brad Areheart – Advisor
Michelle Kwon – Advisor
Enlace, the Latino Law Student Association
The mission of Enlace, the Latino Law Student Association of UT Law, is to prepare its members for their professional roles in society and to promote awareness of Latino interests and issues in the legal community and within the College of Law. The organization provides its members with a strong academic and social support system by advancing the interests and welfare of members and the overall law school community.
Bryan Ramirez – President
Eric Amarante – Advisor
Environmental Law Organization
The Environmental Law Organization seeks to connect its members to the broader environmental law community, inform them of the environmental law and policy issues they are likely to encounter during their careers, and empower them to confront those issues thoughtfully and practically.
Alex Parsons – President
Dean Rivkin – Advisor
The Federalist Society is a non-partisan group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the law and legal system. The society’s principles are 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 an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
Glenn Reynolds – Advisor
Health Law Society
The mission of the Health Law Society is to provide a venue for students interested in health law to discuss current health law issues and to generate greater awareness of those issues among the College of Law community. In addition, the Health Law Society seeks to link the college community to learning opportunities on campus and in the community.
Chad Frost – President
Zack Buck – Advisor
Inntechspective: Legal Hackers Knoxville Chapter
Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Through local meetups, hackathons, and workshops, Legal Hackers spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice, and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology.
We are explorers. We are doers. We are Legal Hackers.
Justin Hilliard – President
Brian Krumm – Advisor
Lambda Law is a student organization dedicated to promoting diversity education and awareness, fellowship, and discussion in the UT Law community and the Knoxville area.
The purposes of the Lambda Legal Society of the University of Tennessee College of Law are:
1. To promote an understanding of LGBTQ+ legal concerns within the academic and legal communities and in the public.
2. To organize academic programs concerning LGBTQ+ legal issues and to facilitate discussion about those issues within the academic and legal communities and in the public.
3. To foster an inclusive university environment where members of the LGBTQ+ community can live, learn, and work free from discrimination, bias, hostility, oppression, and fear of violence.
4. To work toward the extension of basic human and civil rights to LGBTQ+ persons through pro bono research for attorneys handling cases regarding LGBTQ+ legal issues and through research and writing for publication in legal journals and periodicals.
Zee Peterson – President
Sibyl Marshall – Advisor
Law Women’s mission is to emphasize and address issues of concern to women within the legal profession and academic community. Law Women strives to raise awareness of issues related to women’s participation in the judicial system, promote career opportunities for women within the legal profession, act as a forum for networking with attorneys and other legal professionals, and coordinate activities within the university community that address issues of concern to women. Law Women accepts members—both female and male—who are committed to advancing these goals.
Rachel Tom-Quinn – President
Joan Heminway – Advisor
Joy Radice – Advisor
Moot Court Board
The Moot Court Board is comprised of second- and third-year students who have demonstrated excellence in trial and appellate advocacy. The board sponsors two annual intramural competitions: the Ray H. Jenkins Trial Competition and the Advocates’ Prize Moot Court Competition. Any UT Law 2L or 3L may participate in these intramural competitions. The board also coordinates several competitive traveling teams. Learn more.
Cole Hodge – Chair
Joshua Anderson – Vice Chair for Advocate’s Prize
Emily Carnder – Vice Chair for Ray H. Jenkins Trial Competition
Natalie Loless – Secretary
Alissa Netto – Treasurer
Jamie Thompson – Public Relations Officer
Native American Law Students Association
The mission of the Native American Law Students Association at UT Law (NALSA) is to promote knowledge of American Indian law and issues in the legal profession. In order to do this, NALSA hosts events to provide information to interested persons. NALSA also strives to encourage American Indians to enter the legal profession.
Jennifer Schilling- President
Don Leatherman – Advisor
Phi Alpha Delta
The Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity strives 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 or public service.
Emily Carnder – President
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
The purpose of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society is to promote an interest in and understanding of the issues and new developments associated with the sports and entertainment law fields and to aid in networking between students and alumni who have an interest in the sports and entertainment law fields.
Brenden Holbrook – President
George Kuney – Advisor
Student Bar Association
As the voice of the law student body, the Student Bar Association is a direct channel to the law school administration. The Student Bar Association holds its meetings throughout the academic year to discuss concerns raised by fellow law students. The meetings not only serve as a way to remedy issues, but also as a way to develop new and better services for UT Law students.
Johnelle Simpson – President
Interim Dean Doug Blaze – Advisor
Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy
The Tennessee Journal of Law & Policy is a student-produced journal that is published two times per year and explores issue at the intersection of law and public policy.
John Clucas – Editor in Chief
Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice
The Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender and Social Justice is published twice a year by UT Law students.
The journal provides an interdisciplinary academic platform that focuses on legal issues affecting people of different races, genders, and other societal forces. By focusing on legal developments in these areas, the journal allows scholars, students, and practitioners to improve racial, gender, and social relations through scholarly works, to foster research involving the subjects, and to provide an intelligent publication that strives towards the pursuit of social justice.
Emeline Brown – Editor in Chief
Val Vojdik – Advisor
Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law
Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law is published semiannually in association with the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law by UT Law students.
The journal focuses on legal developments and scholarship in business law. Articles serve both the academic community and practitioners and address issues of national and regional interest.
Responsibilities for students vary each semester: writing of case synopsis, writing of article, and/or performing other assigned duties related to operation. Members of Transactions who are not on senior editorial board receive one hour of course credit for successfully completing two consecutive semesters of service. Members of senior editorial board receive two hours of course credit for each full year of satisfactory service.
Tanner Hamilton – Editor-in-Chief
Professor George Kuney – Advisor
UT Pro Bono
UT Pro Bono is a community service organization with significant student leadership and staff direction at the College of Law. The program strives to connect law students with area attorneys representing indigent clients. Working in cooperation with attorneys and local legal aid societies, UT Pro Bono serves as a resource by providing law students for research, educational, and investigatory assistance. Learn more.
Natalie Loless – Student Director
Vols for Veterans
Vols for Veterans is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in April 2017 by students committed to offering assistance to veterans in the Knoxville community. The organization introduces law students to career opportunities in military service through JAG careers, assists veterans through pro bono work, and annually awards the Gen. Clifton Cates Leadership Scholarship to two law student veterans or dependents of veterans. In 2018, the organization received the Charles R. Burchett Extraordinary Contributions to Campus Life Award.
For more information, follow Vols for Veterans on Instagram @volsforvets.
Ryan Shannon – President
Brianna Rosenbaum – Advisor