Our mission is to create an environment that promotes the discussion of important immigration law and policy issues among the student body. ILS strives to help students make connections with local immigration attorneys by hosting events on and off campus. ILS also seeks to provide pro-bono opportunities so that our students may serve the local immigrant community.
Michelle Morales, President
Peer Leader Program
The Peer Leader Program is designed to have ten 2L and ten 3L students become peer leaders and serve as a bridge between faculty and students and assist incoming 1Ls adjust to LMU law school life, studies, and culture. In that vein, peer leaders meet once a month with the Deans of Admissions, Faculty, and Students to discuss any improvements that might be made to the law school experience both in and out of the classroom, and assist with Bridge Week and other law school activities by mentoring and assisting the incoming first year students. Additionally, peer leaders assist the Dean of Students at particular events and the Office of Admissions with tours of the law school should prospective students want to speak with a student rather than a member of the administration or staff. The peer leaders also host a scholarship/3L celebration dinner in April.
Courteney Barnes-Anderson, President
LMU Law Mentors
The program is a student-based model, so I match an incoming first year student with an upperclassman that shares similar interests. I try my best to match people based on their personal interests, life experiences, and any other factors you wish I consider for your matching process. Mentors will be a short text away to help you throughout your first year of school. While our mentor program is entirely optional, your mentor can offer helpful advice that is specific to our school, classes, and the Knoxville area. If you would be interested in signing up for a mentor or have any questions about our program, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Environmental Law Society / Animal Legal Defense Club
The Environmental Law Society (ELS) is a student organization whose purpose is to promote environmental awareness and provide a forum for student participation in projects and action concerning local and global environmental issues.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund's mission statement is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through our community work and involvement, and the legal system.
Brooklyn Girdley, President
Criminal Law Society
Emily Morley, President
Cannabis Law Society
The INCBA [Duncan School of Law (DSOL)] Student Chapter is a group of students dedicated to the study and practice of current issues within the field of Cannabis law. The association seeks to encourage and facilitate members of the DSOL community who have an interest in the growing area of Cannabis law to pursue positions where they are actively working with professional attorney mentors in the field.
Jesse West, President
Black Law Student Association
The mission of NBLSA is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.
Articulate and promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students;
Foster and encourage professional competence;
Improve the relationship between Black law students, Black attorneys, and the American legal structure;
Instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Black community; and
Do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.
Stephanie Herren, President
Veteran's Law Society
The Veterans’ Law Society is an on-campus club that strives to serve the military members; both past and present, of our community.
The Veterans’ Law Society’s vision is to provide support to those who have served and are serving our nation’s militaries by bridging the gap between legal needs and legal services.
Laura Reagan, President
Christian Legal Society
The mission of Christian Legal Society is to encourage law students (no matter their religious background) about their time in law school and their futures as lawyers. Our meetings generally consist of encouraging stories from students and/or professors.
Bridget Miracle, President
Cole Corder, Editor in Chief
Amicus’ primary purpose is to visit local Knoxville Middle and High Schools to teach school-aged students how to make good-sound decisions, to become responsible, law-abiding citizens, help to prevent juvenile delinquency by teaching kids about the law and how it applies to them. It is a primary objective of Street Law to encourage students to continue their education past the high school level. It is also an objective of Street Law to be committed to advocate and to show school-aged students that it is possible for all students to obtain a college education and beyond to that of a Masters, Ph.D., M.D, J.D., and other graduate and post-graduate degrees. Thus, Amicus is committed to planting of seeds for continued higher education in the hopes that the children will pursue a law degree and also give back to their community.
Idi Melendez, President
Women of the Law Society
The mission of the Women of Law Society is to assist female students and attorneys to
achieve success at the Duncan School of Law and in the legal community. WOLS is a source of support, information and networking opportunities for current female Duncan School of Law students and alumni. However, any current Duncan School of Law student may become a member of the WOLS, regardless of gender, race or national origin. The WOLS strives to increase the community's awareness of legal, political and social issues, emphasizing the perspectives of women. The organization serves to support, inspire and encourage legal work affecting, advancing or impacting women.
Katie Reed, President
Kasey Ankrom, Vice President
“Moot court is an opportunity for students to develop skills in advanced brief writing and oral advocacy through simulation exercises and participation in competitions sponsored annually by various law schools, bar associations, and trial lawyer organizations. Moot court provides interaction between students, faculty, and local attorneys to hone appellate advocacy techniques.”
Courteney Barnes-Anderson, Chief Justice
Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Club
The mission of the Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Club (ATAC) at Lincoln Memorial Duncan School of Law is three-fold:
To educate the Law School and the greater student body about human trafficking, including its manifestations, prevalence, and consequences;
To participate in the fight against human trafficking; and
To serve as a resource to students interested in fighting human trafficking.
To fulfill this mission, ATAC works to host various outreach and educational events throughout the year and partners with local and national organizations to help with research, advocacy projects, and services to victims, among other things.
By training the next generation of anti-trafficking advocates to serve victims and educate the community, Lincoln Memorial Duncan School of Law’s Anti-Trafficking Advocacy Club seeks to contribute to the elimination of domestic and international human trafficking.
Rachael Sams, President
Sports & Entertainment Law Society
Our mission is to promote interest and understanding in the area of sports and entertainment law, to create opportunities for students to become involved, and to aid and facilitate networking with professionals in the industry.
Amanda Price, President
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution Society helps law students explore the practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). ADR refers to a variety of processes such as arbitration and mediation and techniques such as negotiation that are designed to resolve legal disputes just short of litigation. Considering that over ninety-five percent of cases are settled outside of court, ADR principles are useful in any type of legal practice. Effective client representation increasingly calls for lawyers with ADR skills who can, for example, facilitate settlement negotiations or advise clients in ADR proceedings. ADR Society aims to further students' understanding of ADR by hosting guest speakers, networking events, and opportunities to participate in negotiation and ADR competitions.
Elton Hutton, Co-Chair
Brooklyn Girdley, Co-Chair
The purpose of the Mock Trial Team shall be the recruitment and training of student advocates, from whom will be chosen advocates, witnesses, and support staff who will compete in regional and national mock trial competitions. The Mock Trial Team shall introduce law students to a practical trial advocacy experience through litigation simulations thereby preparing participating students for real-world advocacy endeavors.
Dominic Garduño, President
Donald Christmas, Vice President
Phi Alpha Delta
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.
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.
Haylee Kennedy, Justice
American Constitution Society
Through our public programs (over 1,400 debates, conferences, and press briefings across America each year), publications, and active online presence, ACS generates intellectual capital for ready use by progressive allies and shapes debates on key legal and public policy issues including access to courts, voting, equality, immigration, workers’ rights, and many others.
ACS nurtures the next generation of progressive lawyers, judges, policy experts, legislators, and academics by providing opportunities for networking, mentoring, and organizing around matters of both local and national significance.
Jennifer Bolt, President
Family Law Society
The goal is to expand the minds of those that are not aware of what Family Law Attorneys do on a daily basis.
Elton Hutton, President
Ski, Snowboard, & Outing Club
The Ski, Snowboard, and Outing Club is about getting students together to take a break from the stress-filled life of law school. You don't have to ski or snowboard to be in the club; it is more of a general love of the outdoors and the need to socialize.