Loyola University Chicago

Center for Public Interest

School of Law

Co-Curricular Activities

Student Organizations & Initiatives

Below is a non-exclusive list of student organizations that take part in public interest activities.  For a complete list of all student organizations, click here.

Public Interest Law Society
The Public Interest Law Society (“PILS”) is the largest student organization on campus and encourages member participation in all activities related the public interest, including Law-Related Education at the Juvenile Detention Center, the Chicago Public Schools Pipeline, and Hunger Week activities and fundraisers.  The Annual PILS Auction raises money for students participating in public interest summer internships.
Contact: Professor Hank Rose, Faculty Advisor – hrose@luc.edu 

Arts and the Law Society
Art Law is a new and emerging field of the law involving many different types of art, as well as many different types of law. It ranges from general counsel for a major museum, to international transactional law for private collectors, to pro bono work for "starving" artists and working with auction houses such as Christie's and Sotheby's. Art Law is made up of many different parts of the law, including parts of contract law, business law, international law, litigation and intellectual property, as well as many others. It can also include representing clients that are artists. The Arts and the Law Society at Loyola  brings guest speakers to the law school to inform members about different areas of Art Law. The list of possible speakers includes curators from local museums, representatives of local auction houses, attorneys for private collectors and litigators doing pro bono work for artists. The Arts and the Law society will also host visits to local museums, galleries, and stage productions around Chicago.
Contact: Professor Anne-Marie Rhodes, Faculty Advisor – arhodes@luc.edu

Black Law Student Association
The Black Law Student Association organizes an Annual Race and the Law Symposium.  BLSA members participate in numerous programs, including: Hunger Week Activities and fundraisers, LRE, and the Alain Locke and CPS Pipeline programs.   BLSA Members also collaborate with the  Admissions Office to mentor incoming African- American law students. 
Contact: Professor Neil Williams, Faculty Advisor – nwillia@luc.edu OR blsaloyolalaw@luc.edu

Catholic Lawyers Guild
The Catholic Lawyers Guild (“CLG”) works with Catholic Charities to provide meals to the poor during Hunger Week and assists with other fundraising activities during Hunger Week.
Contact: Professor John Breen, Faculty Advisor – jbreen@luc.edu

ChildLaw Society
The purpose of the ChildLaw Society is to support and encourage a community of law students who, when working together, can impact the future development in the expanding area of children’s law.  In addition, the Society furthers awareness of children’s issues and the ramifications that child abuse, neglect. The ChildLaw Society organizes a holiday gift drive for clients served by the ChildLaw Clinic, participates in Hunger Week activities and fundraisers, and raises awareness through educational activities during Child Abuse Prevention Week.
Contact: Professor Diane Geraghty, Faculty Advisor – dgeragh@luc.edu

Education Law and Policy Society
ELPS is dedicated to informing students about opportunities and careers in Education Law, networking, and serving others.  It is formed by former teachers, social workers, and individuals who care about education and are looking for ways to learn more about how education and the law interact and work together in service.
Contact: Dean Michael Kaufman, Faculty Advisor – mkaufma@luc.edu

Environmental Law Society
The Environmental Law Society is committed to improving student awareness and education in the field of environmental affairs from ethical, legal, scientific, economic, policy and sociological perspectives. The ELS seeks to promote the improvement of ecological integrity through regular meetings, speaker series, legislative monitoring, and other means that may arise. Learn more
Contact: Professor Allen Shoenberger, Faculty Advisor – ashoen1@luc.edu

Health Law Society
The Health Law Society has complied a list of shelters and pantries on the near North side of Chicago that are in need of year-round volunteers.
Contact: Professor Megan Bess, Faculty Advisor – mbess@luc.edu.

Latino American Law Student Association
The Latino American Law Student Association (“LALSA”) hosted two "Law Fairs" at Farragut High School, introducing students and their family and community members to legal service providers for low-income families.  Addition- ally, LALSA has co-hosted the citywide Latino Law Forum, encouraging Latino high school and college students to explore law school and legal careers.  LALSA is also currently developing a law school pipeline with student and community members associated with Little Village Social Justice High School.

National Lawyers Guild 
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. The Guild seeks to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers of America in organization, which shall function as an effective social and political force in the service of the people, to the ends that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.
Contact: Professor Stacey Platt, Faculty Advisor – splatt@luc.edu

Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta is the largest international legal organization in the world. The fraternity strives to create a dialogue among law students, professors, practicing attorneys and judges. This interchange provides students with practical information and legal skills generally not addressed by the academic curriculum. Loyola's chapter of the fraternity is known as the Daniel Webster Chapter and has been recognized nationally for its excellence.
Contact: Professor Neil Williams, Faculty Advisor – nwillia@luc.edu BD

Phi Delta Phi
Phi Delta Phi is the oldest professional fraternity in the nation. It was founded in 1869 by a group of law students who pledged to "promote a higher standard of professional ethics and culture" in law schools and in the profession at large, and to unite students "in the bonds of affection and brotherly love for the purpose of encompassing these ends." Loyola's chapter of Phi Delta Phi shares these goals and builds its own objectives through activities throughout the school year. Phi Delta Phi is a non-political organization with some of the most powerful and influential lawyers, judges and politicians as its members. It is an honorary fraternity and there is a minimum grade point average requirement for membership and good academic standing is required of all its members. 
Contact: Professor James J. Grogan, Faculty Advisor – jgroga1@luc.edu