Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Student Organizations

African Law Students Association (ALSA)
An organization designed to promote and articulate the professional needs and goals of students with an African heritage. The association fosters the professionalism of its members with special regard to the legal profession. It is also the goal of the association to encourage a sense of excellence in the study and application of international legal issues. Forums involving both international business and human rights issues are a focal point. The society membership is unique, inasmuch as it represents the broad cultural diversity of the School of Law.

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
Description: APALSA is a progressive student-oriented organization designed to: (1) provide a means for Asian American and Pacific American law students to address concerns unique to them;
(2) promote an environment conducive to the study of law; and
(3) to encourage adherence to the highest ethical standards of the legal profession. 
APALSA works with other law student organizations and the local legal community in sponsoring functions. Membership is open to all students.
Contact Person: Vijay P. Mathew (President) at vjmathew.esq@gmail.com

Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
BLSA strives to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black law students; to foster and encourage professional competence; and to focus upon the relationship of the Black attorney to the American legal system.

Board of Advocates
Contact Person: Daniel S. Chavez, Chief Justice; TmslBOA1946@Gmail.com

Description: The Board of Advocates (“BOA”) is a student organization formed to promote the practice of effective trial and appellate advocacy by sponsoring all mock trials, moot courts, and other dispute-resolution competitions at Thurgood Marshall School of Law; as well as hosting legal seminars and field trips to enhance the legal knowledge of all BOA members. The BOA is charged by the Law School with selecting competitions for participation that will best enhance the reputation of the school and the organization. The BOA also assists in preparing students for participation in national trial and appellate advocacy competitions, as well as sponsoring seminars and workshops for law students.

Website: TMSLBOA.org
Social media: facebook.com/tmslboa

Christian Legal Society (CLS)
The Christian Legal Society is a nationwide organization formed to foster Christian teachings in the legal community. The Society seeks to aid students who have the desire to incorporate the Christian lifestyle into the rigor of the law school environment. The Society also helps to foster Christian ideals to be incorporated in the practice of law. Weekly seminars are held featuring a variety of topics and speakers.

Civil Rights Law Society
Mission Statement (Purpose): The mission of the Civil Rights Law Society is to present contemporary global human rights issues in a way that inspires both individual engagement and collaborative change.
Email: TMSLCRLS@gmail.com

Criminal Law Society
Description: The purpose of the Criminal Law Society (CLS) is to provide law students at Thurgood Marshall School of Law with an opportunity for the exchange of ideas regarding issues relating to the criminal law system and to stimulate awareness amongst law students about issues in the criminal law, establish and maintain a network of alumni who are willing to assist law students in conducting job searches in the area of criminal law, and to create opportunities for law students to serve the community through various capacities related to the criminal law.
Contact information: Lynda “Elle” Jetton (president) CriminalLawSocietyTMSL@gmail.com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/CLSTMSL/

Death Penalty Awareness Society
Contact Person: Stacey Morgan (president) tmsldpas@gmail.com
Description: Death Penalty Awareness Society strives to work with the community to bring awareness of death penalty issues through outreach, education, and advocacy. We welcome anti-death penalty and death penalty supporters to join us to become informed about how the death penalty is levied, specifically in Texas. Throughout the year, we host and attend events discussing the capital punishment issues and developments in Texas and nationwide. Each year we attend the Texas Coalition Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP)  Annual Conference each February, which is composed of different speakers, panels, and workshops to review the complex web of issues in the criminal justice system that impact death row inmates. 

Environmental Law Society (ELS)
Society dedicated to educating the school and the local community about anthropogenic impacts on the environment. Community clean ups and lecture series concerning energy and the environment.

Government Law Society (GLS)
The Thurgood Marshall School of Law Government Law Society (GLS) is the premier student organization for law students with an interest in federal, state, and local government law and policy. The GLS was established with the recognition that there is a great need to educate the Thurgood Marshall School of Law community about government practice areas. Furthermore, the GLS recognizes that exposing law students to government service at the earliest opportunity may instill an awareness of those issues that will benefit both the lawyer and society.

Health Law Society (HLS)
The Health Law Society focuses on issues concerning the health law field. Informational seminars, career planning conferences, and networking opportunities are offered.

Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA)
HLSA is comprised of current students of Thurgood Marshall who are of Hispanic background or those who possess an interest in the furtherance of the Hispanic community. The purpose is to articulate and promote the needs and goals of the Hispanic law student. HLSA seeks to bring legal training to bear upon the problems, legal and nonlegal, in the Hispanic community. It also provides an organization through which the Thurgood Marshall School of Law can effectively communicate the needs and desires of its student members.

Houston Young Lawyers Association (HYLA)
The Houston Young Lawyers Association provides law students with ample opportunity to network with young lawyers currently practicing in the Houston area. HYLA sponsors numerous seminars and social events throughout the academic year.

Institute for International and Immigration Law
Contact information: Cindy Esquivel (president) cindyesquivel5@gmail.com
Mission: The Institute's purpose is to spread awareness of the effect policies have on our community, in both the immigration and international law fields. We aim to offer a hands-on approach to help those in needs of services that law students are able to provide. This will also allow our members to gain experience in the fields of their interest.
Website: http://www.tsulaw.edu/centers/IIIL/index.html

Intellectual Property Society (IPS)
The Intellectual Property Society was formed in 1990. The Society seeks to bridge the gap between the academic and practical aspects associated with the intellectual property field. The Society sponsors both lectures and symposiums. Acknowledged experts in the field are featured as speakers and participants.

International & Immigration Law Society (IILS)
The purpose of IILS is to promote awareness, study and understanding of international and immigration law issues. IILS’s goals are to encourage communication and cooperation among law students and other interested individuals internationally; increase opportunities to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and publicize career opportunities in international and immigration law.

Oil and Gas Society/AIPN
Contact person: Katelyn Logie (President) OilandGasTMSL@gmail.com

Description: Our goal is to encourage TMSL student involvement and interest in the oil and gas law industry and connect students with the global energy industry community. We provide networking opportunities and host an annual energy law negotiation competition. Our parent organization is the AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.) The AIPN is an independent not-for-profit professional membership association that supports international energy negotiators around the world and enhances their effectiveness and professionalism in the international energy community.

Lawyers Acquiring Wealth Society
Contact email: tmsllaws1@gmail.com
Description: Lawyers Acquiring Wealth Society is a Thurgood Marshall School of Law organization that focuses on providing financial literacy for the Law students as well as the community. We believe that budding professionals need the tools to manage their newfound wealth. 

Parents Attending Law School (PALS)
President - Sabrina Wilks 
PALS is a support based organization for parents in law school. It is in place to provide a space where parents can feel supported while being their best as parents and students. 

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
An international professional fraternity of law students, legal educators, and members of the Bench and Bar, PAD was organized to promote professional competency and achievement within the legal profession. The fraternity provides the student with immediate access to a wealth of legal talent, as well as limited financial assistance. The fraternity bases eligibility for membership upon several criteria - academic standing, character, and leadership.

Phi Delta Phi (PDP)
PDP is a professional legal fraternity dedicated to professional excellence and the development of life-long comraderie. PDP is the oldest and largest legal fraternity. To be eligible for membership, an individual must be of good moral character and either a student actively pursuing the study of law or an individual who is prominent in the legal profession.

Prestage Woods Women's Legal Society (PWWLS)
PWWLS provides a forum and network for issues and concerns affecting professional women. PWWLS seeks to promote a cohesive and dignified women's organization which incorporates more quaified women into the professional arena.

Mindfulness In Law Society
Mission Statement: “Minority law students shredding the stigma of stress, depression, anxiety, and mental illness while developing the young leaders into strong minded and level-headed lawyers.”

Statement of Purpose: The Mindfulness in Law Society at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (“MILS”) seeks to improve the mental health and overall wellness of the students at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, (“TMSL”) through the practices of meditation and mindfulness. By incorporating the skills of meditation and mindfulness in the everyday stress of law school and the legal environment, students will have the opportunity to perform better and feel better. Members of the Mindfulness in the Law Society will participate in contemplative practices including but not limited to: yoga, breath-based meditations, and contemplated sits with the goals of reducing stress, increasing focus, and self-awareness. The Mindfulness in the Law Society has the opportunity to offer students an effective set of skills to cope with stress in law school and in practice. It can serve the law school as a whole by creating a more open and thoughtful community. MILS has the opportunity to be among esteemed universities, such as Harvard Law and William and Mary Law School, by embracing the mindful movement in the
legal profession. 

  • Faculty Advisor - Professor Lydia Johnson 

Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Contact information: Hannah Johannes (president) at Tmslsels18@gmail.co

Description:  The purpose of this professional organization is to educate, inform, and connect students with the Sports and Entertainment law industry by increasing networking opportunities, hosting seminars and workshops, and building relationships with affiliated organizations. The aim of SELS is to continually raise awareness among our students and the industry and its professionals. SELS shall function as student resource to be used in supplementation of the knowledge gained in school, classes, and life experiences. The purpose of SELS is to open pathways to economic and decision-making parity in the sports and entertainment industries for legal and creative talent representatives while providing an effective network of high-impact professional and business relationships and information-sharing.

Student Bar Association (SBA)
Every student in the School of Law is automatically a member of the Student Bar Association. The primary objective of the association is to provide an organization of self-government for all students so that they may sponsor various projects and programs which will enhance their knowledge of and respect for the legal profession, as well as their pride in the Law School. The secondary purpose is to have a medium for strengthening cooperation among the students, between the students and faculty, and between the students and the Bar.

Thurgood Marshall Law Journal
Contact Person: Chastity Brager - Editor-in-Chief - info@tsulawjournal.org
Description: The purpose of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Journal on Gender, Race, and Justice is to provide an outlet for primarily student-authored works that embody the mission and the theme of the Journal for the year. The Journal's objective is to serve as a teaching vehicle by providing means for the students to enhance their research and writing abilities by publishing a printed legal periodical each year.




Thurgood Marshall Tax Society (TMTS)
The Thurgood Marshall Tax Society develops programs and presents key speakers on topics concerning income tax issues. The organization provides tax services for the community and assists students in obtaining employment in the area of tax law.

Veterans Law Students Association
Description: Veterans Law Students Association is an organization of Veterans and Veteran supporters looking to serve once again. We are advocates for our nations Heroes who through community, service, and leadership seek to assist in fostering a supportive and mission-oriented environment at Thurgood Marshal School of Law.
Contact Person: Marvin L. Faires, Jr. (president) PresidentVLSA2019@gmail.com

Women of Law
Contact Person: Erica Young  (President) womenoflawtmsl@gmail.com
Description: Women of Law-Lois Prestage Woods Chapter is a collegiate chapter of the National Women of Law Students’ Organization (“NWLSO”) of Ms. JD, a national community that provides a forum for dialogue and networking among women lawyers and aspiring lawyers.  WOL was established in 2013 to facilitate the professional development of the female student body and to provide networking opportunities with practicing female attorneys. WOL was renamed in 2018 to Women of Law-Lois Prestage Woods Chapter after Lois Prestage Woods, the first woman to graduate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. WOL aims to ensure an increased representation of women in the legal profession by raising awareness of relevant issues, through the development of competitive career-building skills, and by fostering a strong and empowering community among practicing and aspiring women attorneys.  Women of Law-Lois Prestage Woods Chapter aims to provide professional development and public service opportunities to its members and the student body of Thurgood Marshall School of Law. 
Social Media Links: 
        Facebook: www.Facebook.com/womenoflawtmsl
        Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tmslwomenoflaw/



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