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    The American Civil Liberties union (ACLU) works to protect and defend individual liberties that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution. The ACLU seeks to extend rights to segments of the population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color, women, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people, prisoners, and people with disabilities. We believe that the rights of our society’s most vulnerable members must be safeguarded, because if these rights are denied, then everyone’s rights are in jeopardy.
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    American Constitution Society (ACS) is a national organization of law students, law professors, judges, practicing lawyers and others.  The Lewis & Clark Law School chapter was jointly founded in August 2003 by law students and professors who were interested in revitalizing and transforming legal debate both on campus and beyond.  Our goal is to strengthen the intellectual foundations of a more progressive vision of the law. We provide forums for discussion and debate within the L&C Law School Commmunity on  issues such as: privacy; freedom of speech; federalism; antidiscrimination and affirmative action; gay rights; reproductive choice; disability rights; labor and consumer rights; protection of health, safety, and the environment.
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    APALSA provides its members with personal, academic, and professional support to aid in the development of its law students. We work with attorneys in the Portland area to provide networking and professional development opportunities for APALSA members. We also hold several events throughout the school year to build a sense of community within APALSA and the rest of the student body.
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    The Black Law Student Association is a student run club that includes members from diverse backgrounds; BLSA is dynamic and is dedicated to increasing diversity and communication amongst students and legal professionals. Our organization was formed in order to articulate and promote the needs of black law students, while effecting positive change in the legal community. By encouraging students to pursue careers in the judiciary, we hope to adopt and implement policies that will foster economic independence.
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    The Lewis & Clark Brewer’s Guild aims to provide a forum for those who brew beer or make wine to network with others who also create their own beverages, or are interested in learning more about the process and relevant laws.  The Guild promotes these goals by: inviting speakers to campus for talks on various legal topics related to production, labeling, and other business and intellectual property matters; conducting workshops and demonstrations to educate those who are interested in learning more about safe production practices; and holding networking events, tasting parties, and competitions.
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    We promote social and academic interaction among Lewis &Clark Law School students interested in the various aspects of business, corporate and financial law. The BLS sponsors social activities, speakers, panel discussions, and other events that encourage members to interact with various legal practitioners in the community, faculty and staff, and local corporate counsel. Our goal is to enhance the legal education of our members and promote an inter-disciplinary curriculum in business, corporate and financial law.
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    CATS works to build a future where transportation-related greenhouse gases are at a minimum, and where riding bikes, taking busses, and carpooling are more common than driving single occupancy vehicles. We work to increase bike awareness, safety and advocacy on campus and beyond. We work with the administration, students and the community to increase environmentally sensible and sustainable modes of travel for the L&C Law School family.
  • The Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness and educating future lawyers about the issues related to crime victims advocacy. We aim to facilitate discussions about how to acknowledge and further the rights of crime victims. We hold many events throughout the school year on topics ranging from a victim’s right to privacy to the psychological traumas faced by victims of crimes.
  • The Criminal Law Society at Lewis and Clark is a student group that strives to promote criminal law dialogue, practice, policy, and scholarship. While our members’ backgrounds and career goals vary widely from both sides of the criminal law perspective, we’re all interested in criminal law and committed to increasing the presence of criminal law at our school. With the goal of networking and contributing to the criminal law community in Portland and the surrounding areas, we invite speakers, hold panels, and hold other networking events. Furthermore, we arrange field trips to prisons, trials, and judges’ chambers.
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    Scales of Justice is Lewis & Clark’s dragon boating team. We participate in the annual Rose Festival dragon boat races sponsored by the Portland-Kaohsiung Sister City Association. Typically 80 or so teams participate. This season will be our 7th year. The season runs from Spring Break until the Festival in early June. Scales of Justice provides an opportunity to meet other students and alumni and represent L&C in the community, racing against the likes of Stoel Rives, PSU, and even professional dragon boat teams. Plus its lots of fun and full of lawyer and pirate jokes!
  • The Employment Law Society (ELS) is dedicated to promoting student opportunities in employment law through informational programs, volunteer service events, and lively discussion of the latest employment law issues.
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    The Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law Society (EASL) is an all-inclusive student organization founded to: Provide a forum for students to learn and discuss the complex legal issues involved with current entertainment, arts and sports law practice. Promote community involvement though special events, fund raisers and networking. Increase awareness of legal issues facing local artists, artistic organizations and the community at large. Connect students with local and national legal professionals involved in the various industries as well as artists, entertainers and athletes through on-campus speakers, panel discussions and social events. Promote participation and appreciation of Portland’s music, art, film and sports communities in general.
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    Environmental justice (“EJ”), occurs at the intersection between social and racial justice and environmentalism. EJA’s focus over the upcoming school year is to empower and aid under served communities and communities of color self-determine their own environmental values, particularly with regard to equitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits, human health, and public welfare. Environmental Justice is the idea that the income, race, or ethnicity of communities should not correlate to their quality of living environment. The Environmental justice Advocates advocate for and support, through direct action and the law, communities’ efforts toward environmental justice.
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    The Environmental Law Caucus (ELC is dedicated to educating the Lewis & Clark Law School community about environmental issues and fostering environmental stewardship, whether on or off campus. ELC plans several events, which include hiking, ivy pulls in Tryon Creek, the “Bike to Eugene Challenge,” and the fall Mushroom Hunt. We also provide transportation and lodging for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. So get your head out of the books and come joing the fun with ELC!
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    Family Law Society is a group of students interested in exploring, understanding and expanding the field of family law and its application in our communities. We come together to support each other in learning, and encourage each member’s integration into the family law field. Tapping into the vast network of dedicated, encouraging professionals in Portland and beyond, we volunteer for family law projects and mingle at family law functions. We are your family law resource pool here at Lewis & Clark.
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    The Federalist Society of Lewis & Clark Law School seeks to contribute political balance to legal education by providing a forum for legal experts of opposing views to interact with law students. The federalist society is one of the most influential student groups in the country. The group sponsors speakers who support judicial restraint (from activism), federalism, and the constitution generally, and sponsors free lunches for speeches and debates specifically. The group is apolitical and open to all legal topics for discussion.
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    The Mission of the Food & Wine Law Society (FWLS) is to develop our passion for quality food and wine through thoughtful discussion, research, and awareness of the food and wine industry’s legal issues and challenges, business operations, regulations and policies. To achieve these goals, FWLS hosts catered lunch events and wine tastings, with academics and legal and business professionals who are experts in the field of food and wine law, and/or in the agriculture business in general. These events are catered by and feature local businesses and wineries that are active in promoting ethical, sustainable, and quality food and wine products.

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  • IPSO is a group dedicated to all aspects of intellectual property, including the big three of Patent, Trademark and Copyright. This dynamic subject matter is relevant to many different interests and crosses many boundaries, so there’s no shortage of new and interesting topics for discussion. IPSO is the place for engaging in that discussion, whether one’s interest is in protecting artistic expression, technical innovation, or your image.
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    International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM seeks to restore to victims of oppression the things that God intends for them: their lives, their liberty, their dignity, and the fruits of their love and labor. By defending and protecting individual human rights, IJM seeks to bring hope and transformation for those it serves and restore a witness of courage in places of oppressive violence. The Lewis & Clark Law School IJM Campus Chapter is made up of students passionate about integrating the work of justice into their faith. We focus our activities around three main objectives: raising awareness on our campus and in our community about the reality of modern-day slavery, raise our voice on behalf of victims of injustice through advocacy and prayer and finally, raise funds to enable IJM to bring rescue to victims of modern-day slavery.

     
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    The International Law Society (ILS) at Lewis and Clark is a chapter of the International Law Students Association. The ILS follows the goal of the parent organization in seeking to promote international law; to encourage communication and cooperation among students and lawyers internationally; to contribute to legal education; to promote social responsibility in the field of law; to increase opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and to publicizing educational and career opportunities in international law.
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    We affirm the strength brought to the study of law by a law student’s personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and diligence in our studies to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law. Our core values include public service, loyalty to the rule of law, and appreciation for the religious dimension and in a law student’s personal lie.
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    Our mission is to provide a forum for Jewish law students to interact with one another and with the greater community of Portland. In addition to organizing the annual Passover Seder for students, staff, and faculty, JLS also hosts Jewish speakers on campus, organizes Jewish student-attorney networking opportunities, and leads community service events and activities throughout the academic year.
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    The Latino Law Society is an organization comprised of Latino students and students who support the organization’s goals. The organization promotes: the recruitment and retention of Latino students; unity among the Latino students; and awareness and understanding in the law school and the community of perspectives, culture, heritage and issues concerning Latinos. Additionally, LLS provides a support system for its members. 

    We are an equal opportunity organization, you do not need to be Latino to join just have an interest in Latino issues, culture and heritage
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    Lewis & Clark Law Revue is an artistic, musical, and theatrical parody troupe dedicated to the humorous showcase of legal understanding. We illuminate legal concepts through the production of songs, films, plays, and other creative expressions.
  • The Lewis & Clark Student Bar Association (SBA) is your official student body resource and liaison in matters involving the school administration, faculty, and student services at L&C Law School. The SBA hopes to provide information for current students, organizations, alumni, and prospective students who want a better look at life at Lewis & Clark Law School.
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    Law Students for Reproductive Justice trains and mobilizes law students and new lawyers across the country to foster legal expertise and support for the realization of reproductive justice. Reproductive justice will exist when all people can exercise the rights and access the resources they need to thrive and to decide whether, when, and how to have and parent children with dignity, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. LSRJ works to advance understanding of reproductive justice through active communities on law school campuses to foster diverse membership and encourage multi-issue activism an build a foundation of lasting support for reproductive justice within the legal community.
  • In order to form a more perfect union of law students, and to form more perfectly chiseled features, we strive to provide an outlet for all students to get out of the library, meet new people, and play the beautiful game.
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    The Minority Law Student Association of Lewis & Clark Law School serves to promote the recruitment and retention of minority students, staff and faculty, to promote unity among students of color, to promote awareness and understanding in the law school and the community of perspectives, culture, and heritage of students of color, and to create a forum to address issues concerning its members.
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    The National Lawyers Guild is national non-profit legal and political organization of lawyers, legal workers, law students and jailhouse lawyers. We represent progressive political movements, using the law to protect human rights above property interests and to attain social justice. If you want to organize against the death penalty, go out into the community to inform people of their rights by being a “Know Your Rights” trainer, be a presence in Portland activist community through legal observing, or just meet with progressive lawyers, we can make it happen.
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    The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) would like to invite you to our next activity. NALSA is open to all members of the Lewis & Clark Community and looks forward to your participation! NALSA’s goals are to educate the Lewis & Clark Community about legal issues affecting Native American and Alaskan Native communities, promote the study of Federal Indian law, and encourage interaction with local tribes.
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    NEDC provides valuable hands-on experience for students seeking to enhance their education in environmental law. The NEDC staff is comprised of an Executive Director, Conservation Director, three Student Directors, and a Law Clerk who manage the daily obligations of the organization. The strength of the organization is the student volunteers. NEDC students work as members of one or more of the four project groups, including: Lands and Wildlife, Air, Water and Sustainable Agriculture. Project Group Coordinators are responsible for evaluating notices of proposed agency actions and requests for assistance from other environmental groups to determine whether NEDC should be involved in a given project.
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    OUTLAW provides a forum for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered, questioning students and their allies to meet, exchange ideas, share experiences, and bring pertinent legal and political issues of the LGBT community to campus. We are committed to creating a community for diverse voices through political activism and social interaction, and welcome all students to join us.
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    Phi Delta Phi is the oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States, predating even the American Bar Association. It was founded in 1869 at the University of Michigan School of Law by four law students, who at the urging of their faculty, endeavored to create an association that would foster scholarship, civility, and ethical conduct in our profession.
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    PILP’s mission is to contribute to the public interest by financially supporting students and graduates who choose fulfilling careers working for the public good. Throughout the academic year the board and many hard-working volunteers hold fundraising events, culminating in the annual Auction. Annual events include Karaoke with professors and a Poker Tournament. The Auction takes place in March and preparation goes on all year. These fundraising efforts allow PILP to fund 10-15 students every summer to work in public interest. Summer stipend recipients have worked for a variety of organizations, dealing with issues such as children’s rights, environmental protection, domestic violence, and civil rights.
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    The Lewis & Clark Law School Secular Legal Society provides a venue for students at Lewis & Clark Law School (SLS), practicing attorneys, scholars and community leaders to discuss and debate both secular and non-secular legal theories, philosophies, and issues in addition to promoting and creating awareness of secular humanism. Further, SLS aims to provide the community a forum in which atheists, agnostics, non-believers and skeptics can discuss their ideals in a non-confrontational manner, and can discuss salient issues with believers in a meaningful and productive manner. SLS is open to believers and non-believers alike, in the hope of bridging the gap between these two disparate groups through critical inquiry and altruism.
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    The Lewis & Clark Law School Softball League organizes weekly softball games at the start of the school year. Every Friday afternoon, students and professors are invited to come play a relaxed game of softball at Sellwood’s Westmoreland Park. The season typically lasts until mid to late October (depending on the rain).
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    SABER is dedicated to promoting collaboration between environmental advocacy groups, governmental agencies and the business sector, in order to recognize the role each stakeholder plays in resolving issues pertinent to all. Because we believe that cooperation is the most effective solution to our common problems, We strive for balance among differing stakeholders’ views.
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    The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is a student group that strives to enhance the welfare and legal status of all nonhuman animals through education and advocacy. We provide opportunities for animal law pro bono work, community service, and activism, and we hold many informative and celebratory events throughout the year that promote critical thinking about animals’ various relationship to humans—companion animals, food, research subjects, entertainers, elements of biodiversity, etc.—and exploration of our legal duties to the animals in those relationships.
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    The Student Trial Lawyers Association sponsors a variety of panels throughout the year on topics relevant to students interested in pursuing a career in trial practice. STLA operates in conjunction with Oregon Trial Lawyers Association offering mentoring programs and networking/social events throughout the year.
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    The mission of Students for International Environmental Law (SIEL) at Lewis & Clark Law School is to promote education and collaboration on issues of international environmental law within the community at the local, national, and global levels. SIEL will accomplish these goals by: sharing developments and promoting discussion; coordinating projects both internally and with other groups; hosting international law focused events; facilitating networking opportunities; and sharing information on careers in the international environmental law field.
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    Lewis & Clark Law School SSDP seeks to reduce the harms caused by drug abuse and the failed War on Drugs, striving toward a just and compassionate society where drug abuse is treated as a public health issue instead of a criminal justice issue.We create safe spaces to have open, critical, and honest conversation about drug policy reform, and will work to educate our fellow law students and the greater Portland community about drug policy reform issues.SSDP does not condone drug abuse or civil disobedience.
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    The purpose of the Women’s Law Caucus is to bring together the community of Lewis and Clark Law students interested in exploring the wide spectrum of legal issues affecting women. The WLC promotes women in the law by providing support and encouragement to students, enhancing ties with the community, and empowering future female leaders who will work toward the advancement of women’s legal rights. All who are interested in advancing women’s legal rights and empowering females are welcome to join, regardless of gender.