The Honor System at William & Mary Law School exists to provide a living and learning environment that reflects the values of the Law School community, including those of academic integrity, personal integrity, and personal and professional responsibility.
The Law School Honor Council is a student body of nineteen Justices, including a Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice, comprised of student representatives from the 1L, 2L and 3L classes. Council members are selected through application and interview with officers of the Student Bar Association, the student governing body of the Law School.
Honor Council members are responsible for hearing and deciding Honor violations that are brought to the attention of the Council as provided for in the Honor Code. Honor Council members have a duty to maintain confidentiality in all Honor proceedings and to treat all participants in any Honor proceeding fairly and equitably.
Although it is incumbent upon each individual student to know and abide by the Law School's Honor Code, Honor Council members are also available to provide information to students, faculty and staff about the Law School community's standards of conduct as embodied in the Code, and to provide information about Honor procedures.
Contact the Law School Honor Council at email@example.com.
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Bone Marrow Drive Committee
The Law School's Bone Marrow Drive Committee, working with the College's Alan Bukzin Memorial Bone Marrow Drive, raises money to cover the cost of tissue typing for new donors that enter the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Fundraisers include Ali's Run 5K, the March Madness Free Throw Competition and the Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament. The campus-wide drive is responsible for registering nearly 10,000 of the four million potential donors in the national registry.
Lawyers Helping Lawyers
A legal career has the potential to be exciting, fulfilling, and meaningful, but it also comes with challenges. One such challenge is the high percentage of legal professionals who deal with substance abuse, mental health conditions, and a variety of stress-and other wellness-related health issues. To address these concerns among practicing lawyers, many state bar associations have created anonymous support organizations dedicated to helping affected legal professionals identify and treat their mental health problems. In Virginia, this organization is called Lawyers Helping Lawyers (LHL).
William & Mary Law School's Lawyers Helping Lawyers chapter is a subset of the statewide organization. Because we are aspiring lawyers, hoping to begin our careers on the best footing possible, the focus at William & Mary is on education and prevention. Having identified the rigors of law school as the primary factor in creating current and future health problems, W&M LHL is committed to offering our fellow law students innovative and healthy ways to cope with stress. To that end, we host a wide variety of events at the Law School, ranging from weekly meditation sessions, to monthly events in our Wellness Series, to bi-annual De-Stress Days, all free and open to all members of the Law School Community. We also serve as a liaison with the statewide LHL organization, offering connections with the services that it can provide. By encouraging wellness, offering our colleagues free services to brighten their days, and helping law students access a wide variety of mental health resources, W&M LHL continually reminds William & Mary Law School students that they are part of a community that cares.
Learn more: LHL
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is a professional service organization and the world's largest law fraternity with more than 183 law school chapters, 95 alumni chapters, and 200 pre-law chapters in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. The William & Mary Chapter of PAD sponsors exam preparation sessions, etiquette dinners and community service activities throughout the year. PAD members benefit from leadership and networking opportunities in law school and after graduation.
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
Phi Delta Phi, established in 1869, is the oldest legal fraternity in North America and has 197 Inns spread across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Between students and practitioners, Phi Delta Phi has more than 200,000 members. More judges, American presidents, elected officials, American Bar Association presidents, and law school Deans have come from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than from any other legal fraternity. Here at William and Mary, Phi Delta Phi members participate in professional development, social functions, community service, and networking meetings. Phi Delta Phi also offers numerous scholarship opportunities to its members.
William & Mary Public Service Fund, Inc.
PSF is a student-run organization committed to public interest law. We provide stipends for law students working in non-paid summer jobs. PSF funding supports much-needed legal services to the underprivileged, as well as state and local government agencies. We are a non-profit group that distributes funds on a yearly basis; our distributions are based on the money we raise each year. In 2008, PSF awarded over $51,000 in summer stipends to students interning in the US and abroad in such organizations as the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment & Appeals Project, International Bridges to Justice, the U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Institute of Peace, Virginia Poverty Law Center, Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, Community Mediation Center of Southeastern Virginia, RAPCAN, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Virginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and a number of public defenders and Legal Aid societies.
Learn more: PSF
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services, a student-run organization of volunteer law students, offers free legal assistance to William & Mary students, faculty, staff, and organizations. Law student volunteers offer information and help with decisions concerning the law, criminal matters, landlord-tenant relations, contracts, insurance, and almost any other legal issue. Volunteers occupy a unique position to provide information and insiders' advice regarding law school, the application process, and a future career in the legal profession. Student Legal Services can also assist with school disciplinary charges and proceedings. Located in Room 166 in the Campus Center, SLS can be contacted at (757) 221-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Learn more: SLS
Volunteer Service Corps of William & Mary Law School
The Volunteer Service Corps (VSC) provides service opportunities to students of William & Mary School of Law. VSC members will improve the lives of their neighbors and fellow citizens by volunteering in the greater Williamsburg area, as well as throughout the nation. The VSC will continue the work of its predecessor organization, the Student Hurricane Network, by organizing an annual alternative spring break trip. While the VSC will give special credence to the effects of natural disasters, we recognize that communities suffering from systemic poverty and other social problems also need aid but often receive less national attention. Thus, the VSC will focus on all community needs when selecting the location of each year's trip. The VSC will also organize service opportunities locally throughout the year that will be open to all members of the W&M Law community. These service opportunities will not only prepare VSC members for their work over spring break, but will also remind the general student population of the good that comes from lending a hand in the community.
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