Phi Alpha Delta is a professional law fraternity composed of law students, attorneys, judges and educators. With more than 200,000 members across the world, it is dedicated to promoting professional competency, service and achievement within the legal profession. In fact, one out of six attorneys in North America is a member of PAD. PAD has chartered more chapters than any other law fraternity in the world with more than 180 law school chapters (at ABA-accredited law schools), more than 90 alumni chapters in major metropolitan areas and more than 200 pre-law chapters. Celebrated members include William Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Harry Truman, James Carter, Jr., William Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Founded in 1902 in South Haven, Michigan, Phi Alpha Delta was organized by a group of Chicago area law students in response to a legal controversy over a rule affecting admission to the State Bar. The students believed that law fraternity benefits should be made available to all members of the legal profession and soon expanded PAD outside the Chicago area. PAD was the first legal fraternity to remove all restrictions on membership regarding race, sex, color, creed, national origin and grade point average.
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.
For more information, visit www.pad.org.Contact Info and Links:
Facebook group: Chapman Phi Alpha Delta
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Phi Delta Phi itself outdates the American Bar Association, having been formed in 1869 by four law students at the University of Michigan who united with the goal of changing the public perception of the legal profession. The Stanley Mosk Inn's goal is to facilitate professional and ethical growth amongst students and practitioners of law while providing social opportunities for members. The Stanley Mosk Inn of Phi Delta Phi is the preeminent legal fraternity at Fowler School of Law.
The total initiated membership of PDP exceeds 200,000 persons. More judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, ABA presidents and law school deans have come from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than any other legal fraternity, including:
James A. Baker, Hugo Black, Benjamin Cardozo, Henry Jackson, Robert F. Kennedy, Thurgood Marshall, Karl Llewellyn, William McKinley, Walter Mondale, Sandra Day O'Connor, William Prosser, William Rehnquist, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Antonin Scalia, Byron White, William Taft, Earl Warren and our own former Dean Parham Williams!
All Fowler School of Law students who have successfully completed at least one semester of law school and are in good academic standing are eligible for application to the Mosk Inn.
First year students are eligible to participate in all public Inn activities and can be initiated following the posting of first semester grade.