By Emily Prestwood
After being recognized as the 2012-13 Student Organization of the Year, the Legal Society continues its goal to prove its excellence.
The club has 20 to 30 members that meet at 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the common area on the fourth floor of the Byrd Business Building.
Sarah Elizabeth Rackley, vice president of the Legal Society and a paralegal major, has been a member since the organization started one year ago. She describes the organization as a way to meet people from all walks of life.
Bruce Moseley, assistant professor for legal assisting, and Toni Gray, director of criminal justice programs, sponsor the organization.
“There’s something that we can all connect with and that is law,” Rackley said.
The purpose of the club, she said, is to expand the thought of the law through “bigger-idea” thinking.
“People have so many rights that they do not know about,” said Rackley. “They walk out of the door every day and do not know what they have.”
Rackley said people forget how powerful the law is. Society cannot be stagnant, therefore we must use the law for change, she said.
Jamie Rodriguez, a paralegal major, said the Legal Society is all about learning the law through networking and community service.
“I joined because I wanted to be around people with the same major going through the same things, whether it is studying or community service,” she said. “It is like our support group.”
Koddie Peck, a criminal justice major, agreed that the organization provides a way for students concerned about law to interact with each other.
“I just moved here so it was nice to meet people with common interests,” she said.
To become involved in the organization, students just need to attend the meetings.
Heather Hofstetter, a paralegal major, said meetings are spent planning events.
“We try to come up with something interesting,” she said. “Sometimes we overdo it.”
Last year, members visited Washington, D.C. and hosted a marijuana debate. This semester, members plan on continuing the debate series. The debate topic has yet to be decided, but may be guns on campus or gay marriage.
Events that the members plan to either host or participate in include the Zombie Challenge, volleyball, a brisket fundraiser, a garage sale and an immigration clinic.
Members will sell brisket, rice, beans and tortillas at their next fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the clock tower on the Washington Street Campus.
For more information, students may contact the advisors:
Byrd Building 323D
West Campus Bldg C Room 121C