Thirteen Appalachian School of Law students were recently inducted into the Thomas Blackwell Chapter of Phi Delta Phi, an academic honor society for law students in the top one-third of their class. The honor society also recognizes students who have excelled in other scholastics, professional ethics or service standards, including membership on Moot Court, published journals, or service in legal clinics or community service as approved by the Council.
Founded in 1869, Phi Delta Phi is the first professional Society in the United States and is one of the oldest professional organizations in the Western Hemisphere. Phi Delta Phi predates all other societies including the American Bar Association. The organization has chartered chapters – called Inns – at law schools in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Poland, and Germany. The ASL chapter was founded in 2003 and was named after the late Thomas Blackwell, a former professor at ASL.
ASL students inducted into the honor society included Lakendria Perdue, Brittany Sloan, Lydia Beth Comer, Sahar Soomro, Carli Dillon, Bianka Valdez, Ashleigh Root, Robert Evans, Sirissa Farias, Keri Mills, Megan Lester, Mary McGeorge and Ketal Patel.
New officers were also recognized at the induction ceremony and included magistrate, Janella Loaiza; vice magistrate, Stephanie Hernandez; secretary, Ashley Reed; treasurer, Andrew Giles; and historian, Roslyn Nixon.