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Moritz Federalist Society Chapter Award


Moritz Federalist Society named National Student Chapter of the Year

March 16, 2017 | Students

The Moritz College of Law Federalist Society Student Chapter was awarded the 2016-2017 James Madison Award for Student Chapter of the Year at The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies’ national student symposium earlier this month.

There are more than 200 student chapters across the country, and each year the Federalist Society awards one as the best nationwide. The other finalists for the award this year included the law school student chapters at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Virginia, and Yale University.

“The Federalist Society’s student chapters exist to enrich the debate and discussion on law school campuses on the most critical issues of law and policy. Under Jedidiah Bressman’s determined leadership, the Ohio State chapter has proven to be the very model of what civic discourse over contested ideas and issues should look like,” said Austin Lipari, deputy director of the National Student Division of the Federalist Society, who was involved in the selection process.

In addition to 3L Bressman as chapter president, the Moritz Federalist Society is led by 2L Jay Payne as vice-president; 3L Tara Workman as secretary; 2L Andy Hopkins as treasurer; and 3L Tom Lampman and 2L Amanda Morris as co-marketing chairs. Professor Chris Walker is the chapter’s faculty adviser.

“This award would never have happened without the help from the law school chapter of the American Constitution Society, led by 3L Melissa Wasser, The Ohio State University Democracy Studies Program, and the Moritz Admissions Office, which all cosponsored a number of our events this year. Dean Alan C. Michaels and the rest of the law school administration have also provided critical support and have helped create an atmosphere at the law school that encourages an open exchange of ideas and diversity in viewpoints,” Bressman said in response to the award.

The Moritz Federalist Society Student Chapter has grown to over 60 members, and it has hosted a number of fascinating events and debates on campus this year. The chapter’s largest event, the Supreme Court Preview, was attended by more than 250 students, faculty, and staff. Other events have focused on campaign finance, national security law and its growth after 9/11, and the scope of executive power—just to name a few.

The chapter’s work doesn’t stop at the law school doors. Working with the Columbus Lawyers Chapter of The Federalist Society, the Moritz Federalist Society has helped organize the Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference, which will be held on March 31 in Columbus.