Federalist Society

Who we are

The Wayne Law Student Chapter of The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservative, libertarian and moderate law students. Our chief goal is to foster balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of individual freedom, limited government and judicial restraint. Membership is open to all; our members hold diverse and often conflicting views on a broad range of issues.

The society stands for three main principles:

  • The state exists to preserve freedom.
  • The separation of powers is central to our Constitution.
  • It is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

We seek to promote awareness of these principles in the Wayne Law community and beyond, while creating a learning atmosphere that is open to alternative viewpoints.

Our goal is to encourage the exchange of ideas on campus. As such, we don't promote particular policies, endorse nominees or candidates, adopt political stances, advocate for political outcomes, nor lobby for legislation.

What we do

The Wayne Law Student Chapter sponsors a variety of debates, panels and speeches on campus to encourage the exchange of ideas and expose students to viewpoints they may otherwise not encounter in the Law School community. The chapter also hosts social and networking events in coordination with the Michigan Lawyers Chapter.


Federalist Society (national)

Michigan Lawyers Chapter

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2018-19 President — Zachary Garris

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