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Welcome Letter

The Federalist Society Student Chapter
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Grand Rapids, MI

October 1, 2010

Dear Prospective Federalist Society Student Member:

Welcome to the Cooley Law School Federalist Society Student Chapter! I’m Colby Bardin, President of the Student Chapter here at Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids. I’d like to tell you a little about the Federalist Society both at the national level and at Cooley.

Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. The law students that founded the Society aimed to create a forum for debate in which diverse legal viewpoints and perspectives could be heard.  We are committed to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to determine what the law is, not what it should be.  There are about 25,000 members of the Federalist Society nationwide in its Lawyers, Students, and Faculty Divisions. The Lawyers Division includes chapters in about sixty cities as well as fifteen practice groups, which cover specific areas of the law.

There are ample opportunities for you to get involved with the Cooley Student Chapter. I invite you to bring your ideas, contacts, and issues and join us as we engage the law community in debate and the open exchange of ideas. Our chapter plans to organize speeches and debates as well as social events.

There are many benefits to joining the Cooley Federalist Society Student Chapter. A new member will join an ever-growing network of lawyers, law students, and scholars, and will also receive certain publications.  Please visit for a listing of the publications, practice groups, and chapters.  membership is open to any student who wishes to join. our chapter welcomes any and all legal perspectives, as our members often hold conflicting views on many issues. our primary goal, above all, is to foster debate

Frank Scafaria, President