Federalist Society

Student Life

Mission Statement:

The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal system and its philosophies and ideologies. It is founded on 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 say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. For more information on the Federalist Society and its background go to www.fed-soc.org.


The Santa Clara University Federalist Society Student Chapter is one of over 200 Federalist Society chapters in law schools across the country. We are a completely student-run organization that provides a network for social, political, and career opportunities. We regularly host speakers’ events and debates featuring prominent experts who come to campus to speak on relevant topics of law and public policy. We also offer several social networking events involving lawyers and other professionals who are active members of the Federalist Society’s various Lawyers Chapters.

Our student chapter works closely with the national organization to facilitate scholarly legal discussion on the most cutting-edge and controversial topics. All members of the Santa Clara University School of Law community are encouraged to become involved and attend our various events and meetings. If you would like to know more or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us at the following email addresses.

2022-2023 Officers:

Co-President Wendie Beddingfield wbeddingfield@scu.edu
Co-President Alex Carter apcarter@scu.edu
Vice President External Affairs Christina Theodoropoulos ctheodoropoulos@scu.edu
Vice President Internal Affairs Shyam Rajan srajan@scu.edu
Secretary Vincent Cortes vcortes@scu.edu
Treasurer Erik Kennedy McDonnell ekennedymcdonnell@scu.edu
Marketing Kai Perkuchin kperkuchin@scu.edu

Past Speakers:

  • Deroy Murdock, Political Commenter and Fox News Contributor
  • Scott G. Erickson, Americans in Support of Law Enforcement
  • John S. Baker, Jr., Ph.D.,
  • Paul Rosenzweig, Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation
  • Professor Randy E. Barnett, Boston University
  • Mary B. Neumayr, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Doug Bandow, Special Assistant to former President Ronald Reagan
  • Don Kates, Internationally recognized criminologist and Second Amendment scholar
  • JoAnne McCracken, Supervising Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County
  • Roger Pilon, Founder and Director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies
  • Bradley A. Smith, Former Federal Election Committee Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman
  • Margaret D. Stock, Associate Professor at West Point U.S. Military Academy and Attorney at Law

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Active Member Organization, Student Bar Association 2022-2023