John Mercer Langston Chapter
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International (District XXIII)
John Mercer Langston Chapter at Howard University School of Law. The world’s largest legal fraternity, with over 250,000 members worldwide!
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Declaration of Purpose
The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.
About Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta (P.A.D.) is a professional law fraternity composed of law students, attorneys, judges, and educators. With over 250,000 members across the world, we are dedicated to promoting professional competency, service, and achievement within the legal profession.
The Fraternity has far more active chapters than does any other law fraternity in the world. P.A.D. has chartered over 192 Law School Chapters in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico (only at ABA-accredited law schools), 97 Alumni Chapters and over 270 Pre-Law Chapters. The fraternity continues to grow and expand its services, benefits and programs to members all across the world. Thus, providing an excellent forum for law students and professionals to exchange ideas, expand knowledge, and continue lifelong friendships and business contacts.
A legal fraternity offers opportunities for leadership, community involvement, and academic assistance. The legal fraternity you choose can have a significant impact on your professional career. The John Mercer Langston Chapter at Howard University School of Law Chapter maintains a strong tradition of academic excellence combined with a unique atmosphere of camaraderie.
Networking: The list of P.A.D. alumni is long and distinguished. P.A.D. is the largest international legal fraternity consisting of nearly 200,000 living members and has an online membership database for networking students and alumni. Therefore, you will find alumni contacts and assistance wherever you decide to practice.
Community Service: Community Service is a hallmark of the legal profession. P.A.D. strives to uphold these principles by participating in the Law Student for Literacy and Work-a-Day programs and by sponsoring the annual canned food and clothing drives. In addition, P.A.D. sponsors Law Related Education, a program in which members go to local schools to discuss legal issues.
Social Events: P.A.D. understands the rigorous nature of studying law. In response to the stress involved with law school, P.A.D. provides its members with opportunities to relax and unwind by sponsoring social functions. Furthermore, P.A.D. always encourages the attendance of your family and friends at all social events.
About Langston Chapter
John Mercer Langston (December 14, 1829 – November 15, 1897)
The John Mercer Langston Chapter at Howard University School of Law was chartered on November 19, 1966. The 2007-2008 academic year marks the 41st Anniversary for Langston Chapter.
John Mercer Langston was born in Louisa County, Virginia. Langston was the son of Ralph Quarles, a white plantation owner, and Lucy Langston, a slave of mixed African and Native American background. After his parents died when Langston was five, he and his brothers moved to Oberlin, Ohio, to live with family friends. Langston enrolled in Oberlin College at the age of fourteen and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the institution. Denied admission into law school, Langston then studied law under attorney Philemon Bliss and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1854.
In 1855 Langston became the country’s first black elected official, town clerk of the Brownhelm Township. Additionally, he was a founding member and president of the National Equal Rights League, which fought for black voting rights. During the Civil War Langston recruited African Americans to fight for the Union Army. After the war, he was appointed inspector general for the Freedmen’s Bureau, a federal organization that assisted freed slaves.
Langston moved to Washington, D.C. in 1868 to establish and serve as dean of Howard University School of Law. He was appointed acting president of the school in 1872. Langston retired in 1894, after which he wrote From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capital, his autobiography. He died in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 15, 1897. The town of Langston, Oklahoma, home of Langston University, is named after him.
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