PHI DELTA PHI
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Phi Delta Phi is OCU LAW’s only legal honors fraternity.
The oldest professional fraternity still in existence, Phi Delta Phi was founded in the law department of the University of Michigan by John M. Howard of the class of 1871.
The total initiated membership of Phi Delta Phi exceeds 200,000 persons. More judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, American Bar Association Presidents, Association of American Law Schools presidents and law schools deans have come from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than from any other legal fraternity.
Many inns require strict academic standards for admission. In some jurisdictions, every chapter of Phi Delta Phi is regarded as an “honors” organization because of grade point requirements for admission (e.g., Texas, Florida). Phi Delta Phi’s tradition of being the “elite” legal professional fraternity carries well into the 21st century. For example, from 2000-2003, the Chief Justices of the Supreme Courts of the United States, Canada and Mexico were all Phi Delta Phis.
For more information about the International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi visit phideltaphi.org.
The objective of this fraternity is to promote a higher standard of professional ethics and culture in this and other law schools and in the profession at large, and to unite ourselves in the endearing bonds of affection and brotherly love for the purpose of encompassing these ends.
Named for B. Learned Hand (1872-1961)
LL.B. Harvard University, 1896
LL.D. Columbia University, 1930
He was in private practice from 1897-1909 and was then named United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, where he served until 1924.
Current Officers of Hand Inn
- Carter Nichols, Magister
- Kayla Cawood, Vice-Magister
- Andrew Davis, Exchequer
- Erin Gregory, Historian
- Taylor Tyler, Clerk
- Emmalee Barresi, SBA Representative
For purposes of satisfying the “Local Requirements” set forth herein, the Magister or an active member appointed by the Magister shall obtain from the school administration a listing of all students who comply with the requirements of Article III of the Constitution of Phi Delta Phi and Article III of these Bylaws. All students who satisfy these requirements in either the Fall or Spring semester shall be eligible for admission.
To be eligible for admission in the Learned Hand Inn of Phi Delta Phi, he or she must be:
- Within the top 25% of the latest class ranking, as determined by the Oklahoma City University School of Law Registrar’s office after each graded section; or
- A member of the Oklahoma City University Law Review and be within the top 50% of the latest class ranking; or
- A member of an Oklahoma City University School of Law sponsored inter-school moot court team who competes in regional rounds or the equivalent thereof and be within the top 50% of the latest class ranking.