Thursday, August 13, 2009

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International

The Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International (commonly referred to as "PAD") is a professional fraternity. PAD's Constitution states the organization's purpose is "to form a stong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal jusitce 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 memebers; and to encourage their moral, intellectual and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service."

PAD was founded in 1902 in South Haven, Michigan. Since then, the organization has reached international dimensions. Prominent PAD members have included several U.S. Presidents including William H. Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Harry S. Truman, James E. Carter and William J. Clinton, and U.S. Supreme Court Justices such as Tom C. Clark, Warren Burger, William H. Taft, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Samuel Alito, not to mention the many Senators and Congressmen.

PAD has various Chapters located internationally. PAD's Chapter chartered and located in Loyola Law School Los Angeles is referred to as the William Joseph Ford Chapter. For additional information about Phi Alpha Delta, you may visit its web site, or contact the executive office by telephone at (410) 347-3118.

Robin Mashal is a partner at the law firm of Hong & Mashal LLP, and can be reached at (310) 286-2000. While attending Loyola Law School, Mr. Mashal joined William Joseph Ford Chapter of PAD. His practice focuses on business law, real estate law and civil litigation. Hong & Mashal LLP is a California business law firm.

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