Student Clubs

Pre-Law Student Association (PLSA), History & Government Club, and AAUW Club

The Pre-Law Student Association (PLSA)

The PLSA is a club for prospective law school applicants and students who are generally interested in law and legal careers.  Membership is open to students from all majors.  The PLSA's signature event is the annual Moot Court Experience at Daemen College's Academic Festival.  The club also sponsors and co-sponsors other on-campus events and activities.  Club officers are elected each fall. 

Officers for the 2014-15 academic year:

Faculty advisor is Dr. Lisa Parshall:  


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The History & Government Club

Do you want to experience history and political events, in addition to learning about them in the classroom?The History & Government Club is open to all students who have an interest in history or political science. In the recent past, the club has planned and sponsored events on campus and has traveled to historic sites in the greater Buffalo area and beyond. (Read about the club's trip to visit Old Fort Niagara in this blog post). Club officers are elected each fall. 

Officers for the 2014-15 academic year:

Faculty advisors are Dr. Penny Messinger ( and Dr. Aakriti Tandon (

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American Association of University Women (AAUW) Club

The AAUW Club is the newest student club housed in the History & Political Science Department. Focusing on the mission of empowering women, the club organized in 2014 and is seeking recognition as an official AAUW student affiliate, pursuing goals in line with the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Since its creation in 1881, the AAUW has worked to expand educational and professional opportunities for women. Recent areas of focus include political action in behalf of women's equality and gender pay equity. Club officers are elected each fall.

Officers for the 2014-15 academic year:

Faculty Advisor is Dr. Penny Messinger ( 

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Meetings for all departmental clubs are held regularly during the academic year and all interested students (from any major) are welcome to join. If you are interested in joining any of these clubs, contact the officers or faculty advisors listed above. 


Moot Court Experience

The PLSA's signature event is the Moot Court Experience, a simulated trial of a criminal or civil law case that is presented at Daemen's Academic Festival in April. The first Moot Court Experience was held in 2002, and since that point Moot Court has been a featured presentation for Academic Festival.  Moot Court is open to all majors, and presents students with the opportunity to hone analytical and speaking skills as they develop arguments to present in the case and to have a great time in the process! Students do all the work of developing court statements and preparing and portraying lawyers and witnesses.

History & Government Club activities

Recent club activities have included field trips to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and to Old Fort Niagara (photo below, from April 2014), election-return watching parties, and voter registration drives.



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