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International Legal Honor Society


The International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, established in the year 1869 to promote a higher standard of professional ethics, is among the oldest of legal organizations in North America. The honor society was established only six months after the Columbus, Ohio Bar Association and nine years before the American Bar Association. It holds a unique position in the history of the North American bench, bar and the law schools. During the past two decades, Phi Delta Phi’s reputation as an organization devoted to legal excellence has begun to spread into México and Europe.

Phi Delta Phi has one hundred and thirty-one active chapters – called Inns – in the Western Hemisphere and the number increases yearly. Phi Delta Phi has initiated in excess of 191,000 members making it the world’s largest legal honor society whose membership is restricted to students and practitioners of the law.

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The total initiated membership of Phi Delta Phi exceeds 191,000 persons. More judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, American Bar Association presidents, Association of American Law School presidents and law school Deans have come from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than from any other legal honor society.

American presidents, Supreme Court justices and prominent members of the bar and bench who have been initiated into Phi Delta Phi include: Howard H. Baker, Jr. – James A. Baker, III – Birch E. Bayh – Hugo Black – Robert H. Bork – William J. Brennan – Ellen Burns – Benjamin N. Cardozo – Pamela Carter – Archibald Cox – Gerald R. Ford – Joyce Hens Green – Charles Evans Hughes – Daniel K. Inouye – Henry M. Jackson – Thomas Penfield Jackson – Leon Jaworski – Anthony M. Kennedy – Robert F. Kennedy – Patrick Leahy – Karl Llewellyn – Thurgood Marshall – William McKinley – Gerald T. McLaughlin – Edwin Meese, III – Walter Mondale – Malcolm W. Monroe – Sandra Day O’Connor – R. Thomas Olson – Samuel Pierce, Jr. – Lewis F. Powell, Jr. – William L. Prosser – Dana Rasmussen – Sam Rayburn – William H. Rehnquist – Stephen R. Reinhardt – Owen J. Roberts – Franklin D. Roosevelt – Theodore Roosevelt – Antonin Scalia – Myra C. Selby – William French Smith – Kenneth W. Starr – John Paul Stevens – Adlai Stevenson – Potter Stewart – William H. Taft – Earl Warren – Byron R. White – Wendell Willkie

Prominent members of the bench, bar and political community from Canada, include: Rosalie Abella – John Aird – Lincoln Alexander – W. Ian Binnie – Archie Campbell – Jules Deschenes – Alan B. Gold – Peter Hogg – Paul S. A. Lamek – Claire L’Heureux-Dubé – Lauren Marshall – Roland Martland – R. Roy McMurtry – Daniel R. Michner – John W. Morden – William D. Parker – Robert J. Pirie – Bob Rae – James B. Southey – John Napier Turner

Notable members from México and Guatemala include: Luisa de Padilla – Fernando Elizondo – Francisco Garcia Jimeno – José Gomez Gordoa – Francisco José Castillo L. Genera – David Gongora Pimentel – Arturo Salinas-Martinez – Luis Santos – Ricardo Sagastume – Pedro Zorilla

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