About P.A.D.

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 As the largest, professional legal fraternity in the world, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International fulfills our mission - "Service to the student, the school, the profession and the community"- by helping students make informed decisions about their education, connecting them with mentors and fostering supportive communities in and out of school.

Mission, Vision & Core Values

Mission: Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International is a professional law fraternity advancing integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.

Vision: We are the preeminent law fraternity promoting the bonds of fraternalism and we are the leader in the development and advancement of professional ideals.

Core ValuesBound together by tradition and our common interest in the law, we share these core values: Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation.

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.

A Fraternity of Firsts
Phi Alpha Delta was the first law fraternity to...

  • Open membership to all genders, races, creeds and national origins.
  • Host one of the largest Mock Trial Competitions for law students in the country.
  • Conduct a “Senior Transition Program” for pre-law students entering law school.
  • Establish a Pre-Law Program to assist undergraduate students interested in the law.
  • Hold P.A.D. Day at the Supreme Court, a day designated for P.A.D. attorneys to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Conduct an Annual Food Drive to directly benefit food banks chosen by Chapters in their local communities.
  • Win a CFEA Award for Excellence in the highly-competitive multimedia category for the P.A.D. History Video.
  • Implement an on-line membership database for networking students and alumni/ae together.

The Distinguished Service Chapter

ln 1966, an award was established by the then Supreme Executive Board, now the International Executive Board. Known as the Distinguished Service Chapter, the award was incorporated into the Constitution by a subsequent Convention. The Distinguished Service Chapter is composed of members of the Fraternity who have been selected in recognition of unusual and outsanding service to the Fraternity. Election is the highest honor awarded by the Fraternity. Membership is determined by unanimous election by the International Executive Board.

Distinguished Service Chapter Members

Hon. Walter G. Bridges  Norman M. Owen Hon. Richard P. McCully John J. McAulay Hon. Tom C. Clark
Carl E. Dietze Frederic H. Pearson Matthew S. "Sandy" Rae Robert E. Redding Frank E. Gray
Charles Tom Henderson William B. Robertson Clifford Schechter Rhonda K. Hill Hon. Charles E. Whittaker
Don Hutson Fredrick J. Weitkamp John F. Weitkamp Hon. C. Raymond Judice Hon. Frank J. McCown
J. Harry LaBrum Jack L. Miller  Donald R. Moore  J. Derek Hill Ronald Winter