Chapter Activities and the Novel Coronavirus
Chapter Activities and the Novel Coronavirus

COVID/Virtual Operations Update: As we monitor the latest news on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions being taken by schools and organizations in response, the Phi Alpha Delta Executive Office is taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of our staff, our chapters, and our members.

For the safety of our members, Phi Alpha Delta chapters are to hold initiations and events virtually.

Since there are many questions about this change and potential implications within your chapter, we’ve compiled a brief list of recommendations and advice below.

Click here for the Phi Alpha Delta Executive Director’s statement on fraternity operations.

As this is a developing situation, please work with us by sharing information relating to the status of your chapter and your school to We encourage all members to act according to guidance from the CDC, public health agencies, your schools, and the most up-to-date information available.

We know these closures and cancellations will lead to changes for you and your members. Phi Alpha Delta’s goal is always to keep everyone safe and healthy. Regardless of your school’s status, your membership is still for life once you reach the law school level. We understand that this is an unusual situation and we are here to provide support however possible.

For the safety of our members, Phi Alpha Delta chapters are to hold initiations and events virtually through the 2020 fall semester.

Continue chapter or Executive Board meetings using the following services: Google Hangouts; Skype; WebEx;; Zoom; Slack; TWEN; or any school-sponsored student portal.

Click here for a list of events you can host virtually with your chapter.

Did you know you can conduct a virtual initiation by phone, social media, or streaming service such as Zoom, Skype, etc.? Chapters should continue to initiate members virtually in lieu of cancelling.

If you need to reschedule your initiation ceremony, email and let us know ASAP.

Click here to download the Pre-Law Chapter Ritual Handbook Click here to download the Law Chapter Ritual Handbook

Normally, chapters will hold elections during the spring semester. If you have already completed elections, great! If not, consider holding online elections through SurveyMonkey or your school’s online portal.

Contact if you would like assistance setting this up.

Click here to submit new Law Chapter officer roster.

Click here to submit new Pre-Law Chapter officer roster.

For more information on completing online elections and officer transitions, check out our brief instructional videos here:

Click for Law Chapter video.

Click for Pre-Law Chapter video.

Considering we are entering fall semester under a unique set of circumstances due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the P.A.D. Executive Office will not automatically be sending new member materials (certificates and pins).

Individual Mailings: If your school is operating virtually, new members can request their materials be shipped individually for a service fee of $10 per-person; members may complete this form:

Safe Chapter Distribution: **If your school is fully open on campus, and you can safely distribute initiation materials to new members, you may request the new member materials for your chapter by by completing this form.
**For the safety of our members, Phi Alpha Delta chapters are to hold initiations and events virtually.

If you have any questions, or need to request direct shipment, please contact Director of Membership Katie Gibbs at

  • Please refer to the CDC’s website for official updates and recommendations:
  • If you are sick, please stay home and rest.
  • If you have symptoms that include fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and are unsure if you need medical attention, please contact your personal health provider.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Members with underlying health conditions, who take medicines that suppress their immune system, are 65 or older, or who have other risk factors, and who have cold or flu symptoms should consult with their health provider immediately.

This is a very challenging time for all of us. We will continue to inform members immediately as national events change to a virtual format. The health and safety of our members is our utmost concern.

The Pre-Law Conference and Law Expo will be reimagined and held virtually November 4-8, 2020 with a new pricing structure, and the Law School Mock Trial Competition will be a held online in February 2021 with a new and exciting format.

Event Information

If you have any additional questions not referenced here, or if there is anything the Executive Office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us at (410) 347-3118 or by emailing

Our Mission

Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s preeminent law fraternity because of our dedication to service: service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community.

It is through devotion to the ideals of Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation that we better both our profession and our community. Through accepting our differences we become not just a law fraternity, but a family.