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Delta Theta Phi (ΔΘΦ) is a professional law fraternity and a member of the Professional Fraternity Association. Delta Theta Phi is the only one of the two major law fraternities to charter chapters (senates) in the United States at non-American Bar Association-approved law schools. Delta Theta Phi can trace its roots to Delta Phi Delta on September 15, 1900 at the then-named Cleveland Law School, now Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Ohio.[1] Delta Theta Phi has initiated more than 138,000 members across the country and in several other nations.

Delta Theta Phi
FoundedSeptember 15, 1900; 118 years ago (1900-09-15)
Cleveland Law School
PublicationThe Adelphia Law Journal,The Paper Book
HeadquartersCampbell Univ., Wiggins School of Law, 225 Hillsborough Street, Ste 432
Raleigh, North Carolina
United States

Delta Theta Phi is the only law fraternity with an authoritatively recognized law review, The Adelphia Law Journal. Membership is the only requirement to submit a note for consideration for publication.



The governing body for the fraternity, called the Supreme Senate, has overseen the operation of the fraternity since 1913. The Supreme Senate was originally composed of seven elected officers until a student was added to the board to assure a more complete student representation. In the 1970s, a second student position was added. On Saturday, August 5, 2017, at the 60th Biennial Convention in New Orleans, LA, the International Senate elected the following members to serve as the Supreme Senate for the 61st Biennium:

  • Chancellor Greg Wolenberg
  • Vice-Chancellor Jodie Justiss-Dinsmore
  • Master of the Rolls Sherry McDowell
  • Master Inspector Amy Goodman
  • Master Scholar Justin Hayes
  • Master Alumnus Jeremy Wann
  • Marshall Jason Barth
  • Master Liaison Erez Ahrony
  • Master Liaison Sara Presas


Delta Theta Phi was established Sept. 26th, 1913, by the amalgamation or union of three previously existing professional fraternities, viz.: Alpha Kappa Phi, Delta Phi Delta and Theta Lambda Phi.[2]

Consolidating GroupsEdit

Delta Phi DeltaEdit

Delta Phi Delta was founded at the Cleveland Law School of Baldwin University, September 15, 1900, by C. E. Schmick, E. Quigley, F. W. Sinram, J. L. Barrett, W. F. Mackay, J. H. Orgill and Arthur Born. It went national with the establishment of Beta Chapter (now Harlan-McKusick Senate) at the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1904. Delta Phi Delta's Magazine was the Syllabus, first published in 1911. Delta Theta Phi now uses that name for the newsletter distributed to elected members of the administrative organization.[3]

Alpha Kappa PhiEdit

Alpha Kappa Phi was founded at the law school of Northwestern University October 6, 1902. Seeking to secure the advantage of an earlier date of origin its founders took the name of an old undergraduate fraternity called Alpha Kappa Phi which originated at Centre College, Ky., in 1858 and established a number of chapters in the South, the last one of which at the University of Mississippi became Beta Beta chapter of Beta Theta Pi in 1879,[4] becoming extinct a few years later. They also sought to secure some sanction for their conduct by securing permission of the living members of the extinct society to such assumption of their abandoned name. But no expedient of this kind could alter the date of the organization of this fraternity or serve as a basis for a claim to an earlier date than 1902.

The fraternity became national in 1904 with the installation of the Beta Chapter at Illinois College of Law (now the Warvelle Senate at DePaul University College of Law).[3]

Theta Lambda PhiEdit

Theta Lambda Phi was founded February 18, 1903, at the law school of Dickinson College by Thomas S. Lanard and Walter P. Bishop. The first chapter was founded as the Holmes chapter with permission of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.. A representative of West Publishing when visiting the law school learned of the formation of the fraternity, and the next issue of the Docket (published by West) announced the organization of Theta Lambda Phi as a new national law Fraternity. Students at the Detroit College of law, after seeing the article formed the Cooley chapter to actually make the fraternity national. In November 1903, Theta Lambda Phi started 'The Paper Book' as its official form of communication. Delta Theta Phi still uses that name for its official publication mailed to all members.[3]

Sigma Nu PhiEdit

Sigma Nu Phi was founded in 1903 at National University School of Law. In 1916, Sigma Nu Phi started publishing The Owl.

Delta Theta Phi merged with Sigma Nu Phi in 1989, taking all of Sigma Nu Phi members into membership and gaining The Adelphia Law Journal, giving Delta Theta Phi its own authoritatively recognized law review.[3]

Chapter ListEdit

As of 1920, the following senates (chapters) existed, with fourteen having been established after consolidation.[2] There are now more than 150 student senates of Delta Theta Phi.

  • 1900. Ranney, Cleveland Law School
  • 1904. Harlan, University of South Dakota
  • 1907. Cooley, Detroit College of Law
  • 1908. University of Arkansas
  • 1910. Ramsey, St. Paul College of Law
  • 1912. Bryan, Creighton University
  • 1912. Benton, Washington University (St. Louis)
  • 1902. Wigmore, Northwestern University
  • 1904. Warvelle, DePaul University
  • 1909. Douglas, John Marshall Law School
  • 1909. Lincoln, University of Chicago
  • 1909. Mitchell, University of Minnesota
  • 1909. Magruder, Chicago—Kent College of Law
  • 1912. Ingalls, Washburn College
  • 1912. Christianc,y University of Michigan
  • 1903. Holmes, Dickinson College
  • 1903. Cooley, Detroit College of Law
  • 1900. Finch, Cornell University
  • 1904. Bleckley, University of Georgia
  • 1904. Freeman, University of Tennessee
  • 1907. Kent, New York Law School
  • 1907. Day, Western Reserve University
  • 1907. Lurton, Chattanooga College of Law
  • 1908. Burks, Washington & Lee University
  • 1910. Marshall, Ohio Northern University
  • 1911. Parker, Union College (N. Y.)
  • 1911. Von Moschzisker, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1911. While, Georgetown University
  • 1911. Jeferson, Richmond College
  • 1912. Field, University of Southern California
  • 1912. Fuller, Fordham (N. Y.) Law School
  • 1913. Deady, University of Oregon
  • 1913. Chase, Ohio State University
  • 1914. Wayne, Atlanta, Ga., Law School
  • 1914. Dwight, Columbia University
  • 1915. Webster, Webster College of Law (Chicago)
  • 1915. Snyder, Kansas City Law School
  • 1915. John Adams, Boston University
  • 1915. Howatt, University of Utah
  • 1915. Pitney, New Jersey Law School
  • 1916. Hosmer, University of Detroit
  • 1916. Gibson, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1916. Russell, New York University
  • 1916. Brewer, University of Kansas
  • 1916. Wilson, George Washington University
  • 1916. Houston, University of Texas

Notable membersEdit


  1. ^ Professional Fraternities by Professional Interfraternity Conference - 1950
  2. ^ a b Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. G. Banta Company. 1920. p. 678.
  3. ^ a b c d Delta Theta Phi - About Us - History
  4. ^ Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities. G. Banta Company. 1905. p. 431.

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