Founding Members
President - Harry Hampilos
Vice-President - Marshall Simons
Secretary – Edward O'Flynn
Treasurer – Pearl Ferer

Founded in 1949, The Society of Bar and Gavel is considered the highest honor awarded at the University of Miami School of Law. Its purpose is to provide service to the Law school and the Greater Miami community.

The Society was responsible for creating vital programs at the School of Law, including the Barrister - the first school newspaper and predecessor to the to the Res Ipsa Loquitor, The Moot Court Board, the Slip Opinion - a weekly newsletter like today's Hearsay, Equity Playhouse, scholarship funds, interaction with children's homes, and Barristers' Ball - the Law School's awards banquet.

In 1969, the Society of Bar and Gavel, at the request of the University, reorganized itself as the Highest Honorary Society at the School of Law to recognize, as well as promote, service to the Law school, its student body, and the Greater Miami Community.

The ideals sought in members are exemplary character, outstanding leadership, service to the law school and the community, and a positive attitude.


  • 08-31-2013: Bar & Gavel Nominations/Applications Now Open!

  • 01-18-2013: Bar & Gavel is now accepting nominations and applications for membership

  • 10-15-2012: Private Practice in the Public Interest

  • 10-15-2012: Celebrate with Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Motivational Edge

  • 10-15-2012: Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Lunch & Learn

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