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Our Misson

Our Vision

The Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC) seeks to create an informed, inclusive, and supportive network of college and university pre-law advisors while promoting collaboration, ideation, and best practices by the regional associations of pre-law advisors.


Our Mission

The Pre-Law Advisors National Council's (PLANC) mission is to serve as a resource for the regional associations and provide support for the common interests of pre-law advisors by facilitating and advocating for shared goals and interests at the national level.  PLANC derives its strength and its membership from its regional associations and is committed to their success. PLANC promotes ideas, resources, and best practices in pre-law advising across the country, while encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion in the pre-law advising profession.

Regional Associations


Since its inception in 1975, MAPLA has served as an effective vehicle for communication among professionals involved in pre-law advising and in the law school admissions process. MAPLA members advise students in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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NAPLA is the oldest and largest of the six regional pre-law advising associations. Founded in 1973, it was incorporated in 1984.

Our Association, with a membership of approximately 400, includes undergraduate pre-law advisors from schools in the northeast and throughout the nation, along with representatives from most ABA-approved law schools in the country.


Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

PCAPLA’s mission is to improve the skills of pre-law advisors, to advocate for the interests of students in the law school counseling and admissions process, and to connect pre-law advisors and law school admission representatives

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SAPLA  membership is open to pre-law advisors from community colleges, four- year colleges and universities, and law school representatives.

While SAPLA was originally comprised of pre-law advisors in Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia, membership is now open to all regardless of residence.

The Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SWAPLA) is a professional support organization serving both faculty and staff of colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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WAPLA is a professional non-profit organization that provides professional development, networking, and leadership for our diverse membership.



Meet the PLANC Board

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Chair (2023-2025)

Martha Kirby 

The University of Iowa

Director, Law School Readiness Program,
Department of Political Science


Phone: 319-335-2347

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Immediate Past Chair

Michael Vitlip

Franklin & Marshall College

Director of Legal and STEM Professions Advising
Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development

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Maya Russell

Furman University

Pre-Law Advisor, Office of Pre-Professional Advising

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Treasurer (2023-2025)

Don Racheter

Purdue University

Lecturer and Mock Trial Team Coach

Phone: 641-780-5259

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Communication Coordinator (2022-2024)

Veronica Joiner

University of Cincinnati

Sr. Academic Advisor
Pre-Professional Advising Center


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2024 Conference Chair

Kevin Freeman

The Ohio State University

Program Director, Pre-Law Services

Phone: 614-247-7821

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2024 Conference Programming Chair

Rita Ralston

Boston University

Pre-Law Academic Advisor, Pre-Professional Advising Office

Phone: 617-353-4867

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MAPLA President

Larry Hayman

Ohio University

Director of Legal Engagement & Pre-Law Program

Phone: 740-974-3685

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MAPLA Designated Member

Erin Reichelt

University of Minnesota 

Associate Director for Pre-Law Services

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NAPLA President

Lauren Dropkin

Brandeis University

Senior Assistant Director of  Career Services, Pre-Law Advisor

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NAPLA Designated Member

Alexander Jablonski

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PCAPLA President

Miguel Moran-Lanier

University of California, Santa Barbara

Pre-Law Advisor

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PCAPLA Designated Member

Susanne Mahoney Filback

Pomona College

Associate Director, Preprofessional Programs & Pre-Law Advisor

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SAPLA President

Mark Brown

University of South Carolina

Pre-Law Advisor and Pre-Graduate School Advisor, Office of Pre-Professional Advising

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SAPLA Designated Member

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SWAPLA President

Ana Alvarez

University of Texas at San Antonio

Assistant Director and Pre-Law Advisor, Institute for Law and Public Affairs

Phone: 210-458-2990

Lori Williams-Dekalb

SWAPLA Designated Member

Lori Williams-Dekalb

University of Oklahoma 

Pre-Law Academic Advisor

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WAPLA President

Chris Shortell 

Portland State University

Associate Professor, Political Science-Urban & Public Affairs, Portland State University

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WAPLA Designated Member

Mary Nadarski

Arizona State University

Director, Futures Center

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AccessLex Liaison 

Teria Thornton

AccessLex Institute 

Pre-Law and Diversity Initiatives Director, AccessLex Institute

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CLEO Liaison

Lynda Cevallos

Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)

Director, Pre-Law Educational Activities, Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)

Phone: 202-828-6107

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LSAC Liaison

Kyle McEntee

Law School Admissions Council

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LSAC Liaison

Katya Valesek

Law School Admissions Council

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NALP Liaison

Donna Gerson

National Association for Law Placement

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