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Phi Delta Phi
The Coat of Arms of Phi Delta Phi
Founded December 13, 1869 (1869-12-13) (140 years ago)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Type Professional
Scope International
 United States
Motto Friends of Justice and Wisdom
Colors Garnet and Pearl Blue
Symbol Owl, Skull
Flower Jacqueminot Rose
200,000+ lifetime
Headquarters 1426 21st Street NW
Washington, D.C., USA
Homepage Phi Delta Phi Website

Phi Delta Phi, ΦΔΦ, is the world's largest legal fraternity whose membership is restricted to students and practitioners of the law. Phi Delta Phi is the second oldest legal organization in continuous existence in the United States and third oldest in North America. The fraternity was founded at the University of Michigan in 1869 "to promote a higher standard of professional ethics." Unlike other law fraternities, Phi Delta Phi does not initiate undergraduate or pre-law students.



The oldest professional fraternity still in existence, Phi Delta Phi was founded in the law department of the University of Michigan by John M. Howard of the class of 1871. Howard was a graduate of Monmouth College and member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI). His initial intent was to found a chapter of FIJI at the University, but he did not follow through with the plan because of the large number of chapters already in place on the campus. Howard instead turned his efforts toward founding a fraternity devoted purely to students of the legal profession.

Current status

The total initiated membership of Phi Delta Phi exceeds 200,000 persons. More judges, American presidents, governors, senators, representatives, cabinet members, ambassadors, American Bar Association presidents, Association of American Law School presidents and law school Deans have come from the ranks of Phi Delta Phi than from any other legal fraternity.[1]

Many Inns require strict academic standards for admission. In some jurisdictions, every chapter of Phi Delta Phi is regarded as an “honors” organization because of grade point requirements for admission (e.g., Texas, Florida). Phi Delta Phi’s tradition of being the “elite” legal professional fraternity carries well into the 21st Century. For example, from 2000-2003, the Chief Justices of the Supreme Courts of the United States, Canada and Mexico were all Phi Delta Phis.

Phi Delta Phi currently has chapters in all the top 20 law schools in the United States[2] and has more chapters in Latin America (18) and Canada (9) than any other legal fraternity. It was the first professional legal fraternity to be international in character with the chartering of a chapter in Canada. It is the only professional legal fraternity to have active chapters in Europe.

Notable members


U.S. Presidents

Supreme Court Justices

Other notable members

Mexico notable members

  • Jesus Tetsuji Tamashiro Paz- Current International President of the Fraternity
  • Ministro Genaro Gongora Pimentel
  • Lic. Rodrigo Sanchez-Mejorada V.
  • Aldo Álvarez Martínez
  • Iliana Granadino Martens
  • Mariana Ogaz Diaz
  • Lic.Mario Marín Torres
  • Dr. Guillermo Deloya Cobían
  • Armando Mier Revilla
  • Ana Curniot Frances
  • Luis Franco
  • Alfonso Iván López-Bello Moreno
  • Dr. José Adalberto Barrales Arias
  • Dr. Juan Manuel Codemo



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