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Who We Are & What We Do

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SAPLA brings together pre-law advisors and law school admissions staff to provide everyone in the law school admissions process with up-to-date information and expert guidance.

Our Misson

Our Mission

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To facilitate communications of interest among pre-law advisors with various academic institutions of higher education in the Southern region of the United States.

To increase the lines of communication between the Association’s members and individual law school officers, the Law School Admissions Council and other law-related organizations.

To provide resource materials to and to improve skills and knowledge of persons involved in advising pre-law students for the benefit of the students, the law schools and the legal profession.


Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC)

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pre law advisors national council logo (PLANC)

The Pre-Law Advisors National Council, or PLANC, is a national coordinating body bringing together leadership from the six regional pre-law advisors associations (APLAs) and select partner organizations to advance the pre-law advising profession and to enhance the delivery of pre-law services to students. The Board of Directors meets bi-annually and PLANC sponsors a national conference during U.S. Presidential election years.

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Regional Associations

PLANC- Pre-Law Advisors National Council

MAPLA- Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors

NAPLA- Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

SWAPLA- SouthWest Association of Pre-Law Advisors

WAPLA- Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors

PCAPLA - Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

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SAPLA Officers

Meet our Officers

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Maya Russell, SAPLA President-Elect Headshot
Marcya Burden, SAPLA Vice President Headshot
Patrice Barley Headshot

Maya Russell 


Furman University


Marcya Burden 


Oakwood University


Patrice Barley

Vice President

Duke University

(919) 684-2865

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Sharletta DunlapHeadshot
Darren Kettles, SAPLA Communications Director, Headshot

Issa DiSciullo


William & Mary Law School
(757) 221-4565

Sharleeta Dunlap


UDC David A. Clark School of Law

(202) 274-7341

Darren Kettles 

Communications Director

Stetson University College of Law


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Marc Reece 

Diversity Director 

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

Carol Riddock

Pre-Law Advisor Rep. at Large 

Emory University


Tammy Laughlin

Pre-Law Advisor Rep. at Large 

Tuskegee University

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Karen Britton

Law School Representative 

University of South Carolina School of Law

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Amy Mangione

Law School Representative 

University of Richmond School of Law


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Mark Brown

Immediate Past President

University of South Carolina

(803) 777-5579

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