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Chief Justice Joseph F. Vitu Jr.

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To all our current Members, those who have been invited to membership, and those who want to learn more about our society, I would like to take this opportunity to extend to you a most warm welcome. For more than one hundred and forty years, Phi Delta Phi has been the flag bearer for the promotion of scholarship and ethics in the legal profession. It gives me great pride that our distinguished tradition continues to flourish today throughout North America, Europe and beyond.

Phi Delta Phi membership is a membership to be earned through high scholastic achievement and exemplary standing within one's community. Our Initiation Ritual, written more than one hundred years ago, places upon a person great responsibilities to not only continue to achieve but to truly "promote a higher standard of ethics.” It is this commitment to higher ideals that provides the foundation upon which so many in our membership have excelled. We are proud of their accomplishments and remain committed to supporting their work both while in school and in professional practice. It is no coincidence that some of the most distinguished legal minds in past and present history have been admitted to membership. Several past Presidents of the United States, numerous members of the American, Canadian and Mexican Supreme Courts, heads of state, senators, members of congress - leaders known throughout the halls of history - are Phi Delta Phi's. Membership in Phi Delta Phi is an honor and as a society unique in its standing and history we hold no prohibitions upon membership in Phi Delta Phi and any other organization.

Phi Delta Phi is now in the process of introducing undergraduate students to our society and our unique focus on scholarship and ethics. It is our hope that through an introduction to the ideals of our society while still in college, those students that best embrace these ideals will find the road to law school easier and the path to sustained success more attainable.

Phi Delta Phi Member and Former US President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said "To some generations much is given. To some generations much is required.” I ask you to consider what you can do to bring Phi Delta Phi to your college or university. The process is simple and the opportunity to positively impact younger students is not to be underestimated. I encourage you to contact our headquarters and make known your interest. Unlike at our law schools, there is no grade point requirement for membership at the undergraduate level. Furthermore, our undergraduate students gain the opportunity to pair with law students at schools far and wide and gain a decided advantage as they consider their post-graduate options.

I am humbled to serve this society as its Chief Justice, and am pleased to see that you've chosen to visit our website. I encourage you to spend some time, look around and get to know the ‘Friends of Justice and Wisdom.'


Joseph F. Vitu, Jr.
Chief Justice, Court of Appeals