Black History Month Information: National Black Law Students Association

 “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”  –Maya Angelou

 

The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), founded in 1968, is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students and effectuate change in the legal community. As the largest student run organization in the United States with over 6,000 members, NBLSA is also comprised of chapters or affiliates in six different countries including The Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa. 

The Brandeis BLSA Chapter is a member of the Midwest Region of the National Black Law Students Asssociation (MWBLSA).  MWBLSA is comprised of chapters from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Kansas, Kentucky and Wisconsin.  In October 2009, the Brandeis BLSA Chapter hosted the Midwest Region's Academic Retreat.  BLSA members from across the region attended and participated in programming aimed at increasing academic skills and exploring the legal job market.  Chapter President Adrienne Henderson was the 2009-2010 MWBLSA Academic Retreat Coordinator, and is a current member of the MWBLSA Board of Directors.  This was the first time U of L hosted a regional BLSA event, and the retreat was made possible by the generous support of the U of L CODRE and the Pike Legal Group, as well as the legal professionals and law school staff and faculty who volunteered their time. 

Currently, BLSA is working weekly with students at Shawnee High School on improving their ACT scores and working with undergraduates at U of L to establish a BLSA College Student Division.  The BLSA-CSD is a component of NBLSA which informs undergraduate students considering law school about the law school application process, life as a law student, the practice of law, and other relevant knowledge about obtaining a law degree. 

More information about NBLSA can be found at www.nblsa.org.  All Brandeis Law School students are invited to join BLSA, and our chapter looks forward to continuing to work to improve our school and our community!