Black Law Students Association News

Annual BLSA Convocation

The annual BLSA Convocation is set for 5:30pm on May 9, 2014 in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Cox Lounge. The purpose of the BLSA Convocation is to recognize and celebrate the matriculation of the members of BLSA. The BLSA Convocation is open to the public, as well as all members of the student body. Many students , faculty, and members of the Kentucky legal community will be in attendance. This is a special event for the law school, the student body, and the entire community as we celebrate diversity in the legal field and the matriculation of minority students through the law school.

Annual BLSA Convocation

The annual BLSA Convocation is set for 5:30pm on May 9, 2014 in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Cox Lounge. The purpose of the BLSA Convocation is to recognize and celebrate the matriculation of the members of BLSA. The BLSA Convocation is open to the public, as well as all members of the student body. Many students , faculty, and members of the Kentucky legal community will be in attendance. This is a special event for the law school, the student body, and the entire community as we celebrate diversity in the legal field and the matriculation of minority students through the law school.

Annual BLSA Convocation

The annual BLSA Convocation is set for 5:30pm on May 9, 2014 in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Cox Lounge. The purpose of the BLSA Convocation is to recognize and celebrate the matriculation of the members of BLSA. The BLSA Convocation is open to the public, as well as all members of the student body. Many students, faculty, and members of the Kentucky legal community will be in attendance. This is a special event for the law school, the student body, and the entire community as we celebrate diversity in the legal field and the matriculation of minority students through the law school.

Annual BLSA Convocation

The annual BLSA Convocation is set for 5:30pm on May 9, 2014 in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Cox Lounge. The purpose of the BLSA Convocation is to recognize and celebrate the matriculation of the members of BLSA. The BLSA Convocation is open to the public, as well as all members of the student body. Many students, faculty, and members of the Kentucky legal community will be in attendance. This is a special event for the law school, the student body, and the entire community as we celebrate diversity in the legal field and the matriculation of minority students through the law school.

Annual BLSA Convocation

The annual BLSA Convocation is set for 5:30pm on May 9, 2014 in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Cox Lounge. The purpose of the BLSA Convocation is to recognize and celebrate the matriculation of the members of BLSA. The BLSA Convocation is open to the public, as well as all members of the student body. Many students, faculty, and members of the Kentucky legal community will be in attendance. This is a special event for the law school, the student body, and the entire community as we celebrate diversity in the legal field and the matriculation of minority students through the law school.

BLSA Volunteers at the West End School

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, our BLSA chapter volunteered at the West End School. The West End School is a free, private, Kindergarten through 8th grade school for Louisville's at-risk, male youths. The school is located in the heart of the West End neighborhood of Louisville, KY. The school was started by Robert Blair (the headmaster) and his wife, Debbie Blair, to provide an academically rigorous education to youth in the neighborhood. The majority of the students attend school there during the day and return home at the end of the day and on the weekends. However, the males in 6th grade through 8th grade remain at the school all day and night during the week, return home on Friday night, and then return back to the school on Sunday night.

We had dinner with the young middle school students for an hour to get to know them. There was an order and structure for everything: the boys had to allow us as their guests to get served dinner first, everyone stood behind their chairs until everyone was served, the boys pulled out our seats, and the headmaster designated a student to pray over the dinner. We got a chance to hear firsthand from the boys what it was like to be at that particular school, what their goals were, what colleges they considered attending, and learned a lot about their personalities. The kids got a chance to get to know us by asking us questions about why we decided to attend law school, where we grew up, and our various favorite sports teams. A sense of trust was built before we were to go individually with some of the students in various classrooms to tutor them.

After dinner, students were sent to us in the various rooms, and we assisted them with their homework. We tutored the boys in a variety of subjects from history, to math, to reading; we helped them tackle learning about the four regions of Malaysia to learning about how to do algebra equations and the order of operations. After a couple of hours of tutoring, we had to say our good-byes, even though the boys were relucatant to let us go. Overall, the service directly benefitted the Louisville community, and our BLSA chapter was ecstatic that we were able to make a positive impact on those boys' lives.

Help Pick up the Tab for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana

"To many, a pull tab is just a piece of aluminum with one purpose - to open a can, but to the Ronald McDonald House Charaties of Kentuckiana, the pull tab is a valuable resource. Why? Collected pull tabs are recycled; generating much-needed funds to support the House, Family Rooms, and the nearly 2700 families we serve each year.

 

Families staying at Ronald McDonald House are asked to pay only $15 per night and no one is turned away. The actual cost to house a family is over $70 per night. Our pull tab recycling program is one of the ways we generate funds to helo underwrite the cost of a families night stay.

 

How You Can Help

 

  • Begin saving your aluminum pull tabs found on beverage cans
  • Place collected tabs in a container, such as a cardboard box or Tupperware container
  • Drop your tabs at any Louisville-area McDonalds Resturant or Ronald McDonald House 

 

 Pull Tab Facts

 

  • One pund = 1,526 pull tabs
  • One foot = 12 pull tabs
  • One mile = 63,360 pull tabs 

 

 Teachers and School Advisors

 

  • Join our Save-a-Million program!
  • School Curriculum Guide available for classroom use 

 

 For more information about the above programs, please contact Rebecca Washer, 502.561.7657 or Rebecca@rmhc-kentuckiana.org"

 

There is currently a collection box in the student lounge downstairs near the coffee. There will later be a collection box in the faculty lounge as well.

2013 Wish List-Ronald McDonald House

BLSA is helping the Ronald McDonald House & Ronald McDonald Family Rooms with their 2013 Wish List. We will be collecting items that they need, and then deliver those items to them. Please help in this donation drive by donating the items below. There will be a reserved area in the refridgerator for the food items, and those items will be delivered throughout the month. If you cannot locate the drop locations, please deliver the items to any member of BLSA and they will drop the item off in the appropriate location. Thank you for your support.

 

The following items are needed at Ronald McDonald House & Ronald McDonald Family Rooms to help families maintain their health and well-being while staying as guests at the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms:

 

Food Items: Cleaning Supplies/Kitchen Needs:

*Butter   *Swiffer supplies (wet and dry floor cloths)

*Individually packaged snacks *Dispoable gloves

*Baking supplies *Dishwasher Detergent

*Icing *Paper Towels & Toliet Paper

*Individual microwave meals *Small Brown Paper Lunch Bags

Assorted breakfast cereals Furniture Polish

Ramen Noodles Disinfectant spray

Assorted variety chips/cookies 8 & 12 ounce Styrofoam cups

Fresh fruits & vegetables Laundry detergent

Salad dressing (Ranch) Large Food storage containers

Cooking spray Ziploc sandwich/freezer bags

Flour Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Crackers Paper plates & bowls

Tuna Clorox Bleach Gel Pens

 

Office Needs: Other Essentials:

8.5 x 11 copy paper *Garbage bags: 10, 13, 30, & 55 gallon

Colored copy paper 40 Watt Light Bulbs

Batteries: AA, AAA, & D Feminine sanitary pads

Avery 5160/5262 labels Razors

 *Denotes items the Ronald McDonald House has the greatest need for at this time. 

 

The box will be in the Mosaic Lobby from September 23, 2013 till October 21, 2013.

 

BLSA will be delivering the items to the Ronald McDonald House on October 22, 2013. 

1st General Body Meeting

Join the Black Law Students Association for our first general body meeting on Monday August, 26, 2013 at 12pm in room 275.

BLSA's New Executive Board

Congratualations to the recently elected Executive Board for the 2013-2014 Black Law Students Association:

  • Miranda S. Ratcliffe, President
  • Gayle Johnson, Vice-President
  • Nick McLeod, Treasurer