Black Law Students Association News

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

Central High School Partnership - Law Student Involvement Interest Session

Thursday, February 21, 2013

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Room 275

Lunch Provided


Learn how YOU can be involved through Street Law (for public service credit) or Marshall-Brennan Civil Liberties (for academic credit) and other activities in teaching at Central High School Law and Government Magnet. Current law students involved in the programs and students from Central will share their experiences in these programs, which began in 2007-2008.

Co-sponsored by the: Central High School Partnership, Diversity Committee, Black Law Students Association, and Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service

Learn More About 2 Mentoring Events in March

Two Mentoring Events that are Happeneing In March, 2012

See the Event Calendar for details


Enhancing Employment Prospects through Mentoring

Panel on mentoring sponsored by the Student Bar Association

Wednesday March 7


Room 275

What’s the difference between a mentor, a role model, networking, and a person who serves as a reference?  How do you find a mentor?  How do mentoring relationships work?  Leaders in the legal profession will provide their perspectives on mentoring at an SBA sponsored panel.

Moderator:  Professor Laura Rothstein
Speakers:  Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisa Abramson
Bobby Simpson, Corporate Counsel, General Electric; President Louisville Bar Association

Speed Mentoring

Reserved Speed Mentoring program
Requires application to be submitted to Professor Laura Rothstein by Thursday, March 1.

Cox Lounge – 5:30-7:00

Sponsored by the National Association of Women Judges, the Brandeis Women’s Law Caucus, and the Brandeis Black Law Students Association

Members of the bar will have 6-8 minute conversations with students (like a speed dating program). Students will speak to each mentor. 

BLSA Convocation Photo Gallery

BLSA Convocation

BSLA Fundraiser for the Louisville Urban League

BLSA invites the law school community to, "Indulge in Caffeine, Cakes, and Cookies...for the Community" on Tuesday, April 12th between the hours of 9 AM - 12:30 PM and 3-5 PM. We will be selling coffee, tea, and baked goods and a portion of our proceeds will be donated to the Louisville Urban League.

Annual BLSA Back to School Cookout

You're invited to the Annual Black Law Students Association Back to School Cookout!

Saturday August 14, 2010
12-5 PM
Thurman Hutchinson Park on River Road

RSVP to Courtney Phelps and indicate the number of guest coming.

BLSA Convocation

The 9th Annual BLSA Convocation will be held on Friday, May 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Allen Courtroom.  All BLSA members, friends and family, alumni, and the entire Brandeis Law School community are invited to attend!

Congrats to the Newly Elected BLSA Officers!

Congratulations are in order for the newly elected 2010-2011 BLSA officers!

President:  Courtney Phelps

VP of Public Relations:  Brandon Edwards

VP of Fundraising & Public Service:  Courtney Glasker

Treasurer:  Jasmine Fogle  




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  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!