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NBLSA: The State of Affairs, Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Please join the National Black Law Students Association (NBSLA) for The State of Affairs in celebration of the 2015 NBLSA CBC-ALC Conference.
Foster and encourage professional competence;
Improve the relationship between Black law students, Black attorneys, and the American legal structure;
Instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Black community;
Influence the legal community by bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community;
Adopt and implement policies of economic independence;
Encourage Black law students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and
Do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes.
The mission of NBLSA is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.Our HistoryIn 1968, Algernon Johnson (“AJ”) Cooper, former mayor of Prichard, Alabama, founded the first Black American Law Students Association (BALSA) at the New York University Law School. In 1983, BALSA revised its name and the word “American” was deleted to encompass all blacks, including those not of American nationality. Later, the word “National” was added to reflect the organization’s national expansion, which now includes representation in the law schools of forty-eight states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.Today, the National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”), is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students to effectuate change in the legal community. As the largest student-run organization in the United States for Black law students, NBLSA has more than 6,000 members and is also comprised of chapters and affiliates in six different countries, including the Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa. Organized into six regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southern, Midwest, Rocky Mountain and Western Region), the organization has more than 200 chapters and is present in all but a few of the nation’s accredited law schools, as well as unaccredited law schools.With its headquarters located in Washington, DC, NBLSA encourages the development of talented and socially conscious lawyers of tomorrow. Each year, the organization holds an annual convention to engage in legal activism to prepare new generations of Black lawyers to effectuate change. Additionally, the Frederick Douglass Moot Court , Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial, and Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competitions are held during NBLSA’s annual convention.
Notably, NBLSA assisted in the formation of the Black Law Students Association of Canada (BLSAC), the National Latino/Latina Student Association (NLLSA), National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSD), and the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA).