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The National Black Law Students Association “NBLSA” was founded in the Northeast region in 1968 at New York University School of Law. NBLSA 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 nearly 6,000 members, NBLSA is also comprised of chapters or 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 over 200 chapters.
The Northeast Black Law Students Association “NEBLSA” supports 33 chapters and more than 1,100 members. Former NEBLSA members include countless esteemed attorneys, successful executives, general counsels, senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices, attorney generals, and a president of the United States. NEBLSA is comprised of chapters from the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey (northern), New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The Black Law Students Association of Touro Law Center “BLSA” is a member of the Northeast Region and operates under the umbrella of NBLSA. Our mission and purpose is to utilize the collective resources of our members: articulate and promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of black law students; 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.
As a dues paying member you are entitled to participate in all regional and national activities including: eligibility to apply for NBLSA scholarships; regional job fairs; regional academic retreats; academic assistance; member‐only pricing for national and regional conventions, opportunities to participate in community service and international service; alumni networking receptions participation in the prestigious Frederick Douglass Moot Court, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial, and international negotiations competitions. As a BLSA member you will become a part of a national community that has been promoting excellence in the black community for over forty-four years.
This year BLSA has new and exciting programs for our members and we invite you to join our success. The NEBLSA theme this year is “Onward Upward and Progressing Forward.”
Best wishes for a successful year,
Ga’Kia E. Gray
President, Black Law Students Association 2012-2013