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; and participation in the prestigious Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, and international negotiation competitions.
This year, Touro Law BLSA has new and exciting programs for our members and we invite you to join in our successes. Our mission this year is “Walking the Path to Social Justice.” In pursuit of this theme, we have hosted "The Path to Justice Through the Eye of the Black Prosecutor," where Bronx District Attorney, Darcel D. Clark, and ADAs across the neighboring counties and boroughs discussed recent social injustices within the black community and the paramount importance of increasing the number of black prosecutors in the criminal justice system. Together, we co-hosted a Candlelight Vigil commemorating recent lives lost to police brutality and stood in solidarity to raise awareness of the "Black Lives Matter" movement. As a chapter, we make sure to give back to our community, hosting a food drive where we collected and donated carts of food and non-perishable goods to a local food kitchen. As a BLSA member, you will become a part of a national community that has been promoting excellence in the black community for almost fifty years.
Good luck as you continue your legal career. Best wishes for a successful year.
President, Black Law Students Association, 2016-2017