NBLSA in St. Louis
The National Black Law Students Association and a coalition of social justice partners took to city hall in St. Louis, MO to call for a renewed commitment to systematic criminal justice reform.
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NBLSA members gathered from chapters around the DMV region to rally in support of diversity in education in the wake of the Fisher v. UT Austin decision.

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In 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 nearly every state in the nation and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Today, 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 one of the largest student-run organizations of its kind in the United States for Black law students, NBLSA has thousands of members across America and is also comprised of more than 200 chapters and affiliates from six countries, including the Bahamas, Nigeria, and South Africa. NBLSA is organized into six regions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southern, Midwest, Southwest and Western Region.

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).

Our Purpose

The purpose of NBLSA is to utilize the collective resources of the member chapters to:

  • 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.

Our Mission

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 Leadership

 National Chair’s Message

D. DaileyAt a time when race, law and justice are at the center of social and policy debates, NBLSA is committed now more than ever, to increasing the number of culturally responsible Black and minority attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Consequently, this year’s theme is “Embracing our Legacy: Pursuing Racial Justice and Lasting Social Action.” Necessarily, our theme invokes paying homage to those who blazed the trail to make the pursuit of justice possible and equally important, our theme requires that central to our work this year, is that we each have a keen commitment to wrestling with the legal and social infirmities that strip individuals and creation from fulfilling their/its ultimate potential.

With our theme in mind, NBLSA is excited to redouble its advocacy efforts on issues ranging from environmental justice, voter rights and criminal justice reform, and work to ensure that we pay special attention to systemic and institutional remedies. NBLSA will continue to lead robust Moot Court, Mock Trial and International Negotiations competitions in the spirit of Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall and Nelson Mandela. NBLSA will leverage its resources and human capital to lead significant community service so that communities experience the positive impact that NBLSA provides. NBLSA will motivate young people to pursue a career in law and work with alumni to make law school possible for the next generation through innovative Pre-Law and Alumni Divisions. Finally, NBLSA will work collaboratively from within and from without to pursue justice and equity here in the United States and abroad.

Nearly fifty years ago NBLSA was founded out of a passion for justice and service. NBLSA has been a staple in the legal community for nearly half a century and our mission and purpose is just as salient today as it was then. NBLSA’s best days are in front of her. Our great history and legacy has prepared us well to lead and be a catalyst for transformational change. We believe deeply that our time and work in law school is purposeful, our moment ripe, and our skills perfected for times like these.

Join us as we help reshape our country and our world.
With NBLSA49 Pride,

Derick D. Dailey

2016-2017 National Chair

National Black Law Students Association
Fordham University School of Law
Juris Doctor Candidate ’17

2016-2017 National Executive Board

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Derick Dailey

National Chair

Fordham University School of Law

Charis Redmond

National Vice Chair

University of Virginia School of Law

Tramisha Harris

National Secretary

William H. Bowen School of Law


National Treasurer


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Naeem Crawford-Muhummad

National Parliamentarian

New York University School of Law

Keyawna Griffith

National Internal

Chief of Staff

University of Virginia School of Law

Linda Tappa

National External

Chief of Staff

Roger Williams University School of Law

Rodrick Hickman

National Director of Programming

University of Mississippi School of Law

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Victoria Salami

National Director, Frederick Douglass  Moot Court Competition

Rutgers University School of Law

Amanda Odorimah

National Director, Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition

University of Baltimore School of Law

Tatiana Cody

National Director, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

George Washington University School of Law

Marcus Sandifer

National Director, Community Service

Emory University  School of Law

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Maureen Edobor

National Attorney General

Washington and Lee University School of Law

Mark Dunham

MABLSA Regional Chair

American University Washington College of Law

Kendrick Yandell

MWBLSA Regional Chair

University of Wisconsin School of Law

Greg E. Kimble, Jr.

NEBLSA Regional Chair

Brooklyn Law School

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Travis Thomas

SRBLSA Regional Chair

Cumberland School of Law

Traci Gibson

SWBLSA Regional Chair

University of Houston Law Center

Leslee Matthews

WRBLSA Regional Chair

Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii


Lendon Alexander

National Director, Communications

George Washington University School of Law

Garrett Auzenne

National Co-Director, Corporate Relations

University of Texas School of Law

Ajani Brown

National Co-Director, Corporate Relations

University of Virginia School of Law

Rebekah Gordon

National Director, Membership

Touro Law Center

Terrod Torrence

National Director, Education & Career Development

Florida International University

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Samantha McDowall

National Financial Secretary

Hofstra Law School


Earyn Edwards

National Historian

George Washington University School of Law

Gennelle Chatman

National Director, Pre-Law Division

University of Alabama Law School

Jeremy McLymont

National Director, Social Action

Florida International University

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Lotoya Brown

National Director, Public Relations

Broad College of Law, Nova Southeastern University

Shaquana Ellison

National Director, International Relations

Emory University School of Law

Candice Isaac

National Director, Alumni Affairs & Development

University of Maine School of Law

Jordan Gaither

National Director, Marketing

Vermont Law School

 Click Here to Access NBLSA’s  Financial Disclosures




National Hill Day convenes NBLSA members to actively participate in the democratic process and to collaborate on legislative reform as members meet with elected officials to discuss issues facing communities of color.


The Annual Legislative Conference provides a platform for African-American members of Congress to share their progress on legislative items and allows for discussion on policy issues. In addition, it serves as a time for individuals from across the nation to discuss issues that challenge Blacks in America. CBC Weekend consists of panels, an annual alumni reception, and a leadership retreat.


This Program enables NBLSA members to submit amicus curiae briefs supporting judicial decisions that affect the Black community. Participation in this program allow students the opportunity to research current appellate cases, while advocating for reform consistent with NBLSA’s core initiatives. NBLSA also publishes White Papers that detail the organization’s official stance on public policy matters.


NBLSA will take on a several of the social injustices that plague African American communities with a focus on voting rights, prison reform and systemic racism. NBLSA will organize marches alongside other black activist organizations. NBLSA will also get involved in Clemency projects and voter registration and education projects.

Click below to view NBLSA’s statements!


  Upcoming Advocacy Projects

Maureen Edobor

Please contact NBLSA’s 2016-2017 Attorney General, Maureen Edobor, at ag@nblsa.org if you would like to be involved in this year’s initiatives or for further information.


Affiliates of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) are its programming core. NBLSA’s six regions – Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Southern, Western, and Southwestern – serve as the conduit between NBLSA and local chapters. Regions also execute their own initiatives, tailored to address their communities’ specific needs.

Click on a region below for updates and information specific to each NBLSA region:

The Regions

Pre-Law and Alumni Divisions

NBLSA Connect

Welcome to the NBLSA Connect!

Welcome to NBLSA Connect! Here you can read, comment, and share the most recent news articles on NBLSA.org. You can also access our publication, The Legal Pad, and a photo gallery featuring our leadership and members in action around the country. This section of the website is currently under construction, and will be made available soon.

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