Sydney V. Colbert is the Western Region Director of Communications for NBLSA, and a second-year law student at the University of San Diego School of Law. Sydney was recently featured on …
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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. | NBLSA's 2017 National Convention will take place in Houston, TX. We hope to see you there! Check in periodically for updates. | 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. | NBLSA's theme for the 2016-17 year is "Embracing Our Legacy: Pursuing Racial Justice and Lasting Social Impact."Register for CBC Weekend Become a Member
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History, Purpose, and Mission
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.
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.
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.
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Our Regional and National Headlines
The Black Law Students Association at the Faulkner University School of Law held a prayer vigil in the wake of all of the national and global unrest. The chapter’s efforts …
On July 15, 2016, NBLSA held a press conference at city hall in St. Louis, MO. NBLSA partnered with several civil rights and advocacy groups calling for reforms to the …