Terrod T. Torrence serves as the 2016-2017 Director of Education & Career Development for National Black Law Students Association (“NBLSA”). In this role, he administers the Sandy Memorial Scholarship for members of NBLSA who write outstanding essays on the National Convention theme, and manages and coordinates the activities of Regional Job Fairs.
Mr. Torrence is a native of the Liberty City area of Miami, FL. After earning an International Baccalaureate diploma at Miramar High School and a bachelor’s from the University of Florida, he is now a third year student at Florida International University School of Law. Mr. Torrence currently serves as Vice-President of HT Smith BLSA, is a member of the American Bar Association, and works as an interventionist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Prior to joining NBLSA’s board, Mr. Torrence served as Director of Outreach at FIU.
In addition to organizational leadership, Mr. Torrence lists his primary influences as University of Florida law professor Meshon T. Rawls and civil rights leader Robert P. Moses. While at UF, Mr. Torrence worked under the tutelage of Mrs. Rawls in juvenile advocacy and in the Restoration of Civil Rights Project. Upon graduation, Mr. Torrence worked alongside Mr. Moses with his Algebra Project initiative advocating academic competence and college readiness in minority communities. Determined to encourage meaningful reform on a foundational level, Mr. Torrence became Director of Civic Engagement for FIU’s Math and Civics Institute before law school. He presented at the National Black Male Summit along side the likes of Jalen Rose, Michael Eric Dyson, and Maurice Clarette.
Mr. Torrence has spent nearly a decade tutoring, mentoring, and advocating opportunities for African American young men throughout Dade, Broward, and Alachua counties. He has become a staple in the inner city of Miami by providing academic, psychological, and financial support for countless young men. Mr. Torrence’s long-term aspirations are focused on promoting academic and economic opportunity in inner cities. He wishes to use his legal career to ensure that the constitutional rights of disenfranchised demographics are respected in our judicial system. Though he has no children of his own, Mr. Torrence exercises guardianship over half a dozen young men. Fortunate enough to persevere through a culture warped with rampant crime and violence, Mr. Torrence spends his time helping these young men and others like them do the same by combatting social factors that cause dichotomies in the life trajectories of urban and suburban youth.