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NBLSA 2010-2011 Program Guide A guide to national and regional programming for chapters.


Content: ABOUT NBLSA! ! ! ! ! 3 NATIONAL BOARD INFORMATION! ! 4 • Message from the National Chair • 2010-2011 National Executive Team CONVENTION INFORMATION! ! ! 9 • 2011 National Convention • 2011 Regional Conventions • The Convention Challenge Team PROGRAMMING INFORMATION! ! 13 • 2010-2011 National Calendar Empowering You Programming! ! 15 • Membership • Alumni Affairs • Education & Career Development • Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition • International Negotiations Competition Empowering Communities Programming! 29 • Community Service • College Student Division • International Relations • Attorney General • Social Action REGIONS ! ! ! ! ! 55 Mid-Atlantic Region! (MABLSA)! ! 56 • Message from the MABLSA Chair • 2010-2011 MABLSA Regional Board • 2010-2011 MABLSA Calendar • 2011 MABLSA Convention • MABLSA Chapters

Midwest Region (MWBLSA) ! ! ! • Message from the MWBLSA Chair • 2010-2011 MWBLSA Regional Board • 2010-2011 MWBLSA Calendar • MWBLSA Chapters! ! ! Northeast Region (NEBLSA)!! ! • Message from the NEBLSA Chair • 2010-2011 NEBLSA Regional Board • 2010-2011 NEBLSA Calendar • NEBLSA Chapters Rocky Mountain Region (RMBLSA)! ! • Message from the RMBLSA Chair • 2010-2011 RMBLSA Regional Board • 2010-2011 RMBLSA Calendar • RMBLSA Chapters Southern Region (SRBLSA)! ! ! • Message from the SRBLSA Chair • 2010-2011 SRBLSA Regional Board • 2010-2011 SRBLSA Calendar • 2011 SRBLSA Convention • SRBLSA Chapters Western Region (WRBLSA)! ! ! • Message from the WRBLSA Chair • 2010-2011 WRBLSA Regional Board • 2010-2011 WRBLSA Calendar • WRBLSA Chapters

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Celebrating a 43-year tradition of excellence and community service. About NBLSA

Programming with a Purpose

The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a 501(c)(3) corporation and the nation’s largest student-run organization representing nearly 6,000 minority law students.

NBLSA’s purpose, as denoted in our Constitution, focuses on four critical areas. NBLSA exists to:

Founded in 1968 at New York University School of Law by Algernon Johnson Cooper, NBLSA today has approximately 200 chapters at law schools throughout the country. These chapters represent almost every ABA accredited law school, plus several nonaccredited law schools. Chapters are organized into six regions–Western, MidAtlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Rocky Mountain, and Southern–that encompass 48 states as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Recently, NBLSA has established an international connection with black law students in Canada, England, South Africa, and the Bahamas who have decided to model their student organizations after NBLSA. We are dedicated to our mission of developing talented, involved black attorneys and advocating on behalf of nearly 6,000 of tomorrow’s brightest legal minds. NBLSA continues to be an organization committed to excellence and service, giving law students an opportunity to develop their advocacy, writing, and business skills as they work to serve their community and change the face of the legal profession.

Empower Our Communities • •

Instill in the black attorney and law student commitment to the needs of the black community Bring about meaningful legal and political change in the black community

Improve Ourselves • •

Articulate and promote the needs and goals of black law students Foster professional competence

Change Our Profession • •

Improve the relationship between black law students, black attorneys, and the American legal structure Encourage black law students to pursue careers in the judiciary

Ensure Our Lasting Legacy •

Adopt and implement policies of economic independence

NBLSA uses the collective resources of our 200 chapters and 6,000 members to achieve these aims.

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In keeping with our core mission and this year’s theme, A Legacy of Empowerment, NBLSA’s programming revolves around: Empowering You with programs aimed at: • Advocacy Skills Development • Alumni Networking • Job Search Opportunities and Advice • Soft Skills Development Empowering Communities with initiatives focused on: • Youth Advocacy • Voter Rights and Institutional Representation • Equity in Criminal Justice • Global Citizenship We are excited about the year ahead and hope you are too.

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Message from the 2010-2011 National Chair

GREETINGS on behalf the 2010-2011 National Leadership Team!

Melinda M. Hightower National Chair

I am honored to serve as your National Chair this year. As we enter our 43rd year as a catalyst for change, we cannot lose sight our purpose. While America grows increasingly diverse, the number and percentage of Blacks in law schools and law firms is declining. NBLSA must act to reverse this trend and ensure the legal profession reflects the society in which we live. We are uniquely suited to advocate for the respect, acceptance, and active engagement of diverse law students in our law schools, our communities, and our profession. The 2010-2011 National Team is working hard to ensure NBLSA continues to serve as the leading national advocate for Black law students. This year’s theme, “A Legacy of Empowerment,” affirms our dedication to the development of talented, involved Black attorneys. In law school we have the extraordinary opportunity to improve both our communities and ourselves. Our paths to law school are varied, but we are united by the rich legacy of trailblazing law students who paved the way for our success. With this in mind, our team challenges you to uphold NBLSA’s traditions of excellence and community service. Stand with us as we focus on key issues facing the Black community – youth advocacy and empowerment, equity in criminal justice, institutional representation, and global citizenship. Our 2010-2011 programs, ranging from protecting voters’ rights to building a library in Kenya, provide meaningful opportunities to make a difference. Join us as we undertake a comprehensive approach to career development. Our job fairs, alumni networking receptions, and mentoring programs all serve as opportunities to form valuable connections. In addition, our competitions, academic retreats, and professional development seminars equip you with the necessary tools for success beyond law school. Celebrate with us at the National Convention in Houston from March 9-13, 2011. We will recognize our members’ outstanding accomplishments, participate in enriching workshops, and determine our next steps. From now until Houston, the national team aims to not simply meet your expectations, but to surpass them. We are excited to steward this incomparable organization and to offer you helpful communication, increased transparency, and exceptional service. We welcome your feedback throughout the year and I personally invite you to share your thoughts and ideas with me directly at chair@nblsa.org or (202) 618-2572. Best regards, Melinda M. Hightower The University of Virginia School of Law National Chair, 2010-2011 National Black Law Students Association

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2010-2011 NBLSA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The National Executive Board has ultimate responsibility for all NBLSA programs and business dealings. Initiatives the National Board directly oversees include:

Melinda M. Hightower

Calvin Lowery, Sr.

Kathryn Jackson

Rhonda Jones

NATIONAL CHAIR University of Virginia School of Law

NATIONAL VICE CHAIR Southwestern Law School

NATIONAL SECRETARY University of Wisconsin Law School

NATIONAL TREASURER University of Arkansas at Little Rock - William H. Bowen College of Law

Ashlyn Shockley

Brian Roy

Kara Akins

Georgette Countee

NATIONAL ATTORNEY GENERAL Loyola University Chicago School of Law

NATIONAL MOOT COURT DIRECTOR Loyola University Chicago School of Law

NATIONAL MOCK TRIAL DIRECTOR University of Virginia School of Law

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE University of Alabama School of Law

Randolph Wiggins

Starr Brookins

Sir Williams

Shetera Patterson

WESTERN REGIONAL CHAIR University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC REGIONAL CHAIR George Washington University School of Law

MIDWEST REGIONAL CHAIR University of Wisconsin Law School

NORTHEAST REGIONAL CHAIR University of Connecticut School of Law

Andre Bennin

Van Freeman

Ruby Brown*

Elisabeth Epps

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL CHAIR Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

SOUTHERN REGIONAL CHAIR Southern University Law Center

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AFFAIRS Samford University Cumberland School of Law

CHIEF OF STAFF University of Virginia School of Law

43rd Annual National Convention Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition International Negotiations Competition The Congressional Black Caucus Weekend & Charles Hamilton Houston Leadership Summit Lobby Day Chapter of the Year Competition NBLSA Named Scholarships Regional initiatives the National Board supports include: Job Fairs Academic Retreats College Student Division Law Camps

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2010-2011 NBLSA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The National Executive Board has ultimate responsibility for all NBLSA programs and business dealings. Initiatives the National Board directly oversees include:

Robert A. Elliott II

Sharonda Jackson

Chibundu Nnake

Christopher Hollins

NATIONAL COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION CHAIR Valparaiso University School of Law

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

NATIONAL CONVENTION COORDINATOR Southern Methodist University School of Law

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE RELATIONS Yale University School of Law

Monique Brown

Sakisha Jackson

Jenerra Crenshaw

Alexander Simpson

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL FINANCIAL SECRETARY Harvard University School of Law

NATIONAL HISTORIAN Southwestern Law School

NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS DIRECTOR

Maya Yette

Stacia Robinson

Pia Winston

Jeree Harris

NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR Harvard University School of Law

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP Quinnipiac University School of Law

NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARIAN William & Mary Law School

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING University of Virginia School of Law

Erica Washington

Germaine Austin

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS Wayne State University Law School

NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ACTION North Carolina Central University School of Law

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

43rd Annual National Convention Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition International Negotiations Competition

St. Louis University School of Law

Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law

The Congressional Black Caucus Weekend & Charles Hamilton Houston Leadership Summit Lobby Day Chapter of the Year Competition NBLSA Named Scholarships Regional initiatives the National Board supports include: Job Fairs Academic Retreats College Student Division Law Camps

* Appointed pending National Executive Board approval.


2010-2011 NBLSA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE STAFF

Monét Jones

Kendra Brown

G.C. Murray

Johnson Atkinson

Jalil Dozier

CAREER FAIR SPECIALIST Hofstra University School of Law

CONGRESSIONAL LIASION Vermont Law School

ELECTION SPECALIST Florida State University College of Law

INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIONS SPECIALIST Duke University School of Law

INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIONS SPECIALIST Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law

Chioma Chukwu

Celina Fletcher

Dominique Young

Dee Baker

Kimberly Walker

MOCK TRIAL SPECIALIST University of Virginia School of Law

MOCK TRIAL SPECIALIST North Carolina Central University School of Law

MOCK TRIAL SPECIALIST Florida A&M University College of Law

MOOT COURT SPECIALIST Loyola University Chicago Law School

MOOT COURT SPECIALIST University of Georgia School of Law

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Each Spring, NBLSA hosts National and Regional Conventions. The primary purpose of our conventions is to conduct the business of NBLSA: electing officers, assessing the current state of the organization, and determining our future direction. Our conventions are also an opportunity for selfenrichment with competitions, networking opportunities and workshops. Last, our conventions are a time to celebrate our accomplishments and recognize outstanding members and chapters. In short our conventions are a rewarding and engaging time. We have worked hard to make them unforgettable occasions and hope you attend to experience our efforts firsthand.

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NATIONAL BLACK LAW STUDENTS ASSOCIATION OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL ! MARCH 9 !13, 2011 ! HOUSTON, TEXAS EAR LY SPE BIRD CIA $65 L AK

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NATIONAL CONVENTION Join us in Houston! Registration opens August 15th. Visit www.nblsa.org/2011convention for updates.

PARTICIPATE IN REWARDING PROGRAMS AND PANELS

NETWORK DAILY WITH LAW STUDENTS AND ATTORNEYS

ENJOY LUXURY AT THE OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL

! Practice Area Insight Series

! March 9 | Chair!s Poolside Welcome Reception

! AAA Four Diamond Property

! Personal & Professional Development Workshops ! Social Justice & Advocacy Panels ! Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Negotiations Competitions

! March 10 | Welcome to Houston Reception ! March 11 | Legacy of NBLSA Reception ! March 12 | Awards Gala

! Onsite spa, nightclub, and two outdoor swimming pools ! Near exceptional shopping at the Houston Galleria ! Signature dining at the NOE Restaurant & Bar

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Save the Date

Regional Conventions

2 0 1 1 R e g i o n a l C o n v e n t io n Dat es

! SRBLSA| Raleigh | January 12-16 ! W R B L S A | L a s Ve g a s | J a n u a r y 1 9 - 2 3 ! NEBLSA | Foxwoods | January 26-30 ! MABLSA | Baltimore | February 2-6 ! RMBLSA| San Antonio | February 9-13 ! MWBLSA | Chicago | February 16-20

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NATIONAL CONVENTION CHALLENGE COMMITTEE 100 DAYS 200 CHAPTERS 1000 ATTENDEES ARE YOU READY? CHALLENGE BEGINS OCT 1.

NBLSA’s capstone event is our national convention, which will take place from March 9-13, 2011 in Houston, Texas. The national board needs your help to make the 43rd Convention the best ever. We are assembling a group of NBLSA members from across the nation to create a Convention Challenge Committee and we cordially invite you to join! The Convention Challenge Committee will exist to encourage convention attendance and communicate updates about convention registration, workshops, and events. We hope to have 1-2 NBLSA members from each chapter. Please review team member responsibilities below and RSVP by September 20. Committee Member Responsibilities

Committee Member Benefits

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Network with 20-30 friends throughout the year Participate in 2-3 conference calls Attend the National Convention, March 9-13, 2011 in Houston, TX Provide feedback on the convention program (if possible)

Participate in an exclusive networking reception with NBLSA alumni at convention Opportunity to qualify for: • a complimentary hotel stay or registration fee, • a seat on the dais during convention, • and more!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP for the Convention Challenge Committee or visit www.nblsa.org/conventionchallenge. If you have questions, please contact Chibundu Nnake, Convention Coordinator at convention@nblsa.org.

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In keeping with our core mission and this year’s theme, A Legacy of Empowerment, NBLSA’s programming revolves around: Empowering You with programs aimed at: • Advocacy Skills Development • Alumni Networking • Job Search Opportunities and Advice • Soft Skills Development Empowering Communities with initiatives focused on: • Youth Advocacy • Voter Rights and Institutional Representation • Equity in Criminal Justice • Global Citizenship We are excited about the year ahead and hope you are too.

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AUGUST 1! ! 6-8 ! 9! ! 9! 14! 20! 21! ! 28 ! ! 27-29!

Educational & Professional Development Podcast Series Premiere SRBLSA Career Fair, Miami, FL NBLSA Cora T. Walker Breakfast, New Orleans, LA National Board Meeting, New Orleans, LA MWBLSA Career Fair, Milwaukee, WI NEBLSA Career Fair, Weehawken, NJ WRBLSA Southern Sub-Region Career Fair, Los Angeles, CA WRBLSA Northern Sub-Region Career Fair, San Francisco, CA MABLSA Career Fair, Arlington, VA SEPTEMBER

1! Social Action Best Practices Manual Available 3-4! RMBLSA Career Fair & Academic Retreat 11! SRBLSA Sub-Region III Academic Retreat, North ! Carolina Central University School of Law 15-18 ! Congressional Black Caucus Weekend 16! Congressional Kids Day at Coolidge High School, ! Washington, DC 17! Democracy Restoration Act, Felony ! Disenfranchisement Rally, Washington D.C. 17! Reed Smith LL.P Reception 18 " 5th Annual Charles Hamilton Houston President’s " Retreat in Washington, DC 18 ! National Board Meeting, Washington D.C.

NOVEMBER 1! 1! ! 1-31! 2! 12! 12!

NBLSA Scholarship Applications Available Nelson Mandela College Student Division Scholarship Application Available International Book Project Fundraiser 2011 Election Protection National Board Meeting, New York, NY MABLSA Law Camp, Virginia DECEMBER

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World AIDS Day Program JANUARY

3-6! NBLSA C.A.R.E.S. Winter Break Trip to Haiti 12-16! SRBLSA Convention 17! Martin Luther King Day of Service 19-23 ! WRBLSA Convention 23 ! National Board Meeting, Las Vegas, NV 26-30! NEBLSA Convention FEBRUARY 2-6! 9-13 ! 16-20! 16-17!

MABLSA Convention RMBLSA Convention MWBLSA Convention Felony Disenfranchisement Lobby Day

MARCH 9-13 ! 43rd Annual NBLSA Convention, Houston, TX

OCTOBER 2! ! 8! 9! ! 23 ! ! 1-31! ! 1-31! 1-31! ! 1-31! 31! ! !

Southern Sub-Region V Academic Retreat, Mercer University Law School MABLSA Law Camp, Baltimore, MD Southern Sub-Region IV Academic Retreat, Florida State University College of Law NEBLSA Academic Retreat & Law Camp, Harvard Law School NBLSA Week of Service ! Actual Week Determined by Chapters Regional Law Camps SRBLSA From the Jailhouse to the Schoolhouse Juvenile Detention Project MABLSA Know Your Rights Project NBLSA Founders Day of Service Suggested chapter programs include: ! LL.M Workshop & Kids in the House

2010-2011 NATIONAL EVENTS CALENDAR We look forward to seeing you there!

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MEMBERSHIP NBLSA + YOU Empowering members to achieve their goals and transform communities. Member of the Month NBLSA will select six active members (one from each region) to serve as National Member of the Month. This initiative will recognize NBLSA members for their implementation of the National theme: “A Legacy of Empowerment.” The NBLSA Member of the Month will be selected based on an essay of no more than 500 words that describes how the nominee has empowered his or her community and fellow BLSA members. National Member of the Month Nomination Forms must be submitted by the 20th of each month per the timeline below. All members are encouraged to nominate

Stacia Robinson National Director of Membership

themselves or a fellow NBLSA member. Please note that National board members and Regional Directors of Membership are not eligible to be nominated. The selected members will be recognized on the NBLSA website, in a monthly email announcement, and again at National Convention in Houston, Texas. Selected members will need to submit a professional head shot to accompany the publication. Timeline: •

October SRBLSA Member Submissions are due September 20th, 2010

November WRBLSA Member Submissions are due October 20th, 2010

December MWBLSA Member Submissions are due November 20th, 2010

January MABLSA Member Submissions are due December 20th, 2010

February RMBLSA Member Submissions are due January 20th, 2011

March NEBLSA Member Submissions are due February 20th, 2011

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Recruitment and Retention Challenge

YOUR 2010-2011 MEMBERSHIP TEAM

The Recruitment and Retention (R&R) Challenge is an opportunity for chapters to show their marketing skills. The chapter that obtains the highest percentage membership increase in each region will be recognized at National Convention in Houston, Texas.

Membership Registration Membership registration for the 2010-2011 academic year will take place online.

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Membership dues are $35 per person per year. Payments in the form of credit card or check will be accepted. Registration will open August 15, 2010.

SHARON BARKSDALE Mid-Atlantic Director of Membership ALEXIA WHITAKER Midwest Director of Membership NYASHA FOY Northeast Director of Membership

After November 1, 2010, a late fee of $15 per member will be assessed. A chapter login will be needed to access the registration site. This login will be emailed to each chapter leader!s nblsa.org e-mail account prior to registration.

STACIA C. ROBINSON National Director of Membership

JENNIFER CARTER Rocky Mountain Director of Membership

Students admitted to the law school in the Spring semester will not be assessed a late fee until February 15, 2011. Chapters with Spring admits must contact the National Director of Membership at membership@nblsa.org prior to registering them.

NBLSA Chapter Email

GERMANI HARDEMAN Southern Director of Membership NATALIE GOMEZ Western Director of Membership

In an effort to streamline communications, each chapter will be given a nblsa.org email address, powered by Google. This email address will be used by NBLSA for all official chapter correspondence. Chapters are free to use the nblsa.org account exclusively or to forward nblsa.org mail to an existing account.

National Connections National Connections are an opportunity for members to ask about National programs and give feedback. The National Director of Membership will be available for one hour to answer your questions. The first event will take place on August 29, 2010 at 9pm EST.

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ALUMNI AFFAIRS & DEVELOPMENT Connecting with current attorneys for insight, mentorship, and guidance. An Introduction to Alumni Affairs NBLSA has an incredible tradition of excellence and community service. In recent years, NBLSA members have called for opportunities to interact with the attorneys responsible for our legacy. We have listened and agree. This year, in response to member feedback, NBLSA has launched an Alumni Affairs Initiative. The Director of Alumni Affairs & Development, a newly-created role, leads this effort. We aim to encourage alumni involvement and provide members with opportunities for meaningful interaction.

Alumni Networking Receptions We invite you to attend and meet a future mentor or employer.

Alumni Networking Receptions NBLSA will host Alumni Networking Receptions at events throughout the year. The receptions are an opportunity for alumni to interact, advise, and network with current members. The design of each reception will vary, some will focus strictly on networking, while others will provide an opportunity for alumni to serve on a panel. Invitations will be sent via electronic mail to all registered NBLSA Alumni. NBLSA alumni may register at http://www.nblsa.org/exitsurvey/.

We look forward

to seeing you and your alumni soon at one of the following alumni receptions:

Alumni at a NBLSA-hosted reception.

September 2010: Washington, DC (MABLSA) – CBC Weekend

November 2010: New York (NEBLSA) – November Board Meeting

January 2011: Raleigh (SRBLSA) – Regional Convention

January 2011: Las Vegas (WRBLSA) – Regional Convention

February 2011: Chicago (MWBLSA) – Regional Convention

March 2011: Houston (RMBLSA) – National Convention

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YOUR 2010-2011 ALUMNI AFFAIRS

Alumni Affairs Committee

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The Alumni Affairs Committee is an opportunity for members to get involved in NBLSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alumni outreach efforts. Committee members suggest, create, and implement programs to encourage alumni involvement. Members also interact one-on-one with alumni and disseminate NBLSA information. Finally, the Committee is responsible for developing recommendations for establishment of a NBLSA alumni membership network that includes member benefits and potential partnerships with other

RUBY BROWN* National Director of Alumni Affairs & Development * Appointed pending National Executive Board approval.

organizations. To join the Alumni Affairs Committee or to obtain more information, please email alumni@nblsa.org.

Connections Beyond Law School NBLSA members and young alumni at a networking reception.

None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots. -Thurgood Marshall, Sr. COMMUNICATION EMAIL. If you have any questions about Alumni Affairs programs, please e-mail alumni@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for Alumni Affairs updates in your email inbox.

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EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT ?6'.'34&(/6.-3/(&/*=87.&8)8.-+')& -@)-11-3)-&83.&/0-&)87--7&*A&/0-'7&.7-8+(> Professional Development Podcasts This year, NBLSA will leverage technology to deliver quality professional guidance to all members. Beginning in August, members will have an opportunity to download podcasts from the NBLSA website featuring hiring attorneys, legal diversity professionals, and career services representatives. Discussion topics will include job search advice, time management, and networking. The Professional Development Podcasting Series will feature new recordings each month from August 2010 – March 2011. The first podcast will be available in August 2010.

Monique Brown National Director of Education & Career Development

E-Career Consultant NBLSA is pleased to announce “My E-Consultant” a joint partnership with the National Bar Association (NBA). The NBA is the largest and oldest professional organization for African-American attorneys and judges. Beginning in September, a panel of NBA attorneys will provide insight into a practice area and answer your questions about the job search process. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with a prospective mentor.

Academic Retreats Regional Academic Retreats provide academic support for NBLSA members. Retreats are held in each region to provide members with tips on how to maximize your law school experience. Please check the regional section of this guide for

NBLSA’s programs help members in their job search.

more information on the academic retreat in your area.

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Scholarships

YOUR 2010-2011 JOB FAIR TEAM

RODNEY PULLIAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is in honor of the late Rodney Pulliam, who served as the 1998-1999 NBLSA National Chair. This scholarship awards graduating law students with a $500 BARBRI Bar Preparation Course scholarship. To be eligible for an award, an entrant must be a third-year law student who

MONIQUE BROWN National Director of Career & Education Development

plans to work in the public interest sector following graduation.

MONÈT JONES Career Fair Specialist

SANDY BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship honors the late Sandy

HEATHER BENTON Mid-Atlantic Job Fair Coordinator

Brown, a past NBLSA Western Regional Director. This scholarship awards current law students $500 for the best written essay discussing social activism. To be eligible for this award, applicants must currently be in their first or second year of law school and write an essay on the convention theme. NBLSA STUDENT LEADER SCHOLARSHIP. This $500 scholarship, named for its patron, recognizes the accomplishment of NBLSA members who have excelled academically while being active in their NBLSA chapters and communities. This award is available to all law students.

ROBERT LAMPLEY Midwest Job Fair Coordinator ANTHONY SHANNON Northeast Job Fair Coordinator SHEKINAH HAMMONDS Rocky Mountain Job Fair Coordinator RASHIDA SIMS Southern Job Fair Coordinator

Scholarship applications will be available on the NBLSA website, www.nblsa.org, in November 2010. Applications must be submitted online in January 2011.

ALISHA BURGIN MARIAM SMAIRAT Western Job Fair Coordinators

Regional Job Fairs Although we face an uncertain economic climate, NBLSA’s participating employers remain committed to hiring diverse candidates. NBLSA’s regional job fair program is an important tool in members’ job search efforts. In order to attend a regional job fair, dues-paying NBLSA members must first register on Symplicity, NBLSA’s online job bank and web-based recruiting system. You can register via https://law-nblsacam.symplicity.com/students.

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. -Malcolm X COMMUNICATION EMAIL. If you have any questions about Education & Career Development programs, please e-mail educationandcareer@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for Education & Career updates in your email inbox.

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EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT REGIONAL JOB FAIRS NBLSA hosts multiple job fairs across the country each year. NBLSA members are eligible to attend all job fairs. Register for Job Fairs at: https://law-nblsa-csm.symplicity.com Southern Region Job Fair, Miami FL – August 7, 2010 Student Bidding: June 26, 2010-July 1, 2010 Preselected Student Interview Accept Period July 10, 2010-July 13, 2010 Alternate Student Interview Accept Period July 14, 2010-July 16, 2010 Interview schedules available July 19, 2010 Midwest Region Job Fair, Milwaukee, WI – August 14, 2010 Student Bidding: July, 22 2010-July 26, 2010 Preselected Student Interview Accept Period August 2, 2010-August 5, 2010 Alternate Student Interview Accept Period August 6, 2010-August 8, 2010 Interview schedules available August 10, 2010 Western (Northern Sub region) Job Fair, San Francisco, CA – August 14, 2010 Student Bidding: July 17, 2010-July 21, 2010 Preselected Student Interview Accept Period July 31, 2010-August 4, 2010 Alternate Student Interview Accept Period August 5, 2010-August 7, 2010 Interview schedules available August 10, 2010 Northeast Region Job Fair, Weehawken, NJ – August 20, 2010 Student Bidding: July 11, 2010-July 17, 2010 Student Interview Accept Period July 28, 2010-July 31, 2010 Interview schedules available August 5, 2010 Western (Southern Sub region) Job Fair, Los Angeles, CA – August 21, 2010 Student Bidding: July 21, 2010-July 26, 2010 Preselected Student Interview Accept Period August 7, 2010-August 10, 2010 Alternate Student Interview Accept Period August 11, 2010-August 13, 2010 Interview schedules available August 17, 2010 Mid-Atlantic Region Job Fair, Arlington, VA – August 28, 2010 Student Bidding: July 11, 2010-July 16, 2010 Preselected Student Interview Accept Period July 23, 2010-July 25, 2010 Alternate Student Interview Accept Period July 26, 2010-July 28, 2010 Interview schedules available July 31, 2010 Rocky Mountain Region Job Fair, Houston, TX - September 3, 2010 Student Bidding: July 28, 2010-August 1, 2010 Preselected Student Interview Accept Period August 11, 2010-August 14, 2010 Alternate Student Interview Accept Period August 15, 2010-August 17, 2010 Interview schedules available August 20, 2010

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THURGOOD MARSHALL MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION (TMMTC) Developing trial advocacy skills and knowledge of substantive law. About TMMTC In March of 2002, at NBLSA's General Convention, the body voted to create a National Mock Trial Competition, in order to develop future lawyers with strong courtroom skills as they prepare for various components of a trial. Each year, hundreds of competitors compete on the regional levels in the hopes of ultimately becoming one of the top three teams in the Nation. I challenge all of you to continue sharpening your trial advocacy skills through participation in the TMMTC.

Important Dates Kara Akins National Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

August 30, 2010 (midnight EST): Qualification Requirements, 2010-2011 TMMTC Problem released on TWEN page, Google Group, and NBLSA webpage

September 5, 2010 – October 3, 2010: $300 Early Bird Registration.

September 5, 2010 - October 15, 2010: $300 Multiple team discount registration period.

October 2, 2010 (midnight EST): Deadline for competitors and coaches to send questions and concerns about the problem to mocktrial@nblsa.org

October 4, 2010 - November 14, 2010: $350 Regular Registration Period

October 14, 2010 (midnight EST): Answers to substantive questions, scoring rubric and sheets, grievance sheet released on TWEN page, Google Group, and NBLSA homepage

2009-2010 TMMTC Champions Harvard University School of Law

November 15, 2010 - November 30, 2010: $375 Late Registration

January 12- February 16, 2011: Regional Competitions

March 9-13, 2011: National Competition, Houston, TX

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Competition Improvements

YOUR 2010-2011 TMMTC TEAM

This year promises to be a transformative one as there are many exciting improvements and changes to the competition under way. First, registration will occur online (link will be posted once registration opens) this year. Second, competitors will have access to a more streamlined grievance process and will be competing under less strict anonymity rules. Third, spectators will be allowed to observe beginning in the quarterfinal rounds. This is subject to space availability and will be determined by the Regional Directors and National Director for each of their respective competitions. Fourth, teams will have the opportunity to choose from additional case materials this year. Both the prosecution and defense will have an opportunity to choose which two witnesses, out of the three provided, that they would like to use to craft a theory of their case and to present their case-in-chief. Lastly, teams will now be presented with the final breakdown of scores, in all trials, following the end of each round. The tabulation will depict the match-up of teams, who won and who lost, and the point differential.

TMMTC Advisory Board Lt. Col. Kwasi Hawks, Military Judge Stephen Anthony, Esq. Gregory Mitchell, J.D., Ph.D Kate Skagerberg, Esq.

KARA AKINS National Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition CHIOMA CHUKWU CELINA FLETCHER DOMINIQUE YOUNG National Specialists of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition ANTHONY HO Mid-Atlantic Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition KARRAH MILLER Midwest Director of the College Student Division MARSHA BECKFORD Northeast Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition RACHEL KELLY Rocky Mountain Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition TIFFANY TATE Southern Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition TERRENCE WILLIAMS Western Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

Shantel Boone, Esq.

Test your trial technique against tomorrowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top litigation talent. COMMUNICATION CORNER EMAIL. If you have any questions about TMMTC please e-mail tmmtc@nblsa.org or mocktrial@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. TWEN.. Register for the NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition 2010-2011 National Course. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for TMMTC updates in your email inbox.

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FREDERICK DOUGLASS MOOT COURT COMPETITION (FDMCC) Improving your legal research, writing, and advocacy skills through competition. About FDMCC One of the cornerstones of NBLSA programming is the FDMCC. Since its inception in 1975, the FDMCC has consistently provided NBLSA members with excellent training in appellate advocacy through oral argument and brief writing. Each year, between 100 and 125 teams compete across the nation within the six Regional Competitions, culminating in the top three teams from each region competing at the national level during NBLSA's Annual Convention. Each year, the FDMCC provides competitors with the opportunity to argue issues that are at the forefront of debate in the legal profession and this year will prove to be no different. This

Brian Roy National Director of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

year marks the 36th anniversary of this competition and the theme for this year will be “1975-2011: Building a Legacy of Advocates to Fight For the Causes of Today.”

Important Dates •

July 16, 2010: The rules and the competition procedures will be posted on the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Westlaw TWEN site.

August 31-October 1, 2010: $300 Early Bird registration will begin. Registration between these dates will be available at the discounted rate of $300 per team.

August 31- October 15, 2010: !The discounted rate of $300 per team will be extended to chapters registering two or more teams for the competition. (One discount will be applied per team)

2009-2010 FDMCC Champions Columbia University School of Law

September 15, 2010: The problem will be released on the TWEN site

October 2-October 30, 2010: $350 Regular registration period

October 30, 2010: Registration Deadline

November 17, 2010: All team briefs will be due

November 23, 2010: Deadline for late service of briefs.

January 12- February 20, 2011: Regional Competitions

March 9-13, 2011: National Competition, Houston, TX

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Competition Improvements

YOUR 2010-2011 FDMCC TEAM

In keeping with NBLSA's commitment of service to its members, the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) Planning Board has implemented exciting new changes to the Competition. In an effort to create a more effective forum for the cultivation of superior written and oral advocacy skills, the following changes have been made to improve logistics for this year's competition. First, uniform training and preparation will be provided for all participating judges at the Regional and National levels. Second, briefs and oral arguments will be graded on a 100-point scale throughout the Regional and National Competitions.

BRIAN ROY National Director of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition DEBORAH BAKER KIMBERLY WALKER National Specialists of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition SONJE HAWKINS Midwest Director of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition

Third, in an effort to encourage interaction among participants outside of the competition, you can reveal your first and last name, but must maintain school anonymity. Lastly, the top three teams at the Regional level will be eligible to compete in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, which will be held in Houston, Texas.

FDMCC Advisory Board National Advisor

National Committee Members

Charles Tucker, Jr., Esq

Lionel Sims Judge Cylenthia Miller Siana Mclean Kevin McIntyre

KRISTINE SAUL Northeast Director of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition KENNETH FORD Rocky Mountain Director of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition DOROTHY SMITH Southern Director of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition KERI PREMMER Western Director of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition

Asha Bryant Chantelle Higgins-Bles David Bank

Showcase your appellate advocacy and brief writing skills against the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best. COMMUNICATION CORNER EMAIL. If you have any questions about TMMTC please e-mail fdmcc@nblsa.org or mootcourt@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. TWEN.. Register for the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition National Course NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for FDMCC updates in your email inbox.

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INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS COMPETITION (INC) Using global issues to explore the world of alternative dispute resolution About INC The International Negotiations Competition (INC) is the only non-litigation based competition opportunity within NBLSA. The program hones negotiation skills that are vital to a legal career while creating awareness of global issues. Participants will partner with a classmate, forming two person teams to negotiate a cross-border conflict based on current issues in our global community. No prior experience is necessary and first-year students are encouraged to participate. There is no writing requirement, but teams are encouraged to prepare based on the general facts given to all competitors at the close of registration.

Alexaner Simpson

National Director of the International Negotiations Competition

This year's competition will mark the five year anniversary of the competition. There are significant changes to the competition this year that will improve the competitors' experience.

Important Dates and Fees •

September 13, 2010: Registration Opens.

September 13-October 22, 2010: $100 Early Bird registration will begin.

October 22-December 3, 2010: The discounted rate of $100 per team will be extended to chapters registering two or more teams for the competition.

2009-2010 INC Champions Southwestern Law School

October 22-December 3, 2010: $150 Regular registration.

December 3, 2010: Registration Deadline.

February 4, 2011: The International Negotiations Competition Problem will be released on the Westlaw TWEN site.

March 9-13, 2011: National Competition, Houston, TX. Mandatory competitor's meeting will take place on March 9th. At this time, confidential information for each team will be distributed.

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Competition Improvements •

Look out for exciting changes coming your way!

Rounds will now feature two teams competing directly against each other. Rounds will now allow for each team to take a five minute break. Teams will present their negotiation strategy to the judge(s) prior to the negotiation

All official INC documents will be posted on a TWEN site. The name of the TWEN site is "NBLSA International Negotiations Competition." A password is required to add the course. The password is: nblsa

YOUR 2010-2011 INC TEAM ALEXANDER SIMPSON National Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition JOHNSON ATKINSON JALIL DOZIER National Specialists of the International Negotiations Competition

Please join the TWEN site at your earliest convenience so that you can remain informed of important updates, including the posting of the INC Problem.

INC Advisory Board Kurt Davis, Esq.

Hone your conflict resolution skills on today’s top international issues. COMMUNICATION CORNER EMAIL. If you have any questions about INC please e-mail internationalcompetition@nblsa.org or inc@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. TWEN.. Register for the NBLSA International Negotiations Competition National Course. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for INC updates in your email inbox.

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EMPOWERING

COMMUNITIES

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Serve Your Community Mentor a College Student Volunteer Abroad Advocate for Justice

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COMMUNITY SERVICE Changing the communities in which we live through our committed service. Time Based Initiatives Community Service Week Local chapters are asked to plan a week of community service. Chapters should try to integrate the concerns of their communities with at least one of the national or regional initiatives.

The National Community Service Week should consist of at least three

events and be held during the month of October.

Founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day of Service In honor of our visionary founder, Algernon Johnson ("AJ") Cooper, all chapters should host an event on the last Saturday of October; this can be done in conjunction with the National Community Service Week. During this event chapters should aim to conduct

Gerogette Countee National Director of Community Service

an activity that will be attended by a large percentage of NBLSA members and that promotes NBLSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tradition of community service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service The MLK Day of Service provides students with the opportunity to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King by serving the community. Should a local chapter choose to plan a larger-scale project, the Corporation for National and Community Service provides funding for non-profit groups who are organizing and implementing a King Day service project.

Suggested Programming Initiatives Youth Empowerment | Adopt-a-School Local chapters should work with area schools to address legal issues facing the most vulnerable people in the criminal justice system - children. Programs should educate

NBLSA members package books for the Prison Book Program.

youth, teachers, and administrators about relevant juvenile justice topics and encourage children to consider applying to law school in the future.

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Youth Empowerment | Child Wellness & Safety

YOUR 2010-2011 COMMUNITY

Local chapters should seek to partner with organizations that promote the health and

SERVICE TEAM

safety of children. Health organizations should focus on prevention or treatment of child health issues that disproportionately affect black communities. Safety organizations should focus on the prevention and eradication of child exploitation or child abuse and neglect.

Youth Empowerment | Stop Child Trafficking Domestic and international trafficking of children is an issue that plagues African American children and immigrant children of the African Diaspora. Chapters can partner with organizations that advocate on behalf of trafficked persons to educate their communities about the warning signs and dangers of human trafficking.

Criminal Justice Reform | Early Intervention Many children enter the criminal justice system at a young age. Young offenders are often supervised at probation offices or group homes. Local chapters should seek to these institutions to mentor young offenders. Local chapters should educate young offenders about the challenges they will face in the criminal justice system and develop ideas to stop revolving door cycle.

Criminal Justice Reform | Successful Re-entry Recidivism is a pervasive problem in the black community. Local chapters should help populations of recently-released persons to find the resources needed to successfully reenter society.

GEORGETTE COUNTEE National Director of Community Service BETHANY YOUNG Mid-Atlantic Director of Community Service KHALIDA SIMS Midwest Director of Community Service MADELYN MOSTILLER Northeast Director of Community Service ERIKA GLENN Rocky Mountain Director of Community Service KRISTEN HANNA Southern Director of Community Service NANCY HALEY Western Director of Community Service

Criminal Justice Reform | Incarcerated Populations Chapters should identify and partner with organizations that address issues faced by the most vulnerable of incarcerated populations: juveniles sentenced as adults, prisoners suffering from mental illness, and prisoners who have been sexually assaulted while incarcerated.

Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop. -Dr. Dorothy I. Height COMMUNICATION EMAIL. If you have any questions about Community Service programs, please e-mail communityservice@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for Community Service updates in your email inbox.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE REGIONAL INITIATIVES

MABLSA Education

Programs should focus on collaborating with the College Student Division, developing mentorship programs that foster rewarding relationships and increase local chapter visibility. Our goal is to encourage future members of NBLSA, offering our prospective peers support to succeed in law school. Ideas include law school forums that address the law school preparation and application process. These workshops can be offered to high school students of color who do not see the study of law as an attainable goal.

Human Rights

Programs should focus on offering our assistance to community-based organizations including Domestic Violence shelters, HIV/AIDS Clinics, and Civil Rights Organizations working on various campaigns (ACLU & NAACP). MABLSA chapters should seek to develop relationships with other organizations operating in the community and work toward common goals while furthering the National mission and goals. Many members have expressed an interest in the juvenile and adult correctional systems and these are areas where we can offer our services.

MWBLSA Project City Relief

Local chapters should perform various community service projects to help rebuild the community in their state. Projects may include, meeting with city officials to discuss initiatives in revitalizing the city, cosponsoring events with established non-profit organizations that specifically serve the city, and providing education in foreclosure, health care, bankruptcy, and auto loans to local indigents.

It Takes a Village

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Takes a Villageâ&#x20AC;? program is intended to promote collective work between local and undergraduate chapters. Local chapters should partner with an undergraduate chapter and establish a mentoring program for surrounding high schools or create after-school programs. Examples include tutoring for standardized tests, hosting student panels, and offering information sessions on student loans.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE REGIONAL INITIATIVES

NEBLSA Born out of the symbolism of Sankofa, chapters will support local communities in making P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S (Partnership, Reaching out, Organizations, Growth, Responsibility, Empowerment, Schools, Support). Chapter leaders will be supported by the Regional Director of Community Service in leading and engaging chapter members in the activities as described below: School Age Student Mentoring Local chapters will partner with an elementary, middle or high school to develop and implement programming to empower and encourage students to attend college. Local chapters will visit schools, mentor students individually, and invite students to their local law school campus for a chapter-sponsored day of mentoring. Non-Profit Organization Partnership Local chapters will partner with an area non-profit agency that focuses on the prevention and/or improvement of any aspect of the juvenile justice system. Any area of juvenile justice may be explored, such as offense prevention and intervention, reducing recidivism, or educating institutionalized juvenile offenders. Professional Development Local chapters will participate in a professional development program which consists of collecting professional clothing items from professors, attorneys, students, and/or other business professionals. Clothing from this initiative will be donated to local non-profit organizations that assist members of their community to successfully enter the work force.

RMBLSA Literacy Local chapters are encouraged to organize programming that focuses on adult and youth literacy amongst minority populations. Chapters may utilize any resources to accomplish this initiative. Local chapters may partner with other RMBLSA chapters, but should strive to maintain a local community focus.

Mental Health Awareness Local chapters are encouraged to plan programming that addresses the importance of mental health within minority communities. In an effort to raise awareness of this issue, local chapters programing may include arranging a guest lecturer, organizing a visit to the law school by the university health center, or planning a de-stress program. The program should aim to encourage members of minority communities to take steps to improve their overall mental health. In addition to promulgating mental health awareness within neighboring communities, local chapters may also choose to address mental health amongst law students, and encourage students to use resources in order to manage their mental health.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE REGIONAL INITIATIVES

SRBLSA Rendering Effective Activism in Communities Together (REACT)

SRBLSA chapters are encouraged to partner with organizations within their respective law schools and, where applicable, with minority organizations in other graduate programs of their own university or nearby universities. In joining forces with other minority graduate organizations, SRBLSA chapters can address regional and national initiatives while promoting the image of unified, positive and driven communityoriented black and minority professional students.

Human Rights

SRBLSA chapters can accomplish this initiative by focusing on international or domestic “general” issues (such as prison conditions, human trafficking, denial of counsel/access to courts, etc.), or “specific” issues (such as identifiable individuals or groups suffering human rights violations within the Southern Region of NBLSA). A chapter’s involvement may include hosting informative forums to raise awareness about an issue, volunteering legal or other services to ameliorate the issue, or collecting donations.

Homelessness

SRBLSA chapters should focus on a facet of homelessness that directly impacts their communities. Issues to address might include: tent cities, hate crimes and violence against people experiencing homelessness; health care for homeless individuals, criminalization of homeless individuals, or obtaining resources for homeless individuals.

WRBLSA Adopt A Student

Local chapters should adopt a public high school/junior high school where they will implement a mentoring program with an academic planning component. The goal of the program is to counsel youths endeavoring to become doctors, attorneys, biologists, accountants, or other careers requiring an education beyond high school. To accomplish this goal, chapters should help the students write out academic plans encompassing curriculum that builds an educational foundation empowering the student with choices.

Pipeline Programming

Local chapters should continue to support the local high school/junior high school students throughout the year. The goal is to assess the student’s progress towards his/her educational objectives and ensure their written goals are adequately supported. To accomplish this goal the WRBLSA member should periodically counsel the student to determine whether the student requires additional resources and work to provide additional resources to support the student in reaching his/her academic goals.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAPTER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

OVERVIEW NBLSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chapter of the Year is determined by factoring: chapter programming; member participation in national, regional, and local programming; and chapter size. Chapter programming will be assessed using the Chapter of the Year Rubric. Chapters have the opportunity to highlight their programming in (1) the application (2) the scrapbook and event documentation, and (3) the interview. All regions will use the national rubric and application. Each chapter will be graded on a numeric scale and can receive up to a total of 100 points to obtain a raw score. This raw score will be taken into account along with participation and chapter size to determine the final score. It is critical that chapters take attendance at all events and submit a master sign in sheet with the names of all members in their chapter and the events that they attended in the Chapter of the Year application. The participation score will be given based on what percentage of the chapter participated in at least three events during the year including: one (1) community service event and one (1) academic/career event). .

PAST WINNERS 2009-2010: Southwestern Law School 2008-2009: William & Mary Law School! 2007-2008: Harvard University School of Law 2006-2007: University of Virginia School of Law

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COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAPTER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

2010-2011 APPLICATION CHAPTER NAME: _______________________________________________________________ CHAPTER MAILING ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ CHAPTER PRESIDENT: __________________________________________________________ NUMBER OF MEMBERS: _____________________ NUMBER OF 1LS: __________________ CHAPTER EMAIL: _________________________________________________ CHAPTER WEBSITE ADDRESS (IF APPLICABLE): ________________________________________ I have read the application thoroughly and I agree to abide by the terms as set forth by my respective Regional selection committee and the National selection committee. I affirm that the information provided herein is correct and truthful and I agree that if the provided information is found to be false, this application will be immediately disqualified. SIGNATURE OF CHAPTER PRESIDENT ____________________________________ ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS IN A SEPARATE WORD DOCUMENT: PART A: SOCIOPOLITICAL AWARENESS 1) List and discuss any speakers or programs that your chapter has hosted to make the community aware of social and political issues of special importance to Blacks. 2) Did your chapter participate in any of the NBLSA sponsored Congressional Black Caucus Weekend activities or another similar program in your area that was pre-approved by the National Director of Community Service? 3) Did your chapter implement any of the Felony Disenfranchisement (Democracy Restoration Act), Immigration Reform, Team J.E.A.N., or Voter Protection Program initiatives? Please elaborate and attach any petition signatures obtained by your chapter if applicable. 4) Did your chapter participate in any of the Lobby Day events? Please elaborate. 5) Did your chapter implement any of the Kids in the House programs at a local school? PART B: COMMUNITY SERVICE 1) In chronological order, please list all community service projects your chapter participated in during the 2010-2011 academic year and give a detailed description of each program, your participation in each project to date, and the National and/or Regional initiatives that it satisfies, if any. 2) In chronological order, please list all community service projects your chapter plans on hosting or has not completed at the time of this application submission for the remainder of the 2010-2011

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COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAPTER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

School Year and provide a detailed description of each program and the National and/or Regional initiatives that it satisfies, if any. PART C: OTHER PROGRAMMING 1) EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT A. Please list in chronological order and describe any academic sessions your chapter has hosted and denote those programs that are designed to acclimate 1Ls to law school and promote their academic success. (Examples include review sessions, mentoring initiatives, how-to-study sessions, law review write-on preparation, moot court try-out preparation). B. What has your chapter done to better prepare your members for the job market? (Examples include hosting mock-interviews, participating in local professional organizations, and networking events) 2) COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION A. Discuss all College Student Division activities hosted by your chapter. B. If your chapter does not actively participate with a CSD chapter, has your chapter made an effort to establish a CSD chapter? Please explain. C. If your chapter did not have any CSD activities, please list your programming that was focused on pre-law and undergraduate students. D. Did your chapter have a mentor/ mentee program? If so, how many people participated? 3) INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS A. Please note your chapter’s involvement in the NBLSA C.A.R.E.S. initiative. B. Please describe your chapter’s participation in World AIDS Day or in increasing awareness about the global affect of HIV/AIDS. C. Please describe your chapter’s involvement in the International Book Drive. D. Did your chapter host an L.L.M. workshop? 4) REGIONAL PROGRAMMING A. Did your chapter participate in its regional job fair? B. Did a member of your chapter attend another region’s job fair? If so, please note the region. C. Was your chapter represented at its regional and/or sub-regional academic retreat? D. Is your chapter participating in any of the regional/national competitions? Please list. E. Has your chapter been active within the region? (Examples include regional committee participation, securing sponsorships, and other regional events)

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COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAPTER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

5) NATIONAL PROGRAMMING A. Did your Chapter President or another designated member attend the Charles Hamilton Houston President’s (Leadership) Retreat? 6) SOCIAL EVENTS A. Discuss all social activities hosted by your chapter that were designed to build community from within. 7) OTHER CONSIDERATIONS A. Discuss any additional information about your chapter and/or programs that you would like to bring to the attention of the selection committee. PART D: ESSAY Why should your chapter be selected as the Chapter of the Year? (Please limit your answer to 500 words) PART E: CALENDAR OF EVENTS Please attach your chapter’s 2010-2011 Calendar of Events. PART F: ATTENDANCE Please attach a master attendance sheet listing all chapter members and indicating what events they participated in for the year to date. If you do not include this you will not receive any points for attendance.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE CHAPTER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

2010-2011 CHAPTER OF THE YEAR RUBRIC 20 pts SOCIOPOLITICAL AWARENESS • Attorney General (10 pts) • CBC Weekend • Lobby Day • Political and Social Awareness activities • Social Action (10 pts) 20 pts COMMUNITY SERVICE • National, regional, and local service initiatives 10 pts EDUCATION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT • Academic Programming • 1L Support • Professional Career Events 10 pts COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION • CSD Programming • Pre-law Programming • Law Camp Participation 5 pts INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS • H.O.P.E. for Haiti • International Book Drive • World AIDS Day 5 pts REGIONAL PROGRAMMING • Job Fair Participation • Academic Retreat Participation • Competition Participation • Regional and Intraregional Participation (committees, sponsorship, etc) 5 pts NATIONAL PROGRAMMING • Charles Hamilton Houston: President’s (Leadership) Retreat Participation 5 pts SOCIAL EVENTS • Internal Relationship Development (parties, socials, mixers, dinners) 10 pts INTERVIEW 10 pts EVENT DOCUMENTATION • Scrapbook • Master Attendance List (Attendance Records) • Optional – Multimedia presentation (e.g. Slideshow, video, etc) 100 TOTAL

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COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION (CSD) Helping tomorrow’s top legal minds prepare for success today. HBCU Initiative

The CSD Liaison Initiative encourages local BLSA chapters, such as yours, to appoint a CSD Liaison who will serve as the primary point of contact for the undergraduate institutions they identify in their geographic proximity." The goal is to open the line of communication between these institutions and the neighboring law school so that they can obtain relevant and accurate information about law school and its admission process." We will work with the identified institutions to gauge the level of interest for obtaining membership in the College Student Division of NBLSA, and where applicable, in chartering a CSD Chapter.""" The HBCU Initiative is an initiative geared towards developing a CSD Chapter at every HBCU in the nation. "Each HBCU has been assigned to a local BLSA Chapter based on its geographic proximity. "The CSD Liaison at the local chapter will be

Robert A. Elliot II (tis not him!) National Director of the College Student Division

responsible for contacting pre-law advisors at the respective HBCU to gauge interest in general CSD membership, and where applicable, in chartering a CSD Chapter." We will work to ensure that students at these institutions are informed about law school requirements and its admission process." This initiative will not be implemented in a region where an HBCU is not identified. In order to serve as a CSD Liaison, members must: •

Have an academic 2L or 3L status,

Have effective written and oral communication skills,

Submit a bi-weekly status report to the Regional CSD Director, and

Must follow the goals outlined in each of the applicable initiatives for that region.

CSD Law Day CSD supports diverse college students in considering law.

Law Day is implemented by local chapters for current and prospective CSD members. Suggested activities include panels that provide access to current students and law school admissions personnel and that address pre-law topics such as financing a legal education.

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CSD Law Camps

YOUR 2010-2011 CSD TEAM

Law Camps are organized by Regional CSD Directors. Regional Law Camps serve as a resource for CSD members seeking information about the law school process. This includes information on LSAT preparation, the admissions process, exam preparation and other law school based issues. CSD members are provided access to current law students and professors as well as members of the legal profession.

Pre-Law Mentoring This program is designed to help CSD members navigate the law school process. A NBLSA mentee will be provided to each CSD member who requests one within thirty (30) days of the member joining the College Student Division. Mentors and Mentees will be paired based on information provided

ROBERT A. ELLIOT II National Director of the College Student Division MELISSA SAMUELS Mid-Atlantic Director of the College Student Division LISETTE GOMES Midwest Director of the College Student Division BASANNYA BABUMBA Northeast Director of the College Student Division

by CSD Liaisons to Regional and National CSD Directors.

CSD at the National Convention The National Convention will feature workshops that focus on the LSAT, the law school application process, and life as a law student. Unlike other pre-law programs, the CSD convention workshops are designed by current students for prospective law students and contain the most up-to-date information about how to succeed in law school.

ALEXANDRA RAY Rocky Mountain Director of the College Student Division EVAN WILLIAMS Southern Director of the College Student Division ALANA PENN Western Director of the College Student Division

Nelson Mandela Scholarship This scholarship is awarded exclusively to CSD Members. This year two (2) $1000 scholarships will be awarded to deserving CSD members during the National Convention in Houston, TX.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been there and succeeded. Now give back by paying it forward. COMMUNICATION EMAIL. If you have any questions about College Student Division programs, please e-mail csd@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for CSD updates in your email inbox.

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Encouraging law students to impact communities of color abroad NBLSA C.A.R.E.S. The NBLSA C.A.R.E.S. (Contributing through Advocacy, Resources, Education, and Service) Campaign is in response to the earthquake that hit Haiti in January of 2010. However, this is not the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first service project with Haiti. Since 2007, NBLSA has partnered with Pax Christi Haiti and Kledev to aid the children of Cite de Soleil. NBLSA C.A.R.E.S. allows NBLSA and its members to continue their commitment to Haiti by working to positively impact the lives of Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s citizens. This year, NBLSA will resume its onsite service in Haiti. We will partner with the Lamp for Haiti Foundation to send 8-10 students to Haiti in January 2011.

Maya Yette National Director of International Relations

L.L.M. Workshops In the United States, L.L.M. programs are often designed to teach foreign lawyers the basic legal principles of the United States. These programs include students from a variety of backgrounds including lawyers working in firms, government officials, law professors, judges, diplomats, human rights activists, doctoral students, and business leaders. L.L.M. students are an untapped resource on many of our local campuses. The L.L.M Workshops are intended to provide NBLSA members with the opportunity to: gain a better understanding of how Blacks in other countries are educated about the law, foster discussion among students about the differences in our

NBLSA members talk to students in Haiti.

educational systems, and develop ways in which we can influence greater change worldwide.

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International Book Drive

YOUR 2010-2011 INTERNATIONAL

NBLSA will be partnering with the International Book Project (IBP) to create a library in

REATIONS TEAM

Tengecha Village, Kenya. IBP was founded in 1966, and since its inception has been providing books to countries worldwide, including Ethiopia, South Africa, India, Albania, the Philippines and Guatemala. The purpose of the International Book Project partnership is to provide books to a community desperately in need of a library. The books allow children to have another source of education and explore for themselves worlds they may not never have known about otherwise.

MAYA YETTE National Director of International Relations ZEPHRANIE BUETOW Loyola University Chicago School of Law International Committee Member

World AIDS Day AIDS disproportionately affects the black community so it is up to us to spread the word about this devastating disease. It is important that we continue to bring awareness to the disease so that people do not forget how it continues to impact communities worldwide, and that the fight against AIDS is far from over. World AIDS Day will be celebrated on December 1, 2010, under the theme: “Universal Access and Human Rights.” The day is an opportunity for everyone to raise awareness and to focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

International Committee This committee was originally founded to formulate and implement ways to create a partnership between NBLSA and BLSAC (Black Law Students Association of Canada). The International Committee works to establish and maintain relationships with black law student organizations worldwide. The committee members identify other international black law student organizations, recommend potential international affiliates to NBLSA’s Director of Membership, and serve as NBLSA’s representative to international events. NBLSA members interested in serving on this committee should inquire at international@nblsa.org .

For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice. -President Barack Obama COMMUNICATION EMAIL. If you have any questions about International Relations programs, please e-mail international@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for International Relations updates in your email inbox.

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SUGGESTED TIMING AND STEPS

LLM WORKSHOP 1. Reach out to L.L.M. students you already know 2. For this program, it may be helpful to partner with another internationally focused organization on your campus that already has access to L.L.M. students and can help bolster attendance and interest in the event. 3. Set a date 4. Meet with the L.L.M. students to discuss expectations for the workshop on both ends 5. Promote the event on campus 6. Host the event Potential Discussion Questions/Topics: • Begin with background of the panel member(s) • Basic structure of legal education in their country • How lawyers are regarded in the society (is it a profession in high regard?) • Role of women in the legal field • Biggest difference they see between home country and U.S. legal systems (pros and cons of each)

INTERNATIONAL BOOK DRIVE (Suggested Timeline) • • •

SEPTEMBER: Planning phase OCTOBER: Host a book drive or fundraiser(s) on your campus and in the community. Books should be appropriate for either pre-school, elementary, or middle-school aged children. NOVEMBER: Final book collection and fundraising efforts. Report results using the online form at www.nblsa.org/bookdrive • Send checks payable to NBLSA: ! NBLSA International Book Drive ! c/o Sakisha Jackson, National Financial Secretary ! 519 Somerville Ave, #265 ! Somerville, MA 02143 • Ship books directly to the IBP ! International Book Project ! 1440 Delaware Avenue ! Lexington, KY 40505 NOTE: For chapters who opt to send books, please remember to factor in the shipping cost. For chapters that do ship books, the U.S. Postal Service is the most cost-effective method. DECEMBER: By Dec. 1, IBP has received all books and donations from NBLSA chapters and will ship about 1,000 books to the Tengecha Village in Kenya.

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WORLD AIDS DAY PROGRAM IDEAS We recognize that every chapter is different and will have different resources to put into developing a World AIDS Day program. With that in mind, here are a few ideas to get your chapter started. Many of these ideas incorporate both awareness and fundraising which will allow your chapter to make a contribution to benefit an organization of your choosing.

It does not matter how big or small your event is as long as you do

something! •

Provide red ribbons for BLSA members to wear

Set up a table with information on AIDS and sell red ribbons

Partner with a testing center •

Offer HIV screenings on campus

• Set up shuttles and transport students to the testing site to be screened Organize a panel

Volunteer at an AIDS clinic

Host a games night to raise AIDS Awareness (see HIV/AIDS trivia games/quizzes at http:// www.avert.org/hiv-aids-game.htm and http://www.avert.org/quizzes.htm)

MORE INFORMATION See the following links for more information on World AIDS Day:

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http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/en/Key-events/World-AIDS-Day http://www.avert.org/world-aids-day.htm http://www.worldaidsday.org/ http://www.hhs.gov/aidsawarenessdays/days/world/ http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/aidsday/index.html

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ATTORNEY GENERAL The moral arc of the universe bends toward justice. -Martin Luther King, Jr. Amicus Curiae Program The Amicus Curiae Program will enable NBLSA students to empower communities by drafting and submitting amicus curiae briefs in support of judicial decisions affecting the black community. The first brief was filed June 21, 2010 by Covington & Burling LLP on behalf of NBLSA and 37 additional amici. NBLSA students with extensive experience in researching and drafting appellate briefs are encouraged to contact the National Attorney General about assisting with the Amicus Curiae program.

Ashlyn Shockley National Attorney General

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF ALC) This Annual Legislative Conference, sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, enables NBLSA students to empower communities by participating in panels and discussions about issues concerning the black community and network with individuals in the legal and political communities. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CBCF ALC program will include a Judiciary Hearing co-sponsored by Congresswoman Maxine Waters and NBLSA, a networking reception with the

NBLSA members and guest at the 2009 CBC reception.

Black Professional Network DC, and the Seventh Annual CBC Reception. sponsored by Reed Smith LLP.

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Lobby Day

YOUR 2010-2011 ATTORNEY

NBLSA’s annual Lobby Day provides NBLSA students with an opportunity to inform

GENERAL TEAM

legislators about reforms needed in minority communities. This upcoming year, from February 16-17, 2011, students will encourage members of Congress to support the Democracy Restoration Act. If you are interested in participating in Lobby Day, please contact the National Attorney General.

Legislative Tracking System The NBLSA legislative tracking system will be used to keep NBLSA students updated on legislation pertaining to the two National AG initiatives and the six Regional AG initiatives as well as legislation sponsored by members of the Congressional Black Caucus. •

National AG Initiatives:!

Felony Disenfranchisement & Immigration Reform

MWBLSA AG Initiative:!

African Immigration

SRBLSA AG Initiative:!

Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

NEBLSA AG Initiative:!

Haitian Immigration

WRBLSA AG Initiative:!

Predatory Lending

MABLSA AG Initiative:!

Juvenile Sentencing

RMBLSA AG Initiative:!

Education Reform

Kids in the House The Kids in the House Program educates students of various ages about the state and

ASHLYN SHOCKLEY National Attorney General G.C. MURRAY Elections Specialist KENDRA BROWN Legislative Liaison BRYAN HULL Mid-Atlantic Attorney General CARYN RAGIN Midwest Attorney General MIKOS THEODULE Northeast Attorney General LAUREN BROWN Rocky Mountain Attorney General SHARI GRAHAM Southern Attorney General TIVIEA WADE-MOORE Western Attorney General

federal legislature. This program can be executed as a one-day event or throughout the year. Local chapters can encourage future participation in the legislative process by engaging students in a letter-writing campaign based on the regional AG initiative, planning a visit to the state legislature, or forming a Legislative Youth Advisory Council. Kids in the House lesson plans can be obtained at http://kids.clerk.house.gov/.

A lawyer’s either a social engineer or a parasite on society. -Charles Hamilton Houston COMMUNICATION EMAIL. If you have any questions about Attorney General programs, please e-mail ag@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for AG updates in your email inbox.

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MABLSA Know Your Rights (K.Y.R.) The Know Your Rights program will enable MABLSA students to educate individuals from underserved communities about how changes in legislation directly affect them. The program will focus on the following issues: changes in sentencing guidelines, mandatory minimums, and the classification of crimes. For more information, please contact the MABLSA Attorney General.

MWBLSA ALL of US: African Law and Learning Operation for Universal Success The ALL of US program will provide MWBLSA chapters with the opportunity to volunteer and partner with organizations that provide assistance to African immigrants. Chapters will also educate communities on the DREAM Act and participate in a letter-writing campaign culminating on May Day. For more information, please contact the MWBLSA Attorney General.

NEBLSA A Time to Give Back NEBLSA chapters will collaborate with District Attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices and/or court systems to mentor juvenile offenders. Chapters will provide information on various criminal justice issues as well as academic assistance. For more information, please contact the NEBLSA Attorney General.

RMBLSA Operation HOPE: Strengthening Our Communities and Schools RMBLSA students will partner with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to handle cases involving children who have been abused and neglected. Local chapters will also conduct programs at middle schools and high schools to discuss the importance of tolerance and diversity, obtaining a legal education, the impact of laws affecting youth, and the importance of voting. For more information, please contact the RMBLSA Attorney General.

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SRBLSA From Jailhouse to Schoolhouse SRBLSA chapters will go to Juvenile Detention Centers and speak with juvenile offenders about expungement, the benefits of being a productive citizen, and the right to have criminal records sealed at age 17. For more information, please contact the SRBLSA Attorney General.

WRBLSA Project P.U.R.E.: Preventing the Use of Race in Enforcement of Criminal Justice WRBLSA students will host a series of forums to educate the public about existing racial disparities in the criminal justice system and their impact on minority communities. Forums should address racial disparities in law enforcement including the prevalence of police brutality, false arrest, and the use of intimidation. Students will also discuss the role of legislation, primarily Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Three Strikes Law, in creating racial disparities. For more information on hosting a forum, please contact the WRBLSA Attorney General.

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SOCIAL ACTION Embracing our legacy of grassroots advocacy to call for lasting change. Social Action Rally NBLSA is committed to fighting for the rights of others. This year, NBLSA will rally to support the Democracy Restoration Act and the injustice surrounding the issue of Felony Disenfranchisement. Local chapters are encouraged to implement a program or information session to get students excited about advocating for disenfranchised exoffenders who cannot vote and face oppressive voting barriers. We encourage all chapters, particularly DC-area chapters, to join NBLSA’s coalition of undergraduates and grassroots organizations at the rally. The rally will take place during CBC Weekend on Friday, September 17, 2010 in Washington D.C. There we will stand firm and lift our voice to a cause worth fighting for. Your support is required and

Germaine Austin National Director of Social Action

we hope to see you there!

Voter Protection NBLSA is dedicated to ensuring equal opportunity to participate in the political process. During the year, we ask chapters to (1) serve as election day poll monitors and (2) participate in one or more of the following ongoing voter protection efforts: voter registration, voter disenfranchisement awareness, or candidate forums.

Juvenile Justice Commercial The juvenile justice commercial will address “Sentencing Youth as Adults.” NBLSA will use real life experiences, statistical research and visual effects to show the detrimental effects of trying youths in adult courts and imprisoning youth in adult prisons. The

NBLSA members at the 2009 Social Action Rally in DC.

juvenile justice commercial will take place on January 15, 2011 in Las Vegas as a joint effort between NBLSA’s national board, grassroots organizations, and corporate sponsors.

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TEAM J.E.A.N.

YOUR 2010-2011 SOCIAL ACTION

The Team Juvenile Education Advocacy Network (TEAM J.E.A.N.) targets youth that

TEAM

are at risk of obtaining Juvenile status with the law. We encourage chapters to

GERMAINE AUSTIN National Social Action Director

educate youth on their rights as Juveniles and as young citizens. Chapters should partner with area schools and other grassroots organizations that focus on juvenile delinquency prevention.

CHRISTOPHER BRIDGES Northeastern University School of Law Social Action Committee

Best Practices Manual NBLSA believes that creativity is free and should be shared. The Social Action Manual is a guide that will consist of creative ways to implement highly successful programming. The Social Action Committee, National Social Action Chair, National

JOURDAN BROOKS Howard University School of Law Social Action Committee

Election Specialist, and grassroots organizations will work closely with BLSA chapter

ELISABETH FLEMMING University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law. Social Action Committee

presidents to create the Best Practices Manual. The Best Practices Manual will be located on BLSA’s website in Fall 2010. BLSA members should consult the Best Practices Manual when implementing programs.

Oliver Hill Social Action & Johnnie Cochran Social Consciousness Awards The Oliver Hill Social Action Award is for those individuals who are active in the community, advocating on behalf of social justice initiatives. Those who continuously promote equality and justice for all mankind should apply. In addition, the award will recognize an individual who has used creativity and hard work to successfully implement NBLSA’s national initiatives. The Johnnie Cochran Social Consciousness Award recognizes social action at the chapter level. Chapters whose initiatives best represent his life’s work are encouraged to apply.

ERIKA GLENN Thurgood Marshall School of Law Social Action Committee ELIZABETH HUMPHREY The University of Texas School of Law Social Action Committee CANDICE MACON Saint Louis University School of Law Social Action Committee SHANTIA STANLEY North Carolina Central University School of Law Social Action Committee

When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him. -Baynard Rustin

COMMUNICATION EMAIL. If you have any questions about Social Action programs, please e-mail socialaction@nblsa.org. You will receive a reply within 48 hours. NBLSA NEWS FLASH. Look out for Social Action updates in your email inbox.

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SOCIAL ACTION OLIVER WHITE HILL, SR. SOCIAL ACTION WARD

Oliver White Hill, Sr."was a civil rights attorney from Richmond, VA. In 1940, Hill won his first civil rights case in Virginia, and in 1943, he joined the US Army and served in the European Theatre of World War II. Five years later, he was the first black elected to the Richmond City Council since Reconstruction. In 1954, Hill was involved in the series of lawsuits against racially segregated public schools that became the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. During the 1940s and 1950s, the safety of Hill's life and family were threatened by his work and at one point a cross was burned"on the Hills' lawn. Yet, his work against racial discrimination"helped end the doctrine of "separate but equal." He also helped win landmark legal decisions involving equality in pay for black teachers, access to school buses, voting rights, jury selection, and employment protection. Oliver Hill received numerous awards in recognition of his years of service, including the"Presidential Medal Freedom, awarded by"President Bill Clinton in 1999. L. Douglas Wilder, who in 1989 became the nation’s first elected black governor said, “He was among the vanguard in seeking equal opportunity for all individuals, and he was steadfast in his commitment to effect change. He will be missed.” Oliver Hill, Sr. died at the age of 100, after almost 60 years of practicing law. NBLSA remembers his contributions to our community through the Oliver White Hill, Sr. Social Action Award. The NBLSA Oliver Hill Social Action Award goes to an individual whose actions best represent his life’s work. REQUIREMENTS: Individual Member Award Recipient 1. BLSA member in good standing (dues paid) 2. Must have played a leadership role through the implementation of all social action programs listed below: • NBLSA Social Action rally • Kids in the House or Team J.E.A.N programming • Submission to the NBLSA Best Practices Manual • Voter Protection and Election Day Programming 3. Must have promoted diversity in their community and school through programming or some other

effort. 4. Must explain why the nominee deserves to receive the social action award through their actions in 2010-2011, in 600 words or less. 5. Applications must be received by February 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Applications received after the February 28, 2010 deadline will not be considered. 6. Award recipient must be present at the National Convention.

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SOCIAL ACTION JOHNNIE L. COCHRAN SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS AWARD

Johnnie L. Cochran decided to dedicate his life to practicing law after he was inspired by Thurgood Marshall"and his legal victory in Brown v. Board of Education. Cochran felt his career was a calling, a double opportunity to fight for what he considered right and to challenge what he considered wrong; he could make a difference practicing law. In 1963, Johnnie Cochran’s first job was with the Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney in the Criminal Division. Two years later, he entered private practice opening his own firm, Cochran, Atkins & Evans. In his first notable case, Cochran represented Mrs. Leonard Deadwyler, a widow who sued several police officers who had shot and killed her husband. Though he lost, it became a turning point in his career because it confirmed for him that the issue of police abuse really galvanized the minority community. By the late 1970s, Cochran had established his reputation in the black community litigating"a number of high-profile police brutality"and criminal cases. One of his most famous police brutality cases involved Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was sodomized with a broomstick while in police custody. Louima was awarded a $8.75 million settlement, the largest police brutality settlement in New York City. In 1978 Cochran joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office as its first African-American Assistant District Attorney. Though he took a pay cut to do so, joining the government was his way of becoming "one of the good guys, one of the very top rung." He began to strengthen his ties with the political community and work from within to change the system. Although he became known for representing O.J Simpson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Michael Jackson, Cochran’s clients were more varied than that. Cochran often liked to say that he worked "not only for the OJs, but also the No Js,” because he enjoyed representing those who did not have fame or wealth. In Cochran’s opinion, his most glorious moment as a lawyer was when he won the freedom of Geronimo Pratt. He considered the release "the happiest day" of his legal practice. When Cochran died in 2005, family and friends proclaimed they "were most proud of the work he did on behalf of those in the community.” He "was willing to fight for the underdog,” and often referred to as “the people's lawyer." In fact, many described him as the Thurgood Marshall of his era. The NBLSA Johnnie Cochran Social Consciousness Award goes to a chapter whose programming and initiatives best represent his life's work.

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SOCIAL ACTION JOHNNIE L. COCHRAN SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS AWARD

REQUIREMENTS: Chapter Award Recipient 1. BLSA chapter in good standing (dues paying) 2. Must have played a leadership role through the implementation of all social action programs listed

below: •

NBLSA Social action rally or CBC Weekend events (chapters 90 miles away or less must have at least 10 members present to qualify and chapters more than 90 miles away must have at least 5 members present)

Kids in the House or Team J.E.A.N programming

Lobby Day (chapters 90 miles away or less must have at least 10 members present to qualify and chapters more than 90 miles away must have at least 5 members present)

The NAACP’s One Nation March on Washington (chapters 90 miles away or less must have at least 10 members present to qualify and chapters more than 90 miles away must have at least 5 members present)

Voter Protection and Election Day Programming

3. Must have promoted or rallied for a social justice initiative in their community and school, through

programming or some other effort. 4. Must explain why the chapter deserves to receive the social consciousness award through their

actions in 2010-2011, in 600 words or less (example: you may include such things as, the impact of program on the community, and how the program changed your chapter) 5. Applications must be received by February 28, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST. Applications received after

the February 28, 2010 deadline will not be considered. 6. Award recipient must be present at the National Convention.

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NBLSAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six regions- Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Rocky Mountain, Southern, and Western -are the linchpin of NBLSA. Regional boards provide support and resources to chapters, encourage program development and implementation, and serve as the conduit between chapters, and the national board. Each region has a distinctive personality, representing the schools and members which comprise it. Regional pride is an inextricable part of what it means to be a NBLSA member. This year, we plan to both share information and increase interaction across regions. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to learn from the best practices of chapters across the country and broaden your network at the same time. So, we hope that you will take a moment to review information not only your region, but also others.

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MABLSA Mid-Atlantic Region

Representing chapters in Delaware, Maryland, southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


Message from the 2010-2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair

Greetings MABLSA Family! On behalf of your 2010 - 2011 MABLSA Executive Board, we are extremely honored to serve the greatest and most dynamic region of NBLSA! We are already hard at work in order to enrich your law school experience and to ensure that you are equipped with the necessary skills to become a great servant leader, as well as an exceptional lawyer.

Starr L. Brookins Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair

This year, MABLSA is ecstatic about carrying out the National vision, A Legacy of Empowerment, by taking you to “The Next Level: MABLSA S.T.R.O.N.G.-Standing Together Reaching Out Nurturing a New Generation.” Our theme succinctly articulates what we will accomplish this year! It is imperative that we come together and stand as one in order to rise to the next level. In doing this, we will not only be able to empower ourselves, but we will also empower those in our surrounding communities by ensuring that our voices are no longer oppressed, but are instead heard and respected.

In order for us to come together, we must first break down the walls by ensuring open lines of communication. This year, we will do this by becoming more accessible and transparent to ensure that our members are abreast of everything that is going on with both MABLSA and NBLSA. In addition to our quarterly newsletters, we will send out bi-weekly blurbs to all of our active members. Further, we have created a MABLSA TWEN site, as well as a Twitter account, which will feature announcements and highlight opportunities for you to become involved. Our TWEN site will serve as a centralized avenue of communication that will feature important documents, the entire 2010-2011 Executive Board’s contact information, as well as a live calendar of events. Additionally, in order to ensure that you are being adequately heard, we will institute monthly “Chat with the Chair” teleconferences, which will be held the first Sunday of every month at 9:00pm EST. This year, we are focused on ensuring your professional and personal development, as well as coming together as a family. Thus, we will be kicking off the year with our much anticipated Job Fair, Professional Development, and Leadership Weekend from August 27-29, 2010. This event will feature panels, workshops, a networking reception, our Leadership Retreat, and the opportunity to win various prizes!! Following this, we will host our inaugural Membership Retreat from October 8 -10, 2010. The retreat will feature a Hunger Awareness Banquet and an Academic Retreat providing programs and workshops intricately designed to address and meet your needs - irrespective of where you are in your law school career. We will also be hosting several memorable events throughout the year, which will culminate at our 43rd Annual Regional Convention, which will take place February 2-6, 2011 at The Hyatt Regency Baltimore of the Inner Harbor. For over 40 years, NBLSA has made a profound impact in the legal profession, as well as in our surrounding communities. We would like to personally challenge you to carry the torch and ensure that the flame only grows brighter and stronger by continuing the great NBLSA legacy. We are here for you and look forward to meeting every single member of our Mid-Atlantic family this year. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time. In MABLSA Love, Starr Brookins The George Washington University School of Law Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair, 2010-2011 National Black Law Students Association

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2010-2011 MABLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Star Brookins

Sheila Isong

Jazmone Taylor

Tiffany Webb

MID-ATLANTIC CHAIR George Washington University Law School

MID-ATLANTIC VICE CHAIR Howard University School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC SECRETARY University of the District of Columbia School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC TREASURER William & Mary Law School

Tamesha Robinson

Anthony Ho

Bryan Hall

Jennifer Blemur

MID-ATLANTIC PARLIAMENTARIAN University of Virginia School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC MOOT COURT DIRECTOR University of Baltimore School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC ATTORNEY GERNAL University of Maryland School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC DC/ BALTIMORE SUB- REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Ashley Ward

Claude Mayo

Jessica Borno

Lauren Miller

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

University of the District of Columbia School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC VA SUBREGIONAL DIRECTOR William & Mary Law School

W.VA/PA SUB-REGIONAL DRECTOR Pennsylvania State Univ. Dickinson School of Law

PHILADELPHIA SUBREGIONAL DIRECTOR Villanova University School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC CORPORATE RELATIONS DIRECTOR

Brenda Wise

Melissa Samuels

Kimberly Wilson

Heather Benton

MID-ATLANTIC CONVENTION COORDINATOR

MID-ATLANTIC COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION DIRECTOR

MID-ATLANTIC ACADEMIC RETREAT COORDINATOR Howard University School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC JOB FAIR & EDUCATION COORDINATOR George Washington University School of Law

Howard University School of Law

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

Widener School of Law Delaware

University of Virginia School of Law

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2010-2011 MABLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Bethany Young

Steven Waddy

Danielle Moore

Sharon Barksdale

MID-ATLANTIC DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE George Washington University School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS University of Baltimore School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING University of District of Columbia School of Law

MID-ATLANTIC DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP William & Mary Law School

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

WE ARE MABLSA S.T.R.O.N.G! Standing Together. Reaching Out. Nurturing a New Generation. Our 2010-2011 Vision: To come together as one family in order to effectively serve as advocates of change, be at the forefront of legal and social issues that plague our community, and to equip our members with skills that will enhance both their professional and personal development.

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

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Mid-Atlantic Region 2010-2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUGUST 2010 1: " Chat with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair – " 9:00 pm EST, Call-in Number: (712) 432-0075 ! Access code: 971391 27-29: "A Day in the Life of a Lawyer Networking Panel & Reception, Job Fair, Professional Development & Leadership Series – The Westin Arlington Gateway SEPTEMBER 2010 4: ! Welcome Back Social - DC Sub Region 5: " Chat with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair – " 9:00 pm EST, Call-in Number: (712) 432-0075 ! Access code: 971391 15-18: "Congressional Black Caucus Annual " Legislative Conference – Washington, DC 25: " Welcome Back Gathering, Noon – 6:00 pm " VA State Fairgrounds OCTOBER 2010 2: " DC Aids Walk – Register to walk with MABLSA by clicking here. 3:! Fall Foliage Festival - Bedford, PA 3:" Chat with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair – " 9:00 pm EST, Call-in Number: (712) 432-0075 ! Access code: 971391 8-10: " MABLSA's Inaugural “We are Family!” Membership Retreat (Featuring: Academic Retreat for all law students, CSD Law Camp, Hunger Awareness Banquet, Leadership Series, and more!) – DC Metro Area 23: ! Paintball Competition - DC Sub-Region 31: " MABLSA Founders Day of Service Event & " Halloween Social – Washington, DC

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DECEMBER 2010 Chat with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair – 9:00 pm EST, Call-in Number: (712) 432-0075 Access code: 971391 JANUARY 2011 Chat with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair– 9:00 pm EST, Call-in Number: (712) 432-0075 Access code: 971391 Racial Profiling Colloquium - University of Pittsburgh School of Law Poetry Cipher - Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of law FEBRUARY 2011 43rd Annual Regional Convention: "The Best Week Ever!" - Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor Giving back to the community - DC Sub-Region MABLSA Black History Summit - VA Sub-region Black History Movie & Soul Food Luncheon – West Virginia University School of Law

MARCH 2011 6: " Final Chat with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair " – 9:00 pm EST, Call-in Number: (712) 432-0075 ! Access code: 971391 9-13:! NBLSA National Convention - Houston, Texas 26: ! PA Maple Festival - Meyersdale, PA One Step Closer to a JD End of the Year Social " – MABLSA Sub-Regions MABLSA College Tours – MABLSA Sub-Regions

NOVEMBER 2010 Chat with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair – 9:00 pm EST, Call-in Number: (712) 432-0075 Access code: 971391

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Mid-Atlantic Region CHAPTERS

American University Washington College of Law Appalachian School of Law Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Drexel University College of Law Duquesne University School of Law George Mason University School of Law George Washington University Law School Georgetown University Law Center Howard University School of Law Pennsylvania State University The Dickinson School of Law Regent University School of Law Rutgers University School of Law - Camden Temple University Beasley School of Law University of Baltimore School of Law University of Maryland School of Law University of Pennsylvania Law School University of Pittsburgh School of Law University of Richmond School of Law University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law University of Virginia School of Law Villanova University School of Law Washington & Lee University School of Law West Virginia University College of Law Widener University School of Law-Delaware Widener University School of Law-Pennsylvania William & Mary Law School

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MWBLSA Midwest Region

Representing chapters in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Kansas and Wisconsin.


Message from the 2010-2011 Midwest Regional Chair

2010-2011 MWBLSA THEME

Sir M. V. Williams Midwest Regional Chair

Back to Basics, Building a Better BLSA

Greetings! My name is Sir M.V. Williams, and I have the distinct honor of serving as the Midwest Region Chair of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) for the 2010-2011 school year. I am very excited about serving our region in this capacity and working with all of you. As Regional Chair, my primary focus will be on continuing to improve communications between the national board and the local chapters housed within the Midwest region. Our national and regional leadership teams have collaborated to develop SMART goals and phenomenal programming initiatives which will EMPOWER our community as well as the membership. My goal is to ensure that local chapters are aware of and have the support they need to fully participate in that programming. An additional focus in the coming year will be the successful execution of our constitutionally mandated regional programming, including the Recruitment Conference, Academic Retreat, and the Regional Convention. It is through these key programs that we deliver several of the benefits that make NBLSA one of the largest and most successful student organizations in the country. Therefore, my regional leadership team and I will strive to see every chapter within MWBLSA represented at each of these important events. I sincerely hope that each of you will take time out to carefully review the various initiatives and programming NBLSA has planned for the coming year. The benefits of membership are amazing, and I strongly encourage each of you to join so that you do not miss out on all of the networking, professional development, and leadership opportunities NBLSA has to offer. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at midwest@nblsa.org. I look forward to working with each of you to make our Mighty Midwest Region the best it has ever been! Best regards, Sir M.V. Williams University of Wisconsin School of Law Midwest Regional Chair, 2010-2011 National Black Law Students Association

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2010-2011 MWBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Sir Williams

Jina Haynes

Nickiesha Radway

Allan Williams

MIDWEST CHAIR University of Wisconsin Law School

MIDWEST VICE CHAIR Michigan State University College of Law

MIDWEST SECRETARY University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

MIDWEST TREASURER University of Minnesota School of Law

Caryn Ragin

Beverly Wallace

Dominque Covington

Joshua Hargrove

MIDWEST ATTORNEY GENERAL Ohio State University (Moritz) School of Law

MIDWEST SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR Thomas M. Cooley Law School- Lansing

MIDWEST SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR Loyola University Chicago School of Law

MIDWEST SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR University of Wisconsin Law School

Kaosy Umeh

Sophia Washington

Khalida Sims

Yjimizia Jones

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

MIDWEST SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR University of Kansas School of Law

MIDWEST PARLIAMENTARIAN University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

MIDWEST DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE Wayne State University School of Law

MIDWEST DIRECTOR OF CORPORATION RELATIONS

Hamida Labi

Jamille Fields

Lisette Gomes

Candace Hansford

MIDWEST CORPORATE RELATIONS TEAM

MIDWEST CORPORATE RELATIONS TEAM St. Louis University School of Law

MIDWEST COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION DIRECTOR

MIDWEST DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION Chicago-Kent College of Law

Valparaiso University School of Law

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

University of Kentucky School of Law

University of Toledo School of Law

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2010-2011 MWBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Alexia Whitaker

Rodney Robbins, Jr.

Nena Anderson

M. Peter Middleton

MIDWEST DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP DePaul University School of Law

MIDWEST DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Indiana UniversityBloomington School of Law

MIDWEST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR St. Louis University School of Law

MIDWEST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR University of Wisconsin School of Law

E. Linda Ubokudon

Ollie Green

Karrah Miller

Robert Lampley

MIDWEST DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Notre Dame School of Law

MIDWEST CAREER DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR St. Louis University School of Law

MIDWEST MOCK TRIAL DIRECTOR Valparaiso University School of Law

MIDWEST MOCK TRIAL SPECIALIST University of Wisconsin School of Law

Sonje Hawkins

Roxanna Bell

Donesha Peak

Marlena Ragland

MIDWEST MOOT COURT DIRECTOR Loyola University Chicago School of Law

MIDWEST LAW JOURNAL EDITOR IN CHIEF Indiana UniversityIndianapolis School of Law

MIDWEST ACADEMIC RETREAT COORDINATOR Cleveland-Marshall School of Law

MIDWEST CONVENTION COORDINATOR Valparaiso University School of Law

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

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Midwest Region 2010-2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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AUGUST 2010 Recruitment Conference – Milwaukee, WI

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OCTOBER 2010 Academic Retreat, Cleveland Marshall College of Law – Cleveland, OH

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FEBRUARY 2011 MWBLSA Regional Convention, Chicago, IL

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MARCH 2011 NBLSA National Convention - Houston, Texas

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Midwest Region CHAPTERS

Capital University Law School Case Western University School of Law Chicago-Kent College of Law Cleveland-Marshall College of Law DePaul University College of Law Drake University Law School Hamline University School of Law Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis Loyola University Chicago School of Law Marquette University Law School Michigan State University College of Law Northern Illinois University College of Law Northwestern University School of Law Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law Ohio State University Law School Saint Louis University School of Law Salmon P. Chase College of Law (NKU) Southern Illinois University School of Law The John Marshall Law School - Chicago The University of Akron School of Law The University of Chicago Law School Thomas Cooley Law School--Auburn Hills Thomas Cooley Law School--Grand Rapids

Thomas Cooley Law School-Lansing University of Cincinnati College of Law University of Dayton University of Detroit Mercy School of Law University of Illinois College of Law University of Iowa College of Law University of Kansas School of Law University of Kentucky College of Law University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law University of Michigan Law School University of Minnesota Law School University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law University of North Dakota University of Notre Dame Law School University of St. Thomas School of Law University of Toledo College of Law University of Wisconsin Law School Valparaiso University School of Law Washburn University School of Law Washington University in St. Louis School of Law Wayne State University Law School William Mitchell College of Law

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NEBLSA Northeast Region

Representing chapters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, northern New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.


Message from the 2010-2011 Northeast Regional Chair

Greetings NEBLSA! It is truly an honor for me to serve as your Regional Chair for the 2010 – 2011 year. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on the 2009 – 2010 Executive Board as the Connecticut Sub-Regional Director. During the last term, the executive board worked incessantly and extremely hard on your behalf. As a result, the Northeast received the much-coveted Region of the Year Award during our National Convention held in Cambridge, MA in March 2010. This year is no exception. The executive board consists of many talented members who are already working hard to ensure that you receive the many benefits exclusive to NBLSA members.

Shetera Patterson Northeast Regional Chair

NBLSA was founded in the Northeast region in 1968 at New York University School of Law. Forty-two years later, NEBLSA supports 33 chapters and more than 1,000 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. Accordingly, this year NEBLSA will work under the theme “Building on Excellence.” In doing so, we will also further NBLSA’s theme, “A Legacy of Empowerment.” Count on NEBLSA to host events and programming that will bring the membership together through networking opportunities, professional development, and academic development. We will kick the year off August 19–20, 2010 with the NEBLSA Leadership Retreat for Chapter Leaders followed by the NEBLSA Job Fair at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel in Weehawken, NJ, and ending with a social event to bring together all NBLSA members in the NYC area. We will continue the year with alumni receptions, CBC weekend, networking events, community service events, advocacy events, mentoring programs, many sub-region specific events, and the annual regional convention, which will take place in Connecticut on January 26-30, 2011. One of the ways in which we will keep members updated this year is through our website at www.nblsa.org/neblsa. On our website you will find important information such as a link to the Members Google Group, which will contain additional NEBLSA-related information, event specific information, and contact information for the entire NEBLSA executive board. Please be sure to check our website throughout the year to stay informed. If at any point you have suggestions, questions, and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at northeast@nblsa.org . Thank you for allowing me to serve as your 2010 – 2011 Regional Chair. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. I hope to see you at many, if not all, NEBLSA events this year. Sincerely Yours, Shetera Patterson University of Connecticut School of Law Northeast Region Chair, 2010-2011 National Black Law Student Association

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2010-2011 NEBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Shetera Patterson

Alycia Huckabey

Ashley Elem

Garrett Barmore

NORTHEAST CHAIR University of Connecticut School of Law

NORTHEAST VICE CHAIR New York Law School

NORTHEAST SECRETARY Hofstra University School of Law

NORTHEAST TREASURER Albany Law School

Lynna Cobrall

LeeAnn Silva

Charita Walcott

Aikeem Cooper

NORTHEAST CNNE SUBREGIONAL DIRECTOR Harvard Law School

NORTHEAST CT SUBREGIONAL DIRECTOR Quinnipiac University School of Law

NORTHEAST NY METRO SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR New York Law School

NORTHEAST UPSTATE NY SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR University of Buffalo School of Law

Kristine Saul

Marsha Beckford

Madelyne Mostiller

Isis Davidson

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

NORTHEAST MOOT COURT DIRECTOR Columbia University Law School

NORTHEAST MOCK TRIAL DIRECTOR Quinnipiac University School of Law

NORTHEAST DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE Hofstra University School of Law

NORTHEAST DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

Mikos Theodule

Basannya Babumba

Nyasha Foy

Israel Burns

NORTHEAST ATTORNEY GENERAL

NORTHEAST COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION DIRECTOR

NORTHEAST DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP

NORTHEAST PARLIAMENTARIAN Rutgers University School of Law-Newark

Hofstra University School of Law

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

Hofstra University School of Law

Roger Williams University School of Law

New York Law School

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2010-2011 NEBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Amanda Johnson

Brionna Denby

Anthony Shannon

NORTHEAST DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE RELATIONS University of Connecticut School of Law

NORTHEAST HISTORIAN Hofstra University School of Law

NORTHEAST JOB FAIR COORDINATOR University of Connecticut School of Law

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include:

2010-2011 NEBLSA THEME

Building on Excellence!

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

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Northeast Region 2010-2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JULY 2010 NOVEMBER 2010

16! ! 23! ! 30 ! 30! !

NEBLSA NYC Metro Summer Happy Hour NEBLSA Connecticut Summer Happy Hour NEBLSA CNNE Summer Happy Hour NEBLSA Upstate NY Summer Happy Hour AUGUST 2010

19! ! 20! ! !

NEBLSA Leadership Retreat, NYC. Mandatory event solely for Chapter Leaders NEBLSA Job Fair, Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel, Weehawken, New Jersey Only NBLSA members are eligible to participate.

5# # 19!

JANUARY 2011

26-30!NEBLSA 2011 Convention, Connecticut FEBRUARY 2011

18 ! ! TBD! !

CT Sub-region Dinner, Hamden, CT NEBLSA Welcome Celebration and Alumni Reception, NYC OCTOBER 2010

22# NY Metro Sub-region Community # Service Event – NY Cares Day, New # York City 23! Academic Retreat and Law School ! Symposium, Harvard Law School, ! Boston, MA 24-30!NEBLSA Community Service Week ! Service initiatives will occur in each ! subregion TBD! CT Sub-region Community Service ! Project, New Haven, CT 30! Upstate NY Retreat

CT Sub-region Halfway There Celebration, Hartford, CT NEBLSA Ski Weekend, CNNE Subregion MARCH 2011

9-13: NBLSA National Convention - Houston, ! TX

SEPTEMBER 2010

9! 10 ! !

NY-Metro Sub-region Mixer – Harlem Lanes, NYC NBLSA Alumni Reception

APRIL 2011

TBD ! TBD ! ! TBD!

NY-Metro Happy Hour, Long Island, NY CT Sub-region Bowling party, Newington, CT Upstate NY Mixer

For more information on regional events contact your Sub-regional director " CT Sub-region""""""""""""""""""""""""" neblsa.ct@gmail.com NY Metro Sub-region""""""""""""""" neblsa.ny.metro@gmail.com Upstate NY Sub-region"""""""""""" neblsa.upstateny@gmail.com Combined Northern New England Sub-region """"""" neblsa.newengland@gmail.com Please be sure to visit our website at www.nblsa.org/neblsa for the most up to date event calendar. 73


Northeast Region CHAPTERS

Albany Law School Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Boston College Law School Boston University School of Law Brooklyn Law School Columbia Law School Cornell University Law School CUNY School of Law at Queens College Fordham University of Law Franklin Pierce Law Center Harvard Law School Hofstra University School of Law Massachusetts School of Law New England School of Law New York Law School New York University School of Law Northeastern University School of Law Pace University School of Law Quinnipiac University School of Law Roger Williams University School of Law Rutgers University School of Law - Newark Saint Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University Seton Hall University School of Law Suffolk University Law School Syracuse University College of Law Touro Law Center University at Buffalo Law School University of Connecticut School of Law University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Vermont Law School Western New England College School of Law Yale Law School

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RMBLSA Rocky Mountain Region

Representing chapters in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.


Message from the 2010-2011 Rocky Mountain Regional Chair

Dear Rocky Mountain Family! Andre Bennin Rocky Mountain Regional Chair

It is an honor and pleasure to serve as your Regional Chair this year. Together with my extremely talented and hard-working Regional Executive Board, we welcome you to “the Rock!” and look forward to serving each of you. This year is going to be an exciting year for RMBLSA. As future attorneys and leaders of the world, we will become more involved in our communities being by not only voices but also actual doers, “standing taller and stronger than the Rockies.” Accordingly, we will implement the National theme of “A Legacy of Empowerment” by encouraging each chapter to participate in National, Regional, and their respective local initiatives. By implementing these initiatives, we will strengthen our communities wherever we are. Yet, without working together, we will not be able to stand taller and stronger than the Rockies as a region. Consequently, we invite and encourage all members to be active participants locally and regionally. Effective communication between the National board, Regional board, and local chapters is very important. Thus, we will keep our members updated through the regional webpage on the NBLSA website, newsletters, and other social networking websites. This year’s programming continues the focus on personal and professional development of our members. Our first program of the year will be the Job Fair and Academic Retreat Weekend hosted by South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX, September 3rd and 4th respectively. The dates will allow more first year law students to attend the retreat and receive valuable tools to help prepare them for the rigors of law school. Further, because the date is early in the semester, we look forward to seeing more of our members in attendance. This upcoming year’s Regional Convention will take place during the second week of February in San Antonio, TX. We are already preparing for this convention, which will provide great opportunities for members to serve, compete, network, and be edified through the various workshops. As the Rocky Mountain Region will also be the host for this year’s National Convention, our Regional Convention will set the tone for both conventions by showcasing the talent and support of our members. My dear Rocky Mountain family, words cannot express my excitement for this year. I express my gratitude to all of you for granting me the wonderful opportunity to serve you. I can hardly wait to meet each and every one of you. Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Regional Executive Board at any time if you have any questions. “BOOM!!!” In RMBLSA love, Andre Bennin Brigham Young University School of Law Rocky Mountain Regional Chair, 2010-2011 National Black Law Students Association

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2010-2011 RMBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Andre Bennin

Lavonne Burke

Jennifer Carter

Andrea Kelly

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAIR Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

ROCKY MOUNTAIN VICE CHAIR University of Houston School of Law

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SECRETARY University of Texas - Austin School of Law

ROCKY MOUNTAIN TREASURER University of Texas - Austin School of Law

Lauren Brown

Nicole Washington

Erika Glenn

Ieshia Owen

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATTORNEY GENERAL Thurgood Marshall School of Law

ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONVENTION COORDINATOR

University of Houston School of Law

Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Alexandra Ray

Brittany Barnett

Kenneth Ford

ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION DIRECTOR

ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE RELATIONS

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOCK TRIAL DIRECTOR

Southern Methodist University School of Law

Southern Methodist University School of Law

Rachel Kelly

Crystal Graham

Elizabeth Humphrey

Richard Dale

ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOCK TRIAL DIRECTOR

ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION

Thurgood Marshall School of Law

University of Texas - Austin School of Law

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARLIAMENTARIAN Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

Shekinah Hammonds ROCKLY MOUNTAIN JOB FAIR COORDINATOR St. Marys University School of Law

St. Marys University School of Law

Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

Thurgood Marshall School of Law

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2010-2011 RMBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Ty Stimpson ROCKY MOUNTAIN HISTORIAN Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include:

2010-2011 RMBLSA THEME

Standing Taller and Stronger than the Rockies!

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

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Rocky Mountain Region 2010-2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUGUST 2010

21-23!RMBLSA Regional Board Retreat - Austin, TX SEPTEMBER 2010

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RMBLSA Academic Retreat, Southern Texas College of Law RMBLSA Networking Reception OCTOBER 2010

25-29!RMBLSA Community Service Week NOVEMBER 2010

1-30 ! RMBLSA Legal Aid Volunteer Challenge JANUARY 2011

TBD ! RMBLSA Ski Trip FEBRUARY 2011

9-13:"""RMBLSA Regional Convention, San Antonio, Texas MARCH 2011

9-13: NBLSA National Convention - Houston, Texas

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Rocky Mountain Region CHAPTERS

Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School Oklahoma City University School of Law South Texas College of Law Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law St. Mary's University School of Law Texas Tech University School of Law Texas Wesleyan University School of Law The University of Texas School of Law Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University University of Denver Sturm College of Law University of Houston Law Center University of Idaho College of Law University of New Mexico School of Law University of Oklahoma College of Law University of Tulsa College of Law

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SRBLSA Southern Region

Representing chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.


Message from the 2010-2011 Southern Regional Chair

Van Freeman Southern Regional Chair

Greetings SRBLSA, On behalf of the BLSA family, the Southern Regional Executive Board would like to unveil to you the 2010–2011 calendar of events. Humbled by the opportunity to serve as your Regional Chair, I am eager to build on the tradition of excellence that is expected by each BLSA member. Your regional board is diligently working to develop, implement, and facilitate initiatives that will benefit our members. We have selected “Empowerment through Involvement” as the impetus for each event, program, and workshop we create this year. As our members compete for jobs in these economically stressful times, it is imperative to provide them with effective programs, which will enhance their knowledge and skills, and create valuable opportunities to display their talents. With that in mind our events and programming in the coming year will feature two job fairs and substantive academic retreats and workshops to accomplish these objectives. The first event of the 2010-2011 academic year will be our Job Fair in Miami, Florida, where potential employers will be exposed to the outstanding array of talent within SRBLSA. Moving further into the year, the Academic Retreats will provide pertinent information and relevant seminars to foster the development of our members. The year will culminate in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Regional Convention, which will serve as the site of our second Job Fair. Throughout the year, I encourage all members to become involved in their chapters and communities. As America’s future leaders and advocates, it is imperative to gain exposure and understanding about the issues and concerns that plague African American communities. Additionally, we hope that every local chapter will make a concerted effort to increase membership this year. The SRBLSA board will provide guidance and resources to aid each chapter in its endeavors. Finally, we will remain steadfast in our adherence to national initiatives while ensuring to meet the distinctive needs of the Southern region. The SRBLSA executive board looks forward to working with you to ensure a successful year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns at southern@nblsa.org. Sincerely,

Van Freeman Van Freeman Southern Law Center Southern Regional Chair, 2010-2011 National Black Law Students Association

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2010-2011 SRBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Van Freeman

Jamie Davis

Lisa Thelwell

Kenya Gordon

SOUTHERN CHAIR Southern University Law Center

SOUTHERN VICE CHAIR North Carolina Central University School of Law

SOUTHERN RECORDING SECRETARY University of Florida Levin School of Law

SOUTHERN TREASURER University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Law

Alicia Williams

Shari Graham

Anitra Raiford

Shane Bates

SOUTHERN HISTORIAN Florida A&M University School of Law

SOUTHERN ATTORNEY GENERAL Thomas M. Cooley Law School- Lansing

SOUTHERN PARLIAMENTARIAN Loyola University New Orleans School of Law

SOUTHERN SUBREGIONAL 1 DIRECTOR University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Law

Ashley Mitchell

Niccoya Dodson

Ashlee Pouncy

Janene Browder

SOUTHERN SUBREGIONAL 2 DIRECTOR Southern University Law Center

SOUTHERN SUBREGIONAL 3 DIRECTOR North Carolina Central University School of Law

SOUTHERN 4 SUBREGIONAL DIRECTOR Florida State University School of Law

SOUTHERN SUBREGIONAL 5 DIRECTOR Mercer University School of Law

Antoine Floyd

Daniel Druilhet

Jason Davis

Thaddeus Johnson

SOUTHERN CHIEF OF STAFF

SOUTHERN CORPORATE RELATIONS DIRECTOR Southern University Law Center

SOUTHERN CORPORATE RELATIONS DIRECTOR University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Law

SOUTHERN DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Loyola University School of law

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

Southern University Law Center

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2010-2011 SRBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Brittany Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil

Kristen Hanna

Ashley Pruitt

Haniyah Miller

SOUTHERN COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION DIRECTOR

SOUTHERN DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OF SERVICE Florida State University School of Law

SOUTHERN DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Mercer University School of Law

SOUTHERN EDITOR IN CHIEF Georgia State University School of Law

Rashida Sims

Dorothy Smith

Germani Hardeman

Tiffany Tate

SOUTHERN JOB FAIR COORDINATOR University of Arkansas Little Rock School of Law

SOUTHERN MOOT COURT DIRECTOR Florida A&M University School of Law

SOUTHERN DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law

SOUTHERN MOCK TRIAL DIRECTOR Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law

University of Florida Levin School of Law

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition

Alexis Carr SOUTHERN CONVENTION COORDINATOR Campbell University School of Law

2010-2011 SRBLSA THEME

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Southern Region 2010-2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUGUST 2010

6-8 ! 5th Annual SRBLSA Job Fair/SRBLSA Board Meeting - Miami, FL SEPTEMBER 2010

11! Sub-Region III Academic Retreat, North Carolina Central School of Law - Durham, NC 16-18 !Congressional Black Caucus Weekend - Washington, DC 24-25!Sub-Region II Academic Retreat, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law - New ! Orleans, LA OCTOBER 2010

2! Sub-Region V Academic Retreat, Mercer University College of Law - Macon, GA 8-9! Sub-Region IV Academic Retreat - Puerto Rico 15-16!Sub-Region I Academic Retreat, University of Arkansas Little Rock- Little Rock, AK 23-24 !SRBLSA Board Meeting - Atlanta, GA JANUARY 2011

12-16!40th Annual SRBLSA Regional Convention/Job Fair - Raleigh/Durham, NC MARCH 2011

9-13: NBLSA National Convention - Houston, TX

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Southern Region CHAPTERS Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law Birmingham School of Law Campbell University School of Law Charleston School of Law Charlotte School of Law Duke Law School Elon University School of Law Emory University School of Law Faulkner University--Thomas Goode Jones School of Law Florida A & M University College of Law Florida Coastal School of Law Florida International University College of Law Florida State University Georgia State University College of Law John Marshall Law School- Atlanta Louisiana State University Law Center Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Mercer University School of Law Miles Law School Mississippi College School of Law Nashville School of Law North Carolina Central University School of Law Nova Southeastern University Law Center Samford University Cumberland School of Law Southern University Law Center St. Thomas University School of Law Stetson University College of Law Tulane University Law School University of Alabama School of Law University of Arkansas at Fayetteville University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Florida--Levin College of Law University of Georgia School of Law University of Memphis University of Miami School of Law University of Mississippi School of Law University of North Carolina School of Law University of South Carolina School of Law University of Tennessee College of Law Vanderbilt University Law School Wake Forest University School of Law

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WRBLSA Western Region

Representing chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.


Message from the 2010-2011 Western Regional Chair

2010-2011 WRBLSA THEME

Unifying the West! Randoph F. Wiggins Western Regional Chair

Dear WRBLSA Membership: ! It is with great pleasure that the WRBLSA board welcomes the opportunity to represent, serve and support you this upcoming year in NBLSA. We have been working diligently to share with you the benefits of being a NBLSA member. ! While WRBLSA will continue to operate under the motto of "One Vision, One Purpose, One Goal," this year our vision is a stronger WRBLSA, our purpose is to unify the Western Region, and our goal is to ensure that every WRBLSA member is prepared to succeed. With this vision, purpose, and goal in mind, WRBLSA has planned a variety of events and programs for our membership. ! While the 2008 financial crisis and resulting economic downturn have created a challenging environment for law students across the country over the past two years, the truth is that this country has seen hard times before and has always weathered the storm. As with every other historical challenge that this country has faced, this too shall pass. Because this is so, WRBLSA is committed to providing programming and resources to help ensure that when the economic turnaround does occur, WRBLSA members are poised to succeed. ! From our sub-regional job fairs, to our academic retreats and law school boot camps, to our 2010-2011 WRBLSA Regional Conference in Las Vegas, our events and programs will seek to unite the region while combining the realities of the present with the planning, preparation and resources needed to be successful in the future. ! For those of you who have not yet become WRBLSA members, we want to encourage you to join our family. For those of you who have been active WRBLSA members, I want to thank you for your efforts and ask you to do even more: talk to your fellow classmates and reach out to students in other BLSA chapters - get them involved, be a mentor to a college student thinking about law school - serve each other. Through all of you and through this, WRBLSA will reach its full potential ! We have included a calendar of events below. For more information on our events, initiatives, and programs, please contact any of our board members and be sure to visit our website, which will be consistently updated. We look forward to meeting and serving you. Best, Randolph F. Wiggins University of California, Los Angeles School of Law Western Regional Chair, 2010-2011 National Black Law Students Association

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2010-2011 WRBLSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD The Regional Executive Board serves as the liaison between its chapters and the National Executive Board. Initiatives Directly Overseen by the Regional Executive Board include:

Randolph E. Wiggins

Tiviea Wade-Moore

Natalie Gomez

David Brown

WESTERN CHAIR UCLA School of Law

WESTERN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Trinity Law School

WESTERN SECRETARY Santa Clara University School of Law

WESTERN TREASURER Southwestern Law School

Alisha Burgin

Mariam Smairat

Nancy Haley

Candace Neal

WESTERN SOUTHERN SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR UCLA School of Law

WESTERN NORTHERN SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR UC Hastings, College of Law

WESTERN DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE Santa Clara University School of Law

WESTERN DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE RELATIONS UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law

Terrence Williams

Keri Premmer

Alana Penn

Norah Alyami

WESTERN MOCK TRIAL DIRECTOR Pepperdine University School of Law

WESTERN MOOT COURT DIRECTOR Trinity Law School

WESTERN COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION DIRECTOR

WESTERN CONVENTION COORDINATOR Santa Clara University School of Law

Annual Regional Convention & Community Service Project Regional Academic Retreat College Student Division Regional Law Camps Regional Job Fair

The Regional Executive Board carries out the objectives of NBLSA. The National Initiatives the Regional Executive Board supports include: Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

UC Davis School of Law

2010-2011 WRBLSA THEME

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Chapter of the Year Competition Myshanda Upton WESTERN ACADEMIC RETREAT COORDINATOR

University of San Francisco School of Law

Coming Together for a Brighter Tomorrow!

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Western Region 2010-2011 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUGUST 2010

14! 21!

WRBLSA Northern Sub Region Job Fair, San Francisco, CA WRBLSA Southern Sub Region Job Fair, Los Angeles, CA SEPTEMBER 2010

TBD ! WRBLSA Northern Sub Region Law Camp

25!

WRBLSA Northern Sub Region Academic Retreat OCTOBER 2010

TBD ! WRBLSA Southern Sub Region Law Camp

2!

WRBLSA Southern Sub Region Academic Retreat

TBD! WRBLSA Social Event

NOVEMBER 2010

JANUARY 2011

19-23!WRBLSA Regional Convention, Las Vegas NV MARCH 2011

9-13: NBLSA National Convention, Houston, TX

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Western Region CHAPTERS California Western School of Law JFK School of Law Lewis & Clark Law School Loyola Law School Pepperdine University School of Law Phoenix School of Law San Francisco Law School Santa Clara University School of Law Seattle University School of Law Southwestern School of Law Stanford Law School Thomas Jefferson School of Law Trinity Law School UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law UC Davis School of Law UC Hastings College of Law UCLA School of Law University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law University of LaVerne College of Law University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law University of Oregon School of Law University of Pacific--McGeorge School of Law University of San Francisco School of Law University of Southern California Gould School of Law University of Washington School of Law Western State University College of Law Whittier Law School

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NBLSA

P R O G R A M M I N G Empowering You. Empowering Communities. CONTACT STACIA ROBINSON National Director of Membership National Black Law Students Association membership@nblsa.org MELINDA HIGHTOWER National Chair National Black Law Students Association chair@nblsa.org (202) 618-2572

2010-2011 NBLSA Program Guide  

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