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NBLSA Chapter of the Year Application 2013-2014 Chapter Name_ Chapter Mailing Address_ Chapter President Number of Total Members: Chapter Email Chapter Website Address (if applicable) Chapter Facebook Page Address (if applicable)_

Number of 1L members_ _

The Chapter of the Year Application is due at least three weeks before the first day of your regional convention: MABLSA: the regional convention begins on February 6, 2014. For all chapters within that region, the Chapter of the Year Application is due NO LATER THAN January 16, 2014. MWBLSA: the regional convention begins on January 30, 2014. For all chapters within that region, the Chapter of the Year Application is due NO LATER THAN January 9, 2014. NEBLSA: the regional convention begins on January 23, 2014. For all chapters within that region, the Chapter of the Year Application is due NO LATER THAN January 2, 2014. RMBLSA: the regional convention begins on January 9, 2014. For all chapters within that region, the Chapter of the Year Application is due NO LATER THAN December 19, 2013. SRBLSA: the regional convention begins on February 13, 2014. For all chapters within that region, the Chapter of the Year Application is due NO LATER THAN January 23, 2014. WRBLSA: the regional convention begins on January 16, 2014. For all chapters within that region, the Chapter of the Year Application is due NO LATER THAN December 26, 2013. Answer the following questions in a separate Word document: Socio-political Awareness 35 points

National Attorney General Activities (15) • CBC Weekend Participation (3) o Did your chapter participate in this program? If so, please describe what activities your members attended. • Hill & Government Day (2) o Did your chapter participate in this program? If this application is submitted prior to Hill & Government Day, does your chapter plan to participate in this program? Please elaborate. • Other Activities (10) o Did your chapter participate in the Charles Hamilton Houston Leadership Development Retreat? Please elaborate.


Did your chapter participate in Congressional Kids Day? Please elaborate. o Did your chapter participate in any other National Social Action events? Please elaborate. Chapter/Regional Sponsored Social Action Activities (20) • Regional Sponsored Social Action Activities o Did your region sponsor any regional social action activities? If so, did your chapter participate in them? Please elaborate. • Chapter Sponsored Social Action Activities o Did your chapter participate in any voters' rights or voter education initiatives? Please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation concerning this event, if applicable. o Did your chapter host any other social or political awareness events? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation concerning this event, if applicable. o

Community Service 60 points

National Community Service Initiatives (30) • Youth Empowerment (5) o Did your chapter host any programs or events concerning Youth Empowerment? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation concerning this event, if applicable. • Prison Reform & Prisoner Rehabilitation (5) o Did your chapter host any programs or events concerning Prison Reform and/or Prisoner Rehabilitation? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation concerning this event, if applicable. • Human Rights Awareness (5) o Did your chapter host any programs or events concerning Human Rights Awareness? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation concerning this event, if applicable. • Road to 50: An Evolving Legacy (5) o Did your chapter host any programs or events concerning our National theme “Road to 50: An Evolving Legacy”? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation concerning this event, if applicable. • MLK Day of Service (2) o Did your chapter participate in an MLK Day of Service event? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation concerning this event, if applicable. • Founder’s Day of Service (3) o Did your chapter participate in a Founder's Day of Service event? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation concerning this event, if applicable. • National Convention (5) o Did your chapter members attend the 2013 National Convention Community Service event? If so, please list their names. Regional Community Service Activities (30) • Regional Service Activities o Did your region sponsor any regional community service activities?


If so, did your chapter participate in them? Please elaborate. Pre-Law Division/Alumni Relations 40 points

Pre-Law Division (25) • Pre-law programming o Did your chapter host any pre-law activities? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation, if applicable. o Does your chapter actively participate with a BLSA pre-law division? If so, how many members does the division have? Alumni/Community Relations (15) • Alumni Participation o Did BLSA alumni from your chapter (or local attorneys) attend any of your events? If so, please elaborate and attach an alumni impact letter.

Education and Career Development 40 points

Education & Career Development • Academic Programming (10) o Did your chapter provide any academic programming for members? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation, if applicable. • 1L Support (10) o Did your chapter host events or implement programs geared towards 1L support? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation, if applicable. • Professional Career Events (10) o Did your chapter host any professional career events for members? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation, if applicable. • BLSA Membership Recruitment (10) o How many new members did your chapter enroll this year? (note: a new member is an individual who has never been registered for BLSA in any previous years and who paid membership dues this year) Please provide a list of new members and a separate list of new 1L members.

Regional Programming 12 points

Regional Programming • Job Fair Participation (3) o Did your chapter participate in your region's job fair? Please list the names of the members who attended. o Did any members of your chapter attend another region's job fair? Please list the names of the members. • Academic Retreat Participation (3) o Was your chapter represented at a regional or sub-regional academic retreat? Please list the names of any members who attended. • Competition Participation (3) o Are any members of your chapter participating in any regional/national competitions? Please list which competitions and the names of the members registered. • Regional and Intraregional Participation (committees, sponsorship, etc) (3) o Do any members of your chapter serve on the regional board, regional committees, or sub-regional committees? Please list their


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names. Do any members of your chapter serve on the national board? Please list their names. Has your chapter participated in any regional events not otherwise accounted for anywhere on this application? If so, please elaborate.

International Relations 12 points

International Outreach • NBLSA C.A.R.E.S International Service Trips (1) o Did any of your members submit applications for the NBLSA C.A.R.E.S International Service Trip? If so, please list their names. • World AIDS Day (5) o Did your chapter implement a program for World AIDS Day (Dec. 1)? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation, if applicable. Did your chapter participate in any other initiative to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS? If so, please elaborate. • International Law Weekend (1) o Did any members of your chapter participate in International Law Weekend? If so, please list their names. • Book Drive (5) o Did your chapter participate in the international book drive? If so, how many books were collected? How much money, if any, was raised?

Social Events 5 points

Social Events • Parties, mixers, etc. o Did your chapter host any social events? If so, please elaborate and attach any relevant documentation, if applicable.

Participation 30 points

Participation: • Regional/National Board Membership (5) o Is someone from your chapter on the Regional/National Executive Board? If so, please submit a list of names. • Participation Criteria o Did your chapter meet the following participation criteria? Please list the names of the events your chapter participated in that pertain to each category. Also include, the maximum number of participants allowed for each event and the actual number of individuals in attendance. Social Action (5): Large chapters: at least 3 activities Medium chapters: at least 2 activities Small chapters: at least 1 activity Community Service (10): Large chapters: at least 8 activities Medium chapters: at least 5 activities Small chapters: at least 2 activities Pre-Law (5): Large chapters: at least 3 activities


Medium chapters: at least 2 activities Small chapters: at least 1 activity Education & Career Development (5): Large chapters: at least 3 activities Medium chapters: at least 2 activities Small chapters: at least 1 activity Note on chapter size: Small chapters: less than 20 members; Medium chapters: 2040 members; Large chapters: more than 40 members Other considerations

Discuss any additional information about your chapter and/or programs you would like to bring to the attention of the selection committee. (800 words or less)

Essay

NBLSA was founded upon principles such as justice, equality, and service. How has your chapter's programming contributed to each of these principles? How has your chapter's programming empowered BLSA members and members of your community at-large? (500 words or less)

Calendar of Events

Please attach your chapter's 2013-2014 Calendar of events. (Please be reminded that events that occurred during the 2012-2013 school year after national convention took place can be included in your scrapbook, can only be reported elsewhere with preapproval from the National Director of Community Service.

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 (can be typed)_/s/ Email your COY Application to your Regional Director of Community Service and the National Director of Community Service at communityservice@nblsa.org before the due date. The contact information for your Regional Director of Community Service can be found at www.nblsa.org/communityservice/ Your COY scrapbooks will be submitted at your regional convention


Chapter of the year application