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Building on Excellence

Equipping you with the tools to fulfill your destiny

NEBLSA

S triving to Balance S ince 1968.

Northeast Black Law Students Association

Regional Convention

January 26-30, 2011 Mashantucket, CT 

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Table of Contents Letter from Regional Chair  .............................................................................................2  Convention Schedule  ........................................................................................................3  College Student Division Schedule  ................................................................................11  Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Schedule  ..............................................12  Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Schedule  .............................................13  NEBLSA Executive Board Biographies  ........................................................................14  NEBLSA 2010 – 2011 Chapter Presidents ....................................................................18 

NEBLSA Upcoming Programming  ...............................................................................19                         Convention Sponsors  ......................................................................................................21           

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N A T I O N A L B L A C K L A W S T U D E N TS A SSO C I A T I O N N O R T H E AST R E G I O N WWW.NBLSA.ORG/NEBLSA _____________________________________________________________________  Shetera Patterson CHAIR University of Connecticut School of Law A lycia H uc kabey VICE CHAIR New York Law School Ashley E lem SECRETARY Hofstra University School of Law G ar rett Barmore TREASURER Albany Law School L ynna C obr all CNNE SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR Harvard Law School L ee A nn Silva CONNECTICUT SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR Quinnipiac University School of Law C harita W alcott NY METRO SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR New York Law School A i keem C ooper UPSTATE NY SUB-REGIONAL DIRECTOR University of Buffalo School of Law K ristine Saul FREDERICK DOUGLASS MOOT COURT COMPETITION DIRECTOR Columbia Law School M arsha Beckford THURGOOD MARSHALL MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION DIRECTOR Quinnipiac University School of Law Isis Davidson DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Hofstra University School of Law E dwyn M acelus COMMUNITY SERVICE DIRECTOR New York Law School M ikos T heodule ATTORNEY GENERAL Hofstra University School of Law Basannya Babumba COLLEGE STUDENT DIVISION DIRECTOR Roger Williams University School of Law Nyasha Foy DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP New York Law School Israel Bur ns PARLIAMENTARIAN Rutgers University School of Law A manda Johnson CORPORATE RELATIONS DIRECTOR University of Connecticut School of Law B rionna Denby HISTORIAN Hofstra University School of Law A nthony Shannon JOB FAIR COORDINATOR University of Connecticut School of Law K endra B rown CONVENTION COORDINATOR Ver mont Law School

January 26, 2011 Dear NEBLSA Members and Supporters, Welcome to the to the Northeast Black Law Students Association’s 2011 Regional convention.  On behalf of the entire Regional Board, we thank you for joining us in Mashantucket, CT. Our theme, Building on Excellence: Equipping You with Tools to Fulfill Your Destiny” is a reflection  of our region’s legacy and our commitment to developing members’ potential.  The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) was established in 1968 and is the largest student-run organization in America with 6000 members at law schools across the country. The Northeast region (NEBLSA) is comprised of 8 states including, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Northern New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Northeast Region is 32 chapters strong. In 2010, Northeast members sought to preserve our Legacy of Empowerment by Building on the Excellence the Northeast is known to produce. After committing to the professional development and academic development of our members this year, the Northeast held our Summer Happy Hour series to foster networking among our members. Our region hosted the largest NBLSA job fair in August, 2010, resulting in interview callbacks and job offers for many participating members. Our region also hosted the largest Academic Retreat and Law School Symposium held at Harvard Law School in October, 2010. Through all programming, the Northeast has remained committed to the community at large, carrying out the P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. initiative. The Northeast also significantly improved our outreach to alumni and implemented a means for students and alumni to interact through our alumni receptions. In addition, the Northeast has implemented several new social events for members to relax and interact. The Regional Convention is our largest event of the year. It consists of a series of workshops, panel discussions, networking receptions, and community service events. In addition, the regional rounds of the National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial and Fredrick Douglass Moot Court Competitions will take place. We hope that your experience here will motivate you to continue building on the excellence that is you, continue the legacy and continue to carry out the mission and goals of NEBLSA as a member and beyond. I look forward to meeting all of you at the panels, community events, and networking receptions planned for you during this Convention. Please also join the Northeast Region as we make our way to the Rocky Mountain Region for the 43rd annual National Convention in Houston, Texas, March 9 – 13, 2011. Lastly, I am happy to announce that NEBLSA will host its annual Convention of 2012 in the NYC Metro Sub-Region at the Westchester Renaissance Hotel. Please plan to join us! Sincerely, Shetera Patterson Northeast Regional Chair, 2010 – 2011 National Black Law Students Association 2


Convention Schedule All scheduling is subject to time, location and subject matter changes. Please check the television in your room daily for updates to program scheduling.

W ednesday, January 26, 2011 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration Location:

Celebrity Registration Desk

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

W elcome Reception Location: Celebrity BHIJK

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Competition M eetings (Mandatory) Locations: Red Carpet (Mock Trial) Celebrity C (Moot Court)

10: 00 PM – 12:00 AM

Movie Night with N E B LSA Location: Bravo

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Convention Schedule

T hursday, January 27, 2011 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Zumba E xercise C lass Location: Star Room

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

B reakfast Location:

Celebrity A

Registration Location:

Celebrity Registration Desk

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Preliminary T hurgood M arshall Mock T rial Competition Rounds Preliminary F rederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Rounds  A looping shuttle service will be available for competitors who wish to return to the hotel and Convention after elimination

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Community Service Project Locations: New London Middle-Intermediate School  Orientation will take place at 8:00 AM in Celebrity A  Buses depart to project site promptly at 8:30 AM  Transportation will be provided

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

C areer F air Location:

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Celebrity BHIJK

C areers in Government Panel Location: Celebrity EFG Environmental Protection Agency U.S. Marine Corp. NAVY JAG United States Attorneys Office

Interested in working for the Government? What type of work do Government lawyers do? How do you prepare today for a career in Government tomorrow? Attend this panel to find out. 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

E lections Information Session Location: EFG

NBLSA members interested in serving on the Regional Board for the 2011 – 2012 year should plan to attend this session. The NEBLSA Executive Board will provide an overview of the available positions and the elections process. Questions about elections may be addressed during this session. 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Plenary Location:

Celebrity EFG

C asino Night Location: Premier GH

Join NEBLSA for an evening of glamour, networking, table games, and your chance to win unbelievable prizes. 4


Convention Schedule F riday, January 28, 2011 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Zumba E xercise C lass Location: Celebrity B

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

B reakfast Location:

Celebrity A

Registration Location:

Celebrity Registration Desk

7:00 AM – 4:00 PM 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Preliminary T hurgood M arshall Mock T rial Competition Rounds Preliminary F rederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Rounds

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

N E B LSA Community Service Initiative: D K MS Bone M ar row D rive Location: Celebrity HI

In 2009, a BLSA member attracted national attention for his diagnosis of Leukemia and need for a bone marrow transplant. Yes, this disease affects us! Patients in need of bone marrow transplants are most likely to find a matching donor within their own ethnic group. Because of the low number of minority donors on the donor registry, the chance of minority patients finding their match is less than 20%. Register with DKMS by stopping by for a simple cheek swab and a chance to save a life! 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Plenary – O fficer Reports, A mendments to Bylaws and Constitution, and O ther Business Location: Celebrity EFG  Last chance for candidate nominations from the floor

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

C hapter of the Y ear Interviews Location: Red Carpet B

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

A W hole New World: T he Ins and O uts of Business E tiquette Location: Bravo

So you have the grades and maybe even the professional experience that landed you an interview and maybe even an offer. But how do you exude professionalism? Should you order a glass of wine during your call-back lunch if the partner does? Should you allow your boss to enter the cab before you or do you enter and slide over first? Can you just skip the summer programs your employer has scheduled because the other students are annoying? Where is the bread plate and which set of glasses are yours? Attend this panel to find the answers to these questions and many more!

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Convention Schedule F riday, January 28, 2011 (continued) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

I’m going to be a lawyer and I am in debt. Help! Graduate Leverage – Ryan Nofsinger Location: Bravo

The expertise of Graduate Leverage is undeniable. The company conducts research on the student loan industry. Join this discussion for an analysis of your loan companies, guidance on how you should approach consolidation, which loans should be included or excluded in a consolidation to maximize your savings, and what you can do to relieve the pressure of repayment. 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

L uncheon – T he Importance of Public Service Location: Celebrity A Keynote Speaker: Gail Hardy, State’s Attorney - Hartford

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

L egal Recruitment and Diversity Panel: Navigating the L egal F ield Location: Celebrity EFG Ayanna Ryans, Kelly, Drye & Warren LLP Christine Jean-Louis, President – George W. Crawford Black Bar Association Peter Wilson, Day Pitney LLP

Attorneys committed to advancing diversity weigh in on the importance of recruitment of diverse attorneys. This discussion will cover efforts to attract diverse candidates, diversity programs, how diverse attorneys play a role in recruiting, and what you can do to become the diverse talent many organizations are seek to hire. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Diversity in Cler kships: How to M ake the C ut and How to Shine Location: Celebrity EFG Christine Jean-Louis

The opportunity to clerk for a judge is an incredible and rewarding experience. Those interested in applying for clerkships should join this panel for a discussion on what it takes to gain an interview with a judge, what it takes to obtain the position, and what it takes to excel in the role of law clerk. 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

A dvice Hour Location:

Celebrity EFG

Are you interested in a topic that is not addressed in this Convention agenda? Do you have personal questions better addressed privately in an informal setting? Join our advice hour for the chance to speak one-on-one with attorneys who are here for you. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

A lumni Reception and Mashantucket Pequot M useum Tour Location: Mashantucket Pequot Museum  Looping shuttle will be available  The museum is a short drive on the Foxwoods property  Address: 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338

9:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Social   

E vent: Shrine Lounge Cost of Admission is not included in Convention Registration Guestlist will be available and payment will be accepted at Registration Cost includes admission and access to NEBLSA’s VIP section

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Convention Schedule Saturday, January 29, 2011 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Zumba E xercise C lass Location: Celebrity B

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Registration Location:

Celebrity Registration Desk

B reakfast Location:

Celebrity A

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Competitions: F inal Rounds Location: Mashantucket Pequot Museum

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Professional Development Wor kshop: Stress M anagement Location: Celebrity EFG Gina Walcott – Lawyers for Concerned Lawyers

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

College Student Division Programming Location: Celebrity D

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Networ king: Building Your B rand Wor kshop Location: Celebrity EFG Paula Edgar – Principal, PGE LLC Yolanda Young – On Being A Black Lawyer

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

C areer Panels: Session I

In-House Counsel Location: Celebrity EFG Uchente Emuleomo, Prudential Intellectual Property Location: Bravo Symone Redwine, McCarter & English 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

L uncheon Location: Celebrity A Rachael Rollins, United State’s Attorney’s Office

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Convention Schedule Saturday, January 29, 2011(continued) 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

C areer Panels: Session I I

Sports and Entertainment Law Panel Location: Celebrity EFG Ken Gordon – ESPN John Kellogg – Berklee School of Music James Walker – Walker and Associates

E mployment and Labor Law Panel Location: Bravo Terri Craig, Deputy Regional Director – National Labor Relations Board Tokunbo Akinbajo, Associate – Jackson Lewis Christopher Kwok, Mediator – Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Plenary – E lections Location: Premier GH

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Pre-G ala Reception Location: Celebrity Pre-Function

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Awards G ala Location: Celebrity A

11:00 PM – 2:00 AM

A fter Party Location: Premier EF DJ Dallas Green

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Convention Schedule Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:30 AM -11:00 AM

Morning Inspirational B reakfast Location: Celebrity A

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

N E B LSA E xecutive Board T ransition M eeting Location: Premier EF

All elected officers are required to attend this meeting as well as any individuals interested in being appointed to available positions on the 2011-2012 NEBLSA Executive Board.

*All scheduling is subject to time and subject matter changes.

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College Student Division Schedule 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Saturday, January 29, 2011 Z umba E xercise C lass Location: Celebrity B B reakfast Location:

Celebrity A

Registration Location:

Celebrity Registration Desk

Personal Statement Wor kshop Location: Celebrity D Rebecca Flanagan, J.D., M.A. University of Connecticut, Director of Pre-law Planning and Programming

Description: This workshop will cover the construction of the personal statement. The personal statement is a written piece that is used by law school applicants and reviewed by law school admissions officers. Attendees will gain some vital information about what makes a good statement and what makes a statement dysfunctional. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Mock C riminal Law Class Location: Celebrity D Kaaryn Gustafson, Professor of Law University of School of Law

Description: Attendees will participate in an interactive mock law school class taught by an actual law professor. Students are expected to have prepared for the class beforehand by reading and briefing the assigned case. A list of participant names will be provided to the professor and students will be subject to being called on by the professor. During the mock classroom experience, participants will be able to experience first-hand the Socratic method of class discussion as a learning tool . 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM Luncheon Location: Celebrity A Rachael Rollins, United States Attorney’s Office 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Career Panels*

Sports and Entertainment Law Panel Location: Celebrity EFG Ken Gordon, ESPN John Berklee, Berklee School of Music James Walker, Walker and Associates

E mployment and Labor Law Panel Location: Bravo Tokunbo Akinbajo, Associate – Jackson Lewis Richard Kwok, Mediator – EEOC, NYC Region Terri Craig, Deputy Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board

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College Student Division Schedule Saturday, January 29, 2011 (continued) 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Dissecting the LSA T Location: Celebrity D Dr. Vernon W. Jeffrey, Esq. Pre-Health Advisor Lehman College of the City University of New York

Description: This workshop will provide students with an understanding of the structure and purpose of the LSAT and instructions on how to properly study for the exam. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Pre-G ala Reception

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Awards Banquet and G ala

11:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Location: Celebrity A A fter Dar k** Location: Premier EF Featuring DJ Dallas Greene

*College Student Division attendees will also join N E B LSA members at these panels. ** College Students may only attend After Dark if over 21

***All scheduling is subject to time and subject matter changes.

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Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Competition Location: Mashantucket Pequot Museum 110 Pequot Trail Mashantucket, CT 06338 W ednesday, January 26, 2011: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Competition Meeting Location: Red Carpet

T hursday, January 27, 2011 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Shuttle to Mashantucket Pequot Museum

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Preliminary Round I

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Preliminary Round II

F riday, January 28, 2011 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Shuttle to Mashantucket Pequot Museum

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Quarter Final Round

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Semi-Final Round

Saturday, January 29, 2011 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Shuttle to Mashantucket Pequot Museum

9:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Final Rounds

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F rederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Competition Locations: Preliminary, Quarter-final, Semi-final Rounds: Grand Pequot Hotel Tower 39 Westerly Road Mashantucket, CT 06338

Final Rounds: Mashantucket Pequot Museum 110 Pequot Trail Mashantucket, CT 06338

W ednesday, January 26, 2011: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Competition Meeting Location: Celebrity C

T hursday, January 27, 2011 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM – 10:10 AM

Preliminary Round IA

11:00 AM – 12:40 PM

Preliminary Round IB

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM

Preliminary Round IIA

3: 30 PM – 5:10 PM

Preliminary Round IIB

F riday, January 28, 2011 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM – 10:10 AM

Preliminary Round IIIA

11:00 AM – 12:40 AM

Preliminary Round IIIB

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM – 3:10 PM

Sweet Sixteen Round

5:00 PM – 6:40 PM

Quarter-Final Round

Saturday, January 29, 2011 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Shuttle to Mashantucket Pequot Museum

9:00 AM – 10:40 AM

Semi-Final Rounds

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Final Round

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E xecutive Board Biographies SH E T E R A P A T T E RSO N, Regional C hair Shetera Patterson is from of Los Angeles, CA. She holds a B.S. in Criminology from the University of LaVerne. Before attending law school, Shetera worked for Verizon for four years as a Senior Manager. She previously served as an IL delegate and Historian on her local BLSA executive board, and Connecticut SubRegional Director on the NEBLSA executive board. Shetera is a 3L at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and has plans to pursue a career in litigation. She can be reached at northeast@nblsa.org

A L Y C I A H U C K A B E Y , V ice-C hair Alycia Huckabey is from West Haven, Connecticut. She holds Sociology and African American Studies degrees from Fordham University- Rose Hill. Before attending law school, she worked as a paralegal in a business law firm. Alycia has served as the chapter president to the New York Law School BLSA. She intends to enter the sports industry upon graduation. Alycia can be reached at neblsa.vicechair@gmail.com. ASH L E Y E L E M , Secretary Ashley Renee’ Elem is from Chicago, IL and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from DePaul University. She worked as a Real Estate Manager before attending law school. Ashley is a 3L at Hofstra Univerisity and plans to pursue a legal career in health law or corporate litigation. Ashley can be reached at ne.secretary@gmail.com G A R R E T T B A R M O R E , T reasurer Garrett Barmore is a native of Albany, New York. He holds B.A. degrees in Criminal Justice and Africana Studies from SUNY Albany where he graduated magna cum laude. Garrett is a 2L at Albany Law School and can be reached at ne.treasurer@gmail.com.

K E N D R A B R O W N, Convention Coordinator Kendra Brown is a native of Northern Virginia. She completed her undergraduate education at Hampton University where she received a B.A. in Political Science. After completing her undergraduate education, Kendra completed her Master of Divinity degree at Howard University School of Divinity. Prior to attending law school, Kendra coordinated the Hampton University Minister’s Conference and  ultimately worked as a Scheduler in the U.S. Congress. Currently, Kendra is a second year law student at Vermont Law School (VLS) and serves as the VLS BLSA Chapter President, NBLSA Congressional Liaison Specialist, and NEBLSA Regional Convention Coordinator. Kendra can be reached at neblsa.regionalconvention@gmail.com

A M A N D A J O H NSO N, Director of Corporate Relations Amanda D. Johnson is from Pensacola, FL and holds an A.B. in History from Dartmouth College. Amanda worked as a Compliance Officer and Business Development Associate before attending law school. Amanda attends University of Connecticut School of Law and looks forward to pursuing a career as an attorney after graduation. Amanda can be reached at neblsacorprelations@gmail.com.

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E xecutive Board Biographies ISR A E L B U R NS, Parliamentarian Israel Adam Burns is from Brooklyn, NY and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Hunter College-CUNY. Prior to attending law school, Israel worked at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Israel attends Rutgers School of Law-Newark and has served as the Parliamentarian of his BLSA chapter. After law school, Israel will pursue a career with the U.S. Department of Labor. He can be reached at neblsa.parliamentarian@gmail.com.

L Y N N A C O B R A L L , New E ngland Sub-Regional Director Lynna Cobrall is from St. Croix, Virgin Islands and received a BBA in Management and a BA in Spanish for International Trade from Andrews University in Michigan. Before attending law school, she worked as a program analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General. Lynna attends Harvard Law School and served as a BLSA representative during her 1L year. She plans to pursue a career in international trade and energy law. Lynna can be reached at neblsa.newengland@gmail.com.

K R IST I N E SA U L , F rederic Douglass Moot Court Competition Director Kristine Saul is from West Orange, NJ and received both her B.A. and M.A. in Africana Studies from New York University. She currently attends Columbia Law School and previously served as the president of her local BLSA. After graduation, Kristine intends to pursue a career in corporate law. She can be reached at nefdmc@gmail.com.

B R I O N N A D E N B Y , H istorian Brionna L. Denby is from Wilmington, Delaware and holds a B.A. in Economics from Spelman College. Before attending law school, Brionna worked as a High School Special Education and Economics Teacher in Atlanta. Brionna intends on pursuing a career in Education Law or Elder Law. She is a 2L at Hofstra Law School and can be reached at neblsa.historian@gmail.com

A N T H O N Y SH A N N O N, Job F air Coordinator Anthony Shannon is from Bridgeport, Connecticut and holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina A&T University. Anthony worked as an I.T. Associate at United Technologies before attending law school. Anthony is a 3L at University of Connecticut School of Law. He has previously served as the BLSA Community Service Chair and is currently the President of U Conn’s BLSA Chapter.  After law school  Anthony plans to pursue a career in intellectual property litigation. He can be reached at neblsajobfair@gmail.com.

M A RSH A B E C K F O R D, T hurgood M arshall Mock T rial Competition Director Marsha S. Beckford is from Bridgeport, Connecticut. Marsha received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. Before attending law school, Marsha worked as a loss prevention agent for a retail company. Marsha is currently the treasurer of her local BLSA chapter. Marsha attends Quinnipiac University School of Law. She plans to work in civil practice, and can be contacted at ne.mocktrial@gmail.com.

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E xecutive Board Biographies A I K E E M C O O P E R, Upstate N Y Sub-Regional Director Aikeem Cooper was born in Buffalo, New York and raised in Norcross, Georgia. Aikeem graduated from Georgia State University in 2008 with a degree in Public Policy Studies with a specialization in Planning and Economic Development. Mr. Cooper currently attends Buffalo Law School and intends on entering housing law once he graduates. Aikeem can be reached at neblsa.upstateny@gmail.com.

N Y ASH A F O Y Nyasha S. Foy is from Baltimore, Maryland. She received her B.A. in Music and French from Wesleyan University. Prior to law school, Nyasha worked in marketing and advertising, while starting her own music publishing company. Nyasha is a 2L at New York Law School and an active member of her local chapter. After graduation, Nyasha intends to work in intellectual property and entertainment law. She can be reached at neblsa.membership@gmail.com.

ISIS D A V I DSO N, Director of Programming Isis Davidson is from New York, NY and received an AB in Sociology from Georgetown University, as well as a dual MBA in Marketing and Communications and Media Management from Fordham University. Isis was a marketing and promotions consultant in the music industry before attending law school. Isis attends Hofstra Law School and currently serves as treasurer in her local BLSA chapter. Isis intends to pursue a career as an immigration and political asylum attorney with a focus on victims of domestic violence. She can be reached at neprogramming@gmail.com. C H A R I T A W A L C O T T , N Y Sub-Regional Director Charita Walcott is from Bronx, NY and received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Charita worked as a Congressional Legislative Intern and Corporate Immigration Paralegal in Washington, DC before attending law school. Charita currently attends New York Law School, where she was the Secretary and is currently the President of the local BLSA Chapter. Charita intends to pursue a career in Real Estate Law and government regulation of affordable housing. Charita can be reached at neblsa.ny.metro@gmail.com. L E E A N N SI L V A , Connecticut Sub-Regional Director LeeAnn S. Silva is from Waterbury, Connecticut. She received a degree in Legal Studies and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before law school, LeeAnn tutored and mentored immigrant children. She currently attends Quinnipiac University School of Law where she previously served as the Regional Representative for her local BLSA chapter, and is currently serving as the Chapter President. LeeAnn intends on pursuing a career as a State’s Attorney or a Public Interest Attorney. LeeAnn can be reached at neblsa.ct@gmail.com.

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E xecutive Board Biographies B ASA N N Y A B A B U M B A, College Student Division Director Basannya Babumba is from Boston, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in Sociology with a double minor in Psychology and African/African-American Diaspora Studies from Wheaton College in May 2009. Prior to law school, she interned for Upward Bound at Boston University, the Mayors Office of Jobs & Community Service, and Fish & Richardson P.C.. Ms. Babumba is currently a second-year student at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island where she is the vice-president of the Multicultural Law Students Association. Basannya can be reached at neblsa.lawcamp@gmail.com.

E D W Y N M A C E L US, Director of Community Service Edwyn Macelus is a second year student at New York Law School. He attended Penn State University where he obtained his B.S. in Information Science & Technology. Edwyn is committed to using his legal education to generate social reform in disadvantaged communities, while inspiring youth to see that much can become from mere ambition. Edwyn can be contacted at neblsacommunityservicedirector@gmail.com.

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2010 – 2011 Chapter Presidents    Albany Law School Damon Lipscomb

Northeastern University of School of Law Nicole Knox

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Chauniqua Young

Pace University School of Law Saida Balume

Boston College Law School Alexander Paulino

Quinnipiac University School of Law LeeAnn Silva

Boston University School of Law Brittany Hale

Roger Williams University School of Law Misty Delgado

Brooklyn Law School Michelle Poakwa

Rutgers School of Law – Newark Devoia Stewart

Columbia Law School Larcenia Cooper

Saint John’s University Nneka Martin

Cornell University Law School Ki’Jhana Friday 

Seton Hall University School of Law Husain Gatlin

CUNY School of Law at Queens College Judy Edwards

University of Massachusetts School of Law Camille Gould

Fordham University of Law Ritha Pierre

Suffolk University Law School Rachel Casseus

Franklin Pierce Law Center Makana Ellis

Syracuse University College of Law Erica Laster

Harvard Law School Shaylyn Cochran

Touro Law Center Maurice K. Williams

Hofstra University School of Law Karen Best

University of Buffalo Law School Shatorah Roberson

Massachusetts School of Law Felicea Robinson

University of Connecticut School of Law Anthony Shannon

New England School of Law Nicole Oribhabor

Vermont Law School Kendra Brown

New York Law School Charita Walcott

Western New England College School of Law Lillian Green-Gray

New York University School of Law Kellsie Barton

Yale Law School Jomaire Crawford  

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Coming Soon N E B LSA S K I R E T R E A T F E B R U A R Y 12, 2011

NEBLSA has partnered with the National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS) for a day trip to Pico Mountain in Killington, VT. Whether you are a beginner or an avid skier or snowboarder, there is something for you. Join NEBLSA Saturday, February 12, 2011 as we hit the slopes! The bus will make stops in four locations, Greenwich, CT, North Haven, CT, Bloomfield, CT, and Holyoke, MA. The bus departs North Haven at 5 AM. F ees: $55 for round trip bus ride (Fees will be collected during NEBLSA Convention) $59 for adult lift ticket (purchased at Pico Mountain) $69 for First-Timers and Learners (includes equipment, 90 minute lesson, and full day lift ticket limited to Bonanza lift) $34 for equipment rental (includes skis, boots, poles or snowboards and boots) M ake C hecks or money order payable to: Double Diamonds Ski & Sport C lub, Inc. P. O . Box 4550 H artford, C T 06147-4550 Questions? Please contact Isis Davidson at neprogramming@gmail.com

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NEBLSA Annual Convention 2012

The Legacy Continues…. RENAISSANCE WESTCHESTER HOTEL January 25‐29, 2012  80 West Red Oak Lane  West Harrison, NY 10604  914‐694‐5400   

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Convention Sponsors

F rederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Sponsor McCarter & English

T hurgood M arshall Mock T rial Competition Sponsor Day Pitney LLP

B ronze Sponsor Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Special A cknowledgements Liberty Mutual Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Kelly Drye & Warren Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.

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NEBLSA Convention Booklet-Final  

Final as of 1/27/11

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