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NBLSA Chair and International Relations Director Return from the 2010 Legal Futures Conference
NBLSA Chair and International Relations Director are stateside after participating in the 2010 Legal Futures Conference. Both were pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response they received from the event.
Ms. Yette had the following to share regarding her participation in the conference: "NBLSA's agenda was enhanced by the trip because it allowed us to meet and interact with other legal minds on a global scale. Global citizenship is an issue that all of us will face in our future careers. Our participation in the Legal Futures Conference allowed us to learn from our peers abroad and share our own ideas. This is the first step towards achieving the goal of helping NBLSA members become global citizens. Participating in the Legal Futures Conference really reminded me that despite the differences in location and legal systems, minorities largely share the same goals worldwide. As Director of International Relations, I want to make sure that NBLSA members continue to network and meet black lawyers from other countries to learn about their practices and the challenges they face. These networking opportunities will allow us to work together to create solutions moving forward."
The conference took place on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Birkbeck College, University of London. It was a joint effort of the Society of Black Lawyers and the National Union of Students' Black Students Campaign. The first of its kind in the UK, the conference was organized for African, Caribbean, Asian and ethnic minority students who are looking to pursue a career in law. The Legal Futures 2010 conference aimed "to provide a unique opportunity for ethnic minority law students to network with each other, share their experiences, and highlight the challenges as well as the opportunities that exist for those who aspire to join the legal profession" (Legal Futures 2010 Briefing Materials).
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
About The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA):
Founded in 1968, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a national, non-profit organization created and designed to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black law students; foster and encourage professional competence; focus upon the relationship of the Black attorney to the American legal system; instill in the Black attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the Black community; utilize member expertise to initiate a change within the legal system that will make it more responsive to the needs and concerns of the Black community; and do any and all things necessary and lawful in order to accomplish these goals.
NBLSA is the largest student-run organization in America and has approximately 200 chapters at law schools throughout the country. This represents almost every ABA accredited law school, plus several non-accredited law schools. These chapters represent nearly 6,000 Black law students in six regions that encompass 48 states including Hawaii and 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.
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Founded in 1968, the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a national, non-profit organization created and designed to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Black law students.