National Attorney General
Greetings NBLSA members!
I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as NBLSA National Attorney General for the 2013-14 term. We have an amazing year in store for us, and it is because NBLSA is led by people who have come alive; people who know what makes them "tick" and pursue their passions everyday.
This year, in an effort to wield greater influence in the legal community, we will expand our amicus brief opportunities, looking not just to cases before the United States Supreme Court but also to those before Circuit Courts of Appeal, State Supreme Courts, or state appellate courts. Our advocacy team will produce programming that connects our national advocacy efforts to your region and campus. We will use every tool and resource at our disposal to respond to pressing legal and social issues, in order to continue our mission of bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community.
Take a moment to explore the programs and events to learn how you can get involved in legislative or judicial advocacy with NBLSA this year. I look forward to working with you!
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
2013-2014 National Advocacy Team
Jonathan D. Evans
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NATIONAL ADVOCACY INITIATIVES
Five Point Plan
NBLSA implemented a five year advocacy strategy during the 2011-2012 which took effect during the 2012-213 administration. Previously, the organization would choose new advocacy issues each year as chosen by each year's new leadership. While great work was done, the organization would move to new issue after building a presence around an issue and partnerships with other organizations.
The Five Point Plan encompasses issues (Education, Elections & Voting, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, and Rapid Response) which the organization is dedicated to advocating over the next five years. The structure gives the organization time to build a brand within a certain issue area, falls in line with the time take for legislative action on a bill, and allows us to truly build worthwhile partnerships with other organizations. Furthermore, it takes time to educate and train the membership on issues. With the consistency of this plan, members will be more aware of the issue areas during their law school career.
Within the Five Point Plan, the administration has put forth advocacy objectives to guide the organization during the 2013-14 term.
Please contact the Attorney General at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved in this year's initiative or for further information.
OVERVIEW OF THIS YEAR'S ADVOCACY OBJECTIVES
ELECTIONS & VOTING, including:
LEGAL PROFESSION AND JUDICIARY, including:
SOCIAL ACTION, including:
National Advocacy Goals, 2013-2014
Accomplishing our national advocacy objectives is made possible my implementing concrete goals and metrics of successes.
• Submit at least two amicus briefs in cases of national importance that affect the Black community, including at least one before the United States Supreme Court.
Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (CBC-ALC)
The goal of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is to "promote the public welfare through legislation designed to meet the needs of millions of neglected citizens." Currently 43 members strong, the CBC holds an Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) which attracts over 12,000 business, industry, and community leaders to address social justice issues and solutions for those problems. The theme of this year's ALC is "Inspiring Leaders | Building Generations." NBLSA will be conducting numerous events is support of the ALC theme throughout the weekend including the Ninth Annual NBLSA CBC Reception. NBLSA's theme for the year is "Enhancing The Dream". In order to fulfill our credo, our programming will continue building upon the advances that have been made in education and equal justice over the years with the support of our sponsors, alumni and current law students.
This year's CBC Weekend will take place in Washington, DC on Thursday, September 19, 2013 through Sunday September 22, 2013. Please stay tuned for further information!
2012-2013 Regional Attorney Generals
NBLSA believes in the right to freedom of speech, however, some actions are disrespectful despite this right. It is abominable that in 2012, people do not respect our President in his capacity. Be cognizant and aware of those who feel derogatory statements are the way to express their racist views. Fight for justice and stand together with your local chapters to combat blatant racism even in the form of bumper stickers.