The National Black Law Students Association actively partners with national organizations in order to advocate for solutions for issues affecting the black community and diversity in the legal profession. Below are the organizations we are proud to partner with in calling for change.
The American Bar Association Law Student Division is the premier organization for law students throughout the U.S. and its territories. Under the umbrella of the American Bar Association (ABA), the mission of the Law Student division is to further the purpose and goals of the ABA, the Division helps shape the policies and priorities that affect legal education and provides a deliberative forum for the exchange and expression of law student views and a voice to advocate those views. http://www.abanet.org/lsd/
The Black Leadership Forum, Inc. is an alliance of over thirty national African American civil rights and service organizations in the United States of America. Member organizations are strategically linked together to advocate for the legislative and policy interests of Black people on the international, congressional, state, county, and municipal level. http://www.blackleadershipforum.org
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
In 1968, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) was founded as a non-profit project of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. In 1998, Congress passed the Higher Education Amendments Act, creating the Thurgood Marshall Legal Educational Opportunity Program, which they deemed be administered by CLEO.
CLEO is committed to diversifying the legal profession by expanding legal education opportunities to minority, low-income and disadvantaged groups. Since its inception, more than 8,000 students have participated in CLEO's pre-law and law school academic support programs, successfully matriculated through law school, passed the bar exam and joined the legal profession. CLEO alumni, many who had less than traditional academic indicators of success, yet were given an opportunity to attend law school, are represented in every area of society, including: private law firms and corporations, law schools, federal and state judiciaries, and legislatures across the country. The influence of CLEO alumni in the legal profession, in particular and throughout the country in general, is an indication of the important role CLEO has played in helping to provide a voice to underrepresented groups.
Ms. JD is the largest organization dedicated to women law students and young attorneys in the country. Through our programs and daily blog, Ms. JD touches about one in three women in the legal profession each month. In addition, Ms. JD is home to the National Women Law Students' Organization (NWLSO) which is the only national organization dedicated to supporting Women's Law Associations and Women of Color Collectives across the United States. www.ms-jd.org
The National Bar Association is the oldest largest national associaiton of African-American lawyers and judges. Founded in 1925, it aims to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States. http:///www.nationalbar.org
The National Black Graduate Student Association (NBGSA) is the nation's largest interdisciplinary graduate organization for students of African descent. The association was established to address the needs and concerns of black graduate and professional students, and to encourage black undergraduates to pursue advanced degrees. NBGSA provides critical resources for ensuring the academic success of African American students and aids in developing a powerful network of emerging black scholars who can continue to diversify the academy and enrich the larger community. http://www.nbgsa.org
The National Black MBA Association leads in the creation of educational opportunities and economic growth for African Americans. The association seeks to provide innovative programs to stimulate their intellectual and economic growth, build partnerships with key stakeholders who help facilitate this growth, and increase awareness and facilitating access to graduate management education programs and career opportunities in management fields. http://www.nbmbaa.org
The National Latina/o Law Students Association (NLLSA) is a not-for-profit corporation serving as a conduit for Latina/o law student voices. Founded on principles of social, ethnic, racial, gender and sexual equality, NLLSA is focused on advancing Latina/o academic success and commitment to community service. NLLSA is fueled by a progressive coalition-building approach to addressing the legal issues affecting Latinas/os around the nation. http://www.nllsa.org
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy. http://www.nul.org
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. It was established in 1964 by medical students from Howard University and Meharry Medical College. The organization is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. http://www.snma.org