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An Introduction from the National Chair

Dear NBLSA Family,
It is with great excitement that I bring you all greetings on behalf of the 2014-2015 National Executive Board! As the academic year comes to a close, we are gearing up for a tremendously successful NBLSA term. I am quite excited about this opportunity to submit myself to the membership for your use in directing the activities of this organization to assist us all in excelling both professionally and personally.

The theme for this year is Igniting the Spirit of NBLSA on the Road to 50. As we approach NBLSA's 50th Anniversary, we must press forward doing the great work of our organization and return to its mission to guide our actions. In pursuit of this mission, NBLSA encourages the development of talented, social conscious lawyers of tomorrow through: 1) its tradition, 2) academic excellence, 3) its national impact, 4) the diverse experiences, perspectives and opinions within the organization community, and 5) a global legal perspective.

These five qualifiers are not disjunctive elements that may be neatly separated one from the other, but five closely interwoven principles that together are the "flame" of NBLSA's dynamic culture of excellence. The history of this organization is one filled with activism and as we approach the 50th Anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and various critical moments in our history, we must remember our roots. We must recommit to justice, community service, engagement and the advancement of the Black community through our command of the law. I vow to further the mission of the organization by aligning with organizations that increase our outreach for minority law students and align with our mission of increasing the diversity within the legal profession.

As we embark on Igniting the Spirit of NBLSA, we need you to join us! We will continue to bring you our hallmark programs including our regional job fairs, issue driven forums at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference, service trips, networking events, conventions, and more. Through relevant and timely programming events, advocacy efforts, academic support, career development, and alumni connection opportunities we will enhance our experience as we press forward in our legal education. We will disseminate information from all the different regional and local avenues to inform you of the great opportunities provided, increase NBLSA's communication outreach to each local chapter, and ensure the financial stability of the organization through building capital. And we will continue to implement strategic plans that will ensure a strong structure is in place to support the celebration befitting our 50th Anniversary.

I am so very excited to work alongside all of you this year. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, or any of the National Executive Board members, with any questions, comments, suggestions, and concerns or just to say hello.

Wishing you only the best in NBLSA Love,

Halimah Najieb-Locke

2014-2015 National Chair
The George Washington University Law School,
JD Candidate 2015
National Black Law Students Association

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